Full disclosure: Riggins will eat anything. My dog isn’t what you would call a connoisseur. If he isn’t feeling well, the first thing the vet asks is, “Did he eat something he wasn’t suppose to?” My answer is always, “Probably.”
This is a dog who once ate part of a burrito, in tinfoil, in a plastic bag, from the street, and he didn’t carefully unwrap the bit of food before swallowing it. He grabbed the delicious castaway and swallowed the burrito and its multi-layer wrappings before I could stop him.
This is the dog whom I just now found snacking on half a loaf of bread I mistakenly had left on the counter.
This is the dog who regularly has to be told to “leave it” when hiking if he comes across some tasty coyote poop — it’s the digested berries that make it impossible to pass up.
When I opened the box the Petchup people sent for Riggins to try and saw the bottles of Bark B-Q (pork flavor) and Mutt-N-Aise (turkey flavor), not to mention the individual packs of Petchup (beef flavor), I knew he was going to love it. I wasn’t wrong!
I immediately started giggling at the titles of the sauces. I’m a sucker for some good dog-related wordplay. In fact, I was so tickled I had to take pictures and send them off to friends so they could enjoy it as well. Always a good sign when a product is so adorable it has to be immediately shared with others.
Speaking of sharing, I decided it really was an unfair taste test with Riggins as the only judge. I just admitted he likes to eat coyote poop. What kind of judge does that make him?
I took a couple of the individual packages and handed them off to a friend with small dogs and saved the big containers for the crew at my house. As a dog sitter, I always have a group of furry adorable experts at my disposal.
Soon after, I got a text from the friend. She had poured the sauce over her pups’ food, the No. 1 way to serve a doggie condiment, and they all enjoyed it. To be more specific: Dot, the adorable terrier mix, thought it was fine. Fredo, an older Chihuahua gentleman, liked it. Louie, the energetic Chihuahua mix brother, loved it. Louie has the same taste as Riggins, so this was no surprise.
Since it was close to triple digits where we live, I passed on a tip from Petchup to my friend. Make condiment ice treats! She was all over that, mixing water with Bark-B-Q sauce, pouring it into an ice cube tray, and popping it in the freezer. Apparently, Louie lost his mind when he got his frozen treat and now gets super excited whenever she opens her freezer door! I guess we all know what Louie is getting for his birthday from Riggins this year!
Meanwhile back at my house, the big dogs tried the condiments out in a couple of different ways. I just happened to have a Poodle with me who was having some stomach issues. His parents asked me to give him some plain yogurt and warned me he didn’t really like the taste but needed eat it. No problem! I whipped out a package of Petchup, poured it over the top, and mixed it up. Success! The Poodle licked his bowl clean.
I wanted to see if the dogs really liked the sauce without the distraction of other food, so I did a separate taste test. I squeezed the bottles of Mutt-N-Aise and Bark B-Q so that sauce flowed out and stuck them in Riggins’ and his friend Sissy’s face. It took just a nanosecond for them to figure out what was happening before they start licking away. You don’t see me guzzling mustard straight from the bottle — but I’m not a dog. Riggins and Sissy didn’t even think twice about it!
One final dog taste test. It just happened to be time for Riggins’ pills. He used to be that dog that you could just hand pills to and he would swallow them. No questions asked. As he has gotten older, he has decided he would prefer to make my life difficult by refusing his medicine. His least favorite is the dreaded heartworm prevention pill. You know the pill. That one you are told is made so that the dog thinks it’s a treat, but there isn’t a single dog on this planet that it fools?
I plopped his giant pill on top of his food and poured some Bark B-Q all over it. I thought it would work. It didn’t. Riggins just licked around that darn pill. Sigh. I ended up putting the pill between bread, adding some delicious doggie condiment, and then smashed it close. That worked — and is why there was a loaf of bread on the counter for Riggins to steal!
Now that the dogs had given it their bark of approval, I figured I should give it a shot. After all, the Petchup people say it’s human-grade food. I poured some Bark B-Q on my finger and licked. DO NOT DO THAT. IT IS NOT GOOD. Have you ever tried dog food? I once tried a dog’s birthday cake and was disappointed that it was missing the sugary goodness of a human cake. The Bark B-Q sauce was missing the deliciousness of salt. It tasted a lot like liquid pork — which is disgusting! I had to run to the wine cabinet and grab a bottle so I could wash the taste from my mouth. Blah!
But Petchup’s condiments aren’t made for humans. They are made for dogs, and dogs seem to love them. Flavors include Petchup (beef), Muttstard (salmon), Bark B-Q (pork), and Mutt-N-Aise (turkey). Defiantly a good way to add some tasty (to the dog, not you) flavor to your pup’s food.
Quality: All of the condiments are made in the USA, have 19 vitamins and minerals in every bottle, no artificial colors or flavors, and are gluten free and low in calories.
Style: I think it’s gross, but the dogs seem to enjoy the extra sauce they can lick from their snouts later in the day. Doggie stylin’ for sure!
Function: Food gobblers and food avoiders alike enjoyed the taste of the condiments.
Value: A two pack is available for $15.90, or you can purchase a combo pack with all four flavors for $31.80. Personally, I feel like I’m already shelling out a good amount of dough on dog food, and since Riggins will eat anything, this product is just a fun treat. But it would make a great doggie birthday or holiday present, too!
The product certainly isn’t necessary for dogs, but it sure is fun and tasty for them — and funny for you! It could also be useful for stubborn pups who don’t want to eat their kibble.
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About the author: Wendy Newell is a former VP of Sales turned Grade A Dog Sitter. After years of stress, she decided to leave the world of “always be closing” to one of tail wags and licks. Wendy’s new career keeps her busy hiking, being a dog chauffeur, picking up poo, sacrificing her bed, and other fur-filled activities. Wendy and her dog, Riggins, take their always-changing pack of pups on adventures throughout the Los Angeles area, where they live together in a cozy, happy home. You can learn more about Wendy, Riggins, and their adventures on Facebook and Instagram.