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  • Have Your Seen Where Your Dog Food is Made?
    When you think about a facility that produces dog food, do images of conveyer belts, giant vats,  and push brooms removing sloppy waste from the floor may come to mind? Dog food and dog food factories don’t always inspire confidence in people, especially when we are constantly bombarded with recalls, warnings, and health scares surrounding the industry. Well, get ready for a breath of fresh air. The facility where NomNomNow cooks their fresh food for pets is squeaky clean, high tech, and makes food so delicious that our co-founder tried it himself! They Don’t Produce Dog Food, They Cook Dog Food NomNomNow isn’t in the business of food production. They are in the business of meal design, preparation, and cooking. Minor distinction? Not really. Mass production is focused on finding the cheapest ingredients that can be transformed into a product that will have the longest possible shelf life. It’s big business, and you can bet that many companies aren’t too focused on how their end product impacts the health of your pet. It’s all about the dollars. Sad, but true. At NomNomNow, the buyers source human-grade ingredients from suppliers that stock restaurant kitchens. Rather than transforming those ingredients into ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2019-09-12
  • The Long Term Cost of Cheap Dog Food
    The dog food market presents a dizzying array of choices for pet parents. Before you decide which particular brand or formula to feed your pupper, it’s important to understand the different types of food that are available and how they may impact your budget and your dog. Whether you are new to the pet parenting game or just looking to change things up for the health and wellbeing of your fur baby, we’ve got the scoop on the different kinds of dog food and what those choices will cost, money and health-wise. Dry Dog Food It’s super convenient, has a very long shelf life, and can be quite inexpensive. Kibble sales are the biggest category in pet food with figures estimating dry dog food sales at 68% of the total dog food share. Dry dog food is made by combining grains, proteins, vitamins, fiber, and other ingredients such as preservatives in large batches. Those batches are cooked at extremely high pressure and temperature to form a kind of dough. That dough is then formed into uniform pellets, balls, or some other shape and cooked again to get the desired hard consistency.  Financial Costs of Dry Dog Food Dry dog food is sold in ... read more
    Source: iHeartDogsPublished on 2019-09-12
  • Canine Concierge
    The post Canine Concierge by Annie Shirreffs appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Need a canine fix when you’re traveling without your dog? The Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia, has you covered. The hotel recently appointed Wire Fox Terrier Penny Loafer to the role of Official Greeter and Concierge. Penny Loafer is taking over for 10-year-old Buster Brown, who is headed into retirement.  Wire Fox Terrier Penny LoaferPhotography ©Lindsey Hinkley Penny Loafer is in charge of greeting guests of the 44-guestroom boutique hotel and accompanies visitors on walks to explore the neighborhood, which includes the Historic District and the Lynchburg Dog Park. Penny is extremely friendly and makes all of her guests feel welcome. The Craddock Terry Hotel is obviously dog friendly and offers furry visitors treats, toys, a dog ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-09-12
  • Help for Pet Loss
    The post Help for Pet Loss by Cait Rohan Kelly appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Pets are our family — so why are the resources for grieving a beloved pet so limited? The loss of Kaleel Sakakeeny’s cat, Kyro, led him to answer this need. “The death and grief were devastating. I became truly lost, much to my great surprise. Few professionals are trained in the grief process,” Kaleel says. “Fewer still are trained to help those suffering from the loss of a beloved animal friend.” Kaleel is now certified as a pet loss and grief counselor and — to add a much-needed spiritual element to the grieving process — an ordained animal chaplain, an ordained minister, and a loss and bereavement facilitator. With pet loss, Kaleel says one of the most important tools is ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-09-11
  • Is animal welfare part of your lasting legacy?
    This week (9th – 15th September) is Will Writing Week, also known as Remember a Charity Week, and the NAWT is determined to bust the myth that only wealthy people can leave a gift in their Will.Those who leave a gift in their Will ensure the long-term future of our charity, as they provide 68% of our annual income.You can continue supporting animals even beyond your last days, by leaving a legacy in your will for the animals at NAWT. The legacies we receive help thousands of homeless animals in need of shelter, TLC and veterinary help. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2019-09-11
  • 18 UK Politicians and their Canine Lookalikes
    Can you put a name to the face?These dogs could replace Britain’s politicians without anybody noticing and may even prove more effective in resolving Brexit… Researchers from online retailer PurePetFood.com have revealed 18 breeds of dog that look almost exactly like the UK’s leading political figures. With Boris Johnson struggling to keep the Conservative Party on a tight leash and Jeremy Corbyn wagging his tail between different Labour Party policies, Brits’ favourite four-legged friends could be well placed to fetch votes at the next election. From Sajid Javid the Pug, Dominic Raab the Pitbull and Priti Patel the Doberman, to Dianne Abbott the Sussex Spaniel, Emily Thornberry the Border Terrier and John McDonnell the Labrador, the front benches in the House of Commons wouldn’t look much different if the humans were replaced by canines and behaviour might even improve. Other parties are also easily replaceable, including a Chihuahua and an Icelandic Sheepdog ready to represent Caroline Lucas of the Green Party and Arlene Foster of the DUP respectively, and a Pumi Dog set to sit in the Speaker’s chair. A spokesperson said: “Across the party divides, there’s probably a broad agreement that the current parliament perhaps isn’t the most productive ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2019-09-11
  • A heart-warming update from the dog who narrowly escaped death
    Our latest update from the owners of Arthur (formerly known as Rubin), is a complete contrast to the start of his story.He almost lost his life, arriving at our HULA centre in Bedfordshire early in 2018, with a horrific wound after being found at the side of the A5. He was understandably scared, as well as very underweight and needed 10 stitches.After making a remarkably quick recovery at the centre, his confidence slowly grew. Arthur got a lot of local publicity as a result of his story. A few months later, Karen saw his appeal online and immediately fell in love. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2019-09-11
  • Why Dogs Lick Themselves Before Sleeping?
    The post Why Dogs Lick Themselves Before Sleeping? by Martha M. Everett appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Still of the night “The likely explanation is that the dog is merely grooming himself prior to going to sleep,” says John Ciribassi, DVM. “Grooming while relaxed is a common cause for the behavior.” It’s also possible the dog is licking throughout the day, but either we aren’t home to notice or we notice it more at night when things are quiet and we are trying to sleep. The absence of the day’s diversions allows a dog to notice things, too — things that can lead to licking. When the day’s activities catch up with him, a dog who has overexerted could be licking sore or stiff muscles. Conversely, an under-stimulated dog might lick out of boredom. Nocturnal ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-09-10
  • Running With Dogs Can Beat The Blues!
    A new study released today has found that going for a jog with our four-legged friend can boost our mood to a greater extent than running alone. Grain-free pet food brand, Canagan, and the University of Chichester, partnered on research to examine whether runners had an enhanced physical and emotional experience when accompanied by their dog. It’s no secret that exercise leaves us feeling more energised. However, this new research reveals exercising with a dog can actually enhance this effect, leaving us with significantly greater feelings of stamina and most of all, vigour – compared to going it alone. The mood data also showed that negative mood states like depression, anger and fatigue decreased following all runs. What is more, it’s possible  to maintain the same exercise intensity when running with your dog as without, showing this activity is a feasible way to build exercise into both you and your dog’s routine, discounting perceptions that a dog’s need to stop intermittently would hinder your regime. Despite knowing we’ll feel better after exercise it’s easy to feel ‘treadmill-dread’ and put it off. The study reveals that dog owners who participated in the study felt that the prospect of running ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2019-09-10
  • All Dogs Are Not Equal
    The post All Dogs Are Not Equal by Jackie Brown appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Let’s look at some of the reasons all dogs are not created equal and why all dogs need different training approaches. giant breed dogIf you have a large or giant breed dog, like an Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Belgian Malinois, Bernese Mountain Dog or Great Dane, you need to train and socialize him very well or you’ll have big problems like the dog taking over all areas of the house, loud barking and aggressiveness (which is much scarier to your fellow man than in a small dog), leash pulling that will pull you off your feet, or jumping up and knocking people over. Photography courtesy ©YuraDobro | Getty Images Breed (or mix of breeds) Your dog’s ancestry ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-09-05
  • Save Heaven’s Gate Farm!
    On Monday 2nd September employees, volunteers and supporters at National Animal Welfare Trust’s Heaven’s Gate Farm were made aware that the centre is at risk of closure.The entire community has been devastated by this news, and the possibility that they could lose this much-loved and well-used facility. Kind messages of support and incredibly generous offers of help soon came flooding in following the announcement, and the team have been completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who are desperate to help. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2019-09-05
  • Is Your Dog On Your Wedding Guest List?
    Dogs Trust provides some great tips to Pets Magazine readers on how to make your special day go without a hitch for you and your pooch. As we reach peak wedding season, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, is providing top tips and advice for any dog owners wishing to include their four-legged furry friends in their big day. The charity advises that, whilst involving a dog in a wedding is a wonderful way to celebrate how much we treasure them, it is important that pet owners consider how their dog might feel when accompanying owners up the aisle. Jenna Kiddie, Head of Canine Behaviour at Dogs Trust, said: “Many owners consider their dogs to be members of the family, so it’s only natural to want to include them in their big day. However, a crowded, noisy environment like a wedding can be confusing and frightening for an animal, so it is important to consider your dog’s welfare throughout the day, to ensure they have as good a time as everyone else.” Dogs Trust advises the following tips for good dog welfare at weddings: View the day from your dog’s perspective Make a ‘day-plan’ by ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2019-09-05
  • Operation Rescute
    The post Operation Rescute by Melissa L. Kauffman appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. I don’t know about you, but my first reaction was “Awww.” Founder of nonprofit Operation ResCUTE Laurie Brown-Nagin found a way to mix adorableness with helping rescue dogs. The nonprofit offers this line of too-cute stuffed dogs along with their own books based on a real dog’s actual rescue story. Targeted toward children ages 3 and up, the mission is “to teach empathy to the younger generation and encourage them to drive the decision to adopt a rescue dog or cat for their next pet.” Laurie’s first rescue dog, Jingles, was — and continues to be — her muse. “Just knowing there are more than 6.5 million dogs and cats entering shelters each year and approximately only 30% getting adopted, I knew ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-09-04
  • Dug Up at Dogster: September 2019 Dog Events
    The post Dug Up at Dogster: September 2019 Dog Events by Melissa Kauffman appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. As temperatures cool down, September 2019 dog events heat up — making it the perfect season to spend quality time with your dog. If you don’t find your September 2019 dog event here, please email us at dogstermag@belvoir.com to include it for September dog events or future dog events. All Month: Animal Pain Awareness Month and National Disaster Preparedness Month All September 2019 through September 29, 2019: Women and Dogs in Art in the 20th Century According to museumofthedog.org, this exhibition at the AKC Museum of the Dog showcases the work of several prolific and influential female dog artists. Check out over 80 works by the preeminent dog portraitist Maud Earl plus nearly 40 works on paper ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2019-09-04
  • Lost Steinbeck Story is Tale of A Cat
    ‘The Amiable Fleas’ published for first time in English language and for only the second time in 65 years, after being discovered in vault of Steinbeck papers. A light-hearted tale of a celebrated Chef’s love for his cat by John Steinbeck has been published for the first time in 65 years and, for the first time ever, in English. The Strand magazine features the short story in its latest edition after its editor discovered it in a vault. The short story titled “The Amiable Fleas” is a poignant tale about a legendary gourmet, his beloved cat and confidant Apollo, and the impending visit of an influential restaurant critic. The author of ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and ‘East of Eden’ lived in Paris in the mid-1950s, where he wrote a weekly column for the French daily ‘Le Figaro’ called ‘One American in Paris’. One of his pieces took the form of a short story, Les Puces sympathiques. Published in French on 31 July 1954, it was found by Andrew Gulli, Managing Editor of the Strand magazine, in Steinbeck’s papers at the Ransom Centre at the University of Texas at Austin. This cat’s tale is ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2019-09-04
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