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Holiday Dog Treats for Your Special Pup!

We couldn't let December go by without highlighting a couple Maui and Emma approved Christmas holiday dog treats!

These packages of holiday doggy goodness make excellent stocking stuffers! Well, hopefully, I'm not the only one who has stockings hanging from the mantle for all of their pets. Please tell me I'm not the only one!

Assuming I’m not the only one and that you are in search of some amazingly delicious and healthy treats to put in your dog’s Christmas stocking, I’m not going to over analyze these treats. Just going to put them out there for you to take a look at, fall in love with, and consider for your puppy’s holiday!

Today we have two puptacular treats to tell you about, both in special flavors and shapes to celebrate the Christmas holiday!

Zuke’s Mini Naturals Trees

Zuke’s is a highly reputable dog treat brand and they have a special holiday treat!

What makes these treats so fun you ask? They come in the shape of little evergreens … they are shaped like little Christmas trees! How flipping cute is that?

You can get the regular flavor recipes of the Mini Naturals any time of the year but you can only get the little tree shape treats around the Christmas holiday!

The trees are also a special holiday flavor that differs from all the other Mini Naturals recipes - turkey & cranberry!

Maui and Emma could not wait for me to open up this bag of treats! They were going all crazy elf while we were trying to get the bag open and do the photo shoot!

These are definitely a total win in all categories for me! Great ingredients, low calories, and a small size!

Maui and Emma would like to add - total win in the taste category!

Price

I originally purchased our Zuke's Mini Natural Trees on Chewy.com. I went to look up the price to put it in this post and they are sadly on back-order until the day before Christmas. Keep an eye on their website though, they might become available again and maybe at a good discount since it's right before Christmas!

You can find them on Amazon for $15.29 per bag and on random sites online.  You'll likely need to google them to see who still has these in-demand treats still available.

Why Zuke’s are Awesome!

The small size of the Mini Naturals makes these tender, soft, chewy treats absolutely perfect for training your dog!

They are also a really great all-round treat for tiny and small dogs or possibly even dogs with few teeth or tender mouths.

The tree-shaped Mini naturals only have 2.2 calories per treat! This is great if you use them for training your dog. It’s doubly great if you have a small dog that really doesn’t need a lot of calories per day. You can give them a few of these treats without worrying about giving them a belly to rival Santa.

Other Delicious Mini Naturals Recipe Flavors

In case you’re curious you can get the regular flavors any time of the year. They have several recipes to choose from:

  • Peanut butter & oats
  • Chicken
  • Rabbit
  • Salmon
  • Duck, and
  • Pork

The little delectables have less than 3 calories per treat and are still nice and soft and chewy.

Throwing this in here because some flavors are on super-sale right now on Chewy and they are just flat out great tiny treats - holiday or not.

zukes mini naturals recipe flavors

Merry & Bright Tinsel Treats

The Merry & Bright collection of dog treats is available exclusively at PetSmart. Well, you can find them listed on Amazon but they are about 3 to 4 times more expensive on Amazon than at PetSmart. My guess is that someone just bought a bunch and is selling them on their own.

Merry & Bright calls all their Christmas dog treats Tinsel Treats, which is kind of cute.

They come in several Christmasy and traditional flavors and shapes such as:

  • Cranberry & vanilla snowflakes
  • Gingerbread & molasses gingerbread cookies
  • Honey & cinnamon snickerdoodle treats
  • Carob & vanilla hot cocoa cookies
  • Pumpkin & peanut butter bars
  • Drizzled peanut butter dog cookies
  • Peanut butter biscuit bones

They are all really inexpensive right now - ranging from $2.00 - $3.00 per bag/container!

Cranberry & Vanilla Tinsel Treats

Maui and I chose the cranberry & vanilla flavored Tinsel Treats. They are fairly good size and kind of look like a snowflake (or flower).

Each cookie contains 22 calories.

This particular tinsel treat is made from a simple list of common ingredients. Nothing weird or hard to pronounce!

merry bright tinsel treats ingredients

These cranberry and vanilla dog treats actually smell incredibly good! So good in fact that I tasted one!

They aren’t too bad! A little dry for my taste and could use a little more in the way of seasoning but all-in-all they could be a “not terrible” but not “to-die-for” Christmas cookie. That being said, I wouldn’t really eat them as a human food since we don’t know the quality of the ingredients used and if they are acceptable for human consumption (just in case you were thinking about trying them).

merry bright tinsel treats size
merry  and bright dog treats with maui golden retriever

Other Tinsel Treats - Ingredients

Several of the other Tinsel Treats (the ones in the bags) have what look to be simple, wholesome ingredients without any artificial anything or weird names in the ingredient lists. A couple others aren’t quite as good.

The peanut butter drizzled cookies and the peanut butter biscuit bones (in plastic containers) both have several artificial colors in them. They also note that the treats may stain. So, be sure to feed drizzled cookies or biscuit bones somewhere without carpet or rugs.

The Final Review

The final opinions always come from Maui and now also Emma.

Both Maui and Emma couldn’t get enough of these treats! I would say the Mini Naturals Trees definitely ranked much higher than the Cranberry and Vanilla Tinsel Treats but both dogs enjoyed the Tinsel Treats as well.

zukesmini naturals ratings tinsel treats ratings

The Mini Naturals Trees smell divine to Maui and Emma but had a very distinct “dog food” smell to my human nose. They are also a bit more expensive right now since quantities are very limited. The ingredients are also premium so that bumps up the price a bit.

The Cranberry and Vanilla Tinsel Treats received a lower score for ingredients as some of the other versions of Tinsel Treats included several artificial colors. The price was divine - 2-3 bucks a bag.



Maui, Emma, and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!



22

The Best Holiday Gifts for Dog Owners and Their Dog

The gift giving season is upon us and we cannot forget our four-legged, furry family members! In our home each human and each animal has their own stocking hanging from the fireplace mantle. Seeing as we now have four cats, two dogs, and three of us humans, the fireplace mantle is pretty crowded!

I always love getting gifts for our pets! I believe they truly enjoy getting them as well!

There are a bajillion different dog toys, gadgets, and treats out there to choose from when looking for something to give your very special pupper for Christmas. That is why Maui, Emma, and I sat down and put together this list of some of our favorite gifts to give your (or a friends) dog this pawliday!

Here are 10 toys and treats sure to get tails wagging!

 Don't forget to make it down to number 10; I think it's the cutest one of all!

Rope Toys for Aggressive Chewers

Maui absolutely loves the rope toys she has! She saw these and wants them so bad (okay, maybe she didn’t see them but I know she would love them ... I might need to get them for her stocking!)

Amazon.com $16.99

413 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

xl rope toys for aggressive chewers
xl rope toys

These rope toys are XL and come in a package of three with a bonus ball! These toys can be used for fetching, tug-of-war, chewing, retrieving, catching, and shaking. They are certainly not completely indestructible but are designed with aggressive chewers in mind!

There ropes are a really nice long size as well! One Amazon reviewer indicates the ropes range from 1 ½ feet to 2 feet long!

What’s also great about purchasing these particular rope toys is that each purchase helps support Pacific Pups Rescue, a nonprofit dog rescue located in Southern California! What better way to celebrate the holiday than getting your dog some super durable fun new rope toys and help feed and shelter dogs in need!

Chuckit! Dog Ball Launcher

If you’re not sure what to get a family or friend’s dog for Christmas, this one is a sure bet!

If you don’t have one for your own dog yet the two of you are missing out on some incredibly fun human, dog, ball bonding time!

Amazon.com $7.42 and up

 3571 reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars!

Chuckit dog toy
chuckit dog toy

These ingenious gadgets are amazing! A cleverly designed yet so simple ball holder that lets you launch your dog’s ball farther and faster than you ever could with just your arm! Once the ball is covered in slobber or dirt you can just pick it up with the ball launcher and not have to get any of that on your hands either! That is a definite plus at times!

There are several different Chuckits and balls to accommodate different sized dogs and their varied abilities!

You can get Chuckit balls that bounce, float, glow in the dark, whistle, and are soft  so they make for a great variety of fun activities!

Furbo Dog Camera and Treat Tossing Smart Device

This device is so fun and so cool, I can hardly stand it! It gets a big seal of approval from Ellen DeGeneres as well!

Ellen DeGeneres recomendation

When you are away from home this insanely awesome little device lets you:

  • see your dog with the 1080p full HD camera
  • talk to your dog with the two-way audio
  • toss your dog treats
  • check in at night with the camera's night vision capabilities
  • know if your dog is barking with the programmable barking alert
  • more

Amazon $199

2196 reviews

4 out of 5 stars

Furbo dog camera

This device has a wide angle, HD, Wi-Fi enabled camera so you can tune in and see your dog anytime you are away, day or night (full HD night vision capabilities).

 It has two-way audio so you can talk to your dog and you can hear each other!

Want to give your dog a little treat? Fill the device with your dog’s favorite goodies and toss little treats by using the Furbo app! If you will be busy and unable to tune-in to toss your dog treats, you can program it into the app and Furbo will toss your dog a treat at the scheduled time.

Not only is it fun, Furbo can help relieve separation anxiety when you’re not able to be together.

The two-way audio chat has a barking alert. Furbo will send an alert to your smart phone when it detects barking at home. You can then check in to see what’s going on and calm your dog down.

Furbo provides you with the most useful information about your dog.” - POPSUGAR

"I'm convinced Furbo has improved my mental health as a dog parent.” - TODAY

“Gorgeous. Simple & easy to use.” - WIRED

“Why didn’t I buy this sooner?” - BUZZFEED

"Furbo is the #1 best-selling dog camera in 10 countries!" -FORBES

Kong Low Stuffing Squeaker Dog Toys

The famous Kong brand makes squeaky toys for dogs with minimal stuffing! This means if your dog likes to de-stuff plush toys like our Emma does, there won’t be much for them to pull out of these!

Chewy.com has several super cute Kong plush, tug, and/or tough toys to choose from ranging in size from extra small to large so you’re sure to find something to fit the pupper in your family!

You can visit Chewy.com to see their great selection by clicking on any one of the super cute plush toys!

Prices start at $1.99

Kong plush duck
Cozie Marvin moose
Dynos T-rex

Some of these toys have a removable squeaker! That means if you’d like to actually hear the TV show you’re watching while your dog plays, you can take the squeaker out then put it back at a later time.

Some come with two squeakers for twice the squeaky fun!

Squeakers in many of the Kong toys are replaceable, which is a great plus - I know squeakers get broken or punctured a lot around our house!

These Kong toys are also available on Amazon.com but in general I found Amazon's prices to be higher on these items than they are on Chewy.com. If you'd like to see what Amazon has to offer for Kong plush dog toys click HERE!

Toy Multi-packs

Adopting a new puppy or dog for the holidays? Need to stock up on a lot of toys really easily or want to give a nice gift pack to a new puppy parent?

Here are a couple highly rated toys multi-packs that are sure to be a ton of fun!

12 or 5 Toy Pack for Puppies and Small Dogs

The 12 pack include multiple chew toys, squeaky toys, a flying disc, a treat ball, and rope toys!

The 5 pack includes three rope toys, a rope ball, and a flying disc!

These two multi-toy packs are designed for puppies, small dogs, or maybe even medium dogs.

It’s difficult to find quality toys especially when shopping on the Internet. You never know really what you’re going to get. I like to read reviews when I’m purchasing online and these two packs have high customer ratings and satisfaction. A definite plus when you're shopping!

Amazon.com

$20.95 for the 12 toy pack

$11.99 for the 5 toy pack

339 reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars!

10 Toy Multi-Pack for Small Dogs and Puppies

This multi-pack was also designed with small dogs and puppies in mind!

The photo in description indicates it comes with 10 toys plus a carrying bag:

  • 3 rope balls
  • 2 long rope toys
  • 2 rope shapes
  • 2 plush toys
  • 1 rubber squeaky toy

Amazon.com

$24.99

140 reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

10 dog toy pack for small dogs
10  dog toy pack for small dogs

The plush toys are super cute but do not indicate their durability. I would definitely stick to small dogs and puppies for this multi-pack. Love the rope carrot and the rope teddy bear! 

Rope toys are great for teething puppies and for keeping teeth clean and gums healthy!

This is a nice little multi-pack of toys! I think if you were to go to a pet store and buy all of these individually the price tag would likely be much higher than this pack so it definitely seems like a good deal to me!

Holiday Freshmint Greenies Dental Chews

Greenies are an incredibly popular dog treat and for good reason! Greenies are fantastic at cleaning your dog’s teeth and this holiday freshmint flavor will help them have even fresher breath!

Greenies are low-fat, made with natural ingredients including added minerals, vitamins, and nutrients and are easy to digest.

The freshmint Greenies are made with dried spearmint - ahhhh fresh!

Maui and I did a review of the pumpkin spice flavored Greenies - both Maui and Emma go bonkers for them! I suspect that the fresh mint flavor will be no different. I’m going to grab a bag of these for  a stocking stuffer!

Freshmint is seasonal so there are only 20 reviews for this flavor but they have 5 out of 5 stars!

There are several other Greenie flavors if the fresh mint doesn’t interest you or think your dog will not like it. If you’d like to check out the other flavors you can click on the red button!

holiday freshmint greenies dental chews

Kong Wubba Extra-Large!

If you want awesome toys for your extra-large dog check out the Kong Wubbas!

These toys are designed for interactive tugging, tossing, and shaking play.

There are a few varieties ranging from solid colored to cute characters but all are made tough to withstand play by your extra-large dog.

Kong wubba friends

Chewy starting at $10.99 for XL

buy on Chewy

Amazon starting at $15.99 for XL

Kong wubba dog toys

They are made with durable ballistic nylon with reinforced fabric and stitching for extra toughness!

And ... they can be machine washed!

Amazon.com prices vary on the Wubba toys depending on the vendor you choose. Chewy.com seems to generally have lower prices on these toys.

Zuke's Mini Naturals

A Christmas stocking just wouldn’t be right without some delicious little treats in it!

Zuke’s Mini Naturals are small  chewy treats that are suitable for all dog sizes ranging from extra small to large (they work great as a training treat for the bigger dogs).

Zuke's are made in the USA with all natural, wholesome ingredients and no wheat, corn, or soy!

They come in a variety of drool worthy flavors:

  • Peanut butter & oats
  • Chicken
  • Rabbit
  • Salmon
  • Duck
  • Pork

Each flavor is really highly rated with 4.7 to 4.9 out of 5 stars on Chewy.com and 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com!

Some of the flavors are on super-sale right now at Chewy.com so I'm giving you that link below!

Chewy.com

4.7 - 4.9 out of 5 stars

$8.94 - $12.74 on sale

buy on Chewy
Zuke's Mini Naturals

Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Plush Squeaking Toys

I just couldn’t resist this one because it’s so darn cute ... and has such unbelievable reviews!

Little squeaking plush squirrels hide inside a plush tree trunk.

Place the trunk on the floor and watch your dog search, sniff, and hunt out the little squirrels.

Perfect for the hide-and-squeak game or playing fetch with just the squirrels.

Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Plush Squeaking Toys Dogs

Amazon.com

$9.99 - $12.24!

10,523 reviews!

4.3 out of 5 stars!

This one comes in four sizes:

  • Small - includes 3 squirrels
  • Medium - includes 3 squirrels
  • Large - includes 3 squirrels
  • Ginormous - includes 6 squirrels

If that’s not enough squirrels; you can buy additional squeaking animals to add to the collection!

I literally took a break from writing this to buy the ginormous one for Maui and Emma!

There’s no way you can beat this price for such a highly rated toy!

HAPPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING

There you have our list of 10 PAWSOME toys and treats to get for your dog or a dog that is special to you!


I will update this post with the picture of Maui with her squirrel toys after she opens it for Christmas!


Happy shopping and Maui, Emma, and I wish you all the happiest of Howlidays!

Let us know what YOUR dog thinks of any of these toys and treats

by leaving a comment below!


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Easy Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipes That Will Make Your Tail Wag!

 

We have been promising some recipes for homemade pumpkin dog treats for a couple weeks now, and the time has come! We had intended on posting them much earlier in the month but somehow November slipped by in the blink of an eye, especially as we got closer to Thanksgiving!

If you’ve taken a look at the other homemade dog treat recipes I have posted, you can tell I’m a no-nonsense type of gal. It’s fun to make some homemade treats for Maui, but I’m not the type to put a ton of time into them making them look super cute. Call me lazy or call me practical, I don’t know.

I think if we all sit down and think about it we know that dog treats are made to look cute to satisfy our human eye; dogs don’t care what treats look like as long as they smell and taste awesome!

My version of these homemade pumpkin dog treat recipes may not win any awards for being super cute, but they certainly do win kudos from Maui and Emma for being yummy! They were both crawling all over me to get more after they tried the first ones!

So let’s have some fun and make some easy homemade pumpkin dog treats!

 

Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs

Pumpkin is safe beneficial for dogs as long as it is pure pumpkin; you don’t want to use canned pumpkin pie filling as it often has added sugar and spices that dogs don’t need.

Pumpkin is low in calories, high in fiber, and a good source of beta-carotene, zinc, potassium, iron and vitamin C!

Not only is loaded with fiber and beta-carotene (which is converted to vitamin A), it can actually help your dog if they have diarrhea OR constipation. Yep, it helps with both!

Pumpkin can also:

  • help your dog lose weight
  • help maintain a healthy urinary tract
  • be good for your dogs skin and fur
  • be used as a natural remedy for parasites
  • be used as a natural remedy to help your dog stop eating its poop!

 

Drop Pumpkin & Banana Dog Treats

This recipe is super simple and uses common ingredients you probably have around your kitchen.

This recipe is easy, but I have made a couple changes to simplify it even more for my no-nonsense kitchen.

 

The original recipe comes to us from SweetPaul.com  where they take the time roll out the dough and cut it into little shapes.

 

Mini Pumpkin Dog Treat Cookies

I was looking for recipe that was just pumpkin. We adapted a recipe I found and came up with these little pumpkin dog treat cookies. This dog treat recipe has only three ingredients!

The inspiration for this recipe came from prouddogmom.com’s Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bites recipe.

 

What Maui and Emma Think

Maui and Emma both absolutely love both of these pumpkin dog treat recipes.

Both recipes came out a little chewy, but the dogs don’t mind at all! They both cling to me like flies on flypaper when I have some of these in my hand!

There’s not much that rates higher than extreme love from your puppy 🙂

 

Have fun making these recipes and watching your dog thoroughly enjoy them!

Love the pumpkin,

Lynne and Maui

 

 

 

 

 

Let us know if you try either of these recipes!

Have any tips or tricks that might make them better?

How much did your dog love them?

Let us know in the comments section below!

 

14

Squeaky Dog Toy Review: Frisco Push to Mute Fetch Football Dog Toy

 

Maui absolutely loves toys! She will grab a toy and get the zoomies with it for about five minutes and then be tuckered out! It’s super cute to watch her run around, throw her toys around, and play tug-of-war.

We usually spend more time reviewing treats and toppers for you but lately, I decided we really need to branch out. Maui said she felt like she was missing out not having a chance to tell you about toys and other fun stuff!

Chewy.com gave us the chance to review a toy for you this month, so we jumped at the opportunity!

Maui happened to be hanging out in the living room watching a football game while I was looking at the selection of toys we had to choose from (no, she wasn’t really but it seemed like a good segue). In honor of the football game, we decided to go with the football-shaped squeaky dog toy by Frisco.

 

Push to Mute Fetch Squeaking Dog Toys

Frisco makes a line of dog toys that they call ‘push to mute’. These toys give you the option of changing the very same toy from a squeaky dog toy into a silent toy! If you’re anything like me, you can certainly see the benefit to that!

They offer four toy shapes with the push to mute feature:

  • Football
  • Triceratops
  • T-rex
  • Dumbbell

Each is available in two different color choices.

 

Push to Mute Feature

I bet you are all curious about the push to mute feature like I was!

It’s a pretty neat idea – a toy that can turn from a squeaky dog toy into a silent dog toy sounds like heaven!

Maui always seems to grab her loudest squeaky toys when my daughter and I are at the most intense, cliffhanger, dramatic, etc. part of a movie. Maui will literally lay right in front of the television squeaking that toy as fast as much as she can!

The mute feature is very easy to activate in the toy. The handle is attached to a rubber stopper piece that contains the squeaker. It fits tightly into a hole in the main piece of the toy. To turn the squeaky dog toy into a quiet one, just push that rubber stopper piece inside the main piece of the toy.

It’s that simple!

The handle will still be attached so you can still use it as a fetch or play toy; it just won’t squeak!

When you want to turn it back into a squeaky dog toy just pull that rubber piece out until it catches tightly in the hole of the toy. Voilà, you now have a squeaky dog toy once again!

 

 

Use it as a Fetch Toy

These toys are also designed to be a fetch toy.

The handle allows you to get a good grip on it and throw that toy even further for your dog!

 

Use it as a Chew Toy

The Push to Mute fetch toys are also advertised as chew toys.

They are made from a durable thermoplastic rubber that is intended for chewing.

Keep in mind though that no toy, and really I mean no toy, is absolutely indestructible so always keep an eye on your dog when they are chewing on anything.

 

Size and Breed Recommendations

The football squeaky toy measures about 10 ½ inches long (including the strap) and about 2 ½ or 3 inches wide.

Chewy.com recommends the Frisco football toy for small or medium breeds of dogs.

 

Our Review of the Frisco Push to Mute Fetch Squeaking Football Dog Toy

When I was looking over the selection of toys we were able to choose from, I picked the football because it was Sunday and football was on so it seemed an appropriate choice.

I admittedly did not notice the recommendation indicating the football squeaky toy was recommended for small or medium breed dogs.

This review will pretty much reiterate their recommendation as Maui made quick work of this toy.

 

Maui’s Overall Reaction

Maui is always super excited to get a new toy and this one was no exception! She grabbed it by the handle and pranced around the living room for a bit swinging it around before she settled in to start chewing on it.

I will go into a little more detail about how Maui preferred to use this toy but right now what I do want to say is that Maui absolutely loved this toy! I am pretty sure she would’ve enjoyed this toy for quite a long time, chewing on it and tossing it around … if I would have let her keep it.

Emma our new housemate is a Rat terrier and she had pretty much zero interest in this toy. I would hand it to her and she would sniff at it and just walk away. Maybe it was because she could tell Maui was so interested in it that she didn’t want to get in the way of that, I don’t know. But such is the way things are. Everything is not for everyone.

 

Maui’s Play Time the with the Frisco Football Toy

I was super excited about how much Maui absolutely loved this football toy! When I had to take it away from her she was very reluctant to give it up!

I truely had visions of being able to watch a movie without hearing a squeaky toy and actually being able to hear the movie.

Here is a video of Maui and her play style with this toy:

 

 

As a Squeaky Dog Toy

I initially gave the football toy to Maui as a squeaky toy — which she quickly learned how to squeak loudly and frequently! She couldn’t get enough of it!

She loved to grab the toy by the handle and shake it around back and forth or just settle in for good squeaking session.

 

As a Quiet Dog Toy

Maui loves her a good squeak toy so a quiet toy didn’t hold as much play interest for her. She still loved to grab the handle and shake it back and forth and use it for chewing, though!

 

As a Chew Toy

This was Maui’s favorite way to use the Frisco football toy.

No matter if I gave it to her as a squeak toy or a quiet toy she would settle in and start chewing on it as if it were a bone or a nylabone.

 

Issues with Maui and the Frisco Push to Mute Football Dog Toy

As I mentioned earlier, I had not noticed that this toy was recommended for small to medium breed dogs. Maui is a 60 pound Golden retriever so she fits into the large dog category.

I would not categorize Maui as a destructive dog. She very rarely destroys any of her toys, even the squeaky plush ones. If she does start getting into a plush toy it’s only because a small hole started to form and then she, of course, loves to pull out the stuffing.

I cannot say for certain if the issues I have with this toy are due to Maui just being too big of a dog for the toy or if they just are not designed and made all that well.

Perhaps these toys are better suited for a smaller dog, but this toy was not suited for Maui and I had to take it away from her after just a couple times of play.

Read on to find out why.

 

Issues with Push to Mute Feature

Maui golden retriever Frisco push to mute squeaky dog toyThe push to mute feature works fine. You just push the rubber stopper that is attached to the handle into the toy. With that rubber stopper inside the toy, it is unable to squeak … unless you have a trickster like Maui.

As a non-squeaky toy, Maui still loved to shake it back and forth once in a while but mainly loved to chew on it. She would chew on the handle and the rubber as if it were a nylabone type of chew toy.

Her actions of shaking and chewing on the handle sometimes would pop the rubber stopper containing the squeaker back into place – making it yet again a squeaky dog toy!

Chewing on the rubber part of the toy would sometimes make the rubber stopper completely pop out of the toy so the handle was separated from the rubber piece of the toy.

 

Issues with It Being a Chew Toy

Once the handle and rubber stopper was completely out of the toy, the hole that the stopper fits into is completely exposed and open.

Maui absolutely obsessed on trying to chew the edges of the rubber around that open hole.

I would say it probably took her about two minutes to start getting little pieces of the rubber ripped off.

Again, Maui is not a voracious chewer. She would just hold it between her paws and grab the edge of the rubber with her front teeth and pull. She would continue to do this until she ripped pieces of rubber from the toy.

If you re-watch the video of Maui poted above, you can see some of the issues as well as how she played with this toy.

 

Our Overall Review of the Frisco Push to Mute Fetch Squeaking Football Dog Toy

I can only review this toy based on Maui’s experience with it and based on this, I am unable to recommend this toy.

Perhaps it would be a safe toy for smaller dogs to have, but for dogs similar to Maui it is not safe since she can chew off pieces of rubber so easily.

While I love the push to mute feature, it just doesn’t quite hold up to Maui’s ability to make it a squeaking toy on her own as well as pull the entire rubber squeaking stopper out of the toy.

 

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Have you tried one of the Frisco squeaky dog toys?

What was your experience like?

We’d love to hear what you have to say so please leave us a comment below!

 

Lynne and Maui

 

Chewy.com provided this toy to Maui free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

15

The Best Organic Oven Baked Pumpkin Dog Treat Maui’s Ever Tasted!

 

Thanksgiving has come and gone and Maui and I hope all of you that celebrated had a wonderful holiday!

We honestly can’t believe how quickly November has passed by! We have one more bag of pumpkin treats to talk about as well as posting some awesome homemade pumpkin dog treat recipes for you! I feel like posting about pumpkin after Thanksgiving might be a little late but, is there really an official end to the pumpkin and pumpkin spice season? I don’t know of one, so maybe we are not too late after all!

We have some amazing organic, all-natural pumpkin oven-baked dog treats by Grandma Lucy’s to tell you about! I always let Maui try out the treats before we write our post and I honestly could not keep her away from these treats! Every time I looked away she had her head buried in the bag!

 

Not only did Maui and our new housemate Emma absolutely love these treats, but they are also the cutest darn dog treats I think we’ve ever talked about!

 

Grandma Lucy’s Organic Oven Baked Dog Treats

I’m going to admit it and say that I have never heard of the Grandma Lucy’s brand before purchasing this bag of treats. They were offered as an option for us to choose as a Chewy influencer. Maui wasn’t being too picky so I opted to stick with the pumpkin theme and chose these. Maui and I are definitely glad we gave Grandma Lucy’s a try and they are going on Maui’s ‘favorites’ list!

Grandma Lucy’s organic oven-baked dog treats come in several wooftacular flavor recipes:

  • Pumpkin
  • Blueberry
  • Banana & sweet potato
  • Apple
  • Cranberry
  • Coconut
  • Lemon honey

and their newest seasonal flavors of

  • Pumpkin pie
  • Gingerbread (might have to try this one for Christmas)

 

Grandma Lucy’s Quest to Give You Only the Best

Eric and Breann Shook begin creating their delicious Grandma Lucy’s dog foods and treats back in 1999 when Breann’s 11-year-old English cocker spaniel (Lucy) became very picky about what she ate.

In an effort to give Lucy healthy foods and treats that she’d actually eat, Breann and Eric began home cooking Lucy’s dog foods and treats. This was the start of their passion project – Grandma Lucy’s.

Their ingredients and philosophy have not changed over the years as their company and product line continues to grow. They are still committed to using only the highest quality organic human grade ingredients in their products!

If it is not good enough for humans to eat, it will never be included in our food or treats – Grandma Lucy’s pets eat better than people! We know that not everyone has time to cook for their pets. We provide you with food and treats you can trust and feel comfortable feeding to your pets because everyone at Grandma Lucy’s is a concerned and loving pet parent.

 

 

Suppliers and Manufacturing

Grandma Lucy’s insists on close personal contact with their local growers and suppliers to assure all ingredients are of the highest quality.

All ingredients including fruits, vegetables, and meats are required to meet Grandma Lucy’s strict specifications. Each supplier must sign a

Vendor Promise stating that the ingredients are processed in a human facility, the country of origin, are free of chemicals and preservatives, each batch is tested for salmonella, lead, e. coli, mercury, arsenic, coliform, and melamine in accordance with human food standards.

All treats and foods are baked at their Rancho Santa Margarita facility in California.

All of this makes me feel pretty darn good about feeding these to Maui and Emma!

 

 

Ingredients in Their Oven Baked Pumpkin Dog Treats

The ingredient list for their pumpkin treats posts an all organic list!

 

 

I had to look up what Maltodextrin is, as this was not a familiar ingredient to me. Maltodextrin is a tasteless food additive that is often added to foods to improve the flavor, texture, and shelf life of the product. Maltodextrin can be made from any starchy food such as potato, corn, tapioca, wheat, or rice. It has no real nutritional value but is easy to digest and can provide quick energy from the carbs.

Something I and other reviewers noticed is that these treats do contain quite a bit of organic cane sugar and organic invert cane sugar syrup. Organic cane sugar is ingredient number two and organic invert cane sugar syrup is ingredient number four. Both of which rank higher than the pumpkin included in these treats

While both the cane sugar and cane sugar syrup are of course organic, it is a lot of sweet for dogs.

 

Look, Size, Texture & Calories

These organic baked dog treats have to be the cutest treats we’ve ever reviewed so far!

Each teddy bear treat is about the size of two human Teddy Grahams – so a giant Teddy Graham, but cuter! I know dogs don’t care if treats are cute or not but darn it, they definitely are!

 

 

I always take a few big whiffs when I open a new bag of treats … I mean, don’t you? These pumpkin organic baked dog treats kind of smell like a cinnamon Teddy Graham, too. They don’t smell like dog food and they definitely did not smell bad! Another positive for my human senses!

They are a crunchy treat but definitely not hard. They might be a bit too crunchy if your dog has no teeth or a sore mouth but likely appropriate for any other dog.

Each pumpkin treat has 15 kcal per treat; pretty low-calorie for this size of a treat.

 

Oven Baked Organic Pumpkin Dog Treat Reviews

Chewy.com reviewers (171 of them) give these pumpkin treats 4.5 / 5 stars!

 

 

 

Amazon reviewers (174 of them) give these treats 4.2 / 5 stars!

 

 

Pros and Cons

Maui golden retriever with grandma Lucy's organic pumpkin oven baked dog treatsMaui and Emma both love these treats! When Maui REALLY wants something I have, she sits so perfectly still and stoic you’d think she was a statue. I don’t think she could have been sitting and posing any more still than she did for these treats! It’s kind of like when you tell a little kid they can have something if they behave … they behave like perfect little angels to get what they want. That’s what Maui was doing for these treats!

Pros

  • Organic ingredient
  • Baked
  • No preservatives
  • Maui and Emma love them!
  • Picky eater loves them!
  • Great size

Cons

  • Too small for big dogs (one reviewer)
  • Too much sugar
  • Not enough pumpkin
  • Not gluten-free (this matters for some dogs but definitely not all)

 

Where to Get Them

You, of course, know my favorite online retailers are Chewy.com and Amazon.com. You can find these treats listed on both. They come in a 14-ounce bag, which is a great size!

Chewy.com:       $7.74 with Autoship ($8.15 without Autoship; free shipping over $49)

Amazon.com:     $8.15 (free shipping with prime)

These are also the best prices I could find online. Looks like Walmart carries them but they are out of stock. You can purchase them on grandmalucys.com but they are $9.96 per bag.

 

 

I Tried Them!

Several reviewers commented on the fact that these treats contain a significant amount of sweetness. Many also said they tried the treats because they smelled so good. Well, far be it from me to let them have all the fun in trying the treats!

Yes, I actually did try one of these organic pumpkin dog treats and you know what, they are good! I know, call me crazy! They honestly do taste like a graham cracker. Unfortunately, this is pretty irrelevant for dog treats.

I don’t need to buy dog treats that I enjoy eating …. one for you, one for me, one for you….

I gather that it is the cane sugar that makes them appealing to the human pallet and I have to side with other reviewers and say dogs just don’t need that much sweetness in their food or treats.

Given that these are just a treat, I’m not super concerned about feeding two or three a day to my dog. It will not be a significant part of their diet. But, I will be sure to limit the amount of these treats I feed to them per day more so than I do other treats.

 

Grandma Lucy’s Organic Pumpkin Oven Baked Dog Treats Review

Maui and Emma absolutely devoured these treats! Maui literally buried her head in the bag during our photo shoot. I have never see Maui so attentive and so intent on behaving well so she can get a treat. Maui and Emma definitely give these treats 5 / 5 paws!

Combined with my thoughts on the treats here is our overall review:

 

Texture:               Crunchy

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These treats were provided to Maui for being a part of the Chewy Influencer program.
Products are provided to her for free in exchange for an honest review.

 

Enjoy the treats and … Share with your human,

 

Have you or your dog tried a grandma Lucy’s dog treat?

What did either of you think?

 

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