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ZiwiPeak | Our Passion is Natural Nutrition!

Why Do We, at thaMUNCHbox, Love ZiwiPeak?


Using a unique, gentle air-drying process (preserves the goodness of raw meat, organs and fish), ZiwiPeak uses natural, fresh venison, lamb, beef, shellfish and seafood; all sourced from NEW ZEALAND.  Adding nothing but essential vitamins and minerals, there are NO sugars, salt, glycerines, antibiotics, hormones, preservatives, colourings, fillers, grains or potatoes (carbohydrates).  ZiwiPeak products are also GMO-free, with no ethoxyquin, BHA or BHT and no propylene glycol; the cans use BPA-free food lining.

YUP! Limited, Simple Ingredients…which we LOVE!

In terms of their Philosophy, ZiwiPeak is dedicated to using the finest ingredients, matching a WILD PREY DIET to provide for long-term health and well-being.  ZiwiPeak believes excellent nutrition is vital to pets; the key to providing the best diet possible is a deep understanding of what a dog or cat requires – how its digestive system functions.

Although this brand is a little more expensive than other products (certainly more expensive than those using artificial/filler ingredients), the difference shows in pet health and longevity.  To ZiwiPeak, It’s NOT about cutting corners, It’s about building trust between themselves and their customers, and between their customers and their pets.

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Check Out these 10 reason as to WHY you should consider ZiwiPeak!

It is recommended that PROTEIN CONTENT in your pet’s Canned/Kibble food be OVER 30%.  ZiwiPeak definitely meets these standards, with some of their products containing Protein Content reaching in the mid 50%.

If you are not quite ready to dive into feeding your dog/cat Raw dog food, check out ZiwiPeak.  This Brand provides a wonderful  Balance of convenience and Healthy Natural Nutrition.

tha MUNCHbox came upon this Pawsome Company while admiring their Deer Shank dog Chew…

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Skinz | Catfish, Cod + Salmon

Many are unaware of the nutritious benefits fish can bring to a dogs’ diet.  Sure, it may make them fart a bit more than usual, but isn’t that…well, healthy?

A great substitute for dogs with common protein allergies (beef, chicken, lamb), a diet with tasty FISH has been proven to:

1.) Bolster a Healthy Skin and Coat (Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids)
2.) Improve Digestion (Lean Protein)
3.) Perk-Up Joint Mobility (Anti-inflammatory – Great for Senior Dogs)
4.) Help in the Development of Vision and Brain Function (DHA/EPA – Great for Puppies)
5.) Boost Immune System (Natural Vitamins/Minerals)
6.) Prevent Cardiovascular/Heart Disease (Low in Saturated Fats and Meaningless Calories)

Like the zest of a lemon, the SKINS of FISH are are a nice way to reward your dog with healthy properties, without the risk of weight gain and/or a protein overload.  Best fed cooked, check out these dehydrated Cod Skins, Catfish Skins and Salmon Skins at thaMUNCHbox.com.

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Note: We ALMOST forgot to tell you that these treats have been CAT APPROVED!

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Organic Pumpkin + Turkey Meatballs | Nummy Tum-Tum!

Embracing the term ORGANIC, we decided to make Yummy Turkey Meatballs, with 100% smooth ORGANIC Pumpkin Puree by Nummy Tum-Tum.

photo-28Inspired by the Homemade Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatball recipe on PetCouponSavings.com, this Affordable and Easy recipe will definitely be common in our kitchen.  Just Swapping out Sweet Potato for ORGANIC Pumpkin Puree (1/2 can), and adding 1 teaspoon of OLIVE OIL (for skin + coat health), we followed the recipe step-by-step and as the sweet smell of ORGANIC Pumpkin rised from our oven, we were so tempted to pop one or two in our mouths (non-meat eater over here).  Our Midget Poop Ballou has already devoured three so far.  We are happy to say that we only used half of the batch mixture and have deep freezed the rest for future meals/treats.  No doubt, we plan on using this recipe as a base/inspiration for others, like, Apple + Turkey Meatballs (Ballou just loves him some apple).

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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.

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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.  

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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!