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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.


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/

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)

Free Your Horses of Flies Naturally

Friday, September 30th, 2016

FlyAway Garlic Treatment

Flies love to torment a horse, and if you spend a few minutes watching it you will clearly see this for yourself. Their mane will constantly flutter, the tail swooshing back and forth, the forever twitching body parts. Before you know it, the horses are doing a little dance just to keep the pestering flies away. Thankfully, there is a natural way to keep those annoying bugs away and also help promote a horse’s health in the process.

Fly Away Garlic
is an equine health supplement that will help you ward off these flies for good. All you do is mix it in with their grain at feeding time, and let the work begin. The supplement gets into the horse’s system, and eventually ends up as a substance in their piles that prevents the attraction of flies. The scent will also be absorbed in their body to potentially keep the pests from landing on them so much. I knew garlic kept vampires away, but I never knew it was a natural bug-be-gone too. What is great about this product is that it also gives your horse the benefits of garlic, such as supporting healthy immune and respiratory systems. With the antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, it also gives you added protection against common diseases carried by nature’s other pests, the mosquito.

However, Be careful with this product as some people report that extensive use of garlic in performance horses can lead to anemia. Please check with your veterinarian and/or do more research on using garlic in horses before using.

Originally posted 2008-06-27 00:20:59.

100% Organically grown catnip Cats Balls

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Your cat will love to chase this ball all over the house. These balls are bigger than a golf ball, but smaller than a tennis ball. Because they are soft, your cat can grab them with his claws, bunny kick them and rub his or her face on them until s/he just can’t take anymore.
Yeowww My Cats Balls, 3-Pack $11.97
at Amazon

Originally posted 2006-06-21 20:31:41.

Reading about Natural Pet Food alternatives

Friday, September 30th, 2016

foods pets die for

Since the latest recall by Menu Foods of many dog and cat wet foods due to toxicity in it’s wheat gluten many pet owners are upset and are now considering alternative, natural diets for their pets. Today, the New York Times has a great article on this concern The article talks about all the people rushing to find books on healthy pet nutrition and pet cookbooks for wholesome natural foods.

Perhaps, the best book to start with would be the highly acclaimed book.
Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food by Ann Martin, December 2002 – 2nd edit. The author warn us that the pet food industry often puts outrageously foul ingredients into pet food to maximize profits. The FDA doesn’t really regulate the pet food industry instead compliance with the minimal regulations is voluntary. The list of ingredients permitted in pet food includes rendered road kill, euthanized pets from animal shelters and vet clinics, and other animal waste; processed poultry and cow feces collected from large agri-business operations; mercury-contaminated seafood which has been judged unfit for human consumption. They then give this a vaguely healthy sounding name, like animal by-products and the like.

Many times Veterinarians don’t question mainstream pet food company ingredients and diets as many veterinary students learn nutrition from elective classes influenced and paid for by pet food companies. The book also discusses issues about how pet food can be made at home using safe and human-quality ingredients, and she provides recipes and suggestions for supplements.

Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats
Another popular and great book is Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats This book is the definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats. Veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan Hubble Pitcairn, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for pets, show dog and cat owners how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care. the new edition now covers environmental matters, including pollutants both inside the home and out. They’ve updated dozens of recipes for delicious and healthful pet food and treats. With a guide to handling emergencies and an in-depth Quick Reference section, they give specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorders with special attention to homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies. (from the publisher’s blurb on Amazon)

There are several cookbooks for dogs available that seem quite good, have colorful happy graphics and talk about how cooking your pets food is vastly healthier and more natural. This can certainly be true, but be careful, many pet food cookbooks writers are perhaps more interested in selling you their book than in giving you sound nutritional advice. One book’s recipe had onions, bullion cubes called for in the recipe (many dogs can have a bad reaction to onions and bullion can be way too salty)
I suggest that if you buy a book from Amazon to read the reviews first to see if there might be any red flags.

One excellent source of information is the Whole Dog Journal.com This month they have an article on Home-Prepared Dog Food that might be worthwhile read. It’s an actual magazine subscription but can also be read online and they have a free 14 day trial if you like it, for $20.00 you get the 13 issues of Whole Dog Journal, as well as continued complete access to Whole-Dog-Journal.com. To see if this be something that interests you, check out their free sample article on “How to Chose Dog Food”

Originally posted 2007-04-03 21:08:30.

Dust-free Hay Cubes for Small Animals

Friday, September 30th, 2016

dust free pressed hay cakes for small animals

What do you do when you have a small pet AND allergies? Easy! Look no further than the Timothy Hay cubes meant for all small animals. You might have an allergy to dust, but your guinea pig, rabbit, gerbil or hamster MUST have his hay. The solution are cubes made from pressed hay, which are dust free, making you sneeze free and your pet with a full tummy.

The dust free hay cubes can be purchased from Robbins Pet Care for $4.99 for a one pound bag.

Originally posted 2008-08-01 05:48:24.

Dogswell – a new breed of natural pet food

Friday, September 30th, 2016

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.


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.

Natural Immune Boosting Pet Supplement

Friday, September 30th, 2016

When your pet is sick or just getting older it is great to have a natural immune booster that really works to support his recovery. This formula combines natural vitamins, herbs, mushrooms and antioxidants to give a natural boost to your pet. It has rave reviews from many pet owners for helping older pets have a new lease of life and for helping pets recover from serious illnesses, kidney problems and even cancers. It contains various mushrooms used in Chinese traditional medicine, green tea leaf, cats claw, astralagus as well as selenium, vitamins and enzymes. They come in capsule form with a flavor that dogs and cats will take easily.

Currently costs $26.99 at Only Natural Pet Store.

Originally posted 2011-06-17 08:09:18.

You’re Dog Will Beg To Be Bathed

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Wags Shampoo

Wags Wheatgrass Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner 13.99 at Muttropolis.com

Wags Wheatgrass Coconut Shampoo cleans and conditions your pooch, while at the same time soothing and healing his skin with the wheatgrass. It also contains aloe and papaya, which help heal those little nicks and scrapes your dog gets from a high-speed chase with a squirrel through the woods. Or that one time they get too close with the neighbor’s cat. The shampoo is all natural, and is soap and detergent free, letting the raspberry extract to do all the hard work. Your dog will look so clean, smooth and shiny, you won’t want to stop hugging him.

Originally posted 2008-06-29 00:21:05.

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.

Feline Evolution CatSeat Cat Toilet Training Seat

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
Feline Evolution Cat Toilet Seat

Feline Evolution Cat Toilet Seat

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you are looking at a toilet seat for cats. Wow. Just…wow.  I can’t decide if this is sheer genius or simply lunacy. However,  at least some of the reviewers on Amazon were able to use this seat to toilet train their cats. If you can make it work, more power to you. Clay litter is often produced by strip-mining and takes gasoline to ship, so you’ll be doing the planet a favor.

$88 at Amazon

Originally posted 2009-09-29 16:59:42.