Fudge and Friends - Jason Dodge


Besides furniture and shoes, we’ve been through the gamut of doggy chew treats. When I was a kid, my dad gave the family dog rawhide, but I later learned about risks of toxicity, choking, and intestinal obstruction. Now that I have dogs of my own, I avoid that stuff altogether – especially after learning about leather’s unregulated chemical processing.

My husband and I tried the Nylabone™ brand for awhile, but as I grew more food conscious and thought about what that actually meant, I was very uncomfortable feeding my dogs plastic. (The elastic in the occasionally errant hair tie is unnatural enough.)


SmartBonesAfter reading about SmartBones®, I was happy to accept their offer of free samples. According to their website, this “next generation dog chew [in the history of dog chews]  has all the benefits of a rawhide chew – without the rawhide.”

Aside from the raw bones we offer, I think SmartBones® are another good bet. Because SmartBones® are made with real, dried chicken breast, my dogs are highly attracted to them (as are the cats). As a vegetarian, even I thought they smelled good.

The outside is vegetable, the inside is chicken jerky, and these chews are the first of their kind to be fortified with vitamins and minerals. (You can read the full list of ingredients based on the chicken, dental and peanut butter flavors.) Best of all, they are 99.2% digestible. What does that mean? Well, according to the website:

To put this in perspective, even the best dog foods achieve only 85% total digestibility. You can rest assured that your dog will get maximum nutritional value from SmartBones chews.


Giving our dogs plenty of space to quell resource guarding, I watched them chew (totally in their faces with the video camera). I was pleased to see the small pieces they gingerly broke off, giving their jaws a good workout without resulting in any stringy stuff. (What would you call it?)

Shamus, our large-mouth Newfy, finished first. Only after he was through did he notice 2 fawns – which he then charged. Emmett took to his SmartBone® and ignored the fawns entirely. (I shortened the film below to just over a minute but left that clip unedited as proof.) Emmett then turned his back on the fawns, blowing my mind entirely. That is surely a seal of true approval.



US and Canadian residents: Want to win 4 SmartBones® for your dog?
Leave a comment below including the word “SmartBone” or “SmartBones”
and the appropriate size required for your dog (mini, small, medium, or large).

Small Dog (5-10 lbs) Mini SmartBones
Small – Medium Dogs (11-25 lbs) Small SmartBones
Medium Dogs (26-50 lbs) Medium SmartBones
Large Dogs (over 50 lbs) Large SmartBones

The sillier you are, the more fun we’ll have.
Example: “That little SmartBone is going to get a medium sized licking!”

Enter before 11:59 PM (ET) Sunday, September 18, 2011.
The winner will be chosen at random.org on Monday, September 19.
Look for the winning announcement in the comments section of this post.

Best of luck to you all!

If you can’t leave your dog’s SmartBone habit to chance, head to any of the 350 PetSmarts that carry SmartBones®, or shop online at Petsmart.com and SmartBones.com.