I guess I’m a sucker for marketing.
The Trader Joe’s seasonal dog biscuit offering got me again. I picked up this box of turkey and cranberry dog treats a couple weeks ago.
There is no pit bull on the box this time, but there are a lot of other dogs.
My favorite part of the Thanksgiving-themed packaging is the clever way it incorporates the actual size of the turkey leg-shaped biscuits into the image.
Once again, if wheat and soy are an issue for your dogs, Trader Joe’s biscuits may not be the way to treat your dog this holiday.
However, the overall ingredient list is short. Turkey comes first, and the hardest thing on the list to pronounce is the natural preservative – mixed tocopherols.
I have no problem feeding these to Luke, who loves them.
Also, these festive biscuits are a much safer alternative for pets than many of the food likely to fill your table tomorrow if you are celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S.
Here’s an infographic originally shared by Dogster that will help you remember what table scraps to your dog can and cannot have this holiday season.
My pack and I will be enjoying family time, right here in Kansas City, at my mom’s house. If you are celebrating, what’s your plan?
You can come meet me at the following events this weekend:
Yesterday, I asked you all to help me decide what to write about today. The pretty little Princess won by a hair!
The first time I met this little peapod of Princess, I was shocked to discover she was not Scooby.
I had gotten into a car. In the backseat was a small kennel, and I could just see bits of a black and tan muzzle.
When I got close enough I realized this was no elderpin.
Princess is a young thing – a Chihuahua mix, possibly Chiweenie.
She’s about a year old and came from a home where she did not receive the royal treatment.
That’s a pity, because what she really wants to do is be your cuddle buddy. When she isn’t doing that, she likes to explore. At just about 5 pounds, she also happens to be so tiny, she’d fit perfectly in a pooch pouch, a pet accessory I plan to write about tomorrow.
Princess is currently staying at Kennel Creek Pet Resort, hoping to meet her new family any day.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Princess, check out Kennel Creek’s adoptables page.
I love hearing about people following their passions, especially when the people have a heart for animals.
I first met my friend Lexi through pit bull rescue.
Although she and her then-boyfriend Derek had three big dogs of their own, they had opened their home to a foster named Arria.
The silver pit bull is one of many dogs for whom Lexi has provided shelter, comfort and love just in the year or so that I have known her.
Her pit bull advocacy goes back to her teenage years, and she has always loved all creatures.
Lexi is currently studying veterinary medicine with plans to ultimately work in a shelter setting.
Between school, volunteering and planning a wedding, Lexi also works with animals.
Lexi is a pet sitter.
As an independent contractor for a network of pet sitters in the Kansas City area, she offers affordable, in-home pet care, including playtime, walks and medication administering.
“While pets are in my care, I make sure they get the attention and try to make their day as normal as possible,” she says. “In order to ensure that I know the pets needs and routines, I set up a get-acquainted visit prior to my services. All my services to owners are flexible to meet their and their pets’ needs.”
Koda and Stormy are two of Lexi’s well-cared for clients.
Lexi can help her clients with any kind of pet, from fish to horses. I know she will handle them all expertly.
“I know first hand how hard it is to leave pets when going on vacation or just being gone long hours working. It’s stressful on owners as well as their pets,” Lexi says. “My goal is to put owners at ease while they are away. I offer to do reports for each visit each day and leave for the owners so they know how their pets did while they are gone. I also offer to send a text or email daily to fill them in. My pets are the most comfortable in their home while we are away and love having someone come and give them the attention they need. What I want for my pets, I try to convey in my visits and services.”
Lexi serves the Lee’s Summit, Lake Lotawana, Raytown and southeast Kansas City area.
To learn more about Lexi’s services, check out her profile at Critter Sitter Connection, a licensed, insured and bonded network of pet sitters.
Potential clients may also contact Lexi directly at email@example.com or 816-309-7561.
Click here for a coupon good for 10% off pet sitting with Lexi.
Readers: Do you prefer to board your pets or have them cared for at home?
Several years ago, a man in his seventies took a chance on a less adoptable dog.
It was a good choice.
The blue heeler mix only had three legs, but he didn’t realize that. He just hopped around, rolled in the grass and wagged his stumpy tail.
The dog called Augie became the man’s best friend and constant companion. Although not the only pet in the house, Augie was special. He was the one who would follow the man around the house and out to the mailbox, even as time and illness began to take a heavy toll on the man.
At the beginning of October, after about five years together, Augie’s best friend passed away.
The last few months were rough on everybody in the house. And on top of everything else, Augie got a bad case of fleas that caused his skin to become inflamed and a lot of his hair to fall out.
Augie is in a safe place now. His hair is growing back, and when he gets to go outside, he still loves to roll in the grass and interact playfully with the other dogs and people with whom he comes into contact.
But Augie is lonely. His best friend is gone, and the more conventionally attractive animals he used to live with have been adopted into new homes.
Augie deserves the same. His extended family loves him very much but circumstances prevent them from being able to take him into their homes. He needs someone else to help.
Can you or someone you know open your heart to this special dog?
I met Augie last weekend at Winding River Kennels in Kansas City. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but he is truly a wonderful dog with a big “smile” and super friendly demeanor. He is very people-friendly and seems to just love being in the company of other dogs. Please share his story wide and far. Potential adopters may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook friends and fans know by now that Scooby the elderpin was made famous yesterday.
A large photo of him standing on his tippy toes appears in the The Pitch newspaper’s annual Best of Kansas City issue, which hit news stands yesterday.
As you can imagine, the attention is going to his head. He likes to hang out near his photo spread and keeps demanding extra treats. Last night, the little prima donna tried to steal a steak bone from Luke.
I sure hope his little ego doesn’t get him into trouble with the other dogs when he goes to Kennel Creek Pet Resort for daycare.
I can just see him hustling some other dog’s girl out in the play yard. “Have you ever snuggled someone famous? Wanna go back to my private suite?”
At least I can say that on the night of the actual photo shoot, Scooby was a gentleman.
In fact, as the oldest gentleman at the studio, he got to be photographed first.
Camera man Chris Mullins and Pitch Art Director Ashford Stamper recognized the little old guy’s star quality as soon as he began dancing for snacks. (Dude got so excited over Beggin’ Strips he danced right off the prop box at one point.)
Because I had to help the elderpin pose, I don’t have any shots of him being shot. But I did snap a few images of the other cute pups in attendance that night.
Not all of the dogs who appear in the Best Of issue were part of our shoot.
Our friend and cover boy Dusty Rhodes was part of a previous session.
You can read more about him – and how he’s rocking my products – in yesterday’s post at BeerPaws.com.
If you live around Kansas City, I highly recommend picking up a copy of The Pitch’s Best Of issue.
In addition to the adorable photos, it is packed with great writing and is sure to turn you on to some new places and faces unique to the metro.
It’s worth looking into even if you aren’t from Kansas City. You can view it online.
And if you really want a hard copy, let me know. Maybe I can get Mr. Famous Elderpin to put his paw print on a copy that I can mail.
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to hang out with a couple of really awesome adoptable pit bulls.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of them. Her name is Indiana.
This pretty red mama came into the Midwest Adopt-a-Bull program several months ago with a belly full of babies.
She took great care of her eight pups, six of whom have already found forever homes. She’s a nurturing friend to the special needs boy who lives in her foster home. Recently, Indiana also befriended some chihuahua mix puppies who took refuge with her foster family.
If that sweet disposition isn’t enough to make you love Ms. Indiana, get a load of all the tricks she can do: sit, stay, shake and high five.
She’s a cuddler and a good running partner but not a particularly high-energy dog. She would do great in a variety of family situations, as long she isn’t expected to hang out with a cat – that’s the one thing Indiana doesn’t like at all.
During the adoption event where I hung out with Indiana, she sat or laid politely in her kennel the whole time. She loved it when adults or children knelt down to pet her through the bars. She even tried to shake hands and gave kisses through her cage. She showed everyone her beautiful smile.
Due to her foster family’s impending relocation, Indiana is in desperate need of a forever home.
Please share her story so that we can keep this sweet mama from landing back in a shelter.
If Indiana seems like the right dog for you, apply to adopt her from Midwest Adopt-a-Bull.
For a reduced adoption fee, mention WaywardDogs.com in your application.
Don’t forget October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month. Visit BeerPaws.com to learn about how my company is getting involved.
It was no surprise that as soon as photos of handsome little Razzy started floating around Facebook, inquiries came in from potential adopters.
One of the first people to show interest was a frequent client of Kennel Creek Pet Resort who wanted a friend for her rat terrier.
Because at that time we still needed to evaluate Razzy for his ability to get along with other dogs, Kennel Creek owner Chris Sailors told the gal he had another dog she should meet first.
We called him Buckshot.
He came with a sad story.
A super sweet, 9-pound min pin mix, Buckshot was picked up as a stray around my hometown of Beatrice, Nebraska. Of course, his little brown and red face caught my eye – even though the photo was terrible – as soon as I saw it posted on the Beatrice Humane Society‘s website.
When I got to the shelter, the volunteers told me Buckshot was fairly calm, great with other dogs and most interested in snuggling. They were thrilled that I might be able to take him to Kansas City along with Razzy for networking, but I couldn’t meet him right away.
Little Buckshot was getting neutered.
And as it turned out, the vet discovered something sad during the operation. There was steel shot embedded in the dog’s leg and back. Someone had shot him!
He was fine, and the vet removed what she found. But the whole thing was terrible to think about and only made me want even more to help Buckshot find a comfortable, loving forever home.
Luckily, that didn’t take long. The Kennel Creek client and her rat terrier both fell in love with Buckshot almost immediately.
He has a new name now – Hyde. And he spends all of his days playing with his new best friend Tanner.
Although I haven’t been able to get ahold of any better pictures of Buckshot/Hyde since his adoption, I did see the sister of his new mama at the recent Strutt with Your Mutt event. She said the little min pin couldn’t be happier.