Freshpet Launches Real Turkey Bacon Dognation® Treats!! WIN!

Hi my furry friends!  I’m gonna take a survey. Raise your paws if you LOVE BACON!! Let’s see…one, two, three, four, a zillion…I can’t count much past a zillion and the paws just keep on going up!!

Ok, I have another question. Since I am an intelligent doggy, I am just full of questions! Raise your paw if you LOVE TURKEY!  Let’s see, one, two, three, four, a zillion…you get the idea!

Have I got news for you! I could barely contain my excitement when the people at Freshpet gave me the opportunity to tell you about one of their newest

Dognation® Treats


Photo Courtesy of: Freshpet on Facebook

I have featured Freshpet in the past and it is my pleasure to do so again! Mom and I think highly of this company, everything that they do is first-rate!

Gather round me pups and let me tell you about the:


I’ll tell ya when Mom opened the bag to give one of those sumptuous smoky smelling strips to me,   I nearly lost my mind! That’s why there isn’t a photo of me eating them…I was TOO FAST FOR MOM! At one point, Mom  held the bag out to me and I grabbed a bacon strip right out of the bag! They look  AND TASTE like REAL BACON STRIPS!

Mom apologizes about the blurry shot, I wouldn’t stop moving because I wanted those Turkey Bacon Treats!!!

Who DOESN’T love bacon? Mom was watching TV this morning and that “Pioneer” cookbook lady was on and she was making meatloaf ready for this?… WRAPPED IN BACON!

I know that regular bacon is made of pork but many people like my Mom, use turkey bacon because it is a leaner alternative. Don’t get your fur ruffled, it is still crunchy the way we like it but has fewer calories and fat!

The best part? Now there  is Dognation Turkey Bacon made for dogs!

Freshpet Dognation Turkey Bacon for dogs are:

  • made using only all natural, simple ingredients the way ALL of the Freshpet products are made.
  • Fresh, wood-smoked turkey bacon treats made of simple, all natural ingredients. No fillers, by-products or preservatives.

Mom wanted to video me eating my Dognation Turkey Bacon treats but I would have NONE of it! I just wanted those treats! Mom remembered a FANTASTIC video that she saw over at the great blog Something Wagging This Way Comes and asked Pamela if she would share her fabulous video! Guess what! She said yes!! Thanks soooooo much Pamela!!

Dognation Turkey Bacon is $6.99 for 3 oz. which is a teeny bit pricey, but Mom loved Pamela’s idea of using them as training treats to make them go further and may have to do that with me!

You can purchase these treats in the U.S. by visiting the Freshpet store locator at

NOTE: They will not be available in Canada until early 2013.

No worries!!! I am having a give-away!! One lucky dog who lives in either the U.S. OR CANADA can enter to win your own Freshpet Dognation Turkey Bacon Dog Treats!


Leave a comment telling me just how much you love Bacon!

DEADLINE TO ENTER: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 at 11pm EST. Winner will be announced, Wednesday, November 14th!


For more information about Freshpet foods visit

I was not compensated for this review. I was sent some Dognation Turkey Bacon Dog Treats to test and review. All opinions are my own!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota


Cookies, Cookies, COOKIES! Freshpet FRESH Baked Cookies!

Doggies! Gather ’round your “compawters!” Have I got news for you!

Do you remember a while back when my Mom and I barked about Freshpet and how much we like their products? If you need a refresher you may click right here.

Mom and I were so excited when Freshpet contacted us a couple of weeks ago telling us about a new product they have. Freshpet told us they are the FIRST to launch

Ready-to-bake Cookies for DOGS!!

They asked Mom if she would like to try baking some for me and she jumped at the opportunity. I was a little dubious. You see, my Mom is an excellent cook but when it comes to baking, well, let’s just say, she’s all paws!

I waited for the package to arrive because I thought this was gonna be funny. Mom, baking? I gotta see this!

Last week my Sheltie-radar picked up a familiar sound at my door. It was the sound of the FedEx man and he had a package for us. I barked with all of my might with excitement and spun like a super-charged Sheltie when I realized what had arrived! Look!

Mom squealed with excitement. If you have never heard my Mom squeal it is somewhat reminiscent of a pig, but I digress.

I didn’t understand why she would become so excited with PACKAGING. Geeze…gimme the cookies! Who cares about packaging?

Mom explained that Freshpet is a first class company and that everything they do is done with attention to detail, perfection and class.

Freshpet’s philosophy is:

  • to use quality ingredients
  • to make food that is COOKED, not processed
  • to provide, FRESH, refrigerated food/treats/ COOKIES!

Our cookies arrived nice and cold. They were packed in the cooler shown above with ice packs and everything! We received all sorts of information about the cookies as well.  As far as I am concerned all of this “information” is just time-wasting stuff! All I care about are the cookies. You know how Moms are though. They like everything to be perfect and in my Mom’s opinion Freshpet is pretty darned perfect!

Freshpet even sent this really cool apron in Mom’s favorite color, Kelly green! Mom was embarrassed about how she looked today, you know with the time change and all and that she never brushed her hair today, and was dressed like a bum, she didn’t want to be on camera. So, mom recruited Dad to model the apron, that’s pretty funny cause all Dad knows how to make in the kitchen is oatmeal and coffee, yet again I digress.

Mom decided that today would be the day she would bake my cookies! I watched every move.



Mom opened the Dognation Oatmeal & Cranberry Recipe cookies to bake first. They  are available in select pet specialty stores. MSRP $4.99 to $6.99.  (12 oz. 18 cookies!)

Just as I was getting ready to laugh waiting for my Mom to bake, I realized there would be NO LAUGHING! These cookies need no measuring, no mixing. All you do is take the pre-shaped dough out of the refrigerator and place them on a baking sheet in the oven.

BUMMER!! This is too easy! I wanted to laugh and all that happened was the smell of these cookies baking was enough to make me lose what is left of my Sheltie mind! I thought I would go insane from the tantalizing smells dancing around the kitchen. Even Mom said she wanted to eat them. That’s no surprise Ms.Food Obsessed will eat anything not glued down.

Here are the directions for baking the cookies:

Baking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place cookies 2″ apart on ungreased baking sheet. Gently flatten each cookie with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool completely on baking rack before serving. Store baked cookies in an air tight container for up to 14 days.

Easy Peasy! Ours took a little longer than 14 minutes to bake but Mom said that is probably because most ovens are set differently. Let’s just say they didn’t take long at all!

This is what they looked like when they were done!

How delicious do these look?

Freshpet’s New Ready to Bake Cookies are available in the pet food aisle (refrigerator).

They are:

  • 100% all natural
  • contain no preservatives
  • they are made of simple ingredients like crunchy peanut butter, whole oats and dried cranberries.

Mom likes that this is an easy and healthy way to do something special for me any day of the week without all the hassle of baking. Mom likes that this seems like an indulgent treat but it is healthy and is one that she feels good about giving to me.

We also received the Dog Joy Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Recipe which we haven’t had a chance to make.


What do I think? See for yourself!

I just couldn’t stand the suspense any longer!


Well, all of this talk about delicious cookies has made me pretty hungry. Think I am gonna go and tell my Mom I need some cookies and I need them NOW!


Barks and licks and Freshpet-cookie-love, Dakota,



We were not compensated for this post. Wait a minute! MOM wasn’t compensated. I WAS cause to me COOKIES are ALWAYS welcome compensation. But did we receive any green papers? Nope! All opinions are mine cause Mom can’t eat dog cookies, at least I HOPE not!


Friday Fido Find! Freshpet Fresh Food For Pets! Look What I Got! And…Guess What YOU Can Get!

They must have thought of me when they came up with the term “Lucky Dog!”


Well I’ll tell ya!

Look at what I received in the mail! From FreshPet!

Freshpet sent me  3 (count ’em!) THREE  bags of goodies and a super high quality cooler made by Coleman to keep my goodies fresh  in when I am  on the go.   I bet Mom and Dad could steal it and use it should they go on a picnic! It came with 2 refrigerator cold packs! My Mom and I were simply overwhelmed by the generosity  of Freshpet and by the sight of these delicious looking snacks!

Just who is FreshPet?

Watch this video to learn more!

Can you tell how EXCITED I was to get my chops around this delectable goodie?

This bone is 100% all natural. It is a crunchy Brown Rice bone

The first item I tested was the DogJoy Fresh Bones! They are:

Crunchy brown rice bone with real chicken baked inside. A safer alternative to natural bones.

4.3 oz.

This bone was long-lasting and simply delicious!

My luck continued! Look what Mom gave me last night when I was having a full-blown bark-fest!!

Mom almost wanted to eat one too because they reminded her of beef jerky and Mom LOVES beef jerky!

These are:  Dog Joy Fresh Chews

Long-lasting chews made from free-range buffalo. Each hand-cut chew is slow roasted in its own juices. Maintains dental health naturally.

4.3 oz.

See how I have my paws? I do this when I am carefully holding onto something that I LOVE! My kitty brother tried to take this away. He’ll never attempt THAT trick again! BOL!

Do you believe I even received a THIRD item from Freshpet? I didn’t get to taste test this one yet but I am looking forward to enjoying these while I watch football with my Dad this weekend!

Yum!!! Sweet Potato!!! My Mom and I can't believe these wonderful flavors that Dog Joy has!! They are so unique and Mom thinks they look tasty enough for her to eat too!

” Dog Joy™ Sweet Potato Chews: The only ingredient is sweet potatoes, naturally full of beta carotene, vitamins and dietary fiber. Each slice is slowly baked to chewy perfection. Available in a 7.5 oz. resealable pouch.”

Mom and I are awfully impressed with Freshpet! I think I am going to work on Mom to switch me from the food I am now eating to this food!! Mom just used their STORE LOCATOR TAB on their WEBSITE and GUESS WHAT DOGGIES!!?? Mom just learned that Freshpet is available at EVERY store she shops at!!!

That’s enough to make me do Sheltie Spins the ENTIRE WEEKEND!!!


YOU can be joining me in doing my happy “Sheltie Spins” because the generous and wonderful people at Freshpet are offering to give ONE WINNER a GIFT BASKET FILLED with their products!!!! ( U.S. ONLY PLEASE) How cool is THAT?

How do you enter?

1) You MUST be a subscriber of this blog

2) You MUST “like” Dakota’s Den on Facebook  and leave a comment telling me why you want this food

3) You MUST “like”  Freshpet on Facebook and tell them you learned about their products on Dakota’s Den





So my barking buddies head over to Freshpet’s WEBSITE and check out all the healthy, fresh and delicious items they have to offer! I even saw a Sheltie featured on one of their items!! I think I am gonna have to try to steal that Sheltie’s modeling gig, don’tcha  know?

You can also find Freshpet on:




Barks and licking my chops with love and THANKS to Freshpet! Dakota

In full disclosure. Mom and I were not compensated for this review. Mom and I were given the products listed above to test/review. All opinions are strictly my own! Now go and check ’em out!

While you’re at it check out the other great give-aways at  “Doggies And Stuff” right here! Be sure to tell them that DAKOTA sent you!