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Good Dog Food Brought Straight to Your Door

Posted by Community User on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 01:03 AM
We're all crazy busy, right? Shuttling kids from here to there and back again. Working from dawn to dusk. We can barely catch ourselves coming when we're going. It's truly a dog-eats-good-dog-food world out there, and we at DogBoy's want to keep it that way. That's why we've partnered up with Mr.Chewy, an online pet food retailer, who carries many quality brands that DogBoy's endorses.

Mr.Chewy offers over 70 brands of dog and cat food, a wide variety of goodies for our buddies. They offer competitive pricing on Frontline, which is commendable, as well as promising to help DogBoy's raise money for our selected charities. Mr.Chewy is a subscription based ordering service (free shipping for any order over $49) that offers hassle-free delivery of products of your choosing.

Therein lies the Question, right? What products should we be choosing? Which of the over 70 products Mr.Chewy offers is the best for our precious pups?

When asked this critical question, our lovely kennel manager Marcella Slaughter, CPDT-KA, offered the following suggestions - thank goodness!

Marcella said her top 5 choices are:

  • Orijen - it's pricey because of the quality of the ingredients, so anytime you can get it at a discounted rate that's great.

  • California Natural - it's what we feed in the kennel, a good place to start since it is not as pricey as my other recommendations and doesn't have a ton of ingredients so it's easy on sensitive tummies.

  • Natural Balance roll - the turkey formula is the best for treating with, it doesn't crumble like the other formulas. It's what we use in classes for training treats.

  • Taste of the Wild - it's a nice grain-free option for dogs with allergies or sensitive tummies.

  • Honest Kitchen - an easy way to feed a raw diets, you just add warm water and it's done!

Oh, happy day! Each of Marcella's choices are available for purchase through Mr.Chewy! Great news! (It is so comforting to have an expert on this topic so readily on hand, isn't it? Thank you, Marcella. We all feel much better now.)

So, if you'd like for Mr.Chewy to help make your life a little easier and support DogBoy's favorite charities at the same time, here's how you do it. First create an account with Mr.Chewy. When placing an order, use the referral code DOGG3575 and you'll get 10% off of your purchase and Mr. Chewy donates $10 to one of DogBoy's favorite charities - The North Shore Animal League, Best Friends Animal Santuary, and/or Bidawee. Sound good? Good.

You know, whether you purchase from Mr.Chewy or not, isn't it comforting to know that DogBoy's staff is so knowledgeable and ever-willing to help? We and our pups are in good hands, for sure.
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Topics: Articles & Info, DogBoy's Staff, Your Dog's Diet

Dog Food Danger?

Posted by Community User on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 @ 08:03 AM
Let's begin this post with a story about a well-meaning, yet uninformed client who thought she was buying the best food for her pup.  It's true that she was buying the most expensive kibble on the HEB shelves. But the best? The healthiest? Not in the least. In fact, the food she was buying was actually deadly.

As it goes for most dog-lovers, without warning or planning, a loving pup unsuspectedly warmed its way into this client's life. Their initial contact was truly love at first sight. Now what?

Said client confessed that she knew little about dog care and/or dog training. In an effort to learn what to do, she registered in our Canine Good Citizen class. As sessions proceeded, while the two were working hard to establish a positive working relationship, her good-natured pup seemed overly distracted, unfocused, and 'silly' during class sessions. In short, he was acting like a lovable, wiggly goof ball. Cute? Yes. Obedient? Responsive to training? Well behaved? No.

When our trainer inquired what she was feeding her dog, our now frustrated client answered, "The best they have at HEB. The top of the line." To this, our trainer shook her head and said, "Eating that food is like eating Taco Bell every day. How would you feel if you ate Taco Bell for every meal every single day of your life? Pretty rotten, right?" Our client promptly agreed and asked for nutritional guidance of which our knowledgeable trainer was most eager to give. For you see, we at DogBoy's know that there is better way to feed and care for your dog and we're committed to spreading the word.

Our client threw away that expensive, "top-of-the-line" HEB dog food, followed our trainer's advice and purchased the suggested all-natural brand. Amazingly, within a matter of a few days, her dog's behavior calmed down. (Not into a zen-like trance, mind you. Simply more calm.) Soon the pup became more responsive to training commands. And, as a bonus, he began shedding less and the consistency of his stools improved. (He still has that lovable 'silliness' about him. It's hard-wired in his DNA. It's what makes him special.) The pup settled down enough to pass DogBoy's Canine Good Citizen test. Success!

From time to time, in this blog, we will further address the serious nature of canine nutrition more closely. However, if you have the nerve or the inclination, Google " What's really in dog food." Beware. You'll discover shocking link after shocking link loaded with dangerous warnings. And to think that some well-known manufacturers willingly sell these products every single day! Born Free USA states, "Given the types of things manufacturers put in pet food, it is not surprising that bad things sometimes happen. Ingredients used in pet food are often highly contaminated with a wide variety of toxic substances." It's no wonder our client's pup had the Taco Bell shimmies!

For now, if you have any question about the quality of food you're giving your pup, ask us. We at DogBoy's live to help. Like in the case of our client and her rambunctious pup, we love to play a guiding role in success stories such as theirs.
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Topics: Dog Wellness, Articles & Info, Your Dog's Diet

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