We Share Because We Care: Dining with Your Dog or Cat

Home-made treats are a healthy and delicious option to processed products. And a wonderful side effect of making sure the food you share with your pet is healthy is that your health can benefit too! Nutritious treats and snacks can easily be made at home and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what you’re giving your animal companion, and the other members of your family. If you have children in the house, then you know they are a magnet for hovering hounds and mooching mousers. By choosing treats wisely, you can rest assured that both the kids and pets are sharing food that is good for them. And children learn from the example set by adults, so preparing and enjoying healthy and delicious food is an invaluable habit to instill in them.

Here is a recipe that is super-easy to make and so delicious that everyone in your house will want some. And that’s okay; they’re good for everyone…you and your pets!

Almond Fudge Logs

  • 1 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw shelled almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw carob powder
  • 1/4 cup raw honey

Combine almond butter, carob, and honey until well blended. Form into “log” shapes (if they’re too sticky, add more carob) or roll into 1” balls. Roll in chopped nuts, chill until firm, and slice logs into pieces. Keep refrigerated. Makes about 1 1/2 cups, or three 7” logs.

The nutritional scoop: Cocoa and chocolate contain theobromine, an alkaloid that can be lethal for some animals, including dogs and cats. Hooray for carob, the chocolate alternative! Not only is it safe and delicious, but it’s nutritious as well, and contains 60 percent fewer calories than chocolate. Carob is a great source of calcium, with approximately 358 milligrams per cup. It also contains appreciable amounts of iron, potassium, magnesium, copper, selenium, B vitamins, and vitamin A. With 4.8 grams of protein per cup, it also contains many essential amino acids. Carob’s high pectin content makes it useful for digestive disorders, especially diarrhea, and it’s easy to digest. Carob is mentioned often in historical texts (including the Bible) as a food and medicine for both humans and nonhumans alike. In ancient times, almonds were also used as both food and medicine. Raw almonds are a good source of enzymes, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E. Food-source vitamin E is an antioxidant that may provide important health benefits including the ability to inhibit lipid (fat) oxidation. Purchase nuts from a store that restocks regularly, as you’ll want the freshest ones possible. Store shelled almonds and almond butter in the refrigerator.

To get the most flavor and nutrients from your food, you’ll want to purchase organically grown food whenever possible. Organically grown food is the fastest-growing sector of agriculture today, and for good reason: It has higher levels of nutrients, including cancer-fighting compounds, than most conventionally grown food. Nutritionally, you get more for your money with organic food; plus, the Environmental Protection Agency warns that 60 percent of the herbicides, 90 percent of the fungicides, and 30 percent of the insecticides that may be used on non-organic crops are carcinogenic (cancer-causing). Plus, organically grown food usually tastes much better than conventionally grown food! If you cannot get organically grown food, don’t let it deter you from enjoying the great taste and nutrition of fresh whole foods. Buy the best quality that you can and be sure to wash all produce before using.

This recipe is a great alternative to unhealthy chocolate sweets. In fact, everyone in your family may love them so much that you’ll need to remind yourself that rich treats like these are best given in moderation. They should not replace regular meals of species-appropriate food. This simple recipe will allow you to share a treat with your pet and also treat yourself to peace of mind, knowing that it is actually good for both of you! Sharing healthy food is not “spoiling” a pet any more than it would be a child; in fact, when you choose recipes to prepare that are delicious and nutritious, you truly prove how much you value those you care about. And you’re in very good company: Famous physician, humanitarian, and philosopher Dr. Albert Schweitzer shared food and care with his animal friends and was moved to say “We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe.” Bon app├ętite!

Credit: Kymythy

Tips in choosing a veterinarian

You understand the meaning of the phrase "man's best friend." Your dog is loyal, provides companionship and is there for you through good times and bad. So when your dog is injured or feeling under the weather, you want the best for it — though you'd like not to have to declare bankruptcy to get it.

Vetting the vets

  • You won't be able to measure all aspects of the technical skills of veterinarians. On the other hand, just as you can when choosing a physician, you can tell a lot about the performance of a vet.

    • Are they convenient? You'll want convenient hours, limited wait times, and a location close to your home. Most area vets have some evening or weekend hours for routine visits.
    • Can you make an appointment quickly? This is important to your peace of mind and to the comfort — and perhaps the survival — of your pet. You should ask what provisions a vet makes for covering emergencies outside of office hours.
    • Do they care? The first time you visit a vet you'll get a sense of whether he or she really cares about animals. Note how gentle the vet is and how interested he or she is in learning relevant facts about your pet. Note also how your pet responds to the vet.
    • Can you tour the facility? To make a reliable judgment about a veterinary practice, you have to see more than the front office. Find out how open the vet is to showing you treatment rooms and the cages and runs where animals are temporarily held or boarded. The facility's cleanliness, of course, is also important.
    • Do they give you advice on prevention and home care? For the health of your pet and for your wallet, you need advice on prevention, on how you can spot pet-health problems, and on how to take care of your pet when it is sick.
    • Can you easily communicate with them? Good communication includes listening, making you feel comfortable about asking questions and explaining what is wrong with your pet, what is being done, and what you can expect. A vet should frankly admit his or her limitations and the need for outside specialist consultation. The vet also should talk openly about costs. And the vet should let you make decisions based on your finances, your devotion to your pet and your informed understanding of the prognosis.
    • Are they competent and thorough? Does the vet give a thorough exam and take a thorough medical history to find out about previous medical problems, previous occurrences of the current problem, what treatments have worked and other matters? If your pet is referred to a specialist, does your primary vet follow up with the specialist and keep a record of what happened? If tests are done, does the vet keep a record of the results and share them with you?

    • Do they have reasonable fees? Unfortunately, this is an area where consumers are often dissatisfied. The most common complaints we received from surveyed vet customers were related to bills that seemed excessively or unexpectedly high.
    • Do they try to keep costs down? Low prices are not the only way a vet can save you money, of course. You also save if the vet is effective in showing you how to prevent disease and injuries and if the vet shows you how to care for your pet by yourself. Equally important, you want a vet that informs you about lower cost care alternatives and doesn't do more than necessary.
    • Does accreditation matter? Veterinary hospitals can become accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) by meeting certain minimum standards: keeping adequate medical records and having complete diagnostic, pharmacy, anesthetic, surgical, nursing, dental, and emergency-service facilities.

Pet Theft on the Rise

Here is a note from the SPCA about the frightening Rise of Pet Theft:

" We have heard some disturbing news related to the slowing economy and your pets’ safety. Reports of pet theft have dramatically increased this year - in fact, reports have quadrupled since 2007.
SPCA International cannot explain this rise, but we do recognize that people get desperate in hard times. It is extremely unfortunate that the victims in this case are our pets.
Thieves see our animals as helpless victims for their gain in a number of ways. Purebred dogs and cats can often sell for thousands of dollars. On Web sites like Ebay.com and CraigsList.com the thief can remain relatively anonymous while selling your missing animal for a retail price. Thieves may also scheme to take advantage of your desperation by stealing your pet and waiting for you to post a reward. Returning your dog or cat a few days later as a hero and collecting profit with little suspicion.
Reports indicate that animals are stolen from backyards while parents are out, from cars while parents run a quick errand and from dog parks while old friends chat. I urge you to take extra precaution for your pets’ safety this year, especially if your best friend may be viewed as an expensive breed. You being aware of this rising problem may be just the protection your companion needs. "

JD Winston

Executive Director
SPCA International


Here's just a quick primer on the vitamins that are important for cats and dogs. Vitamins are only required in minute amounts, but they are critical for life.
  • Vitamin A is fat soluble, and important for skin, eyes, mouth, intestines and reproduction. It is found in Liver, egg yolk and milk. Beta Carotene, a related compound, is found in yellow and orange colored fruits and vegetables like carrot and sweet potato, as well as leafy greens.
  • The B Vitamins are water soluble and necessary for a whole array of functions including metablism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates and enzyme formation. Foods rich in B vitamins include liver, beans, organs, legumes and some grains.
  • Vitamin C is water soluble and necessary for collagen formation. It is also an antioxidant. It is prevalent in fresh fruits and some vegetables. Some people thoerize that Vitamin C is not an essential vitamin for dogs since they manufacture it in their own bodies - however many holistic vets advocate vitamin C supplementation for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • Vitamin D is fat soluble, and necessary for the proper regulation of calcium and phosphorus in the body. Yogurt and cottage cheese are good sources of Vitamin D.
  • Vitamin E is fat soluble. It is found in spinach as well as wheatgerm- safflower- and sunflower oils. It is an antioxidant and regulates prostaglandin.
  • Vitamin K is Fat Soluble and essential for blood clotting. It is found in leafy greens including spinach, turnip greens and broccoli.
  • Folic Acid is water soluble, and found in dark leafy greens and liver. It is needed for genetic transfer.
  • Biotin is water soluble and necessary for protein construction. Biotin is found in oats, egg yolk and liver.
  • Choline is a water soluble vitamin whose role is in liver function and nerve transmission.
  • Inositol is water soluble, and plays a part in fat metabolism.

A Pantry Must-Have

Pumpkins aren't just for Halloween.

I always keep a supply of canned pumpkin in my kitchen cupboard. Pumpkin is a very effective and natural remedy for diarrhea. It is also a very helpful antidote for constipation. My dogs, (and most others) love the taste. I somtimes add it in their food, or stuff it in their Kong.

Pumpkin contians a lot of fiber, so it is very filling and is great for those dogs that are on a diet!


Copyright Jim Willis 2002

I stole your dog today. No, I didn't set a foot on your property, but from the condition of your dog, I can imagine what it looks like...the word "junkyard" comes to mind.
I found her along a road, with a heavy chain wrapped around her neck, still attached to rotten boards from her doghouse, with rusty six-penny nails protruding. Not only did I know that most of the town had already ignored her, judging by where I found her, but I knew that if she had gotten into the woods the "cross" that she dragged behind her would have wrapped around a tree until starvation or thirst killed her. The local populace is usually deaf to the sound or blind to the sight of an animal in need, unless they decide to shoot one for trespassing.
That her ribs showed, that her ears were filthy, that her overall condition was poor and that her coat and eyes were dull, were good indications that you didn't deserve her. But just to make sure, I checked with the local authorities for a report of a missing (unlicensed) dog matching her description and to see if you'd placed a "lost dog" advertisement in the local newspaper. You hadn't, which I can only surmise means that you do not miss her. That's rather convenient, because the fact that she is not spayed, probably unvaccinated, and possibly heartworm positive means that restoring her health could cost me around a thousand dollars.

Perhaps it may be some small comfort to know that she doesn't miss you. In fact, her very act of escape made it clear that she'd had enough of your brand of pet guardianship. It took her about a day to realize that I'm not you, that I won't hurt her, that despite our brief acquaintanceship, I love her. It took two days for her to realize that the other animals who live here accept her and that one of the joys she has been missing has been the companionship of other dogs. It took three days for her to appreciate the ecstasy of a home cooked meal and that a couch is meant to be reclined on, and that she no longer has to sleep outside - in fact, when the thunder starts, she'll get a hug and her ears rubbed, and I'll make a fool of myself with baby talk.

She has a beautiful name now. Already in the first week she has come to look more like she should. Her eyes sparkle and she has learned to wag her tail in greeting. She has stopped flinching when I make a sudden movement, because she knows now that I won't beat her, in fact, she rarely leaves my side. She's even become brave enough to bark at a cat and today I watched from the window as she initiated play with the other dogs. No, it's clear she does not miss you or her former life of neglect on a chain.
Of all the things that have become apparent from my brief relationship with her - such as the forgiving nature of the dog, their wonderful ability to heal and to trust, the fact that love can work miracles - one of the most apparent is what a fool you are. She was possibly the
most trusting, loyal and loving being in your life, and you consigned her to a life of filth and loneliness until she made the best choice she's ever made when she broke free. Perhaps her guardian angel helped her escape. Lest anyone should mistake me for an angel, I will admit that one day I hope to be as good as she; I believe she forgave you within the first twenty-four hours of her new life for the about four years of her previous "life," while I still wrestle with the part of me that hopes that one day you will burn in Hell.

It's not clear yet whether she'll remain here or whether I'll find her a loving home where she can count on more individual attention than I can give her, but one thing is certain, this is one bit of stolen "property" who is never returning to you. So sue me, prosecute me, plead with
the courts that she is rightfully yours...I'm convinced this is the best "crime" I've ever committed. Hardly anything has pleased me more than the day I stole your dog. I need only look into her beautiful brown eyes to know that she'd defend my decision with her life. If we have one prayer, it is that you will not replace her, and if we have one special day to commemorate together, it is the day I stole your dog and the day she stole my heart.

Feel free to pass this on or cross-post.

Bad Medicine

Just because prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications are marked childproof doesn't mean they're dogproof. In fact, most dogs find it way too easy to chew through plastic pill containers if given the opportunity. What's scary is that some of the most common drugs and supplements -- including OTC painkillers, cold medicines, antidepressants, cancer medications, diet pills, and vitamins -- are potentially lethal to dogs, even in relatively small doses. Keep your pooch safe by storing all meds, vitamins, and supplements in a secure cabinet that's out of your pet's reach.

Protect Your Pup from Pesticides

Protect Your Pup from Pesticides

Using fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides to keep your yard green? If so, handle them with care, because many can be toxic to your dog. Applying the herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, in particular, four or more times per season has been shown to double a dog's risk of developing lymphoma. To reduce your pet's exposure to these chemicals:

Keep all lawn chemicals safely out of reach.
Take any food bowls and water dishes inside when applying outdoor chemicals.
Avoid overdosing your lawn with products, which can leave behind residue and increase the odds of your dog coming in contact with toxins.
Wait until all treatments have dried before allowing your dog back on the lawn.

An Answer to Achy Paws

Ever wonder why dogs are so susceptible to developing arthritic conditions?

Arthritis occurs with age in dogs as well as in people. One of the most important things that dog owners can do to delay the onset or reduce the severity of arthritis is to keep their dogs lean. Excess body weight not only adds stress to the joints but also is associated with an increase in inflammation. In obese dogs, the fat cells secrete chemicals that actually increase inflammation in the joints, causing or aggravating arthritis. In addition to weight control, gentle exercise and a diet that contains fish oil or supplements of glucosamine may help.

Signs that your dog may have arthritis:

  • Favoring a limb
  • Difficulty sitting or standing
  • Sleeping more
  • Seeming to have stiff or sore joints
  • Hesitancy to jump, run or climb stairs
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased activity or less interest in play
  • Attitude or behavior changes
  • Being less alert

Doggie Paddle Tips

Jumping into the water is a great way for your dog to cool off, especially on hot, steamy days. Swimming can also be a great everyday activity, since it's easy on the joints, but never force it on your pup if she isn't a fan of the water. If he is, always be cautious of water quality, and don't let him drink from the pool, lake, stream, or ocean. Swallowing too much salt water or chlorine can very quickly make your dog sick. Keep a close eye on him while he's paddling around, and help him steer clear of deep waters and strong currents.
5 Dog Water Safety Tips

1. Buy your dog a life jacket - not all dogs are natural swimmers and older and young puppies can tire quickly, the weight of a water logged thick and/or long coat can easily drag your dog under water, your dog can be knocked over by breaking waves, if your dog jumps into the river he may not be able to get again if the bank is too slippery.
Like people, dogs can quickly get into trouble and if you are not there to help, may easily drown. By using a doggy life jacket when your dog's around water you are buying him extra time should he get into trouble and need rescuing - it just makes sense.

2. Watch what your dog drinks - water in lakes, stagnant ponds and slow moving rivers can contain algae and parasites which, if ingested by your dog, can cause vomiting, diarrhea and in some instances death.
Swimming pool water contains chlorine and other chemicals which can make your dog sick if he drinks the water.
Always keep plenty of fresh water with you, and teach your dog to drink out of a water bottle so you don't need to carry a bowl with you all the time!

3. Think dog - whether you are at the beach or at home, look out for potential hazards in advance and supervise your dog at all times. For example:
  • don't let your dog swim in places where there are strong undercurrents;
  • look out for sharp rocks and shells just under the water surface that he might cut his paws on;
  • check for steep muddy riverbanks that might prevent him from getting out of the water, particularly if he's tired;
  • if the water is cold your dog could be at risk from hypothermia; and
  • swimming pools and spa pools should be covered or fenced off at all times.
4. Rinse and dry after swimming - after you dog has finished swimming and playing in the water rinse his coat thoroughly to remove salt, chemicals and debris form his coat. Make sure his ears are dry too to reduce the risk of dog ear infections - damp ears are a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast spores.

5. Heat can kill - in summer remember that the heat from the sun is more intense around water. Watch your dog for signs of sunburn and heat stroke, and keep him off hot sand as this can blister his paws.


After months of wanting to order some Antlerz for Tiggles to try, I finally found them at a natural dog boutique.

Antlers are:
• 100% natural
•mineral rich
•long lasting

They DO NOT contain:
•empty starches
•artificial flavors

Here is what the company says about them:
"ANTLERZ are made from a natural material that is rich in minerals, does not splinter and comes from a completely renewable source: Deer Antlers! Wild deer shed their antlers once a year as part of a natural process, after which the deer re-grow another set. These shed antlers are gathered by ranch workers and transported to QT Dog's manufacturing facility. The antlers are cut to the appropriate size, cleaned, and packaged to produce ANTLERZ™ brand dog chews. ANTLERZ™ hold up substantially longer than most traditional chews made from plastic, bone, or compacted starch. A minerals analysis of ANTLERZ™ show high concentrations of calcium and phosphorus, with trace amounts iron, zinc, and sodium. Unlike processed livestock bones ANTLERZ™ don't chip or splinter when they are being used by even the most aggressive chewing dogs. A dog's chewing action grinds ANTLERZ™ down slowly. "

So you can see I was super-excited when I had found them. I immediately gave it to Tiggles to try.

She sniffed it, licked it, gave it a nibble-and that was the end. It now remains in her (open) toy box.
Looks like it will be given to our neighbor's dog :D

This one didn't appeal to Tiggles or Tracksie, but I would recommend trying it with your dog. I have heard nothing but great things about Antlerz, and I still believe it is an exceptional chew.

Portable Pet Water Bottle

This Portable Pet Water is convienent-just squeeze the bottle and water streams into the pan. Dogs lap up the running stream. You never have to fill the pan. Stop squeezing and the automatic valve shuts off the water stream. No wasted water, no hassles, no backwash.

However, there are two things...
  1. It leaks. You can't fill it all the way up, or else water will spill everywhere because you have to keep it upright. Sounds easy enough, but actually this can be quite difficult if you want to pack it in a bag.
  2. You must remember to change out any leftover water before each trip - especially in the summer. Also, I cannot leave it out in the sun much, for the worry of the bottle heating up and causing the plastic contents/chemicals to melt into the water and causing harm.

I mostly just use this when I go for short trips to dog parks, walks, or after a day at the beach. I have decided that it is more convienent for me to use a collapsable water bowl when on hikes, vacations, and at agility events.

Happy Ending #2

Southern Belle
-------Kate Crnich convinced her husband that they were ready for a new addition to the family—a dog to complete the home they shared with their cat, Dexter. “We visited a local shelter, and there were so many dogs that I was nearly in tears,” says Kate. “How do you choose just one?”
-------But sometimes, it’s the dog who does the choosing. “Walking past one cage, I saw this little thing bouncing up and down,” says Kate. “When we got right in front of the door, she just stopped, sat down, cocked her head and looked up at us, big pointy ears sticking straight up.” And after learning about the history of this Boston terrier/American Staffordshire terrier mix, the little dog’s friendly nature was especially remarkable.
Explains Kate, “When she was dropped off, her legs had a multitude of cigarette burns on them, and it was suspected that she’d been kept on a chain for the first years of her life.” Shelter staffers surmise that she was being used for bait in a dog fighting ring. Needless to say, Kate and her husband were on their way home with their little livewire half an hour later.
-------It’s been nearly a year, and Raleigh—named after the Crnichs’ native North Carolina—couldn’t be any more loving. “She is truly our baby,” says Kate. “She makes us feel so loved every day, and it is so very clear in the way that she looks at us that she is grateful for her happy home. ”

EzyDog Neo Collar

EzyDog Neo Collar

We went to the beach today! Well, at least Tracksie and I did.
My friend invited us, so we went with her and had some fun!
It was a nice day, I brought Tracksie's seatbelt, Doggles, wetsuit, lifejacket and of course, her EZYDOG COLLAR, because she loves to swim.

The interior of the Ezydog collar is made of Soft, neoprene material. It also has nylon webbing for strength. It is completely waterproof, quick drying, and very easy to clean--perfect for a Northwest doggy, or any dog that lives near water!
I first saw this collar at the Downtown Dog Lounge, but you can order it online at www.ezydog.com. My first reaction was how tough looking and durable it was! It is also comfortable and stylish. Hook and loop adjustments make sizing a breeze and the quick release buckle offers strength with ezy-on and ezy-off convenience.
It has a reflective strip...perfect for late night walks. Comfort, looks and quality is #1 in this collar...I highly recommend it :D

The Top Ten Reasons for Dog Relinquishment

The Top Ten Reasons for Dog Relinquishment to Shelters in the United States:

  • 1. Moving
  • 2. Landlord issues
  • 3. Cost of pet maintenance
  • 4. No time for pet
  • 5. Inadequate facilities
  • 6. Too many pets in home
  • 7. Pet illness (es)
  • 8. Personal problems
  • 9. Biting
  • 10. No homes for littermates

The Starfish Story

The Starfish Story
If all the available shelter dogs were to find homes, each person would need to adopt 7 dogs. A family of four would need to adopt 28 dogs! It can feel overwhelming, and often times people wonder if they are making any kind of difference at all by adopting "just one dog" from a shelter or rescue. Yet, through the continuing education of rescues, the collective efforts of spaying and neutering and people remaining committed and bonded to their pets through times of stress and change; A difference is made.

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference to that one."

DIY at Home--Doggie Bath!

Lately, instead of taking Tracksie and Tiggs to a groomer to be bathed, I've been saving a few bucks and bathing them myself...at home! Here is a little something I wrote up about how to bathe your dog:

First, collect all of the supplies needed because you will need to have everything in reach. You should get combs, brushes, a plastic cup or pitcher, towels, a washcloth, dog treats, and dog shampoo. Be sure to choose the proper dog shampoo to bathe your dog with. I prefer all-natural, organic, shampoo. To keep water out of your dog’s ears you may also want to get cotton balls. Also, find a rubber mat or towel to place in the bath tub to keep your dog from sliding.
Before you bathe your dog, comb its fur thoroughly. Make sure your dog does not have any tangles or knots; these will be very hard to remove when your dog is wet. Next, have your dog hop into the tub and carefully place the cotton balls in each ear. Water in your dogs' can cause ear infections.

Then, turn the water on run it too make sure it is not too hot or too cold. Remember to talk softly in an encouraging voice to your dog while bathing. Use the cup or pitcher to wet your dog and use a washcloth to clean its face. Apply the shampoo and lather it into their coat. Be careful not to get it into their eyes! Once the shampoo is properly lathered, thoroughly rinse their coat. Remove the cotton balls from the ears and be prepared for a big doggie shake!
Now, choose to either blow-dry their fur, or just let it air dry. Give your dog a tasty treat she loves, and a lot of praise because now you are finally done! Dogs tend to get very excited after baths, and will most likely be running and rolling all around the house. Now enjoy your clean, sweet smelling dog without having to make a trip to the groomers!

We met our Dogster pals!

What a day it was.

We went to Genesee park to meet-up with some of our Dogster pals!

TnT had fun, though after the ride they were both very tired, so they didn't do any zoomies!

From left to right; Roper, Sienna, Fling and Tiggles

We were wanting to go to the Bite of Seattle afterwards to get some grub---but, lots of food and two Beagles? Hmmmm...

You do the math.

Anyways, so after saying goodbye to our friends, we drove down to the water for a good view.

Poor TnT, they wanted to chase the geese...

Only, I didn't let them :'(

On the way home, I decided to take them to a few dog stores and picked up some of their favorite RAW: Turkey Necks, Duck, Chicken, and Lamb RMB's!

I also got some more Fresh Frozen Organic Turkey Dinner for their rotation because they LOVE it!

And finally, we got back in the car for a nice, long, ride home.
«Tiggs enjoyed *safely* looking out the window in her Doggles®- here's a quick vid:

Be prepared

Summer has proven to be a very busy season for natural and manmade disasters from wildland fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and the ever unpredictable earthquake. It is a good time to prepare yourself and your animals for the unexpected.

Animals depend on people for their survival during a disaster, but planning for your pet doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. There are two critical steps to ensure the safety of your animals if you must evacuate with them in the event of a disaster:

  1. Prepare – Have a safe way to transport your animals and have supplies gathered in one location that can be easily accessible.
  2. Plan – Know where you can take your animals if you had to be away from your house for any given amount of time. And appoint someone to evacuate your animals if you are not home when a disaster strikes.

To prepare for a disaster you should put together an animal disaster supply kit with everything you’d need to care for your animals for at least 72 hours. The contents will vary depending on the type and number of animals in your care, but every kit should include the following basic items:

  1. Food and Water. Keep a 3-day supply in an airtight container and be sure to rotate this supply periodically to ensure freshness.

  2. Containment and control supplies. Pack a leash, carrier or crate to safely control and confine your pet.

  3. Current photos of your animals. Include a photo of yourself with your animals if case you need to prove ownership.

  4. Collar and ID. Make sure you have a secure collar and up-to-date ID tag on your animals.

  5. Sanitation Items. Include litter, litter box, newspapers, plastic bags, disinfectant, and basic first aid supplies.

  6. Vet records and medications. Copy vaccination records and set aside a supply of daily medicines.

It takes less than a day’s effort to put together a plan for you and your animals in the event of a disaster, a day’s effort that could potentially save you and your animals' lives.

If you found this information helpful, please support SPCA International so that they can educate more people about disaster preparedness for their pets and save more animals' lives this disaster season.

Happy Ending #1

Music, sweet music...
-------Beautiful eyes and a smattering of freckles drew Marianne Lordi of Youngstown, OH, to the online photo of a two-year-old beagle-collie mix. What she couldn’t tell from the picture was that the canine had been saved within minutes of her life. Says Marianne, “Her time was up at the pound when the owner of Canine Crusaders, a local dog rescue, paid her fee and posted her photo online, hoping to find her a special home.”
------- Well, it worked! Marianne swooned over the photo and when she went to visit, the pup swooned right back. The dog shyly settled down at Marianne’s feet and rolled onto her back, staring up at her new human friend. “I couldn’t resist,” says Marianne. “I named her Banjo because she made my heart sing.”
-------Marianne’s choice was confirmed when, at home, the pup cast her gentle spell over the family pets. “Banjo made friends with my two Westies immediately,” remembers Marianne. No sooner was the pooch running around the yard with her new friends than the family’s ten-year-old cat walked over and began to give her kisses. “Banjo just sat there, letting the old boy check her out,” Marianne recalls. “That was all I needed to see!”
------- Nowadays, the furry charmer continues to expertly play the family’s heartstrings. “Although the dogs are both smaller than she is, Banjo always lets them win when they’re playing,” says Marianne. “She’s so gentle, even the cat plays with her.”
------- But don’t be fooled—this little virtuoso also sings to another tune. “She found out quickly that if she sat upright and begged, we would give her a treat,” Marianne informs us with a smile. “Now when we tell her that she’s had enough, she sits straight up and waits, knowing we can't resist her.”

Walk it out

Turn on any TV or radio, and it won’t be long before a pitch for the latest fad diet, exercise gadget, or weight loss book surges through the speakers. But missing from the over-hyped offers is the most critical ingredient for success – the motivation to stick to the plan. Enter our furry canine friends.
America has a love affair with its pets. And canine companions are the “top dog” with 34 percent of American households owning one or more dogs. That’s more than 65 million pooches in the U.S. – and that’s a conservative estimate. While dog lovers nationwide know the strong emotional bond that can develop between humans and dogs, a study at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that this relationship can result in more exercise and more weight loss than most nationally known diet plans. The study showed that participants who walked their dogs daily lost 14 pounds on average in less than a year – far more than the average “fad” dieter. A key reason for the better results: the dog walkers stayed with the program because of the emotional connection between dog and dog owner.
Dogs are pack animals. As such, they relish companionship. While we humans are not described as 'pack' animals, we are also social creatures who need companionship. Therefore, dogs are perfect pets for humans since the relationship is based on the same need for love and interaction. This mutual need was a key driver for the study participants, who reportedly “stuck to the program” because the emotional bond was a motivator.
Despite a solid emotional bond, many dog lovers have difficulty controlling their dogs on leash while walking, which can dramatically reduce the frequency of walks and the enjoyment of them. We’ve all seen the scenario: the hapless human stumbling down the sidewalk, dragged by the dominating dog. It’s a classic suburban image – but it need not be that way. As pack animals, dogs need clear and consistent leadership to feel safe and happy, whether within their packs or their human families. This need is instinctual. If in a dog’s mind a human companion is not up to the task, the dog will constantly challenge for leadership.
Both research and anecdotal evidence show that the key to managing dog behavior is communications and leadership. Dogs have a specific manner of communicating and need leadership to feel secure. Just like humans, dogs need training to set parameters for behavior.

Establishing On-leash Leadership
The key is focus, focus, focus. Keep your dog focused on you, rather than distractions, such as other dogs, people, kids’ toys, etc. To establish and maintain this focus, anticipate distractions (rather than waiting for a distraction to occur), communicate with your dog in a way he understands. To refocus your dog, voice a low guttural sound (“BAH,” like a growl) and gently flick the leash, just enough to get your dog’s attention. When your dog responds appropriately, give positive praise in a high-toned voice, such as “good dog.” Use this technique to direct your dog to walk at your side. When the dog’s focus strays, repeat the procedure. With practice, dogs will respond to this method because it is similar to their instinctual method of communications.

More Ideas for Walking Dogs
Keep your dog’s interest by changing pace frequently – intermittently walk fast, slow, stop, etc. Do this regularly and your dog will see this as a game – and find the activity fun and stimulating. Also, dogs can easily differentiate sounds. When you want to stop, shuffle your feet on the ground to indicate you are coming to a stop. Also, change directions frequently. Go left, right, turn in front of the dog, reverse direction, etc. Each time you make a change in direction give a gentle flick of the leash to alert your dog you are about to change direction.
Gaining a better understanding of the dog psyche strengthens the human-canine connection, and learning how to communicate effectively with your dog in a language he understands is a critical step in establishing leadership and control. With some practice, dog owners can establish the leadership required for a satisfying stroll with Fido and reap the benefits of both weight loss and overall fitness. Much more so than the ubiquitous weight-loss infomercials, the emotional bond will be a motivator – and your waistline and your pooch will thank you.

Liver Treats

Liver Treats

  • 1 lb raw sliced beef liver (in the meat freezer section at Safeway, or better, go to your local health food grocery)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup self rising cornmeal mix or rice flour
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tBsp brown sugar (I don't use this...)
  • 2 tBsp canola oil
  • 1 beaten egg

Preheat oven to 350 deg F

Boil liver in 3 cups of water until no longer pink

Remove liver and set aside the liver water.

Puree the liver and 1/4 of the liver water.

In a large bowl combine the rest of the stuff in the list with the
liver slurry plus 1/4 more of the liver water.

Roll out the dough 1/2" thick for large treats, 1/4" for small treats.
Cut into shapes and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 10 min.

Flip and bake for 10 more min.

Cool for 2 1/2 hrs to make extra crunchy.

Refrigerate in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks (they get moldy otherwise). Freeze for longer (bet they are really crunchy frozen!).

Makes 3-5 dozen

TnT's Travel Tips

TnT's Travel Tips

Traveling with your doggie is one of the most rewarding experiences that a pet guardian can have. By taking very little effort, you can make a checklist of things to accomplish before leaving for your destination.

No matter the length of your trip, you should always keep in mind the safety and comfort for your child with fur. Here are a few reminders to make your trip a success:

  • When traveling with pets in extremely hot weather, you will want to make sure the air conditioning functions properly before you hit the road. Water is always a necessity no matter the weather condition so make sure you have plenty on hand for both you and Fido.
  • As far as feeding your pet, you might want to curb the usual amount so as not to create too many pit stops.
  • If you and your pet are the active sort, bring plenty of towels. You can wipe your feet at the door, but so far, to our knowledge, your dog will probably require some assistance to get the mud and gunk from his paws. Besides, if your dog is like most, they really don't mind the mud and gunk but your host will thank you for it!
  • If you know your dog will jump on the furniture and bed, bring a couple of sheets to use as 'cover-slips' during your stay.
  • Check ahead for daycare and pet sitters before you travel. The day will certainly present itself when you want to take in an event and Fido is not permitted. We suggest you don't leave him in the room alone unless he is kenneled. Even then, it's probably not a good idea unless yours sleeps all day and you know he won't bark his head off. A strange place brings out strange behavior and many hotels do not allow you to leave your pet unattended for any reason, kenneled or not.
  • If boarding your dog: Did you bring his health record? Better make sure you did because there is no admittance without them. Your vet would be able to fax updated info in case you forget, but if it's Sunday and you just decided to leave your dog in daycare, you'll be out of luck.
  • Work up to activity: If you have a couch potato at home and expect him to hike to the tallest peak on your vacation, you will probably be disappointed. Although he is sure to try and please you, give him the opportunity to work up to any extra activity. Start taking him out more often for extended walks and hikes before the big vacation so it's not a shock to his system and his paws.
  • Remember the first aid kit: Just in case of ouchies.
  • Safety restraints: When traveling by truck: Do not let your best friend ride in the back of a pick-up. Road debris can fly up and harm him and in case of an accident, he will have no protection. When traveling by car, use a special safety restraint or place Fido in his kennel which is secured. There are many sad stories of pets being used as projectiles during a car accident.
  • Airlines: All airlines differ in their policy of flying your pets. Be sure and check policy before planning your trip. Remember, you will probably have to fly your dog as cargo and the weather may dictate what time of year you fly. Be sure to ask the airline if their cargo area is heated or air-conditioned. Temperatures can be extreme. Some airlines prohibit flying your pet during certain times of the year.

  • Timeshares: Carefully researching your travel destination when planning your vacation is a must. Timeshares are especially attractive to pet-owners because dogs feel most comfortable with a certain level of routine and there are pet-accommodating timeshares for sale all over the world. When researching, you'll want to consider whether the resort imposes weight-limits, ensure that the resort offers pet-sitting or grooming, and note its vicinity to Fido's favorite activities. One way to ensure that these criteria are met is to try your timeshare on a rental basis. Trying pet-friendly timeshares for rent is a great way to learn more about the area before you commit to ownership.
  • And finally, bring the usual from home; lots of toys and chewies, water, food, his dog bed or blanket and most of all, lots of hugs and kisses. Happy Travels!



Whew! What a day.
Rally-O, Agility AND freestyle, all in one day.

Tracksie won the freestyle competition and got 1st place, as well as $40 certificate to our favorite doggie store.

Tiggles excelled in agility, at lightning speed, she blew everyone away!

We are all super tired.
Pictures to come soon! Check back for more updates on the exciting day ;D

How to Protect Dogs From Cancer

Cancer not only affects humans. In fact, it's among the leading causes of death in pets, especially dogs. According to Parade magazine, half of all dogs will develop cancer during their lifetime.

So how can you protect your dog from cancer? Interestingly, in many of the same ways you can protect yourself. Like humans, dogs and other pets can develop cancer from exposure to all of the following:

  • Smoke
  • Sunlight
  • Radiation
  • Hormones
  • Chemicals
  • Immune System Failure
  • Viruses

Canine cancers are the most common. With over 100 varieties, canine cancer is the most prevalent among all domesticated pet species. In fact, according to the Canine Cancer Campaign, a non-profit organization focused on curing canine cancer, one in four dogs will die from the effects of cancer.

Many dog breeds even carry hereditary risk factors. Golden retrievers are at high risk for Lymphoma and cancers of the blood vessels and spleen. Retrievers are susceptible to Transitional Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma (skin/mouth) cancers. Boxers have been known to inherit Lymphoma and brain cancers. See which dog breeds are at risk for certain cancers, visit http://curecaninecancer.org/why_help.html

Despite the many risk factors facing your dog, there's a lot you can do to help make sure they stay cancer free. Below are six critical steps you can take to protect your pets from cancer.

  1. Visit the Vet: Make sure you and your dog visit the veterinarian on a regular basis for cancer screenings and checkups. The sooner cancer is detected, the sooner it can be treated. This vastly improves the chances that your dog will beat the disease. Vets recommend a checkup every six months for dogs over 7. For younger dogs, an annual exam is a safe precautionary measure. The Canine Cancer Campaign and the Pet Cancer Foundation are now offering Free Cancer Consultations for pets, visit http://www.curecaninecancer.org/free_screening.html for more information.
  2. Doggy Exercise: To stay healthy, dogs need regular exercise. Studies have shown that exercise strengthens immunity to a range of diseases, including cancer. In fact, overweight pets are twice as likely to develop cancer than their healthy counterparts.
  3. Avoid Chemical Exposure: There are many known carcinogens that your dog interacts with everyday, but by keeping them away from herbicides, insecticides, and tobacco smoke, you can make sure they won't develop cancer from chemical exposure. Instead of using toxic house and garden products, choose non-toxic products and keep your pets away from secondhand smoke. Most importantly, don't use unnatural flea products on your pet, as many flea collars, sprays, and shampoos are full of poisons. Use natural, less-toxic methods of flea control. These include natural flea shampoos and frequent vacuuming. Pyrethins are a natural means of flea control.
  4. Spay and Neuter Pets: Simply spaying or neutering your dog can decrease the risk of breast cancer in females to almost zero; the risk of testicular cancer is zero for neutered males.
  5. Prevent Sunburn: While all dogs can get sunburned, short-haired and light-haired dogs carry a greater risk for developing skin cancers caused by overexposure to sunlight. Dogs need sunscreen just like their owners. Rub a bit on your dog's nose and ears.
  6. Avoid Contaminated Water: Keep your pet from drinking stagnant water in street puddles, which can contain cancer-causing toxins. Change your pets water daily, and make sure the bowl is clean and fresh.

Remember, even if your dog is diagnosed with cancer, all is not lost. Many cancers can be cured if they're discovered early. There are many other options too, including:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hyperthermia
  • Cyrosurgery

Don't forget that if your pet already has cancer, you should avoid all vaccinations because they can stress your pet's immune system. Still, active prevention is the best defense. Follow the tips above to reduce the risk of your pets developing cancer during their lifetime, and you'll enjoy more time together.

Top 10 Benefits of RAW

Top 10 benefits of feeding your dog raw food:
  1. Teeth brighten and lose plaque, eliminating the need for cleaning.
  2. Breath becomes almost odorless indicating a healthy start to the digestive process.
  3. Skin becomes healthy and vibrant and creates a hostile environment to most parasites.
  4. Coat shines brightly and sheds minimally. Raw Feeding is very popular among show dog owners and judges, yielding many awards to raw feeders.
  5. The stool is less in volume and much less offensive even in the litter box.
  6. Optimal body weight is easily obtained and maintained. As a result, the vascular system is much less stressed, allowing the best function of the heart, liver and thyroid.
  7. Large breed puppies have much less chance of growing too fast. Their joints can grow without undue stress and their long-term quality of life is optimized.
  8. Arthritic conditions are minimized and many geriatric companions have a chance at A Second Childhood. This is greatly attributed to the natural Essential Fatty Acids as well as the overall PH balance becoming normalized, reducing inflammation. Glucosamine, chondroitin and collagen are a natural component in raw meat.
  9. Quicker recoveries from infections or infestations as well as over-all healing occur. The strength of the immune system is revitalized, like it was before we treated every cut or flea with drug therapies.
  10. The ravages of a degenerative disease seem to be decreased and overall chances for full recovery are optimized.

The Dangers of Xylitol

Did you know that Xylitol, a sugar substitute (artificial sweetener) that's found in chewing gum, hard candy, gum drops, sugar-free pudding, jello, diabetic foods, baked goods and toothpaste, can be fatal to pets?

To keep your pets safe from this harmful substance, please keep foods containing Xylitol, well out of their reach. It could save their lives. Even a very small amount of Xylitol can be potentially life-threatening.

Xylitol causes mass insulin release in dogs, leading to sudden hypoglycemia, a drop in blood sugar levels. Dogs can show symptoms in as little as 20 minutes, or as late as 12 hours. Symptoms include ataxia (staggering gait), depression, lethargy, confusion, seizures & in some cases, death.

If you suspect your pet has eaten a food or candy containing Xylitol, call your local emergency vet immediately to let them know you're on your way, and go straight there for urgent treatment. You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for advice, on (888) 426-4435 but it is crucial not to delay medical attention because of the very sudden effects of consumption.

Leashless in Seattle-Photobook

I finally made and ordered TnT's Shutterfly Photobook.
I am a major procrastinator. I waited for the last possible day to make it white I had my special offer.

Special thanks to Dogster for this special offer :D
I've ordered several of these before, they turn out FANTASTIC (and this is coming from a very picky person) The pictures are sharp and clear and the book itself is very high quality.

It's like Scrapbooking of the future! No more sticky glue, paper cuts, etc.
Super FAST and EASY.

Can't wait until I receive the book! I'll take some pics of it when it arrives.

Banana Biscotti

Banana Biscotti

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups banana, pureed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • water

Place dry ingredients in large bowl. Make a well in the center. Blend egg, oil and banana together. Add into the dry ingredients in well. Start combining together.

Add water, one teaspoon at a time as needed. Knead by hand on table until mixed thoroughly. Form into logs approximately 2 to 2 1/2-inches high. Flatten so that log is 6 to 7-inches wide by 1-inch high.

Place on non-stick baking sheets or lightly greased sheets. Bake 30 to 40 minutes.

Remove and cool for 10 minutes. Slice into 1/2 to 3/4-inch slices. Place on baking sheets and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Store in airtight container.
birds & parrots also love this one…

Keeping Your Dog's Teeth Healthy

Yes, it's true-- dogs needs regular dental care too! I thought I'd post this article about doggie dental hygiene. I have recently seen older dogs suffering because their owners never did anything for their teeth...It is quite sad watching them struggle to eat--so here are a few tips on how to keep your dog’s teeth healthy!

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 80% of dogs have some sign of oral disease by the age of three.

You can help to keep your dog’s teeth healthy by:
1. Having professional dental exam and care provided by your veterinarian
2. Providing dental care at home based on your vet’s recommendations
3. Maintaining regular professional check ups
4. Treating any symptoms quickly

Symptoms of Dental Problems
If your dog is displaying any of the following symptoms, please seek professional dental care:
• Bad breath (halitosis)
• Broken or missing teeth
• Changes in eating (usually decreasing)
• Chewing habits
• Depression
• Gum issues – red or swollen or painful (gingivitis, periodontal disease)
• Nasal discharge
• Pawing at the face or mouth
• Swelling or tearing below one eye
• Weight loss
• Yellow teeth

Why is Dental Health So Important?
Dental health also affects other parts of the body. Plaque which is made up of bacteria, saliva and cellular debris builds up on the enamel of the teeth. When combined with food particles, it becomes calcified and is now tartar. Tartar can lead to tooth decay and other oral diseases if not treated. In addition, it can cause a bacterial infection which then travels through the blood to other vital organs and can result in serious illness and even death.

I highly recommend giving RMB's (Raw Meaty Bones) often. I give TnT things such as turkey necks or drumsticks one or twice a week. Due to the act of pulling, ripping, shearing, and shredding of the meat, connective tissue, and fat that cling to the bone--their teeth brighten and lose plaque, eliminating the need for cleaning. The dental benefits of RMB's are unbelievable...We highly recommend 'em!

Variety and Rotation

Yay for rotation! I rotate TnT between dry, wet AND of raw with different meat sources, such as Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Buffalo, and Lamb. Gotta LOVE that variety! Turkey and Duck are my main meat sources. I use Nature's Variety Instinct-Turkey and Duck kibble (dry), NV Duck canned (wet), NV medallions, Turkey Necks (raw) and Natural Balance® Dog Food Roll- Turkey formula for training treats!

I like Turkey because it
is an excellent source of highly digestible, lean protein. Tt contains all essential amino acids, and is is a very good source of selenium, as well as riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, phosphorus and zinc.
I like DUCK because it is is a single premium quality protein source not commonly used and it builds strong bones and muscles. I especially like it for Tracksie because it is a healthy solution for her allergies to more common proteins.

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Variety and Rotation
Rotating the foods that your pets eat is one of the best things that you can do for their health and well being.
Contrary to popularly held beliefs, keeping your pet on one food for his or her lifetime can cause more harm than good. Here are some of the “hows and whys” of offering your pet a variety of healthful mealtime options.

Why Switch?
Just like people, dogs get bored with the same food day in and day out. Imagine if you had to eat the same kind of cereal for months, or even years- you’d get bored, too! Another important reason to switch foods is that it helps prevent allergies from developing. Dogs that eat the same food for an extended period of time often develop allergies to one or more of the ingredients in their food. Varying their diet prevents the body from being overexposed to potential allergens. Pets also develop a stronger, tougher stomach and digestive system by being exposed to many different kinds of foods- a great way of eliminating stomach upsets. Finally, by varying the protein sources and brands that you feed, you are providing your pet with a wider spectrum of vital nutrients like trace minerals and vitamins that keep your pets their healthiest!

Kinds of Foods
There are four basic types of food that that you can offer your dog:
  • Dry: Cost effective, convenient to feed, easy to store
  • Canned: Nutrient dense, palatable, high in moisture, helps overweight pets shed excess weight
  • Frozen Raw: Closest to the ancestral diet, healthiest option, cleans teeth, offers natural enzymes
  • Freeze-Dried: Lightweight and great for travel, works great as a treat, less mess than raw

How to Switch?
Don’t be intimidated- switching your pet’s food can be an easy and positive experience. Puppies and kittens are the easiest to transition, as their digestive systems are more adaptable. To start your puppy or kitten off right, introduce lots of different kinds, flavors and textures of food at an early age. Older pets, especially those who have been on the same food for an extended period of time, may need a little more time to adjust to their new food. Make a gradual switch to a new food by starting with 10-20% new food and increasing the amount over the course of four to seven days. Digestive aids such as our own Good Digestion or probiotics like acidophilus can help aid in the digestion of new foods as well. After a few months of switching gradually, your pet’s digestive system will toughen up and you will be able to decrease or even eliminate the transition period altogether.
While dogs often transition easily from dry food to canned or raw foods, it can be trickier for cats to switch if they are used to a dry only diet.

Some tips for making a smooth transition:
  • Try many different flavors and textures of canned food
  • Offer twice daily feeding and remove dry food when the wet is offered
  • Try dipping kibbles into the canned food to get your cat used to the taste and smell of canned
  • Put some delicious toppings on the canned food like Bonito flakes, salmon oil or chicken bits
  • Be patient! It takes some cats weeks or even months, but they will come around eventually
Dogs usually take to raw food very quickly- just be sure to phase it in gradually since it is so much more nutrient dense than cooked foods.
By introducing your pet to the various kinds of foods available, you are helping to make sure that he or she is getting the most nutritious and well-rounded diet possible for a longer, happier life!

If you have any questions concerning our diet, feel free to ask!
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About Tiggles

I was just visiting Petfinder.com when I somehow stumbled onto a page of this precious little face. Turned out, she had been at the shelter quite a while...was adopted and returned, and then adopted again and returned. I went to the shelter on that cold Sunday morning to find her in that small cage, smudged in the corner, very frightened and shaking. She just gazed up at me, needing me so. And as I looked into her eyes I saw her story. It was pretty obvious she had been abused by men--she was/is petrified of them! I knew that it would be difficult taking in such a timid little girl, but I adopted her in an instant. From her sadness, our happiness grew. Now, she definitely has gotten a second chance at a better life. She is making up for all that love that she never had. From her sadness, our happiness grew. And I now realize, that I needed her too. I will never regret adopting her; yes it was very hard at sometimes, and we went through a lot of extensive training and socialization, but it was worth it--She is just that funny type of dog that always puts a smile on your face!

When I first got her, she was completely unsocialized, unleash trained, very skittish and terrified of everything. Now she is happy, healthy, and lively Beagle girl! She is high-maintenance, but I wouldn't trade her for anything in the world.

She's out to show what this shelter dog can do! She has completely turned her life around and is going into bigger and better things--competitive in Agility and Freestyle, working on Rally-O.

About Tracksie

Tracksie was found by animal control on the side of a highway. She was then admitted to a high-kill shelter, where she spent her days searching for a forever home. One day while visiting the shelter, I spotted her...a Beagle, the breed I adored and admired. The second she saw me, she ran up to me. I prod my finger through the cage opening...she licked it. In the short time I got to know her behind those bars, she was the most sweetest, lovable dog I had ever met. After paying an adoption donation of only $20, I brought her home and there began our everlasting friendship.

She's a tiny little purebred beagle, just 12 inches at the withers. She is incredibly smart, knowing over 50 tricks, one of her nicknames is "Skidbootie" She participated in agility & tracking and is currently in freestyle and Rally Obedience. She has earned her CGC certification, and is a TDIT.

I can't imagine life without Tracksie. The relationship I have formed with her has taught me an earthy wisdom about living in the world. -I couldn't ask for a better dog. She is very intelligent, affectionate, and sweet, with an outstanding personality.

Best $20 I've ever spent, and probably will ever spend in my entire life.