Warren Eckstein on Puppy Food

Warren Eckstein, host of The Pet Show, is an internationally known pet and animal expert. Warren has devoted over thirty years to teaching both pets and their people to live happily together through his unique “Hugs and Kisses” approach to animal behavior, care and training. He recommends Halo pet food to all of his listeners.

Listen to this audio clip of a listener asking Warren about any suggestion on the right way to start his new puppy on a proper diet. He replies, “In terms of food, there are many good foods on the market but I can only recommend what I feed my own pets. I feed my own pets Halo.”

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Halo Partners with White Coffee Cat to Donate 10,000 Bowls of Food to Homeless Cats

White Coffee Cat and Halo Pets

Instafamous White Coffee Cat is a British Shorthair who is a recent cancer survivor. With over 1.4 million Instagram followers and almost 500,000 Facebook fans, Coffee is one popular cat!

During the month of April, we partnered with Coffee to spread the word about Halo Pets and how you can help donate to animals in need. Thanks to his efforts, the cats at Milo’s Sanctuary and Kitten Rescue Los Angeles will both receive 5,000 bowls of Halo Pets food each courtesy of Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org.

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.

Don’t forget to follow White Coffee cat on Instagram and Facebook.

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Avoid Feeding Your Dog These Red-Flag Foods

Pug

Jenna—the editor of Pugs Home—recently shared with me an interesting article on human foods that are dangerous for dogs. Many of us already know about common fare like chocolate, onions, garlic and grapes and raisins. The Pugs Home piece also includes lesser known food items like macadamia nuts and mentions milk and cheese as potentially toxic for canines, although I don’t agree with including dairy products, which based on my research do not appear in the chart of “Foods to Avoid” in my book “The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know.”

Jenna speaks of bacon as a dangerous food for Pugs. While bacon isn’t toxic in and of itself, certainly the chemicals used for curing it, along with the high fat content of bacon, makes it an inadvisable food for any kind of dog (or person, for that matter!)

Do not feed pieces of fat to your dog! Fatty scraps can upset your dog’s digestion, as well as put on weight (and letting your dog become overweight is actually creating a life-shortening medical condition). The garbage can is the right place for the fat you cut off meat or chicken, however you can give tough pieces of meat and gristle as a nice addition to your dog’s dinner bowl, or as an after-dinner reward for not begging at the table. Feel free to also include small amounts of other non-greasy leftovers, but be aware of how many calories you are adding this way and subtract it from her dog food portion.

The best way to feed your dog is choosing a quality dry food, with 1/3 of the calories from adding a good canned dog food (my dogs get Halo’s Spot’s Stew Healthy Weight kibble with a rotation of Spot’s Stew canned beef, salmon and lamb) with that kibble. You’ll see a big change in your dog’s eagerness for her meals and know that she’s getting healthy valuable nutrition.

Keep in mind that your dog is not a living garbage disposal: just because a dog will eat anything, does not mean that she should!

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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Dog Alerts Owner to Stranded Dolphin – Saving the Sea Creature!

Leia the dog saves baby dolphin

When most of us go walking along the beach with our dog, we might come across some cool sea shells or beach glass. One man came across a stranded baby dolphin!

According to NTD.tv, the unnamed man was fishing and taking photos of his dog, Leia, along a beach in North Whales on the day in question. He was near the mouth of the River Dwyfor when, as he wrote on YouTube, “I heard my dog barking at me from further down the beach….clearly she had found something!”

When the man got closer he saw that she had found a stranded baby dolphin. The shore there was rocky and the waves were crashing hard. Normally if one finds a stranded dolphin on a beach, it’s recommended to call the local emergency services for help. “Unfortunately,” the man wrote, he “didn’t have a mobile signal” that day at the beach and “there was nobody around for miles” to help.

Read more about Leia saving a baby dolphin.

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All Aboard: The Ark Arrives at JFK Airport

Pet Oasis

A dog was weighed at the Pet Oasis at the Ark center, which houses various in-transit animals. Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Jet-setting pets have a new travel retreat in the Ark at JFK—an 80,000 square-foot facility that houses an animal resort, a veterinary hospital, and an equine center.

A recent article in The New York Times details the Ark’s offerings, including accommodations for dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses and other animals while they are in transit.

Pets can be left by owners before they fly, and staff members will groom, feed, water, walk, play with and then transport pets to the plane. Some animals (such as horses) that require a period of quarantine when entering the United States now have a posh place to chill. The equine import center has 23 stalls with nonslip flooring and high-end hay.

On hand, a veterinarian hospital managed by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine will oversee animal care and disease prevention.

The resort, “Paradise 4 Paws,” at the Ark has 130 spots for dogs, including a “Top Dog Suite,” which has a full-size bed, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and a 24-hour webcam, so owners can monitor their dog’s well-being.

Good news for traveling pets and their people: With all the travel I’m about to do for the NY Dog Film Festival, I may have to make a puppy stop at the Ark!

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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