Check out GT’s dog treat giveaway!
Much to my children’s dismay, we don’t own a dog. I always blamed it on my oldest son’s asthma. “We don’t need hair everywhere since it will make #1 Son’s asthma worse,” was my standard line. Then, I would suggest another dog such as a poodle (always the lawyer) to which they would shutter and say that a poodle is not a real dog. Translated this means a poodle is not a MAN’s dog. (Remember, I have four boys.) I had a poodle growing up and loved him.
The real reason we don’t have a dog is I did not want a fifth child to take care of. My kids promised until the cows came home that they would take care of a dog, but we all know how that story ends. Don’t we?
When I received an email from K-9 Confections about their organic and natural dog treats, I was intrigued and wondered who would create organic dog treats? Given my friends’ bonds with their pets, it is definitely not out of the ordinary.
Jennifer Wilner, founder and president of the Company, is no exception. Her boxer, Dutchess, suffered from food allergies. She soon realized that Dutchess was not the only pup to suffer from these allergies and K-9 Confections was born.
Today the company specializes in premium, all-natural and organic dog and cat treats that contain no added salt or sugar, artificial flavorings, fillers or preservatives. All of the products are free of wheat, corn and soy, and made with the highest-quality human-grade ingredients, using USDA Certified organic grains. Our treats are “Paw Made”, baked fresh everyday and hand-packed. K9 treats will stay fresh for months, but we assure you, the treats won’t stay in the bag that long!”
All products are made in the USA and sourced from local vendors. In addition, Wilner consults with gourmet bakers and top notch veterinarians when formulating a new recipe to make sure that the product is both healthy and delicious.
When my Gourmet Pawpourri bag came in the mail, I had to take a sniff.The treats smelled like gingerbread cookies! When I read the following ingredients, I knew why the treats smelt so good.
“Pumpkin Puree, Organic Oat Flour, Safflower Oil, Organic Egg, Cinnamon, Organic Vanilla, Baking Powder, Natural Honey, Organic Golden Flaxseed, Natural Creamy Valenica Peanut Butter, Spring Water, Organic Mint, Organic Parsley, Rolled Oats, Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth, Organic Rye Flour, Organic Brown Rice Flour, Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Apples, Green Beans, Preservative Free Natural Hickory Smoked Bacon, Unsulphured Molasses.”
When I asked Wilner why all the ingredients were not organic, she stated, “it is extremely difficult for a small bakery to purchase all of their ingredients organically. Because there are currently no organic bakeries in NJ, K9 Confections has to purchase through distributors that sell to health food stores – until the company is large enough to buy directly.”Eventually, the Company will use only organic ingredients as they become available. In the meantime, Wilner is helping the local NJ community by supporting her local health food stores.
The treats do come in a sealed, reusable plastic bag in which she encourages her customers to reuse the bag for other uses. Wilner told me that at the moment this is the best alternative to keep the treats fresh.
So, how did they taste? I knew the perfect subjects to test these yummy treats: Stella and Snickers, two finicky, female Airedale Terriers. (Aren’t they adorable?)
Why did I choose Stella and Snickers? Airedale Terriers have a distinct mind of their own. To get a sense of why I chose these dogs, read this joke:
“A fellow goes to the edge of a cliff and asks a Lab to jump off. The Lab says, “OK” and then jumps. Then the same fellow asks a Dalmatian to jump over the edge of the cliff, and the Dalmatian says, “OK” and jumps, too. Several other popular breeds are then asked with the same response. Jump. Jump. Jump….. Then the fellow asks an Airedale to jump from the same cliff, to which the Airedale responds, “You first.” [Courtesy of Terry Wertan -- original author unknown]” (Reprinted from SouthWest Airedale Terrier Rescue)
Now you get the picture?
Both Stella and Snickers could not get enough of these treats. They even knew where I was hiding the treats in my pocket. Their “Mom” was amazed since she said they were quite finicky. When I interviewed Stella and Snickers, separately, they both replied “Bark, Bark (wag tail), then jumped on me, and “Bark” again. I used Babble to translate Airedale Terrier language to English, and this is what it said.
“OMG, they are amazing. Can I have more? You don’t need to give it to my sister. She is on a diet.”
Sounds like Gourmet Pawpourri received a high paw from Stella and Snickers.
Just to make sure that my results were correct, I decided to test the treats on a male dog. Moose, a mix of cocker spaniel and poodle, was my next test subject and loved the treats. Don’t those eyes tell you everything? He reminded me of the character, Oliver, when he said, “Please sir. Can I have some more?” Moose would have loved if I just dropped the bag.
I kept imagining what those great smelling treats tasted like and decided to try a small piece. I hope I am not grossing you out. How bad could they be? For goodness sakes, look at the ingredients. Well, in human, it was a little bland but not bad. I asked Adam, co-founder of Paw Luxury, an online eco-friendly barkalicious dog store, if my assessment was correct and he said that dog treats are a little bland. (I guess I am not the only one who tries dog treats… )
Doesn’t your feline or dog friend deserve the very best? Shop online or visit selected retailers for K-9 Confections’ dog or cat treats, holiday dog treats, dog gift tins and boxes, and dog birthday treats.
K-9 Confections wants to share some love with your animals and is giving one lucky Green Talk reader a package of Gourmet Pawpourri. How do you enter to win?
In order to enter the giveaway contest, you must live in the US or Canada, and be 18 or older and follow the rules below:
Leave me a comment here telling us about your favorite pet or pets. If you don’t have one, just say so.
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You must enter by March 3, 2009, 6 PM EST time to win. A winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Good Luck everyone!
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