Tag Archives: Dog Treats

Wonderful Wednesday: Happiness is a Treat-Ball

Sofie Bear here – I am very happy when I have a treat-ball filled with kibble to roll around and chew on. I love to pick it up in the air and smash it down on the kitchen floor so that it breaks in half and all the treats come out at one time (but that only happens when Mom doesn’t close it tight). When it doesn’t smash open, there seems to always be 1 or 2 treats left when I am too tired to smash or roll it anymore and that is when Mom shakes them out for me (that is nice of her, don’t you think).

My favorite is the ‘Pet Zone IQ‘ treat dispenser. Mom takes the middle stuff out to make it one big dispenser. When it has the divider in the middle, which is supposed to test how smart I am, it takes to long to get the stuff out and I get frustrated and it stops being fun. I think this is my 3rd or 4th one because I smash them so hard they break.


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Posted by on April 7, 2021 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: Patience Is A Virtue

After the dogs have dinner (4:30 or 5 PM), Charles has decided that instead of waiting until later in the evening (7:30 or 8 PM), he wants his evening snack immediately. I have started calling it ‘Second Supper.’ He has become so insistent that he goes into his pen, which is where he eats because both he and Sofie are food aggressive and she will kill him, and starts to whine, yip, and fun around. I do my best to ignore him as long as I can, but if I am sitting in the living room, which is where his pen is, he will not stop. For some reason on this night, he actually went in his pen and was waiting patiently and sitting quietly for about 5 minutes, until he could not take it anymore.

Sofie, being the anxious mess that she is, cannot deal with this frenetic energy when he starts to do the little dog run around and barking thing, and she freaks out if I don’t watch the energy level before ‘second super.’

Louise and Sofie have their snack in fun toys that they roll around the living room and down the hall. It takes them a long time and Louise especially has a super time. Charles on the other hand, won’t play with any snack toys. I don’t know if he is lazy, stupid, or just manipulative. He wants a mini ‘Busy Bone’ and he wants it easy to get to and not hidden in any toys or anything. Lately he has been eating them so fast, that I have to make him wait at least 10 minutes in his pen until the girls are done. He sure doesn’t like that. These little dogs are so demanding.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

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Posted by on April 5, 2021 in Dogs


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Wonderful Wednesday: A New Type of Treat Mat

Mom bought Charles this mat. It is called a LickiMat. She thought that it would keep him busy because he is constantly begging for more and more treats and never seems satisfied. He was not impressed at all. But I sure like the peanut butter that he left in the cracks. There are many different foods that you can put on the mat, peanut butter, of course, but also just wet dog food, or pumpkin, or even apple sauce or mashed veggies. So far, when Charles licks most of it off, he wants something more substantial, like a Busybone. Mom is going to try a bunch of different things to see which ones work best. Do you have any ideas?

She actually bought another mat just for me, but I am too busy with Charles. She read that it could help me stay calmer (fat chance with that!)- Sofie Bear

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Posted by on September 9, 2020 in Dogs


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Black and White Sunday: Treat or Treat

Getting this trio’s attention is easiest when there are high-value treats involved. My go-to treat is a training bit made of liver or beef. It makes my hands stink (which grosses me out because I don’t eat meat), but the doggies will do almost anything for them. I like freeze dried training treats made from a single ingredient only. They don’t bother Louise with her sensitive tummy nor Sofie’s allergies and they are only 6 calories for Charlie’s waistline.

This was Halloween night and I was doing everything I could to keep them from going crazy with all the witches, goblins, superheroes, and princesses that came to the door. Treats are treats in any language.


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Posted by on November 5, 2017 in Dogs


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DogDaz Warning: DEET In Dog Jerky Treats

I am sure that most of you have heard about the animals that have become sick and died because of contaminated dog and cat food from China. Since 2007, they have found MELAMINE in pet food and treats. Were you aware however, that since then the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported over 4,800 complaints and 1,000+ dogs, 24 cats, and at least 3 people have died?  Most of this has been linked to Chicken JERKY TREATS.

jerky According to an article in The Capital newspaper (Tuesday, June 17, 2014) by Dr, Francine Rattner, a veterinarian at South Arundel Animal Hospital in Maryland, samples were taken by the FDA recently of chicken jerky treats from veterinarians across the United States who treated dogs that became ill after eating them.  It is shocking to find that the chemical analysis shows the treats contain two really bad things – the insect repellent DEET and the drug AMANTADINE.

DEET is a common insect repellent and pesticide.  Amantadine is a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease, some types of flu viruses, and for pain management in dogs.  Dr Rattner supposes that maybe the poultry farmers were using it to prevent avian influenza in their chickens, though it is not legal to use that drug on poultry in the US.

There is no direct proof that the contaminants in the jerky treats are responsible for the problems, so the FDA has not recalled the Chinese-made treats and many stores still sell them.

I thought that I was being smart by avoiding treats labeled “Made in China,” but, what I learned was that packages can be labeled “Made in the USA,” even if they include ingredients sourced from other countries (since it is put together here).  The only way that you can actually know where the ingredients come from is to contact the maker of the product, and if you are lucky enough to get the right person, they can tell you where their source is.

Bottom line: If you want to feed your dog jerky treats, make them yourself or do without.

Louise asks Why?


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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Cats, Dogs


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Please Read: These Dog Treats Kill!

Ok everyone…THESE are among the chicken treats responsible for killing dogs or making them seriously ill. Vets everywhere are now warning everyone to stop giving your dogs these treats. They are slowly shutting down dog’s kidneys and it is because of something they have in them, still as yet UNKNOWN. The fact that they don’t know what the contaminant is, is why the FDA  has not pulled these treats from stores. Do not buy ANY treats made in China, as that is where these contaminated, poisonous products are coming from.The FDA has received over 600 complaints on these….other brands are Canyon Creek Ranch and DOGSWELL.  Anyone feeding their dog chicken treats needs to look at the package carefully as the words “Made in China” can be very small… do not be fooled by the phrase “An American Company” they are using in large print!

It’s a huge issue and is still being investigated! Please click share and pass along – it could save a life.  I think this is very scary.  Please comment if you know of any other brands to make my readers aware of.  Thanks – DogDaz


Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Dogs


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