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Lindy & Co Gourmet Dog Treats

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Lindy & Co Gourmet Dog Treats – the bakery employs homeless youth to produce their line of healthy homemade dog treats – with 100% of the proceeds going towards sheltering street youth.

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I’ve never met a pickier dog than my new dog Etta. She takes hours to eat her breakfast everyday and some treats she’ll take in her mouth and then spit them out!! Guess she has a discerning palate! However, that NEVER happens with any of the dog treats from Lindy & Co. She loves them all (and will work hard for them too!). She gets the Cranberry flavored before bed (no reason other than the bag ended up in the bedroom) And we’ve been teaching her “down stay” with the peanutty puppers. (they work well since the peanutty puppers are nice and small). I give her the Carrot Cake flavor after meals for dessert. Again, she loves them all!!

Created by Daybreak – a nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter, outreach programs, transitional housing, and other vital services to the Dayton, OH homeless and transient youth population – Lindy & Co may arguably make the most important dog treats you can purchase.

Assorted flavors range from vegetarian to gluten free to combos like Peanut Butter Bacon with 100% of proceeds from Lindy’s Bakery sales going directly to Daybreak, funding emergency shelter, housing, and support for over 500 homeless teens and young adults each year.

You can purchase these treats online: https://www.lindyandcompany.org/
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Disclaimer: I was sent some bags if treats for my dog to try out. All words and opinions are my own (and my dog Etta’s)

Dogswell – a new breed of natural pet food

Friday, September 30th, 2016
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My dog Zola was fortunate enough to get a generous box of goodies from Dogswell for testing and tasting purposes. She happily gobbled up every morsel! First there were cookies which Dogswell calls “Biscuits with Benefits” because they are not only cookies but they contain extra ingredients for fresh breath, happy hips or vitality. They are all wheat-free and corn-free. Theses biscuits are the perfect size for when your dog needs a bit of a treat and you need to give your dog some love! Dogswell also has a line of chew-like treats called “Jerky Treats” that were a big hit with Zola…(Zola is a big fan of chewy treats like pigs ears …and I think pig ears are disgusting so Dogswell may provide a compromise for the two of us) I feel better giving her these chicken breast jerky chews since they are fortified with added vitamins and supplements and they are made from all-natural, cage-free chicken breast. They come in a ton of different flavors.

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Dogswell also has a full line of dry dog food and canned dog food. Zola tried both and loved the canned food. (Zola rarely gets canned food and it is always a treat for her) The flavors sound yummy such as: Lamb & Sweet Potato Stew, and Duck & Sweet Potato Stew which contains cage-free, human-grade duck and Antioxidents, Super-Fruits & Omega 3’s & 6’s.
The full line of Dogswell, biscuits, jerky treats, canned food and dry food is available at Dogswell and Amazon

Originally posted 2009-03-22 18:38:51.

Treats from The Honest Kitchen

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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My dog Zola was recently the lucky recipient of some doggie treats from The Honest Kitchen. She thought the cookies and treats were great, so I thought I’d give a review to all my friends in GreatGreenPet-land.The Honest Kitchen is a private, family owned company located in San Diego, California. They are a company committed to quality canine and feline nutrition.

  • All products and ingredients are 100% human food grade.
  • All products are produced in an FDA approved human food producing facility.
  • All meats are hormone and antibiotic free.

Zola got treats called “smooches” which are the cutest heart-shaped cookies that are chicken and cranberry flavored. She also loved the treats called “pecks” …these were little tiny treats (so Zola needed 4 or 5 at a time) and they were buffalo and blueberry flavored. They were a huge hit in our house and Zola is bugging me to buy her more ….. We found a big selection over at Only Natural Pet and also over at Amazon

In addition, every month, The Honest Kitchen donates a portion of their profits to a number of animal-welfare, humanitarian and environmental, charitable causes through the arm of their company called: Pawlanthropy.

Originally posted 2009-05-24 23:07:02.

Organic Canned Dog Food

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Give your dog the best beginning possible, by feeding them organic dog food. Party Animal provides the best ingredients – all certified organic – and blended to make your dog drool when they see a can.  It tastes good and is fortified with natural vitamins and supplements every dog needs to live a long and healthy life.  Organic ingredients shouldn’t be used just for people, but man’s best friend too.

Party Animal organic food is available from The Haute Hound for $2.95 per can.

Originally posted 2008-11-01 18:06:24.

Review of Dogswell Jerky Bars

Saturday, April 9th, 2016


The nice folks at Dogswell asked us if we’d be interested in reviewing their jerky bars and jerky strips. Naturally we agreed and the attractive brightly packaged arrived.

Our 5 year old Golden, Zowie, clearly knew something was up when we opened the package. He was ecstatic to be asked for his help with this review. After several carefully considered moments the verdict was in… He loves these treats, in particular he seemed very fond of the Salmon & Veggies Jerky bars. After a few days we noticed he wasa doing the Golden nudging/herding thing more and more to try and get us over closer to the treat box. He has shown a clear preference for these treats over our usual Costco brand dog cookies. But then again, he’s also likely to be more interested in the fresh road-kill or some disgustingly smelly unidentified lump found on the sidewalk. That’s why we need some human input in deciding what’s the better choice for our pup.

I’m very happy to have found a brand that is dog-tasty but is also heathy. I’m impressed that the Dogswell treats are made in the USA, uses cage free chicken and ducks and antibiotic free lamb. That they don’t use allergy provoking fillers like corn, wheat and soy and they do use higher quality fruits and vegetables. Dogswell claims that there treats are natural and wholesome – just as if you made them yourself – and in the sample box they sent us – even came with an apron, spatula and wooden meat tenderizer mallet in case we’d like to make our own home-made treats. Despite how much we love our dog he’s sadly going to have a long wait before we get to this project – so store-bought treats rule the day in our house.

Not sure I’d completely believe that the added Chondroitin and glucosamine in these treats would make that much difference in our dog’s joint health – especially since we would only give one or two treats a day of the jerky. If we were serious about prevention we’d likely use the pill form once there was a sign of trouble. I’m not sure about dogs but I know that in humans there hasn’t yet been conclusive scientific studies that prove that Chondroitin and Glucosamine usage prevents osteoarthritis. Still, it can’t hurt and if there is the chance of it helping your dog – why not use it. There aren’t any alternatives for prevention of joint problems as fas as I know.

A bigger concern we had was that these treats might use chicken or other meat imported from China where there have been many reports of tainted food with

In a March 2012 Hartford Courant article

“Dog owners and veterinarians have complained for years about chicken jerky dog treats, saying that they cause kidney problems and even death in dogs, but whether the canine snack is harmful remains a mystery.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationhas issued cautionary statements about chicken jerky, which is made by more than a dozen different companies, at several points in the past 4.5 years. Last November, the FDA said chicken jerky products — sometimes marketed as chicken tenders, strips or treats — “may be associated with illness in dogs.” Last year, the FDA had received 70 reports of ill dogs, possibly related to chicken jerky, up until its Nov. 18 advisory. The agency has received more than 530 reports since the November advisory — in less than four months.”

Dogswell says on their website that none of their products have been implicated in the FDA recall related to Chicken jerky and DOGSWELL fully supports the FDA’s actions… they go on to say that “High protein treats (like chicken jerky) should be used in moderation. DOGSWELL strongly advises you adhere to and not exceed the feeding instructions on the back of our DOGSWELL treats.”

I am confused a little about how they say that their treats are made in the USA but then also say on their website that … “China is a country where dark meat is more popular due to its inherent fat and flavor. DOGSWELL believes it is less wasteful to obtain our white meat in China where it is abundant, rather than sourcing it domestically, where white meat is less available and held at a premium. Not only do we care about your pet’s health by sourcing only the healthiest meat available, we also practice sustainability by reducing as much waste as possible.”

Perhaps they only recently discontinued using chicken from China and haven’t yet changed their website information.

Naturally, with this information we are cautious about using any chicken product coming out of China – actually, we’re afraid of any food product coming out of China. I’ve lost all confidence and trust that the Chinese government or industries will inspect and regulate with honesty and integrity. I admit this is based more on emotion than science – I’m sure there are many companies, like Dogswell, whose products are perfectly safe however I’d rather play it safe and only buy made in USA food products whether it is for animal or human consumption. Besides, why ship something for my dog all the way from China the fuel used in shipping isn’t helping the planet any and keeping jobs in the USA whenever possible is a good thing in my book. I don’t care if its a little more expensive what I do care about is that I’m not going to give my dog something that might put him at risk.

But in any event the Jerky Bars that we tried out clearly seemed to be quality products that our dog loved. We will be getting them on our own after this but will be likely to stay away from buying any chicken jerky from any brand that isn’t made in the US.

Thanks Dogswell!

Disclaimer: We were sent some free dog treats but only under the condition that we would review the product honestly and accurately.

Originally posted 2013-06-26 00:26:39.

Easy Raw Food Diet For Pets

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Raw food is supposed to be the best for pets, being closer to their natural diet, but for pet owners this can be complicated and messy to provide. These ready-prepared and frozen raw foods are carefully put together for a balanced raw diet and frozen in either 1oz medallions, 8oz patties or 2lb chubs for convenient serving sizes. Some of the benefits of a raw food diet are better coat condition and general health, and reduced backyard clear-up, as most of the food is digested and there are no grain fillers. The meats are free-range or organic, and all are antibiotic and hormone free. 95% of the diet is made up of quality meat, bones and organs and the final 5% contains organic sprouts, fruits vegetables and salmon oil for a complete balanced diet. The foods are shipped frozen, so express delivery is recommended.

Costs from $6.49 at Only Natural Pet Store.

Originally posted 2010-11-20 08:22:26.

He Wags, She Wags, We All Wag for Wagatha’s!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Wagatha\'s Dog Bones

Wagatha’s Dog Biscuits are 100% certified organic, kosher, and all natural, with all human-grade ingredients. Made in Vermont with organic flours, extra virgin olive oil, eggs, milk, and fruits. Available in four varieties: Original, Wheat & Lactose Free Breakfast Biscuits, Wheat Free Cranberry Cheddar, and Wheat Free Tuscan Tomato & Herb. Available in 9 oz. or 16 oz. canisters. 2/$15 or 2/$25, respectively. Find them at New England Natural.

Originally posted 2008-05-28 00:16:24.

Elevated Dog Feeder in Recycled Plastic

Monday, December 6th, 2010


Big dogs have a long way to bend to reach their feeding bowl on the floor. These elevated dog feeders raise the bowl to a comfortable level, reducing neck strain and gas intake. They come in two heights: a 10 inch and a 16 inch, each with two stainless steel bowls and are made in a sturdy and neat design. They are made of 100% recycled composite plastic, so are eco-friendly as well as practical and easy to wipe clean. Three colorways in dark red, green and earth brown look great with any décor. They are weatherproof so can be used outdoors as well as in and look stylish enough to have a permanent place in your kitchen.

Priced from $99 at Fetch Dog

Thinking of some good Karma for my Dogma

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Karma Organic Dog Food
Karma Organic Dog Food USDA 95% Certified Organic Dog Food

I have been increasingly worried about mainstream dog food. I have tried off and on to switch my dog to an healthier organic brand from the Eukanuba that she has been eating since a puppy. But every time we try, no matter how long we gradually introduce (typically a month or so of very gradually increasing the percentage) she will start having some rather nasty digestive side effects I won’t get into. I am thinking of giving it another chance with Karma Organic Dog food as it looks so promising and I am tired of giving my money to the big corporate dog food companies that are more concerned about their bottom line than the safety of our pets.

Hopefully I am not just being suckered into a marketing scam but I am impressed that Karma seems to use such high quality ingredients, with No artificial preservatives, colors or additives. They also state ” All our foods are free from chemical additives of any kind, including preservatives such as Ethoxyquin and BHA/BHT, which are frequently found in pet foods but are banned from human use in many countries.” They claim to strive to make the healthiest dog food in the world, providing USDA-inspected chicken, turkey and lamb, whole grain rice and barley, fresh fruits and vegetables.

If anyone uses this brand or has any suggestions about another brand that might even be better I would be curious to hear from you.