Thursday, October 31, 2013

Product Review: Your Dog's Diner

This week "Your Dog's Diner"  (www.yourdogsdiner.com) sent us some of their delicious treat mixes to sample and review.

Rachael, the proprietor at "Your Dog's Diner", is also the human behind the blog 2travelingdogs.com, a website dedicated to the adventures of her two rescue dogs, Brickle and Digby. After a few years of successful blogging, Rachael and her husband made the jump to small business owners. They combined their love of dogs with their lifelong love of cooking to bring us "Your Dog's Diner".

The premise behind "Your Dog's Diner" is the concept that cooking for your dog is a rewarding, loving and healthier way to give your dog treats. Because you can control the protein source, you can be assured that what you are feeding your dog is safe. By combining "Your Dog's Diner" treat mixes with a few other basic ingredients, you can easily cook nutritious and delightful snacks for your dog...right in your kitchen!

I have to say, that the Drool Crew and I thoroughly enjoyed our first experience! Below are the complete reviews for both the Mutt Meatballs and the Mutt Soup. Enjoy!

Mutt Meatballs

 
 


1. Grab the meatball mix, 1 egg, and 1 pound of ground beef (or protein of your choice)


             
 
 
 2. In a large bowl, combine meatball mix, egg, and uncooked meat.
 
 
 
 
3. Mix well with hands
 
 







4. Form into bite sized balls with a teaspoon or melon baller and place into a greased  oven-safe pan.



5. Place meatball in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes.


 



 
6. Allow meatballs to cool fully before serving (probably the hardest step!)






 

Mutt Soup



 
 
 
1. Grab the soup mix, olive oil, water or chicken broth, and ground beef















2. Brown and drain the hamburger.
(This step is optional, however because I had a slightly fattier ground beef on hand, I decided to brown it and drain the grease prior to adding it to the soup mix)











3. Combine meat, soup mix, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 6 cups of water or unsalted chicken broth into a large pot.




 4. Bring the ingredients to a boil and then lower the heat to simmer. Simmer, while stirring occasionally, for 30-45 minutes.





 


 
 
 5. Allow soup to cool fully before serving
 
 
 
 
 
 



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I think the above picture says it all...the Drool Crew was very excited to try their new treats. After allowing the treats to cool, I put a small scoop of the soup on top of their dinner. I was lucky to survive this exercise as I was nearly trampled in their scramble to get to the bowls!! Even Ringo broke into a jog on the way to the kitchen!

Photo from "The Lion King"
 
From a human standpoint, "Your Dog's Diner" treat mixes are AWESOME! Even if you are the worst cook on Earth (which I might very well be), your dog will love you for making something special just for them. The added perk is that, unlike human children, they won't complain when you feed them leftovers for several days!!

I also waited a few days before finishing my review because I wanted to see how the Drool Crew's stomachs reacted. My dogs don't get a lot of rich treats, so I was slightly worried that we would experience some gastrointestinal distress. Thankfully, we have had no problems...even after 3 days worth of special dinner treats. As if these treat mixes weren't great already, this finding definitely pushes them into the totally amazing category!
 
I will definitely be purchasing more from "Your Dog's Diner" and I can't wait to see what other recipes Rachael comes up with in the future. So if you are looking for something new to try with your dogs, stop by www.yourdogsdiner.com to order your treat mixes today! 
 
SHOPPING TIP:
These treat mixes would make a great holiday present for any dog lover!!

 
 



5 comments:

  1. Oh my god! Saw you over at blog paws, this is an awesome dog blog. I have bookmarked it for future reference. Thank you for all that you do.

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  2. Hmmm...I could swear that Rachael Ray first used the name "Mutt Meatballs" back in her magazine quite some time ago, it was a recipe and it is also on one of her wet dog foods. I could be wrong!

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  3. Delicious! I can cook, but I prefer not to. Perhaps one of these days when I feel like doing something different, I will make these for Maya & Pierson. Otherwise, it is the lazily purchased dog treats for them. ;)

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  4. Thank you for a great review! We love it! And to address Caren, we have trademarked Mutt Meatballs, although we are sure Rachael Ray's recipe is fabulous as well!

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