This summer, Sophie, a Welsh cat, was lucky to have been rescued by firefighters trained in the use of special pet oxygen masks.
According to Wales Online, Sophie’s owner was able to escape his burning home, but he hadn’t been able to grab his cat. Thankfully, while five crews of firefighters fought the flames engulfing the home in Port Talbot, Wales, they were able to find Sophie and bring her out alive. Sophie’s luck continued to hold because the firefighters were able to use a special pet oxygen mask to revive Sophie.
Smokey Paws donated the pet oxygen masks to the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service in 2016. The not-for-profit organization shared Sophie’s story on Facebook and noted that they “believe every pet deserves the best chance of survival.”
The local RSPCA in Wales took the cat to a local veterinary practice for care. Afterwards they found Sophie a temporary home while her owner recuperates from the fire in the hospital. Her foster family updated reporters that Sophie is “doing brilliantly now and has settled in really well,” adding that they were “just happy [they] were able to help.”
According to the founder of Smokey Paws, Brian Lockyer, “specially designed pet oxygen masks are more effective on pets than the human masks often used.” Brian told reporters that his organization was “so pleased to hear that the masks have helped this cat.” We bet Sophie and her owner are pleased, too!
“…our pup loves your [vegan] food as much as we love the ingredients.”
Halo® Facebook Fan Alyssa Markille shares with us her experience with Halo Garden of Vegan® dog food recipe. She says:
“Just want to say thank you for making a quality vegan dog food!!! Just discovered this brand from a friend at the pet store and I’m so excited that our pup loves your food as much as we love the ingredients. She’s struggled with food allergies for a long time and it’s nice to have options that are not prescription but that are real foods.”
Alyssa, thank you so much for sharing your story and we’re happy Bailey loves our vegan dog food
There is much talk these days of non-GMO fruits and vegetables being desirable, but I’ve personally been a bit confused about it. When Halo changed its formulations to ensure there were only non-GMO veggies in their kibble, I wondered what my dogs were getting that I wasn’t!
What I learned was that all the vegetables and fruits in Halo pet food are sourced from farmland that prohibits the use of Genetically Modified Seeds. As part of their commitment to what they call OrigiNative® sourcing, the use of non-GMO ingredients means avoiding the vicious cycle of repeatedly tilling the soil to add chemical fertilizers and herbicides. By choosing non-GMO plants, it allows the land to function naturally, as it has over centuries.
Halo has a FAQ section of their website that explains non-GMO as well as many other of their commitments to the sourcing of their ingredients. In addition, they have information on their “What’s in Your Bowl?” page.
For my own diet, I actually find it near-impossible to be certain that my own fruits and veggies are non-GMO, so it’s a good feeling to know that at least Maisie and Wanda are helping the planet with their Halo meals!
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.
Tracie 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.
Photo Credit: Arkansas Matters
It’s not uncommon to hear about cats who are best friends with other cats. In your own life, you might even know a cat and dog who are, against all odds, best buddies. What about an interspecies friendship with a much larger size difference? One cat in Arkansas, who looks like she weighs no more than 10 or 12 pounds, has an unusual best friend who weighs one ton!
According to Arkansas Matters, a cat named Annie in the town of Center Ridge has made friends with a ten-year-old cow named Holly. Shannon Flowers and her husband, Stan, built a special house for Holly after bottle feeding and raising her from a calf by hand. The unusual house looks a bit like a child’s bedroom and includes a nursery rhyme illustration that shows a cow and a cat.
Maybe that picture is why Holly didn’t mind when Annie wandered by and moved into the cow’s home. Shannon told reporters that Annie and Holly soon became best friends. Shannon said that she normally finds the cat spending time with Holly, saying “Sometimes, she’s on the bench and sometimes she’s on the straw with Holly.” Although the two friends are different species and very different sizes, they seem to get along splendidly.
Most cows don’t get special rooms with electronic music boxes they can operate themselves. However, the care that Stan and Shannon show Holly is not unusual. As part of our mission, Halo works to change how farm animals are raised because we believe that all animals impact our lives and play a role in improving our collective well-being. It’s obvious that both Annie and Holly improve Stan’s and Shannon’s lives. And, of course, they improve each other’s lives like any pair of best friends.
“With all the recalls and reading all the “nasties” about meat products in animal foods, I decided vegan…”
Halo Facebook Fan Michele Salterilli Kurtz share with us a story about her experience with Halo Garden of Vegan recipe. She says:
“I have to say since switching my dogs to Halo vegan, they seem to be less sluggish, and definitely less gassy! With all the recalls and reading all the “nasties” about meat products in animal foods, I decided vegan ( I’m vegan as well) and if they can sustain eating my veggies ‘n grains, why not give them a vegan dog formula designed with the correct nutrients. I did my research and my first and final was to go with Halo over the other brands. Thank you for an outstanding product(s). They get dry and canned vegan dog food.”
Michelle, thank you so much for sharing your story and we are happy that your dogs are thriving on Halo Garden of Vegan recipe.