Picky Kaida’s Love for Mix ‘N Mores Takes Video Grand Prize

American Eskimo with mix 'n mores

We are happy to announce that Kaida and Steven won the grand prize for their Halo mix ‘n mores video! They will choose a rescue or shelter of their choice to receive a donation of 5,000 bowls of Halo Pets food courtesy of Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org. Plus, they will receive a year’s supply of mix ‘n mores.

Kaida’s a 2-year-old American Eskimo who loves chasing and being chased especially at the beach. She loves playing with all her dog friends at the park everyday and going on hikes with her mommy and daddy. She extremely intelligent and easily learns new tricks (e.g. she was potty trained two days after bringing her home). She’s really independent, knows how to communicate when she wants something and we love her to death.

Steven said, “I own my own video production company and photography business here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m an extreme animal lover, love creating and giving back. My wife told me about the contest and I leaped at the chance to create something with Kaida and be able to help a lot of other dogs!”

Thank you Steven for taking the time to make the video and helping shelter pets.

Watch the video below:

Made of only whole meats and absolutely no meat meals, mix ‘n mores are a minimally processed, premium protein supplement. They offer nutrition for finicky or aging pets, and is a great option when you want to lower the carbohydrate content of your pet’s diet.

Learn more at: halopets.com/mix-n-mores

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6 Ways to Protect Your Cats & Yourself from Cat Scratch Disease

Cat in Blanket

6 Ways to Protect Your cats & Yourself from Cat Scratch Disease
You can forgive the new kitten in your life for the bright red tracks her little claws painted down your arm, but keep an eye on those scratches — they can lead to terribly serious health consequences. Cat scratch disease can actually put you in the hospital!

Veterinarian Bruce Kornreich is an associate director at the Cornell Feline Health Center, which conducts and sponsors research aimed at preventing and treating diseases in cats. You can learn more about it in my conversation with Dr. Kornreich on CAT CHAT.

What is Cat Scratch Disease?
Cat scratch disease is caused by a bacteria called Bartonela henselae, which is spread among cats—and more rarely among other mammals, including dogs—primarily by fleas. In rare cases, B henselae may be transmitted from infected cats to humans via scratches or bite wounds. “Children younger than five years of age and immunocompromised individuals are at greater risk for cat scratch disease.”

The Centers for Disease Control Have Cat Scratch Fever on Their Radar
new study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that 12,500 people are diagnosed with cat scratch disease (CSD) every year, making it more common than previously thought. The CDC study estimates that about 500 CSD patients per year become so sick, they require hospitalization.

6 Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Cat
Here are the practical easy ways to decrease the likelihood of cat scratch disease occurring in your family.

1. Flea control is the fundamental way to protect your whole household from this disease. The way to assure yourself there are no fleas on your cats (and therefore in your home or yard) is with the regular monthly use of a product like Bayer Animal Health’s Advantage II for Cats.

2. Keep cats indoors, since cats usually pick up fleas (and other diseases from roaming cats) outside.

3. Deter cats from biting and scratching

4. Don’t allow cats to lick wounds.

5. Monitor young children in their interactions with cats.

6. Always wash your hands after interacting with cats.

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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.

Tracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival™RPLN-NewLogo-ProudSponsor175x197, 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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Street Cat Stars in His Own Movie

Street Cat Bob
How does a cat follow up saving the life of the person he adopts? For Bob, the former street cat, he followed up by becoming a movie star.

In 2012, A Street Cat Named Bob was published. The book, written by James Bowen, is the true story of how Bob helped James turn his life around after they met in 2007. Since the book was published, it’s become a best seller in both England and America, as well as being printed in over 30 different countries. It’s spawned a children’s picture book about their experiences from Bob’s perspective, as well as two other memoirs that dig deeper into James and Bob’s life together. With that kind of success, it was almost inevitable that the story would become a movie. What wasn’t inevitable was that Bob would end up playing himself in that movie.

According to the BBC News, Bob wasn’t originally intended to be in the film. There were several other cats who were supposed to be in the movie, but Bob outperformed them all. On The One Show, Bob showed off his charm and high fives while James and some of Bob’s human costars chatted with the hosts. James revealed that he had been attending a day of filming when Bob helped out by getting on the shoulders of the actor playing James and impressing the director.

Read the complete story.

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Instagram Buzz: Koko Bean on Halo Vegan Recipe

Koko Bean is a standard poodle on Instagram and recently shared a picture with our Vegan Recipe. Koko Bean says, “…it’s Yummy!!”

Thanks Koko Bean for sharing this picture. We hope you continue to enjoy your Halo vegan food.

Halo Vegan recipe is a complete and balance all-vegan kibble & cans with WHOLE ingredients and highly digestible proteins. Plus, we donate a bowl to shelters every time YOU buy!

Follow Koko Bean on Instagram.

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Gone to the Dogs (and Cats!)

A Tennessee woman left her estate to homeless pets.

Glenda Taylor DeLawder, a citizen of Carter County, Tennessee, bequeathed her $1.2 million estate to help care for the county’s shelter animals.

DeLawder, who had worked as a telephone operator for AT&T in Washington D.C., passed away at age 72. She left a gift of $540,000 to the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter, which plans to use the money to expand the dog and cat holding areas and to purchase a van for transporting animals to adoption events and to spay and neuter clinics. Plans for the shelter also include setting up a Veteran Companion Animal Program.

Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey announced the gift on the county website. “The shelter is truly blessed and honored to be given such a tremendous gift,” Humphrey wrote, “one of the largest private gifts ever given to the County for our citizens (human, feline and canine).”

The generosity of Ms. DeLawder will help countless pets find their new families. It truly is a gift that will keep on giving for years to come. This is the kind of philanthropy Halo understands so well, partnering with Freekibble.com, the Greater Good and the Humane Society of the United States to help animals in shelters make the best possible transition to a new life.

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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.

Tracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival™RPLN-NewLogo-ProudSponsor175x197, 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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