KIBBLE DROP 2014: LINDA BLAIR, TAILWAGGERS AND HALO HELP HOLLYWOOD PETS

Posted by & filed under Bethany Meissner, Events, Giving Back, Natural Dog Food, Natural Pet Food, pet adoption, Pet Shelters.

Tailwaggers-Pet-StoreThe 2014 Holiday Kibble Drop “Feed It Forward Tour” stopped at Tailwaggers in Hollywood, CA on Thursday, December 18 to spread more holiday cheer. Actress Linda Blair’s organization, the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation received 20,000 meals of Halo Vigor and Halo Spot’s Stew.

Linda Blair celebrated the Kibble Drop with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Paws at Tailwaggers along with some very happy pups and customers! We suspect most of the pets were asking Mr. and Mrs. Santa Paws for homes at the top of their wishlists. We know how important nutrition is for helping pets find forever homes. GreaterGood.org Executive Director Liz Baker agrees, “A well-nourished dog is a happy dog, and that makes a dramatic difference when it comes to getting them out of the shelter and into a permanent, loving home.”

The 2014 “Feed it Forward Tour” is making 15 stops to deliver 500,000 healthy meals to pets in more than 30 shelters and rescues across North America. Halo, Freekibble.com, and GreaterGood.org are enjoying this fourth annual Holiday Kibble Drop. You enable us to donate more than 1.5 million meals a year. The Holiday Kibble Drop, part of the #HaloFeedItForward campaign, is just one part of that. When you share a photo of your pet on social media with #HaloFeedItForward, Halo donates a meal on your behalf to a pet in need.

We hope that the pets of the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation find homes soon. Thank you for making it possible for us to fulfill some holiday wishes.

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: A FAREWELL TOAST TO DR. DONNA’S LITTLE “BESTIE” MORGAN

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

DonnaNewPicCroppedIn the years I have been associated with Halo and had the pleasure of sharing my thoughts with you all, I have had the additional pleasure of becoming good friends with Dr. Donna Spector, Halo’s veterinary advisor. I have also had the privilege of learning from her right along with the audience on our pet talk radio show on the Radio pet Lady Network, THE EXPERT VET.

When my youngest Weimaraner Teddy became suddenly ill – and then sick to death – last year, Dr. Donna interrupted her one yearly horseback vacation without her beloved husband and three small kids to do everything she could to help me save Teddy’s life as he down-spiraled.

I wrote about that horrible journey on my blog and will never forget her kindness and generosity in trying to help, especially because I feel sure that if she (and my friend Dr. Sue Ettinger, and co-host on THE PET CANCER VET, had been able to get more directly involved, we could have saved Teddy, for at least awhile. From hearing her on our radio show I’m sure everyone wishes they had a vet like her, to calmly and firmly take charge of a medical situation and make sense of it, often giving brilliant insight and performing intervention to save the lives of dogs and cats.

It was with a sense of shock along with sadness that I learned that Dr. Donna lost her own dear small dog Morgan over the holidays. It reminded me that our vets cannot (always) perform miracles, even for their own four-legged family members. I think it is meaningful for us to remember that our doctors share our deep attachments to our dogs. The loss is just as profound no matter how full our home and the rest of our lives may be. Dr. Donna wrote this to me and said I might share it:

“Lost my bestie Morgan Spector on Saturday. 14 years old and terribly missed by all. We boarded her over Thanksgiving when we went on family vacation – she got kennel cough and from there went into a rapid decline. The antibiotics I had to use threw her chronic IBD/pancreatitis into an uproar…vomiting, diarrhea, no appetite. Then the medications I had to give her for that made her crazy and downright maniacal. My youngest child (who is inexplicably terribly afraid of dogs???) —was terrorized by Morgan’s personality change.

So poor Morgan was either maniacal with medications or without them she was lethargic with vomiting and no appetite. My kids kept asking why Morgan felt so terrible all of the time. I tried to give her every chance, and it was awful to watch her go through this. She ended up getting terrible bloody diarrhea and was so dehydrated and lethargic…I just knew she had had enough. What was I doing for Morgan?

Sometimes it takes the brutal honesty of a 5 year old to give you a wake- up call. I also had to take into consideration her many chronic problems—IBD, pancreatitis, liver cancer I diagnosed a year ago, heart disease, and chronic allergies. She would never get back to normal and normal wasn’t even so good anymore. When had I lost sight of her quality of life? So, together we thanked Morgan for blessing our lives and sent her on. My house is so silent and I miss the sounds of her breathing and her toenails clacking (why was I ever irritated by that? !) I am downright SAD. Tracie, send up a toast that Morgan be happy and healthy wherever she is : ).”

I’ll do that, Dr. Donna – in honor of all the “besties” we all have had, who gave us the gift of loving us through our lives, clickety toenails and all.

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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.

KAI: DUMPED BY OWNER BUT ONE LUCKY DOG

Posted by & filed under Giving Back, Guest Blogger, Natural Dog Food, Natural Pet Food.

Kai_with_suitcase_web_medium-2-150x150By Chris P. Janelli,
Commentary by Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman

The headline “Dog Dumped at Train Station With Suitcase” has very likely gone viral among animal lovers and welfare organizations, and I have no doubt that dozens if not hundreds of people have already volunteered to adopt the 2-3 year old shar-pei named Kai found “at a Scottish train station next to a suitcase filled with his belongings,” according to Scottish SPCA Inspector Stewart Taylor. In Scotland, it’s an offense to abandon an animal.

Kai’s suitcase reportedly contained a dog bowl, food, a pillow and toy; the dog’s name Kai was learned through his microchip, which took the investigation back to the original owner who sold the dog in 2013, but that owner (perhaps s/he was the breeder?) did not have any information on the new owner.

Click here to read the complete article.

Chris P. Janelli is a Director of The Simon Foundation, Inc., one of Connecticut’s largest no kill animal rescue and adoption shelters; and the Executive Director of the Foundations’ Center for Canine Behavior Studies whose mission is “To maintain the behavioral wellness of dogs and strengthen the human-companion animal bond to ensure that dogs remain in their owners’ home as trusted and valued companions for life.” Chris is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America.

The Halo Pet Foundation is proud to support the Center for Canine Behavior Studies, and Halo, Purely for Pets is proud to support the Simon Foundation through a food donation in partnership with Freekibble.com.

DISABLED DOG SAVES OWNER’S LIFE

Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, pet adoption, Pet Stories.

chance-lgA veteran in Knoxville, Tenn. has his disabled dog to thank for saving his life.

According to WATE-TV Billy Collins is a Vietnam veteran who says his dog Chance overcame pain and injury to help him.

Chance is a boxer pit-bull mix. He’s 10 years old and suffers from painful hip dysplasia.

Collins adopted Chance as a puppy and the two are best friends. “He’s my buddy. We get along. He follows me through the house. When we go outside, he has to be by me,” explained Collins.

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DR. NICHOLAS DODMAN: FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN ADOPTING A DOG FROM A SHELTER

Posted by & filed under Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, pet adoption, Pet Shelters.

RustyJasperBy choosing the right shelter dog for you and your family, you are doing yourself a huge favor because of the joy and warmth it will bring to your home.

You are also doing the dog a huge favor by giving him a second chance in life. The operative words, however, are the right dog – because mismatches sometimes occur, resulting in disappointment all around.

There are a number of different factors to bear in mind when adopting a shelter dog into your family circle to (hopefully) become everyone’s best friend.

I am listing some of the more important considerations below, in no particular order, and will make brief comments about each.

Factors to bear in mind when adopting a shelter dog:

1. Age
2. Breed or Mixed Breed?
3. Male or Female?
4. Size
5. Grooming Requirements
6. Exercise Requirements
7. Temperament
8. Interaction with other pets

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Dr. Dodman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the school’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for the CENTER FOR CANINE BEHAVIOR STUDIES. He has written over 100 scientific articles and several popular press books, including The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help.