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Have dog, Will Travel…

I’m starting with the Kimpton brand because we have 2 of their awesome boutique hotels here in Dallas, The Palomar and Hotel Lumen. Having worked in the the hotel sales and event planning world, I like this brand on an entirely separate level (they’re beautiful, accommodating, and GREEN!), but the fact that they allow pets is fantastic! It’s not just that they simply allow pets, they spoil them and welcome them with open arms and doggy goodies!If you’re not familiar with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants take a look to see if they’re in any of your future destination cities.

Kimpton Hotels are pet friendly!

Here are some interesting travel trends…

Travel Industry Association of America (January 2009)

• 14 percent of all U.S. adults (29.1 million) say they have traveled with a pet on a trip of 50 miles or more in the past three years

• The percentage of households traveling with pets increases during summer months when more families travel

• When traveling with pets, cars are the primary mode of transportation (76%), followed by RVs (10%), and airlines (6%)

• 29 percent of people traveling with pets stay at a hotel

• Dogs are the most common type of pet to travel with (78%)

• Other traveling animals include cats (15%), birds (2%) and either a ferret, rabbit, or fish (3%)

Where do you fall into the category? How many of you travel regularly with your pets? Where do you go? I’d love to hear stories and see pictures!

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Digest this!

Canine Digestion quick fact:

A dog’s digestive system is one of the shortest in the mammal world. Unlike humans who have amylase in the saliva, a dog’s digestion does not begin in the mouth. Aside from chewing food to allow for easier swallowing, there’s no digestive breakdown in a canine mouth by salivary enzymes. The breakdown of food and nutrients begins in the stomach where, in conjunction with various organs (pancreas, liver, small intestine to name a few), hydrochloric acid breaks down food and, along with a number of enzymes and actions, is reduced into nutrients (carbohydrates to simple sugars, fats to fatty acids, and proteins to amino acids) your dog’s cells use to transport, feed, and cleanse the body.

Canine Digestive System

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March Madness!

ERIN GO BRAGH! (We’re O’Dwyers over here)

It’s been a bit quiet here on The Organic Dog…

I could sit here and lament how mommy duties and surgeries and sick kiddos and home remodels and… oh wait, I’m lamenting… I’ll stop. I could make excuses, but I won’t. I made a promise to bring as much info as as possible on canine (and feline now, too!) nutrition and health & wellness when I started this blog (and a resolution if you’re keeping track. oy.) and haven’t quite followed through with that. Well, that’s about to change. I’ve taken this time to really read up on different topics and trends, study, experience, try out, and discuss amongst friends and professionals about this venture and I’ve now decided on the direction in which I’d like to head. I’m excited about what’s to come and I hope everyone who joins me is, too! We’re all about moving forward and learning new things so let’s get started 🙂

Here’s what’s on deck for the month of March:

* RECIPES, PLEASE! One recipe a week for all who are interested in incorporating this nutrition journey into you and your pet’s lifestyle!

* Tips, How To’s, and Q & A for general Health, Training, and Behavior!

* Guest Posts from fellow Canine/Feline Nutritionists, Vets, Massage/Acupuncture -pressure Specialists, Trainers, and more!

* Canine/Feline Health 101 – Will focus on different health topics such as Diabetes, Auto Immune Disease, Allergies, etc (give us some suggestions if you have any in mind)!

* Lifestyle, Trends, Travel, and Fun Stuff (contests, too!)

I’m really looking forward to pumping this into full gear and would love to hear comments, critiques, questions, or suggestions (keep the hating to a minimum, please) so we can all benefit and learn more about our canine and feline friends.

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PupCulture Magazine DEC/JAN

Have you guys checked out the launch issue of PupCulture Magazine? This is the first full issue (as opposed to October’s teaser issue) and it’s chalk full of excellent articles, tips, gift ideas, and more. Ever heard of Surf Dog Ricochet? Now’s your chance to get the whole story of this wonderful mutt. Get holiday dog biscuit recipes, gift ideas, learn how to keep your dog happy and healthy during the winter, and so much more.

Pup Culture Magazine Dec/Jan Issue

There’s also a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway (whiiiccchhh I’m already behind in announcing, but you’ve still got a few more days at a chance to win!) of some pretty awesome little gifts, trinkets, and services.

Next issue of Pup Culture Magazine will come out Mar/April and will be full of even MORE good stuff. Stay tuned and check out The Organic Dog on both Facebook and Twitter for the link to enter daily for the giveaways 🙂

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Rotations Pet Food trial part 1

Have you guys heard of Rotations Pet Food Holistic Recipe? We were asked to try and review the food and concept, and received our package last night: three 5 lbs bags of 1) New Zealand Lamb and Potato 2) Natural Chicken and Brown Rice and 3) Wild Salmon with Peas and Carrots. I decided to start out with the NZL Lamb & Potato bag as it’s the closest thing to their last Lamb & Rice kibble.

Rotations Pet Food Holistic Recipe

 

I’m hip to the rotations concept, but we’ll have to see what happens…

Have any of you tried this brand before? Anyone curious to give it a whirl? They’ve offered a special coupon to try it out to those who are interested. Simply go to their website at www.rotationspetfood.com and, upon checkout, enter code ROTATIONSFREE15. You’ll receive a 15 lb bag and only pay the shipping/handling. A pretty good deal, I’d say, to try out a new food for those who aren’t fully convinced of the homecooked or raw diet plan for their pets. I should mention that the offer is limited to one bag per household, however. Get your bag and see what your pups think!

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PupCulture Magazine! Teaser Issue is out…

In case you’re all wondering why I haven’t been writing as much… it’s because I’ve been working with a new publication called PupCulture Magazine!

Welp… the Teaser Issue is out and ready for your viewing pleasure 🙂

PupCulture Mag Teaser Issue

You can check out a direct link to their online magazine here or tool around their website and learn more about the pub here

 

 

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BABY GETTIN’ JIGGY

Brace yourselves! This is exclusive never before seen footage… of Baby PLAYING!

It’s true… Miss Prissy Pants herself actually engaged in some toy play with uber goober Ellie. Is it the cooler Fall weather? Is it the changed and improved diet? I like to think the healthy diet has a large part to do with it, but I’m sure the fact that it’s below 129.9 degrees might have a little something to do with it 🙂

Her legs and shoulders aren’t bothering her as much! Her eyes are brighter! I’ve noticed her teeth are cleaner and gums are looking better! Remember, this is my foster who came from the shelter as an “owner surrender”. She was seriously overweight, her teeth were horrible, and her joints looked creeky and painful (which I’m sure had something to do with the extra poundage).

Who knows what she’d been eating before, but when she first came here I had them both eating Diamond brand Lamb & Rice dry dog food. Not the best, but about a kajillion times better than anything you get at Walmart or your neighborhood store. Thank God for Canine Commissary right around the corner 🙂 It’s honestly what got me started on this journey when I first found Ellie back in Jan/Feb. I started reading labels and researching ingredients… and I started to become utterly disgusted with the one and only bag I bought of Pedigree Puppy on a desperate whim when I first found Ellie the day before an ice storm (the ice storm from hell!). Yuck. Never again. Not even in desperation.

So here I give you Baby at play 🙂 Now, I realize my voice sounds hideous and there’s a giant shop vac in the way, but let’s get over these annoyances and focus on little Miss Spring In Her Step, Baby!

Also… I think in every video I have with Ellie in it… she jumps on me and nearly pushes me over.

 

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PupCulture Magazine!

Guess what, guys and gals! I’ve been asked to contribute to a brand new, soon to be launched magazine called PupCulture Magazine! It’s an exciting step for me and I look forward to bringing as much information as possible to this new generation of dog and animal lovers.

PupCulture Mag

I would love to address any questions or thoughts you guys have on different subjects of feeding and animal health and well being! I’ll be speaking to and including interviews with experienced standard practice DVMs as well as with Holistic and Naturopathic Animal Doctors on a myriad of topics. Get in touch with me at TheOrganicDog@yahoo.com should something pique your interest! You just might be featured in an upcoming article or column 🙂

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Healthy is as healthy does!

Banana Yogurt w/ Carrot Biscuit!

With all the recent recalls in pet food lately, why risk the health and well being of your pet to imbalanced, additive and preservative-laden commercial brand dog food?

How many of your furbabies have skin allergies, or chronic, degenerative diseases or health issues? Ever wonder why? Many of these are caused by a dietary imbalance of inferior quality “food” product packed into your dog’s kibble. Would you eat your dog’s commercial brand kibble? No? Then why should they?

Our food  is all natural, hand crafted, and nutritionally balanced to fit the needs of your dog. Whether you choose to go with one of our custom diets tailored to your dog’s specific needs or breed, or one of our weekly, monthly, or quarterly stock meal plans, all of our ingredients are fresh, simple, and absolutely human-grade, REAL food. We have researched, read, tested, and fine-tuned each recipe to ensure healthy combinations of flavor, texture, and nutrition.

Your dog will be much healthier and, over a period of months, ailments such as allergies (skin allergies like “Hot Spots”), digestive issues, eye and ear issues will greatly decrease, if not disappear completely. Healthier dogs mean happier dogs, and less money going towards unnecessary vet visits and medications.

The Organic Dog’s venture to bring quality, nutritional dog food to the masses is not a new concept, but we would like to help make this option a realistic and affordable one to those willing to give it a try. We will soon offer recipes on our blog https://theorganicdog.wordpress.com/ and bits of health and nutritional info on our FB & Twitter pages.

We are a new company and are based in the greater White Rock area of Dallas. We are available to deliver free of charge and with a minimum purchase to all points within 10 miles of 75228 zip code. For more information and to learn about our menu and meal plans, please email us @ TheOrganicDog@yahoo.com to learn more and “like” us on http://facebook.com/TheOrganicDog and http://twitter.com/OrganicDogBlog 🙂

 

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Cook it like a Crock Star!

Healthy AND Delicious!

So I’ve decided to give it a go… and quite lazily, I might add 🙂 BRING OUT THE CROCKPOT! I’m working on a chicken stew-ish type recipe to try out on the girls, Ellie and Baby. Ellie is our giant 9 mo old Labby pup I found wandering the streets 7 mos ago, and Baby is our super protective Husky mix foster girl. They’re in lurve with eachother and we’re in lurve with them!

 

Ellie Lula and Baby

 

I’ll get prices gathered, nutritional info, and an honest to goodness recipe that will be good for humans, too; although, a bit on the bland side as I’ll keep spices to a minimum. Let’s see if we can’t make this an economical and easy effort for them thar pups!

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