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:
- Banana & sweet potato
- 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 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!
- Organic ingredient
- No preservatives
- Maui and Emma love them!
- Picky eater loves them!
- Great size
- 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)
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:
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?