Monday, January 26, 2015

CocoTherapy

About a month ago, I posted a question on Facebook asking if anyone feeds their dog/cat coconut oil. At the time, I was contemplating supplementing my cats' diet with coconut oil. Both cats have food
allergies and dandruff issues. I decided to go ahead and try coconut oil and the results are in: The dandruff has been eliminated, their fur is silky, shiny and full. They seem to be eating less food and are more content.

During the time of my contemplation, I did some research on coconut oil. I knew that coconut oil was great for humans (I'm kind of obsessed with it), but wanted to make sure it was safe to give to dogs/cats. What I found out is that it is GREAT for dogs/cats.

Coconut oil has a composition of medium chain fatty acids. One of these medium chain fatty acids is called lauric acid. When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin. Without getting all "scientific-y" on you, I am just going to say that monolaurin is a super hero in the body: it exhibits anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties that destroy all those enemies that infiltrate your body and make you sick. Supplementing your dog's diet with coconut oil may help a multitude of health issues including:

  • overall skin health
  • when applied topically, it can help heal cuts, wounds, hot spots, bites and stings.
  • prevents and treats yeast infections.
  • recovery from kennel cough.
  • digestion and nutrient absorption are improved. 
  • helps balance insulin.
  • weight management and increased energy.
  • brain health
  • gastrointestinal and oral health.
  • healthy immune system, metabolic function and bone health. 


Of course, I would always recommend that you talk to your veterinarian about supplementing with coconut oil and do your own research! If you do decide to give it a whirl, start your dog off slowly. Giving Fido too much too fast could result in a sick puppy.  It is recommended that you start with 1/4 tsp for a small dog or 1 tsp for a large dog every couple of days. Then slowly increase the dosage. The recommended full dosage is 1/4 tsp per 10 lbs of dog weight twice daily. You can also use it topically.

With all that said, I would like to introduce you to our new product in the candy store: CocoTherapy! We chose CocoTherapy because the coconuts are grown and processed on the same farm, therefore the quality will always be consistent. In fact, a coconut is harvested fresh and opened withing 4- 8 hours of harvesting. This company's coconut products are organic, human-grade and unrefined. I know that sounds a bit knit-picky. But when it comes to what kind of coconut oil you use, quality does matter. The way it is processed determines how much nutrients will be present in the oil. For more information, I highly recommend you browse CocoTherapy's website. These people know their coconuts!
 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bosco and Roxy's

The candy store treat company I am going to highlight this week is Bosco and Roxy's . We first learned about them at a dog convention in Las Vegas this past summer. They are based out of London, Ontario Canada and founded by fellow dog boarding facility owners, Michelle and Jamie Crook. Michelle and Jamie wanted to give the dogs special treats while they were boarding, so they started baking from scratch. Word slowly spread about their treat's awesomeness and soon people were asking if they could take them home. The treats have quickly spread across North America, yet they still retain that homemade touch.


This image was found on their Facebook page. Click here to "like" them.

All of their cookies are hand cut, baked and decorated. Their ingredients are human-grade and they carry wheat-free options for those sensitive stomached pups.


We also like that they have many different themed cookies to choose from, so we can pick our treats according to what's going on at Bark City.  Obviously, the theme we currently chose is because we love dogs so much and has NOTHING to do with Valentine's Day. (hahaha.)


Plus, they make really cute client pictures when balanced on noses.....

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bubba Rose Biscuit Company

We launched our Dog Candy Store in December. It took us quite a while to decide what treats to carry. After all, we only want the best treats available to our clients! I would like to take these next few weeks to highlight the companies we decided to use. Today, is Bubba Rose Biscuit Company.

Bubba Rose was started in 2006 by Jessica and Eric Talley. They started making dog treats for their two rescue dogs, Bubba and Rose. From there, it kind of took off! Now they have been featured on NBC's Today Show, People Magazine, NY Times Style Magazine, Modern Dog...and MANY more... trust me, the list is really long. I didn't feel like typing them all out. They also have a cook book you can buy. (See picture to immediate right.)


What I like about Bubba Rose is that every treat is wheat, corn, soy, gluten free AND baked in small batches in their bakery in NJ. All the meats are locally sourced, free-range, grass fed and hormone and antibiotic free. They not only care about dogs, but ALL animals and want the ingredients they use to be farmed humanely. The eggs they use are from cage-free hens (I refuse to say "cage-free eggs" because that just bothers me grammatically).  And, If I haven't used the word "free" enough, I am about to do it now: Everything they make is free of chemicals, free of salt, free of artificial flavors, free of colors, free of fillers and free of GMO ingredients. That is a lot of stuff that is not added! Which means, they probably don't cut a lot of corners when making their treats.

To put a cherry on top of all of this goodness, a portion of their sales goes to animal rescue organizations. 


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Winter Gear for Dogs

Christmas is done and the stores are stocking their shelves with all things spring. Yet, spring is a LONG way off... at least in Montana! To thwart all of those store's attempts at luring us into false illusions of tulip bulbs bursting through defrosted soil, I have decided to post winter gear for dogs! We will still need to bundle ourselves and dogs for quite a while, and we might as well look good while strutting our stuff in 4' snow drifts. As always, I have linked the name of the business for each item. All you have to do is click to shop.

Who can resist a dog dressed as a bumble bee. Stay warm and join in on advertising spring! This sweater can be made into different sizes and can be found at A Dog Fashion.


YES!!! A Dr. Who dog sweater!!!! I cannot add enough exclamation marks!!!! This is made by Dog Sweaters By Maggs.


I'm not sure if it is this picture of the pup sitting at the top of the stairs that adds to the cuteness of this sweater, or the little flower or the combination. But again, you can advertise spring hopefulness with this sweater by driggs 100.


This one is a little more practical for hiking around in Montana weather. It is beautifully made and the dog in this picture looks quite "sophisticated". It is made by Pepper Pet Wear and is warm, waterproof and wind proof.

And shoes! to keep those pads free from ice pack and frostbite:


These booties are by DoGGie Kicks. They only make them for small dogs, but have gotten really good reviews!


Some more booties that have gotten good reviews! These are made by Joni's Barkery.

All of these items can be found on Etsy and are reasonably priced. For tips on how to keep your dog warm and safe in cold weather, please visit our post on Winter Care for Dogs.