Last Updated on December 15, 2021
Stella the dog also contributed to this post.
EDITOR’S NOTE: In December of 2021, Aldi voluntarily recalled this dog calendar over concerns of a choking risk. You can learn more here.
Every year, Aldi seems to add more Advent calendars to mark the days between December 1st and Christmas Day. In recent years, this has included calendars that bring holiday cheer to our furry friends. Rachael previously reviewed the cat Advent calendar, and now I’m reviewing the version aimed at dogs, with assistance from my dog, Stella.
The Heart to Tail Pure Being Advent Calendar for Dogs is an Aldi Find, meaning it’s only in stores for a short time. (And Aldi won’t ship it to you after it sells out at your local store.) At the time of this post, the calendar costs $5.89.
The calendar advertises 25 days of all-natural salmon-and-sweet-potato-flavored daily treats that contain no grains, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. My dog enjoys the salmon-and-sweet-potato-flavored Pure Being dog food from Aldi, and she’s always happy to get a treat after her morning walk, so I was optimistic that she would like the treats in this Advent calendar.
The treats are all the same flavor but come in four shapes (stars, circles, rectangles, and one oversized bone for Christmas Day). Stella does not mind eating the same flavor every day and appears not to prefer one shape over another, although she does like the fact that the stars and circles come in a 2-pack.
The treats consist of 10% crude protein, 0.2% crude fat, 3% crude fiber, 18% moisture, and 5000mg/kg of Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids. The ingredients list is very short and only includes salmon, sweet potato, potato starch, vegetable glycerin, and natural liquid smoke. The calories for the treats vary from 5.4 to 10 calories each for the stars, circles, and rectangles, but the single bone-shaped treat for Christmas Day weighs in at a much heftier 65 calories.
The treats’ texture is not crunchy like a dog biscuit but very chewy and surprisingly hard, like an extremely stale gummy bear. Stella is 8 and, like a lot of older dogs, has had a few teeth removed. Chewing the treats was difficult, but she liked the taste, so she accepted the challenge. Eating the first treat took so much effort that the cat decided to come over and see what on earth the dog was doing.
Like every dog I’ve ever known, Stella will eat her regular food from her bowl, but she always takes treats to my favorite rug, the perfect place for making crumbs. It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you give a dog a treat or a toy, they will naturally carry it to the most expensive rug or piece of furniture in the house and insist on enjoying it there.
Stella liked her first treat and now asks for them every day after her morning walk. She continues to eat them on the rug.
Stella gives these treats 4 out of 5 stars. She loves the flavor, but the texture is a challenge for older dogs like her, and it would be difficult for very small dogs to eat, too. Perhaps Aldi could make a softer, more universally dog-friendly treat in the future.