Whole Lot of Difference: Texas Husky Rescue

Texas Husky Rescue at Phydeaux & Friends

Texas Husky Rescue, Inc. was created in May 2009 as a non-profit 501(c)3 animal rescue organization that is run entirely by volunteers. Its mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and find qualified loving homes for neglected, abused, and unwanted Huskies throughout Texas and beyond as well as educate the public about responsible pet ownership and the special qualities of the Siberian Husky Breed.

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 Texas Husky Rescue had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation, which was made possible with the help of Phydeaux & Friends in Austin, TX:

“…having Halo available for them gives us the peace of mind they are getting the nutrients they need to be the very best husky…”

“Halo has been a critical part of our program for every husky we have had this past year. We would not be able to have 60 dogs in our program right now if it were not for the generous donation of food, which allows us to allocate the funds we save towards making sure all of our huskies get the very best care.

From the healthiest of huskies to those needing a little TLC, having Halo available for them gives us the peace of mind they are getting the nutrients they need to be the very best husky they can be as they start the next chapter of their life searching for their family.

Zeus’s Story

Zeus from Texas Husky RescueZeus was picked up as a stray and brought to a local shelter. He wasn’t reclaimed and was labeled as “rescue only” because he was highly stressed and wasn’t feeling the whole shelter vibe (who does, really?). Once out of the stressful environment and into a place where our volunteers were able to show him the love and affection he so desperately needed his true personality came out! And boy does he have personality!!!

It didn’t take long for us to realize his rescue only status was not a true reflection of him, he is extra sweet and over just a big goofy fun loving boy who loves a nice ear scratch. The two months he spent in our program he enjoyed learning how much fun being a happy husky can be and of course all the yummy Halo food he got for his dinners. He learned quickly he wouldn’t ever have to go hungry again, there was always plenty of tasty food available to fill his tummy.  After two months we were thrilled to watch as Zeus walked away tail wagging and head up high with his very own family who loves him. (Is there any better sight??) This sweet boy now loves to play in the yard with his doggie friends and can not get enough love from his people.

Zeus from Texas Husky Rescue

Nymeria’s Story

Nymeria from Texas Husky RescueNymeria was an adoption return to the shelter because after 2 week her owners realized they were moving and couldn’t take her. She was terrified and depressed being back in the shelter. It didn’t take long for her to show signs of illness and they called us immediately.  When our volunteer picked her up at the shelter we knew right away Nymeria was in trouble! She was EXTREMELY underweight, listless and couldn’t even walk on her own! We rushed her to our vet where she got some antibiotics, a B12 shot and an IV. Our vets determined she had pneumonia in both lungs and stayed overnight at an emergency vet clinic to monitor her progress. After getting her illness under control Nymeria went to a wonderful foster home where they began giving her some much needed extra TLC (and some extra Halo meals) where she began to gain weight and gain trust in people again.

Zeus and Nymeria are just two examples of the many dogs we save every day. We do not know what happened to these sweet babies before rescue but we do know that thanks to generous donations from our partners at Halo and our great team of volunteers that none of these dogs will ever know what it is like to be alone and scared again. It is a promise we make to each and every dog we bring in and one we never go back on.”

Nymeria from Texas Husky Rescue with Halo pet food

Thank you Texas Husky Rescue for making a WHOLE lot of 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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Is a Dog Being Allergic to Chicken Really a “Thing?”

Yorke eating Halo pet food

Is it truly possible that a dog can be “allergic” to chicken? This seems to be a popular belief as the cause for a dog to have itchy skin, hot spots, or waxy, infected ears. From chicken?! Really?!

I mean have you ever heard of a human who is allergic to chicken? You see restaurant menus alerting people with food intolerances to the presence of gluten, dairy, nuts, etc. – but chicken?!

I thought about this when I received this question from Bill: “My vet says absolutely no grains, beef or poultry allowed for my allergic five-year-old mini-Sheltie, Bonnie. She came from a shelter with a bad yeast infection of her skin and ears and the vet said those food ingredients are the most likely cause. I certainly don’t want to keep aggravating a food allergy. So, what can you suggest I feed her?”

Skin Problems Don’t Mean a Chicken Allergy!
A dog who has been in a shelter can arrive there (and onward to her adoptive home) with deficits because of previous neglect, poor hygiene, stress and poor nutrition – but not because she’s allergic to a food ingredient. I respectfully suggest that Bill should look for a veterinarian who understands that most skin allergies in dogs are not caused by the diet but by environmental factors: a reaction to something Bonnie has touched or breathed. A veterinary internist or dermatologist will look for answers in the environment, where all the kinds of airborne and contact allergens that plague human allergy-sufferers (pollen, grasses, etc.) also affect dogs. In fact there are excellent blood tests available that can pinpoint the exact elements an individual dog is reactive to (runny eyes and nose, smelly ears, skin problems of various kinds) and they can make up an individualized serum that can be injected or given as a daily oral spray (like the oral serum both my dogs Maisie and Wanda use – to reduce the terrible hives, bumps, redness and itching they get in summer, racing through high fields of grasses and weeds) (in fact I give them their oral squirts twice a day in summer when the allergens are at their height).

Environmental Allergies are the Most Likely Cause
Trying to avoid chicken, beef and grains “just in case” would be a lifetime of management without any proven reason and an unnecessary burden – while not addressing and treating the actual underlying allergies. As far as “grains” (or corn for that matter), you won’t find them in premium dog food anyway. And when you consider Halo’s newest line of food, not only are the ingredients high quality, they are even non-GMO and otherwise earth and animal friendly. You don’t want to stop feeding a high quality food while your dog keeps on itching – you want to find out the real cause of the problem.

Food Allergies Are Rare
Dogs are rarely allergic to food ingredients, even though this is often misunderstood. Some vets will even put dogs on prescription dog foods with limited ingredients you may not be comfortable with – rather than looking elsewhere for the cause of itching, runny eyes or nose or other symptoms of allergies.

Poultry (which includes eggs) does happen to be the most common food ingredient to which some dogs can be intolerant, but the best way for a responsible veterinarian to get to the bottom of allergic symptoms is to first conduct a blood allergy test. If it shows no reactions, then it’s time to determine whether the dog is genuinely food allergic. A vet will instruct the owner to put the dog on a strict two-month “elimination diet” in which all commercial food is removed and the only thing to pass the dog’s lips will be boiled chicken and rice. After those 8 weeks, the vet would allow the addition of other food ingredients, one by one, to find the offending source.

However, please note that the elimination diet itself is chicken based!

Don’t Blame the Food!
Never guess or make assumptions about a pet food or an ingredient being the cause of itching or other symptoms. If you suspect allergies in your dog, ask your veterinarian for a blood allergy test to see if something in the environment might be causing the problem. Any concerns you have are best deciphered by modern technology under your vet’s supervision.

Feed the Best Food You Can
One step on the path to improved health would be to switch to a high-quality premium pet food like Halo, which uses WHOLE meat, poultry and fish while avoiding growth hormones and “meat meal” with animal byproducts.

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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Consumer Search Names Best Reviewed Canned Cat Food for 2017

Top Rated Wet Cat FoodWe’re thrilled that Consumer Search named Halo best reviewed canned cat food.

Editor’s note states, “For value and quality, Halo cat food is top rated…” They gave it high marks for being grain-free, having high-quality ingredients and lacking artificial preservatives.

Halo has always used only WHOLE meat and never any “meat meal,” which hasn’t just made Halo a highly digestible pet food, but a delicious one that cats and dogs love. WHOLE meat is more digestible, more bioavailable, and more delicious!

In their analysis, they like that, “Halo Spot’s Stew packs high-quality meats and veggies into a stew that looks like people food. The company has a spotless safety record and use no questionable ingredients or fillers. The cans are BPA free, too.”

Thank you Consumer Search for reviewing our product and for naming us one of the best cat foods for the third year in a row.

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Akron Dog Saves Family from House Fire

Bear Saves Family From Fire

Bear, a seven-year-old American Shepherd, has long been adored by his family. After a recent terrifying experience, his family and friends of theirs consider Bear to be a hero. They credit Bear with saving their lives when their Akron, Ohio home caught fire.

“That dog…if he hadn’t woken anyone up, I don’t even want to think about what would have happened,” Annie Geiger told News 5 Cleveland about Bear. Annie’s friend Donna Freeman, her kids, and mother Bernice, were staying with Annie and her kids on a recent night. Donna woke up during the night to feel Bear repeatedly nudging her. “He was very persistent,” Donna told reporters about Bear’s actions. Bear then went and woke up Bernice. The two women realized that the home was filling with smoke and, because of Bear’s persistence at getting them up, were then able to alert Annie and all the kids. Everyone, including Bear, was able to get to safety.

Read the complete story.

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I Rediscovered Amazon Smile and You Should Too!

Amazon Smile

I really cannot believe that I had forgotten all about the minor miracle that is Amazon Smile: if you shop on Amazon (is there anyone who does not?) you can have a life-saving, life-changing impact on any animal welfare group simply by shopping online!

I had signed up years ago and designated Doctors Without Borders as my charity of choice to receive the benefit of my shopping- but honestly I’d forgotten all about it. In the meantime, I wanted to align my personal philanthropic efforts with the mission of the NY Dog Film Festival, which partners at all our nationwide destinations with a local animal welfare group as our beneficiary. Just then I was corresponding with my dear friend Aimee Sadler, shelter dog advocate extraordinaire, whose non-profit Dogs Playing for Life is changing the landscape for dogs cooped up in shelters. And the signature on her email suggests choosing DPFL as your Amazon Smile charity. Perfect timing!

The Founding Sponsor of the NY Dog Film Festival is the non-profit Petco Foundation, which continues to support the Festival because of our commitment to pet charities across the country. In lovely synchrony, the Foundation has also given grants to Dogs Playing for Life, which has brought Aimee’s innovative concept that “Every dog, every day” should get out of its cage and be free to run and play with the other dogs. DPFL has been invited to shelters nationwide and shown eager staff and volunteers how to get thousands of dogs into playgroups as a new part of their daily schedule. In many shelters some dogs had not been out of their cages for weeks or months, but once allowed to play freely in groups they become happier, healthier and more adoptable.  I’m very proud that the NY Dog Film Festival supports their work in spreading the word cross-country as we travel.

I urge you to pick whichever animal welfare charity you like best and sign them up on your Amazon account as your Amazon Smile choice. For example, Halo Purely for Pets works closely with the Humane Society of the Untied States (as do I!) so that would be a wonderful choice, too. Just remember that from then on, you need to log into Amazon through a different portal for your purchases to benefit the charity. Start each shopping session at the URL http://smile.amazon.com, and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases.

AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. It’s a beautiful thing.

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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