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Meet Tank. He’s an American Bulldog who is part of SoBe Vegan, a brand dedicated to promoting a vegan lifestyle in South Beach, Florida. Derrick, Tank’s dad, says:
“Our 90lb American Bulldog “Tank” loves Halo’s new Vegan Garden Medley! This formula contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and also no corn, soy or wheat gluten. The minerals in this formula are all in chelated forms in order to provide maximal absorption & the vitamins used are USA-sourced & also Vegan…. Formulated to meet nutritional levels established by AAFCO & has the best possible real whole food ingredients! Dogs are omnivores (can eat food of both plant or animal origin) and live a very healthy life on a proper plant-based diet! As you can see, our Tankie is a healthy & beautiful Vegan Dog!”
Derrick, thank you so much for sharing this video of Tank eating his Halo Vegan meal. We are glad to see he is happy and healthy!
I’m just back from Seattle and the thrill of bringing the Dog Film Festival there, with a phenomenal turn out! Fully half the audience members had four legs and brought along their enthusiastic and appreciative humans! During the showings of short films, all of which included dogs, the dogs in the audience made sporadic barking commentary; the people laughed and cried and applauded every film, including the excellent PSA’s with wonderful adoption stories from the Petco Foundation, the presenting sponsor that made it possible for me bring the Festival across the country.
Our beneficiary partner was Seattle Humane, which had terrific volunteers on hand giving out biscuits and encouraging donations to help build their new shelter. They were already pretty happy because our Founding Sponsor of the Dog Film Festival – Halo, Purely for Pets – had sent the shelter 10,000 meals of food through Freekibble.com. Seattle Humane was already ahead of the game before the lights went down in the theater – but the big triumph was yet to happen!
A lovely van arrived transporting three darling adoptable dogs, who came out of their crates a little rattled from the trip, but putting on a brave face. They stood with their volunteers on the Green Carpet wearing hopeful smiles. You could see they were imagining that one day they, too, might be a fully loved dog, who got to go to the movies with their people like everyone on the line that wrapped around the block.
Able was a darling, energetic 10-month-old Boxer mix, and Dakota was a sweet Chihuahua mix. You could see how much they craved attention and did whatever they could to get a little love. As it turned out, they both got a whole lot of it: the Dog Film Festival changed their lives forever! I felt privileged to bring the Festival to Seattle. It was gratifying how receptive the audience was to the canine-themed films; it was wonderful to be in the position to help support the growth of Seattle Humane. But the highlight of the whole trip for me was to know that because of the Festival, two lovely dogs would not have to return to the shelter and sleep behind bars in a public place. Abel and Dakota were going home! Two families that had come to see the films wound up finding a new four-legged family member; Able and Dakota would never have to go back into a shelter cage. They would be curled up cozily with their new people, the circle of love that is adoption, complete.
Thank you Seattle for showing what a big heart you have!
Tracie began her fascination with dogs and cats by turning her eye as a former investigative reporter on every aspect of living with them, resulting in her encyclopedic resources THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and then the THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. Before long, Tracie was established as a leading pet wellness advocate as her all-encompassing books covered everything from medical issues to behavior, nutrition and environmental enrichment.
Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.
Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.
Hello Halo Pets and peoples! My name is Belle and I am a streets-to-sheets rescue dog in Los Angeles. I consider myself very lucky, because not only does my person love me, but she also speaks dog – a rare talent in peoples – and we communicate so well that she agreed to translate my words into a book.
My first book, Dog Only Knows: The Word of Dog just hit shelves last month and I am having a blast getting used to being not only incredibly cute, but also a famous author.
I am also lucky because on our travels, my person and I met some lovely people from Halo Pets, and this led to me being able to try a bunch of their foods. Score one for Belle! I enjoyed everything I tried, and I’d like to share my experience with you!
Let’s begin at the beginning. The first thing I got to try was Halo’s new Kiblets food toppers. These are freeze-dried protein boosters made of beef, or chicken, or turkey and salmon.
My little sister Delta and I are used to having some wet food mixed in with our dry food, but one day our person surprised us by sprinkling the beef Kiblets over our food instead. She crumbled up the Kiblets and the smell was…well, let’s just say I am drooling thinking about it. I had to stand up to get a closer sniff as she was preparing our supper.
One thing you should know about me and Delta is that we are slow eaters. We take our time, and savor every bite. We are not snarfers. But that first night with the Kiblets? I have to admit, we snarfed it up and licked the bowls clean.
Now let’s talk kibble. Here’s what I noticed about Halo Spot’s Stew in comparison to other kibbles I have eaten:
- It smells good! It has a non-kibble-y “real food” smell to it that is very appealing; and as I imagine you know, smell is very important to a dog.
- You can see little freeze-dried veggies in there that look like veggies. This adds to the aforementioned “real-food-ness”
- My person read the ingredients to me and they were things I could understand, like chicken, eggs, peas, oats and flax seed. If I know the words, then it must be real food.
We had similar success mixing in some wet Spot’s Stew with the dry. All very yummy. Bowls licked clean. Ingredients I understood.
I had heard that “if you don’t find it in your kitchen, you won’t find it in Halo,” and it seems that is true. Well, not so much our kitchen, because my person doesn’t cook, so we pretty much just have seltzer and dog food. But in a normal kitchen, it would probably apply.
Now, I am used to getting a certain green dental chew every night for dessert. My person says she has to keep my breath fresh because I am an expert face licker. I just love the chews and get very cranky if I don’t get one. I am a creature of habit, so I was skeptical about switching to the pumpkin flavor Spot’s Chew Dental Treats. But I have to say, they were quite tasty and I was perfectly happy with them as an after-dinner treat. My person was pleased too; she told me that my breath was just as fresh as ever while I licked her face for an hour one night.
Finally, there were the Liv-a-Littles treats – little bits of 100% chicken or beef or liver, freeze-dried into bites of perfection. Okay, I’m not a poet, but you get my point. They are yummy! And they pack a nice, high-protein boost. Very concentrated protein, so a little goes a long way.
All in all, I give a big “four paws up” to each and every product I tried. And you should know, I don’t do that lightly. I have been known to turn my nose up at substandard biscuits.
Thank you to Halo for allowing me to try these foods and for welcoming me into the Halo Pets community! I love to make new friends. To anyone reading this, I send you virtual face licks – and believe me, I never forget a face I have licked.
Liz Clark has been on an incredible adventure since 2006 – sailing around the world on a Cal 40 sailboat, solo. That is, solo until 2013 when she was joined by an unlikely co-captain – a feral cat she adopted and named Amelia.
According to Clark’s online chronicle, the former bartender has traveled along the western coast of Mexico and Central America, and around the South Pacific.
Amelia was just six months old when Clark found her. The feral kitten was skinny and starving for attention and Clark immediately took to her. She says she saw a “commanding lioness air and carefree bravado” in the little cat.
Amelia (also known as Tropicat) seems happy on the boat with Clark. “She has adapted to living surrounded by water,” Clark told Buzzfeed. Amelia loves watching the fish and birds and Clark made a cat tree out of a yoga mat wrapped around the boat’s mast and finds loose palm leaves make great toys for her little companion.
As the founding sponsor of LoveAnimals.org, we get excited when we hear about people using the site to help animals. We were especially excited to hear about Joe from Illinois. Joe has given $4,500 to 45 separate crowdfunding campaigns on LoveAnimals.org. That’s a lot of animals helped!
Our friends at LoveAnimals.org caught up with Joe for a short interview and what we learned about this generous giver just makes us even more proud to be a part of the good LoveAnimals.org is doing. To help thank Joe for his generosity, we sent Joe a goody bag for his own pets. In addition, along with our partners at Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org, Halo is also sending 5,000 bowls of food to a shelter Joe chose!
Joe currently has one cat and two dogs. His support of animal rescues was inspired by one very special dog, his first dog who joined him eight years ago. When she passed away, Joe decided to start living his life to help animals. He thinks about that special dog every single day and hopes that what he does helps “save or improve animals’ lives.” In addition to giving through LoveAnimals.org, Joe also volunteers at a local animal shelter to help animals looking for a new home.
Joe looks at the campaigns on LoveAnimals.org whenever he has the time, but tries to donate “about once a month.” He said that he likes that LoveAnimals.org is “a dedicated platform to helping animals” and that it’s a well-organized website. No one wants to waste time digging through disorganized information when they could be helping animals in need!
When choosing what campaign to give to, Joe says that he likes “to support the underdog” and donates more if he feels like the money is “really needed” and will go directly toward helping an animal. Usually he donates $50 or $100 to each campaign, but one time he gave $300 to help a dog who needed surgery. Joe remembers that the dog “looked really, really bad” and that the campaign had, at that point, only received $25 so he felt like he needed to give. Joe also likes giving to campaigns that pay for spay and neuter surgeries and is impressed with how far animal shelters and rescues can stretch their resources.
Joe appreciates the update emails that he receives from the campaigns to which he donates. He also likes to give through LoveAnimals.org because he feels reassured that the campaigns are for reputable groups who really help animals. He also likes to make an extra donation to help LoveAnimals.org. He told LoveAnimals.org that he does that “To keep it going! Having LoveAnimals.org available as an option for nonprofits is a big thing.” He noted that through LoveAnimals.org, he has a much better idea of where his donations go.
Joe wants people who have pets to treat them well, and spay and neuter them! “People can take small actions to make a difference in the world,” Joe said and we agree! As he noted, “small steps make a difference.”
Joe’s closing words about his giving touched my heart and will have a familiar ring to anyone working to help pets: “Will it make a fundamental change in society? I can’t answer that, but I think if it saves one dog or cat it is still worth it to me.”