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Animal Welfare – Wishing for days of old

April 9, 2012 14 comments

Do you ever get weary of all that is going on in the world today? Do you ever wish that you didn’t know as much about the pet world as you do?

I know I do. Sometimes I wish for the days of old; when I was oblivious to all the worries and concerns that I face as a pet owner today.

Back then, I knew so much less about dogs, animal rescue, puppy mills, dog shows, dangerous pet foods, tainted dog treats, lost dogs, etc. The world seemed so much less complex.

I could toss my dog a milk bone and not worry about whether it was from China or would make my dog fat. I could watch a dog show in total ignorance and just revel in the beauty of the various breeds without judgement about whether the dog was able to breathe or had a life span of six years. I could look in a pet store window and just laugh at the cute little puppy inside without thinking about where the puppy came from and what kind of conditions its parents lived in.

It’s so much easier today to become overwhelmed and weary by all that goes on behind the scenes. There is SO MUCH information out there nowadays. Of course, the benefit is that you can just about choose any interest and focus solely upon it, but always, just around the edges, lingering just outside your peripheral vision, is that other stuff. The stuff you don’t want to think about. The stuff you don’t want to know. The stuff you would rather ignore.

I know that educating people about puppy mills does make a difference – even if it only prevents one more puppy mill puppy from being sold or motivates one person to take action to close them down. I also know that sharing information about a dangerous pet product can make a difference, especially for that one person who might have lost their best friend if not for that blog post or status update to warn them. And, I know that sharing that one picture of a lost dog may be the one “share” that makes the all the difference to that lost dog and their owner.

But every once in a while, just for a second or two, I really DO wish for the less complex days of old.

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Kudos to The Honest Kitchen for Taking a Stand!

October 10, 2011 13 comments

Today, I want to call out a special pet food company and say KUDOS!

Recently, The Honest Kitchen (the company who my dog’s favorite pet food) shared their thoughts on the puppy mill debate within their own industry. It seems Pet Age Magazine, a trade magazine for pet supply store owners, distributors, etc. had shared an editorial by the magazine’s Editor in Chief as she expressed her dismay with the recent legislation in several states banning the retail sale of pets.

Here is an excerpt from Pet Age Magazine:

“Today, we are sorry to say that the situation is even worse. Measures to ban retail pet sales are not just coming faster, they’re succeeding more often. Thirteen localities in eight states have passed retail pet sales bans, and three have done so in just the last six months.”

You can read The Honest Kitchen’s full response here, but here is an excerpt of their response to Pet Age Magazine:

“My company, The Honest Kitchen, is one of the fastest growing companies in the US pet food industry, even enjoying 25% growth during the recession years. We’ve built a strong ‘indie’ business by sticking strongly to our core values and principles. We have enjoyed this growth despite never having allowed our products to be sold in stores that sell live puppies and kittens. Instead, we work with 2700 pet supply stores who are committed to our ‘no puppy sales’ policy, as well as with more than 200 pre-approved responsible breeders nationwide who have been screened by our company and meet our stringent criteria regarding how their animals live, the number of litters produced each year, and the way perspective new owners are ‘vetted’ before a sale.”

How many companies in the pet industry can claim this?

I am already a big fan of The Honest Kitchen, but I am even more impressed after reading their response and for calling it out on their website. I admire a company who takes a stand like this don’t you? Kudos to The Honest Kitchen!

By the way, Be The Change for Animals is taking a stand of it’s own and it relates to puppy mills too. We’re asking people to join our petition to ask Petland to stop selling puppy mill puppies in their stores in the United States. Petland in Canada has already made this decision. Wouldn’t it be nice if Petland USA did as well? You can learn more here. As a side note: The dog on the Be The Change for Animals page is my Daisy, a puppy mill rescue.

Innova + Free Bag of Pet Food. Need I say More?

August 15, 2011 30 comments

Jasper is very curious about Innova

My apologies to the folks at Innova. A few weeks ago, they were kind enough to send me 3 trial coupons for a bag of free dog or cat food. Instead of offering them up to all of you right away, I sat on them. Why you ask? Because this was my first ever blog giveaway and I was terrified I would screw it up!

Luckily, Daisy and Jasper gave me a pep talk and reassured me that I really could do this. (Dogs – they sure know how to boost your confidence don’t they?) 🙂

So, without further ado…Here is your chance to win a free bag of dog or cat food (up to $20 in value) from Innova.

Entering is easy. There are two ways to win:
1. Comment in the comments section below. Yes. It really is that easy.
2. Subscribe to the No Dog About It blog. When you confirm your subscription, write “Innova” in the subject line. Remember to use a valid email address because this is how I will be contacting you if you win.

The contest will run until 11:59PM, August 22, 2011. I will pick the winners via Random.org. Winners will have three days to claim their prize, or another winner will be drawn from the entry pool. I will post the winners on August 23rd.
Good luck!

And the Winners are….

CaraJ
YUPS
Sue

I have already emailed you to let you know. Please send me your address and I will mail your coupon out to you immediately!

Doggone It! So THAT’S Why They Feed Corn to Cattle?

October 16, 2010 6 comments

I didn’t always used to be so food conscious when it came to my pets. My first Sheltie ate Kibbles ‘N Bits for heaven’s sake!

But, over time as I’ve gained more knowledge about pets and pet food, I’ve come to see one ingredient as a “no-go” for my pets.
The ingredient? Corn.

You find it in a lot of dog foods, especially the low-grade ones. Corn, corn gluten, corn byproducts – all are “an inexpensive protein source for pet foods” and a common source of pet allergies. Sadly, most of us never think about it, but corn is used in other ways too.

Have you you been hearing a lot about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup? It originates from corn. It’s in our soft drinks, specialty coffees, and a lot of our processed foods. It’s a preservative and a sweetener… and too much of it in your diet can cause obesity, Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Corn is also fed to cows. Did you ever wonder why? Two reasons: to fatten them up before slaughter and to save money. Cows fatten up faster on corn, thus allowing them to “be brought to market in as few as 15 months.” Yup!

While most cattle still begin their lives grazing on grass, the vast majority—an estimated three-quarters of them, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture—are “finished,” or fattened for market, in feedlots. There, they spend three to six months eating a diet composed of 70 to 90 percent corn.

So where is all this going? To make one point: If they feed corn to cattle to fatten them up faster, what do you think it’s doing to your dog?

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Yet Another Pet Food Recall: Blue Buffalo Dog Food

October 10, 2010 3 comments

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An FDA press release came out yesterday alerting pet owners that Blue Buffalo, Ltd. was recalling some of their dog food for containing high amounts of Vitamin D.

Here are the recalled Blue Buffalo brand dog foods: Wilderness Chicken-Dog, Basics Salmon-Dog and Large Breed Adult Dog products. It’s been discovered to be due to an increased amount of Vitamin D in the food.

You can find more info here and here.

Wednesday Winner: The Honest Kitchen

June 24, 2010 4 comments

n92788370436_7319I’ve been exploring new food options for Daisy and Jasper. With all the various pet food, pet treat and other recalls, it just made sense to see what else was out there.

Thanks to my friends at Go Pet Friendly and my friend Kim (@kimhalligan1) on Twitter, I decided to try The Honest Kitchen.
As they say on their website: They’re a family owned company that makes healthy, dehydrated pet foods, supplements and treats for dogs and cats.

But what I like is this:

– The food is 100% human-grade ingredients that “you’d recognize from your own kitchen”
– There are no fillers (think “grains”), by-products, artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
– It’s quick and easy to prepare – just add water (the food is dehydrated)
– A portion of their profits are donated to charity (you gotta love that!)
– They’re customer service oriented – you can ask them a question on their Facebook page and they get back to you right away!
– And lastly, they will never become a part of a “major multi-national conglomerate” – this last one is huge for me because many of the better dog foods (the ones that get high ratings for the ingredients they contain) are being bought up by major multi-national conglomerates. When shareholders are involved and dividends have to be paid, companies look to cut costs and that usually means lower quality. I vote for quality I can trust. Sorry conglomerates!

The first day I introduced “Force” (one of the The Honest Kitchen selections) to my dogs I watched to see what they would do. After all, this wasn’t the kibble they were used to eating. Daisy gobbled it down right away, but Jasper took his time to sniff it, taste it and then, he too gobbled it down. The second day, Jasper rejected it, but Daisy gobbled it down again. The third day, Jasper and Daisy both gobbled it down immediately. And, it’s been that way ever since!

What I like about how my dogs reacted to the food is:

– Both of them licked the bowls clean (they never did that with kibble!)
– Daisy and Jasper now eat their food right away (they never did that either!). Jasper used to leave his food in his dish and eat it whenever he got hungry. He never seemed all that interested in his old food. In fact, he seemed to be more interested in whatever another doggie client had brought with them! But, not anymore!
– No more soft stools. I know it sounds gross, but I have found that I have less to pick up and what I do pick up is easier to pick up! Who’s going to complain about that?

So that’s why this week’s Wednesday Winner is The Honest Kitchen. You really should try it. You’ll be amazed. And, check out some of their testimonials – that’s what tipped the scales for me.

Dogs, Cats and Heros: We Remember the Pet Food Recall

March 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Today is the three year anniversary of the Pet Food Recall. Can you believe it? Three years ago, I was frantically trying to find out if my dog’s food was on the recall list. Three years ago, our shelter was posting a new list of recalled pet foods as fast as it could be updated. Three years ago, a fellow pet sitter discovered that the reason her dog was so sick was because of the “special”food she had bought for him as a Christmas gift (yes, it took that long for the pet industry to come clean about what was going on). And to this day, I wonder if the loss of my dog Aspen wasn’t due to the canned dog food I fed her from Nutro.

Many pet parents lost a beloved pet because of carelessness, lack of communication and inaction and fear.

There were several people on the front lines who helped to let pet parents know about the dangers and which pet foods were on the list/not on the list. If you’re not following their blogs or forums, you may want to start today. I honor those heros who worked behind the scenes to inform and help us and our pets when we didn’t know where to go for help:

Therese Kopiwoda at PetSitUSA.com
Christie Keith and Gina Spadafori at Pet Connection
Ben Huh at Itchmo Forums for Cats and Dogs

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