Off the Shelf
Can dehydrated dog treats be delicious for dogs? Apparently so, at least where MonMo Treats are concerned.
Handmade in small batches in San Francisco, these treats use eye-round beef, broccoli, carrots, chicken breast, cottage cheese, kabocha, and parsley in beef or chicken Chewrros and beef or chicken Rollup plus four varieties of sprinkles (beef and chicken Coconut Sprinkles and beef and chicken Pollack Sprinkles).
Bay Woof tried chicken Chewrros ($11.99) and beef Rollups ($11.99 on test dogs Cody, Luna, Pomeranians Shadow and Boggie, and Lilo and Pai Gow
Cody, a mid-sized terrier that has rarely met a treat he doesn’t like, gobbled up the threadlike Chewrros and the pungent, chunky Rollups, and they were gone in a flash. If it’s new, Cody likes it.
“She just wolfed down the treats super quickly, barely chewing,” Caitlin said about little Luna, a Chiweenie. “She had them swallowed down in about two to three chomps. She didn’t hesitate or sniff at them, just immediately knew she wanted them in the same way she loves human food.”
Caitlin found the Rollups “a little stinky, but the perfect size to rip in half,” and she described the chicken sticks as having a bit of a cheesy smell but said they were good for ripping into smaller pieces for consumption. Luna didn’t seem to prefer one over the other, though Caitlin said she did slow a tad for the Chewrros.
Nick said his Pomeranians, both little dogs, had difficulty with the size of the treats. He found it easy to shred the Chewrros but not so the Rollups. Boggie has dental issues but even so happily gummed the Rollup piece until pliable. Sister Shadow appeared to be a fan of the Rollup. Both liked the Chewrros and could easily manage chunks.
Israel’s dogs, Lilo and Pai Gow, were enthusiastic testers, and they often don’t like treats much.
The name MonMo comes from combining the names of Monkey and Momo, the dogs that belong to the company founders, Rosa Cho and Yeji Kim, who wanted fresh, nutritious treats for their furbabies. The delectables have a 60-day best-by date and are guaranteed to get to you with 14 days of the purchase date. The treats don’t have artificial preservatives or added salt and are perishable, so they should be refrigerated. They are packaged in re-sealable bags.
The women use fresh organic ingredients they buy from Bay Area stores and make their treats upon order, dehydrating for six to eight hours, packaging them, and delivering them via mail.
The MonMo logo — a cute, little brown nose above a smiling mouth with a big, extended pink tongue — was inspired by Momo’s smile. It’s imprinted on T-shirts ($16.99), and Team MonMo use some proceeds from shirt sales to make donations to charity groups. Find the treats and Ts at MonMoTreats.com.
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Main article photo by: Courtesy MonMo Treats