Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Zuke's Mini Naturals and GIVEAWAY

     Hi, y'all! I'm super excited to be doing a review and a GIVEAWAY for my favorite treat company ever, Zuke's! I know lots of my furiends are big fans of Zuke's too, which is why I'm so happy to be hosting a giveaway for four, you read that right, four, bags of of Zuke's Mini Naturals (one of every flavor!) to one lucky winner.

     Here's a bit about Zuke's:

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 Patrick realized that pets need 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 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 come 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 ensure that the passion we have for our pets shapes the products we make, the company we continue to become, and world we live in.

     Zuke's makes the following treats:

     I was sent all four flavors (Chicken, Salmon, Rabbit and Peanut Butter) to review. Mom seems to have some kind of dog treat (and collar) addiction, and she's always buying new different brands of treats, but we almost never buy the same thing twice. The exception to that is Zuke's Mini Naturals. They are my favorite commercial treat (my favorite treat is hotdog) ever, and are very high value. Not to mention they're only 3 1/2 calories per treat! Mom usually breaks them into halves or even fourths during training. Rabbit and Salmon are my favorite flavors.
The ingredients are also stellar! Check em out (this is the salmon variety):

Salmon, Ground Rice, Ground Barley, Malted Barley, Gelatin, Vegetable Glycerin, Tapioca, Natural Flavors, Cherries, Sunflower Oil, Lecithin, Salt, Phosphoric Acid, Rosemary, Turmeric, Sorbic Acid (a preservative), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Mixed Tocopherols.

     Zuke's also donates to the Dog & Cat Cancer Fund, a program that helps needy families get treatment for their animals suffering from cancer, offering grants to help scientists conduct research and raising awareness about this horrible disease.

Yes, Mom spelled it out in treats. No, I didn't get them all. Pfft, stupid diet. 

Great ingredients
Great company
Made in USA
Great customer service
Lots of products for both dogs and cats
Only 3.5 calories per Mini
Donates to Dog & Cat Cancer Fund
Resealable bag
Perfect size
Treats have a smell, but not a strong one (not even the salmon flavor)
Great for allergy pups like me
High value
Great price for quality and amount

They do get a little crunchy if you're like Mom and you tend to leave treats in your pockets all day, but that's hardly a con!

     Overall, I give Zuke's and Zuke's Mini Naturals my highest rating of 5/5 stars and 2 paws up! I would recommend them to all my furiends. You can find them on Zuke's website, in pet stores and on Amazon for about $6.


     Zuke's very generously offered one of y'all one bag of each flavor (so four bags). All you have to do is comment below telling me your best trick (you will not be entered into the giveaway if you don't comment on this), and leave you email address if you don't have it available on your blog. Sorry, this giveaway is only open to US residents.

EXTRA entries: If you go and like Zuke's on Facebook here or follow them on Twitter here, you'll get an extra entry. Just leave a comment telling that you liked or followed! Good luck!

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola



  1. Oooh! We love Zukes! Jimmy has lots of tricks but his best is probably doing figure eights thru my legs. I also just liked Zukes on FB.

  2. WOW! You got a BIG box of Zukes Treats. One of the Treats that I love and enjoy. Its Tasty Tuesday on our blog. You can add this post/url to the hop. ENJOY your treats. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  3. My best trick is rolling over for belly rubs- Benson the doxie
    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

  4. Our best trick is getting WHN to take us in the car with her! Our next best trick, especially for Snoopy, is to jump on WHN and have loads of king of sling time, like right now!

    We already follow Zuke on twitter and facebook

  5. Pallo's best trick is closing the door. I use it all the time so that I can leave the door to the yard open for the dogs to go in and out, but be able to ask Pallo to go close the door without me having to stop what I'm doing if it starts getting dark at night or windy or anything.

  6. Good thing you have plenty of helpers to eat all those!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  7. My best trick so far is swimming, I just learned and it's amazing! Love- Wyatt the black lab

  8. Shiloh (Sheltie) has lots of tricks- beyond the basic shake, dance, take a bow, play dead, etc... I think his best tricks are putting his toys away, and bowling- I set up toy bowling pins at one end of the room, and a ball at the other. He pushes the ball with his nose across the room to knock down the pins!
    He loves learning new tricks (almost as much as he loves agility!) and we've just recently discovered Zuke's treats. They've quickly become our favorite training treats, so I'd love to win- it's hard to stay stocked up on them! LyricInTime2803 @ yahoo . com

  9. I "like" Zuke's on facebook.
    LyricInTime2803 @ yahoo . com

  10. I follow Zuke's on twitter.
    LyricInTime2803 @ yahoo . com

  11. We follow Zuke's on FB, that's where we learned about your blog!!

  12. And my dachsie's best "trick", if you will, is walking on balance beams (curbs), Squirt's 15 and can only see a little bit out of his left eye but he loves doing it!

  13. My dog loves Zuke's. I think he loves paw and high five. We get high fives from him all the time!

  14. I follow Zuke's on Twitter! :) Where I heard about this giveaway. @Angelysty

  15. We loooove all of Zuke's treats, but especially the Mini Naturals, they're awesome for training!! Thank goodness we follow Zuke's on FB and Twitter, or we'd never have come across your blog!! Both of my pups are pretty awesome, and know LOTS of great tricks! Emmy (my yellow lab) can fetch drinks from the fridge (or coolers) which includes opening and shutting the door! Viva (my mini aussie) will bring me a tissue when I sneeze! (Emmy does that one too lol) They also know shake, other, high five, other side, play dead (Viva knows how to stick 'em up and then plays dead on 'bang bang'), roll over, roll back, sit up, spin circles, bow, 'pretty girl' (cross paws on command), put the toys away, Viva speaks, Emmy can do math, figure 8's between my legs and weaving while walking, and a bunch of others I'm forgetting LOL They LOVE learning new things, especially when they get Zuke's at the end!

  16. Oh and my email is jelemle@gmail.com! I don't know if it's listed or not lol

  17. Hi Nola!
    Although wesa do not have your repertoire in tricks and training, wesa do loves treats and so we will tell you that wesa do have manners (sometimes) and sit for our treats. I know...not really a trick...but itsa the best we got. Wesa all went to puppy school and it seems that the sit is about all we got out of it. :)
    Much Luvums,
    The Slimmer Puggums
    George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, & Mimi

  18. My two Brittany's love Zuke's minnies and will do high five for one everytime.

  19. My Zeus' best trick is playing patty cake and finishing it with a bow! I love that he is so smart at only 7 months! ccrd69@gmail.com

  20. Nelson's best trick is,when no human in home, to stretch to reach the back of the kitchen countertop to pull down bags of the Zuke's salmon & chicken mini naturals, rip them open & gorge.

  21. We're love zukes too are over all best treat is cuteness. Bobs best truck is playing dead and Weasleys best trick is touch he goes and touches a toy and comes back
    Urban hounds

  22. Both of our dogs like to shake and high five a lot. Never tried Zukes before, i hope we get a chance to try them.

  23. I love Zukes Z-Fillets (Venison)! And the best bit is the cats don't like that! BOL.


  24. I love Zukes, the tiny ones are perfect for praising a good doxie!! Buck does so many tricks. My favorite thing is when he gets confused with the roll-over command and spins around in circles. It makes me laugh.
    email: luvmylilbuck@aol.com

  25. OMD, I love love love Zukes!! :-D Those people have treats down pack, let me tell you! But, I've never had mini ones...I can't believe it! Hurumph, must put them on the "to buy" list! Let's see, my bestest trick is backing up and then spinning backwards! Hehehe, can you say "dizzy"? ;-)

  26. We never had Zukes Treats but YoYo would love to try them . YoYo's best and cutest trick ... he lets me know when me Phone is ringing by howling lol :)

    cdm65 @cox. net

  27. i follow Zuke's on FB

    cdm65 @cox. net

  28. Chester and Gretel LOVE Zuke's. If they were going to do any treats, it would be for them. Unfortunately I am a lazy Mama and have not taught them any tricks. My Ex taught Chester how to roll over so he still pulls that one out if I make him wait too long for a treat. Gretel" "trick" is to stare blankly pas the treat so she is not tempted to eat it before I tell her she can :)

    I double checked and I already like Zuke's on Facebook. My contact is on my blog and you already have my email :)

  29. Great review Nola. We would love to try those things. Zukes always has good stuff
    Benny & Lily

  30. Wows, those sound amazin'!! Let's see, my bestest trick? Well, I guess that would be the high-five shake...I'm just a natural at it! BOL
    I do LOVES the Zukes! I love the baked Zukes too, butts I'm havin' troubles findin' those...bummer.

  31. Artie will spin in a circle then sit and catch the treat when it is thrown to him. Thank you for hosting the giveaway. cstironkat (at) aol (dot) com.

  32. I follow Zukes on Facebook as Kelly Ann T.

  33. I follow Zukes on twitter as cstironkat.

  34. Austin and Li'l Girl LOVE Zuke's Mini Naturals, but have only tried the chicken and the salmon flavors.
    Tricks? Ha! The humans do tricks for us, not the other way around.
    Austin's only trick is sucking in his stomach when he comes into the kitchen. I swear he tries to look extra skinny so I'll give him something. Li'l Girl has no tricks. She's the boss. Bosses don't do tricks.
    Nola... that last picture kills me! You're SO good! A treat barely hits the floor around here. There's no way I could line them up like that without them being devoured in a flash!
    I already have Zuke's Liked on Facebook and Followed on Twitter.

  35. Rockwell's best trick so far is to rollover and give you a high five. He's a basset hound so to get leg that high is pretty good! Working on getting his own leash ;-)

  36. Good job Nola, resisting all those treats!!

    Buddy's only tricks are Give Paw and Spin. The Spin seems to impress people the most!

    Liked & Followed!


  37. I'm ashamed to say that our best (and only) trick is "sit." Maybe if we win, we can train with the Zuke Naturals (ha).

  38. Great review- thank you! You have a good leave command Nola!

  39. Lacy's best trick is being a hat model:

  40. I've never met a treat I didn't like! And I've had a taste for rabbit recently...


  41. Shoot! I forgot to include my best trick! Disregard my first comment. My favorite is "meerkat," where I sit up like a meerkat!

  42. We would love to try those Zuke treats. Phantom's best trick is when he sits up pretty and his paws go all wiggly waggly:)


    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  43. Those treats are yummilicious!
    Kisses and hugs

  44. So far the best trick I do is "down". It might not be much but since I'm just learning and mom and dad get very excited when I do it real fast. I bet I could learn more things with those yummy treats.


  45. You lucky dog, Nola! We love Zuke's and would love to be entered into your giveaway. Petal's best trick would have to be either... "Turn Off The Light" or "Get Your Leash". Lassie's best trick is "Shake", he'll shake your hand or your foot. ;)

    We already liked Zuke's on Facebook and followed them on Twitter in the past, does that count? ;)

    And even though you can get our email address off our blog, we'll leave it here too: marquielynn AT mac DOT com

    Thank you, Nola!
    Love that your Mom spelled out "Zuke's" with the treats! Too bad you didn't get to eat them all. Though, that would've been a lot to eat all in one go!

    Marquie, Lassie & Petal

  46. I love Zukes, the mini's are my favorite cause I don't like a real big treat. They are just the right size for my mouth. Mommies favorite trick of mine is she says "who's the pretty girl?" and then I bark real nice and give her my paw.

    Loveys Sasha

  47. I liked Zukes on Facebook. My best trick is riding with my 2 legged sister in the tube behind our boat.

    Thanks Nola,
    Dachshund Lucy

  48. We use Zuke's training treats too! The dogs love them. I don't love the smell but I don't mind as long as the dogs snarf them!

  49. I think the mini's would be a bit small, so we will sit this one out but mom is also a collar and treat freak! WE always have a drawer full so we have plenty of variety and she is always looking for new and different treats and we have so many different collars as she just loves to keep us in different fun collars all the time. Have a pawsome day! Emma

  50. Liked & Followed

    Our best trick is always being able to find our tennis balls no matter where they get hidden. We can even open our travel backpack to get one out!

  51. When do we find out the winner?! My pups want some more Zuke's so they can keep learning more awesome tricks! :) :)

  52. Our best trick is probably a tie between limping (holding one paw up and walking) and saying prayers!

  53. Neeko does "Bang!!"
    All three will wait with a treat on their paw, and look straight at me.

  54. Are we ever going to find out the winner??

  55. We LOVE zukes too- and already follow them on facebook! Our best trick is spin. Kerri is just adorable when she spins!

  56. Abby's best trick is probably backwards leg weaves. She also loves doing the reverse spinny trick(U turn type thing then backup between legs)


  57. We've never tried Zuke's butt from what you said, Muffin and I are being D-E-P-R-I-V-E-D!!

    We don't know too many tricks. I do know roll over butt I'm not allowed to do that any more since my back surgery. I will however, kiss on command :)

    Lily Belle

  58. I just "liked" Zukes on Facebook!


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