FREE #RoyalCanin Dog Food At Your Local Pet Store This Month, Plus Win 20 lbs of FREE Dog Food!

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Django eagerly awaiting dinnertime! 
When I hear about a bargain, particularly a bargain for pet lovers, I like to share it. Most of us will put our pets first when it comes to their health and dietary needs, even above our own. So it is with that in mind that I am super excited to write this post today.

Royal Canin, a premiere dog food brand from the U.K. will be giving away free samples of their products over the next two weeks. The nice thing about Royal Canin is that as a company, they take a unique approach to feeding pets. 

Instead of offering a one version fits all, and changing up flavor varieties, Royal Canin takes a "scientific approach to create diets designed to cater to the specific needs of pets of all shapes, sizes, ages, lifestyles and breeds".

2013 Halloween Pet Parade in Pictures!

Tompkins Square Park is the scene of the largest annual Halloween Pet Parade in the country.

If you've never been, or don't live near New York City, take a look at these amazing photos. One thing is for sure, pet owners are a lively and creative bunch!


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Pup Lobster!

Sly Cats Stealing Doggie Beds (Funny Video)

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Cats lovers say cats are smarter than dogs while dog lovers aren't quite willing to see the world in that way. The way I see it, one thing is for certain, cats are definitely more sly than dogs. Dogs are unending bundles of hugs, licks, and love while cats keep their emotions to themselves. But kitties sure get what they want when they want it.

As the owner of three cats and two dogs, I see this happen on a daily basis. LilyCloe, and Baby will do what they please when and how they feel like it, but Django and Hayley will for the most part, listen to me despite their wishes and wants. (Take this plate of food in front of Django for example!).

Jerky Treats Killing Dogs: Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe

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You have likely heard about the recent, multiple deaths of dogs around the country, which officials are linking to jerky treats, many made in China.

CBS News reports that the illness linked to jerky treats can cause kidney failure, internal bleeding, and death. Almost 4,000 dogs have come down with the mysterious disease and over 500 have died since 2007, but the exact cause of the deaths has not been determined.


"This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we've encountered," veterinarian Dr. Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Symptoms include "decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water drinking, and increased urination within hours of eating the treats. About 60 percent of cases involved gastrointestinal illness, and about 30 percent involved kidney and urinary systems. Severe cases may present with kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder. The remaining cases involved a variety of symptoms, such as collapse, convulsions or skin issues."

Why Choose Grain Free Dog Food?

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Hayley is technically a senior dog, although you'd never know it by looking at her!

With all the varieties of dog food on the market, it can be overwhelming to stand in the dog food aisle and attempt to choose a food that caters to your dog's individual needs. I look at the different offerings and am never quite sure if the various foods are even all that different. They have foods for younger dogs, better vibrance, senior dogs, active dogs... the list goes on and on.

Grain free food is a food that is vastly different, however, because it doesn't contain any grains that can be harsh on sensitive stomachs. I have written before about my daughter Katie's battle with Hashimoto's Disease. Maintaing a gluten free diet is one thing that makes a huge difference in keeping the symptoms of her disease at bay. Likewise, her dog Hayley has had several issues with her stomach lately. At 10+ years, her older digestive system is just not what it used to be.

Offering her grain free food seems like a logical step.

Tuesday Tip: Dyson 50 Makes Cleaning Dog Fur A Pleasure

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Django's leisurely snoozes result in a ton of fur left behind!
If you are a pet owner, chances are that you have been through a vacuum or two. For me, getting a new vacuum hasn't just been a casual decision. I have gone through at least 5 since moving to our home 4 1/2 years ago. When we first moved in, there was so much reconstruction going on (which seemed to last forever) that I vacuumed about twice a day. 

We only had Hayley back then and she didn't shed much. However, when she acquired fleas, I became almost obsessive in vacuuming. (I also learned the hard way how vital flea preventatives are!) This might account for how many vacuums I went through but I also could never find one that worked as well as I wanted it to work.

When we adopted Django and she became a part of our family, that brought the vacuum to a whole new level. She has slept in our bed since her first night home and also grabs a seat beside us on the couch, so I needed full back-up just to keep a handle on the sheer amount of fur that leaves her Labrador body on a daily basis.