A representative of the By Nature pet food company contacted me to ask if I’d review their dog food or treats. Honey’s breeder specified her food in our contract but after reviewing the product information at the website, I agreed to try the treats.
Of course, I wondered if I could actually write an impartial review. After all, before the treats arrived, I knew Honey would love them. This is the dog who likes grapefruit, blueberries, cherries, carrots, pumpkin, squash and all kinds of other foods most dogs would turn their noses up at. But I decided to ponder the question while waiting for the treats to arrive.
Of course, I wasn’t expecting 24 bags of treats to arrive on my doorstep! By Nature, I think you overdid it a bit.
But it did give me a chance to find some fussier dogs (and people) to see if the treats really are as good as Honey seems to think they are.
So here’s what I heard from my panel of treat tasting experts:
Tony the miniature Schnauzer liked both the Spiced Molasses and Mixed Berries treats. Tony’s human, however, tells me he likes everything. Tony’s brother, English Mastiff Zeus, is the fussy one–and he liked the treats too. And the cats? They licked up the crumbs.
Haleigh reported that her dogs, Simon and Pollux, were a bit suspicious of the smell. They gave it a good sniffing before taking their first bite. But after trying it, both dogs couldn’t get enough of the treats.
Brody actually changed his behavior for the treats. Brody’s human, Erin, reports that Brody runs down the fields to Erin’s mom’s house every morning looking for treats and attention. But after trying the By Nature treats, Brody decided to hang around his own house instead. (Note to researchers, you may want to investigate yummy biscuits as a cure for infidelity.)
Sandy decided to test the preferences of Sam, Jet, and Gypsy scientifically. Sandy put a mixed berry biscuit in one hand and a spiced molasses biscuit in the other before closing her fingers tight so the dogs couldn’t grab them. Jet and Gypsy, the Australian Shepherds, showed a strong preference for the spiced molasses flavor and tried to force their noses into Sandy’s hands. Sam was happy to take whatever he could get.
And Honey? As expected, she loved both flavors. I put the biscuits into a rubber, holey ball for Honey to play with when I return to work after lunch.
I liked the ingredient list which reads like something I would eat myself. The Spiced Molasses treats are made with rice, chicken, barley, dried carrots, cinnamon, turmeric, and lots of vitamins.
In my part of upstate NY, By Nature treats and dog food are sold at local farm supply stores. They are a division of Blue Seal products which makes horse feed. By Nature also makes an Organic dog food in both dry and canned versions.
Would you like to try By Nature treats? I’ll send a bag to four lucky winners who comment here to tell us what your dog’s favorite treat is. I’ll announce the winner on Monday.
Winners will be selected randomly and must live in the contiguous 48 United States (Sorry, I ran into all kinds of bureaucracy when I investigated mailing dog treats to international addresses.)
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I received free samples of By Nature dog treats from the company to review. I did not receive any payment to write this review.