Friday, December 31, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Understanding dog food labels and using that information wisely can make the difference between choosing a good quality dog food or settling for a dud.
How to Really Read Dog Food Labels:
Other items to note when reading the ingredient list: food dyes, flavorings, and preservatives.
Remember that higher levels of nutrients aren’t always better; there is an optimal percentage depending on your dog’s requirements and lifestage. Most dog foods are formulated to slightly exceed your dog’s nutrient requirements. When choosing an adult dog food, pick a food that has at least 18-28% protein as listed on the label, unless your dog has other specific requirements.
Stay away from “mystery” meat (e.g., unidentified-species meat and meal). An ingredient list should always state the species of meat (e.g., chicken, turkey, trout, etc.). If it doesn’t, it is using a mixed source of meat, which can be of questionable origin. Plus, the mixed source will not be consistent from batch to batch and this may upset your dog’s stomach.
Coloring is there to make the product more marketable to you—the dog owner. Choose foods that do not have a lot of dye in them.
Dog foods, like people foods, will spoil over time. To prevent this, preservatives are added to kibble to allow for a longer shelf life. BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin are synthetic preservatives and vitamin E (tocopherol), and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) are natural preservatives. Multiple studies have shown that consumption of preservatives such as BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin are not associated with cancer. In fact, some studies have indicated that they may, in fact, be protective against cancer. However, there has been concern that some dogs may develop allergies to synthetic preservatives. If you are concerned about your dog consuming synthetic preservatives, choose foods that have been preserved with vitamin E or C.
If you are choosing to feed a commercial dog food, one of the best ways to improve your dog’s health and well-being is to feed an appropriate amount of a good-quality dog food. With a good diet, your dog will live a longer, healthier life.
Here are two dog foods we stand behind. There are other good ones out there, but many more aweful ones so be aware and make smart decisions with what you feed your Fred!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I've been very busy patrolling the yard for squirrels and birds as well as rolling in stinky things, but I wanted to take a second out of my busy schedule to let you know of a great product from the US Postal Service. They have a new series of stamps especially for shelter pets!
So go out and buy some stamps (if you still use stamps). We second-handers can use all the help we can get.
Now back to my important work!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Here is one of our first ones hot off the assembly line:
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Dawgdom, Heather Bohm-Tallman Photography and Lis Designs are teaming up to produce a calendar of local shelter dogs! Proceeds from calendar sales will be donated to Local Animal Shelters and Rescue Organizations.
THE MODEL SEARCH IS ON!
We're looking for dogs who reside within Saratoga (and surrounding counties) and who were adopted from a shelter or rescue organization. The shelter or rescue group the dog was adopted from can be located anywhere within the U.S.
To be considered for the calendar, schedule a session with
Heather Bohm Tallman Photography.
Session fees will be 1/2 off for any shelter/rescue group dog who would like to be considered for the calendar, and includes a free 8 X 10 print! Please contact Heather Bohm-Tallman Photography at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Write "dog model search" in the subject heading and please let us know which shelter or rescue group you adopted your dog from.
*This special is for Dog Sessions Only.
*Weekday Session Dates are preferred.
*Weekend dates are very limited.
While we love all doggies, not everyone will make it into the calendar.
The calendar will be available for sale in late November - Just in time for the Holidays!
Monday, March 22, 2010
The Four Types of Dog Vomit
1. YELLOW URKA-GURKAS
Dog runs around the house and hides under furniture while making a prolonged “uurka-guurka, uurka-guurka” noise (the only noise guaranteed to wake up a dog lover who is hungover from a 3:30am post-dog-show celebration). After a mad scramble to capture the dog and drag him outside, the episode ends with an indelible line of slimy yellow froth from the living room rug to the back door.
Dog exercises hard and
a) eats large mouthfuls of snow (winter blap disease) or
b) drinks a bucket of water (summer blap disease).
Within two minutes of returning inside the dog spews out large amounts of clear, slimy liquid, making a distinctive “blap” sound and sharp percussive noise as it hits the linoleum.
Dog suddenly clears his throat with loud and dramatic “gggark, gggark” noises, followed by a prolonged “iiksss” and then loud, satisfied smacking noises. There is nothing on the rug. Don’t investigate, you don’t want to know.
Apropos of nothing, the dog strolls into the dining room and waits ’til the innocent dinner guests are all watching him. Then, with a single deep gut-wrenching “raaaallff”, disgorges the entire week’s contents of his
stomach on the rug. Variation: he eats it.
In all of the above events, the dog is entirely healthy and indeed, deeply pleased with himself.~ Author unknown