Happy Dogs Dig Their Veggies

Cookie, left, and Larry with their Halo chow.

Cookie, left, and Larry with their Halo chow.

My vegetarian friend, Adrienne, in East Hampton is so grateful to Halo for their meatless dog food, Vegan Garden Medley, which is made with protein from lower-glycemic ingredients like chickpeas. It includes essential vitamins and nutrients in both versions, the tasty kibble and canned. Adrienne’s rescue dogs, Cookie (older lady with white whiskers) and her young dude Larry—adopted from the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons—adore their veggie chow. What’s important to Adrienne is that she can feed them well-balanced and delicious meals without having to bring meat into her home, which is important for her lifelong adherence to vegetarianism. Halo donates a bowl of food to shelters with every purchase, so Adrienne and her family are passing the love along to less fortunate pets.

 

 

 

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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Dog Saves Owner from Assault on a Texas Trail

Dog Stops Assault

If you were jogging in the woods and a man grabbed you, hopefully you’d have someone else at your side to save you. According to KHOU 11 News, a normally gentle and friendly dog, did just that for his owner in Texas in late January.

Catalina Humphrey was out for a jog in the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday when, she told reporters, a man crept up and grabbed her. Catalina was stunned. Thankfully before she could react to the intent apparent in the man’s eyes, her dog, Hercules reacted.

According to Catalina, Hercules is “sweet and loving.” That Saturday, Hercules showed just how tough he could be defending one he loves. Hercules bit the man to get him to leave Catalina alone. Catalina said that she “didn’t know [Hercules] would exhibit that side of him.” The man was able to run away screaming and bleeding, but leaving Catalina and Hercules safe.

Catalina hurried home and alerted the authorities. Then, she made sure that Hercules got his reward – a bone and a doggie spa day. Because of Hercules, not only is Catalina safe, but authorities have leads to pursue. Officers are inquiring at hospitals for patients with dog bites, but they even have DNA evidence because of Hercules. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was able to collect DNA in Hercules’s mouth that they can use to identify the attacker.

“To know he protected me, I am beyond grateful he did that. He is a hero, because he saved my life,” Catalina said. Although we always want our pets to be friendly, it’s good to know our friends have our backs when we need it.

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Playing Outside The Box

Wande and cardboard boxDo you keep trying to find the perfect toy for your dogs to play with and they either ignore what you’ve purchased, or they immediately tear it to shreds?

Here’s an alternative way to let your dogs have fun without costing you a penny – and maybe even helping you recycle in the process!

You know how people with very young children say that at Christmas, the kids seem more interested in the boxes and wrapping paper than the presents?   It seems that many dogs share that same fascination with “the box!” I’ve had dogs whom I’ve given a cardboard box to and encouraged to express their desire to destroy by attacking. It can be a box of any size—from cereal boxes to packing cartons. You’d be amazed at what a big kick they get out of taking apart a cardboard box!

If your dog doesn’t naturally take to it, kick or toss the box and energetically say “get it” enticingly a few times. Praise them when they begin to rip at it and they’ll catch on. Box destruction seems to satisfy their need to destroy something. They will dismantle it by ripping or gnawing off pieces, which you then should pick right up and put in your recycle bin before the dog considers chewing thoroughly so the cardboard becomes gummy – and ultimately swallow-able.

It can be a nuisance to clean up all the pieces. It also means being careful to keep out of your dog’s reach those boxes you want to keep intact! But box destruction can be really fun and satisfying for dogs and saves on costly toys they chew apart in no time, anyway.

CAUTIONARY NOTE: Always supervise the cardboard mayhem, picking up the smaller pieces right away as your dog tears them off.

Do not even think of trying this at home if you have a dog who swallows bits and piece of various other items they have happily decimated – and you especially ant to reject this whole exercise in managed fun if you happen to have of those legendary Labrador Retrievers whom we’ve all heard about, who eat entire socks or swallow brassieres!

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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Instagram Sensation Gibson the Goober “Will Only Eat Halo”

Gibson the Goober on Instagram

Instagrammer, Gibson the Goober, is a young pup with a growing following. This red heeler/rottweiler mix is an inspiration according to his mom, Kara. She says:

“Gibson is bright light in our lives. After we got him, I decided to make an Instagram for him, mostly as a joke, seeing as how I knew it would get a good reaction out of Alex (boyfriend). His Instagram took off! Soon, he became a little dog model for a bandana company. I loved the look of bandanas on him and then we tried our first bow tie. What a little gentleman he turned into. I learned how to make bow ties and after having so many friends ask for one I thought, maybe I should make this into a business. I have been really saddened by the Yulin Dog Meat Festival ever since I learned about it three years ago. I decided to open GstopYbowtie and donate 50% of each bow tie sold to helping rescue dogs in Yulin. Gibson was my inspiration to get an instagram, which led me to learn how to make bow ties, which is helping me save so many lives. We are so lucky to have him!”

Here’s what Kara had to say about Gibson and Halo Pets:

“We received a big box of food and treats from Halo and now Gibson will only eat Halo. We have an “open bowl” policy in our house, so the dogs eat when they are hungry as opposed to having two big meals a day. When we put Halo in the bowls, Gibson ate it all in one sitting. He has never done this before. He goes even more nuts for the food toppers. I spilt a little on the floor when we went to take a photo of him with it and I thought both dogs were going to eat the carpet, that’s how nuts they are about it. We tried to get them to finish off the rest of the old food but he refused to eat it. I guess once you go Halo, you don’t go back!”

Thank you Kara and Gibson for sharing your story and we hope Gibson continues to live a happy and healthy life!

My pawsome friends at @halopets sent me some really yummy food and treats to try after they found out how sensitive my little tummy is. The mix and mores is a food topper. All you have to do is add water to it and then put it on top of your normal food. Let me just tell you, this was amazing. I actually started drooling. Their cans of Spots Stew are so tasty. Mom likes that you can see real pieces of meat, carrots and peas in it. She was so thrilled about that she stopped by our local pet store to have them stock it on the shelves for us. Yay! I never finish a whole bowl of food, but after dad mixed in a can of this with my kibble it disappeared. I tried to convince mom that the cat stole it when I wasn’t looking so I could get more, but she has caught on to my tricks. They sent me a bag of adult dog chicken recipe dog food. The first ingredients are all meats which means it’s so good for me! They never add any rendered meats or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and never put any corn, wheat or wheat gluten in their food. The treats… Well let’s just say I loved them so much that they didn’t last long at all. Who doesn’t love a little chicken and cheese snack? All in all I give @halopets four paws up. That’s literally four paws in the air because I’m so full from all of their delicious treat. Thanks @halopets, you guys are the best.

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Facebook Group Rescues Lost Blind Cat

freddie the cat

In January, a seven-year-old blind cat got lost outside his home in Waltham, England. The weather in January was bitterly cold and dangerous for a cat used to the indoors. Thankfully, due to Facebook and the kindness of concerned cat lovers, his story has a happy ending.

According to the Grimsby Telegraph, Freddie is seven years old and blind in both eyes. When he got lost in freezing weather, his owner was understandably scared. Thankfully, Fiona Bradley had started a Facebook group, Cats Lost and Found Rescue Grimsby Facebook group, where people could post about their lost cats in that part of England. Members of the group look for lost cats and share photos of cats they find to help reunite cats with their families. Freddie’s photo was posted to the group in hopes that someone had spotted him. Despite the discomfort of freezing temperatures, people began searching the fields around his village.

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