Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, Pet Stories.

andy-lgA fall into a snowbank on a cold winter’s night could have been disaster for a Chesterson, Indiana senior citizen if it hadn’t been for the heroic efforts of a Golden Retriever named Andy.

According to the Times of Northwest Indiana, Vicki VanDenburgh’s two Golden Retrievers Andy, 5, and Ike, 9, both certified therapy dogs, were outside in the back yard.

Suddenly Andy noticed something across the street, jumped the backyard fence and ran to the neighbor’s yard, barking madly.

VanDenburgh heard the barking and was surprised to see her dog across the street, obviously anxious about something. When she went to investigate, she found her neighbor, who had fallen while getting out of her car, stuck in a snowbank. Due to a bad knee, the neighbor was unable to get up.

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Posted by & filed under Guest Blogger, Natural Cat Treats, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Podcasts, Talk Radio, Tracie Hotchner.

Is an over-hungry cat driving you nuts begging for food? You can play “hide and seek” with freeze-dried treats hidden around the house – or put inside a treat-dispensing toy to help settle down your kitty’s cravings!

Kylie listens to my radio shows and wrote me about her kitty. “My cat is hungry all the time, eating dry food and constantly demanding more – at least 3 times a day, and especially at the crack of dawn when the cat meows me awake.”

Kylie took my advice and switched her cat to a low-carbohydrate, canned food diet, with meals offered twice daily – she reported that the cat’s urgent hunger pangs did subside after getting a can at each meal.

DFF-logo-ProudSponsor175x166“She is better now actually, fingers crossed,” Kylie wrote. “I read about ‘kitty crack’ on your blog and listened to CAT CHAT and it helped a lot. My girl is on grain-free canned food, feeding 6 ounces a day, she is down to 9.5 lbs. But I’m still trying to break her of the habit of getting fed 3 times a day.”

Kylie liked my suggestion of hiding some freeze-dried protein treats (like Halo Liv-a-Littles) around the house for her kitty to hunt for and find. The activity kept her busy, filled her up and let Kylie sleep a bit longer in the mornings!

Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.


Posted by & filed under Bethany Meissner, Healthy Dog Food, Holistic Dog Food, Natural Pet Food.

Passover-500x334The Dogington Post and Catington Post has come out with their 2015 Kosher for Passover Dog Food List and 2015 Kosher for Passover Cat Food List – and Halo made both!

Passover this year falls from April 3-11 and commemorates the freedom of the Israelites from slavery. Because the Israelites ate unleavened bread on their final evening of slavery (when the angel of death passed over their homes, only stopping at the unmarked Egyptian homes), today many Jewish families do not eat or keep certain grains, chametz, in their homes during Passover. These include many grains and their derivatives.

We love that the Dogington and Catington Post both included Halo on the list of suitable foods to feed our furry family members during Passover. Both noted that they were not listing just any foods that were chametz-free, but only those that they considers healthy for pets. Halo prides ourselves on our healthy options, and we love being recognized for also being in line with those who want to respect the spirit of Passover, too.

The Halo foods for dogs that were recognized were Spot’s Stew Grain-Free Surf and Turf, Spot’s Choice Chicken and Chickpea, and Spot’s Choice Turkey and Chickpea. For cats, our Grain-Free Healthy Weight Whitefish and Salmon dry food, Grain-Free Hearty Chicken dry food, all Spot’s Choice Shredded recipes, all Spot’s Stew recipes, and all Spot’s Pâté recipes were on the list. Have you tried any of those for your pet, regardless of your religious beliefs?

Please note, Halo is not certified Kosher for Passover, but we are delighted that the Dogington Post recognizes that we’re in the right spirit.


Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, Pet Stories.

found-kitty-lgLeslie Gilman of Winthrop, Maine was devastated when her cat, Sugar, went missing. But, Gilman got a happy surprise when she received an incredible phone call nearly three years after her cat disappeared.

According to WCSH-TV, Gilman came home from a camping trip in 2012 to find her sweet orange Tabby cat was gone. Gilman searched for months to no avail.

Eventually Gilman resigned herself to the fact that she’d likely never see Sugar again.

“It was tough, it was like another death I thought,” Gilman told WCSH-TV. “My husband had died in February and this was August and I lost her too. It was devastating.”

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Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, Pet Stories.

sissy-lgSecurity cameras at Mercy Medical Center is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa recently caught an unusual visitor coming through the center’s front entrance – a Miniature Schnauzer named Cissy, who appeared to be on a mission to find her owner, who was a patient there.

According to KWWL-TV, Nancy Franck was at the hospital, recovering from a cancer-related surgery. Early that morning, Nancy’s husband, Dale, had let Cissy and her dog-brother Barney, out into the backyard. Barney came back inside, but Cissy didn’t.

“I was panicking,” Dale told KWWL. “(Cissy’s) my baby.” Dale looked everywhere, eventually calling the police and the local animal shelter to let them know Cissy was missing.

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