Playing Outside The Box

Wande and cardboard boxDo you keep trying to find the perfect toy for your dogs to play with and they either ignore what you’ve purchased, or they immediately tear it to shreds?

Here’s an alternative way to let your dogs have fun without costing you a penny – and maybe even helping you recycle in the process!

You know how people with very young children say that at Christmas, the kids seem more interested in the boxes and wrapping paper than the presents?   It seems that many dogs share that same fascination with “the box!” I’ve had dogs whom I’ve given a cardboard box to and encouraged to express their desire to destroy by attacking. It can be a box of any size—from cereal boxes to packing cartons. You’d be amazed at what a big kick they get out of taking apart a cardboard box!

If your dog doesn’t naturally take to it, kick or toss the box and energetically say “get it” enticingly a few times. Praise them when they begin to rip at it and they’ll catch on. Box destruction seems to satisfy their need to destroy something. They will dismantle it by ripping or gnawing off pieces, which you then should pick right up and put in your recycle bin before the dog considers chewing thoroughly so the cardboard becomes gummy – and ultimately swallow-able.

It can be a nuisance to clean up all the pieces. It also means being careful to keep out of your dog’s reach those boxes you want to keep intact! But box destruction can be really fun and satisfying for dogs and saves on costly toys they chew apart in no time, anyway.

CAUTIONARY NOTE: Always supervise the cardboard mayhem, picking up the smaller pieces right away as your dog tears them off.

Do not even think of trying this at home if you have a dog who swallows bits and piece of various other items they have happily decimated – and you especially ant to reject this whole exercise in managed fun if you happen to have of those legendary Labrador Retrievers whom we’ve all heard about, who eat entire socks or swallow brassieres!

Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Instagram Sensation Gibson the Goober “Will Only Eat Halo”

Gibson the Goober on Instagram

Instagrammer, Gibson the Goober, is a young pup with a growing following. This red heeler/rottweiler mix is an inspiration according to his mom, Kara. She says:

“Gibson is bright light in our lives. After we got him, I decided to make an Instagram for him, mostly as a joke, seeing as how I knew it would get a good reaction out of Alex (boyfriend). His Instagram took off! Soon, he became a little dog model for a bandana company. I loved the look of bandanas on him and then we tried our first bow tie. What a little gentleman he turned into. I learned how to make bow ties and after having so many friends ask for one I thought, maybe I should make this into a business. I have been really saddened by the Yulin Dog Meat Festival ever since I learned about it three years ago. I decided to open GstopYbowtie and donate 50% of each bow tie sold to helping rescue dogs in Yulin. Gibson was my inspiration to get an instagram, which led me to learn how to make bow ties, which is helping me save so many lives. We are so lucky to have him!”

Here’s what Kara had to say about Gibson and Halo Pets:

“We received a big box of food and treats from Halo and now Gibson will only eat Halo. We have an “open bowl” policy in our house, so the dogs eat when they are hungry as opposed to having two big meals a day. When we put Halo in the bowls, Gibson ate it all in one sitting. He has never done this before. He goes even more nuts for the food toppers. I spilt a little on the floor when we went to take a photo of him with it and I thought both dogs were going to eat the carpet, that’s how nuts they are about it. We tried to get them to finish off the rest of the old food but he refused to eat it. I guess once you go Halo, you don’t go back!”

Thank you Kara and Gibson for sharing your story and we hope Gibson continues to live a happy and healthy life!

My pawsome friends at @halopets sent me some really yummy food and treats to try after they found out how sensitive my little tummy is. The mix and mores is a food topper. All you have to do is add water to it and then put it on top of your normal food. Let me just tell you, this was amazing. I actually started drooling. Their cans of Spots Stew are so tasty. Mom likes that you can see real pieces of meat, carrots and peas in it. She was so thrilled about that she stopped by our local pet store to have them stock it on the shelves for us. Yay! I never finish a whole bowl of food, but after dad mixed in a can of this with my kibble it disappeared. I tried to convince mom that the cat stole it when I wasn’t looking so I could get more, but she has caught on to my tricks. They sent me a bag of adult dog chicken recipe dog food. The first ingredients are all meats which means it’s so good for me! They never add any rendered meats or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and never put any corn, wheat or wheat gluten in their food. The treats… Well let’s just say I loved them so much that they didn’t last long at all. Who doesn’t love a little chicken and cheese snack? All in all I give @halopets four paws up. That’s literally four paws in the air because I’m so full from all of their delicious treat. Thanks @halopets, you guys are the best.

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Facebook Group Rescues Lost Blind Cat

freddie the cat

In January, a seven-year-old blind cat got lost outside his home in Waltham, England. The weather in January was bitterly cold and dangerous for a cat used to the indoors. Thankfully, due to Facebook and the kindness of concerned cat lovers, his story has a happy ending.

According to the Grimsby Telegraph, Freddie is seven years old and blind in both eyes. When he got lost in freezing weather, his owner was understandably scared. Thankfully, Fiona Bradley had started a Facebook group, Cats Lost and Found Rescue Grimsby Facebook group, where people could post about their lost cats in that part of England. Members of the group look for lost cats and share photos of cats they find to help reunite cats with their families. Freddie’s photo was posted to the group in hopes that someone had spotted him. Despite the discomfort of freezing temperatures, people began searching the fields around his village.

Read the complete story.

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Arkansas Puppy Mill Survivors Get Some Love with The Humane Society of the United States and Halo

Halo Pets donates to Arkansas puppy mill survivors

Earlier this month, The Humane Educational Society (HES) partnered with The Humane Society of the United States to help rescue about 50 pets from an Arkansas puppy mill.

All of the dogs found on the property required immediate lifesaving care. The dogs received the appropriate vaccinations from Northeastern Arkansas Humane Society before traveling across state lines to HES where they will be treated for severe neglect. There, we will provide the best pet food using only WHOLE meat (and never “meat meals” of any kind) for a feeding program to help them regain a healthy weight.

Thank you Humane Educational Society, Northeastern Arkansas Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States for making a WHOLE lot difference for pets in your community.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.

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WHOLE Lot of Difference: San Diego Humane Society

San Diego Humane Society logo

The San Diego Humane Society has been serving the San Diego County community since 1880 and has campuses in San Diego, Escondido, and Oceanside. They provide vital services to animals and people by sheltering and adopting animals, providing positive reinforcement training classes, investigating animal cruelty and neglect, presenting education programs for youth and adults, and much more.

Halo is proud to partner with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org to make a WHOLE lot of difference for shelter pets together.

Here’s what The San Diego Humane Society had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation:

“The food donation has helped keep hundreds of families together by providing nutritious food for our clients’ pets.”

The food donation has helped keep hundreds of families together by providing nutritious food for our clients’ pets. The In-Home Service currently provides food and support services to 520 people and 657 pets and the Pantry Service helps more than 2,000 people and 3,000 animals by providing supplemental bags of pet food during times of need. It has made it possible for PAWS San Diego to keep these deserving pet families together in the face of hardship. 

In-Home Service client Betty and her cat, Harley, are just two of the lives that have been directly impacted by your generous food donation. Betty says that because she is an “old lady,” and her cat Harley is an “old man,” they keep each other company and that life is worth living because Harley is in it. Their story is a true testament to the human-animal bond and the many ways that pets make our lives better – something that is especially profound for the vulnerable people and pets that we help.

Joe moved to San Diego from San Francisco, where he worked full time as a web designer. He was recently diagnosed with a degenerative disease that has rendered him unable to work. He now lives on a very fixed income and relies on food stamps, yet his infectious personality still shines through. Joe says that his dog, Venus, is his reason for waking up in the morning, especially on those tough days. Joe was very relieved to learn about the PAWS Pantry Service, through which he and Venus receive supplemental pet food once per month. Joe says the support is a huge help and he is happy to have his best friend by his side.” 

Joe and Venus

Thank you San Diego Humane Society for making a WHOLE lot difference for pets in your community.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.

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