You Don’t Have to Feel Bad for the Turkeys This Year

Thanksgiving

Those of us who are not vegans or vegetarians can still have misgivings about the way animals are raised for food in this country. We’d like to be able to choose humanely raised animals in the food chain, which isn’t always easy. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has worked long and hard to improve conditions for pigs, cows, chickens and turkeys so that they are not raised in confinement cages or in otherwise cruel conditions. Halo® has teamed up with HSUS specifically around this issue, helping raise awareness.

The Humane Society of the U.S. on “Giving Tuesday” November 28th
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. This year, for every $1 you donate to The Humane Society of The United States, Halo  is donating one bowl of food to a rescued animal courtesy of Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org. Plus, your gift directly supports the work of the Animal Rescue Team so that every dollar raised helps HSUS save animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations and other situations where they’re suffering from extreme cruelty and neglect.

Thanksgiving Every Day for our Pets
It is possible to choose a turkey or chicken this year for our own Thanksgiving that has had a decent, more natural life. For those of us who know that high quality protein is an important part of our pets’ diets, we may have qualms about where the protein in our pet foods comes from. I’m here to celebrate a happy Thanksgiving knowing that we no longer need to worry about this issue: Halo has it covered!

My own dogs get to celebrate Thanksgiving throughout the year eating the Halo Healthy Weight kibble made from humanely sourced turkey, turkey liver and duck. It makes a difference to me – and many of my friends – to know that Halo’s turkey recipes are made from humanely-sourced turkeys, which lived a good life. Halo is a mission-driven company, working to improve the way companion animals are fed and farm animals are raised in the process of making top shelf food for our pets using only whole meat.

GAP Certification for Humanely Raised Feed Animals
Halo’s meat proteins are GAP certified., which stands for Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Certification The GAP certification label verifies that the animals have been raised following comprehensive standards focused on their care and welfare. The Global Animal Partnership is a global leader in farm animal welfare that has established a comprehensive step-by-step program for raising animals animals to be consumed, with the goal of improving the welfare of animals in agriculture. GAP makes it easier for consumers to find meat products that reflect their values.

Give Thanks for a Pet Food Company with a Conscience
There is an added bonus to choosing Halo products for your pet’s best nutrition. You get the peace of mind knowing that the management and sourcing of the ingredients for all their pet foods has been done thoughtfully and carefully, ensuring high quality whole meats without undue suffering to the animals raised for food. The “takeaway” from feeding to your pets, is that every time you open a bag or can it is reminding you of the importance of treating farm animals with dignity. Let’s hope that mindfulness spills over into many aspects of our lives and makes us better people, too.
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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November 2017 Halo Web Store Special

Halo pet products 2017

For our blog and newsletter subscribers, here’s a special offer!

When you order $50 or more this month, you’ll get:
  • 20% off
  • Free Shipping
  • Order by 11/24
  • Use Coupon Code: GIVINGTHANKS20PCT
  • Instructions
  1. Go to the Halo Web Store — Shop by adding Halo products and go to your shopping cart.
  2. Enter Promo Code in the Order Summary window and proceed to checkout.
  3. Hurry–limited time only. You have until November 24, 2017 to place your Halo order with this promotion!
  4. Note: Coupon codes cannot be combined. Only one offer per shipment.
  5. Offer valid in lower 48 states only. For other locations, please contact us or use our store locator to find a retailer near you.
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OrigiNative™ Sourcing: Thankful for Humanely Raised

OrigiNative ProteinYou can celebrate Thanksgiving this holiday season knowing that Halo’s turkey recipes were made from humanely-sourced turkey who lived a good life.

Beyond delivering great cat food and dog food that your pet will love, Halo® is a mission-driven company, working to change the way companion animals are fed and farm animals are raised…for the better.

We reject the factory farm model of close confinement, growth hormones, antibiotics, and genetically modified feeds. Instead, we foster naturally raised animals, regenerative soils, and environmental balance.

Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Certification

Global Animal PartnershipHalo’s meat proteins are GAP certified. The GAP certification label verifies that the animals have been raised following comprehensive standards focused on their care and welfare.

The Global Animal Partnership is a global leader in farm animal welfare that has established a comprehensive step-by-step program for raising animals, with the goal of improving the welfare of animals in agriculture. GAP makes it easier for consumers to find meat products that reflect their values.

 

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Is that the “Look of Love” in Your Dog’s Eyes?

Dog Eyes

You know how some dog trainers caution to never look a dog directly in the eye – that it can be threatening or intimidating or send a negative message along those lines? And might even incite a dog to go after you?

Now this may be true if you run into a crazed-killer-mutant-mad dog like Cujo in a dark alley some night (in which case tiptoe slowly backwards, averting your gaze!), but I’ve found that confident, well-socialized dogs love nothing more than to have you gaze adoringly into their big brown peepers. The Look of Love!

In my case (with dogs whose eyes are actually the yellow/green color of a cat, because they are Weimaraners – whose eyes start out baby blue and then change around six months of age), Maisie and Wanda virtually insist that I look right at them when we are interacting. They sit and stare intently at me when I’m at the computer (for example right now Maisie’s eyes are boring a hole in my side, willing me to look at her and pat her!); then when I do stroke or scratch them, they always position themselves so they can look back right at me, as if to keep me engaged. And if I really lock eyes with them they just melt with happiness.

I’ve also noticed they are affected not just by my tone of voice, but by my facial expression – they are definitely studying my eyes and mouth. I have been curious if my expression affects them and to test it I have purposefully given them a big giant grin. It seems to me they respond in kind, opening their mouths slightly and, in Wanda’s case, becoming so ecstatic that she also makes a series of joyful, cup-brimming-over cooing sounds.

Now it turns out that our dogs’ expressions can reflect ours. The New York Times recently reported in an article that British researchers studied the facial expressions of dogs — in particular the muscle that raises the inner part of the eyebrows and makes their eyes look bigger. The study noted whether the person was paying attention to the dog or was turned away; at times the person was holding food and other times was empty-handed.

The study in the journal Scientific Reports showed that the dogs were more expressive when the person was paying attention to them, and that it didn’t seem to make a difference whether the person was holding food or not. The dogs reacted by sticking out their tongues and barking more when they did get attention, compared with when they were being ignored or given food.

“This simply shows that dogs produce more (but not different) facial movements when someone is looking at them,” Juliane Kaminski, the study’s lead researcher and a senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth in England, was quoted in the New York Times article. There was also an opinion from Brian Hare, a professor and director of the Canine Cognition Center at Duke University (which was not involved in the study), who told The Times that these findings should be gratifying to any dog lover who worries that his dog only cares because he’s being fed.

I would add that having your dog’s full attention is actually a ”treatable moment” – something worthy of a fine little reward. Whether their attention is freely given in a spontaneous moment of trying to decipher your intentions or mood – or when you get your dog’s full attention in response to coming when called – or simply responding with a head tilt to hearing you speak her name – these are all good occasions to pull out a super dandy treat (Halo Liv-a-Littles work nicely here – my girls are partial to the liver cubes!) and reward the dog’s focus on your face. All while smiling broadly at her and gazing in mutual adoration!

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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Chewy.com and HALO #GiveThanks with Lil BUB and Manny the Frenchie

Halo will donate $1 when you buy Halo dog or cat food at Chewy.com

To celebrate #GivingBack this month, Halo will donate $1 to disaster relief rescues in Florida, Texas and California for every Halo purchase on Chewy.com from November 12-22! Dog food donations will support the Manny & Friends Foundation, and cat food donations will support Lil BUB’s Big Fund for the ASPCA.

Halo has now added even more WHOLE meat, poultry or fish, and use OrigiNative™ (humanely sourced) Proteins, saying “NO” to factory farming, growth hormones, antibiotics, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. And all our fruits and vegetables are now Non-GMO – sourced from farmland that prohibits the use of Genetically Modified Seeds.

Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.

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