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Cookie monster with spots

my Cici can be pretty picky about her cookies. especially healthy ones. a  month or so ago, we were at a fair nearby Whole Foods and a local gal had a table. She baked her own dog biscuits and was giving out free samples. We chatted and i gave Cici a biscuit to try. She would not eat it. I tried again and still, she was not biting into those peanut butter and something cookies. I figured well, she just does not like peanut butter all that much. She’s more of a meat eating gal. Kind of embarrassing though.

Yesterday, we were at Whole Foods and these kind people there took Cici for a walk and gave her some dog treats of the non-healthy kind. She loved the dog bone shaped cookies while I worried about her eating them. I am currently giving her a special kind of SPIRULINA to counteract all of the bumps, cysts and growths that have recently developed all over her body. A vet wanted to surgically remove them but I prefer a more holistic method, hence the BIOPREP. More about this in a later blog post. Suffice it to say here, Cici has some health issues that we are addressing and that the Bioprep worked a few years ago to eliminate a growth on her toe.

well, NO SUCH PROBLEM with Austin and Kat CBD infused Wellness Dog Biscuits Peanut Butter and Apple. Cici has scarfed up these cookies with all of the enthusiasm of a happy cookie monster doggie. She thinks they are very tasty and I love that they are good for her.  shhhhhh, do not tell her that they are good for her.

 

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HOW CLEVER to pack a wellness punch into a doggie bite-sized snack. With no eggs, dairy, gluten or preservatives, these cookies offer oatmeal, coconut oil (CICI LOVES COCONUT OIL) and turmeric, a great anti-inflammatory and digestive aid. The organic, cold-pressed CBD Hemp oil is also an anti-inflammatory plus it supplies all of the good Omega 3, 6, 9 oils that doggies need.

And then there is cinnamon, maple, molasses, flax seed, probiotics, along with the oatmeal, apples and peanut butter. What a blend of goodness. No wheat or corn flour either, oat and rice flour and almond meal to hold these yummy for the tummy goodies all together.

https://www.austinandkat.com/pages/ingredients

i have rarely, if ever, seen my dog eat up cookies that were labeled healthy in any way like she has eaten these. She just doesn’t seem to enjoy the others but she is a big fan of Austin and Kat’s cookies and wishes there were an unlimited supply for her to eat.

 

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And here’s the kicker, initially, Kat, the creator baker of these sweet things initially made these cookies for her senior doggie, Brady. And Cici is no spring chicken at the ripe old age of 10 herself. Kat also has a puppy named Austin who has enjoyed the health benefits of these snacks, too. Read all about their journey in Maine here.

https://www.austinandkat.com/pages/who-are-we-and-how-it-started

And what are you waiting for, go get your doggies some treats. OK, Halloween is over but that’s ok. Now, it is time for some goodies for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Make great paw stocking stuffers. Be sure to tell Austin and Kat we sent you.

 

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Crunchy treats

Clear Conscience Pet LLC has introduced a new line of dog treats designed to meet the needs of stomach-sensitive dogs, as well as appeal to picky pets.

CCP sent us the Ocean Dreams and Peace Berry treats to taste test. Cici definitely prefers the Ocean Dreams since she seems to enjoy kelp. She is not a big fan of fish but prefers meat/protein based treats and food in general. Overall,  I think that the Ginger Yaps would be good for her joints and Pumpkin would be yummy for her tummy, too.  Although I like the Peace Berry ones for her, so far she has not been eating them. Maybe this will change. She has been known to change her mind about treats so I will continue to offer them to her. I think she enjoys the crunchiness of these treats. She is not a big chewer, usually just gulps stuff down, but chewing these treats seems to be something she enjoys. The treats are not too hard, I can break pieces apart and feed her smaller bits which I like. I love the ingredients in these treats. Almost want to eat them myself. Blueberry and Lavender sounds so yummy.

Ingredients:
organic buckwheat flour, honey, organic canola oil, organic kelp, organic chamomile
 

The new line, Cruncherz Gluten & Grain-Free Dog Bakery, consists of four baked dog treat recipes formulated to be gluten-free and grain-free. The treats are made with a buckwheat flour as the base ingredient, in four organic recipes: Peace Berry with organic blueberry and organic lavender, Ocean Dreams with organic kelp and organic chamomile, Ginger Yaps with organic ginger and organic parsley, and Pumpkin Patch with organic pumpkin and organic sage.

Buckwheat is high in magnesium and has a complex array of amino acids.  Ginger helps aid in digestion and inflammation in the joints.  Chamomile and lavender help to provide a sense of calm, while sage is an herb that has been clinically proven to aid in cognitive function.  Pumpkin is full of fiber & antioxidants, and the blueberries provide a bounty of anthocyanins, while honey plays host to an amazing amount of minerals.  The cold-ocean kelp (from the North Atlantic Ocean) contains dozens of micro-nutrients that land-living beings need to thrive.

The ancient Celtic symbol that you see on our biscuits represents the power of 3 (like in Charmed, the TV series).  Some say it’s the cycle of life (life, death & re-birth), or it represents the Earth being the 3rd planet from the sun, or the foundation of all music, the triad.  3 is a powerful number in life and our 3 spirals on the biscuits represents all of that goodness in a healthy snack for your dog. Made in the USA.

Buckwheat is actually a berry.  In grains there are various parts of the kernel like the germ, endosperm and bran.  Buckwheat contains only the endosperm.  It’s actually related to rhubarb & sorrel, and not related to any cereal grains or grass.  Our buckwheat is milled in a dedicated buckwheat mill making sure that cross-contamination is not an issue.  Buckwheat adopted the “wheat” part of the name simply because of how it is grown, harvested and processed.  Rest assured, there is no wheat or grains in Cruncherz!

Cici has scarfed up the whole bag of Ocean Dreams. Am sure other dogs will enjoy these treats, too. Four paws up !

http://www.clearconsciencepet.com/shop/ocean-dreams/

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Planet Dog EATS hit the spots

Cici loves her cookies… and I love giving her treats that are good for her, wheat free and eco friendly.  But Cici can be picky about “healthy” snacks and will sometimes sniff her nose and walk away. But NOT the new Planet Dog EATS. Planet Dog EATS hit just the right spots for me and my polka dot girl. Cici loves the crunchy munchy texture and would eat a whole box in one sitting if I let her do so.

Planet Dog EATS is a line of premium and healthy dog treats made by their new local baking partner, Polka Dog Bakery in Boston, MA. The rough, crunchy surface and composition of the new treats supports daily tartar control. Made in the USA with all-natural ingredients, Planet Dog EATS  are playful bone-shaped treats that easily break into smaller pieces for portion control and for placing inside all sizes of Orbee-Tuff toys. 

There are three ways to use Planet Dog EATS: 

Praise good behavior… Good dog!

Play: Insert into interactive toys   

Perform: They can also be used with Planet Dog’s new On the Go Snack Sack® for “ready-to-reward” ease. 

Planet Dog EATS are wheat, corn and soy-free and contain no wheat gluten.  

The new line features two flavors: Chicken & Pumpkin Pot Pie and PB & J.

 

The Chicken & Pumpkin Pot Pie Flavor treats naturally support digestion thanks to the high fiber content found in Pumpkin. It is also a natural remedy for stomach ailments, including constipation and mild diarrhea.  It is packed with beta carotein, high in vitamins C, K and E and an excellent source of potassium, magnesium and iron.  Feeding pumpkin to a dog can help lower their risk of cancer, cataracts and heart disease.  And because it is low in both fat and calories, it is an excellent food substitute for dogs with weight restrictions.

INGREDIENTS: barley flour, rye flour, chicken, pumpkin, canola oil, ginger.

The Chicken & Pumpkin Pot Pie treats also feature Ginger, a perennial herb that has potent anti-inflammatory properties, stimulates digestion and enhances the immune system.  Research has shown that ginger lowers blood cholesterol by reducing cholesterol absorption in the blood and liver.

The PB & J Flavor treats offer powerful antioxidants thanks to real Maine blueberries and peanut butter.  Blueberries can help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and digestive problems and they are also a great source of fiber.  The presence of brain stimulating vitamins in blueberries can help keep senior dogs sharper, while copper, zinc and iron help boost and maintain a healthy immune system.  Peanut butter is also loaded with antioxidants as well as protein and basic carbohydrates.  The peanut oil in peanut butter contains omega fatty-acids which help reduce bad cholesterol that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

INGREDIENTS: barley flour, rye flour, peanut butter, blueberries, cinnamon.

Planet Dog EATS are sold in a recyclable, 12-ounce virgin craft cardboard box. You can buy them online at http://www.planetdog.com, by calling Planet Dog toll-free at 800-381-1516 or at retailers nationwide.

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Party animals play it safe for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is almost here. No matter what your plans are, have you made plans for or with your pets/dogs? Cici and I will spend New Year’s Eve inside. And many people opt to stay home and have a party with a few friends. If you go out or stay inside, here are a few tips to keep the furry ones safe.

1. If you are going out for the evening, make sure that your pets are safe and secure inside the house. Perhaps hiring a pet sitter or boarding your pet is a good option, to keep your pets safe.  There may be fireworks and loud noises that will frighten your dog. The last thing you want is for your dog to run away.

2. Be sure your dog has her collar and current tags on with all of your pertinent info, phone numbers, etc. Even if your dog is microchipped, having this info on the tag/collar will help if someone finds your dog away from home.

3. Have a few pictures of each of your pets in different poses and settings to ensure that you’ll be reunited with a lost pet. You probably have a lot of photos of your pets either around your home or floating around in your digital camera.

4. Don’t drink and drive and do not give your pets any booze. Alcohol can be toxic to dogs.  Party snacks like chocolates, raisins, grapes, and more should stay out of reach, too. If you have guests over for the evening, keep your dog safely away from unsupervised drinks and snacks.

Help your human guests stay safe by following these tips:

Ensure that all guests have a ride to and from their destination in a car driven by a non-drinking designated driver

Plan activities that take the focus away from drinking, and make non-alcoholic beverages including water readily available

Serve high-protein snacks to slow down alcohol absorption

Stop serving alcohol at least 90 minutes before a party ends, and serve guests coffee or dessert

Take car keys from intoxicated guests who plan to drive home.

Be prepared to let your guests stay the night as an alternative to them driving home after drinking.

AAA offers free rides for the intoxicated.  Tipsy Tow service provides a complimentary ride and vehicle tow up to three miles from the point of pickup to drivers who have consumed alcohol on New Year’s Eve. Tipsy Tow service is available to members and non-members. Ask for a Tipsy Tow by calling 1-800-AAA-HELP (222-4357)

5.  Keep your pet in a separate room during the evening. Provide water, toys, a comfortable bed and litter for cats. Leave a television, soothing music or radio on to block out frightening noises. Not only will this keep your pet safely in the house, but will also help reduce his or her stress throughout the evening.

6.  Do you know how your pets respond to loud noises? Noisemakers, champagne corks and more can be dangerous for children and pets, especially if they shoot across the room or break into pieces. Keep children and pets away from these and also from fireworks.

7.  Party decorations such as balloons, streamers, party hats or confetti are not good for your dog’s digestive system. Keep pets in a separate room so they do not have access to the decorations. If they do swallow something, consult a veterinarian immediately.

8. Might be a good idea to tucker your dog out with a long walk or exercise session before the partying begins.

9. If your dog is invited to a dog party or event for New Year’s, or you decide to invite a few doggie pals over to your house, make sure that  all of the dogs are safe by providing healthy dog treats, lots of water, toys and games for them to play. Keep it short and fun and end it way before midnight.

Help your pet ring in the New Year with you by ensuring that he or she has a comfortable and safe evening.

Tomorrow we will highlight a few doggie items for bringing in the New Year with style. Stay tuned.

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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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A green Halloween for dogs

Dr. Al Townshend, staff veterinarian for Old Mother Hubbard, developed the tips below.

Old Mother Hubbard all natural treats at www.oldmotherhubbard.com and  at www.facebook.com/OMHpetsnacks

Tips to keep your pet safe and happy this Halloween:
  • Using flameless candles in pumpkins helps to avoid potentially harmful accidents.
  • Make sure to keep all candy out of reach of a curious nose and have plenty of high-quality, natural treats, such as Old Mother Hubbard® Soft & Chewy Bitz® for dogs, on hand for your furry friend.
  • Doorbell anxiety is common among dogs and can lead to barking and aggression which can ruin the night for you, your dog and any trick-or-treaters that come to the door.  You can help your dog get used to the sound of the doorbell by doing some “practice runs” a few days before Halloween.  Have someone stand outside and ring the doorbell, and if your dog barks, calm him or her in a soothing voice and consider offering a small treat as a reward. Repeat this exercise until your furry friend realizes the doorbell is a good thing, not something to be scared of.
  • If you plan on dressing up your pet, make sure the costume does not interfere with his or her vision, hearing, breathing or walking. Costumes should be lightweight and not too tight.  Also, loose or dangling accessories or details can present a choking hazard for your pet. Make sure to snip loose threads, beads or other hanging items before dressing your pet.
  • If you are going outside (for a parade or trick-or-treating) make sure your pet is on a leash at all times.
  • Although it may not match their costume, make sure your pet is wearing an ID or has a microchip.  With the door opening and closing all evening, curious pets may try to sneak outside and join the festivities. Reflective leashes, collars or stickers on their costumes are also a great way to help keep pets safe.
A few additional tips:

Leaving your dog outside unattended is a no no and keep your black cats inside, too.  No matter how safe you think your neighborhood is, Halloween pranksters and vandals roam the streets looking for trouble and sometimes get carried away, so don’t take any chances and keep your pets inside with you where you know they are safe.

Chocolate is not the only sweet treat that poses a risk for dogs. Sugar-free candy contains a chemical called Xylitol that can make dogs severely ill even in small doses. Candy foil and wrappers can also be very harmful, as they can cause choking or a blockage in a dog’s digestive tract. If you have kids, let them know that the dog cannot share their Halloween treats.

Halloween decorations should be kept out of your dog’s reach. Dogs love shiny, small, noisy and/or  other items that can cause serious health problems. And lights and cords can be bad news for your curious dog. A wagging tail can knock stuff made of glass over (including glass jars of treats). Keep sweet treats up high and out of reach.

Strangers in spooky masks and costumes can be very scary for your dog and  cause unnecessary stress and fear. It’s probably best to keep your dog in a separate room. Try leaving a radio or TV or CD player on to drown out the sound of the visitors.

No beer, wine or other alcoholic drinks for Fido.  Do not give any amount of alcohol to any animal. A drunk dog is no laughing matter. Alcohol is poison to dogs and can cause : vomiting, disorientation, seizures, irregular heartbeat, heart attack and death. If you have a party make sure you clean up all of the leftover drinks, as some dogs are attracted to the sweetness of beer and wine.

If you are taking your dog to a Howloween party or event, make sure that they’ve got their good manners in paw. Introduce dogs slowly and carefully to one another to avoid conflict. And do not feed dogs treats together but separately to avoid any resource guarding behaviors.

Now, go look at these hysterically funny dogs in costumes, 25 of them, very creative…what is your dog going to be this year? you could also crochet an outfit with black and orange yarn and a few other items, how about a pirate dog, polka dot princess/diva, bumble bee and/or green ghost?  Recycle, reuse, repurpose items and/or use eco friendly green materials.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/25-really-creative-dog-costumes

 

 

Cool crochet costumes:

FaveCrafts.com

Hot Dog Crochet Coat: 


http://www.favecrafts.com/Pet-Crochet-Patterns/Hot-Dog-Crochet-Coat


Dog Witch Costume: 


http://www.favecrafts.com/Halloween-Crafts/Dog-Witch-Costume-Crochet-Pattern-from-Red-Heart


Punk Your Pup: 


http://www.favecrafts.com/Tie-Dye/Punk-Your-Pup-from-ilovetocreate


Skull Dog Coat: 


http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet/Skull-Dog-Coat-Crochet-Pattern-from-Caron-Yarn


Dog’s Cupid Arrow Carrier: 


http://www.favecrafts.com/Valentines-Day/Dogs-Cupid-Arrow-Carrier


Puppy Necktie: 

http://www.favecrafts.com/Pet-Crafts/Puppy-Necktie

 

 

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