What in the world do pet treats and homeless kids have in common? More than you think. A Dayton, Ohio area non-profit called Daybreak” came up with the brilliant idea to use pet treats to help out their homeless youth. How? Well, treat maker Lindy & Company employee homeless youth to make the treats – providing them with the skills set needed to not only succeed in maintaining employment but also develop life-building skills. Think about it – how hard must it be for a child who is homeless to ever get out of the cycle? When you don’t even have a permanent address, it can be hard to get any potential employers to even consider you. By providing a working opportunity at Lindy & Company, kids are getting skills, references, and a chance to change the course of their lives.
Lindy & Company Products Galore
In addition to having a fantastic mission, Lindy & Company has a plethora of treats to choose from. Is your dog a picky eater? Check. Looking for grain free? Yep, they have it. Gluten-free? Vegan? Look no further because Lindy & Company probably has fit. They offer 10 different flavors with a variety of dietary options.
For this review, Imogene and Dash taste-tested the Gluten-Free Peanutty Puppers. Disclaimer: In exchange for an honest and detailed review, Lindy & Company sent me a bag of treats to try and donated several bags of treats to include in our 2016 Philadelphia PAWS Mutt Strutt contest prize basket.
The bag of Peannutty Puppers contains:
brown rice flour, milk, peanut butter, baking powder, ascorbic acid (preservative), tocopherols (preservative)
The Taste Test
I’ve done more pet treat reviews than I care to admit – and after awhile I must say they start to run together. It’s probably not entirely fair to use my dog Imogene to do a product review taste test as the old lady only has 5 teeth left. But, she’s really a canine garbage disposal, so she’s good at weeding out treats that probably won’t appeal to any dog. tDash, however, is a picky boy, so I like to test on him for that very reason. That way, all of the bases are covered.
Imogene and Dash both immediately grabbed the Peanutty Puppers out of my hand and ran away with them. That’s a clear sign that the treat is a prized possession. Imogene, however, did not eat the treat. Although the treat is small in size and chewy, it might have been a little too hard for her. When I broke it in half, she happily chomped it down.
Dash, on the other hand, gulped the treat down and came right back for another. Interestingly enough, though, when I tried a week later he refused the treat. This may be due to the fact that I had recently bought some bully sticks and lungs, so he was holding out for those treats. Imogene, however, has continued to enjoy them.
Yep, I’d Buy ‘Em
Yep, I’d buy them. In fact, I think that Lindy & Company is kind of a game changer . . . why buy treats from Milkbone or Kong when you have a local business that is helping to change their community? Besides being able to support a good cause, you’re getting a high-quality product. Treats that contain real food, ingredients you can actually pronounce, and that your dog will actually enjoy eating.
And, in the spirit of full disclosure, I’d not only buy them I’d eat them. Yep, you heard right. I was stuck in traffic one day on the Schuyllkill expressway and absolutely starving. I had left the bag of Peanutty Puppers in the glove compartment. Since they contain ingredients that are in people food, I figured, why not? It’s really no different than a regular peanut butter cookie. The only difference? It was a little blander than the ones my mom makes. And definitely not as sweet.
While you can purchase their treats on their website, Lindy & Company has also expanded to retailers nationwide. Approximate retail value is $5.99. You can learn more about Lindy & Company by checking out their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.