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oh brothers Doggy food

Brothers Complete is a family-owned and operated Pet Industry business – not a wholly-owned subsidiary of some conglomerate with fingers in any number of different pies.  Brothers Pierre and Aaron Earling believe good nutrition is the key to a pet’s health and well-being. As proprietors of The Doggy Store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, they’ve  recommended foods to their clientele for years. And determined they would formulate a product on their own that would surpass anything currently available.


 

Brothers Complete is a grain free, white potato free dog food, with white meat, red meat, allergy and fish formulas.

Cici was excited to try out all the yummy foods and treats. Drooling… delicious… she is a big fan and has enjoyed every bite and below are the things I am most happiest about. Feels good to feed her high quality foods and treats.

The Brothers Complete White Meat Formula uses Chicken as its main source of protein, with a good portion of egg and turkey meal included for added animal protein. Because white meat has a low ash content, this formula allows for high absorption of nutrients. The tapioca starch is obtained from the roots of the cassava plant (manihot esculenta) and is a natural source of very low glycemic carbohydrates. The tapioca starch used in Brothers does not contain the additional ingredients (like sugar and milk) normally added to tapioca for human consumption. This low glycemic starch allows Brothers to formulate a food that is closer to a dog’s historic diet which is based predominantly on animal protein, fat, and bone.

Ingredients: Chicken meal, tapioca, turkey meal, dried eggs, sweet potato, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Menhaden fish meal, dried chicken liver, pumpkin, flaxseed, alfalfa meal, carrots, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, blueberries, cranberries, apples, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, spinach, DL-methionine, L-lysine, taurine, mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary extract, Green tea extract, lecithin, Vitamin A supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, folic acid, biotin, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, L-ascorbyl 2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C activity), zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, Vitamin B12 supplement, Organic branched Inulin/FOS, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, Amylase (Aspergillus oryzae), Protease (Aspergillus oryzae), Cellulase (Trichoderma reesei), Lactase (Aspergillus oryzae), Hemicellulase (Trichoderma reesei), Lipase (Aspergillus oryzae).

In the last few years, some commercial pet food manufacturers have eliminated or restricted the use of grains but have substituted white potato instead. White potatoes have a higher glycemic index than white sugar (80 to 110 versus sugar at 65) so it puts a strain on the adrenal and pancreatic systems when it spikes the blood sugar and produces a large insulin response every time the dog eats. The high glycemic property of the white potato also feeds the Candida Albicans yeast in the colon which, when overgrown, becomes a fungus whose rhizomes grow into the mucosal lining of the intestine and contribute to a condition known as “leaky gut” which allows matter from the colon, including the Candida Fungus, to get into the blood stream which usually leads to a host of skin conditions and allergy-related problems.

One of the problems with white potatoes, under less than perfect conditions (when too old, sprouting small roots, exposed to warm temperatures above 50 to 65 degrees F for too long, or exposed to light for too long) is that they generate a neurotoxin called solanine which can be extremely toxic. Potatoes rejected from the human food chain, and used in the dog food industry, are all too often a source of excessive solanine in dog food.

Potatoes and grains (due to improper preparation) are also a source of “Lectins” which compromise the effectiveness of the colon and can severly reduce the ability of the cilia to extract necessary minerals and vitamins from the food they eat.

Another possible problem when potatoes are heated to high temperatures is the production of acrylamide which is a recognized carcinogen. For these, and other reasons relating to a dogs health, all of Brothers Complete Formulas are grain and white potato free.

Brothers is the only dry dog food we are aware of that stores their food in air-conditioned storage facilities to maintain the freshness built into it.

Most dog foods spend 3 to 6 months in hot warehouses before reaching the retail outlets. Then they can sit on shelves in pet food stores for several more months before being purchased by the customer.  At Brothers Complete, two days after the food is made it is put in a dark, air-conditioned storage facility where it stays perfectly fresh until it is shipped to  customers or sold in the store. Brothers manufactures only small batches and sell directly to the consumer. There are no middle men.

Cici also got to try the dog biscuits On The Lamb, Country Chicken, Red Meat Raves and the Dehydrated Chicken Breast, (which she scarfed up right away!) and the Dehydrated Canadian Beef Liver, YUM…

Brothers Complete “On The Lamb” dog biscuits are a departure from the “same-old, same-old” – a real taste sensation your pet will get excited about. Made in the USA, these healthful biscuits contain only wholesome real food ingredients, and, of course, are grain and white potato free. “On The Lamb” Dog Biscuits will keep your pet happy as a bunny.

INGREDIENTS: Lamb Meal, Tapioca Starch, Green Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Chicken Liver, Sweet Potato.

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Easter treats 4 your pooch

Dog Breeds that are Good with Children

thanks to Martha Stewart for including staffies on this list…

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

The Staffordshire bull terrier is extremely courageous and obedient, highly intelligent, and affectionate with a sense of humor. This, coupled with its affection for its friends — children in particular — off-duty quietness, and trustworthy stability makes it an all-purpose dog. He looks forward to daily exercise, and his powerful jaws enjoy a supply of sturdy chew toys. While he is a sweet-tempered, affectionate dog, his strength and determination require an experienced owner who can work with him in a firm but gentle way. The staffie’s coat is short and smooth and needs only a quick brushing once a week.

http://www.marthastewart.com/274834/dog-breeds-good-with-children/@center/307037/dog-breeds-center?xsc=eml_pet_2012_04_04&om_rid=NsgvVu&om_mid=_BPfElWB8hoFOHT#/264833

she also has some fun, easy and interesting crafts to make as gifts to pets with kids including dog biscuits, a bunny gift basket, a dog can robot, pet ID tags and puppet animals

http://www.marthastewart.com/275020/pet-crafts-for-kids#/200849?xsc=eml_pet_2012_04_04&om_rid=NsgvVu&om_mid=_BPfElWB8hoFOHT

You’ve still got time to enter to win our Easter giveaway…

To be eligible for the box of homemade vintage butterscotch, participants must “Like” the Zeke’s Facebook fan page and Tweet the following to Zeke’s Twitter page: “What’s your best memory with butterscotch?” Leave a comment here and/or like the Have Dog Blog will Travel Facebook page, too to keep us in the loop.

Contest ends April 8 at midnight PST.

 

and here’s a yummy recipe for dog cookies with carob which are non-toxic unlike chocolate…

Carob-Oat Cookies

  • 1/2 cup brown rice or oat flour (wheat flour can give some dogs an upset tummy)
  • 1/2 cup carob powder
  • 1/2 cup whole rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup carob chips
  • water to mix

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, adding water slowly until the dough sticks together (enough to form solid scoops).
3. Scoop out tablespoon-size balls of the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
5. Cool and refrigerate for up to a week.
(Makes 30-40 cookies.)

Don’t have time for homemade dog cookies? Melt some carob chips to dip your dog’s favorite biscuits into instead. Cool the chocolate-dipped biscuits on wax or parchment paper before serving.

Tip:  Since carob chips don’t contain as much fat as chocolate, they don’t melt as easily. To help them melt, add a spoonful of virgin coconut oil, which also has multiple health benefits for your dog.

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I’m dreaming of a white cookie (monster)

must be nice to have your own personal cookie dispenser like Cici has (ME), all you have to do is look sad and persist and voila, cookies rain down upon you… happy dog…

she looks at me and ALL she see is FOOD, Cookies, Treats, yummy !!!!  (one track doggie mind/focus)… guess what’s on Cici’s bucket list… COOKIES… do you think she is Cookie obsessed? (YES)… when did her cookie obsession begin? (At birth or when I adopted/rescued her)… is there a cure for cookie obsession? (Yes, more cookies)… do you ever feel like a Pez/cookie dispenser ? (yes)  a power wielding cookie tyrant?  (yes, NO cookies for you today, bad dog !  Seinfeld soup nazi style) …

 

I’m dreaming of a white cookie, just like the ones I used to eat…

 

I’m dreaming of a white Cookie
Just like the ones I used to eat
Where the frosting glistens,
and puppies listen
To hear biscuits made of meat

I’m dreaming of a white Cookie
With every sniff I wish I could bite
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Cookies be white 
 

I’m dreaming of a white Cookie
With every sniff I wish I could bite
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Cookies be white 

I’m dreaming of a white polka dot Cookie Monster… (with black spots)

just like the one I rescued from Las Vegas in 2007

when Sin City beckoned

I hastened to get her safe

and to feed her Cookies Forever and Ever and Ever

 

bring the kleenex

MrS5a-SpQDc

♥ THIS IS WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT ♥

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holiday treats for your dog

Next week is my birthday and Thanksgiving. Everyone will be feasting, eating turkey or tofurky and other goodies. So what about your pets? Do you feed your furry friends anything special for the holidays?

Here are a few tasty treats that Cici found to be simply droolicious…

Zuke’s Mini Naturals made with Wild New Zealand Rabbit

I know that Cici would have a lot of fun chasing rabbits, but she LOVED these tasty morsels, made from an environmentally friendly protein source, low in calories and YUMMY. While Cici loved the taste sensation, I love that all of the treats are

  • Wheat-free, corn-free and soy-free
  • Made in the USA

The Mini Naturals also come in Chicken, Salmon, and Peanut Butter flavors but Cici thinks the Wild Rabbit just hit the right spots (the ones in her tummy)… Flavors that dogs crave and rave about.

Now, Cici is a BIG Cookie monster who Loves to eat cookies, so she also taste tested the Turkey n Taters Mini Bakes biscuits from Zuke’s… and scarfed them down, too…  She is very picky about her cookies, too and some she will just leave on the floor but not these. She ate them up in record time.  Zuke’s also offers Chicken n Cherryz and Peanut Butter and Blueberryz.

Ingredients:

Ground Oats, Rice Bran, Turkey, Potatoes, Oat Fiber, Blackstrap Molasses, Oil Blend (sunflower, olive and canola), Natural Vegetable Flavors

Most surprising, she even devoured the cookies WITHOUT any meat in them. Zuke’s SuperFood Organic Dog Biscuits… Very Berryz… They also offer Mean Greenz and Health Nutz. I can tell you that when I gave her some real blueberries the other day with her yogurt, she spit them right out. But not these cookies, she devoured them with all of the zest she could muster. And she can muster up quite a lot of doggie zeal for cookies, let me tell you.

Ingredients:

Organic Ground Oats*, Organic Ground Barley*, Blueberries, Cranberries, Potatoes, Oat Fiber, Organic Blackstrap Molasses*, Oil Blend (sunflower, olive and canola), Beets, Raspberries, Cherries, Blackberries, Natural Vegetable Flavors.
Yummy treats for your pooches is just a click away.
Why is Zuke’s called Zuke’s you might wonder, strange name, huh.  Well, there actually is a REAL DOG named ta da Zuke…

The company began on a hike with Zuke in 1995.  He’d become exhausted and was given a piece of energy bar and he perked right up. The light dawned and heavens opened up and Zuke’s was born with healthy, all–natural treats.  Zuke’s treats are all formulated to provide the specific nutrients your cat or dog needs. Wow… Zuke’s even offers a money back guarantee on everything they sell.

and they are eco friendly, too…

Wind Power 

Every box of Mini Bakes Biscuits and Superfood Biscuits are made in a manufacturing facility that is 100% wind powered. And they pay employees to leave the car at home and ride their bikes or scooters to work. The offices are powered with 100% green electricity.

Patrick Meiering, Founder and Head Bone Maker and Zuke’s (the dog) pet parent sure knows how to give pet parents what they and their pets want. Tasty Top Quality eco friendly treats. Woof !

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trick or treat?

most dogs would probably have a hard time choosing between tricks and treats… since they like to do both, EAT and do naughty tricks… Cici decided instead of taking a walk with me yesterday morning as she normally does, that it was better to run away and hide… what gets into that dog’s brain is beyond me… so she did not get her morning walk, nor did she bug me all day for a walk… maybe it’s because I am fixing up the garden??? nothing discernible yet… but I did give her a bone to gnaw on at some point and she seemed happy. She had taken my roommate for a walk for three hours the night before so I figured she was still worn out.

Whatever goes on in that polka dot princess head is beyond me but one thing I do know is that when it comes to treats, she is GUNG HO and all for them, healthy or not, as long as there is meat in the equation/ingredient list.

got healthy snacks for your Fido for Halloween???

you could try something delish from Mother Hubbard…. Cici has already pigged out on doggie cookies/biscuits … she thought that the Chicken and Apple ones were the best cookies she’s had in awhile… I liked the wholesome human grade and wheat free ingredients but Cici enjoyed the taste sensation…

http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/product.aspx?&cat=1&pid=9

Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Chicken, Apples, Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Cane Molasses, Turmeric, Eggs, Carrots, Garlic, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative).

Small bite sized biscuits that a dog does not have to chew up into little pieces.   Comes in eight flavors, BacnCheese, Veggie, and more.

am sure that she would love the peanut butter cookies too… and she enjoyed eating the tiny little bitties soft and chewy snacks, too… supposed to be used for training, but oh well… she was in taste testing dog mode so I went ahead and gave her some mini bits, too. did not want to risk her pulling anymore tricks on me.  One trick a day is enough.

 

 

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dessert for dogs

Cici is a certified chow hound and piglet.  And boy does she enjoy her treats, bones and cookies.

She has been sampling some great dessert treats and cookies for dogs handmade by Puptrition and wolfing them down. The nice thing is that they are all wheat-free treats and have some veggies hidden inside for my veg-free dog. The treats are made with non wheat flours, too. Wheat, corn and soy are common allergens for dogs. Fresh eggs, banana, sweet potatoes and carrots are used in the recipes along with unsweetened applesauce. Dogs digestive systems are very different from ours so all of that is taken into consideration in the making of these treats.

http://puptrition4dogs.com/about-puptrition/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it/

Cici just loves the different items from carob brownies for dogs, carob chip cookies, and these yummy bone shaped crackerlike peanut butter bones.  Carob unlike chocolate is safe for dogs to eat.

Ingredients:  Oat Flour, Brown Rice and/or Rye Flour, Flaxseed Meal, Applesauce, Peanut butter, Egg, Olive Oil

Sheri Felten also makes dog meals with fresh meat, chicken and turkey.

Check out the website at: www.puptrition4dogs.com, or email: sheri@puptrition4dogs.com.

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healdsburg is dog, wine and chocolate friendly

If you wanna do a fun weekend travel getaway, go to Healdsburg, it’s on the way to Mendocino, and a hop, skip and a jump from Santa Rosa, Bodega Bay and Sebastopol…

and when you go, visit the Camellia Inn near to the downtown area, which is also known as healdsburg avenue. The Inn has a lovely garden filled with roses and other flowers… the firelight room we stayed in is a queen deluxe, with a canopy bed, two couches, a shower, desk, no tv, wireless internet, and fireplace…

there is a nice grassy area in front for dog walks and a pool in the back. there are nine rooms, four are pet friendly… no pet amenities…

at 5:30 pm, a nice selection of wines, four kinds of cheese, crackers and olives were served…

breakfast is from 8:30 to 10 am… with coffee and tea ready at 7:30 … breakfast consisted of a small juice, scrambled eggs buffet style, no meat, there were several cereals, croissants and other bread from the town’s French bakery, Costeaux and some fruit and yogurt.

the inn has a tv room and a fridge stocked with soft drinks and water.

Lucy lewand, the owner/innkeeper has been in town an innkeeper for 28 years and is co-owner with her dad. The inn is a family owned business and they have a pet friendly winery about five blocks from the inn.

I loved the lovely bee kind bath products by Gilchrist and Soames with organic honey and red clover extracts, smells really good and has a good message, not totally eco friendly because they do contain Sodium Laureth and Lauryl Sulfate.

Also, every Wednesday, the Camellia Inn offers Chocolate Indulgence with Chocolate Cherry Bath Salts, soaps, candle, lotion, plus chocolate candies and cookies…

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there are two pet stores in town… the one we like best is the Doghouse… they had a sign outside that said Dirty Dogs Wanted, because they have an on site pet groomer, a very friendly staff and the owner Natalee is very knowledgeable and helpful… they have a full range of dog items including healthy dog food, leashes, harnesses, collars, beds, treats and toys… they also have adorable dog clocks and great harnesses for dogs that pull on leash… gotta get one now !!!

near to them around the corner is an eco friendly store and Cafe Gratitude, cool name.

the other pet store Fideaux was not very friendly and had no food, just treats.

this small town apparently needs two dog parks, one for small dogs and the other for large dogs…

another pet friendly inn is the Best Western Dry Creek Inn, very friendly folks. we did not stay there but they did let me use their wireless internet and let Cici sit with me in their lobby and they have meeting rooms for workshops and seminars.

The town’s pet friendly wineries include Selby Wine Tasting Room, where I tasted Selby Zinfandel Port wine with chocolate from Sweet Memories (a chocolate shop in town that makes handmade chocolates, yum)… I tried the dark chocolate filled with ginger and the owner also gave me this chocolate covered peanut brittle type sample which was absolutely divine and even better with the port… and that is about all for my wine tasting exploits.

The french bakery called Costeaux on Healdsburg Avenue offers dogs and their owners outside seating and doggie biscuits, that are Cici tested and approved… Made with care by Bram and Matt for the dog in your life. Official taste testing completed by Maggie and Copper.

Ingredients: Enriched flour, water, salt, yeast, egg, bacon. (Net Wt. 16 oz)

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they also have yummy delicious three chocolate truffle cake… and other chocolate cakes, cookies and chocolate candies.

Be sure to also visit the chocolate store called Sweet Memories with divine chocolate.

Powell’s Candy Shoppe has all kinds of candies and chocolates and plays the Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory Song all day.

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time to vote, red or blue, poll your dog…

time to vote,  is your dog red or blue, a donkey or an elephant? what I like about these is that they have rye flour and barley flour… will have to try some for cici… send us samples, please !   here’s what the dogs have to say about the matter…    http://www.markfiore.com/files/post_31.mp3  by the way, I have a new squidoo lens about California chocolate… and a couple of others, check them out… http://www.squidoo.com/californiadreaming   http://www.squidoo.com/political_pets  REPUBLICAN PETS:  1. Bark at passing neighbors and traffic; home security is very important to them.

2. Ears perk up when Fox News comes on.

3. Big spenders at the local pet store.

4. Strongly believe pet matrimony should only occur between two cats or two dogs.

5. Believe in the 2nd amendment right to bare teeth and claws.

6. Are for electric border fences around the yard.

7. Want national ID tags for all pets.

8. Advocate for the pet tracking chip – you can never have too much surveillance.

DEMOCRAT PETS:

1. Want universal veterinary care for all.

2. Want their treats for free.

3. Socialize with all breeds at the dog park.

4. Prefer their owner uses biodegradable poop bags.

5. Are very concerned with the rising cost of pet food.

6. Have the young puppy and kitten vote locked.

7. Want to end the war of dogs vs. cats once and for all.

8. Think of Ralph Nader as the dog catcher.

If your dog falls somewhere in the middle, don’t worry: The low-fat peanut butter and honey biscuits can also be ordered in bipartisan cases – six $8.99 bags of each.

The biscuits are made by Capitol Dog Bakery, which donates $1 of each sale to the Washington Humane Society.

(Photo courtesy of petlane.com)

 

 and if that wasn’t enough, here’s another quiz for you… what dog breed are you, human?  I’m a Lab… so what political persuasion are Labs, Dalmatians, pit bulls???  

 

 

 

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