Although I make some of my hard-earned dollars writing online and doing some consulting, proofreading, and editing for individuals and companies, I also get a few pet-sitting jobs every so often. I take care of cats, mostly, but on occasion I am asked if I can take care of dogs.
As I write this review (second week of May 2006), I’m currently dog sitting for Laika, my neighbor Elena’s mixed-breed dog (and subject of two other Epinions reviews). Because she’s basically an “outside dog” (which I find sad), I don’t have to bring her here 24/7 or worry about bringing her array of dishes, water bowls, foods (both canned and dry), or snacks. All I was asked to do was to check in on her and her three stray-cat companions, keep her company, walk her around a bit, and make sure the guy who promised to feed the animals at 6 AM each morning is doing his bit. (From what I have seen, though, he hasn’t, so I’ve been trying to feed the small menagerie myself.)
With Elena’s permission, I’ve been bringing Laika over to our house to spend at least three to four hours with us in an air conditioned house. And although I don’t bring her food or bowls here, I do have a doggie water bowl once owned by my late Labrador retriever so she has fresh drinking water.
My mom also made sure Laika has doggie treats for the cute pooch to munch on; we still have a few of the Milk-Bone Steak & Cheesers left over, but those will run out soon so we now also have Pup-Peroni dog treats by Del Monte Pet Products of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pup-Peroni Beef Flavor Snacks: Product Description
If you’ve ever eaten Slim Jim beef snacks – or know someone who has – you’ll probably notice that Pup-Peroni dog snacks, no matter what flavor, look and smell a great deal like these “people treats.” They’re thin, slim, and are about seven to eight inches long and come in a bright red Ziploc-style bag that can be resealed for easy and safe storage.
The first thing you’ll notice when you open a bag of Pup-Peroni of any flavor is the strong scent. As I said before, think of those Slim Jims some people tend to snack on but only with a stronger aroma, and in this case the beef-jerky scent practically wafted out of the 5.6-oz bag like one of the ghosts that come out of the Ark of the Covenant in the climactic sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Fortunately I’m used to pet food scents, but if you have low tolerance for strong beefy scents, be warned.
Because it seems that Del Monte changed the recipe to Pup-Peroni, they are touted on the www.thinktreats.com website as no longer being dried. That explains the solid “Gaines Burgers” feel that the snacks have. Indeed, they feel (to the touch) almost like the Milk-Bone Steak and Cheesers, only in different physical configuration.
Experiences with Pup-Peroni Dog Treats:
Although Elena said one of her adult son Baldo’s friends was going to feed Laika on his way home from work in the mornings, I personally have seen no sign of this happening, so I have tried to make sure she has some food down in her bowl at home. Whether she or the cats eat it is a matter of debate, but Laika seems to be ravenous. The minute we grabbed the bag of Pup-Peroni treats in front of her, Laika began to wag her tail, prompting my mom to say, “I didn’t know you could read product labels!” (It was probably the smell of the snacks; dogs have better olfactory senses, so I think Laika could detect the scent even in a closed bag.) But that’s not all. The minute my mom took out the first treat, Laika bounded over to her and snatched the snack out of my mother’s hand and ate it very quickly.
Although I’m sure that her enthusiasm was partly caused by hunger, I believe the dog genuinely loves the taste of Pup-Peroni dog treats. We gave her five, which might seem excessive, but she gobbled each treat rapidly and she would wag her tail every time we made a move to close the Ziploc-type bag. She’d also give us the dog equivalent of “Oh boy, that was yummy!” and prop her front paws on my mom’s knees while furiously wagging her tail until she was “rewarded” with a final treat.
Product Specifications and Promo Blurbs
From the official www.thinktreats.com web site:
Your pooch’ll do anything for the taste of Pup-Peroni. He may even flip for ’em, so you better give him plenty of room!
Pup-Peroni Beef Flavor
Crude Protein Min. 19.0%
Crude Fat Min. 5.0%
Crude Fiber Max. 3.0%
Moisture Max. 26.0%
Beef, wheat flour, soy flour, corn syrup, soybean meal, corn starch, wheat gluten, propylene glycol, salt, water sufficient for processing, calcium sulfate, phosphoric acid, potassium sorbate (used as a preservative), caramel color, natural smoke flavor, garlic powder, onion powder, BHA (used as a preservative), red 40
Feed as a treat.
Amount Paid (US$): 4.99