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Cow Ears or Pig Ears

Cow Ears or Pig Ears

We get a lot of questions about both of these chews and wanted to clarify some information on them.  First off, they are both from South American free-ranging animals (this means that they are not kept in feedlots, given hormones, and are free-grazing eating mostly grasses).   They are also both great chews for dogs and last a considerable amount of time.  The sizing of them is about the same with the cow ears being a little bigger.  They are both all natural and not smoked and as such offer a pretty clean treat for your dog.  These are also both single ingredient items (no preservatives, chemicals, etc…)

Now for the differences…

Cow Ears are typically an off-white color and have a faint beef smell to them.  They are not greasy at all and have a little less fat than a pig ear.  They are a great option for dogs that are sensitive to pork products or may need to diet a bit.  The nutritional data for cow ears is as follows:

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein    (Min.) 83.00%
Crude Fat          (Min.) 4.00%
Crude Fiber      (Max.) 8.00%
Moisture           (Max.) 5.00%

Pig Ears are a pink/brown/hazel color and are also a great dog chew.  These have been around forever and are a little higher in fat than Cow Ears.  Just like the Cow Ears the Pig Ears will have a faint pork smell that is all natural.  The following is the nutritional data on Pig Ears:

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein    (Min.) 66.00%
Crude Fat          (Min.) 20.00%
Crude Fiber      (Max.) 4.00%
Moisture           (Max.) 10.00%Please also consider some of our other unique natural items like beef monster bones, trachea chips, or pig ear strips!

Leona Helmsley Leaves 8 Billion To Dogs

Leona Helmsley, real estate magnate, has left 8 billion US dollars to Dog Care.  I couldn’t believe it myself when I saw it on the news…but at this point it appears to be true.  Helmsley has directed that most of her entire fortune be left for the care and well being of dogs, even though this is pretty wide open I am sure that they will find plenty of worthy causes.  I think that this type of philanthropy will do wonders for dog care and rescue groups all over the US and in fact several hundred have already applied to the foundation for funding.  I am curious to see what the outcome of all this will be.

In case you are worried about Helmsley’s own dog….don’t!  In her will she left the dog 12 million for dog treats, food, and care, but a judge has recently awarded 10 million of that amount to be split between two of her grandchildren.  I thought that this actual data was also pretty interesting, the court has decided the following:

$190,000 (per year for ten years for Trouble), which includes his $60,000 guardian fee, $100,000 for ’round-the-clock security, $8,000 for grooming, $3,000 for miscellaneous expenses, $1,200 for food and anywhere from $2,500 to $18,000 for medical care.

Based on this data I would have to say that Trouble is living better than most of us are!

Plato Dog Treats

Plato Dog Treats

Plato makes some of the finest dog treats on the market today. All of their treats are made in the US and the chicken dog treats are certified organic. Finding dog treats that are made in the US is becoming an increasing rarity and it is always nice to offer something that is made under the scrutiny of the US government.

Plato dog treats currently come in four varieties, however, they are planning on bringing out some new products out soon! The dog treats that are currently available are Kangaroo, Duck, Chicken, and Salmon; all of which have over 90% of the meat ingredient in them. The chicken, duck, and salmon varieties come in 2 sizes with the Kangaroo only coming in one.

The duck and salmon treats are particularly good for dogs with allergies as they are both considered hypo-allergenic meats. Kangaroo is widely considered the most hypo-allergenic meat for dogs, so if you have a dog with a sensitive stomach please consider these. Also, don’t worry about the source of the kangaroo as it is from free range kangaroos that are naturally culled from the population; without culling the population kangaroo’s would become too populous!

Plato is also introducing an excellent salmon oil for dogs and cats which we will be carrying on the site within the next few weeks. This oil is a 100% natural product and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals particularly the Omega 3’s and 6’s. We are sure that this will make a great addition to an already high quality assortment of products from Plato.

As always, make sure to check out our other selection of all natural dog chews and treats, and of course bully sticks….

You, Me, and the Dog Days of Summer

You Me and the Dog Days of Summer

Yes it’s that time of the year again, Summer. When things slow down, the weather gets warmer and our thoughts seem to drift away like a puffy cloud across the sky.

Here in Richmond Va, those summer days eventually turn into heat index, hazy, lazy days when being outside is a chore in itself. Therefore the time I can spend outside with my two pugs, Sushi and Espy are always precious.  We attempt to go down to Maymont park when the weather and heat permits, and walk around the lake and just enjoy summer breeze and outside atmosphere.

The pugs love it when we break for lunch because they know they will get an extra special dog treat. Lately they have had the benefit of one of our new products the Himalayan Dog Chews.  They truly love these treats but I can’t decide if they enjoy the bully sticks more. Knowing these two pugs, they are just trying to play me to get more treats and chews.  But I love them and spoil them, and who am I to deny them of a special healthy dog treat.

As it continues to get hotter and hotter outdoors make sure that when your dog is outside that they have plenty of water, are only outdoors for a limited amount of time, and have ample shade to retreat from the sun. 

We would recommend making your dog(s) healthy summertime cool snacks like homemade ice cream or yogurt.  Make this even more fun by stuffing that ice cream into your dog’s beef trachea, hollow shin bones, or toys with treat holes in them.  We are sure that your dog will appreciate this cool summertime snack. 

Trachea Chips

Trachea Chips

Trachea Chips

We are introducing a new dog chew called the “Trachea Chip”! These are flattened out pieces of our beef trachea’s that are baked into a chip. The trachea chips are approximately a 4″ by 4″ square piece of beef trachea. This unique size and shape make them last quite a while. We would say that these last about the same amount of time as a pig or cow’s ear for comparisons sake.

Remember that Beef Trachea are an excellent source of both glucosamine and chondroitin for your dog’s joint health. We are positive that these new trachea chips are sure to be a winner in the dog chew market! Please also keep our other trachea dog treats in mind as well (Hollow Trachea-great for stuffing with ice cream or peanut butter, Stuffed Trachea-stuffed with brown rice and bully stick bits, and now the Trachea Chip).


Furminator-Best Grooming Tool on the Market

In our opinion this is one of the most exciting products to hit the pet industry in the last couple of years.  The Furminator is easy to use, quick, and good at what it does.  Whether you have a long or short haired dog, it is sure to make quick work of grooming and keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy!

The Furminator is also a great way to manage your dogs shedding.  If combed regularly with the tool it can reduce the amount of shedding by up to 90%!  According the the Furminator product literature it accomplishes this by removing the loose dead undercoat without damaging the top coat.  It also works to bring out a pets natural oils and create a shinier top coat.

Lastly, the Furminator also helps with airborne allergens which are the source of many people’s allergic reaction to pets .  As with anything that your dog might find annoying (brushing teeth, combing, etc…) it is always a good idea to have some dog treats or bully sticks close by as a reward!

Top Ten Most Popular Dog Breeds

The top dog breeds can be debated forever, but for the purposes of this list, we’re going to use the top ten most popular dog breeds based on American Kennel Club breed registrations.That being said, I welcome any and all opinions on what you think should fall into the Top Ten List of Most Popular Dog Breeds.

Bulldog10.Bulldogs – These lovable dogs have long held a place in the hearts of pet owners that are looking for a dog that is shorter, won’t require as much exercise, but has a personality as big as its jowels.


Shih Tzu9.Shih Tzu – This Chinese breed with its vaguely lion like appearance and attractive coat is popular as both a pure bred dog and for cross-breeding with other breeds for desired physical and temperament traits.These are great house dogs as they don’t require a great deal of exercise and are perfectly happy staying at home chewing on a Himalayan dog chew.


Poodle8.Poodles – Known for their distinctive appearance and intelligence, the Poodle are most often associated with French elegance and an aristocratic nature.



Dachshund7.Dachshunds – These short little dogs are a favorite of dog lovers everywhere, coming in both a short haired and long haired variety.These playful and fun dogs are great for families as they can entertain with their intelligence and playfulness while playing with toys or begging for dog treats.


Boxers6.Boxers – Originally from Germany, this stocky breed of medium size is known for their large chest and square jaw.Bright and energetic with a playful temperament, these dogs are great for active owners that can exercise with their pet.


Beagle5.Beagles – The winner of this year’s Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show, the beagle is one of the most recognizable dogs, with animated dogs like Snoopy carrying the beagle image into the entertainment world.Their even temper and gentle disposition makes them great for families, and their playful nature will keep a family entertained for hours.


Golden Retriever4.Golden Retrievers – A larger dog, the Golden Retriever are kindly and friendly, and are known for being friendly with any and all comers that are willing to give them a pat on the head.As the name implies, Golden Retrievers love to retrieve, and are great for those looking for a dog they can play with outdoors or watch tear apart a bully stick inside.


German Shepherd3.German Shepherd – Originally bred in Germany for sheep herding, this breed can be found doing everything from police work to working with the blind.Easy to train, these dogs make great house pets and are great for those looking for a dog to complete agility courses with.


2.Yorkshire Terrier – These tiny little dogs are known for their long coats and personality that doesn’t seem to fit with their small bodies.Incredibly intelligent, Yorkies are also independent, which is perfect for those looking for a dog that doesn’t have to be coddled all day long.


Labrador Retriever1.Labrador Retriever – The most popular breed of dog according to the AKC, this breed comes in a variety of colors, but is most loved for their mellow nature which makes them great house pets.Not known for aggressive, territorial, or pining behavior, Labrador Retrievers can fit into most household situations and because of this, have become highly sought after because of their gentle nature (they can carry an egg in their mouth).

Zukes All Natural Treats

Zukes All Natural Dog Treats

We just started to carry the Zuke’s brand of dog treats and have found a great customer response and reaction to the product already!  Zuke’s are all natural and made in the US which is becoming rarer and rarer these days.  We have started our offering by bringing in the Mini Natural’s and the Hip Action dog treats.  Both of these treats are excellent training treats which can be used in the field with ease. 

 The Zuke’s Mini Natural are cylindrical shaped treats that are about 3/8″ in length and height.  We carry these in both the salmon and peanut butter variety.  The Zuke’s Hip Action treats are rectangles that are about 1″ in length and width.  We carry these treats in the beef and peanut butter flavors.  These are great because they have a measured amount of both Glucosamine and Chondroitin infused into the product.  Both of these substances are great at maintaining and improving joint health and mobility.  The beef trachea that we carry on the site are also a great way to utilize the raw form of Glucosamine and Chondroitin!

We are happy to add these products to our ever growing catalog of all natural dog chews and treats.  If you have any suggestions for other products people would find appealing please let us know!

Himalayan Dog Chews

Himalayan Dog Chews

Many of you have probably already noticed the addition of this product to our site and I wanted to tell you a little more about the product and why we have chosen to add it to our line-up of all natural dog treats and chews.

The Himalayan Dog Chew is a long lasting chew that comes in three sizes small, medium, and large. We would recommend the small size for toy breeds like Pugs, Pomeranian, Shitzu, etc….the medium size for beagles, terriers, poodles, etc… and lastly the large size for boxers, labs, and retrievers.The chews are made from boiling yak and cow milk, with lime juice added to separate the curds. Once separated, the remaining cheese is dried (a process taking about three weeks) and then cut into pieces for the chews. This treat is high in protein and is all natural, having no additives or preservatives, and the finished product is just simply put, a very hard block of cheese.

This chew requires dogs to work and grind on it consistently to have small flakes and pieces come off to be eaten. Our experience is that these chews are very long lasting and are a great addition to bully sticks, other natural chews, and Antlerz. We are sure that the Himalayan Dog Chew is here to stay and will make a great addition to the natural chews that we already provide.If you have any questions about this product or any of our others please feel free to contact us anytime!

Dog Treats For Raw Food Diets

Dog Treats For Raw Food Diets

Raw feeding is becoming more and more popular as dog owners try to get their dogs back to their natural diet, and I wanted to point out some treats and chews that I think compliment raw feeding well.

Baa-Baa Q’s

Baa-Baa-Q’s are dried lamb lungs and are a great treat for dogs on a raw food diet because they are 100% natural and they are organ meat. Baa-Baa Q’s are especially great for older dogs as they break down quickly as saliva is introduced to them. I give these routinely as supplemental treats to my own raw feeding program.

All Natural Dog Chews

All of the natural chews that we offer on best bully sticks like beef trachea, tendons, and bully sticks. All of these treats are all natural, high in protein, and some like the trachea have the added health benefit of naturally occurring glucosamine for joint health. All of the chews will also naturally help in keeping a dogs teeth and gums healthy!

Healthy Dog Treats

Lastly, we highly recommend all of the natural dog treats provided by Plato Dog Treats. These are the healthiest dog treats that we have been able to find and they are made in the US (something that is becoming a sad rarity these days in the pet treat business!).

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