I have two beautiful, lovely dogs. There's fifteen month old Greyhound Oscar who's lazy, completely daft and extremely cuddly and there's fifteen week old Lenny, the over excitable Black Lab puppy who spends every waking moment wagging his tail, barking and trying to get a fuss and a cuddle. Oscar is much better behaviour wise but Lenny is a breath of fresh air when it comes to food and treats! Unfortunately, Oscar turns his nose up at the vast majority of treats and dog food. I've found wet and dry food that he'll eat and I've stuck to those as I know they're safe options, treats on the other hand, I rarely bother with. Even the few I have found which he does like he doesn't seem to be overly bothered about.
Lenny on the other hand is one of those dogs who will eat absolutely anything you put in front of him. And if you don't put it in front of him he'll find a way of getting it anyway! So now days I'm buying many more dog treats for him and, typically, when Oscar sees what Lenny has he suddenly becomes interested as well. I'm getting the treat box out very frequently these days.
When it was just Oscar I very carefully selected treats I thought he might be interested in as if he wasn't I'd be throwing the pack in the bin and wasting money. Now there's Lenny as well I know that whatever I buy will more than likely get eaten so I'm just picking allsorts up. One such treat I've recently bought was a pack of these Misfits Scruffy Bites.
Misfits do quite a few different treats and I've always been rather attracted to their brightly coloured, eye catching packaging in the supermarkets. These Scruffy Bites can be found in a neon green plastic wrapper with a big red block in the centre with 'misfits' wrote inside. You'll also find a few dogs pictured around the packaging as well as a picture of the treats contained within.
A 180g typically costs £1 - £1.30 depending on where you're buying them from. I tend to see these on most Supermarket pet isles as well as pet stores so they're fairly easy to come by. The back of the packet states that small dogs should be fed up to six pieces a day, medium dogs up to twelve pieces and large dogs up to twenty pieces. These should also be used within fourteen days of opening the pack (which isn't a problem in our house)!
The treats themselves are little brown meaty morsels. They're quite chewy and have a strong dog meat scent to them. Each one is about an inch long so they're quite small. This is good news as Oscar refuses to eat anything that's bigger than a grape without having it broke up first for some very strange reason! He has no problem eating one of these in one go.
As expected, Lenny absolutely loves them. If I get these treats out he'll sit down nicely (it's about the only time he does) and wait to be fed a couple. Oscar will eat a couple but I think that's more because he's scared Lenny has had something he hasn't as opposed to actually liking them. The treats are very chewy, both Lenny and Oscar will chomp away at these for a little bit despite them being so small. I've tried Lenny on loads of treats and whilst I'm yet to find something he doesn't like, these seem to be a firm favourite and are pretty much making an appearance in my trolley every time I do my weekly shop now.
Like 99.9% of the dog population, my four dogs are absolutely food mad. They will eat almost anything which is why I am forever picking up new treats for them to try - they're spoilt! I came across these particular treats a few weeks ago now and I decided to pick a packet up as they were cheap and they seemed like something my dogs would enjoy. The bright packaging also attracted me to them as I've found that most brands of dog treats have quite basic colour schemes and branding.
These treats are vailable from quite a few different places including a range of supermarkets and pet shops as well as a few online retailers including Amazon. I actually got mine from B&M and at 89 pence they seemed like a bargain - I've just had a quick look online to see what the retail price is for the purpose of this review and I was suprised to see that they usually retail at around £1.30 per 180 gram packet. This isn't very good value in my opinion considering that I can easily get a 500 gram box of similar treats from Tesco, and a packet of these only lasts for a few days. All of my dogs are medium-large though and if you have a small dog a packet will obviously last for longer.
The treats come in a packet which kind of resembles a bag of crisps; it's the same around the size and shape and it's bright green. The packet needs cutting open and it is not re-sealable, which I found was a disadvantage because these do smell quite strongly and they are also quite small so if they spill out of the packet it can be time consuming picking them back up again. The branding is good and the photographs of the three different breeds of dogs is a nice touch and there's also a photo of the treats meaning that you can see what you get before making a purchase decision. The front of the packet has the product name on it in large writing over a red background and it also states in smaller writing that the treats are 'mouth waterring morsels' which are free of artificial colours or flavours.
The treats themselves are quite small biscuit type treats which are quite flaky and they have quite a meaty texture to them rather than a hard, biscuit texture if that makes sense. All of my dogs worked hard for these treats so they obviously smelt good to them and they all gobbled them down as soon as I gave them one, licking their lips and begging around for more afterwards. The treats are the type that is gone within a second of giving it to your dog(s) so if you want a treat that will keep your dog occupied eg a chewy or hard treat, these aren't at all appropiate due to the small size as well as the easy to chew texture.
These treats are made by Mars, which I didn't realise until right this very second while looking at the back of the packet while writing this review. Unfortunately, this has totally put me off of these and I will not be re-purchasing them due to the cruel experiments that Mars conduct on a range of animals. If animal testing does not bother you though then I'd recommend these - my dogs loved them and although they're not great value for money, as long as you use them as training rewards rather than giving your dog handfuls of them at a time a packet should last for around a week.
Overall, I give these treats four out of five stars - I've knocked one star off because of the price and also because the manufacturers test on animals.
I get these for my 11 year old Yorkie called Toby, he has a limited amount of teeth left due to tooth decay in his old age so its always hard to find him a treat that he can happily chew on without causing him too much discomfort, I saw these in Tesco and decided to buy them for him and the Mis-Fit twists or wonky chomps for my larger dogs Athena and Slash.
I love the quirky name of these and that is what made me purchase them in the first place I love something thats abit different, I also love the fact they they are made with no artificial colours or flavours, they come in quite colourful packaging and are about the size of a small crisp packet I think I paid around £1.00 at the time, they was on a special offer so I thought Id give them ago.
Once I opened the packet I saw small pellet like shaped treats that was yellowish/brownish in colour, you get a very generous amount in the packet, great value for money, they felt quite hard so I did think perhaps they wasnt a good idea after all but I gave one to Toby and he gobbled it down without any problem, they are perfect for small breed sizes, I find them a little too small for Slash and Athena, nontheless, they seemed to love them too :)
In my review for Misfits' Tangly Twists I mentioned that I also bought my dog some of these Scruffy Bites at the same time thanks to them being available at an introductory offer in my local Asda costing just a pound a pack. These are somewhat different in design and feel to the others I bought and unlike the Twists which are quite hard and dry the Scruffy Bites have a moist texture to them and are smaller in shape and a little bit flaky. Barney, my dog, has recently had to have some teeth removed, he's a Yorkshire Terrier and the breed are prone to dental problems as they get older and even though I've always made sure that he has a good mix of both wet and dry food available to him and kept him on a healthy, nutritious diet his teeth had unfortunately got the state where they had to be removed. I was initially anxious about what food and treats I'd be able to give him fearing that he would no longer be capable of chewing his way through anything too tough or hard so in the interim period where his gums were healing I stopped him from having his regular Tesco treats and bought these for him instead.
Packaged in an eye-catching green plastic packet the Scruffy Bites treats are small morsel shaped pieces of delicious-sounding (not) meat and vegetable derivatives. The manufacturers, Mars Petfoods, state that there are no artificial flavours or colours that go into their composition and the nutritional content includes at least 21% protein and 17% fat. You get 180grams worth of treats for the price and it's suggested that small dogs should have no more than 6 pieces in a day and up to 20 pieces for larger dogs. They're ideally sized to be a quick reward for good behaviour if you're training your pooches and they're small enough for you to carry around in a small bag if you're out and about with your dog. I bought these for Barney after his dental surgery and whilst they're not the usual thing I would go for as far as treats are concerned I wanted something that was going to be gentle to his mouth which he could quickly swallow if he didn't want something to chew on.
Out of the packet they have no discernible smell which is always a good thing I think and whilst they are a little on the bitty and flaky side they don't cause too much of a mess and any residue left over after they've been eaten is easily picked up and taken care of. As already mentioned they're quite moist to the touch and have somewhat of a spongy texture to them but they're not wet and don't tend to stick to one another in the pack. Barney generally likes stick-shaped treats and seemed reluctant at first to eat these, I think he was somewhat disappointed with how they looked in all honesty and when I first gave them to him he treated them with a little disdain and looked at me as if to say "is this it?". After having a sniff and a tentative lick of one he soon got a taste for them and as I suspected he would, he soon wolfed the 6 that I left down for him although I don't think he considered them to be a 'treat' at all to be honest as they were similar in shape and size to his usual dry complete dog food that I always leave down for him.
He definitely seemed to enjoy them though and soon made his way through the pack that I bought and admittedly they made an ideal stop-gap during the period when I didn't want to give him his usual meaty sticks but for me they weren't special enough to be classed as a treat and I haven't bought him another pack after the first pack was finished. They're perhaps better suited as a training reward I think and would serve that purpose well as they're small enough to be given in recognition of an achievement or for good behaviour, for an every day treat though I don't think they fare as well, not in my opinion anyway.
I can't complain about how they are presented, the pack is nicely designed and you do get a fair few morsels for your money, at around a pound a pack they're cheap enough to try out on your dogs and both Barney and myself have been impressed with the Misfits range. I wouldn't buy the Scruffy Bites again myself though as I think there are better treats available to buy and as Barney is also fond of Tangly Twists from Misfits he'll be sticking with them alongside his usual Meaty Sticks in the future. These did make a nice change for him though and did suit him whilst he was recovering from his dental surgery but as he's now back to full health I have no need to buy these for the time being although I would still recommend them to other dog owners if they want to try something new for their pets. As with the other products in the Misfits range Barney had no adverse reaction to the Scruffy Bites, they were digested without any problem whatsoever and he definitely seemed to enjoy them so there should be no concerns about how your dog might react to them if eaten.
Overall these are recommended but perhaps not as strongly as the Tangly Twists so I'm awarding a four star rating for the Scruffy Bites here. Thanks for reading my review.