“TO MY AMAZEMENT, HE ATE ALL HIS FOOD”

We would like to share this letter we received from Karen who has a 10 year old Maltese.

Dear Halo:

I rarely contact companies, good or bad, but I had to make an exception. My 10 year old Maltese (Casper) has been a terrible eater his entire life. I have researched and tried dozens of dog foods over the years.

He would eat, I guess out of necessity, every 3rd or 4th day. I was considering making homemade dog food at home to try to get him to eat more often, although he is healthy.

I just happened to stumble on Spots Stew after reading the labels (which I always do) at Petco. To my amazement, he ate all his food that night and every night since. I am on my third bag. I still can’t believe it.

Thanks again,
Karen & Casper

Thank you Karen for sharing your story with us and we are so happy to hear Casper is doing well.

Halo

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Useful Tips for Winter Puppy Care

The holidays are fast approaching and, amid the hustle and bustle, many people choose to adopt a new puppy into their homes during the holiday season. If you are the proud pet parent of a brand new puppy, here are some great tips on how to best take care of your new bundle of joy during the cold-weather months.

Most puppies do fine in cold weather – many of the long haired large breeds love to chase snowflakes and romp through winter landscapes. If you are considering adopting a short haired breed or small puppy, never leave them outside unattended. Although it is important to watch them vigilantly to make sure they stay warm, most dogs can still enjoy short stints outside. Remember, puppies need a lot of attention and care, and for potty training purposes, they need to be able to relieve themselves every few hours. You can start potty training your puppy as young as eight weeks of age, and it can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.

If you have opened your home to a puppy this winter and are wondering about how best to care for your new family member, then watch this video. In it, Dr. Sarah talks about special considerations for puppies during the cold months and tips and tricks on how to beat old man winter.

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2010 DoD Pest Management Workshop February 2010 (92)

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Muscle Memory

Scientists have long been fascinated with the concept of “muscle memory”, that subconscious part of our brain that controls movement without us having to think about it. It’s what allows us to do complicated tasks such as riding a bike or typing “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” without having to stop and say, OK, I need to contract my left hamstring while extending my right quadricep and all those tricky things that go into motion. It’s what allows me to tie a knot during surgery without the laborious thought process that takes place during learning “around the forceps from the front? or the back?” After a while, it just happens.

It’s funny how it pops up in the most unexpected places. For the past 3 years, Kekoa has been my footrest. I literally could not sit in the house without her wedging herself beneath my feet. Now, my feet head toward the floor, expecting a mass to bring them to a halt about 12 inches off the ground. I don’t think about it or calibrate their momentum, they just go with the intent that they will hit fur. Without her there, they crash repeatedly into the floor, each time a jarring reminder of what is no longer there.

It’s odd to me how strong those tangible physical reminders can be. For some reason, I can’t remember the exact timbre of my individual dogs’ barks- and I know they were all quite distinctive- but to a one I can tell you how their heads felt in my hands. Taffy, light as a feather, ready to nip at the slightest provocation. Nuke, needle-nosed and gently, resting into your palm. Emmett, like a solid football, sturdy and reassuring. Mulan, like a brick, wide and solid.

Kekoa’s head was disproportionately small compared to the rest of her body. She looked somewhat like an engorged tick, but in a nice way. She would lumber over and plop on your feet, her manticore tail smacking into the wall with such force you’d think someone was cracking a whip on the drywall. She never seemed to notice. Such was her excitement that she would hover over you, massive, looming, and then with the gentlest motion ease her tiny head into your hands and cover them with kisses. You’d try to push her head away when you had enough but then she’d kiss that hand too, so eventually you’d just give up. Her tail wouldn’t stop wagging the whole time.

She had a terrible wail. A piercing bark so heartbreaking and eardrum-wrenching that she lost two homes because of it. We used our baby monitor to listen in while we were away, and eventually I had to stop because it was too much to listen to.

That sound I can’t bring up. Already, I’ve forgotten it. But the sound of her tail hitting the cabinet, and the feel of her head in my hand- those will be with me forever.

Are there any strangely strong memories you carry with your pets who have moved on?

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WHOLE FOODS MARKET ASSOCIATE: HALO “BRINGS OUT THE SMILEYS”

Back in 1986, Halo started in natural food stores, because these pioneers were among the first to recognize that they wanted the same real-food ingredients for their pets as they demanded for themselves.

Now, over a quarter century later, we’re honored to be recommended by Whole Foods Market Team Members from around the country.

Here’s what Laura from the Tustin Whole Food Market has to say:

“OK, so Riley likes treats – any treats, total treataholic, but the Halo Chicken ones really bring out the smileys!”

Thanks Laura and we’re glad Riley is doing well!

Halo

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Bitten

Boy meets girl. Girl bites boy. Not quite your average romance, except for those who love the nightlife. Jack (Jason Mewes, Clerks) doesn’t hold out much hope for a personal life. His ex-girlfriend’s on his back. He lives in a miserable tenement. His slumlord’s hounding him for late rent. Worse yet, he works the graveyard shift as a paramedic. The only strangers he ever meets are junkies and psychos with bullet wounds. How can he possibly meet someone decent between midnight and dawn? The closest he gets is Danika, a real knock out he finds dumped in an alley with strange bite marks on her neck in the throes of death. Back at his place, cleaned up and calmed down, she’s a real beauty, and extremely grateful for a place to crash. She’s still a little shaky, rather pale, and kind of weak. Poor thing. Jack hopes he’s not right, but Danika does seem hooked on something bad. Jack has no idea how bad, until, during the heat of passion, Danika loses control. In a bad way. Going for the throat, she exposes herself for just the kind of girl she is—a vulnerable vampire in need of a dark apartment, a lover who’ll understand, and somebody who can provide a nightly fix. She’s found all three in Jack. But when the refrigerated blood he lifts from the hospital doesn’t satisfy her, they conspire to bring home something warmer—whether it’s from thugs and prostitutes, his ex-girlfriend, or his own landlady. But as the feeding frenzy escalates, and the bodies pile up, Jack wonders how much
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A bag of food to a man with many cats

As I was getting my emissions inspection, the man finishing up the test and giving me my certificate asked for my business card. He pointed to my “IsYourPetFoodSafe.com” vinyl in the back window and said that he did feral cat rescue.

I immediately knew that meant he had many cats, and of course, he told me the number. He had a LOT of cats.

It costs a lot to feed those cats and since the employment sign said that these workers started at $ 9 an hour, I knew he wouldn’t ever become a customer. This food is too expensive for someone feeding a couple of dozen cats. My own food and litter bill is around $ 600. I can afford it. I earn it from this business and I also have a very handsome day job income.

I offered to stop by the next day with a large bag of Life’s Abundance so all of his kitties could sample it. It was my last bag and my shipment wasn’t due in until the next week, so as I drove away, I kicked myself.

But I had read a scriptural thought that morning where “the gift without the giver is bare” and how you’re not supposed to give “grudgingly”, because if you do, it’s like not giving at all.

So I softened my heart and went to his house with that precious last bag of cat food. And I pictured how delighted his kitties would be to eat it, and how happy he would be for the company.

Let me just say that, on visiting with him in his trailer home, which by the way contained a beautiful grand piano and an organ, it seemed that he was lonely and fragile and overwhelmed with the care of so many kitties, and yet they brought him joy and companionship. He picked up each one and told me how he’d found it and tamed it down. As ferals ran across his porch, he would call my attention to them.

He was about 64, I think he said, and just working for two more years until he could get his Social Security and move to where he has land in another state and just live with his kitties and never be bothered by animal control ever again. (Because they’d many times inspected his place and threatened to take his kitties).

Since then, I’ve watched for $ 10 large bags of 9-Lives and Friskies and I’ve picked up broken donated bags of food at my veterinary clinic and dropped them by his house. I haven’t been able to stay and visit, which is probably what he needs the most.

But if in this business it’s all me-me-me and we don’t make room for the charitable moments, there really is no point being in business in the first place, is there?
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Pig Ears for Dogs

Pig ears are often used as treats for pets. Although they are a tasty snack, pig ears can lead to several problems for dogs that you should be aware of. Pig ears when dried are a crunchy treat for a dog and they can also remove food residue and plaque from a dog’s teeth.

Pig ears have a high percentage of fat which can lead to obesity if the treats are administered in excess over a long period of time. Dogs need a healthy amount of fat in their diet (up to 20% of their daily diet), because the fat gets deposited and will be used when the dog requires extra energy. However, if there is excess fat, the dog will become obese and its body will in turn use only some of the fat deposits, leaving the dog with a surplus of unhealthy fat. An overweight dog may be prone to diabetes, heart disease or premature death. In addition, the excess fat can cause pancreas irritation or pancreatitis leading to severe abdominal pain.

Another disadvantage of pig ears is the fact that some dogs with more sensitive stomachs cannot tolerate pig ears and this may lead to vomiting or diarrhea. In addition, if not chewed properly, the pig ears may cause choking or intestinal obstruction.

Pig ears sometimes are infected with Salmonella bacteria which can cause gastrointestinal infection. The infection becomes evident by the onset of abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. Make sure the pig ears are from a company or source you can trust. Typically, pig ears require heat treatment for half a day to be sure that all potential bacteria is eliminated.

Salmonella infection is a disease that can be transmitted from dogs or pigs to humans, so you need to be careful when handling a dog’s feces. Also, be sure to wash your hands after handling the pig ears, as you can contract the bacteria just from touching the infected pig ears.

Pig ears are sold in most pet stores, or as an alternative, you can buy pig ears from a butcher and prepare the treats yourself. If you choose to buy the pig ears raw you’ll need to boil them for one hour and then smoke them for up to six hours. Not an easy task unless you have your own smoker equipment.

Giving your dog pig ears can be a great way of rewarding it for obeying your commands, but you need to make sure these treats are not infected with Salmonella bacteria and that your dog can tolerate the treats. Please consider the possibility that pig ears can be dangerous to your pet and make your decision based upon these facts.

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Walk Your Dog Each Day and You Will Be Rewarded For Your Efforts in Ways You May Not Be Aware

While walking your dog you are doing more than exercising. It’s also a very important part of training and socializing for your dog. Dogs are mentally much more healthy if they are walked regularly especially if they are allowed to run off of a leash.
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