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tha MUNCHshop | Open for Business!

Minor changes have been made to our website to better speak for what we’re all about.

Looking to conveniently deliver, via MAILbox, the informative, interactive and fun experience found when sampling treats in a local pet boutique, tha MUNCHbox hopes to offer online customers a unique way to discover, explore and shop the many healthy, simple ingredient chews, treats and bones on the market.

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Feeling as though we were only showcasing pieces of a full-package, we’ve decided to tackle this issue by  adding… tha MUNCHshop!

NOW OPEN for BUSINESS, when the sample stage is complete, customers can procure single items or full size package items, directly from our website.

Lastly, we do ask that you visit tha MUNCHshop often.  We are constantly in the process of adding and/or finding new things.

tha MUNCHbox!

Nuts + Seeds | D.I.Y Butter for Dogs!

NI scream, YOU scream, we ALL scream for… Peanut Butter?

A common favorite amongst are canine homies, Peanut Butter is not only a great source of Protein and Heart Healthy Fats, but it also contains Vitamin E and Vitamin B3 (Niacin).  Being that Raw, UnSalted Peanut Butter is best, we have stumbled upon a RAWRsome D.I.Y Nut Butter recipe (salt is optional!) that not just includes NUTS, but Nutrient packed SEEDS as well (i.e. Flaxseed).  We also like the fact that this D.I.Y encourages creativity that both you and your canine homie can appreciate, like, using coconut oil or adding honey or baking spices…cinnamon, or even herbs and spices…rosemary.  You can even combine tha NUTS and SEEDS (I’m Super Excited Right Now)!


CAUTION: Not all of the Nuts shown are suitable for Dogs!


DOG-GONE-BAD: Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, Pistachio’s, Walnuts


DOG-GONE-GOOD: Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Almonds, Cashew, Pine Nuts, Sunflower Seeds, Flaxseeds, Sesame Seeds, Pepita (Pumpkin seeds)


As with any treat, even with us humans, MODERATION IS KEY! Make a Special Quick Snack for you and your canine homie by dipping pieces of apple in your newly made butta!

Click on the Pic below to get started!

MUNCH love!

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How-to Make Homemade Nut Butters Courtesy of Tasty Yummies!

 

Liver + Lung | tha Perfect Training Treats!

When it comes to how some canned and dry food is made/processed, we understand why organ meat gets a bad rep.  Mixed/cooked at high temperatures with unhealthy food waste, it’s no wonder why these nutrient-rich meats become un-noticed, shoved under the blanket term “by-product.”

However! We agree with Dr. Becker:

“Organ meats are part of the natural diet of wild canines and felines, and fresh unprocessed organ meats provide superior nourishment to pet dogs and cats”

This, is why we RUV organ meats as treats.  Two in particular, are the Liver and Lungs.  Although unprocessed is best, we know that not every dog is keen on the raw texture.  So, we like the idea of boiling, baking and/or dehydrating.

Common sources for these delicacies include:

– Beef
– Bison – Milder in flavor than beef (lean protein)
– Chicken
– Duck – Novelty Protein (Good for dogs with Allergies/Sensitive to common meat)
– Lamb
– Pork – Low in Sodium
– Rabbit – Novelty Protein (Good for dogs with Allergies/Sensitive to common meat)
– Turkey – Low in Sodium
– Venison – Novelty Protein (Good for dogs with Allergies/Sensitive to common meat)

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Sample some Venison Liver – thaMUNCHbox.com!

Both Liver and Lung are wonderful sources of…

– Protein
– Fat
– Vitamin A
– Vitamin B Complex (B6, B12, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid)
– Vitamin C
– Vitamin K
– Fatty Acids (Omega 3 + 6)
– Essential Amino Acids
– Iron
– Zinc
– Manganese
– Folate
– Phosphorus
– Copper
– Selenium

Note: Please be cautious when it comes to Liver treats.  High in vitamin A, this organ meat is not recommended if you plan on or are already giving a Vitamin A supplement; you want to be mindful of a Vitamin A overdose.

MUNCH love!

Justice for JERKY!

JNowadays, Jerky comes in many forms:

Pork, Goat, Lamb, Deer, Elk, Caribou, Kangaroo, Bison, Moose, Turkey, Ostrich, Salmon, Alligator, Tuna, Emu, Horse, Camel… (etc.)

And, I know this may sound stupid, but until recently, I wasn’t fully aware of how MODERN Jerky is made:  

Modern manufactured jerky is normally marinated in a seasoned spice rub or liquid, and dried, dehydrated or smoked with low heat (usually under 70 °C/160 °F). Some makers still use just salt and sun-dry fresh sliced meat to make jerky.  Some product manufacturers finely grind meat, mix in seasonings, and press the meat-paste into flat shapes prior to drying. – Thank You Wikipedia! –

Being more familiar with traditional Jerky…

…A lean meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips, and then dried to prevent spoilage. Normally, this drying includes the addition of salt, to prevent bacteria from developing on the meat before sufficient moisture has been removed.

It wasn’t until the on-going Jerky recall of pet treats, that I really started to pay attention.

There are many products in the marketplace which are sold as jerky which consist of highly processed, chopped and formed meat, rather than traditional sliced, whole-muscle meat.

Thankfully, I myself do not eat Jerky, but unfortunately, I know a lot of the stuff mentioned above, went into making pet treats.  Furthermore, according to the FDA:

A number of jerky pet treat products were removed from the market in January 2013 after a New York State lab reported finding evidence of up to six drugs in certain jerky pet treats made in China. While the levels of these drugs were very low and it’s unlikely that they caused the illnesses, FDA noted a decrease in reports of jerky-suspected illnesses after the products were removed from the market. FDA believes that the number of reports may have declined simply because fewer jerky treats were available. 

Um, WHAT?! DRUGS?! Does this make any sense to you? Before I go off on a long and frustrated tangent, I think I’ll stop myself and keep this post short.  BUT, what I will say, is this:

At tha MUNCHbox, we focus on providing limited-ingredient treats that are MADE/SOURCED in the USA; with the exception that some of our treats may be sourced from Canada, Southern America, Australia and New Zealand (NO China).  The Chicken Strips and Tilapia Jerky that we carry, are pure dehydrated meat, with no additives, preservatives, hormones or chemicals (of any kind).  Both treats are made in Boston, by the GOOD folks at Polka Dog Bakery.  

Better safe then sorry, we strongly encourage making your own treats, not only is it fun, but there are plenty of blogs that will provide recipes/information as to how – Check-Out Our Blog Post – DIY | Dehydrated GF Duck Treats.  

If you don’t have the time…we completely understand.  Check out thaMUNCHbox.com!

We are in the process of procuring more Jerky treats that adhere to our high standards.  In All, we hope to give you more options to choose from and more yummy surprises for your dog via mail.  

MUNCH love!

10 ICE-CUBE-CRUNCHY Treats…for Dogs!

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We CANNOT WAIT until SUMMER! Let me repeat that again… We CANNOT WAIT until SUMMER!

Especially since there are so many Healthy, Easy-Peezy, ICE-CUBE-CRUNCHY treats to make for dogs. Not only are these treats good for the general issue of teething puppies or for keeping your dog cool in the summer (blah, blah, blah), but they are also great for us, tha humans to CRUNCH on.

Whether you are looking to cube-freeze pieces of apple in chicken broth, baby food, low sugar juice, or a blended smoothie, get inspired by checking out these 10 RAWRSOME recipes:

Smiley Banana Frosty’s by Sugar the Golden Retriever

Peanut Butter + Yogurt Hearts by 17 Apart

Yogurt, Peanut Butter, Honey + Banana Treats by Today’s Mama

Chicken Broth Dog Treats by Irresistible Pets

Strawberry, Blueberry + Yogurt Treats by Doggy Dessert Chef

Red + Blue Popsicles by Sugar the Golden Retriever

Frozen Apple Bites by Kelsey Difani

Triple Berry Treats by Pitlandia

Pumpkin Bones by My Dog’s Breakfast

Strawberry + Coconut Milk Skulls by Doggy Dessert Chef

Also, Check Out FreezyPups.com – Delicious Frozen Treats for Dogs!  We love their cute Bone-shaped ice cube trays and the ingredients in their Organic refill packets sound YUMMY!

MUNCH love!

Himalayan Chews | tha Dog Cheese!

“Himalayan Dog Chew comes from an ancient recipe of the people of the Himalayas.  In the mountains at more than 15,000 feet, it is made using traditional methods with Yak and Cow Milk and all natural products and no chemicals or preservatives {No additives – 100% Authentic}” 
Yak and Himalayan Dog Chew

Collected from rural community co-ops of the Himalayas in Eastern Nepal and the Mountains of West Bengal in India, Himalayan Dog Chews are made from Cows and Yaks raised in sheds, where no modern equipment or techniques are used in milking the animals.  Never introduced to hormones, prophylactic antibiotics, or other chemicals, these animals graze on open grasslands and are considered to be sacred life-givers.

Using a traditional method for human consumption, the Yak and Cow Milk is turned into hard cheese, which becomes a chew as hard as a regular bone, but softens after licking and/or gnawing for several minutes.  Recommended to keep in dry conditions, with an expiration date of approx. 4 years from the date of opening, these chews may give Antlers a run for their money.

Isn’t Milk, hence Cheese bad for dogs?

On the contrary, “positive reward-based obedience trainings often encourage the use of small pieces of cheese as motivators for behavior.”  Moreover, milk in its raw form is what’s difficult for dogs to digest. Yet, once it is made into cheese, the cooking process alters the protein making it more easily digestible… In actuality, most or all lactose is removed. The final product has little or no lactose to contribute towards the intollerance among dogs.

Worried about the salt and fat content?

The fat content is less than 1% of the whole product of Himalayan Dog Chew.

The amount of salt included in the creation of these chews is negligible. It is included by the people as a flavor enhancer, not for the flavor itself.

Wanna sample tha Dog Cheese? Check-out tha Yaky Puffs Popcorn + tha 6” Yaky Stick (thin layer of tha Dog Cheese wrapped around a Bull Pizzle) at thaMUNCHbox.com.  If you are looking to try the long lasting Himalayan Dog Chew in a MUNCHbox, we are hoping to get these in shortly, so please, keep checking tha website. Or, just go to HimalayanDogChew.com.

– MUNCH love –

Green Tripe Sticks for Dogs | COMING SOON to tha MUNCHbox!

GGreen tripe is the unbleached, nutrient rich stomach lining of a grass-fed animal containing essential fatty acids and digestive juices important for your pet’s health.”  – PetKind  –

Made from All-Natural Beef Tripe, Green Tripe Sticks are preservative, additive and chemical free and contain essential fatty acids that are great for teeth, skin and coat.  These fully-digestible dog chews are safe and are a healthy alternative to rawhide.  Measuring approximately 5-7 inches in length, but varying in thickness, they are not only good for dogs of all life stages, but are also good for picky eaters and sensitive stomachs.

Although this chew is one of the healthiest and most nutritious, it may be wise to give as an outdoor treat, as the odor is not pleasant.

MUNCH love!