Many people use the terms pizzles, pizzle stick, and bully stick interchangeably, but are they the same? Sometimes. Let's look at the difference between a pizzle and a bully stick.
Our treat model, Marcel the Frenchie, poses with one of our pizzles that was exceptionally large.
A pizzle comes from the male cow, the bull. I'll let you use your imagination which part it is. That's our definition of a pizzle, and our pizzles are just that. Dehydrated pizzles. We don't add any curing agents, smoke, or preservatives or use casing in our pizzles. We do remove any fat or unwanted material that wouldn't dehydrated well before putting our pizzles in the dehydrator.
If you look at many of the bully sticks you see in stores, you'll notice that they're much more uniform. This is for one of two reasons. They're trimmed to meet specific specifications such as length, size or weight and processed in bulk so they are grouped in very similar sizes. Alternatively they may be more heavily processed so that the final product is much more uniform. Our assumption on the processing method is that they are ground down and packed into a casing similar to a pepperoni stick before being dehydrated. Smoke or other curing agents may also be added.
At every show we attend, someone always asks us "Do your pizzles stink?" The answer is no. Our pizzles are 100% beef pizzle. No preservatives, smoke, curing agents or casings added. Our research and testing have told us that the stronger and more processed they are, the stronger the odor.
Our beef pizzle is human grade, and some people will eat it! Like any treat, moderation is key. Pizzles can be taken away and given back to your dog so they can last several chewing sessions. If you have a stronger chewer like our Charlotte or York, they will likely eat the whole pizzle in one sitting. If they do, we recommend cutting back on their food at the next meal.
One of the best things about being an independent company, is we don't have shareholders or investors who we need to do everything for. While most companies will publish a letter to their shareholders we decided to do a letter to our most important stakeholders, our customers.
Here is our reflection on 2017, and a look where we want to go in 2018.