Halo Food on Its Way to Help Louisiana Flooding Victims

Louisiana Flooding Relief Rescue Pets

Earlier this month, Louisiana had a prolonged rainfall creating massive floodings across the state. Shelters had to rescue hundreds of pets and animals, which resulted in many facilities being overcrowded and in need of food.

A Louisiana Petco store manager contacted us expressing a desperate need of food donations. Thanks to Halo Pets customers and those who play Freekibble.com, we are able to donate 100,000 bowls of food. We’ll then be working with The Humane Society of the United States to make sure it gets to the shelters that need it the most.

How can you help? Every time you buy Halo Pets, we donate a bowl to a shelter. Play Freekibble.com’s daily trivia and spread the word to help animals in need.

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Dieting on the Buddy System- Losing Weight with Your Dog

Labrador Dog

You know how much better it is to embark on a project with a friend? Especially a task that isn’t so much fun – like cleaning out your basement…or going on a diet?!

I had a light bulb moment when I realized how hard it is to get the weight off your dog – fat that you have put on there with over feeding.

Weight loss has been proven to work really well when you have someone going through it with you – which is why Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and similar programs have given people satisfying results. The trick, of course, isn’t just to drop the weight, but to do it slowly, surely, and then maintain that lower weight with careful eating choices and habits. By having a diet buddy in your dog, you can watch her weight drop down little by little, and be encouraged to keep at it yourself- or vice-versa.

Even if you stop giving constant treats, you still may not see any weight loss from cutting out the snacks. For some dogs, the problem has to do with eating a totally carbohydrate heavy diet – all kibble – which can leave a dog hungry enough to beg pitifully while packing on the pounds!

Most of us eat too many carbs, too. We all have some weight we’d be happy to shed. So why not go on a gentle, manageable weight loss regime alongside your dog!

The first change you can make is to substitute half a can of a good quality dog food like Spot’s Stew (or a ½ cup of cooked meat, chicken or fish) for ½ cup of the kibble you’ve been giving. The real meat protein and the natural fat in fresh food can keep a dog feeling satisfied for longer.

That’s what we did in the Halo Healthy Weight Challenge and not only helped take the weight off our participants but they changed their eating habits forever and are proud of it! John’s Xena the Pomeranian continues to stay in touch about never having gained back the weight she happily shed.

For yourself, substitute low-carb vegetables (and hold the butter or sauce) for the rice, potatoes or pasta you might usually eat alongside your protein. Simply lightening the carb load can make a change in metabolism,. Once you get a greater awareness of how many biscuits you give your dog throughout the day (and chips or cookies for yourself) you can switch to some vegetable snacks for you and your dog in between two satisfying, meat-inclusive meals.

It’s great to have someone to turn to when you crave a doughnut instead of a carrot stick, and your buddy system can help you past that moment. It’s usually the belly bulge or the handful of fat on either side that we want to lose. It takes determination and patience for a change in food choices to slowly have their effect, for us and our canine pals.

We all know that our dogs are generally too heavy- they are carrying pounds of extra fat around their necks, shoulders, waists and chests. That extra fat on dogs has been scientifically proven to take as much as two years off a Labrador-type dog’s life – as well as lowering her quality of life because running and playing are much harder when you are lugging around extra weight.

It’s always advised to check with your vet to make sure your dog is “healthy enough to go on a gentle weight loss program” but I can pretty much assure you that any vet would be thrilled to know his clients are working to manage the most serious pet health problem we have in this country: fat cats and pudgy dogs!

Baby carrots to the rescue! Lightly steamed green beans! Strips of red pepper! Stalks of celery! Keep a bowl of them in the fridge (sprinkled with water to keep them appealing) and share them with your dog, making it a game for her by tossing it into her mouth or thrown for her to chase.

Change what goes in your dog’s bowl – change your own meal habits – and before long you’ll both have a lighter spring in your step!


RPLN-NewLogo-ProudSponsor175x197 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: Surrey Animal Resource Centre Donation Report

Surrey Animal Resource Center and Halo Pets Donation

The City of Surrey Animal Resource Centre in British Columbia is a municipal animal shelter that cares for all domestic animals and occassionally livestock in the City of Surrey. Animals come into their care typically when found running at large and are housed at the facility throughout a stray hold period in hopes that their owners will contact the shelter.

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 of food annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy.

Halo is proud to partner with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org to achieve noticeable results for shelter pets together.

Here is a recent report from Surrey Animal Resource Centre:

Surrey-Kitten“This year we launched our foster program for moms and kittens. The Halo Food donation has been a lifesaver, allowing us to have just one food type to send with the foster homes, and being an all-life stages food no transition was needed. Since these fosters are out of the shelter for up to 9 weeks, it would have been

a challenge to find enough of one food to send with the foster, and then transition the animals again when they arrive back for adoption. Our fosters are able to exclusively feed the Halo Salmon food, and the kibble is a great size for when the kittens start to wean. It also appeals to our adopters as Halo is readily available at PetSmart Canada and is a food they can feel happy continuing to feed their new family member.

This grant is fantastic and really came at a great time for us, as we had just transitioned staff over at the shelter, and were (and still are) just building our programs. We really appreciate the food from Halo, and the support from PetSmart.” 

Thank you Surrey Animal Resource Centre for making a noticeable difference for pets in your community!


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Dogs Improve Airport Security

Photo credit: Michael Wilson, TSA

The next time you’re at the airport, you might see an adorable dog keeping you safe!

This June, reporters got to meet Fable, an explosive-sniffing black Lab, at Charlotte Douglas International Airport for a demonstration. According to the Charlotte Observer, there are around 230 dogs working at 42 airports in the United States.

The dogs work in different parts of the airport, using their sensitive noses to sniff out chemicals that can be used as part of explosives. However, since April of this year, TSA has started using dogs in passenger screening lines to keep people safe even before they reach the scanners. You can see dogs like Fable at airports in Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Nashville, Salt Lake City, San Jose, and San Juan.

Learn more about Dogs Improving Airport Security.

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Swimming With Your Pets Can Be Fun, But Can Also Be Very Dangerous

swimming for dogs
The constant exposure to water and sun is very drying to any pet’s coat and skin. This is particularly true of chlorinated pool water and ocean water, in which chemicals, and salt can remove the vital oils and moisture from your pet’s coat. Fresh water, of course, is less damaging, but a whole summer of swimming in it can irritate a dog or cat just as much as seawater.

The results of a summer at the beach can take a real toll on a pet, leaving him with dry hair, itchy skin, and a bleached coat. A good shampoo and moisturizer are a must for any pet who’s going to spend a lot of time in the water. If your basset hound is going to be at the shore for two months, you should rinse him off daily to get most of the salt out and followed up with a good conditioner once a week. Don’t let a dry coat go to long. If you neglect it, your pet will scratch himself into a serious skin problem that can only be handled by a veterinarian.

Another hazard of swimming and water sports is the amount of time spent in the sun. We’ve all learned in recent years that a gorgeous tan is not necessarily the best thing for our skin, and same is true for our pets.
Overexposure can be harmful to skin ,coat, eyes, and paws, and ultimately the life of the dog or cat. Too many rays can damage the eyes, and running on hot sand all day can create sore, sensitive pads.

Keep an eye out for wildlife, particularly at the beach, Sand fleas can be annoying, but a horseshoe crab, man-of-war or jelly fish can cause a nasty sting. If your dog has never seen one of these creatures before, he’ll probably want to stick his nose right up against it and examine it closely. It’s always a better to steer him away from sea creatures that might prove harmful to him.

Never wade in a rocky area. A sharp rock or piece of coral can cut right through the soft flesh of the paw.

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