Stray Cat at Hockey Game Gets Winning Shot at Loving Home

Jo Paw-velski, a female cat spin on Sharks captain Joe Pavelski’s name

Photo by HSSV


Talk about a great game plan to find a home! One homeless cat made a surprise appearance on an ice hockey rink that turned out to be the smartest play of her life.

According to Maddie’s Fund, the little black cat snuck out onto the ice during a San Jose Sharks hockey game, much to the surprise and delight of the players and the fans.

The tiny stray cat, weighing less than 2 pounds, slid around on the ice before she made it to the sidelines where she was scooped up by staff members and brought to safety. In return, the kitten brought the team luck – they won their game that day.

Then, when no one claimed the shy cat, the hockey team called in the Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) to care for her.

She was named Jo Paw-velski, a female cat spin on Sharks captain Joe Pavelski’s name.

Fortunately for Jo, she’d already made quite an impression on the public with her brief hockey stint.

Read more about Jo Paw-velski, the San Jose Sharks’ stray cat.

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Sweet Purrfections Gives Halo Liv-a-Littles Natural Treats Two Paws Up

Sweet Purrfections

Truffle and Brulee are two Southern sweet and sassy silver Persians. They recently reviewed Halo Liv-a-Little treats courtesy of on their Sweet Purrfections blog. Here’s what they had to say:

“The Halo Liv-a-Littles® Protein Treats are freeze-dried protein treats for both cats and dogs. They come in a plastic container with a screw-on lid. Mom Paula says this is the best part because we can’t get into them as easily, even if they are knocked over on the floor.  We like the container because it keeps our treats fresh.

Truffle loves them so much that she’ll choke trying to eat them so fast, so smaller pieces are safer for her. Mom Paula can make one piece last for 4-6 bites if she breaks them up small enough.  Mom Paula likes to save the left over crumbs and sprinkle them on top of wet food to encourage Brulee to eat it.”

Thank you Truffle and Brulee for reviewing our natural cat treats. We hope you enjoyed them!

Read the Sweet Purrfections complete Halo Pets review.

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Halo is a 2016 Eco-Excellence Award Finalist

Eco Excellence Award Finalist
Good news! Halo was named an Eco-Excellence Award finalist in three categories this year:

Best Pet Food: Halo Spot’s Stew

Best Pet Treat: Halo Liv-a-Littles

Best Pet Supplement: Halo Dream Coat

Hosted by NCW Magazine (“Sustainable Lifestyle for the Modern Family”), the Awards “recognize excellence in social and environmental sustainability for products, services, companies and web sites.” Past Eco-Excellence winners include Burt’s Bees, Tom’s Shoes, Honest Company and Halo (2013 winner for Best Pet Food).

Finalists are chosen by judges, but winners are chosen by consumer vote.

Please help Halo receive this recognition by voting and, if you are so inclined, by sharing with your own network (email, social media, etc.)

Voting instructions:

  • Visit: to submit votes in the pet products category
  • Cast your votes by clicking on each product you’d like to vote for in each sub category
  • Once you’ve selected your choices, click on “submit your vote” at the bottom of the category page.
  • You’ll be prompted to enter a valid email address.
  • Once you enter the email address you’ll receive a confirmation message that your email address has been accepted and your votes submitted.
  • This process must be repeated for each Main Category page.
  • Voters are allowed one vote per subcategory per one valid email address.

Thank you so much for your support!

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What Kind of Music Does Your Dog Like?

Music for dogs


Research has shown that different types of music effect people differently: grunge music is associated with sadness and fatigue, while classical music tends to reduce stress. But how do dogs respond to music? Research published in Psychology Today magazine illustrated how music influences the emotions of dogs. One study suggests that heavy metal agitated dogs, pop music elicited no reaction, and classical music was calming (but did we really need scientific research to show us common sense?!) Analysis also suggests that canines have a sense of pitch. A dog will change his tone when others join in, hearkening back to wolves calling to assemble their pack. Pay attention when you crank up the speakers and see how your dog reacts. Does she howl mournfully (which might follow reed instruments such as a clarinet or a saxophone)? Does she cover her ears, or does Diana Ross inspire her to go find her best toy? If the tunes elicit positive emotions, you’ve got a paws up!

newtraciepic2Tracie began her fascination with dogs and cats by turning her eye as a former investigative reporter on every aspect of living with them, resulting in her encyclopedic resources THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and then the THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. Before long, Tracie was established as a leading pet wellness advocate as her all-encompassing books covered everything from medical issues to behavior, nutrition and environmental enrichment.
Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.

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Noticeable Results: Nevada Humane Society Donation Report

Halo Pets Donation for Nevada Humane Society

Halo is proud to partner with and to achieve noticeable results for shelter pets together.

Here is a recent report from the Nevada Humane Society:

Over 220 economically challenged families receive pet food through the Pet Food Assistance program each month, enabling them to keep their beloved cats and dogs. Each client received about 15-20lbs of pet food each month—a significant impact for each of these families. The program serves Reno and surrounding areas, and helps to reduce the number of animals who may be relinquished to Nevada Humane Society.

The Halo Cat Food donation was also used for cats currently residing at Nevada Humane Society, and helped feed healthy, quality meals to 500 cats in our care. 

Ellie, a Reno resident and senior citizen, depends on her pet cat, Lucy, for emotional support and companionship. Ellie recently faced some economic hardships and learned of Nevada Humane Society’s Pet Food Assistance program. Ellie was close to surrendering her beloved friend simply because she could not afford to feed her. Ellie requested assistance and is now able to keep Lucy—a benefit for both of them. This story is just one of many to demonstrate a successful outcome made possible through the support of and Halo Cat Food all while supporting Nevada Humane Society’s lifesaving efforts.”

Thank you, Nevada Humane Society for making a noticeable 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 meals annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy.

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