Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Going Wild for Wild Bones

This time of year, we sometimes struggle to get outdoors and tap into our "wild" sides (except for today when it's almost 70 degrees!). There are days when the closest we get to the wilderness is snuggling up on our cozy fox blanket in the library.


On days when we spend more time inside, the dogs often get a little antsy and I need something to help occupy them while I grade papers. After Barley's dental issues last year, I'm extra picky about what I let the girls chew on. We need something that helps keep their teeth clean without breaking them--and ideally, something that will keep them busy gnawing for a while. This month, Chewy.com gave us the chance to try Blue Wilderness Wild Bones and I was excited to see if they'd meet our requirements. 


We chose the large version of these bones, which are meant for dogs 50 pounds and over. Barleys' right at the 50-pound mark and sometimes if we go to the medium size of a chew, she doesn't chew them up as well and ends up barfing chunks of them up in the middle of the night. Rye, who's only 29 pounds, thought the best part of these was that she got something bigger than other dogs her size.

These bones are supposed to be designed to be like the bones wolves would gnaw on in the wild--but I'm not sure that they really resemble actual bones. I have trouble imagining what kind of animal would have a bone this size and shape. The large ones are about the length of my hand and pretty skinny. 


Both dogs were eager to try these dental chews out. The chews are chicken-free and grain-free, so they're good for dogs with allergies. 


But would they help me occupy the dogs long enough to read a couple chapters or grade a few papers? There was only one way to find out. Rye grabbed her bone and ran out into the hall to devour it. Barley wasted no time getting to work on hers, either. In fact, it only took her about a minute and a half to polish if off. Rye finished right about the same time, too.


The bones weren't any hardy than other common dental chews, so I didn't worry about Barley hurting her teeth on these. There were a few times when bigger chunks broke of, but Barley seemed to chew them up better than she usually does. As soon as she finished, she glanced over her shoulder to check out the bag with the remaining chews inside--so I think she gladly would have gobbled up another one.


These might not have helped my dogs tap into their "inner wolf" and they definitely didn't occupy the girls for long. But Barley and Rye both thought they were drool-worthy and couldn't wait for me to offer then a second chew later in the week.

Disclaimer: We were given one bag of Blue Wilderness Wild Bones dental chews in exchange for our honest review as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program from Chewy.com. 

6 comments:

  1. If you have a heavy chewer like our Bailie, we have never found a chew that really lasts long. Madison and I take our sweet time and make everything last. At least they loved the taste!

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    1. Rye is a pretty heavy chewer, but Barley really isn't. Anything that's meant to be edible, though, is just not strong enough to stand up to either of them for long!

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  2. Hmmmm.....the best we've found that last a while is Whimzees, but they are pretty hard! Let me know if you find a good long lasting option :)

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    1. You know those are our favorites! Unfortunately, they've gotten those down to about 5 minutes, too, but I'll take any 5 minutes of stillness that I can get ;)

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  3. Cricket doesn't care much for any kind of treat that is too much work! But I sure could have used these for Luke this morning. Now that I'm doing some bookkeeping work from home, I need him entertained. He was driving me nuts when I was trying to work this morning! (both of them did occupy themselves with toys for a little while anyway)
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Having something that gets Rye to chew for a few minutes is definitely nice! Barley's pretty good at just hanging out when I need to work, but Rye needs constant stimulation. She'll entertain herself with toys, but that usually means destroying them and trying to eat pieces of them--thankfully we've had some nice weather, so I got to boot her out in the yard where the squirrels entertained her and I watched through the window while I graded :)

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