Review: Halo Liv-a-Littles treats

We recently got to try these freeze-dried chicken treats from Halo Pets. I’ve heard about the company before (and of course, its famous co-owner, Ellen DeGeneres), but this was our first time trying one of Halo’s products. And I’m happy to report that we definitely liked it!

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For one, it’s hard to beat this limited-ingredients list:

Freeze-dried chicken breast, Marinade (sodium phosphate, salt, carrageenan)

That’s it! Impressive. Obviously, you could just make some chicken at home, but I know convenience is always a factor.

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The treats are somewhat delicately composed and crumbly, so they wouldn’t be ideal training treats (as I imagine they’d get ground to a fine powder if they were in a treat bag), but they’re ideal for on-the-fly training at home or just everyday snacks.

Another great feature of these treats, for those in multi-pet households, is that they’re formulated treats for dogs and cats. (Which makes sense, seeing as it’s just freeze-dried chicken.)

As you can see, Pyrrha (who got to be the lucky taste-tester this time) was willing to pull out all of the stops in order to snag one of these treats:

Halo pet treats review | Doggerel

Halo pet treats review | Doggerel

A 2.2-oz. jar currently sells for $7.29 at

Have you ever tried products from Halo Pets? Any that you’d recommend?

Disclosure: We were provided with a jar of these treats by in exchange for our honest review.

Review: Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Minis

As you know, Pyrrha is always eager to try new treats, and we were particularly interested in this offering from to try Nature’s Variety’s product, Instinct Raw Boost Minis (chicken formula).

photo_2A 3.25-oz. bag sells for $10. These are freeze-dried treats, and I liked the small size, which makes them easy to dole out as training rewards. They are also easy to break up, if you wanted even smaller treats, and this of course also means that they’re quick for Pyrrha to scarf down and move on to the next task at hand.


These treats are advertised as “raw,” which here means that they contain natural ingredients without chemical fillers or artificial preservatives. The treats are also grain-free and gluten-free and do not contain corn, wheat, or soy.

Here are the listed ingredients for these minis:

Chicken (Including Ground Chicken Bone), Turkey, Turkey Liver, Turkey Heart, Pumpkinseeds, Apples, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Dried Kelp, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Salmon Oil, Mixed Tocopherols, Olive Oil, Rosemary Extract, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Persimmons, Inulin, Rosemary, Sage, Clove

We feel good about this list! As we’ve said before, it’s hard to find dog treats that aren’t jam-packed with shady stuff.

photoPyrrha, as you can see, was VERY eager to try these little treats out! She threw out every trick in the book to get one!

Guion thinks that her enthusiasm for the treats has waned over time, but I say it’s hard to tell. If that’s true, it’s probably because she loathes fruits and vegetables and anything remotely healthy. Ha!

You can buy these treats from (although they’re temporarily out of stock right now) and other pet retailers.

Disclaimer: We were provided with a bag of these treats in exchange for our honest review, but all opinions are expressly our own.