Sunday, November 17, 2013

Zuke's Mini Naturals Product Review and GIVEAWAY! #FuelTheLove

Zuke's Mini Naturals Product Review
by Garth Riley,
featuring guest reviewer Franklin Bear

As part of the #FueltheLove blog hop that I posted about on Friday (see my earlier #FuelTheLove post), Zuke's sent me a PACKAGE.

This is what boxes are for, right?

Next we try to open it

I'm waiting

Something smells yummy

Oh boy oh boy oh boy

Zuke's sent me a whole bunch of treats to review -- they sent SIX bags of Zuke's Mini Naturals:
Fresh Peanut Butter Formula
Savory Salmon Recipe
Delicious Duck Recipe
Wild Rabbit Recipe
Roasted Pork Recipe
Roasted Chicken Recipe

I get to try ALL OF THESE?

I can't decide what I want to try first


I had tried Wild Rabbit flavor Zuke's Mini Naturals before, but this was the first time I got to try some of the other flavors.  We even did a taste test where mom put me in a stay and put different flavors on the floor and then said "okay" to see which flavor I went to first.  I am pleased to announce that I LOVE THEM ALL.  In fact, I don't seem to have a preference for any one flavor.  All of the Zuke's Mini Naturals I tried were SUPER-yummy.


I was curious if other doggies would like the Mini Naturals as much as I did, so I asked my friend Frankie if he wanted to try some and tell me what he thought about them.  He enthusiastically responded . . .

(Photo by Frankie's momma)

So Frankie tried the Delicious Duck Recipe, Fresh Peanut Butter Formula, and Savory Salmon Recipe, and unlike me, he had a preference for the duck.

I found all three flavors quite to my liking, however after careful consideration, I believe I prefer the Delicious Duck Recipe.
But I think I need to try some more just to make sure.
(Photo by Frankie's momma)

Frankie and I both wholeheartedly agreed that Zuke's Mini Naturals are SUPER-yummy. 

Healthy Ingredients
While yumminess is important, it isn't the only thing we look for in treats.  Mom is super careful these days about what I eat, both in terms of the ingredients and the calories.  Each Zuke's Mini is less than 3 1/2 calories per treat, so she can give me a lot when we're training.  All Mini Naturals are wheat, corn, and soy free and are made of nutritious whole food ingredients.  So you're not getting empty calories or some unspecified meat product.  In fact, the first ingredient on the list is the protein giving the treat its name.  For example, Delicious Duck Recipe lists duck first, Wild Rabbit Recipe lists rabbit first, etc.

Made in the U.S.A.
Zuke's Mini Naturals are made in the U.S.A.  That's important to us because it means we can be more confident about product safety, we're supporting U.S. workers, and fewer resources are being expended to get the product to the market.

Speaking of resources, we were happy to learn that Zuke's is very earth-friendly:  

Beliefs That We Support
We were also very impressed when we looked at the Zuke's website under Our Beliefs.  Zuke's beliefs include staying healthy, being active, healing others and getting involved.  As I've mentioned in previous reviews, we prefer to give our business to companies that give back to the community, take steps to lessen their environmental pawprint, and support things we believe in such as staying healthy and active.

Being active is VERY important to us
(Look closely at what's in momma's pack)

Photo by Frankie's momma

Based on all of these factors, I give Zuke's Mini Naturals my highest rating of FOUR PAWS.  We highly recommend all six flavors of Zuke's Mini Naturals treats.  (Mom wants to mention that they are the perfect size and consistency for training treats because they are small, soft, yummy, and low-calorie.)

I get Zuke's for doing my core workout

A special thank you to my pal Frankie for helping me out with this review.  If you'd like to see more of Frankie, his facebook page is Frankie Bear.

Photo by Frankie's momma

Zuke's gave me some free treats for me to review, but I received no other compensation for this post. 

So now that you're dying to have some Zuke's Mini Naturals treats, here's a giveaway to win some:

My Zuke's Treats Giveaway

Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter thing below to enter my own individual giveaway.  I have six bags of Zuke's Mini Naturals to give away, so I'll select two winners to receive three bags each.  Be sure to also enter the group giveaway here and check out the other bloggers in the blog hop (links below) and enter their giveaways too.  The more you enter, the greater your chances of winning some yummilicious Zuke's treats!  (Sorry but this is only open to residents of the U.S.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Pawsome review Garth! So nice of your pal to help you taste them. I love Zuke's!

  2. Hi Garf *Waves paw*
    Izzy & I sure would like these. We have tried the peanuty ones before when one of our pals sent some from da USA and we LOVE them. We don't fink we can get them here. :(

    Love Ruger & Izzy

  3. Hi Garf!!

    Well, woo may find woo has THREE comments from us. Dat could be because mum is so old now that she could remember how to log in to WP.
    Or it could be because we wud luVVVVVVVVV dese treats so much.

    *paw wave*
    Ruger & Izzy.

  4. Mr. Gatsby can do puppy push ups. They're adorable!

  5. I know lots of tricks! My favorites are: spin, high five, paw, bang, go get it, shut the door, shame, and give a kiss.

  6. Have a marvellous Monday Garth and don't include us as we are across the pond
    Best wishes Molly

  7. We love Zukes treat's. We think it's pawsome all the things they do.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  8. I think I need to move to the US so I can enter!

  9. Sorry to hear you had such a tough job, but some dog just had to do it! Love Zukes!

  10. Neeko knows sit, down, shake, high five, hang ten, bang, watch me, wait...and others I cannot think of.

  11. My senior boy JUST learned how to high five, all with the help of Zuke's Mini Naturals!

  12. Well, hello again, handsome! We are making the rounds entering all of the Zuke's contests because we love Zuke's minis for training treats. Bella knows a whole host of tricks from sit and stay to peek-a-boo, high five and, oh yeah, agility, too. And we're using Zuke's minis as our go-to treat to train her.

    Thanks for running the raffle! Anyone who wins will be a lucky dog. :)

  13. Sarah (my Pom) is a pampered little princess and doesn't do tricks, but she does sit for her Zuke's!

  14. Luma knows the usual tricks plus "sit pretty" :) we are currently working on "bring it here" for toys, etc. Thank you!

  15. belle loves all the zukes treats

  16. Garth, EXCELLENT review, buddy! I have never had the Zuke's Mini Naturals but they are close to the size of the Zuke's Supers, which I love. Ma says those smaller treats are great for training, just like your mom...however, you know far more tricks than I do. BOL
    *high paws* for Zuke's and #FuelTheLove

  17. My dogs will sit and stay when they get treats.

  18. All of my dogs know stay, sit, lay down, paw, and speak. Zora also knows sit pretty and Jack knows to target with his nose and close doors!

  19. I can sit, shake a paw and bark at the ups truck!

  20. Our Sammie's best trick is making food disappear.

  21. Nina does spins, prairie dog sit, lay down and sit. She's working on speak.

  22. Dot knows all kinds of fun tricks, like spin, "other way" which is spinning the other direction, back up, she can carry things and pick things up in her mouth and she's learning how to skip.

  23. Shiloh loves to learn new tricks. He knows the usual shake, roll over, etc, as well as more complicated ones. My favorites are putting his toys away, and bowling (I set up kids bowling pins, and he'll push a ball with his nose across the room to knock them down!)

  24. Hey, Garth, we'd love to enter the giveaway. That sounds like a good company to work for if you're a human.

  25. Tricks...well, I can shake, high five, down, sit, spin and weave between my momma's legs (sometimes even when she's not expecting me to...heehee!) By the way, se just LUVS Zuke's, especially since they're made right here in Collie-rado!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  26. Grumbles knows sit, lay down, shake and high 5

  27. No, we don't know any tricks. But we can get into everything mom doesn't want us to, and we like to attack the tv.

  28. I know lots of tricks garth! Here's my video of series of tricks.

  29. I don't think I could put that many zuke's in front of Jack and have him sit patiently. I get get away with a few, but not that many. Well done Garth!

  30. Wowza! we did not know about their beliefs! Thanks for sharing!!


  31. I have only been out of the shelter for a couple of months but I am learning to play and have mastered a few tricks. I can sit up and dance. I also give a mean high five.