September 9, 2010

Salmonella Pet Food Recall: 74,700 Hartz Natural Beef Dog Treats

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In the latest salmonella scare, it is not eggs but dog treats that have fallen victim. 74,700 bags of Hartz Naturals Beef Dog Treats have been voluntarily recalled. Medical News Today reports:

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) announced that The Hartz Mountain Corporation has voluntarily recalled 74,800 8-ounce bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs which may be tained with Salmonella. Infection with salmonella, known as salmonellosis, can affect pets, such as dogs and cats, as well as humans - it is caused by Salmonella bacteria. Pets may develop gastroenteritis, spontaneous abortions, and septicemia. It is a zoonotic disease; it can be transmitted from the dog to a human.

Your dog is much better snacking on 100% natural treats rather than Hartz products anyways.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

May 21, 2010

Natural Dog and Cat Treats Made from Wild, Sustainable Icelandic Haddock

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There were some lucky dogs in my home when we opened up our sample of The Honest Kitchen Wishes treats.

Wishes are suitable for both cats and dogs, and can be used as a general reward or aid to training. Wishes are made with 100% wild caught Haddock from Iceland using sustainable fishing practices.

Iceland places a strong emphasis on the protection of its marine habitats and manages the waters off its coasts to prevent over-fishing. Icelandic haddock stocks have risen dramatically in the past 5 years.

They're grain-free, delicious and perfect for sensitive pets who suffer from allergies or intolerance to certain foods such as grains and proteins.

Ingredients

100% human-grade, wild caught Icelandic Haddock.


When you open this bag, the fish smell exudes, which was my first clue these treats are what they claim to be. My dogs hungrily ate these treats begging for more. My only complaint is the bag is a little small when you have three large dogs, but these are high quality treats!

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 12, 2010

Natural Pet: Holistic Select Nourish Puppy Health Food

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My dogs have tried Holistic Select dog food before with favorable results, now it's our 124-pound puppy's turn to review "beyond natural, beyond holistic" food.

Holistic Select Nourish Puppy Health-Anchovy, Sardine & Chicken Meals Recipe was gobbled right up by our puppy. He actually had just eaten his regular breakfast and had a full belly, but when I poured Holistic Select into his bowl, he couldn't resist chowing down.  He loved it!

Ingredients: Anchovy & Sardine Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Ground White Rice, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Chicken Meal, Pork Meal, Oatmeal, Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Dried Egg Product, Menhaden Fish Oil, Carrots, Sun-Cured Alfalfa, Peas, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Organic Quinoa, Apples, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, DL-Methionine, Vitamins [Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Biotin], Minerals [Polysaccharide Complexes of Zinc, Iron, Manganese and Copper, Cobalt Carbonate, Potassium Iodate, Sodium Selenite], Choline Chloride, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, Inulin, L-Carnitine, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus licheniformis, Aspergillus oryzae and Aspergillus niger Fermentation Products, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative).
What's in your puppy's food? I bet you can't pronounce most of the ingredients. It's actually really gross what is put in pet food, and many of the ingredients are toxic. You don't have to worry about Holistic Select ingredients, and the puppy food also comes in a canned version.

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

September 22, 2009

Doggy and Me Yoga: Doga

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If you are a parent, you've probably heard about Mommy and Me yoga classes, but what about our canine friends? The New York Times reports explains about Doga: Yoga for Dogs:

Appropriate or not, this is how it works: Doga combines massage and meditation with gentle stretching for dogs and their human partners. In chaturanga, dogs sit with their front paws in the air while their human partners provide support. In an "upward-paw pose," or sun salutation, owners lift dogs onto their hind legs. In a resting pose, the person reclines, with legs slightly bent over the dog's torso, bolster-style, to relieve pressure on the spine.

I'm not sure my dogs would comply, and they would probably spend their time sniffing other dogs in class. Besides, they already spend a lot of time in their version of corpse pose.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

August 10, 2009

Sensitive Dogs Need Wellness Simple Food Solutions

wellness.jpg Does your dog have trouble with the additives and fillers in traditional dog foods? Wellness Simple Food Solutions has the answer. Naturally preserved, this dog food is made naturally.
Does your dog require the simplest nutrition possible?

This is the Wellness Way to carefully manage the quality and quantity of the ingredients your dog is exposed to each day. Simple Food Solutions is holistically formulated using the 1 + 1 food isolation theory - with only one novel animal protein source and one easily digestible carbohydrate source. Nothing extra. Just a short list of key ingredients, each carefully chosen for its outstanding quality, nutritional value and ability to nourish with simplicity. We understand what it's like to struggle with your dog's diet, and hope that you too discover the difference choosing Wellness can make.

Simply 5 Key Ingredients

Ground Rice: With the bran layer removed, this quality carbohydrate source is highly digestible.

Deboned Duck: Chosen as a ''novel'' protein source due to its unique amino acid profile.

Rice Protein Concentrate: Highly concentrated, easily digestible protein source, specially selected as a unique protein complement to duck.

Sunflower Oil: High quality fat source rich in Omega-6 fatty acids that help maintain healthy skin and shiny coat.

Whole Flaxseed: Outstanding fiber source for healthy digestion. A naturally rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids.


All dogs can benefit from a more simple diet, not just those who demonstrate allergies to soy, wheat, and corn.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

May 5, 2009

Dogs Used to Find Endangered Species


Dogs are often used to find drugs, bombs, and track people because of their heightened sense of smell. Now, scientists are using dogs to find rare endangered species, like the dog Rogue in the video searching for rare Kincaid's lupine, an endangered plant where endangered Fender's blue butterfly lays pin-sized eggs. The Scientist reports:

Greg Fitzpatrick, Corvallis Land Steward for the Nature Conservancy in Oregon, says the idea of using dogs to pick out plants first came to him when he read in a local newspaper that Dave Vesely was using dogs to track a rare turtle. "It seemed to me that if a dog could find the nests of a turtle, a dog could also be trained to find a plant at its peak time of flowering." On his mind was the Kincaid's lupine, whose peak flowering period is only two weeks long, some time from April through July. "The dog is using his nose; we're using our eyes and trying to find small, flowering plants in a blackberry thicket, for instance, is time-consuming and not always successful."

Of course, there's a treat for the good doggy when he finds a lupine!
Via:  Utne Reader
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

April 8, 2009

Natural Pet Treats: 4 out 4 Dogs Love Holistix!

holistix.jpg Ever since I was a child, I loved giving my dog treats. Now natural dogs have treat that is holistic, made in the USA, and delicious. In a taste test with my four dogs, all four dogs loved Holistix Biscuits for Dogs.  Every dog treat contains:
  • Spelt - This delicious grain is naturally high in fiber, vitamins and essential fatty acids. Spelt was one of the earliest cultivated grains, dating back to 5,000 B.C.
  • Flaxseed - A source of Omega 6 & Omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Canola Oil - A source of Omega 3, to promote healthy skin and coat.
  • Tomato Pomace - A fiber source containing Lycopene, a natural antioxidant.
  • Sweet Potatoes - Rich in potassium & Vitamins A &C.
  • Inulin - a prebiotic food source for the beneficial bacteria in the gut.
  • Cranberries & Blueberries - Enhances the immune system and slows cell deterioration.
  • Yucca Schidigera Extract - Derived naturally from the yucca plant.
Holistix natural biscuit treats comes in three varieties: Bison (free range) & Barley, Chicken & Barley, and Menhaden Fish Meal.

Holistic Select dog treats are my dogs' favorite since they are made with real meat and high in protein!


  • Over 90% meat (Salmon, Chicken, Duck or Pork)

  • Ideal for sensitive skin

  • Naturally preserved

  • No added artificial colors, flavors, synthetic preservatives, or GMO's

  • Very simple ingredient listing for even the most delicate digestive systems.

Lucky dogs love Holistic Select and Holistix!
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

September 26, 2008

Eco Pet Food Friday: Wellness Natural Pet Treats

21quZSIaGsL._SL500_AA158_.jpg In our family, we have four large dogs (akitas) and one cat. As we consider our pets members of the family, we feed them natural pet foods. They deserve quality food, just like humans. Wellness has created several natural healthy treats for dogs and cats. These treats contain no meat-by-products, wheat, corn, soy, artificial preservatives, artificial colors, or artificial flavors. My pets really enjoy the WellBars, Pure Delights Cat Treats, Pure Rewards, and WellBites. My dogs even enjoy the vegetarian treats! Who wouldn't love all natural ingredients such as apples, bananas, and Atlantic Whitefish?
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

October 10, 2007

Kee-Ka Launches New Website - Baby Bedding and More!

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Kristi at Kee-Ka wrote in last month to let us know they've launched their new website.

We're big fans of the Brooklyn-based company's organic cotton baby clothing and accessories (totally cute graphics and sooo soft!). The new site features Kee-Ka's new organic cotton crib bedding collection, hooded towels and even cute little tank tops for your pet! (We saw a sneak preview of the pet gear over the summer, and it's adorable!)

Check it out at Kee-Ka.

Read our reviews of Kee-Ka baby clothes and accessories:

Bodysuit, Bib and Burpcloth Gift Set

Organic Cotton Baby Blanket

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

March 6, 2007

Mmm...Chicken: Dog Treats from Newman's Own Organics

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With Newman's Own Organics Dog Treats, they can.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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