One thing we can say about our friend Mr. Chewy: He never stops searching for great products to share with his fans. A little while ago, Mr. Chewy contacted us about trying a brandy-new treat that the company had just started offering on the website. Would we check it out? Do Beardies Bounce? Does a bear… well, you know…?
You might have heard of the Nootie company already — or of their lines of natural pet shampoos and grooming products. Apparently they’ve branched out into the realm of high-quality natural dog treats with the YumZies brand of all-chicken dog treats.
Despite the desperately silly name (I can just hear my mom talking to one of our cats: “Does hims wantum little YumZies?” This from the woman who steadfastly refused to speak gibberish to her children.), YumZies treats are made of chicken with added flavors, including peanut butter, cheese, and so on. The treats come in two sizes, regular and mini. We selected a bag of the peanut butter mini treats for our trial, since their size was better suited to training treats. It’s a bummer that Nootie doesn’t make the cheese flavored treats in mini size, or we’d have chosen that flavor to try, too.
No sooner did I click OK on the order than the box appeared on my doorstep. You have to be impressed by the sheer speed with which Mr. Chewy dispatches those orders. The company is way the heck down in Florida, and still, orders arrive up here in the freakin’ Arctic overnight. For people like me who are congenitally unable to plan for online orders to arrive before (not after) the supplies run out, Mr. Chewy’s speedy service could really save the day — or at least the next doggie mealtime.
Back to the YumZies treats. I decided to bring them along to Badger’s weekly nosework practice. Although Badger would eat just about any treat with gusto, he’s come to recognize the stakes at nosework class. Even though we no longer need to pair the odor samples with treats to get him to find them, he does a much better job on nights when I have really good treats in my pocket.
Here’s an absolute first for me: the YumZies mini peanut butter treats actually smell like real peanut butter! Even choosy moms would recognize the scent! Except for homemade peanut butter treats where I have personally added peanut butter to the mix my very own self, I have never so much as caught a passing whiff of peanut butter from any commercially prepared peanut butter dog treat. Dogs have much more sensitive noses than we do, and they experience taste differently than we do, so I can buy the idea that dog treats can be made with flavors in intensities more suited to a dog’s nose and palate than to a human’s — but peanut butter is honest-to-goodness people food. Whatever they do about toning down the peanut butter flavor in other treats, they don’t do it for YumZies.
Badger makes a big show of begging for the treats in my pocket during our waiting times in class. He knows where his rewards are coming from. When I opened the bag of YumZies, he practically climbed inside. During the searches, he worked very hard and did very well — and snarfed his rewards as quickly as I could transfer them from pocket to palm. I think I can safely speak for him when I say that the YumZies peanut butter treats deserve four paws up — and a big blue snoot, too.
You can try YumZies for yourself at Mr. Chewy’s product order page. While you’re there, why not order enough stuff so your order totals $49? That way, you can take advantage of free shipping.
Better Still… Want to Win Some?
If you’d like to win a package of YumZies treats, just follow the Wicked Simple Rules below:
- Visit the YumZies page at MrChewy.com and check out the treats.
- Come on back to the blog and leave a comment telling me which flavor you’d like to try
- If you haven’t already done so, visit Mr. Chewy’s Facebook page and give ‘em a Like.
- While you’re over there, show Shaggy Dog Stories some Facebook love, too!
- If you’re a winnah, answer your email! Otherwise, Badger will eat your prize.
Facebook really ruined things for blog fan pages with Timeline. No matter what I do, it seems that the posts are always jumbled so that they’re out of chronological order. You might have to scroll down to see all the latest news. Thanks a heap, Facebook, I owe ya one.
Anyway, the lucky winnah will be chosen at random by comment number. Get your comments in before entries close on Tuesday, May 1.