Review: Natural Balance Jerky Bark

Before Rainer left to go on trial with his new family, I gave him the opportunity to try a new product: Natural Balance’s Jerky Bark, advertised as a “limited ingredient treat.” We were asked to review this product by, and the dogs are, of course, always willing test subjects.

Natural Balance Jerky Bark

Point 1: Chewy offers really fast shipping! I was actually surprised by this. I think two days after I got the e-mail about these treats, they arrived on our doorstep. We were impressed by the speedy service.

Point 2: We got to try the lamb and brown rice treats, which are on sale right now for $7.99 for a 6-ounce bag. The ingredients are:

Lamb, Lamb Liver, Brown Rice, Cane Molasses, Natural Flavor, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (preservative), Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Rosemary Extract, Zinc Propionate

Not as limited a list as the Orijen treats we previously reviewed, but still, quite good compared with the average dog treat on the market today. I am a little curious what “natural flavor” is. And I was interested to read that zinc propionate is actually recommended, according to this research paper, as an additive for dogs and cats. Mixed tocopherols are a vitamin E derivative used for preservation. So, in general, I’m not concerned about the ingredients list for this product.

Natural Balance Jerky BarkPoint 3: The treats come in a variety of broken-up pieces. They almost feel freeze-dried, and they are a little hard to break up with your fingers, but the dogs, of course, didn’t mind that at all!

Natural Balance Jerky Bark

Rainer, as you can see, was VERY interested in this jerky bark. We also took a few pieces with us to share with his adopter, so he could have something tasty to immediately win Rainer over.

Overall: Recommended! Seems like a great product. I do wish it was a little easier to break it up into smaller bits for training purposes, but that’s probably not the intended use for this treat. Check out for these treats and many more.


Disclaimer: I was provided with these treats in exchange for this review, but all opinions are expressly mine.

Review: Orijen Black Angus Beef treats

When asked if we’d like to review treats from Orijen, we were more than happy to! I’ve heard great things about Orijen’s products for a while now, but I’ve frankly been too cheap to spring for them myself. We learned, though, that with Orijen, you get what you pay for, which is a very high-quality product.

Orijen Black Angus treats

When I ripped open the package, Pyrrha and Rainer went WILD.

Pyrrha and Rainer investigate treats

This photo is blurry, but this is what Pyrrha did immediately after the bag was opened:

(c) Doggerel

She has never done this before! She knows that paws are NOT allowed on the table. But the overpowering aroma of these Orijen treats was simply too much for her to handle.

(c) Doggerel

The Black Angus Beef treats are small, freeze-dried bits, and the ingredients are top-notch: Angus beef liver, boneless Black Angus beef, and Black Angus tripe. That’s IT. The meat is also preservative free and originates in Alberta. This is really impressive in the world of dog treats, which are often loaded up with starches, grains, and unpronounceable chemical mixtures. Not so with these treats.

Orijen Black Angus beef treats

Orijen is also manufactured in Canada, which is comforting, coming out of all of the horrific news of tainted dog products manufactured in China.

Overall? Pyrrha and I give these treats 5 stars.


You can buy a 2-oz. or 3.5-oz. bag of these treats from

Have you tried any Orijen products before? Did your dogs love them as much as mine did?

Disclaimer: I was provided with a bag of treats in exchange for this review, but all opinions are expressly mine.