Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats Chicken Jerky

After all of the problems with Chicken Jerky that's made in China, I was ready to say that no chicken jerky in the world could possibly be safe. Then I got an email from a representative at Chewy.com, asking me if I'd like to do a review of Blue Buffalo dog treats. I rushed to say yes before my brain caught up and said "Wait, chicken jerky? Nooooo!"

Blue Buffalo's Wilderness Trail Treats Chicken Jerky has two very, very big things (in my eyes) going for it, however:

1. It's made in the USA
2. It is not treated with irradiation.

Elka, of course, knows nothing of food politics. For her, food is in two categories: 

1. Food she has
2. Food she does not have

This is the face that I see when I have food. Or when I'm preparing food. Or when I'm struggling to open the new bag of Chicken Jerky for Elka to sample.

The jerky itself is rather different from the Waggin' Train that we used once upon a time. It is roundish pieces, of a size that one might want to break up if using as a training treat. It is not totally dried out and plank-like; in fact, it's very slightly moist, and flexible. It smells good, which is a relief when it comes to dog products.

The product contains three ingredients: Chicken, dried cane molasses, salt. The molasses may or may not be "necessary", but heck, I've used it while making treats myself for Elka. 

A detractor for the product is its expense; $8.99 for a bag of jerky is considerably more than even human jerky costs. While not a tiny bag, it isn't gigantic either. Is it a product I feel all right feeding her, though? Yes, I think that I do. I've been happy with Elka's health and appearance on Blue Buffalo food, and I think that the treats are all right as well. As an added bonus, any time I've ordered from Chewy.com, my order has arrived super quick.

Elka certainly seemed happy with it!


  1. Woof! Woof! Oh chicken. Never had jerky before so you are a lucky pup. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  2. Have a great Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. We just got asked to review it, too. I think our dogs are going to be very excited to try it, and I'm glad to hear that Elka liked it!

  4. They look pretty good Elka
    Benny & Lily

  5. I think the biggest problem I have with treats is the expense. The better the quality, the higher the price. (Doh) But if you can break them smaller and stretch them out, that might not be a bad thing.

    Thanks for the review!!

  6. I have a requirement for treats that you don't have: with my little guys I like to have a product that I can break into tiny pieces. They don't notice that they aren't getting the whole thing. It's such a shame that American pet food makers are tainted with the reputation of the Chinese makers of chicken jerky.

  7. Thank you for the review! Looks like Elka gives it two paws up!

  8. It does look yummy and I do love Elka's "you have food" face! :)

  9. Blue Buffalo is a great company (as far as Ma can tell), and have always had high quality products. I've never had the chicken jerkey befores, mostly because Ma thinks it's just too expensive. Buts, maybe I can talk her into it!
    Thanks for the review Elka!!



  10. Good to know! My babies don't care for chicken jerky in general, preferring beef. We like Jones Natural Chews for the same reason - 100% all natural and 100% made in the USA.

  11. Kyuss has never eaten a chicken jerky treat... can you imagine? Maybe, just maybe they'll be some for him under the Christmas tree this year after reading your review... but shhh, don't tell him!

  12. Elka - that is a VERY GOOD begging face! Glad you got to try the jerky too, since it passed your peoples strict (but for your benefit) standards!

  13. Great review and Elka's food focus reminds me of Justus, who will sit looking at the counter if there is only one piece of kibble on it. Great noses.

  14. From the mom - we were also just asked to review this product. Like you, I read "chicken jerky" and all I could think about were the tragic stories I had read about that made in China. Now I am looking forward to letting the Beaglebratz try them - Thank you.