Monday, April 28, 2008

Dog poisoning by criminals increasing

There has been an alarming increase in dog poisoning by criminals lurking in SA's suburbs, an armed response company said on Friday.

"A number of incidents of dog poisoning have been reported to Chubb services and the police. "Dog owners need to be vigilant for any suspicious visitors in and around the communities," Chubb services said in a statement.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New pet store caters to 'green' dogs, cats

Organic food and a sustainable house aren't just for people anymore. Noble Beast Pet Store owners hope to provide a more environmentally friendly lifestyle for dogs and cats and their owners.

"It's the wave of the future, in my opinion," said Alison Chandler, owner of the "green" pet store, which has been open for four months.

"We all are more conscious about not impacting the environment and eating healthier. As people learn more about the benefits of organic products for themselves it transfers over to their pets."
Some of the more popular products include eco-friendly dog beds, hemp collars and a line of homeopathic remedies for pet ailments.

"We focus on merchandise that is organic, holistic, Earth-friendly," Chandler said. "We have everything from food to camping gear for dogs and cats, toys, books."

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Martha Stewart: Pets need good, healthy food -- just like humans

Q . I am concerned about some of the ingredients in commercial pet food. What do you feed your dogs?

A . It's just as important to read the labels on your pet's food as it is your own. Make sure that the first ingredient listed is some kind of meat, and that the rest of the ingredients are natural, as opposed to processed. You'll also want to choose a pet food that is not high in carbohydrates or sugar.

I feed my dogs an all-natural, organic dry food, but then supplement their diet with some very basic human foods. For example, I often give them steamed vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, kale, spinach and even sweet potatoes. They need plenty of protein, so I'll also scramble the occasional egg for my dogs or add a piece of cooked meat or a spoonful of cottage cheese to the bowl.

Paying close attention to your dog's diet and giving him fresh, nutrient-rich food will help him live a long and healthy life.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

New breed of pet products going green

Many pet stores are adding special eco-friendly sections to their aisles, and online sales are booming.

Now in its third year of operation, is one of at least a dozen online retailers specializing in environmentally friendly pet products. The store carries everything from natural peanut butter-flavored dog cookies to eco-friendly plush squeaky toys. Their top seller is a $120 dog bed made from recycled materials and printed with low-impact dyes, and a $75 organic cotton quilt designed to protect car seats from pet hair is so popular it's out of stock.

Bodenstein says she sells environmentally- friendly accessories for all facets of a pet's life, from snout to tail - even biodegradable plastic baggies for picking up dog poop.

But the industry isn't all lavender and mint dog shampoo and stylish leashes made of hemp.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Barkery Boo'tique offers 'personal touch'

Animals have always played an important role in Debbie Bauman's life.

So it seemed only natural that she incorporate her affection for them with a new business when she decided to leave the real estate field in 2006.

Inspired by her family's Golden Labrador mix Boo, Ms. Bauman opened Boo's namesake, the Barkery Boo'tique.

"I love everything about it," Ms. Bauman, 48, said of her pet store at 38 Bank St. during a recent interview there.

The business was previously located on Bridge Street near Veterans Bridge, but relocated just a few months ago.

The store sells a variety of pet baked goods -- even birthday cakes -- and boutique items catering to nearly every pet need.

Natural and organic cat and dog food, collars, apparel, pet beds, travel bags, toys, bath supplies, safety products and bowls are among the items for sale at the Barkery Boo'tique.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

As fancy pet foods proliferate, here's what experts say dogs and cats ...

If you really want to start a heated debate up at the dog park, don't bring up Iraq or the presidential election: Ask the dog owners what kind of dog food they use.

You'll get an earful about raw food diets, antioxidants, organic and holistic dog foods, steamed vegetables for dogs and the best books with instructions for making your own dog food. Unsubstantiated rumors fly -- such as the particularly nasty one that big-brand dog and cat foods are made of euthanized companion animals. Cat owners can be just as vocal about the very best foods for their finicky feline friends.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New Website Focuses On Animal Charities and Safe Pet Food Shopping

Pet Commerce Direct launches the Animal Shelter Store, designed exclusively for animal shelters and rescues to use as an online fundraising program. The Animal Shelter Store marketplace features more than 600 recall-free pet foods, treats, vitamins and natural remedies.

Germantown, NY (PRWEB) February 7, 2008 -- Pet Commerce Direct, a New York LLC, has launched the Animal Shelter Store, the first of three unique programs created exclusively to enhance online fundraising and increase donations for animal shelters and rescues.

The first program released February 1, 2008 is the Animal Shelter, which features more than 600 dog and cat recall-free food, treats, vitamins and natural remedies. None of the companies listed in the store are contained in the FDA's January 2008 updated list of companies who were part of the 2007-2008 recall.

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Good dog! Have a treat at Just Dogs! Gourmet

At Just Dogs! Gourmet in Randolph, the proprietor is Elvine Tsang, self-proclaimed dogaholic. The quality control supervisors are Sydney, 6, and Ada, 4. They are German pinschers.

"I don't sell anything Sydney and Ada don't like," said Tsang, originally from Thailand.

The shop, which carries dozens of fun items from dog spa products and designer pet tags to easy-walk harnesses and rhinestone starlet necklaces, is mostly about healthy dog food. Customer traffic has been brisk at the 2-month-old Route 10 location.

"After last year's recall of pet food made with ingredients imported from China, dog owners are more educated," said the 34-year-old Tsang, who opened the shop of her dreams after downsizing ended a 10-year career in corporate graphic design. "Today people ask me where our products are made -- here or abroad."

The answer is "here." To be precise, the company makes its own treats in its Pennsylvania "barkery" using human grade ingredients in a facility inspected by the U.S.

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