Sweet Potato Fries

Baby the Maltese recently got a chance to try out some sweet potato fries from Doctors Foster and Smith. She was pretty excited to try them out, and got so happy about them that each time she gets one, she runs and plays with it before finally settling in to eat it. We captured one such event on video (you can watch if you like).

The treats are all natural, made of only sweet potatoes. They are dehydrated, and very chewy, and from what we can tell, very tasty too. Baby sure seems to love them, and we love that they are natural and good for her. It’s always a worry to try a new treat because Baby is actually a very picky eater. She devoured the sweet potato fries, and often sniffs around looking for more when she finishes.

The treats come in a variety of sizes, making them a great choice for all kinds of dogs. You can even break them easily into smaller pieces if you need to, but we found that the fries were a perfect fit for our dog’s mouth. We also liked that they were chewy and that it takes her some time to eat them. It seems to give her a good chew, making the fries a nice alternative to giving her rawhide.

To see the full selection of sweet potato treats, click here. Thanks to Doctors Foster and Smith, who provided the sample for this review. Baby loves her new treats!

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Thinking Pink for Pups

Breast cancer is something that is near and dear to our family. Both of my grandmothers had it, one of whom lost their life to it. So of course when we got this press release we were more than happy to share the word. What a fun event, and a great way to help spread the word and raise funds for a great cause!

Thinking Pink for Pups: Dogtopia Pampers Dogs for Cancer Research

Dogs across the country will get primped and pampered in October, all in the name of breast cancer awareness and research. Dogtopia, a full-service dog day care, spa and boutique with locations throughout the U.S. is partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for their first annual “Paws for Pink” campaign.

Throughout the entire month, all 22 Dogtopia locations in 11 states will be giving pups fabulous fluffs and perfect pawdicures to help raise money for cancer research. For everyone who treats their canine to a spa bath or nail trim in October, Dogtopia will donate 10 percent of the purchase price to Komen for the Cure in support of breast cancer research and community outreach programs.

“It’s difficult to find anyone who hasn’t been personally affected by breast cancer, whether themselves, family, friends or co-workers,” said Amy Nichols, CEO and Founder of Dogtopia. “A number of our locations have participated on the local level for the annual Komen Race for a Cure, so we decided to hold this system-wide event because it’s such a worthy cause.”

Founded in 1982, the organization has raised more than $1.5 billion for breast cancer research, education and health services. With more than 100,000 volunteers, Komen is the largest breast cancer charity in the world.

Dogtopia has pledged at least $5,000, with a goal of raising double that. For information on local Dogtopia stores, visit www.dogdaycare.com.

Dogtopia was founded by Nichols in 2002 in Tyson’s Corner, VA. With a passionate culture committed to giving back, Dogtopia and its franchisees are extremely active in all types of community service, including working with animal welfare organizations and often raising money for charitable causes. More information on these efforts can be found here: http://dogdaycare.com/dogtopiacares/.

About Dogtopia®
Founded in 2002, Dogtopia® prides itself on being a place where pets are valued as family and  where dogs enjoy endless playtime and spa treatments in a positive environment. Dog owners have the assurance of leaving their beloved pets in the hands of trained professionals. Dogtopia® staff willingly nurtures each pet with attention and love. Each location offers a variety of fun activities, sociable training and comfortable boarding for dogs of all ages, shapes, sizes, abilities and temperaments. For additional information, visit www.dogdaycare.com.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, which is now the world’s largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with nearly $1.5 billion invested to date. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://ww5.komen.org/ or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

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Wagging Tales

Wagging Tales: Every Animal Has a Tale is a fun book about animals. As the title suggests, it is a collection of stories, each animals’ “tale”. Written by Tim Link, a full-time animal communicator and Reiki energy healer for animals, he shares his personal experiences. If you are an animal lover, you will enjoy each of the heartfelt stories, and it may even get you to look at your own pets in a new way.

Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and host of TV’s “Into the Wild” commented on Wagging Tales, saying, “In my long career of working with domestic animals, pets, and wild animals, they have never ceased to amaze me! . . . Perhaps what we don’t know about animals will be the most incredible finding yet! Tim Link’s accounts in Wagging Tales will make you start thinking…”

To learn more about the book, and more about the author, Tim Link, President and CEO of Link’s Wagging Tales, Inc. please visit the Wagging Tales website!

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Aniweb Roundup 9/26/10

We often get emails pointing us to awesome articles, videos, or other great things on the web. We hope you enjoy this edition of our “Aniweb Roundup”! Let’s get it started!

  • Fetch! Pet Care has a super fun contest going on right now called How Far Would You Go For Your Pet? Pet owners are encouraged to get creative and post videos, photos or short descriptions that illustrate how far they have – and will – go for their beloved pets. Posts much include pets and their owners. One winner will be selected based on online votes and will be announced October 22, 2010.
  • Here is a lovely post about the healing power of therapy pets. I think that we have all experienced the healing power of our own pets at times, but I love that animals are being used to help people in hospitals and other situations too!
  • Do you remember awhile back we posted about Pugumentary? The story of Thomas Sloane, a former NYC resident who died in 2005, leaving behind 22 pugs? Well, it is now available on DVD.
  • Tina has put together a great list of 50 Novels for Animal Lovers.
  • Here are 6 unsettling facts about pet food. We all have been aware of recalls, and other issues. Of course it’s always important to research your pet food choices to help keep your pets healthy!
  • Do cats grieve? You bet they do! “Even though many cat sites report that it’s normal for behavioral changes to occur in animals that lose companions—both two-legged and four-legged ones—it’s still hard to see them struggle.”
  • And while we all hate to think of the day when our pet will cross the rainbow bridge, there is a lovely alternative for burial. Take a look at the Petcaskets.com website. They are made in Canada, of eco-friendly materials.

And lastly, here is an interesting video about breed bias: ‘What is Your Dog Breed Bias? Is your childhood dog your favorite breed? Are you scared of pit bulls? Do you agree with the rest of America that the beagle is the best? Join our awesome team of dog bloggers in a conversation about your breed bias.’

Dog Flu Facts

It’s that time of the year again! The Center for Disease Control recommends people begin getting flu vaccinations in October. On the pet side, the H3N8 virus, or canine influenza, has been a growing concern.  H3N8 is the virus that causes flu in dogs, and while there are no known cases of a human catching the flu from their pet, it can be passed from dog to dog. Here are some important dog flu facts:

WHAT IS THE DOG FLU?

  • The H3N8 virus, more commonly referred to as the Dog Flu or canine influenza. The dog flu first emerged as a threat in 2004. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says canine influenza has now been detected in more than 30 states. In the most extreme cases, the Dog Flu can lead to the development of secondary bacterial pneumonia and can lead to death.

HOW DO DOGS CONTRACT THE DOG FLU?

  • Canine influenza is extremely contagious and while humans are not affected by this flu strain, they can unknowingly pass it from an infected dog to an unaffected dog.
  • Dog flu can also be spread directly from dog to dog and via contaminated objects.
  • Dogs in kennels, boarding facilities, or animal shelters, at dog shows, or in close proximity to other dogs are at a higher risk of contracting canine influenza.

DOG FLU SYMPTOMS:

  • Fever
  • An unproductive dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

DOG FLU TREATMENTS:

  • Intravenous fluid and electrolyte replacement
  • Diuretic drugs that remove fluid from the lungs
  • Broad spectrum antibiotics
  • Cough suppressant to reduce tracheal inflammation that may lead to bacterial infection
  • Dog Flu vaccine. Consult with your veterinarian to see if vaccine is appropriate for your pet

Thank you to PurinaCare Insurance for providing us with this great dog flu fact sheet. We hope that you will find it helpful as we enter the flu season. Talk to your vet to see if your dog(s) should get the dog flu vaccine, and be sure to keep an eye on your pet to keep them healthy and happy!
About PurinaCare Insurance Services Inc.
PurinaCare Insurance Services Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, is dedicated to providing pet owners with a Lifetime of Care® for their dogs and cats.  PurinaCare® pet health insurance is offered to dog and cat owners in most states.  PurinaCare is committed to promoting responsible pet care, providing humane education, supporting community pet involvement, and fostering the positive bond between people and their pets.  PurinaCare pet health insurance is underwritten by Central States Indemnity Co. of Omaha, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. PurinaCare pet health insurance is also offered as a direct benefit to select employees and associations nationwide and its high-deductible policies have earned the AAHA Seal of Acceptance.  For more information about PurinaCare pet health insurance, call 877-8-PURINA or visit www.purinacare.com.