Pets

January 14, 2013

Natural, Holistic Cat Treats and Dog Food from Humboldt Pet Supply

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What you feed you pet is just as important as what you feed your family. Even though pets live shorter lives than humans, they still deserve quality food made from quality ingredients.

We recently discovered from a good friend a "groovy" pet store called Humboldt Pet Supply, which has a local and online presence:

Humboldt Pet Supply is dedicated to keeping your pet healthy and your planet green. Our goal is to provide pet owners with better options for pets and the environment by featuring products that are organic, sustainably made and whenever possible, LOCAL.
We are a proud member of 1% for the planet which helps support Humboldt Wildlife Care Center and the Environmental Protection Information Center.

We were sent the following awesome, natural and holistic products available from Humboldt Pet Supply:

Dr. Harvey's Power Patties for Cats:
Dr. Harvey's Power Patties are a natural treat for cats. Made from easily digested tripe, this treat delivers vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, and essential fatty acids to keep your cat strong, healthy, and happy.

Pure Vita Pure and Natural Holistic Grain Free Dog Food-Salmon Formula:
PureVita Salmon & Potato is made with Delicious Salmon & Potato. It is a true single source protein which is rich in Antioxidants with Pomegranate and blueberries. It has Complete and Balanced Nutrition for all of life's stages. This Pure and Holistic Pet Food is appropriate for all life stages of your dog's life.

My pets love these treats and dog food, and I feel good about my children handling them since they are all natural. Treats and food that contain artificial ingredients inevitably end up not only in the pet's mouth, but in other places where they could contaminate your family. It only makes sense to chose organic, natural products for your pets as it does for your human family. Thankfully, Humboldt Pet Supply offers many choices!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.


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August 21, 2012

Take that Stinky Dog: Environmentally Friendly MrGreen Dog Deodorizer

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I have stinky dogs! They are country dogs that love to frolic and roll in whatever they find. They still haven't learned the skunk lesson.

MrGreen Dog Deodorizer is a "long lasting" that is "naturally derived".
Product Details
MrGreen Dog Deodorizer is an all-natural odor eliminator not a perfume. MrGreen works by attacking the odors at the source using proven organic technology for a safe and long lasting effect.

  • Eliminates dog odors
  • All natural, non-toxic, bio-degradable, EcoLogo Certified
  • Safe for use directly on dogs
  • Long lasting lemongrass scent
  • Ingredients: Vitamins, amino acids, organic compounds, minerals, and water
I will update on the claim of long lasting, but so far so good. A spritz of doggy deodorizer is much more convenient than giving your dog a bath. My dogs don't much enjoy the spritz; I don't much enjoy their smell.  They did not try to lick it off.  Plus, dogs should only be bathed once a month or else they can develop skin conditions. I wish I had time to wash my dogs one a month! MrGreen's will keep my dogs smelling a little fresher during the long stretches of time between baths.  

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 17, 2012

Planet Dog for Green Pets! Orbee Tuff Maze with Treat

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Want to keep your dog entertained for hours or just drive him/her crazy? Planet Dog Mazee is an innovative dog toy that will do just that.

Clearly engaging, clearly rewarding, clearly fun. The fresh take on the stimulating puzzle craze. The interactive brain teaser is designed for long-lasting play. With a pliable, orbee-tuff outer shell, and unique inner maze. Stuff with planet dog eats and enjoy. This toy is intended for puzzle-play, not chewing, so it is not rated on The chew-o-meter scale. To clean, fill with hot water, shake vigorously and rinse.

My dogs love the 100% Natural Planet Dog Eats treats, and I love Planet Dog's mission.

Not only is this toy entertaining for your dog, it is also very entertaining to watch your dog try to get the treats out.  Be prepared to laugh!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

April 26, 2012

Green Pets: Planet Dog Wood Bamboo Chuck Ball Toss With Recycled Ball

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Pet toys are typically made from the cheapest materials. They do not hold up to the demands of humans and dogs, and they end up in landfills. In fact, I usually will not buy a dog toy, as a stick can serve the same purpose.  Lucky for my dogs, they get great toys through my blogs.

Planet Dog's mission is "to amuse, explore, support, innovate, create, educate, celebrate, & philanthropate...all in the name of the dog". We (humans and canines) love Planet Dog!

Planet Dog Wood Chuck Ball Toss Toy with RecycleBall:

Engineered with sustainable bamboo and reused cork scraps. A sleek take on other ball-tossing devices, Wood Chuck's® bamboo core offers strength and maximum chuck-ability with an ergonomic cork handle for comfort and grip-ability throw, after throw. Wood Chuck's® 4-pronged claw coupled with the pliant nature of our Orbee-Tuff® products make it a cinch to grab and throw. Goes the distance every time. Wood Chuck® is offered with Orbee-Tuff® RecycleBALL®. Can be used with Planet Dog's Orbee-Tuff® 2.5" toys or certain unpressurized standard tennis balls.

These are great, durable toys. I really like them both!  The ball tosser really flings the ball far, allowing the dogs to get a great work out running up and down the hill as I toss it. For a high energy dog, this is a must!

This product has just won the Green Spirit Award from the editors of Pet Age, the pet industry trade magazine!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

February 21, 2012

Use Natural Enzymes to Remove Stains and Odors from Kids 'N' Pets

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We have a new puppy, and you know what that means! Cleaning up pet accidents can be a pain, and the smell can be difficult to remove from carpeting and fabric.

KIDS N PETS Stain & Odor Remover uses natural enzymes to work on an huge array of stains and odors. From skunk odors to red wine, this is the only stain and odor remover you will need.

Product Features
  • Guaranteed to completely eliminate urine odors with no cover up scents or perfumes
  • Discourages pet re-soiling by permanently eliminating urine stains and urine odors
  • Can be safely used on any water-safe surface such as carpets, upholstery, mattresses, clothing, auto upholstery and more
  • Safe, non-toxic and biodegradable formula can be safely used around children and pets
  • Exclusively recommended and endorsed by Animal Planet Pet Video in their series "Training Your Adopted Dog" and "Training Your Cat"
I really do need an effective stain remover for my children's laundry. I hate it when their new clothes start to look dirty just because they like to play outside.

 
Diaper blowouts, cat pee, puke, muddy dog paw prints, bird poop, and messy eating rituals... KIDS 'N' PETS Stain and Odor Remover can remove all these. With non-toxic ingredients (yep, ingestion just causes a little gas) this is one eco-cleaning product that really works. It eliminates the toughest everyday stains and odors completely (did we mention cat pee?) with no masking scents.

This product really does have so many purposes, and it is very affordable. It is made in the USA. It does contain Ordenone, which is "natural".  I am not familiar with this ingredient.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

January 3, 2012

100% Natural Planet Dog Eats: Tartar Control and Yumminess in Every Treat

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We love Planet Dog toys, but the truth is, my dogs prefer treats to toys any day! Planet Dog Eats is a line of treats that are wheat, corn, and soy free. They come in two flavors:


  1. Planet Dog eats - Chicken & Pumpkin Pot Pie

  2. Planet Dog eats - P B & J


New bakery, new flavors, same yum. Made by our new baking partner, Polka Dog Bakery...100% natural and helps to supports digestion. Wheat, corn and soy free. No wheat gluten.

My dog gave these treats a four paws up! They are small in size, but he didn't seem to mind. In fact, he followed me whining for more.

The only way these treats could be better is if they were made from organically grown ingredients.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

September 20, 2011

The Park Spark Project: Using Dog Poo to Power Parks


Via: Discovery News and the Park Spark Project

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September 12, 2011

Really Natural Pets: Planet Dog Orbee Balls

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Have you been in a pet store lately? The amount of plastic junkie toys for our pets is just as bad as what is designed for our children. Fortunately, Planet Dog to the rescue!

Since incorporating in 1997, we have been known as the industry's leading socially responsible, values-based design house, bringing people and dogs together for fun and mutual support....

Our mission is to amuse, explore, support, innovate, create, educate, celebrate and philanthropate... all in the name of the dog. We "romp the romp" by providing financial resources to those in need, educating consumers about canine-related issues, creating an array of non-toxic and recyclable products, and keeping the tails of "our pack" wagging.


We were sent two great Planet Dog balls!

These are great dog balls: very sturdy, easy to throw, easy to retrieve! My dogs love them (so do my kids).

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

April 4, 2011

Green Pets: Planet Dog Toys Thinking Globally & Acting Doggedly

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Pet toys are typically made from the cheapest materials. They do not hold up to the demands of humans and dogs, and they end up in landfills. In fact, I usually will not buy a dog toy, as a stick can serve the same purpose, then again, a stick dog is an annoying dog.  My children, however, enjoy having toys for their dogs (I don't think the dogs mind).

Planet Dog's mission is "to amuse, explore, support, innovate, create, educate, celebrate, & philanthropate...all in the name of the dog". We (humans and canines) love Planet Dog!

We tried out two Planet Dog products:
Planet Dog Wood Chuck Ball Toss Toy with RecycleBall:

Engineered with sustainable bamboo and reused cork scraps. A sleek take on other ball-tossing devices, Wood Chuck's® bamboo core offers strength and maximum chuck-ability with an ergonomic cork handle for comfort and grip-ability throw, after throw. Wood Chuck's® 4-pronged claw coupled with the pliant nature of our Orbee-Tuff® products make it a cinch to grab and throw. Goes the distance every time. Wood Chuck® is offered with Orbee-Tuff® RecycleBALL®. Can be used with Planet Dog's Orbee-Tuff® 2.5" toys or certain unpressurized standard tennis balls.

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good Ball:
100-Percent of the sales of our doggie-durable, buoyant, bouncy, minty Glow for Good Ball go directly to the Planet Dog Foundation, our not-for-profit arm whose mission is to support canine service programs.

These are great, durable toys. I really like them both!  The ball tosser really flings the ball far, allowing the dogs to get a great work out running up and down the hill as I toss it. The glow-in-the-dark ball is fun for nighttime ball play!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

February 28, 2011

Clean + Green Furniture Refresher Cleans and Eliminates Pet Odors Naturally

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We have some very stinky dog beds on our deck.   I sometimes sprinkle them with baking soda to eliminate odors. Clean + Green Furniture Refresher Odor Eliminator for Dogs offers another solution:

Powerful and Effective
Professional strength. Used by pet and cleaning professionals. Exclusive Patented Encapsulation Technology and Advanced Eliminator Formula.

All Natural Ingredients:
Cane sugar derivatives, proprietary botanical extracts and hydrated cellulose (cleaning agents), purified water and nitrogen propellant (non-flammable & eco friendly.)

Quick and Easy
Works on contact. Just spray - no need to soak, scrub or rinse.

Safe and Eco Friendly
Safe on all water-safe surfaces. Environmentally Responsible Formulation: non-toxic, non-flammable, non-corrosive, non-carcinogenic, biodegradable and natural propellant.


This product is even suppose to eliminate skunk odor, but I don't think it is safe to spray directly on dog fur.

I sprayed our stinky dog beds, and Clean + Green Furniture Refresher Odor Eliminator for Dogs did seem to help. I am wary of aerosol cans though, even though the National Aerosol Association assures us they do not deplete the ozone layer. Even so, they can be trickier to recycle, so I would prefer to see this product in a pump spray.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

February 4, 2011

5 Things Not to Feed Your Dog or Cat

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You've probably heard that chocolate is bad for dogs, but that is not all that can harm your pet. I was alarmed to read in "How the Doctor Almost Killed Her Dog" about all of the common human medicines and foods that can be very harmful to pets. Here's a list you'll want to remember to avoid:
  1. Ibuprofen/Motrin
  2. Acetaminophen/Tylenol
  3. Dark chocolate
  4. Grapes and raisins
  5. Onions
  6. Macademia nuts
  7. Xylitol and other artificial sweeteners
From kidney failure to damaging the central nervous system, we have to remember our pets are not humans.


Photo:  Attribution Some rights reserved by mikebaird

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December 20, 2010

5 Green Deals: Hot, Flat, and Crowded; Hemp Dog Collar; Organic Cotton Mattress Pad, Recycled Cotton Rug, Biodegradable Mixing Bowls

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1. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America $27.95 $3.53:

Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the astonishing expansion of the world's middle class through globalization have produced a planet that is "hot, flat, and crowded." Already the earth is being affected in ways that threaten to make it dangerously unstable. In just a few years, it will be too late to fix things--unless the United States steps up now and takes the lead in a worldwide effort to replace our wasteful, inefficient energy practices with a strategy for clean energy, energy efficiency, and conservation that Friedman calls Code Green.

This is a great challenge, Friedman explains, but also a great opportunity, and one that America cannot afford to miss. Not only is American leadership the key to the healing of the earth; it is also our best strategy for the renewal of America.


2. Newpoint Organic Cotton Queen Mattress Pad with Organic Cotton Fiber Fill $129.99 $54.91

  • Plush, environmentally-conscious mattress pad for Queen beds
  • Cover made of 240-thread-count, 100 percent organic cotton; includes a 100 percent organic cotton fiber fill
  • Quilted center panel; natural cotton coloring
  • Measures 60 by 80 inches; fits mattresses up to 22 inches deep
  • Machine washable for easy care; made in China
3. Park B.Smith Eco Houston 27 Inch by 42 Inch Recycled Cotton Chenille Rug, Denim $39.99 $33.50
  • Recycled - Eco Ordinates - It's all about environment
  • It feels so good to contribute to a cleaner safer earth
  • Reversible-Chenille
  • 95% Cotton / 5% Other fibers
  • Machine wash separately in cold water; Gentle cycle; Do not use bleach; Lay flat or line dry; Touch up with warm iron if needed
4. Planet Dog Natural Hemp Adjustable Collar $17.95 $13.23
Our naturally rugged hemp collar has an easy-to-use side release buckle. The flat 100% hemp leash is as rugged as the collar.
5. Reduce Melaboo Mixing Bowl, 5-Piece Set $34.99 $19.96
  • 100% Biodegradable and compostable
  • Five bowl sizes include: .25qt, .5qt, 1.25qt, 2qt, and 3.25qt
  • Non-toxic
  • Dishwasher safe
Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

October 22, 2010

All Natural Minerals Pet Odor Eliminator for Carpet and Furniture

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I love my pets, but the truth is, the dogs are stinky! From meeting skunks to just being dogs, their odor sometimes linger.

Earth Care Clear the Air Pet Odor Remover for Carpet and Furniture is all natural and pulls pet odors out of carpets, rugs, tile, linoleum, and hardwood.

Earth Care Clear the Air Pet Odor Remover for Carpet & FurnitureEarth Care Clear the Air Pet Odor Remover for Carpet & Furniture acts like a magnet by attracting and neutralizing smells. It is made from an all natural mineral, is non toxic and biodegradable and safe for Planet Earth. It is also safe around children and pets. Earth Care Clear the Air Pet Odor Remover for Carpet & Furniture adsorbs odors rather than masking them with a fragrance.

This product is made in the USA and can be added to your soil as a nitrogen amendment after use. 

The car is another great area for its application.  That's where I notice pet odor the most.


Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

October 6, 2010

Really Natural Pets: Certified Organic Anti-Fungal, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Itching Shampoo Bar by Dermagic

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Dermagic makes products that really work and are good for dogs with stubborn skin problems. We've always used oatmeal baths on our dogs when their skin is flared up from flea infestations, but Dermagic offers certified organic herbal remedies that are easier to use than oatmeal and smell wonderful.

When you have a wriggly pup in the sink, one hand does double duty with a shampoo bar! Our bars lather beautifully with no sulfates, rinse easily and cleanly, they're portable (no spills!) and they smell wonderful. You and your pets will love these, and one 3.5 oz bar will outlast a 16-ounce bottle of liquid shampoo for a great value too! ((NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CATS.)

These wonderful shampoo bars are handmade in the Pacific Northwest from certified organic ingredients. And for every 10 shampoo bars purchased, a tree is planted!


I was a little concerned a shampoo bar would not allow me to truly lather my dog's fur thoroughly, but I found the bar easy to use. In fact, my dog liked the way it felt like a massage as I rubbed it into his fur.

I do think that almost $8 a bar is a little pricey when you have big dogs. A bottle of Dr. Bronner's lasts much longer and is cheaper. It is my usual doggie shampoo.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

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