Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Zukes Jerky Naturals: Review and Giveaway!

Yes, this is Wednesday, and yes, normally I would be doing the Wordless Wednesday blog hop, but I figured y'all had enough wordless picture posts last week. So today we'll be reviewing Zukes Jerky Naturals Grain Free Dog Treats, as well as having our very first giveaway!

A package? What could that be?
Totally awesome treats!
The kitties were interested too.
A bit about the company:
The light bulb moment 
Anyone who's experienced an aha! moment can usually recollect with giddy excitement the exact date, time, and place that the proverbial light bulb went off. And often, that flash in time is the inception of a great idea. For Patrick Meiering, it was 1995 during a hike in the Colorado Mountains with his typically energetic companion, Zuke. Noticing that Zuke had become exhausted, Patrick broke off a piece of his energy bar and tossed it to him. Zuke perked right up. And there it was, the moment that Patrick realized that pets needed healthy, all-natural treats, just as much as people do. 
The Zuke's adventure begins 
From the beginning, it has been essential that Zuke's treats are formulated with only natural ingredients providing the specific nutrients your cat or dog needs. But early on our fledgling team realized that Zuke's was about much more than healthy treats. Instead, we consciously created a company focused on exploring and adventuring with your dog. About the love you get from your cat. And the pursuit of a healthier life that makes pets and people happier. This is what motivated us then and what motivates us today. Zuke's wants to keep the adventure going by giving our pets something to wag about. 
A commitment to caring 
Come to the Zuke's office and you'll see dogs curled up under a workstation or bounding in our backyard creek, and we love to go home to our cats snuggled in on the couch. We're passionate pet lovers just like you. Our pets are a great source of motivation and give us so much, so it's only natural that we want to give them the best. That means the finest meats, premium grains, fruits, vegetables, and oils available. All natural ingredients, all sourced in the USA (except our rabbit and venison which comes from New Zealand) with final products made in the USA. The commitment to our products stems from the love and care we have not just for our own pets, but for dogs and cats everywhere. 
As Zuke's grows, it's more important than ever that we remain true to our original intentions - to insure that the passion we have for our pets shapes the products we make, the company we continue to become, and world we live in.
We were sent three bags of the Jerky Naturals to review, one of each flavor-Lamb, Beef, and Turkey. The Lamb treats have 17.3 calories each, the Beef have 17.8 calories each, and the Turkey has 16.6 calories each. The soft texture and large size of the treats make them perfect for breaking into smaller pieces for each training session; I can go an entire day and only use two or three of the treats between both dogs, which is great, as it means the bag lasts longer.

Buddy's favorite was the Lamb.


  • Made in USA
  • Superb ingredient list
  • Lot of options to choose from
  • Easily broken down into smaller treats
  • Lasts a fairly long time
  • A very high value treat
  • Resealable bag
  • Good price
  • Grain free--Good for allergy sufferers
  • Smell is a bit strong when you first open the bag 
All in all Buddy and I give Zukes Jerky Naturals  5/5 Treats!

First, to get those pesky rules out of the way, this giveaway is only open to US residents over the age of 18. I'll be drawing the winners name on Saturday. 

To enter to win three bags (one of each flavor) comment below telling me what the hardest trick you've learned is. (Buddy's was jump, it seemed so foreign to him to be told to jump after us always telling him not to!) You can earn additional entries by liking their Facebook page here and/or following them on Twitter here. Just comment liked/followed to let me know! And don't forget to leave your email.
Good luck!


  1. Oooo Zukes, I LOVE Zukes! Unfortunately I don't yet know to many tricks, but as far as basic training my hardest is probably a basic 'down/lay down'. My momma wants to use 'down' for me to lay down...but her poppa keeps using 'down' as in 'Get off' from something. It confuses me! Mom plans on chaning her down command to 'Flat' instead...she says it's easier to train me then to train him!

    Also, I've liked Zukes page....a looooong time ago! BOL

  2. Great review! Oddly enough, the hardest thing to teach Nola was a basic "down". She had a solid sit, recall, drop it, leave it, play dead, shake, touch, target, get your (insert person or toy), go to bed, jump up and a basic send off before she learned down.

  3. Great product! Piri only knows a few basic commands - sit, paw and heel. Of those I think heel was the hardest. It kept losing patience and sitting and giving his paw at the same time! :)

  4. Abby's hardest trick to learn is/was backwards circles around me. We've been working on it on and off for the past few months and the other day I finally got her to do a complete circle around me without any help/prompting from me!

  5. My hardest trick is "stay". I'm hyper and it is Sooo hard to stay in one place for very long! I love all things Zukes and I like them On Facebook too :D

  6. Because I'm curious and I LOVE Zukes...was there ever a winner drawn and I missed it? :(

    1. Yes, there was a winner drawn, and no you didn't miss it, I didn't announce it :) Nola from Dachshund Nola won (it wasn't some fancy form of picking, I just put everyone's name in a cup and drew one)