Monday August 21 we will exprience the long anticipated Total Eclipse of the Sun! For South Floridians, our view of this rare event will happed between 1:30 ish and 2:30 ish, depending on the cloud cover. After all - this is South Florida! We two legged animals need to make sure we have our glasses that comply with ISO 12312-2 international safety standards, permission from our bosses to leave work (ahem - Team Auggie's Doggies), and then we look toward the sky! But what about your pet? Fortunately they don't like to look at the sun, but I did find a great article in Pets+ that I'd like to share with you! Enjoy!
We all love bringing our dogs (and sometimes cats, birds, snakes, iguanas, etc) with us on outings, but how does your city stack us against the others? Well, for us in South Florida, we know the challenges of bringing our best friends with us. Too hot, thunderstorms, not allowed, etc. There are lots of creative options out there, but exactly where is the BEST place to be if you're a dog about town...
A new article in WalletHub ranks the five best cities:
Read the entire article here:
A recent article in Pets+ Magazine discusses the rise of organic ingredients in pet foods.
ROCKVILLE, MD — Ten years ago, organic pet foods appeared ready to become the next big thing in the pet world, but the trend never quite materialized, Packaged Facts reports.
But it soon may.
Packaged Facts identifies a few main reasons why organic pet food has yet to achieve significant market penetration:
There are signs that organic pet food standards are moving through the approval process in the National Organic Program, the firm states. Additionally, demand from the human side of the market has been prompting more interest in organic agriculture and manufacturing practices, possibly increasing the supply of organic products.
Packaged Facts believes that as the obstacles to organic pet food diminish, the likelihood that organic will become the next big trend in natural pet food increases significantly. On the human side, retailers Kroger and Costco have begun investing in farms to ensure long-term supply of store-brand organic products, and under Nestlé Purina, Merrick’s well-established organic brand, Castor & Pollux, has gained access to the resources of one of the world's largest pet food producers.
"As natural pet food marketers seek to distinguish themselves from the rest of the natural pack, offering organic options may soon become a next logical step," Packaged Facts states.
So I re-read my post from February. I sounded so optimistic! But, dear reader, as more information became available, I rethought my original position. As a result of a FDA report issued on Feb. 14, 2017, we have decided to pull EVERY SINGLE CANNED ITEM manufactured at Evangers facilities from our shelves. I'd be lying if I said I struggled with this decision. The fact that the FDA report detailed conditions in the Evanger's facility that are not "humane grade" quality made the decision to remove these products actually very easy. One of the promises of this store is that we wouldn't feed anything to our pets that we wouldn't eat. So, we removed those products that didn't meet that requirement. If and when the companies that were produced at Evangers or Evangers itself proves that they are actually producing the product that they claim it to be, we'll re-visit bringing those items back in. But - for now and the foreseeable future - these companies canned foods are not available at Auggie's Doggies:
On Feb 3, 2017, the FDA announced a recall of Evangers Hunk of Beef canned dog food. Much has been said about this - from the food manufacturer to food conspiracists - much of it is confusing and contradictory. Auggie's Doggies confirmed that our cans of this product were not included in this recall, however, in an abundance of caution, we pulled the product from our shelves and will not be selling it until we get a delivery from a newer batch. The best article we've come across about is was carried in the Whole Dog Journal. It was unbiased and discussed discrepancies from both sides - the pet parent and the company. I'd like to share this article with you and encourage you do make up your own minds. As far as we are concerned, we will continue to carry Evanger's other products because we believe them to be a quality product and healthy for your pet kids.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
So Babs wasn't even suppose to be here this week. Auggie's Doggies hosts a cat or two every week from Good Karma pet Rescue. The cat on Good Karma's schedule got adopted so Babs was brought in on Monday, April 25th as a fill in. The very next day, Laura came in with her parents and fell madly in love with her! Now, Laura is just visiting her parent. She actually lives in San Fransisco and had just lost her beloved Abyssinian. Babs was in the right place at the right time! Laura went on-line and filled in the Good Karma application; Good Karma checked her references and - VOILA - Babs is now a transcontinental cat! Not too shabby for a 3 year old girl that was abandoned when her original owners moved away and left her.
I've spent many happy hours in and around the Bay Area, and I can't imagine Babs living a better life! Congratulations to Laura, Babs and the good folks at Good Karma Pet Rescue (www.goodkarmapetrescue.org)
Here's a recent article about Michele Lazarow, a local commissioner who is bravely fighting to stop the sale of puppy mill puppies (and a FOAD)...
It takes a real pit bull to lead a crusade against puppy mills.
Enter Michele Lazarow, a Hallandale Beach commissioner with three rescue dogs who has taken on what she calls one of the cruelest industries around.
With Lazarow leading the charge, several dozen cities in South Florida have jumped on the bandwagon, banning the sale of puppies and kittens that come from large-scale commercial breeders. The laws limit pet stores to selling animals from shelters, humane societies and rescue groups, with the goal of getting rid of puppy mills that churn out sick animals....continued here