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10 Ways to Save on Pet Care

According to a recent article in USA Today, Americans spent approximately $50.8 billion on their pets last year, up from $10.1 billion just four years earlier. That’s a lot of money for Max or Fluffy, but still nothing compared to the unconditional love they shell out for you every day.

As the proud owner of two Labrador-Australian Shepard mixes, I’m no stranger to the rising cost of pet care. In addition to frequent exercise and annual check-ups, my husband and I save hundreds of dollars on pet care by adopting the following savvy strategies.

1. Create an Emergency Fund
There are at least nine reasons for an emergency fund, according to Kiplinger, including the ability to offset a costly vet bill should your beloved animal need expensive treatment. When my dogs were just 12 months old, one choked the other during aggressive play and — $1,700 later — we had a very tired but recovering puppy. Our savings account kept this traumatic experience from creating a financial hardship.

2. Don’t Skimp on Food
Food is likely the most expensive necessity next to vet visits, but that doesn’t mean you should opt for low price over quality. By purchasing healthy food, you’re enhancing your pet’s quality of life and ultimately saving yourself from costly vet bills down the road. Purchase discount gift cards to PetSmart and other stores from sites like GiftCardGranny.com to nab some savings.

3. Consider Pet Insurance
If you’re the type of pet owner who will spare no expense for veterinary care, consider signing up for pet insurance. The number of pet insurance carriers has increased significantly from just ten years ago, and most offer several levels of coverage. Visit PetInsuranceComparison.org for information on available policies, reviews and questions to ask providers.

4. Take Advantage of Clinics
Some veterinary practices offer free clinics one or two times a year, waiving appointment fees that compound the cost of annual visits. My husband and I always schedule check-ups and vaccinations during these times. If your vet doesn’t offer this service, check with your local Humane Society or animal-control unit for recommendations.

5. Research Your Options
When facing a hefty vet bill, you might assume your only option is to throw down a credit card and pay off the expense over time. However, there are other sources for financial aid, including state programs and breed-specific organizations. Consult this article from the Humane Society for more information.

6. Buy Discount
I shop discount retailers like TJMaxx and Ross for clothes and housewares, and always peruse their pet-care aisles for deals. I’ve found great pet beds, bowls and toys for much less than pet-store prices, though I avoid treats and food items since I’m not familiar with the brands. Ultimately, new pet owners can score serious savings by stocking up on discount supplies.

7. Be Loyal
PetSmart and PetCo each have free loyalty programs that offer discounts and, in the case of PetCo, 5-percent cash back on purchases. You should also sign up to receive email notifications about upcoming sales and exclusive discounts, and stock up during these specials to tide you over until the next promotion.

8. Order Meds Online
Most pet owners know medications purchased directly from the vet come with a hefty price tag. Unless it’s an emergency, request the prescription information and shop online at sites like 1800PetMeds.com. I save 34 percent on our dogs’ heart worm medication by ordering online and using the generic alternative.

9. Fix for Less
Neutering or spaying your pet is crucial to avoiding the exponential expense of caring for a litter down the road. The average cost of the service from your local vet is between $200 and $300, but many organizations offer this service for less to curb the number of homeless animals. Consult ASPCA’s Low Cost Spay/Neuter Programs page to find a provider near you.

10. DIY
Though I wouldn’t attempt to clean a cat’s teeth, there are several services you can administer at home to save money. Brushing, ear cleaning and nail clipping are just a few necessities you can likely handle without the assistance of a professional. In fact, your vet will happily share with you the best techniques for at-home care, as they’d much prefer to spend time on more specialized services.

Kendal Perez is a frugal fashionista and bargain shopper who helps fellow shopaholics find hassle-free ways to save money. As the marketing coordinator for Kinoli Inc., she has the resources to be an extreme couponer but prefers a less complicated approach to staying in-budget. Kendal has been quoted in such media outlets as CNN Money, FOX, ABC, NPR, TIME Moneyland and Kiplinger Personal Finance. For savings tips and more information, visit HassleFreeSavings.com.

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love your dog… Valentine’s Day gifts

According to a survey conducted by the the National Retail Federation,  American pet parents will spend $367 million on Valentine’s gifts for their companion animals.  Whether you do not have a date, are obsessed with your dog or just do not want to leave them out of the fun activities, Valentine’s Day is a great day to show your pooch some extra love and pampering.

You might want to take your dog out for a night on the town, for a fun romantic dinner, visit the local Yappy Hour, get a pet portrait or professional photo done, or have an all girl’s extra special spaw day, where you give your dog a massage and aromatherapy treatment.

To help with the massage, you might consider:

The Hand-Held Massager from Silver Tails features two massage heads with smooth, raised “knuckles” to soothe joints and muscles. The handle can be adjusted to fit any sized hand. The massager is lightweight and is compact enough to fit in a pocket.

The Silver Tails Hand-Held Massager is available from Amazon, Petco, and other national retailers and costs $7 – $8.

You can also go the traditional route of flowers, wine and chocolate for your pooch.

Here are a few more ideas …

http://www.etsy.com/listing/90102838/pit-bull-magnet-modern-dog-gift

Old mother hubbard heart treats… wheat free PB Hearts™ are oven-baked with Peanut Butter and Oatmeal making them a fun natural snack bursting with flavor.

http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/product.aspx?&cat=1&pid=13

Below is a brief list of ‘pet friendly’ flowers and plants:

  • Common Name | Scientific name
  • African daisy | Arctotis stoechadifolia
  • African violet | Saintpaulia spp.
  • Alyssum | Allysum spp.
  • Bachelors buttons | Centaureaa cyanus
  • Begonia | Begonia spp.
  • Celosia | Celosia spp.
  • Common Snapdragon | Antirrhinum majus
  • Easter Daisy | Townsendia sevicea
  • Orchids | Barbrodia, Sophronitis, etc.
  • Peruvian lily, Brazilian lily | Alstroemeria spp.
  • Rose | Rosa spp.

~Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, PhD, DABVT, DABT
Vice President and Medical Director
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

Pinot Leasheo

When the occasion calls for Pinot Grigio, the furry members of the family can enjoy Pinot Leasheo. The Bark Vineyards Pinot Leasheo is a perfectly balanced marriage of flavors that will appeal to the most discriminating tastes. An anticipated, unique treat which to conclude any day. It might also be an enticing appetizer.

Ingredients:

Water, dehydrated chicken broth, potato flakes, dehydrated carrot, lactic acid, xanthan gum, dehydrated parsley, garlic powder, dehydrated oregano

a whine that has gone to the dogs… and comes with a licker license… A gourmet treat experience. Pour evenly over a meal, step back as your beloved furry friend savors the delicious bouquet and unique flavors.

http://www.barkvineyards.com/sites/S27/File/pdf/Your%20store%20name%20LickerLicense.pdf

Carob dipped doggie treats…

Homemade Sweetheart PB Carob Treats

Ingredients:

Love
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup carob chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Beat eggs with peanut butter, then add milk and combine well.

3. In separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder.

4. Combine the dry mixture with the peanut butter mixture. Mix well.

5. Stir in carob chips ( safe, non-toxic alternative to chocolate)

6. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto lightly greased cookie sheet, leaving about 1″ in between cookies.

7. Bake with love for 20 to 25 minutes, or until biscuits look just barely “dry” in the middle and are baked through. Do not overbake! The biscuits will naturally harden as they cool.

8. Before you & your dog take a nibble let treats cool down before removing from cookie sheet.

9. Once cooled. Ready, Set, devour!

http://www.pawlux.com/blog/be-my-furry-valentine-homemade-pb-carob-dog-biscuit-treats-recipe/

 

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12 days of holiday gifts for your pets

All I want for xmas is …

Fifty-six percent of dog owners say they’ll buy their pets a gift this Christmas, but only 48 percent of cat owners plan a gift.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/08/pet-presents-holiday-season_n_1081502.html

Just over half of American pet owners will buy gifts for their pets this holiday season, and they’ll spend an average of $46 on their animals, with toys and treats topping the list, according to a new AP-Petside.com poll.

Sixty-eight percent of pets getting gifts can look forward to a toy, 45 percent to food or another treat, 8 percent new bedding, 6 percent clothing, 3 percent a leash, collar or harness and 3 percent new grooming products, the poll showed. (Some pets will get more than one gift.)

Sixty-two percent of U.S. households have pets, according to a 2011 survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). For many of those furry friends, life is quite good.

http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/questions/what-are-some-fun-gift-ideas-to-help-spoil-my-pet-this-christmas

1. Doggie wreath with toys and bones

http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-type/animal-bug-crafts/animal-themed-crafts/cat-dog-crafts/dog-bone-wreath-662113/

2. Toys from Ruff Gear

Cici is not a big toy dog but she loves playing with the square ball… the shape is fun, I stuffed it full of treats, she is always up for food, and she had to wrestle with it to get the treats out.  she also liked the turnup, plays with it too.

http://www.ruffwear.com/SquareBall?sc=2&category=14

3. Toys from Quaker Pet’s Sherpa travel gear and resources for senior dogs (we will be devoting another whole blog post to senior gear so stay tuned)

Quaker Pet’s Sherpa line of travel products offer a great variety of items and several pet-friendly travel resources on their site at http://www.sherpapet.com
They also offer the new Hear Doggy! toys are great for dogs that chew on their toys.  the Hear Doggy “Flatties” (since they don’t have the stuffing)  are available in Rabbit, Skunk and Deer. And these ultrasonic toys come with a squeaker only the dog can hear, so you can enjoy a “Silent Night” while your pup is having a blast!  Tuned to an ultrasonic
range in the 24-28 KHz frequency, each Hear Doggy! squeaker is out of human
hearing range. Visit  Petsmart, Petco or online at www.republicofpaws.com.

4.  Stuff stockings full of your pooch’s favorite bones

5. Earthbath’s Green Tea travel wipes are great stocking stuffers for dogs and cats.

6.  How about a gift for you and your pooch. You can order pet food online and get it delivered right to your door. You can order through AdoptaShelter.com and as an added bonus have the animal rescue/shelter of your choice receive a monetary reward, too.

Or order through Mr. Chewy’s… not all dog food companies are listed yet (for instance, Dr. Harvey’s and Honest Kitchen are not) but many different types of kibble are… and we ordered some Stella and Chewy’s raw dehydrated lamb and Ziwi Peak, both very high quality foods. And the best part is having the products delivered to your home, price discounts are nice, too. They also offer dog treats (Cici’s favorites include Old Mother Hubbard and Zuke’s) and other goodies for cats, too. You can call 1-800-Mr-Chewy or visit their website…

http://www.mrchewy.com/b/dog-food

7.  Martha Stewart has a whole bunch of homemade gift ideas and instructions

http://www.marthastewart.com/275311/gifts-for-pets-and-pet-lovers/@center/307035/santas-workshop

8.  Canine Citizen bag for you and your pooch (stay tuned for another blog post to come)

Carries your dog’s stuff (waste bags/treats/ball) and your stuff too…made in the USA

Cici and I got the gray and violet bag and duh, I thought she was supposed to wear it but it is for humans to wear. Seems lightweight even stuffed with your dog’s stuff and yours. The Citizen Canine is primarily a treat bag (for training treats/rewards/bribes) with a poop bag dispenser built in. The treat compartment makes up the top two-thirds of the bag; the top edge of the pouch is stiffened to remain open for easy access, but closes with a drawstring so the treats stay inside otherwise. The treat portion is also big enough to fit a tennis or similar sized ball (or toy) if your buddy is more inspired by fetch than by food.

Poop bags dispense discreetly. One roll of compostable BioBags comes with the bag. There’s a nifty waist strap and a shoulder strap and there is a Guardian Light for nighttime. Another great feature: a front zippered pocket sized to fit an iPhone (room enough for ID/credit card/cash) AND a back zippered pocket sized for keys, change, or a clicker, so you can go out with the Citizen Canine bag and nothing more. $5 from each purchase goes to Old Dog Haven which takes in senior citizen dogs from shelters and either finds them new homes or provides foster homes for them in their twilight years or months.

The rope dog leash is better than recycled, seems sturdy, long lasting and strong, too. http://www.krebsrecycle.com/

 http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/DOG/TB2110

9.  Dr. Harvey’s Power Patties

Cici loves her Dr. Harvey’s Power Patties, one of her favorite treats, made from fresh, raw green tripe. The patties are easily digestible, add beneficial Vitamins and Minerals, digestive enzymes and good usable protein and essential fatty acids to a dog’s diet. Tripe is considered one of the most complete foods for carnivores and are very popular in Europe.www.drharveys.com

Cici could probably just eat Power Patties all day and nothing else… Cici’s Power Patty doggie diet… the treats for champions…

10.  A new doggie bed, your choice, there are many options, round, square or rectangle… there are chew proof ones, eco friendly, so many to choose from… I’ve been thinking about getting Cici a mattress from a baby crib

11.  Aromatherapy gift basket for your pet…could include your dog’s favorite (or yours) doggie shampoo, along with a bathing sponge and rubber duck and some aromatherapy sprays/spritzes for your pooch

12.  Bake something special. Pick up one of many dog-treat cookbooks and make a special treat for your pooch that you know is made of top-quality ingredients.

Ace’s Favorite Cheesy Dog Biscuits

1 1/2 cups rice/oat flour
1 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/4 pound buter
1 clove garlic — crushed
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup Almond Milk — or as needed

Grate the cheese into a bowl and let stand until it reaches room temperature. Cream the cheese with the softened buter, garlic, salt and flour. Add enough milk to form into a ball.

Chill for 1/2 hour. Roll onto floured board. Cut into shapes and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until slightly brown, and firm.

Read more: http://www.k9magazine.com/homemade-dog-treat-recipes/#ixzz1eASsMJwT

Christmas Carob Mint Dog Cookies

Combine 1 cup flour, 1 cup rice flour, oat flour, 5 drops mint flavoring, ¼ cup almond milk, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix all ingredients and roll out onto a floured surface to approximately ¼ inch thick. Cut with bone shape or holiday cookie cutters and position on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned. Cool the dip cookies halfway into melted carob or spoon the carob icing over half of each cookie. Make sure cookies are cooled down before storing, gift wrapping or giving to your pup. Store these treats in a sealed, airtight container for freshness.

http://pawluxury.blogspot.com/2009/12/seasons-eatings-droolworthy-homemade.html

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soothing the holiday doggie blues

ok, tis the holiday season, ho ho ho is upon us and I bet you are racing around for bargains from store to store and other madness. do you and your pooch get the blues around the holidays?  maybe it’s all that food and fun you are supposed to have but maybe you’re not having… maybe you are alone, broke, and/or just plain blue …

no worries…we’ve got some tips for you.

Spend quality time with your canine
According to research at the State University of New York at Buffalo, being around a pet provides more stress relief than being around a two-legged companion. As if we needed a study to determine that.  Good for them, good for you.

My #1 tip for addressing the holiday (or any time traveling) doggie blues is simple.  the dogs  you to want focus on them, so spend some quality time with your dog, do something just with your dog.

Most of my guests come with their dogs almost exclusively because we are incredibly pet welcoming, and most of them are doing a getaway which definitely includes (or is because of) pet dog recreation.

Yet some folks travel with their dogs physically with them, but totally ignore them once they’re here. That causes the doggie traveling blues, no matter whether they’re traveling for the holidays or a family reunion, special event (wedding, birthday, graduation), a special relaxing destination (like Crater Lake), etc.

How to fix that? Easy. Providing some FOCUS on the dog, and quality time (just taking them out to potty doesn’t cut it) will eliminate the doggie blues and also unwanted behaviors like barking, whining, scratching, chewing, clinginess, etc.

Give your dog some loving ME time and attention, belly rubs, massage, play time…

Spend some time each day really focused on your dog. Dogs can tell if you’re going for a walk but not really there (texting, chatting on your phone, thinking about how to fix the holiday dinner, worried about what to do when you get back to work, etc.). That focus, and intention of really being present with your dog will go a loooong way to keeping your pooch happy since that’s how dogs live their lives. they really appreciate and respond when we do the same for and with them.

So DO something with and for your dog, with intention and focus…do some training, and make it a game. That lets your dog exercise their mind as well as their bodies, and it’s fun play for both of you. Teach them a trick or behavior that makes you laugh. Be there for them 110% during that time. See how this little bit of focus time really enhances your bond with your dog, and makes you BOTH feel a heck of a lot better…a great way to have a little bit of sanity with all the holiday traveling craziness.

Enjoy! — Liz

Liz Parrish, Proprietor

Crystalwood Lodge LLC

A pet-welcoming destination in the Southern Oregon Cascades, just outside Crater Lake National Park. Relax with the perfect getaway at the edge of the Klamath Basin, in the heart of a recreation wonderland and a world apart from your daily stress!

www.CrystalwoodLodge.com

Why is this called “the Best 30 Miles in Oregon?” Find out here!

ThingsToDoNearCraterLake.com

Calming Collars 

Deb Mendez makes the most delicious, yummiest smelling collars for dogs on the planet. And they look gorgeous, too. Clearly, they are handmade (customized) with lots of love and care. These collars can be used whenever your dog is experiencing extra stress (during travel), anxiety (separation), hears loud noises (thunderstorms and/or fireworks), and/or weird weather. We got a Purple Key West collar for Cici and I love that it is all natural.

www.calmingcollars.com

The regular Calm Me Down blend is a combination that includes lavender, chamomile and balsam. If someone requests an extra strength version,  valerian, lemongrass, mugwort and orange peel may be added. The Good to Go collar is includes lavender, chamomile, peppermint, ginger and other herbs. No essential oils or other fillers, just the actual dried herbs in a cotton fabric sleeve.  The collars work through aromatherapy.  The collars generally last anywhere from 3 to 9 months, depending upon amount of time of usage (every day, 24/7, a few hours a week and so on).

They also make anti-motion sickness collars Good To Go . These will help stop your pet from getting motion sickness when traveling in a car or other moving vehicle.

For summer, there is also the Too Cool collars that help your pet stay cool.

Readers of my blog get an exclusive discount… Just type CICI for a 10% discount on any purchase. You’ll see the discount in the shopping cart before heading to checkout. Cheers !

Dog Pheromones

The Comfort Zone with DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) disperses an odorless vapor that mimics the calming hormone that is secreted by nursing dogs. Pheromones emitted by animals through their skin and glands are natural chemicals that help them to communicate with others of the same species. Basically, it helps dogs calm down.  When animals receive pheromone signals, there is an involuntary behavioral effect on the animals. When the dog or puppy senses the pheromone through the nasal passage, he feels secure and comfortable, reducing his urge to act out through chewing, excessive barking, house soiling or other fear-related behaviors.

It comes in a spray bottle that you can mist away your dog’s stress and also comes in the plug-in diffuser version. You can spray the inside of your dog’s crate 15 minutes ahead of placing your dog inside. These stress reducing pheromones make dogs feel safe and secure and help you control excessive whining hiding, panting, chewing, and other behaviors. The diffuser lasts up to 30 days and refills can be purchased.  Relaxation in a bottle.

They make this product for both dogs and cats. You can purchase through Petco, Amazon or online at their website, find a location near you, http://petcomfortzone.com/home.html.

Other ideas:

Comfort your pooch with a massage and/or a class of doggie yoga … OM

Play some soothing doggie music…our friend Lisa Spector at Through a Dog’s Ear has a big promotion going on, with free daily downloads and an annual word game where people compete to win free music for their favorite shelters and rescues. She is also offering discounts on some dog calming music…Driving Edition and Music to Calm your Canine Companion Vol. 3 until Dec 31, 2011.

More info:

http://willmydoghateme.com/pet-travel/coping-with-holiday-frenzy-sounds-to-soothe-the-canine-soul

Give them some Bach’s Rescue Remedy to calm their K9 nerves

www.rescueremedy.com

Sing them a Silly Song…

New 12 Dogs Of Christmas Lyrics by me

On the ______ day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

1 Cici eating (cause she’s a food ho)

2  Pibbles licking

3 Patrick’s wagging

and a V-dog in a pear tree

4 Victories for Cherry (Garcia)

5 Kongs for Ginger

6 Forever Homes (for Squeaker, Ellen, Ray and Oscar)

7 Handsome Dan’s swimming

8 Jhumpa Jones’ singing

9 Pibbles  zooming

10  Hector’s Leaping (carefully)

11 Pibble puppies playing

12 Dalmatian pit bulls dancing

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Mother’s Day Gifts for Doggie Mamas Unleashed

Pampering Mama is what Mother’s Day is all about. And what better way to spoil you doggie mamas than by having your pooch make you breakfast in bed. Ok, not likely. Fido or Fluffy will likely hog the bed as usual, if you allow them sleep in bed with you. Or they will snore, belch, breath in your face and get fur all over the place (it is shedding time again in Spring)… Cici is much more interested in slurping up whatever food hits the kitchen floor than in learning how to make yum-yum’s for me.

Maybe your hubby, significant other, life partner and/or children, friends, loved ones, family will pitch in and get you and your dog some terrific gifts like the ones below.  Some of the gifts are strictly for the dog mamas and a few are also for Fido/Fluffy and assist doggie mamas in becoming and being better doggie parents.

Hint, hint, hint, hint, hint…

Malva cake, a South African dessert

http://www.malvapudding.com/about.html

This cake should be illegal, it is that addictive. You cannot stop eating or thinking about eating this light, fluffy, moist yet delightful pudding cake… not quite cake not quite pudding handmade by Kari in Aptos. Get the new flavor, chocolate one. Each Malva uses only the freshest and best local ingredients including cage-free eggs from the Glaum chicken ranch just up the road and fresh apricot jam from the local farmer’s market with no corn syrup in it. Kari and her family have been making each Kari’s Malva Pudding for the past year and a half in their home town of Aptos, California. Each Malva Pudding is hand poured and packaged and frozen while fresh to lock in the homemade taste. Very easy to defrost and reheat and pass off as your own delicious creation. Traditionally, Malva Pudding is served warm with a little warm custard in winter and warm with a little ice cream in the summer. Malva Pudding is the favorite dessert of Nelson Mandela. Art Smith, and Oprah Winfrey. You can purchase online or at various stores.

http://www.malvapudding.com/locations.html

Chocolate

Rescue Chocolate is a gourmet chocolate company that donates all of its net profits to animal-rescue organizations across the U.S. Rescue Chocolate is “the sweetest way to save a life,” and Wild at Heart dark chocolate hearts filled with zingy raspberry ganache are the perfect way to show your mom that you care. ($6-$12)

A Doggone weekend getaway, with or without poochie…

Send Fido to a Doggie camp and go off on a romantic holiday or girlfriends getaway

Or bring Fido with you on a pet friendly holiday to any of the fun places listed here on our blog and maybe visit some doggone pet friendly wineries in Napa or Mendocino. What is better than going wine tasting with your best friend.

http://celiasue.wordpress.com/free-guide-to-pet-friendly-cities/

Napa dog friendly wineries:

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/blogs/worth-the-drive/Dog-Friendly-Wineries-120891459.html

Mendocino dog friendly wineries include Navarro’s and Toulouse.

Visit Pet Friendly Las Vegas before the weather becomes unbearable. This month temps should reach 80-90′s, by June, they will be 100+ until October. Stay in Mt. Charleston if you want to enjoy a little bit of cooler weather (averages 10-30 degrees cooler).

http://celiasue.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/an-insiders-view-las-vegas-pet-friendly/

Petco’s eco-friendly dog toys

http://www.petco.com/N_22_101/Dog-Toys.aspx

Cici is not big on toys but she enjoyed playing in the back yard with her bone. Chewing, tugging, fetching it.


Supergravy from Clear Conscience Pet Food

Is your dog or cat a picky eater? Or perhaps they are ill. Or like Cici don’t like to eat their veggies. Now, Clear Conscience has introduced Supergravy which mixes easily with water and goes on top of the regular food (kibble) that you feed your pet. Cici scarfed it up easily.

Supergravy contains:

Humanely sourced organ meats: Liver and heart from grass fed, free range raised bison and beef are concentrated in SuperGravy™. Organ meats are one of the best sources of A and B vitamins, minerals, taurine, Coenzyme Q 10, and high quality protein.

Aztec Omegas ™:  Chia seed, (Salvia hispanica L)  is revered as the “miracle food” of the ancient Aztecs. It is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and a powerful antioxidant. SuperGravy™ is one of the first holistic pet products to use Chia.

Organic SuperVeggies™:  Spinach, pumpkin, and carrots, all “superfoods,” are added in concentrated form to provide immune boosting phytonutrients.

SuperGravy™ comes in a small pouch for a 30 day supply and is less expensive (about 35 cents a day as compared to $2.00 or more a can of heavy cans of pet food) that many pet owners add to the food to get their pets to eat.

http://www.clearconsciencepet.com/supergravy


Flashbrite for Pets

Do you walk your dog at night? And does your dog have dark fur. In other words, are they visible at night? Just to be sure that they can be seen, 3M Scotchlite has created reflective ankle bands that fit easily and comfortably around your pets ankles to protect your pet. Your pet can be seen 360 from all directions. You can also wear stick-on patches for pet owners so that you can be safe, too.

http://www.flashbriteinc.com/


Viva La Dog SPA’s Oatmeal shampoo to take away the itchies. Helps ease discomfort from insect bites, hot spots and other skin irritants.  Oatmeal Dog Shampoo is made with sweet almond oil which moisturizes skin along with oatmeal and aloe to soothe red, itchy skin. Lathered up nice and her fur is so soft. Cici is still itchy though. Perhaps we have to do more. I love the smell of the shampoo.

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Mulligan stew

Cici loved the Mulligan stew chicken and turkey, both dry and canned food. Yummy, nutritious and good for her, too. Their claim, however, that eating the food would take away Cici’s itchies, cannot be verified, since they only sent 3-4 days worth of food, not long enough to test it out. We may purchase some for a longer test soon. Found the food a little pricey but if it takes away the itchies, it will be worthwhile. Also, they have a buying club, where you receive benefits such as 25% off all Mulligan Stew dog food and treat purchases all year long. The fee to join the club is $25 per year.

http://www.mulliganstewpetfood.com/nutritional-analysis.php

Think outside the box (or inside the box) this Doggie Mama’s Day.

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when cici met santa at petco….

we went to an open house for 24 hour fitness in indio and next door in the same mall was another petco, and voila, we got our santa photos… whattya think?  this is rodney in indio at petco… where they have a beautiful setup and do NOT have cats anywhere near the dogs, like they did in La Quinta… duh…  she also got lots of treats from Rodney and chicken before that at 24 hour fitness from El Pollo Loco…

Petco in Indio will be taking Pet photos with Santa next Saturday, Dec. 13, from 11-4, too…   and they’ve got lots of stockings and stuffers…

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photo with santa claus…

I tried to get Cici to take a photo with Santa Claus today at Petco but the store manager stupidly put the dog line to take their photos next to cats in cages… not very smart… Cici went nuts as she does when she sees cats, so no these are NOT photos of Cici with Santa, just photos of dogs with Santa that I found on the web… awwww shucks…

she didn’t like their doggie treats either… and there were no dogs for her to play with at the dog park…

tried to get her to take a photo with this cute Santa bear at Office Depot, to no avail, either… I keep telling Cici that cooperation is good for the doggie soul, but she looks at me, and says hey, where’s the treats ?

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three people yesterday and today told me about someone going to see an animal communicator… I can talk to animals, too, just call me Dr. Doolittle, aka the animal whisperer… angel whisperer… ghost whisperer…

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want to help to rescue a dog ?

There was the sweetest one year old lab mix black with a tiny white spot on his chest at the campground today… it’s owner left it tied up in the hot sun all day yesterday and today… I let Cici play with him this morning and really would love to take him with us … I reported it to the park and will see about finding him a good home… NO dog should be left outside in 95-100 degree weather !!!!    I left the owner a note, and splashed water all over him in the hopes of keeping him cool, too…

Cici goes with me wherever I go, Office Depot, Staples, banks, Lowe’s, and other stores allow pets so there is no reason to leave a dog tied up, especially not a puppy with a lot of energy that needs to play, run and companionship!

there was also a black feral kitten at the campground… so many animals to find good homes !!!

I found this photo at Free Will Astrology, great horoscopes, fun site…wouldn’t it be great to see people giving money/cash out to passersby on the freeway, rest areas, and supermarkets and shopping malls?  You’ve been blessed… Give to someone you love today and Pay it Forward !!!

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