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Merrick Hungry Dog Value Pack, 2-Pound Bag, 1 Bag
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2010
I have purchased three of these now, and the quality and types of treats in the bag is really all over the place. The first bag I bought had a great variety of really fantastic treats that my dogs went crazy for. Several big chunks of snout, a few bully sticks, TONS of cow tails, two halves of a huge twin hoofer, a little rawhide, and other bits and pieces. I felt that this bag was an incredible value given the wide variety of chews, and the specific chews included (some of which can be expensive when bought on their own), and my dogs loved everything, so I quickly ordered two more. I was much less impressed with the second two. The second bag I got was almost exclusively rawhide, with a few cow ears and a cow tail thrown in. Needless to say, I was not very happy with this bag, and my dogs weren't impressed either. I do realize that you always run the risk of getting disappointing results when you purchase any kind of grab bag, so I guess that's just how it goes. The third bag had a lot of rawhide again, and also included just a few tails, a couple of small bones, and a few pieces of snout. Not great, but not completely terrible.

All in all, I'd say these are worth a try, but just be aware that not every bag is a good one. Maybe if you could find these somewhere to buy in person so you could peek inside at the contents to make sure you're getting a good bag (part of the front of the bag is clear so you can see inside), it would be a much better buy, but buying online, it's very possible that you could end up with basically a bag full of rawhide and a few other bits and pieces. Then again, you could also end up with a bag with a great variety of fantastic chews, like I did the first time I ordered this. It's all up to chance.

Edit 03/01/11: I recently purchased two more of these, and these two were just like the first bag I got: big variety, all great chews that my dogs love, and a good value, since some of the chews included can expensive when purchased on their own. Because I've been extremely happy with three out of the five bags I've purchased, satisfied with another, and only disappointed by one, I've decided to give this product 4 stars instead of my origonal 3.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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This product is a bag of Merrick's "factory seconds", i.e. ugly dog treats! You'll get rawhide chips and chews with tears or ragged edges, beef tails that are too short or thin, and big, big cow hocks, complete with hooves. Dogs love them, and they're very high-quality treats that are made in Texas. As with all rawhide products, the treats are not suited for dogs who will chew off large pieces and gulp them down. But for methodical chewers of any size, these are an excellent value, and the Merrick brand is very trustworthy, based in the US, and as far as I know never subject to a food recall.

For reference, I have a chihuahua and a pomeranian, who are between 7 and 9 pounds. They can barely lift some of the cow hocks and hooves, but it doesn't seem to keep them from chewing them and enjoying them. I also gave a bag as a gift to my parents' 90-pound Lab/shepherd mix, and she enjoyed them as well.

Facts and figures: Rawhide pieces have been between 2x2" and 8x4", 1/4" to 1" thick. Beef tails are about 1/2" in diameter and from 2-8" long. Cow hocks are about a 4x4x4" cube.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2014
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Usually a good mix of not-so-premium but still high quality beef and pork parts. We always get a few small and imperfect cow tails (Texas toothpicks), halves and pieces of snouts and lips, halves of ears, and croissant-looking parts of the ear where it attached to the head. These are my dog's favorite, the cartilage gets all puffy and crunchy. Usually there is also half of a smoked long bone or hoof with the ankle bones and gristle still attached. These hooves are big and stinky, and have choking-size bones inside, so supervision should be used, but all the other puffed up pieces are small enough and easily chewed and digested (not tough like rawhide) that I use them as a distraction treat to keep the dog busy when I leave the house. These pieces last my pit mix between one and five minutes, the hooves take her days to fully take care of.
If you want to be guaranteed picture perfect animal parts for your dogs, get Merrick's specifically labeled packages. But my dog likes variety and is always happy with these treats!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2013
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Bought this value pack for my neighbors dog. She loves them. Merrick makes excellent products. I also had bought these before for my little Pug. These are big so I cut them and they were a treat for the Pug as well as the Yellow Lab.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2014
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You know how sometimes you buy a multi-pack of something and there's maybe one or two things that are worth "woohoo-ing" over? This is not like that. This is a house favorite. It's perfect for homes with different types of dogs; my Shepherd love the ears and my Chihuahuas love the "texas toothpicks." They all love the lung pieces. I never worry about toxicity in these treats; Merrick is awesome and made in the USA. The contents vary a bit from bag to bag but there's never any compromise on quality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2014
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With these Merrick treats, you never know what you're going to get. We have had split hooves, snouts, rawhide, some of everything. A few of the treats were on the small side, but our dog has loved everything that we've got from these.

You do need to understand that these are seconds - so don't expect a 12 inch bully stick or any other full sized, perfect treat. If you want 12 inch bully sticks or full-sized tendons, etc - buy them and pay the price. These treats are just what they're advertised to be, and at a much better price than anything comparable that I've found.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2014
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Our animals couldn't care less they go absolutely crazy over the stuff in this bag. The cats even got wind of what was in the bag and now they're hooked.

Keep your pet happy and buy yourself something nice and go with the treats that are a little "rough around the edges" your dog will never know the difference.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2013
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Disappointed with the variety, but the price was cheap. I could have had one of the less exciting bags, so I'm willing to give them a benefit of the doubt since I only ordered one. My bag had a lot of random shapes/sizes of rawhides, a hoof covered in rawhide, a knuckle bone covered in rawhide, and a few other bones with unidentifiable chewy type stuff on them. I usually try to avoid rawhides since they swell up in the dog's stomach and can cause digestion issues if fed to them too regularly, so the heavy use of rawhide was a negative for me... All of them smelled pretty funky too compared to your standard bone, rawhide, or bully stick. My dog didn't seem too impressed with most of them either. She ate them, but she sort of picked at it over the day in a sort of "I'm bored, I GUESS I'll try this thing... *munches for 5 minutes then puts it down for a while*" sort of way. She liked the non-rawhide ones fine though. I won't be getting another one due to the high rawhide content, but if you don't mind the stuff then it's one of the least expensive bulk chews around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2014
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This is just a value bag of chews that were not pretty enough to make it into the bins were they are sold for $1.49-$6.99 in stores. I feel like many customers are expecting more than the Hungry Dog Value Pack promises. These are cheap, easy, and nice to have on hand for dogs who need to be kept busy. We keep a variety of chews, including these, for our anxious Belgian Malinois that we just rescued. It helps her have something to do during downtime, instead of pacing and chewing her paws.

5 Stars, great value at $7 a bag. Will order again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2013
I have 5 dogs ranging in size from 35 lbs to 90 lbs. At this point I've purchased half a dozen of these value packs and have never been disappointed. Yes, they are Merrick 'seconds', yes they are animal parts, yes they smell. But my dogs absolutely love them and the price is great. I actually shop around a number of sites before buying since prices often change, especially on Amazon. If someone wants a bag of snouts, tails, or whatever I'd suggest buying just that. For some variety though this bag can't be beat!
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