#PinnacleHealthyPets Offers Quality Ingredients In A Grain Free Food

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Django soaking up some Vitamin D

This post is sponsored by Pinnacle and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping create awareness about Pinnacle's Newly Formulated Grain Free Dog Food, but Some Puppy To Love only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Pinnacle is not responsible for the content of this article.

We should all be a little more like dogs. Dogs follow their instincts and live in the now. We sometimes follow the wrong idea and live in our minds and the future a little too much. When dogs are thirtsy  they drink. When they are tired, they sleep. And when they are hungry, they eat... what we give them. My black Lab, Django evens knows when she needs a little Vitamin D (see above). 

With new research and scientific findings, we know what we should all be eating more than ever. Like our bodies, our dogs' bodies thrive on healthy nutrition. The more pure a food, the better. That's why I love what Pinnacle® has been doing with their dog food for nearly two decades. 
pinnacle dog foodLaunched in 1998 as a breakthrough brand in natural holistic dog food, Pinnacle has always had holistic health ingredients before the idea of natural ingredients became popular in dog food. Pinnacle foods contained quinoa, pumpkin, kelp, flax seed, blueberries, sweet potatoes and cottage cheese. 

Back in May of this year, all the dog recipes became Grain Free for easier digestion in dogs. As a gluten free mom with a child whose health mandates a gluten free diet, I can see how incredibly beneficial going grain free can be. 

It only makes sense that if we are doing all we can to eat healthfully in this super saturated world of preservatives, sugar, and ingredients that we cannot even recognize, that we need to transfer that healthy eating pattern to our dogs. Our dogs will avoid many of the degenerative diseases that popped encounter by maintaining a healthy diet filled with natural ingredients.

Here is a little more on the health benefits of Pinnacle dog food:

*Quality ingredients like Quinoa, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Sea kelp, Cottage Cheese
*Natural, healthy recipes that use high quality proteins
*Antioxidants to support healthy immune system
*Fiber to encourage healthy digestion and small stool
*Promotes general joint health and overall muscle tone
* All food made in the Pinnacle California plant
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Contest: The First Inaugural Pawsitive Impact Kids Awards

If you know a special kid who's doing great things to help animals, you might want to learn about a very special contest taking place.

Caroline Golon, the creator and editor of CrayonsaandCollars.com, a family lifestyle web site focused on kids and animals is seeking nominations for the inaugural Pawsitive Impact Kids Awards. 

These awards are designed to recognize and celebrate kids who do special things to help animals in their own homes, their communities or even across the world. From saving money to buy a wheelchair for their family dog, to reading books to cats in shelters, to helping raise awareness for cheetah conservation, there are so many ways kids help animals.

Four total winners in the U.S. will be selected: one in grades K-3; one in grades 4-6; one in grades 7-9; and one in grades 10-12.

Each winner will receive a 5,000-meal donation of Halo Spot’s Stew to the shelter or rescue of the winner’s choice, courtesy of Halo, Purely for Pets and Freekibble.com

Winners will also receive some goodies for their own pets: a $100 gift certificate to Petco and a prize pack of great pet products (winner may choose cat or dog focused) from Planet Dog, Worldwise, Solvit Pets, Groom Genie, and Nupath Supplements and will be featured on the CrayonsandCollars.com web site.

If you would like to nominate a child, simply fill out this form by October 7, 2015 at 5 p.m.:  http://www.crayonsandcollars.com/pawsitive-impact-kids-awards-2015/ 

Winners will be notified by October 12, 2015.

7 Tips To Help Your Dog Adjust To Back-To-School Season

Right now, millions across the country are transitioning from summer freedom to a hectic school year schedule that can be a tough on kids, parents and man's best friend. This is especially true for owners of newly adopted and/or young dogs that do best with moderate exercise and supervision. Have no fear though; your couch and sanity can be saved by implementing common-sense training, enrichment and smart management strategies suggested by Wagfield Academy's (the newest online training academy) Lisa Gunter, Co-founder & Head of Training:

A Tired Dog Is A Good Thing: While pups that suffer with behavioral issues are not cured by exercise alone, it can be helpful in reducing anxiety, boredom and create a mellower home environment. So when coming up with a plan for the new school year, take a look at the daily exercise you were providing your dog over the summer. Did he/she receive one to two hours of play a day? Did he/she go on a hike a few times a week?

Use Time Effectively with Exercise: Calculate how many hours of exercise he was receiving a day and figure out how you'll provide a similar amount with your new schedules. When I talk with working families that own new and/or young dogs, it requires honesty about what they can really give to their canine buddy and creativity about using their time effectively.

Celebrate “Gotcha Day” – The Day Adopted Pets Find Their Forever Home

For the first time, PetSmart will throw a “Happy Gotcha Day” celebration to help find homes for about 15,000 homeless pets during the next PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, Sept. 11-13, when more than 1,400 PetSmart stores will host the event in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. The thousands of pets with unknown birthdays that are expected to be adopted will now have a day to call their own.

“For adopted pets, confirming a birthday is tough, so we wanted to call out to these new pet parents that special day – ‘Gotcha Day’ – to celebrate the moment they brought home their newest family member,” said Eran Cohen, executive vice president of customer experience, PetSmart, Inc.

People adopting pets – at PetSmart or elsewhere -- can also receive PetSmart’s free Adoption Starter Kit, offered every day at stores and featuring tips for caring for a new cat or dog, and a range of coupons valued at $400 in savings. The coupons cover everything a new pet parent needs including beds, bowls, collars, leashes, free one-time services such as veterinarian, grooming, boarding, training and Doggie Day Camp, as well as a free bag of dog or cat food under the brands Simply Nourish™, Authority® and Good Natured™ -- all of which are proud sponsors of PetSmart Charities™ Adoptions and National Adoption Weekends. These food brands also give back by donating more than 200 tons of food every year to help pets in need.

PetSmart partners with thousands of local shelters and animal welfare organizations and supporting the pet food and supply needs of these partners is a top priority.  Sept. 7-13 all PetSmart stores are also running a food drive whereby customers can purchase food (or other pet supplies) in local stores and drop the items into a bin to be donated to these local partners.

Partnering to Save Lives
“When you adopt a pet, you save two lives – that of the pet you bring home and another who takes his or her place at the adoption event,” said Julie White, senior director of programs, PetSmart Charities, the nonprofit leader in pet adoptions and the largest funder of animal welfare in North America.

How An Adorable Labrador Helped A Couple Find Love

If you’ve ever tried online dating, you may have found that it can be just as difficult as regular dating. You scroll through several faces, trying to find a person who is compatible and attractive to you using this one dimensional cyberspace communication vehicle. While you may be attracted immediately to a face, you also might pass over someone with a very attractive, funny, and engaging personality. 

Maybe you should try using your dog in your dating life.

Richard Craggs signed up for Match.com and had very little success, so as a joke he switched his profile picture for that of his beloved pooch, George, a black labrador retriever. Kate Beddow happened upon his photo and was immediately drawn to George the dog, having always loved dogs and also thinking that the man who put up the photo must have some sense of humor. She wanted to get to know him more.

Katie admits that the sight of George immediately drew her to Richard’s profile:
“I always wanted a dog, so when I spotted George online it made me laugh and think ‘Aww how cute!’ I had only been on the site for a few weeks when I spotted the bizarre profile picture of George. When I clicked on it and read Richard’s profile the idea he had used George’s picture really tickled me so I contacted him through the site. I messaged him saying ‘Does your dog know you are looking for love?!”
It’s been five years since that the couple met online. Today they are married, and George was the ringbearer at their wedding. They now are the parents of a baby daughter, Bethany, and George has had an addition of his own, “Now we have beautiful Bethany, and George has his own daughter, a two year-old black Labrador called Ebony.”