I have an 80lb pit/lab mix. He has been a handful …

I have an 80lb pit/lab mix. He has been a handful to walk on a leash. I have tried almost every type of harness and collar with no luck. I finally tried the prong collar and have had amazing results.

But recently my dog has been able to break the links apart if he sees something he wants. I purchased the largest/strongest prong collar available. Does anyone have any suggestions about what I should do?

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Bonus Friday Funny: Witness Protection

The caption on this reads: “This was her hiding spot after chewing up her dog bed.” I can’t see her, can you? Hoping this weekend brings you zero reasons to hide! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!

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Active Fun for Indoor Cats

Just because your indoor cat doesn’t prowl the neighborhood, chase birds, or get daily walks or trips to the dog park, doesn’t mean it’s okay to be a cat potato. It’s easy to create a virtual playground for your cat inside the walls of your home.

  • String theory — Sad that the string came out of your hoodie in the wash, but now you have a perfect cat toy. Or the ribbon off a gift, an old shoe lace. Amazing how swirling in the air or in the ground can send your cat scampering after it.
  • Roly poly — Cats may not be built for games of fetch, but roll a tennis ball or sock ball to them and watch them bat it around, and maybe even chase after it if they knock it across the floor.
  • Free climb — Like toddlers, cat see the world based on how they can climb it. If your home allows, give them safe, sturdy levels to climb freely—like stools, window seats or ledges, or secure shelves—without you worrying about them knocking important things down.
  • Kibble on the move — Cats are natural predators so one way to keep the brain and their body active is finding new spots to put their kibble. Try dividing the food you’d give your cat for one meal into three different bowls and put them in different spots where your cat can hunt them down.

In addition to the physical activity, make sure your cat’s diet matches his or her lifestyle. Indoor cat food is formulated with fewer calories, knowing that indoor cats aren’t quite as active as outdoor, plus it has fatty acids to keep their skin and coat shiny, even for life with an HVAC system that could dry them out. And if you think your cat may already need to lighten up a little, try a nutritious healthy weight cat food that helps them feel full but has fewer calories than regular cat food.

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What A Good Boy!

That face! That pose! He’s clearly model material. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!

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What’s the Difference Between Vegetarian and Vegan Dog Food?

My GBGV Life with Halo Garden of Vegan dog food

Photo credit: My GBGV Life

There are a number of vegan and vegetarian dog foods out there on the market, and sometimes it can be hard to tell who’s who in the zoo! Some specifically point out meat-free recipes with titles including “vegetarian” or “vegan,” while others avoid doing so. Let’s take a quick look at the differences between them.

What is vegetarian food?
In the context of food, the term vegetarian indicates that the product contains no ingredients produced directly from animal flesh or organs. However, the term is relatively loosely applied, and there may still be animal-derived ingredients used. When reading the ingredient list, it is easy to determine if animal products such as eggs are included in the diet. Some other ingredients, however, are less easy to identify as originating from animals, and may be included in vegetarian products:

Ingredient: Derived from:
Albumen Eggs, milk, blood, muscle
Casein/caseinate Milk
Choline bitartrate Eggs, blood, milk (plant and synthetic forms also exist)
DHA and EPA Fish oil (unless specified from algae)
Gelatin Mammalian cartilage, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues
Methionine Egg, milk (synthetic forms also exist)
Vitamin A Fish liver, pig liver, egg (synthetic forms also exist)
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) Sheep skin
Whey Mammalian milk

What is vegan food?
Unlike the term “vegetarian,” which was defined by the Vegetarian Society as relating to a diet, the term “vegan” was defined by the Vegan Society as a way of living. Thus, in the context of dog food, plant-based (meaning a product containing no ingredients derived from animals at all) is a more appropriate term. Plant-based products use only non-animal, plant-derived, or synthetic ingredients to provide all the nutrients required. Sometimes, a plant-based product will be labelled as vegetarian, but a quick check over the packaging will typically reveal the word “vegan” and often a statement that the product contains no animal ingredients.

Are there advantages of one diet over the other?
Benefits of vegetarian or vegan diets depend on the reasons for choosing a meat-free diet. Some dogs with dietary allergies and sensitivities are fed meat-free diets, as dietary allergies are most common to protein in the food. A vegetarian diet may not be ideal for these dogs, as they may still react to animal proteins within the diet, with dairy and egg being two of the most common canine allergens. Other dogs are fed meat-free diets in accordance with their parents’ life philosophy. Considering that vegetarian diets still contain ingredients derived from animals, these are unlikely to be considered appropriate by those pet parents.

Where dog health is concerned, there are no recognized benefits of vegetarian diets over vegan or plant-based ones. Commercial dog foods formulated in accordance with the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) contain all the essential nutrients in the amounts recommended according to the industry’s current guidelines. There are no recognized benefits of particular ingredients, per se, provided the nutrient profile is met, and plant-based dog foods meet those nutrient profiles by using non-animal, plant-derived, and synthetic ingredients.

What are synthetic ingredients in pet food, and are they healthy?
Though the term “synthetic” makes an ingredient sound like it was cooked up in a laboratory by a mad scientist, really what the term often refers to is biological synthesis of the nutrient by strains of bacteria or yeasts in culture. Synthetic ingredients are indeed safe and healthy and are used widely throughout the pet food industry, not just in plant-based dog food. For example, taurine, a ?-aminosulfonic acid, is very heat labile and most is lost during pet food processing. For cat diets, and many dog diets, synthetic taurine is then added to the diet to account for processing losses.

How do I choose a plant-based diet for my dog?
If you are perusing the aisles at your local pet store, the first thing to do is to check on a product’s packaging to find a statement of nutritional adequacy in accordance with AAFCO. This is the most important step for ensuring that the diet is formulated to be complete and balanced for your dog’s life-stage – that is, puppy growth or adult maintenance. On the other hand, if you are doing a bit of reading around which diet you want to choose, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association has a very handy guideline on how to select the best food for your pet. This provides a number of questions that can be asked of a pet food company to determine your confidence in their product.

For more information about plant-based dog food, have a look at Halo’s vegan pet food page: or checkout Halo’s vegan FAQs and see the section on “Vegan for Dogs.”

Take care, and enjoy your next meat-free meal!

Dr. Sarah DoddDr. Sarah Dodd is a veterinarian with a special focus on companion animal nutrition. Her studies have taken her around the world living in England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, the United States of America and Canada – where she currently reside with her three happy rescue dogs Peppa, Dottie and Timmy.

She graduated from veterinary school in 2016, since then she has pursued her passion in nutrition with a clinical nutrition internship and a Master’s degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. She is currently completing her nutrition residency with the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition and enrolled in a PhD studying plant-based diets for pets.

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Shootout at the OK Corral—only with dogs

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Friday Funny: Pixar

Have a great weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!

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2 Uniquely Delicious Spins on the Ice Cream Float

This post is sponsored by San Bernardo Ice Cream but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.

When I was a little girl, nothing made me happier than a yummy root beer float. My parents would make them (and also what they called a “black cow” that used cola rather than root beer) for my sister and I, and we viewed them as the most special of all the sweet treats. As an adult, my affinity for ice cream floats has remained, but I’ve found myself wanting to take the traditional root beer and vanilla ice cream combo up a notch. I decided to do a little experimenting with the Italian Escapes™ collection from San Bernardo ice cream and different sodas, and the results were glorious.

I feel safe about letting my kids indulge in San Bernardo ice cream because all the ice creams are rBST Free, contain 20% Less Sugar and Fat, and are made only with All-Natural ingredients. Compared to other ice cream brands, SB is guilt free on another level!

The two recipes I’m sharing here are mine and my kids’ favorites (tiramisu for me, spumoni for them), simple to make, and pretty much define delicious fun.

Tiramisu Ice Cream Float
makes 1 serving

2 scoops San Bernardo Tiramisu ice cream
1/2 cup coffee, chilled
1-1/2 cup cream soda, chilled
whipped cream
cookie or wafer for garnish

Place Tiramisu ice cream in a glass. Pour coffee and cream soda over ice cream. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cookie or wafer.

This recipe represents a classic treat that is simple, but the San Bernardo ice cream takes it to the next level with the creamy, rich, natural Tiramisu flavor. Nothing can compare to this delicious Italian flavoring!

You can make this float and other San Bernardo ice cream floats by ordering up all of your favorite flavors online using my special discount code, “EverybodySpoons11,” to get 3 FREE giant brownies and 3 FREE giant cookies with any pint purchase! (For a Limited Time Only.)

Spumoni Strawberry Ice Cream Float
makes 1 serving

2 scoops San Bernardo Spumoni ice cream
1 cup strawberry soda, chilled
1 cup cream soda, chilled
strawberries for garnish

Place Spumoni ice cream in a glass. Pour chilled strawberry and cream soda over ice cream. Garnish with strawberries.

These floats are easy for the kids to help make as well. We can whip them up quickly, and enjoy the delicious indulgence thanks to San Bernardo’s quality, trustworthy ingredients.

These unique, super decadent twists on the root beer float couldn’t be easier, and they are so good. My four-year-old told me the spumoni float was her “ice cream dream come true,” and honestly, I kind of feel the same way. We love the unique flavors that San Bernardo offers, and how perfect the Italian Escapes™ collection is for anytime of the year! We also love that all of their ice cream contains no artificial flavors or artificial colors and no high fructose corn syrup. And I just adore their take on my favorite Italian dessert, tiramisu, and the rich marsala wine and mascarpone cheese flavors throughout every bite. Their Spumoni is a flavor explosion, with chocolate swirled with pistachio, strawberry and vanilla ice creams, mixed with cherries and almond pieces. We also love Sea Salt Caramel and Quad Chocolate – so yummy.

We’re also big fans of the San Bernardo story, and their wonderful ethnic and specialty flavors. You can purchase San Bernardo ice cream via their website and pick your personal favorites from one of their 4 different collections of creamy deliciousness. All of their flavors are unique and forward thinking and provide a cool, modern spin on old favorites. Woot!

Don’t forget to use my special discount code, “EverybodySpoons11,” to get 3 FREE giant brownies and 3 FREE giant cookies with any pint purchase! (For a Limited Time Only.)

What are your favorite twists on traditional root beer floats? Have you tried San Bernardo ice creams?


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 Colombian drug trafficers put a $70,000 bounty on Sombra, the drug-sniffing dog

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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

UPDATE: Our Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe has been one of our all-time most popular treat recipes, appearing not only in our The Healthy Hound Cookbook but also in several magazines. We…

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