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Zuke's Staff

Working at Zuke’s has it perks. Not only do our dogs come to work with us, but they’re also our best treat testers. Meet our dedicated staff and the pets they love. Discover their favorite Zuke’s treats and most memorable adventures.

Patrick Meiering with Trek

Founder and Original Head Bone Maker

Favorite Treat: It’s got to be Hip Action at the moment. Both Trek and Ellie are older, active dogs and Hip Action helps keep their joints in shape so we can keep hiking together.

Fuel the Love with Trek and Ellie: I #FueltheLove on the Colorado Trail in Durango, Colorado. The Colorado Trail is right here in Durango, just up the road from my house and the Zuke’s World Headquarters. It is the perfect trail lined by beautiful ponderosa pines, a running stream, and a beautiful overlook.

Amy Felker with Lacey Blue, Ruger Roo, and Iago

Customer Service Associate, Bonecierge
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Favorite Treat: Iago, our Xoloitzquintli, loves every Zuke's treat, but especially the Lil' Links. Lacey Blue, the Aussie, can't wait for her Hip Action, and only we know it helps her old joints keep up with the other dogs, cats and chickens that live with us. Ruger can't wait for his daily Z-Bone, and loves it when I fill his busy toys with Mini Naturals and Power Bones. Our cats Violet, Dash and Cosmic Creepus (C.C.) enjoy the Natural Purrz - although Violet has to play with them first. Even the chickens like Zuke's Super Tasty Greens and Yummy Betas as a special treat!

Fuel the Love with Lacey, Iago and Ruger: I #FueltheLove with our three dogs by camping in our pop-up trailer at Wolf Creek Pass. It's a great place for families and their dogs -- although Iago ALWAYS prefers a beach in Mexico. On more relaxed days, we love lounging under our backyard palapa and hammocks in downtown Durango, where we can usually hear the band that is playing at one of the countless festivals on Main Avenue just a few blocks away.

Andrea Raich with Jake and Sydney

Northwest Regional Sales Manager, Bone Whisperer

Favorite Treat: We Love all the Zuke treats, but our absolute favorite is our new Genuine Jerky treat, all three flavors they just can’t get enough!

Fuel the Love with Jake and Sydney: I #FueltheLove with Jake and Sydney by spending the day on a long lengthy hike in the mountains.

Brenda Martin with Elbe

Senior Financial Reporting Analyst, Bone Payer
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Favorite Treat: Birt and Elbe's favorite treats are Natural Purrz. It's a great way to get them in at night!

Fuel the Love: I #FueltheLove by enjoying the adventures that my cats take on their own. The best adventures happen any day out on the trails of Durango, Moab or Crested Butte riding my mountain bike. My favorite ride is Hermosa Creek in early summer when the lupine are in bloom; absolutely breathtaking.

Brian Buses with Gordy and Kirby

Midwest Regional Sales Manager, Indiana Bones

Favorite Treat: Any of our Grain Free. Genuine Jerky Barbecue Beef allows Kirby to enjoy treats while avoiding his food allergies. Gordy relishes Z-Fillets Chicken. I can mix each variety in my pocket for trips to the park and reward both without worry

Fuel the Love with Gordy and Kirby: Our family fuels the love during frequent “social” gatherings in and around Chicago’s many parks and boulevards. Gordy and Kirby enjoy their neighborhood forays, always making new acquaintances each time out. We always bring extra treats for the new four-legged friends we meet along our way.

Chris Meiering with Milo and Zeke

Director of Marketing, BoneGuyver
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Favorite Treat: Milo and Zeke love Z-Filets. We've done the test and they prefer Z-Filets over even table scraps!

Fuel the Love with Milo and Zeke: I #FueltheLove with Zeke and Milo heading to the mountains in the summer to forage for mushrooms.

Coleman Francis with Buddy, Karl and Lulu

Southeast Regional Sales Manager, Southern Division Bone Peddler

Favorite Treat: It’s a tie. First it was the Z-Filet Chicken, and now they really like the Lil’ Links Pork and Apple treats.

Fuel the Love with Buddy, Karl and Lulu: I #FueltheLove surf fishing at Kure Beach in Wilmington, North Carolina with my dogs. They run and chase birds until hopefully I catch a fish, then bark until I get the fish off the line and back in the water. Afterwards, they sit and look at the water and seem to be wondering where the fish went.

David Rizzo with Job and Nika

Operations Director, Bone Operations Director

Favorite Treat: Job’s and Nika’s favorite treat is Z-Filet Chicken. They absolutely love them!

Fuel the Love with Job and Nika: I #FuelttheLove by enjoying the amazing views and solitude with my dogs at Overlook Point in the San Juan Mountains.

Eric Singleton with Kiyo

Network Administrator, Bone-gician

Favorite Treat: Kiyo’s favorite treat is Hip Action. As an eight year old Akita, Hip Action helps him keep up with the younger pups!

Fuel the Love with Kiyo: I #FueltheLove with Kiyo when we head anywhere in Southern Utah - we especially love Indian Creek.

Jared Brassel with Luna

Southwest Regional Account Manager, The Funny Bone
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Favorite Treat: My favorite treat is our Zuke’s Z Filet and Power Bones. Z-Filet’s because my dog just drools and will do anything I ask for just a bite and the Power Bones because we work hard and play hard so when it’s time for our long outings I never leave without a couple Power Bones this way she can keep up with me the entire time!

Fuel the Love with Luna: I #FueltheLove with Luna when we head to the hills for a bike ride and then finish at the beach for a swim in the ocean just to come home and take a bath.

Jessica Zimmerman with Honey

Receptionist, Tele-Bone Operator

Favorite Treat: My manx kitties, Gilly and Steve, love the Chicken Purrz!

Fuel the Love: I #FueltheLove by enjoying the outdoors. This summer I went jeeping a lot, which was super fun. We made a few trips to Silverton, and I went to Telluride for the first time; what a blast! I also enjoy hiking the Colorado Trail, and Sailing Hawk. I hope to have a canine companion for the next hiking season.

John Hart with Indy

President, Captain Bonetastic

Favorite Treat: My favorite treats are Mini Naturals and Skinny Bakes. Indy likes treats and I don’t feel guilty about giving her either of these because of the low calorie counts. She loves both of them too.

Fuel the Love with Indy: I #FueltheLove with Indy playing fetch on the beach or in the backyard.

Julie (Singer) Dirschl with Rio

Operations Support Associate, Bone Processor

Favorite Treat: Mack is older and any flavor of Hip Action really helps get him going! Rio’s favorite treat is the Z-Bone Carrot Crisp – he loves the flavor and they help keep his teeth nice and clean!

Fuel the Love with Mack and Rio: I #FueltheLove by taking Mack and Rio to Spud Lake in Durango, Colorado. This is one of my favorite places to go with the dogs because it is beautiful and they love playing in the lake after a good hike!

Julie Lilly with Bella

National Key Accounts Manager, National Bone Fetcher
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Favorite Treat: Bella doesn’t like to pick favorites, she loves them all! However, an extra special treat during daily walks is Z-Filet Roasted Chicken Flavor - they really keep her going. After a walk or crazy game of fetch, she gets Hip Action – they taste so good, she doesn’t know they’re good for her, too.

Fuel the Love with Bella: We #FueltheLove with family walks in the beautiful desert areas where we live. There’s so many interesting smells and desert creatures, it’s definitely her favorite thing to do! When it’s too hot to walk in the summer, there’s always fun to be had in the swimming pool – she could play fetch in the water for hours!

Larry Welte with Chico, Mistic and Indy

CFO, Fiscal Bone Counter

Favorite Treat: Chico loves Z-Bones to keep his teeth clean and Hip Action for his joints. Mistic isn’t picky, and loves all Zuke’s, but especially Z Filets and Z-Bones. Indy also loves Z-Bones!

Fuel the Love with Chico, Mistic and Indy: I #FueltheLove by taking the dogs hiking in the beautiful woods northwest of Bayfield, Colorado. There's plenty of space for the dogs to run and the scenery is stunning.

Lisa Liljedahl with Henry and Riley

Senior Finance and Accounting Manager, Fiscal Bone Meister
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Favorite Treat: Henry grew up on Mini Naturals and Lil’ Links, he thinks they are fantastic. Riley loves everything made by Zuke’s!

Fuel the Love with Henry and Riley: I #FueltheLove by hiking with Henry and Riley in the San Juan National Forest on quiet mountain trails with creeks for them to wade in and lots of wildflowers to enjoy!

Lori Yando with Tripp

Regional Sales Manager-Natural, Bone-a-fide Naturalist
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Favorite Treat: Tripp isn't too picky when it comes to Zuke's - seems even a look at the bag makes him salivate! But he gets especially excited over Z Fillets and Z Bones!

Fuel the Love with Tripp: We #FueltheLove with lots of walks, water, and tennis balls. Being only 8 months old, Tripp loves to get out and meet new people and new dogs whenever he can. Give him a little pool filled with water to roll around in, and throw a few tennis balls to retrieve and he's one happy pup!

Lynda Roth with Thunder

North East Regional Sales Manager, Yankee Bone Peddler
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Favorite Treat: They absolutely go crazy for Hip Action. Hip Action treats are so moist and meaty they come running whenever they see the bag! They don’t know that Hip Action is good for them too, but I do!

Fuel the Love with Bruce, Simon, Willy, Josie and Casey (yes, there really are five of them!): I #FueltheLove every day living in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. We have 23 acres to explore, romp and play around on.

Matt Porray with Dolvett

Inventory Control Associate, Bone Analyst

Favorite Treat: Dolvett’s favorite treat is the Z-Filet Venison. It provides the protein to keep up his energy and is crazy tasty.

Fuel the Love with Dolvett: I #FueltheLove with Dolvett with hikes out in the mountains surrounding Durango.

Matt Ronken with Brown

Vice President/General Manager, Al CaBone

Favorite Treat: Z Bones, Clean Apple Crisp. Brown gets so excited when he hears me opening the packaging, and I love that it’s helping keep his teeth clean and healthy!

Fuel the Love with Brown: I #FueltheLove with Brown by taking him on long walks throughout our neighborhood after work or on the weekends. He perks up when he sees me pull the leash out from the drawer. He loves to meet new dogs, experience new smells along the way, and just genuinely spend time together outside.

Melissa Simmons with Lydia

Trade Marketing Manager, Bone Synergy Artisan

Favorite Treat: Hip Action Chicken. She gets one every morning and evening at mealtime. It’s Lydia’s favorite treat because it’s yummy (she loves chicken!) and it keeps her senior hips and joints moving well to enjoy life.

Fuel the Love with Lydia: I #FueltheLove taking Lydia to Andrews Lake in the San Juan Mountains of Durango. She loves splashing in the cool, mountain waters.

Paula Miller with Luna

Digital Marketing Manager, Bone Digitizer
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Favorite Treat: Mini Naturals Chicken and Z-Filets Chicken are perfect training treats for this little pup.

Fuel the Love with Luna: I #FueltheLove by exploring everything with Luna. Every step and every sniff is an exciting adventure.

Petra Hinke with Dexter and Kaia

Senior Brand Manager, Bone-a-Fide Marketer
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Favorite Treat: Dexter (pocket hound mix) and  Kaia (rotten Rottie) both go bonkers for Z-Filets, chicken flavor.  But Dexter can sniff out a Mini Natural (any flavor!) a mile away and will do whatever you ask of him to get it.  Kaia also loves Z-Bones, apple crisp pretty please.  

Fuel the Love with Dexter and Kaia I #FueltheLove by loading Kaia and Dexter into our old VW Westphalia bus and heading out on a camping trip anywhere in the Four Corners area.  They especially like it when I sleep down below with them rather than in the pop-up bed above.  

Sarah Julian with Emerson

Worldwide Bone Ambassador

Favorite Treat: Emerson will do anything for a Z-Filet. Her favorite game is to find little pieces of the Z-Filets that I hide around the house for her.

Fuel the Love with Emerson: I #FueltheLove with Emerson with long games of frisbee, hikes in the FlatIrons and belly rubs that go on forever (although her nose bumps tell me it's never long enough).

Sarah Sturm with Norman

Graphic Designer, Bonedazzler

Favorite Treat: Norman has yet to find a Zuke's treat he doesn't love!

Fuel the Love with Norman: I #FueltheLove anytime Norman and I go on an adventure together. Whether it’s on our way to work via skateboard or at 14,000 feet on the top of a mountain or sometimes it’s just on a walk just to the end of our block. Regardless of where we go we are always Fueling the Love.

Shel Mitchell with Tilley

Finance Associate, Bone Balancer
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Favorite Treat: Tilley was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at only 9 months, so Hip Action Chicken is a great tasting way to give her the glucosamine, chondroitin, and eggshell membrane her joints need to stay strong and help her live a healthy, active life.

Fuel the Love with Tilley:  I fuel the love with Tilley by exploring some of the great mountain and canyon trails around the area.

Stacey Praizner with Nelson

Program Manager, Dame of Bones
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Favorite Treat: As a 100% purebred Lab, one would think that Nelson would be driven by food……..any kind of food…..but he isn’t. However, when it comes to treats, Carrot Crisp Z- Bones are his favorite and so good for his teeth! I think it may go without saying, but the Z-Filets are a close second in any flavor…..he just LOVES them!

Fuel the Love with Nelson: I #FueltheLove at the beach. Being born and raised in Southern California, I love the ocean! Nelson and I spend time at the local San Diego beaches, but also spend a lot of time exploring beaches in Baja, California. My favorite adventure was taking him on a surf trip to Scorpion Bay in Baja when he was a just pup. I paddled out to surf while he watched me from the beach. He howled, cried, whined and ran around in circles until he finally decided to join me. He swam out to the break, jumped on my board and has been surfing and/or paddle boarding with me ever since!

Tammy Jivery with Sawyer

Key Accounts, Natural & Outdoor Sales Specialist, The Bone Ranger
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Favorite Treat: Sawyer's favorite treat has become Hip Action. Sawyer receives a healthy dose throughout the day to keep him active on the trails and in the water.

Fuel the Love with Sawyer: I #FueltheLove with Sawyer by taking him out on the trails so he can run free. Sawyer enjoys playing in the local parks, trails, river and the high country all year round!

Tanja Hicks with Chico, Mistic and Indy

Staff Accountant, Z-Bone Allocator

Favorite Treat: My dogs love all the treats but especially the Lil' Links and Z-Filets.

Fuel the Love with Chico, Mistic and Indy: I #FueltheLove by travelling and hiking wherever we go. We love the mountains around Durango and also enjoy hiking in Utah (especially in the Spring)!

Todd Trusler with Carob

Marketing Assistant, Swiss-Army-Bone

Favorite Treat: Carob’s favorite treat is the Hip Action; he thrives off the glucosamine and loves the great taste of Peanut Butter.  Carobs keep his teeth pearly white and breath smelling great with the Clean Apple Crisp grain-free Z-bones.

Fuel the Love with Carob: I #FueltheLove by keeping Carob adventurous as much as possible, taking him on bike rides when he was younger, and now that he is a prime 13+ yrs old he loves the mellow trail hikes in the mountains.