My dogs spoiled?  No way, they’re just very, very loved. But can you blame me? Besides being cute and adorable, they’re my constant companions and unlike my children, they won’t grow up and move out. (Meet our pups, read: What do a Brittany, Pomeranian and Maltese Have In Common?)

We do tend to show love to our dogs with treats and while I tend to feed them plenty of healthy table scraps, we do purchase some prepacked pet treats as well.  I’m always looking for one that all three of my dogs will like, but so far we’ve not been able to accomplish that.  Blaze, our old guy will eat anything; in fact, I don’t remember him ever turning his nose up at anything edible.  The girls, Jewel (Pomeranian) and Gracie (Maltese), are much pickier.  They sniff, look away, sniff again, and then make me wait a few minutes while their brains process the information and then they either snatch the tidbit from me or walk away with their noses in the air.

Bella, our toy specialist

Bella, the toy & treat specialist - the loaner pup who seems to be here almost as often as our own.

Recently I got the chance to try out a few new dog treats and I shopped at Walmart to pick them out (see a slideshow of my shopping trip on Google Plus). One of the brands I checked out was Milk Bone. They have a new line called Healthy Favorites that I planned on trying on my furkids.  They come in crunchy or chewy formulas and have a great list of ingredients: Carrots, Rolled Oats, Flaxseed, Beef, Beef Fat (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Salt, Caramel Color, Rosemary Extract.  I planned on purchasing these but unfortunately my local store doesn’t carry them so I’ll be looking for them online.  (Follow MilkBone on Twitter).

I did check out the Pup-Peroni line of pet treats before I left for the store by researching them at their website so that I could read the list of ingredients at my leisure.  I had no idea they’d expanded beyond the original formula.  The best of the bunch?  The Pup-Peroni Tender Soft Jerky (beef or chicken flavor).  Sadly, my store didn’t stock these, either.  But if you’re interested in trying any from the line, click here to get a printable coupon by registering on the Del Monte site.  You can also find the Pup-Peroni brand on Facebook.

Shopping for dog treats

Shopping for dog treats

Three out of four pups love the Milo's Kitchen Beef Jerky

Three out of four pups love the Milo's Kitchen Beef Jerky

The pet snacks that really caught my eye were from Milo’s Homestyle Kitchen.  I chose to purchase their Beef Jerky flavor for several reasons.  First, they’re made in the USA and that’s important to me.  Second, they had some real advantages in their ingredients  – especially that they don’t any by-products!  Here’s the list of ingredients: Beef, Sugar, Salt, Monoglyceride, Garlic Powder, Natural Smoke Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (used as a preservative), Caramel Color, Sodium Erythorbate (for color retention), Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), BHA (used as a preservative), Onion Extract.

My big dog Blaze, Jewel, and Bella (the loaner pup) loved them.  They have a strong beef fragrance and an somewhat spongy texture that makes them easy to pull apart and share.  Not surprisingly, my picky little girl Gracie passed on them.

I spent the rest of my shopping trip looking for additional items to pamper my pets with. I ended up with treats for my real kids for Easter, a new toy for Bella who at nearly 5-years old shows no signs of outgrowing her puppy stage, and  a few things for the cat (hey, he needs treats and toys, too!).

I still owe my dogs a day out, but this week’s schedule is a little crazy so I’ve promised them that after our appointment with our tax preparer on Wednesday if we’ve don’t have to empty our bank account to pay our taxes, we’ll splurge on a day of grooming for all of them.  If we do, it’ll be a home pedicure for them instead.  Either way, I’m thinking a trip to the park is in order!

So how do you pamper your dogs?  Do they have a special treat that’s their favorite?


This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias – all opinions are my own – #CBias