Zukes Lil' Links Review & Giveaway

Who Is Zukes?

It all started with one man and one dog. In 1995 Patrick Meiering was on a hike in the Colorado Mountains with his Labrador Retriever, Zuke. Noticing Zuke had become exhausted, Patrick broke off a piece of his energy bar and tossed it to him. Zuke perked right up and the rest, as they say, is history! Just like I do with my recipes, they taste test the treats with their own dogs as well as dogs at veterinary hospitals and shelters.

Today Zuke's is located in Durango, Colorado and all of the ingredients are sourced and made in the USA with the exception of the rabbit and venison which come from New Zealand. A new treat line, Genuine Jerky, is manufactured in New Zealand.

The Product 

Lil’ Links sausages come in four meaty flavors: Duck & Apple, Chicken & Apple, Rabbit & Apple, and Pork & Apple.  These chewy 1” treats  with an aroma dogs can appreciate can easily be torn into smaller pieces for training or if you just want to feed your dog less. A 6 oz bag retails for $7.99 but are on sale for $5.89 at Entirely Pets

What Are The Ingredients?

These grain free treats contain real meat (Chicken, Duck, Rabbit,or Pork), apples, potatoes, carrots, ,maple syrup, vegetable glycerin, tapioca, gelatin, natural flavor, salt, phosphoric acid,sorbic acid (a preservative), rosemary, turmeric, sage, citric acid, and mixed tocopherols. There’s no mystery meat, by products, artificial colors, flavors or added animal fat.

The calories per treat are Duck & Apple -16, Chicken & Apple - 17.5, Rabbit & Apple - 14.8, and Pork & Apple - 15.8.

What Did Kirby Think?

Zuke's Lil Links Review

Let’s just say every time I offered one, his tongue would hang out ever so slightly in anticipation. Even when I had them in my pocket during training the aroma enticed him to respond quickly to each command. When testing treats I like to lay out each one in a line to see what order of flavor he will choose. Knowing he only gets one he’ll take his time to sniff each before making his decision. With these he just grabbed the closest one every time.

Kirby eagerly anticipates his Zuke's Hip Action daily hip & joint support treat every night so I'm not surprised in the least by his reaction. 

Final Word

Many loyal Zuke’s customers (myself included) were shocked when this past January Zuke’s was sold to Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, a company that appears to put the dollar before the dog with Beneful being a prime example of low nutritional quality.  Zuke’s stated “Zuke’s will continue creating and producing outdoors-inspired, safe and healthy dog and cat treats in the same facilities, in the same way, right here in the USA.” Further, Meiering, the original founder of Zuke’s, will continue to serve in an advisory role.

Meiering stated, “I’m personally so pleased that Zuke’s is now a part of the Nestlé Purina family, Their understanding of Zuke’s core mission of fostering an active and healthy lifestyle for pets and pet parents alike, their commitment to keeping Zuke’s and its employees in Durango as an independent operation, and their ability to help grow the Zuke’s brand in the pet specialty marketplace were important factors in partnering with Nestlé Purina.”

As long as Zuke’s mission and formulations remain intact then I feel comfortable feeding Zuke’s to Kirby and our fosters. Who knows, maybe Zuke’s can influence Nestle Purina?

Zuke's Lil Links Giveaway

The Giveaway

One Winner will receive four 6 oz bags of Lil’ Links in the four flavors: Duck & Apple, Chicken & Apple, Rabbit & Apple, and Pork & Apple. 

How can you win? We use the Giveaway Tools widget for FAST and EASY entries. Just leave the requested comment below and then check it done in the Giveaway Tool widget. You can also choose to get extra entries listed in the widget! All entry methods are verified so please make sure you provide all required information or your entries won’t count!

When does it start and end?  The contest starts now and ends at midnight on August 10, 2014.

Who can enter?  Anyone who is a resident of the United States. Spread the word and tell your friends!

One winner will be chosen at random by Giveaway Tools.

What if I win? The winners will be notified by email and announced here on our website, on Twitter, and on Kirby's FaceBook Page!  Winners must provide name and mailing address so that the prize can be shipped to you. Winners have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen in their place.

Disclosure:   We received these products to review and were not compensated in any other way. Our opinions are solely based on our experience with the product  and knowledge of the company which we approve. Zuke's is providing the prize to the winner.