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 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!
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.
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.
In case you’re curious you can get the regular flavors any time of the year. They have several recipes to choose from:
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.
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:
They are all really inexpensive right now - ranging from $2.00 - $3.00 per bag/container!
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!
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).
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 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.
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!
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!
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:
and their newest seasonal flavors of
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Maui 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!
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)
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.
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.
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:
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?
Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love that it is just pure fun!
Shopping the pet store around this time a year is always a blast! I love looking at the costumes; Maui has a nice set of red wings this year that she loves to wear!
Using this blog as an excuse, I had a great time browsing the Halloween dog treats this year! By the register, there was a display of Halloween and pumpkin flavored dog treats. I just had to grab a couple of bags!
The cutest Halloween dog treats that grabbed my attention are made by a small Wisconsin bakery called Paws Barkery. They make artisan dog treats and for Halloween, they make special Gravestone Ghost Cookies!
Paws Barkery makes a limited variety of treats and for Halloween, they decided to make a special edition Gravestone Ghost Cookie! These little ghosts are so darn cute!
Paws Barkery makes “artisan baked dog treats”.
I am going to admit to you right now that I have heard the word artisan applied to foods before but right now I am faced with the realization that I do not really know what it means. Looking around on the Internet I gather that artisan means:
I understand the application of the word artisan now as Paws Barkery makes all of their treats in small batches.
The ghost size is generally a bit bigger than a quarter. They come in spooky Halloween colors of orange and sort-of black. The orange cookies kind of look like a miniature ghost gingerbread man and the dark brown/blackish cookies are a heart shape.
These spooky little ghosts are soft and chewy so no matter if your dog is still a puppy or a senior, these little treats are a really great option for your dog.
I came across some more terminology that I’ve never heard before. These spine-tingling graveyard ghost cookies are wire-cut. I had no idea what it means for a cookie to be wire-cut.
I took to YouTube to find out what wire-cut cookies are all about. The video below is not specific to Paws Barkery, but wait until you are a few seconds in and it shows a great view of how wire-cut cookies are made.
These are a super special item with limited availability.
The only place you can find these adorable chewy Halloween dog treats is PetSmart (if you have found them at a different location please let Maui know by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post). It looks like you can only get them at their brick-and-mortar stores as I cannot find them on the PetSmart website.
I do not expect them to be available for too much longer since they are produced by a small little company. Plus, Halloween is almost upon us so they will be ghosts of Halloween past. I guess if there are any left after Halloween they might be put on the clearance table so keep an eye out for that!
When Maui and I purchased the Gravestone Ghost Cookies a couple weeks ago the price was $3.99 per 5-ounce bag. Somehow I hit a sale and the actual price I paid was $2.79. SWEET!
All manufacturing of Paws Barkery dog treats and packaging happens in the United States.
The company also indicates while all ingredients used in their treats are sourced from within the United States as well.
All of our manufacturing – both our treats and our packaging – happens right here in the United States. Our ingredients are also sourced from within the U.S. to ensure our treats meet our high-quality standards.
Paws Barkery is an all-natural dog treat company. Their treats are simple, aromatic (they really are!), and absolutely drool enticing (Maui can vouch for that)!
Each of their regularly produced treat recipes are made with simple ingredients that you would find in kitchens throughout the country. The treats include nothing unpronounceable, nothing unknown, just wholesome real food ingredients that you might have in your cupboard right now.
Their products have no added preservatives. Even with no preservatives there treats have an 18-month shelf life so you know they are super fresh and getting to the store and you really quickly!
That being said, the Gravestone Ghost Cookies present a little bit of a different story.
Reading the bag it says –
Paws Barkery makes artisan treats that are baked in small batches with ingredients that can be found in your kitchen. Our treats contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
That might be the case with their regularly produced dog treats, but it does not seem to hold true for the special Halloween dog treats.
The Gravestone Ghost Cookies ingredient list consists of:
Your kitchen might be a little fancier than mine; I have never had palm oil, dried whey, or dried eggs in my pantry.
The kicker though is bag says right on it that the treats contain no artificial colors, but you can see as the last ingredient these gravestone ghost cookies DO CONTAIN ARTIFICIAL COLORS red 40 and yellow 40.
I’m guessing the colors are to achieve the Halloween orange and black colored cookies, but now those cookies do not seem so cute anymore knowing it is achieved with artificial colors.
Artificial colors in food is an area of high controversy.
Red 40 is one of the most commonly used artificial colors in the United States. The FDA has approved it for use in our human foods and cosmetics but the scary part is, it is synthetically derived from petroleum.
In humans, Red 40 can cause hypersensitivity in some folks. This can include hives and swelling around the mouth. Red 40 may also contain contaminants that could trigger hyperactivity in kids and contribute to cancer in humans.
According to the watchdog group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, some scientific studies have shown Red 40 to damage the DNA of mice.
Several countries throughout Europe have banned the use of artificial colors in food.
I know these allegations are focused on humans, but dogs are mammals as well and I cannot imagine artificial colors being any better for them than they are for us.
Knowing the story behind artificial colors and Red 440 presents a little bit of a dilemma.
We certainly don’t want to feed something to our dog that is bad for them but on the other hand, these are dog treats only intended for occasional feeding, so they won’t be eating a lot of them.
I probably do not want to know how many artificial colors, including Red 40 that I put into my body on a weekly basis.
The fact of it is, artificial colors are incredibly common and are likely to be found in many of the processed foods we eat.
Will the amount of artificial coloring in these treats be a problem for your dog? Unless your dog has a hypersensitivity to artificial colors, probably not. But, this is definitely a decision for you to make on your own.
Maui has a new rating system! She hopes you find it super informative so you can make the best decision for your dog.
Maui has a new rating system! She hopes you find it super informative so you can make the best decision for your dog.
Texture: Soft with a slight crunch
It’s October, the month of Halloween and mischief, ghouls, and goblins! Maui loves Halloween because she gets to wear her special red wings and she loves that everyone makes special Halloween treats just for her! I haven’t wanted to tell her companies do not make these delicious treats just for her (she would be pretty pouty). But, lucky for you and your pup these spooky good Halloween dog treats are available to everyone!
Wellness grain free dog treats magically change before Halloween into some of the best pumpkin dog treats ever! The Wellness Crunchy WellBars make an eerie transformation into crunchy little dog treats in spooooky Halloween shapes! Maui is curious how that happens!
Here is another super fun Halloween dog treat for you to check out! During “those other” regular times of the year Wellness makes five drool-worthy flavors of crunchy WellBars but during the Halloween time of year, they also make a special pumpkin recipe WellBar! Their awesome flavor recipes are:
Those flavor combinations sound absolutely delicious! I mean so much so that I would want to make a meal or treat for myself out of those flavors (not the treats, the real foods for this human)!
What is nice about Wellness is that ingredients in their treats and foods are normal everyday ingredients. Their treats and foods contain nothing weird that you can’t pronounce or spell, just good natural foods that you might have in your own home (barring the mixed tocopherols that are used as a preservative).
Wellness puts a lot of thought into the foods that go into their recipes as well as the foods that stay out. If you are curious as to the purpose of a specific ingredient you can refer to their ‘Quality Ingredients’ glossary found on their website. It’s refreshing to understand the reasoning behind including specific ingredients in your dog’s treats and food.
Sign up to be a part of their community and you will receive $4 off any Wellness Natural pet food purchase! In addition to the great information, it also set you up for future coupons and exclusive savings!
Share a photo of your pet with a Wellness Pet Food product on their website HERE or on Twitter or Instagram with #wellnesspetfood for a chance to see your pet’s photo featured on the Wellness website!
Wellness has partnered with TerraCycle. This means you can recycle your Wellness pet food packaging which helps eliminate waste, and in doing so you can earn money to donate to your favorite school or nonprofit organization!
Wellness Pet Foods also has the WellPet Foundation. By providing financial support, Wellness aides groups whose goals are similar to their own – helping pets live happier, healthier, longer lives.
We are committed to giving back to the world we share with our pets. WellPet Foundation supports non-profit organizations and activities that encourage healthy, active lifestyles for pets.
Now that you know about the nutritious ingredients Wellness strives to include in every one of their products as well as the good that they strive to do for our communities, here are some more details about the Wellness grain free pumpkin dog treats!
Each crunchy pumpkin recipe WellBars treat has 16 calories each.
Not a lot of protein in these treats but they are just treats and your dog will have a minimal number of these per day so protein content isn’t as critical like it is in your dog’s regular mealtime food.
Nice amount of vitamin E and vitamin A in these treats. Vitamin E is good for your dog’s muscles and circulatory system and vitamin A is good for your dog’s immune system, vision, and reproductive systems.
Pumpkin WellBars come with four spine-chilling Halloween shapes in each bag, ghosts, pumpkins, bats, and skulls! Don’t worry; they are not scary enough to keep your dog from gobbling them down!
There is a little variety to the sizes but in general, they range somewhere around the size of a quarter.
These treats are super crunchy so be sure your dog has the chompers to be able to eat them. You can always break them into smaller pieces, but since they are so crunchy I would not advise them for dogs with few teeth or dental issues.
Wellness is a premier brand and is well loved by us pet folks. Here is what people have to say about the pumpkin Halloween WellBars.
I found them on Chewy.com for $4.49 per 8-ounce bag (free delivery with $49 or more order).
You can also find them on Amazon.com for $4.99 per bag (free delivery with prime)
I Browsed the Internet for opinions from pet parents about these treats and gathers some of their comments here for you.
Maui found these Wellness Halloween dog treats to be extra delicious! She even invaded my photo shoot and ate all the treats I had on display!
I could tell when she was eating them that they are super duper crunchy, but she loved that!
Maui gives the Wellness Crunchy WellBars with Pumpkin a drooly paw up (and a little red batwing wiggle)!
Eat well be scary!
Let Maui know what you and your pup think of Wellness by leaving a comment for her below!
Fall has definitely made an early entrance here in Minnesota. Temperatures are cooler, leaves are changing, and pumpkin flavored everything (nearly) can be found! The coffee shops all have their specialty pumpkin spice drinks available and yes, the pumpkin spice dog treats are available now, too!
Last week we talked about Greenies Pumpkin Spice Dental Treats and today Maui gets to try out the Blue Buffalo Boo Bars Limited Edition crunchy dog biscuits! Just in time for Halloween! Not only are they made with yummy pumpkin, but they are scary fun Halloween shapes!
It is super boosome that Chewy.com let Maui try these free of charge in exchange for her (and my) honest review of the product.
Far be it from Blue Buffalo to be scared away from hitting the market with a limited edition Halloween dog treat! The fun Halloween design on the bag lets you know that these special pumpkin and cinnamon crunchy dog biscuits will likely not be around past All Hallows’ Eve (if they are, you might find them with a nice big discount).
Boo Bars only come in one flavor, which is the pumpkin and cinnamon. These treats are baked to a crunchy perfection for your furry, four-legged family members so they too can have a special treat while all the hooman kids anticipate their candy.
These holistic dog biscuits are made from a howling good recipe with wholesome, natural, nutritious ingredients.
The top ingredients in these mini dog biscuits are:
The remaining ingredients are a natural preservative, oil of rosemary, and ingredients that provide calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
A great thing about these crunchy dog treats is that they contain no chicken or poultry by-product meals! This is perfect for your dog if they have an allergy or sensitivity to chicken or poultry.
These bars also have no wheat, corn, soy, or artificial colors or preservatives! These ingredients can also be a problem if your dog has an allergy or sensitivity to them.
We know that pumpkin is great for pies, bars, cookies, and of course roasting the seeds, but pumpkin is also great for your dog!
These treats probably don’t have enough pumpkin in them to make a huge difference to your dog’s diet, but just letting you know as an FYI, pumpkin can be a great food to feed your dog for several reasons!
Crazy as this may sound, pumpkin is a great food to give your dog if they have diarrhea or are constipated! It can help either one!
The natural oils in pumpkin seeds and pumpkin flesh are believed to help support a healthy urinary tract.
Pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids so they can help your dog have a shiny healthy coat and healthy skin.
Pumpkin is high in fiber so replacing a portion of their regular food at meal time with an equal amount of pumpkin can help them feel full but take in fewer calories.
Many of us are concerned with where pet food companies source ingredients used in our dog’s food and treats. I could not find anywhere on the BlueBuffalo.com website where they indicate the source of their ingredients but their website does say:
We work with only U.S. partners to manufacture our products according to our recipes and specifications. Product quality is our #1 priority. We have strict controls in place to make sure that our ingredients meet the highest quality standards.
Blue Buffalo indicates these little biscuits have 20 calories each.
The treats come in a few different Halloween inspired shapes but all are generally slightly bigger than a quarter, as you can see in this picture.
You’ll probably have to cut or break them into smaller pieces if you have a smaller dog.
If you’re anything like me, I tend to give Maui more than one treat at a time. I probably sound like a broken record but remember to decrease the amount of food you give your dog at mealtime if you give them a few of these treats during the day. Four of these treats add up to an extra 80 calories, and over time that adds up to extra pounds around the belly.
The Blue Buffalo Company has their Blue Buffalo Foundation. This foundation has:
Blue Buffalo is one of the biggest pet food companies in the world. That being said, you can find their products pretty much everywhere. Whether or not your local pet store or supermarket will have the Boo Bars, I cannot say.
Some retailers that do carry the Blue Buffalo Boo Bars, along with their prices are:
Chewy.com currently has them on sale for $3.99 a bag!
Not knowing how long this frightfully good deal will last, you might want to snatch some up before the goblins take them all away!
Dogs are loving them!
Maui is a treat lover and the mummy on the bag isn’t enough to scare her away from these delicious, crunchy treats. I kind of figured she would love these pumpkin treats since the pumpkin spice Greenies skyrocketed to the top of her favorite treats list.
Pros and Cons from Chewy.com Customers:
Maui was more than frightfully happy to gobble down a few of the Blue Buffalo Boo Bars! She was all in and gives these treats 2 paws up!
Mom (me) overall gives them a 7.5/10 for lack of transparency in ingredient sourcing but a 10/10 for cuteness and the joy Maui gets from eating them!
Has your dog tried these mummyliciously good treats?
Did your dog like the pumpkin cinnamon?
Maui would love to hear what her frens think!