Sunday, November 17, 2013

#FueltheLove with Zuke's Z-Filets - Enter to Win

You guys. It's Zuke's time again!

Back in the spring we had a fabulous giveaway for you with yummy Zuke's Z-Bones, and today we've got a different Zuke's giveaway--for Z-Filets!

At this point, I am pretty sure everyone who reads this blog knows how much we love all the Zuke's treats. I mean, we really do. There are always Zuke's in our house, of various types.

So, I'm not going to go on and on about the Z-Filets. Instead, I'm going to share some photos and a video of Desmond going crazy for the treats (if I can get it to work...), plus some info from Zuke himself!

OK, well, no. I mean, Zuke is a dog, so he can't really tell us about the treats. It would just sound like a lot of woofing and there would probably be slobber all over everyone by the time we finished. Let's just go with the official word from the company then, eh?
  1. Z-Filets – Healthy Grain-Free Filets for Dogs
    Ideal for customers who want jerky treats that are made in the USA, or a limited-ingredient or grain-free rewards. Grilled Chicken, Grilled Beef, and Grilled Venison re-sealable 3.25 oz and 7.5 oz pouches. 
    •  All meat comes from US or New Zealand: safe, trustworthy sources
    •  Meat is 80% of treat: ideal for dogs on limited-ingredient or grain-free diets
    •  Nutrient-rich rosemary, sage and turmeric: powerful sources of an4oxidants
    •  Large treats easily tear into smaller pieces: perfect for any breed or for use in interactive toys
Y'all, does that not sound good? Zuke's sent over all three flavors, and I honestly can't figure out which one Des likes best. He doesn't really seem to care or notice they are different. He just wants them. Whichever flavor. All of them.

Chicken, venison, and beef

One of the best things about these filets is that you can really easily break them up in to smaller pieces--pretty much as small as you want--with two fingers, while not even looking. I was able to break them up into really tiny pieces with one hand while trying to get Desmond to focus on me instead of what was going on on the countertop.

The bags show what look like grill marks on the filets, but those are actually perforations to help you break them up. I made my pieces even smaller.

Beef filet

Now, unfortunately, I did not get a pic or video of this one move Desmond did when I opened the bags and he went kind of nuts. I was trying to get him to do his "paws up" trick on our stairs. Dude was so excited that instead of doing paws up, he leapt onto the stairs--like 4 stairs up--and then ran up a couple and turned around and ran down. He doesn't even usually like to walk up the stairs. Then he looked up at me expectantly, like, "OK, I DID IT! I DID IT REAL GOOD! GIMME GIMME ZUKE'S!"

This was easily one of the funniest things I've seen him do, but his extreme wonkiness and tendency to be a klutz really doesn't make this a safe activity. Not that that stopped me from seeing if he'd do it again when I asked for paws up. He totally did. And it was even more hilarious the second time around. I know I'm a jerk, but I could not help it. I then tried getting him to do paws up on the couch arm, and he just freaking launched himself into the air and over the couch arm, onto the couch, and spun around, giving me the look again.

See that crazy dog there? Yeah, that's accurate advertising.

I wish I had a witness or a camera man or something, because this was some top-notch entertainment, man. Good stuff. I probably ruined "paws up" pretty good, but I don't even care. Excellent dog trainer example, Lauren. Way to go.

OK, here's a little more about Zuke's, the company (and a little bit about Zuke the dog!). A company I really really trust.

Where We Come From
In 1995, Patrick Meiering and his devoted dog, Zuke, took a long, glorious hike in the Colorado Mountains. Typically an energetic pup, Zuke became exhausted. So, Patrick broke off a piece of his energy bar, tossed it to him and Zuke perked right up. It was at that moment Patrick realized that pets need healthy, all-natural treats just as much as people do. From the beginning, Zuke’s has always been focused on providing healthy treats that fuel a pet’s daily adventures. The company was built on our dedication to being healthy, active, and devoted to our animal companions.

Dependable Quality: Your pet is Zuke’s top priority. Period. Making sure you can give the treats your pets love without worry is our goal. Zuke’s provides dependable, wholesome treats that help support a pet’s health and happiness.
Only The Best: A treat isn’t a treat unless it tastes good AND pet parents can feel good giving it. That’s why we removed the most common allergens – wheat, corn and soy – and made more room for the good stuff: high quality ingredients and good-for-you grains that support a healthy coat, lots of energy and a happy tummy.
Made in the USA: Zuke’s proudly manufactures all of our treats in the United States and we set the bar high for each of our suppliers, demanding the highest-quality ingredients. This ensures all of our tasty treats meet stringent US quality standards. With no recalls in our 18-year history, proof is in the pudding. Or should we say, the proof is in the treat?

Now, hang on just a second while I step in here and discuss what is or isn't easy on the stomach of my crazy dog. Desmond is very sensitive in the tummy. Nearly everything that goes in his mouth comes out of his butt in a way that no one wants hanging around with them. He's on a probiotic. We've tried various changes to his diet. I think he's just kind of this way and it is what it is. Some days are better than others, but he doesn't seem to be in severe pain or discomfort, even on his worst days.

So, that being said, after I gave him the Zuke's Z-Filets, his butt was doing some real room-clearing stuff. Granted, I gave him two whole filets and he ate some of his dinner (which we've been adding a calming supplement to that is making him stinky also) and his usual pile o'treats that goes along with his Pill Pockets (to assist in tricking him into taking his pills). So perhaps it's the combination of all that stuff together, but the only difference that day was the Zuke's. How can I not blame them for stinky butt? Then again, his excitement about them must have contributed. He's the type of dog who has to go potty and also pukes when he's excited.

[And on a total side note, can I just say that the last paragraph I typed made me think of not one but two South Park references. Maybe you know what I'm talking about...]

OK, I said I wasn't going to go on and on, but here we are anyway, huh? Sorry guys. One more photo, hopefully a video, and then, giveaway time. We're giving away the same three bags of Z-Filets that we got, to one lucky winner. Rafflecopter for entry is at the end!

Desmond giving me ten in exchange for some Z-Filets
And here is a short video of Desmond hunting down the handful of pieces of Z-Filet that I tossed across the room. Toward the end, he thinks he's gotten them all but isn't sure. You can see him look to me for help. All I did was point at the one left on the floor, and he went for it. He is normally not that slick, so I am telling you, he really likes the Z-Filets. Also, please don't judge my music choice. It was free, and I did this in a hurry.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

FTC disclosure: Zuke's is providing the prizes for this giveaway; I also received treats for my obviously honest review.

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