Chewy Influencers Try Halo Vegan Dog Recipe

For the past few weeks, Chewy.com influencers were able to try Halo Vegan dog recipe. Here’s what they had to say:

When your mom keeps telling you to leave the product alone but food is life. This month, I tried @halopets Vegan Garden Medley. Packed with antioxidants and proteins from fruits and vegetables, it’s some seriously good feed! I never thought vegan dog food would be something I’d actually enjoy but it’s happening. The pieces were just the right size for me and there wasn’t the heavy meat smell to deal with. Thank you @chewy for shipping me this amazing product and having me review it! ??? ? . Paw rating: ????? . . #dogstagram #dogsofig #petsofinstagram #chihuahuasofinstagram #chihuahuasofig #chihuahua #dog #dontshopadopt #adoptdontshop #rescuedog #mickeythedog14 #puppiesofinstagram #instalike #instadaily #instapic #chewylove #chewyboxlove #chewyinfluencer #dogfood #vegan #vegetarian #dogmodel #muttsofinstagram #foodie #hungry #productreview #halopets #healthydog #happydog #puppy

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Hi friends! Today #thebtboysreview @halopets Vegan Medley Wet food given to us by @chewy. Here’s some info on this food -wheat, corn and gluten free -no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives -NO meat, NO dairy -Plant protein from chickpeas and peas . Our thoughts: -We really enjoyed this food. No, we’re not vegan, but we thought we’d try something new. This food smells sooo good! Like veggie soup! Mmm?We mixed it in with our dry food and gobbled it up, but we also liked it by itself. The ingredients are very healthy: Chickpeas, potatoes, carrots, olive oil, etc. All in all, we WOULD recommend this food. It’s very yummy and full of healthy ingredients. And it’s pawfect for pups who are allergic to meat and/or dairy. Remember, vegetarian and vegan diets can be completely healthy for dogs but make sure you let you’re vet know you’re special diet so he/she can be sure you’re getting the correct amount of protein. Thanks! *this food was given to us free of charge from @chewy for our honest opinion. #chewyinfluencer

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This month from @chewy we tried @halopets Vegan wet food! ? • I was very impressed and surprised by this food. I wasn’t sure how Nova would like it because there’s NO MEAT, but she loves it! The consistency was kind of weird but it has been a hit with Nova! I love how it’s all natural and super healthy! ??? • I received these goodies free of charge from Chewy.com in an exchange for my honest review. • #chewyinfluencer #chewy • • #OneIndependentPup #DontTouchMyLeash #happygirl #springtime #novamay #allthingshusky #dogsofcolorado #hikewyoming #happytuesday #greengrassofhome #coloradodog #colorado #huskiesreq #huskies_oftheworld #adventuremutts #hikingwithdogs #hikingdogsofinstagram #allthingshusky #dogexplorersclub #hikingtheglobe #siberianhusky_feature #huskiesreq #campingcollective #greatoutdogs #dogsthathike #thestatelyhound #snowdoggie #snowpup #novamay #sweetpup #adventuretime

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My #piggy ? friends were a little jealous of the #vegan ? @halopets food we got to try thanks to @chewy this month! ??. We love all our animals friends so finding a tasty vegan alternative has been on the hooman’s mind for some time ?. Keeley and I love the super crunchy dry food but the hoomans laugh when we eat the wet food (something about us looking like we got into a jar of peanut butter ??). Both natural wet and dry versions are packed with protein thanks to chickpeas, garden vegetables, and nourishing oils! No artificial flavors ?, colors ?, preservatives ?- NO meat protein, fat, or dairy products ???! Three tail wags from us- and several from our piggy and chicken friends for sure. #chewyinfluencer . . . #greatpyrenees #pyrenees #pyr #greatpyreneespuppy #pyreneespuppy #pyrpuppy #greatpyrpuppy #pyrlife #lgd #cloudpuppy #puppy #dog #fluffy #fluffypuppy #fluffydog #cutepuppy #dogsofinstagram #puppiesofinstagram #clouddog #instadog #instapuppy #instapyr #dogoftheday #puppyoftheday #patou #puppylife #doglife

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My vegan dogs Lucy, Macie and Lilly #halopets @veganglutenfreelife #foodie #doglife #doglover #veganlife

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Remember, with Halo your dog can now celebrate #MeatlessMonday! Join the fun!

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Dryer Sheets Keep Away Nasty Flying Insects!

dog outside

Summer bug problems? I nearly forgot about this low-tech simple solution really works to keep away the nasty little biting, flying insects that swarm around me and my dogs when we go on summer walks in the middle of summer.

My girls Maisie and Wanda – who run across fields, streams and into woods year round – are already fully protected against ticks with their monthly applications of Vectra 3D or K9 Advantix II. In addition, this spring I added the long-acting Seresto collar, after hearing one too many blood-chilling accounts of the ever-emerging horrible diseases transmitted by an ever-expanding world of ticks looking to gorge on us and our dogs.

The best topical anti-tick products do kill-on-contact – so that the tick only needs to land on the dog to die and does not have a chance to take a “blood meal,” which is how the tick-borne diseases are transmitted. In theory, these topicals also have a repellent effect on other insects – but tell that to the mosquitoes, gnats, little black flies and other incredibly annoying flying insects that proliferate during the summer! And watch out for the panicked, tail-tucked misery of a short-coated dog being molested by these bugs!

Those of you with furry dogs (like my Golden Retriever Roma was, and my Collie-mix Jazzy) don’t know the torture these insects are for our “nude” dogs like my Weimaraners, or anybody’s Dobie, Viszla, hound of any kind, etc.

So here’s the “trick:” right before you go outdoors, take a dryer sheet and rub it all over your dog’s head, back, sides, armpits, belly. If you have two dogs as I do, turn the dryer sheet over and use the other side on dog #2. You can use a dryer sheet the same way on your own skin and clothes and hat – and even tuck it into the back of a baseball cap so it hangs down. It works!

But just to be sure I wasn’t leading you down a (bug free) garden path, I did a quick internet check and found THIS ARTICLE from Smithsonian.com which confirmed the folk wisdom as having scientific proof!
Tracie HotchnerTracie 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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Adopted One-Eyed Cat Protects Owner from Intruder

Australian cat Mannie

Photo Credit: Yahoo 7 News

 

Australian cat Mannie may only have one eye, but that didn’t keep him from spotting a home intruder! Mannie immediately alerted his human best friend to what he’d seen! As that best friend, Andrew, told Yahoo 7 News, “Who needs a guard dog when you’ve got a cat?”

Andrew adopted the former stray in December 2016, about five months before the heroic incident. The young gentleman and his cat live in Adelaide, near the coast of South Australia. In the early hours one Tuesday morning this past April, Andrew woke up to Mannie loudly meowing, unusual behavior for the sweet natured cat.

“I made my way to the back of the house and I found a complete stranger in my dining room,” Andrew said. Andrew confronted the man. The intruder then ran outside and hopped in a waiting getaway car. However, as the car sped away Andrew was able to spot its license plate. Because of that vital information, police were soon able to track down the car and arrest a 45-year-old man who they believe was the intruder.

In gratitude for Mannie’s bravery, Andrew told reporters that he would be giving Mannie “a little extra for dinner” as a treat. We think Mannie deserves whatever he wants as his reward!

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Do You Use Baby Talk With Your Dog?

Do you use baby talk for your dog?

Do you think your dog likes hearing baby talk from you? Do you enjoy having that special communication style? Are you as surprised as I am by French researchers telling us we’re wasting our time on doggy baby talk?!

I read a fun article on Gizmo recently about a scientific study in France that showed puppies responded to “baby talk” but that grown dogs didn’t react to people using that different pattern of speech. Many people use “baby talk” (which is definbed as “variations in pitch, slower and clearer speech patterns) with human babies, and some of us use it with our dogs, too! But should we change our ways?

Researchers in France wanted to measure whether what they refer to as “infant-directed speech” is more effective than normal human-directed speech in getting a dog’s attention and influencing his behavior.

Recordings of people using “dog directed” speech to say phrases like “Who’s a good boy?” “Good girl!” “Come, Sweetie!” were played over a loud speaker in a room without a person in it. Over 40 dogs of various ages and breeds were watched. Puppies reacted quickly to the dog-directed speech and ignored phrases spoken with normal speech patterns

The results, which have been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, concluded that puppies respond positively to baby talk, while adult and older dogs showed no interest in it.

Really? My girls sure do! Especially when I’m alone with my pooches, Maisie and Wanda just love it when I “talk funny” to them – and react more enthusiastically than if I use an everyday tone of voice, which they’ve learned is rarely directed at them.

So what do you think: are those researchers wrong about how our dogs really feel about “doggy talk?”

 

Tracie HotchnerTracie 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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Leonberger Dog Saves Owner’s Life in the Night

Shelagh Shaw and her Leonberger Dog

Sheleagh Shaw and her husband, Ian, have two Leonberger dogs whom they love, Scooby and Jake. The two dogs “love everybody and they are so soft,” according to Sheleagh. After May 25, one of them has a new title in the home. Sheleagh told the Derbyshire Times that now “Scooby is my little hero.”

Sheleagh had an unusual experience after she fell asleep on May 25. In the early hours of May 26, the 55-year-old woman started choking on her own tongue while still asleep. Sheleagh later told the news, “If it had not been for the dog, who knows what could have happened.”

Due to the heat that night, Ian had slept in another room. He woke up to Scooby’s cold nose poking him in the neck. “I woke up,” Ian said. “I could tell [Scooby] was stressed and was telling me to get up. I ran into the other bedroom where Sheleagh was and she was choking on her tongue,” he continued.

Read the complete story.

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