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Review ByBenji Biltong Dog Treats - Ollie & Penny Blog Ireland
 

 

We love discovering new dog & pet related brands, don’t you? Well today we’re hopefully going to introduce you to a marvelous new natural treat brand that you may not have heard of yet – ByBenji.  Ollie & Penny have had the pleasure of testing their treats out over the last few weeks and they gave them a rather unanimous reaction: bulging eyes and barks for more! A definite paws up! 

ByBenji Dry Cured Dog Treats - Review by Ollie & Penny - IrelandIf you haven’t heard ofByBenji before then let us give you a bit of background info…

ByBenji are a UK based business that is producing naturally cured premium biltong dog treats from human grade silverside beef! They are the first business in the UK to have been approved by DEFRA in manufacturing biltong for pets!

As such, their treats are 100% natural and contain very few other ingredients resulting in a high protein, sugar free, low in salt & fat treat with no artificial preservatives, colourings or additives. Altogether, that is very impressive! But don’t take my word for it, let’s see how Ollie & Penny got on!

Roz from ByBenji contacted us via twitter a few weeks ago to ask would Ollie & Penny like to try out a few samples of their treats. Well, who are they to say no!  You’ll all know by now that testing treats is one of their favourite jobs and they really do think of themselves as quiet the connoisseurs! So a big thanks goes out to Roz & ByBenji for the treats – thank you! 

So we have a pack of ByBenji’s Biltong Sausages, Super Sticks and a very handy snack pack of training treats! They all have very modern, stylish, silver re-sealable packaging with ByBenji’s signature logo on them. It really does catch the eye. The packaging is also there to perform an important function too; it seals in all the treaty goodness to keep them tasting fresh and lasting longer.

Before we go any further, lets answer the “What is Biltong?” question for those readers wondering what we’re talking about! We have to admit we weren’t 100% positive ourselves so we popped onto ByBenji’s website for the answer:

“Biltong is a variety of dried, cured meat that originated in Southern Africa. It is typically made from raw fillets of meat cut into strips following the grain of the muscle, or flat pieces sliced across the grain. It is similar to beef jerky in that they are both spiced, dried meats but the main difference being that biltong is dried and subsequently sliced whereas jerky is sliced prior to drying.”

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Can we just issue a quick warning before we go any further; once you open a packet of these ByBenji treats your dogs will not leave you alone until they’ve finished the pack, or at least think they’ve finished them! 

We started with the ‘Super Sticks’! On opening both Ollie & Penny and I noticed the intense smell, which was just so powerful, delicious and meaty! I can only imagine what a nose full the sausages got! Super Sticks are just what you imagine – strips of silverside beef dry cured. I’m not a fan of ‘jerky’ type products either for me or the wieners, but these look completely different to jerky with the only similarity being that they belong to the same family of products.

ByBenji Dry Cured Dog Treats - Review by Ollie & PrnnyWith two drooling dogs at my feet we had to give them their first taste! The strips are a little big to give a complete one to Ollie or Penny so we had to cut them into more manageable pieces. We found we did need a knife to cut them as they were a little tough to tear apart by hand. For any other bigger breeds or dogs that love a chew, the strips would be just the perfect treat. Both sausages munched their first taste down. Ollie devoured his on the spot while Penny, as usual, took her prized possession to the safer surroundings of the sitting room for consumption away from the prying eyes of Ollie! Needless to say both were very pleased with their new treats! 

Ollie & Penny tried their first piece and again I was met with bulging eyes and the ‘please hoomans, more!’ face.

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We chopped some more of the sticks up and saved them for later while we moved on to the main feature – the biltong sausage!

Again the smell was yummy and they looked just like what we imagined a dry cured sausage would look like. These are a bit thicker than the sticks and a bit less dense in feel. They snapped into manageable pieces very easily – without disintegrating in our hands (yes – we’ve had that happened before with other treats!) and still keeping that chewy texture lie the Super sticks – as Ollie demonstrates below:

ByBenji Dry Cured Dog Treats - Review by Ollie & Penny

Ollie & Penny tried their first piece and again I was met with bulging eyes and the ‘please hoomans, more!’ face. I think that’s a pawsitive taste test. They loved them and wanted more! 

Just the Snack Pack left to try and by this stage both sausages knew what was coming, more delicious treats. We have to say we love the idea of these ‘training pack size’ treats! The packets are only 15g in weight and consist of a handful of tiny bite size pieces of either variety – Biltong or Super Sticks. Ours was Super Sticks – which was perfect as it saved on us chopping them up! Needless to say Ollie & Penny devoured these!

Time for the technical stuff. So what’s in these treats?

This won’t take long, as there is not a lot more than what you see really. The Super sticks and Biltongs are made from dry curing premium grade silverside beef in vinegar, sea salt, garlic and natural herbs. Yes that’s it. As a result they are:

– High in Protein
– Low in Salt
– Low in Fat
– Sugar Free

They have no gluten, corn, wheat, MSG, soya, artificial flavourings or carbohydrates. We obviously always recommend checking the back of each pack for individual ingredients and feeding guidelines

ByBenji Dry Cured Dog Treats - Review by Ollie & Penny

 
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In Summary…

First we have to point out we do watch the wieners intake of both food and treats carefully, so they didn’t get all these yummy ByBenji treats to try out in one go, but instead spread out over a 4 – 5 day period.

Overall, we love these treats  and what we can say is over the last week both Ollie & Penny really adored both varieties of these treats! If we had to choose one that they preferred it would be impossible! For us the Biltong Sausage just has the advantage, as it was just more manageable.

The packaging and branding deserve another quick mention too – including the leaflets that came with the treats! The silver vacuum packs are great – we love them – and they really help promote the product being modern and stylish.

While the price per packet may seem a bit high for some, these treats are at the higher end of the market in terms of quality and are really worth it, in our opinion.

You can try these treats out for yourself by going to ByBenji’s website:www.bybenji.com where they are priced from £5.99 (€6.55) per packet!  If you are a little hesitant why not give the Snack pack a try at £1.99 (€2.17) per pack – perfect for trialing these out! Do let us know if your try them!

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  • Penny - 9/10
     

Ollie & Penny says...

Mmmmmm....we have to say we found these ByBenji treats very very tasty! More please!!

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We love discovering new dog & pet related brands, don’t you? Well today we’re hopefully going to introduce you to a marvelous new natural treat brand that you may not have heard of yet – ByBenji.  Ollie & Penny have had the pleasure of testing their treats out over the last few weeks and they gave them a rather unanimous reaction: bulging eyes and barks for more! A definite paws up! 

August 26, 2017

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Thanks to Barker, one of most loyal of "Biltong Boys" and his fabulous owner Dawn, for sending in this very enticing weekend pose , as sometimes, when there`s a brunch on the human menu, it`s all about having your perfect snack along with you too!

Dawn Valentine Rodriguez and Barker July 22, 2017

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July 22, 2017

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" I can personally vouch for the deliciousness of these treats...well strictly speaking not personally, but our cockerpoo can't get enough of them and she's truly a picky prima donna when it comes to eating!"

Marilyn Messik July 22, 2017

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Rescue dogs have a very special place in all our hearts. In truth, of all the many human and hound stories making their way around social media , surely the most rewarding to read is when a pet who has had a rough start in life finds a forever home. 

Here at ByBenji, we are thrilled to be associated with the North London based rehome and rescue Charity "All Dogs Matter", and no more reward for us to receive is the look on a face that says...."Thank you ByBenji!"

 

 

Thankyou to Rowena from ADM, for sending us these adoring photos of Nordle,  seen here sniffing out his half a kilo of Biltong, which he ( well probably Rowena!) bid and won for in their recent All Dogs Matter PupIdol Charity Auction.

Donations and proceeds raised from this event,  and many more throughout the year, go to support this inspirational organisation.

www.alldogsmatter.co.uk

 

July 22, 2017

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Bybenji Review: The first DEFRA approved manufacturer of biltong for pets in the UK

Today was the day I tested the sample we received from bybenji on Alfie, my 8 year old, food loving, Cocker Spaniel.

What first caught my eye was the fact there were no artificial flavourings, no gluten, no corn, no wheat, no MSG, no soya and no carbohydrates as well as including high amounts of protein, low salt, low fat and no sugar.

All good features for the inside and outside!

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I felt comfortable feeding this to Alfie as a rewarding snack for good behavior as he has recently embarked on a New Year New Me doggy diet, as he appeared to have developed a slight Christmas belly!!

Another lovely thing to see is that only the finest meat has been used within this snack meaning every dog is receiving nothing but the best.

From an owner’s side I expected to come across a strong, unappealing, dog-food smell that appears very often in packaging of both wet and dried food, however I was extremely wrong.

I was very pleasantly surprised when there was absolutely no unappealing smell and this would 100% give me confidence in storing this product safely without having to worry about the odours it produces at home.

A nice feature to be noted was that the packaging featured an oxygen absorber that gave the peace of mind that all treats have remained fresh and there should be no cause for concern in the quality department.

Although I only used this product within my house, the packaging featured a reusable plastic strip which meant the packaging could be clipped back together and taken anywhere on the move e.g. walks, and days out.

 

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Then along came the testing part! Where Alfie then became the star of the show

Alfie is a HUGE food lover, and it appears to be on his brain a good 99.9% of the day; his meals are usually demolished in around 3 seconds flat and he still continues to looks for more.

Having said this, I can tell exactly when he isn’t interested in a type of food as he simply appears uninterested and almost gives a look as if he wants to say “What did I do to deserve this!!”

I can happily say this wasn’t the case with bybenji, Alfie jumped for joy at the new and interesting snack he has not yet discovered or tasted.

This is the only calm and collected photo I could capture without Alfie showing a lot of excitement and enthusiasm at the thought of a new food.

 

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With the food featuring in the lower left hand side of the image, you can see Alfie’s eyes are fixated and he is fully prepared to take on the challenge!

As expected, Alfie demolished the sample within seconds and was definitely left wanting more.

It was great to have the reassurance of what bybenji had included in their food and what is being added to my dogs diet especially with the information on the packaging in regards to calorie information and content of the food.

Overall I have really enjoyed reviewing this product by bybenji and am thrilled with the positive feedback I am able to supply. This will definitely be something Alfie will be enjoying for a snack more often!

 

 

Review by Grace and Afie

 

 

www.goodvetandpetguide.com 

 

 

 

February 9, 2017

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Meet Henry..I never thought I would eat my dog's treats until I purchased ByBenji Biltong. It's delicious and Henry clearly agreed !!  

Paul D October 13, 2016

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Ready, Steady, Yummmm! 

Juliette D October 13, 2016

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Our dogs Mack, Leo & Cookie absolutely loved ByBenji Biltong. It tasted so good even I had a bite. Not like any other dog treat around at all. Our dogs were crazy for the stuff. Main benefit for them was how Healthy it was. Well done Guy's for such a fantastic product.

Mike and Hayley P October 13, 2016