Archive for January, 2009

New Collar Shipment!

Hey faithful customers!  Just wanted to let all you collar hounds know that we have received another shipment of If It Barks Collars.  Six of these collars were spoken for before they even arrived, so come on in to check out the rest!  These collars are made in North Carolina and have become our most popular line.  Here are some photos of current stock:

 

Martingale Collars

Martingale Collars

Traditional Collars

Traditional Collars

You  may notice that there are two styles of collars.  The second photo is of a traditional style, quick release collar.  This is most popular, but I prefer the martingale style for many reasons:

No buckles to break or pinch sensitive fingers in

No risk of dog escaping or “backing out” of collar during a scary event like a loud truck, etc.

Increased width to prevent choking

Limited slip sizing to prevent choking, yet offer control

Some of our favorite customers wear If It Barks collars:

 

Jack, Missy and Jenny

L-R: Jack, Missy and Jenny

 

Have a great night!

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Strange, Strange Dog

Guess Who ENJOYS being squirted with a water spritzer???

Hope you’re all recovering from shoveling!  Have a great night!

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Simone, Charlie and Jasper

Today’s Dog (and Cat) of the Blog award goes to….

Simone, Charlie and Jasper

of Rockland 

 

Jasper, Simone, Charlie

Jasper, Simone, Charlie

Parents: Jenilyn Johnson-Mom and Neil is their “parent”, care-taker and alpha male

Names:  Simone D., Charlie Bird, Jasper 

How we met: Both dogs are pet shop dogs from the DC Metro area. Simone is from Laurel, MD and Charlie is from a pet store across from the Huntington Metro stop in Alexandria, VA. They are from puppy mills probably, so I assume that is why they are slightly nuts and have anxiety and nervousness. Jasper was brought to us by a friend that couldn’t have another cat in their home-he instantly fit right in with the other two. Most people were afraid my dogs would kill my new kitten, but they were very accepting and were curious about him. He kept jumping his seperation and “getting to know you” fence to get to them. He’s never been afriad of either dogs.
Ages:  Simone is 7. Charlie is 6. Jasper isn’t a year old yet.
Favorite Treats:  Anything I give them they love and if they don’t, they spit it out on the floor and stare at me.
Favorite Foods: The dogs eat Orijen. The cat is very pickly. The Dogs will eat anyting. The cat won’t eat salmon in any form. He prefers birds, mice, and moles from the yard and brings them to us on a regular basis.
Special Tricks: It is hard to teach two dogs tricks because they compete with each other for food. It is getting better though. Charlie guards his food as if someone is going to take it away. He is the best lap dog and will let you hold him as long as you want. Simone is a big dog in a small dogs body, so she wants to go out and run in the snow, but her feet get too cold.  Jasper does somersaults around Charlie’s mid-section and likes to hang over him like a piece of furniture. Charlie likes attention, so he loves it.
Where they sleep:  All of them sleep in a big lump behind our couch, on their own big bed in front of the woodstove. Simone is weird about her sleeping spot, so I tried getting another smaller bed for her. The guys keep getting into it. 
Pet Peeves (human perspective):  I don’t have any pet peeves about them. I do have pet peeves about other pet owners. I do wish they, the dogs and the people, would calm down a little and come into our tiny home without a huge fuss. We want to improve Simone’s overall health-the allergy issue and the cherry eye. I hate it when people look at me like I abuse my dog and that is why she has cherry eye. It appeared one day and it is expensive to fix. Jasper likes to go outside and sit on the steps at 3 am, only to be let in 5 minutes later- so we have to wait for him.

 

Simone

Simone

Charlie

Charlie

 

Thanks to Jenilyn and Neil for being such loyal customers.  (even though is mean to us for being fans of a certain baseball team) 😉

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New Product!

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a toy that was:

Made in the USA, 

Edible,

Longlasting,

Organic,

Hypoallergenic,

Available at the Loyal Biscuit co, 

Hmmmmmmm????????

I present to you…

 SNOOK’S Dog Chews and Chips!

 

Sweet Potato Chew!

Sweet Potato Chew!

 

Snook's Sweet Potato Chips

Snook's Sweet Potato Chips

Snook’s Sweet Potato Chews are from a great little company in Oregon.  The chips are made from Organic Sweet Potatoes, and the Chews are basically a hemp rope strung with the Sweet Chips!  Sweet potatoes are a low glycemic carbohydrate option for dogs, even pups with severe allergies.  They are also readily digestible, so pups with sensitive tummies can enjoy these as well.  Once your doggy has eaten the sweet potatoes from the chews, they can enjoy gnawing on and playing tug with the Hemp Rope that is left! 

 

Hemp Rope

Hemp Rope

 

 

Other fabulous features:

-Pleasant smell, unlike rawhides (which we will not sell and you should not buy) and other animal-based chewies

-Amazing dental cleaning abilities

-High in fiber for intestinal health

Here is a testimonial from a happy customer:

This is a fan letter – my two Jack Russells absolutely LOVE the Sweet Potato Dog Chips. I purchased them at Wags! in Eugene, Oregon. I’d recently started sharing a bite or two of a baked sweet potato with my two little guys after learning how good sweet potatos are for dogs. With the sweet potato dog chips I now have this treat available all the time, not just when I bake sweet potatos for lunch or dinner. Thank you again for this imaginative and dog-approved treat! –Miss Jan

We are hooked! Reddi, our 5 month old puppy not only loves munching on yourbut he loves tossing it in the air and teasing us with it. Keeps our puppy happy (especially those those times when he is restricted to his crate) which is a good thing if you know what I mean. Thanks for a great product! –Cathy

Here is a video of my dog, Orli, enjoying her first Snook’s Dog Chew…

There are 4 sizes to accomodate any size dog and the chips are available in small sizes and amounts as well.  The Snooks products range in price from $4.00-$24.00, so there’s something for everyone!  Come visit our ever-changing little shop on Main Street in Rockland to give them a try!

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Tonight’s Dinner

Just a quick photographic essay on my dog’s dinner this evening.  This was totally thrown together last minute and I’m posting this to show how simple it can be to feed large dogs this way!  

 

Bauer's Dinner

Bauer's Dinner

Bauer’s late night dinner:

Cage free, free range, local eggs

Greek Yogurt

Honest Kitchen Preference

Carrots and Cucumbers

Assorted herbal supplements for anti-cancer purposes

 

Orli's Dinner

Orli's Dinner

Orli’s Dinner:

Primal Turkey Grind

Greek Yogurt

Carrots, cucumbers

Egg

Honest Kitchen Preference

This is not their typical dinner, rather just a small snack.  Tonight, Orli had a Bully Stick* from our store to chew on, so I didn’t give her a full meal.  Bauer had his Canine Genius (similar to a Kong/coming this week to the Biscuit) filled with dehydrated jerky treats and Texas Toothpicks*.  On days this cold, I hate going outside and they seem to hate it worse!  So, I give them something yummy to work on to keep them busy and entertained.

*Our prices for Bully Sticks $4.99, Texas Toothpicks $16.00 (Merrick has some NUTTY prices if you buy direct). 

Thanks for checking in tonight.  This post is dedicated to my Dog, Orli, who totally counter-surfed today and destroyed a box of Earl Grey Tea.  Fear not, she did not consume the tea…merely pushed it around.  Hence the bully stick. 

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The List, Chapter 1

 

Sick little kitten!

Sick little kitten!

 

 

Following is a list of the top 10 reasons humans take their fur kids to the veterinarian.  This article was published in Pet Product News (Aug. 08), one of the pet industry trade mag’s.  I found this list online at Pal Dog/Pal Kitty’s blog.   This is a wonderful dog and cat wellness company, whose products we carry at the Loyal Biscuit Co

This will be a series post, that we will re-visit periodically.  It is ALOT of information to cover, so we will take our time, so as to avoid boredom.  If you have any particular issues you’d like to see discussed sooner, just add a note to the comments.

Let’s begin with the list:

DOGS

1) Ear Infections

2) Skin Allergies

3) Pyoderma and Hot Spots

4)  Gastritis and vomiting

5)  Enteritis and diarrhea

6)  Urinary tract infections

7)  Benign skin tumors

8)  Eye Inflammation

9)  Osteoarthritis

10) Hypothyroidism

CATS

1)  Urinary tract infections

2) Gastritis, Vomiting, Hairballs

3)  Chronic renal failure

4)  Enteritis and diarrhea

5)  Diabetes mellitus

6) Skin Allergies

7) Colitis and constipation

8)  Ear infections

9)  Respiratory infections

10)  Hyperthyroidism

Tonight, we will discuss Dog Issue # 1 and Cat Issue #8 :  Ear Infections…

 

My ears itch!

My ears itch!

Signs of a serious ear condition:

1.  Foul Odor

2.  Excessive Head shaking

3.  Redness or Tenderness

4.  Balance issues

5.  Waxy, brown discharge

Causes:

1. Poor Diet (Grocery store brand commercial foods containing Wheat, corn, soy and other assorted crap)

2. Poor hygiene

3. Ear Mites

4. Bacterial Infections

Tips for clean, healthy ears:

1. Clean Diet

2. Daily or Weekly ear maintenance, especially after swimming or rolling in dirt, etc.

3.  Avoid excessive antibiotics

So, there is a basic overview of ear issues in dogs and cats.  At the first sign of an ear infection, call your vet.  If left untreated, your pet could have permanent damage.  In some severe cases, your vet may recommend antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications.  Once your dog or cat is healed, we recommend a weekly regimen of all-natural ear cleaning.   This is also a good time to re-evaluate your dog’s or cat’s diet for any possible allergens.  Even a super fancy dog food can have a rare trigger ingredient.  It never hurts to clean up the diet even more, by going raw or dehydrated.

Well, that was amazingly boring, so let’s end with a pleasant video…


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2nd Annual Puppy Love Sale!

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It’s almost time for our 2nd Annual Puppy Love Sale!  This event was so much fun last year, so we are going to run the sale for the entire month of February.  Many items in our shop will be up to 50% off…maybe more!  Categories with sale items:

Apparel

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Beds

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Collars & Leashes

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Toys

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Grooming

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The Sale will run from February 2nd, 2009 until February 28th, 2009.  

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