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The Biscuit is MOVING!!!

The Loyal Biscuit Co in Rockland, Maine is moving to 442 Main Street in the old Andrus Flower Shop space!  We begin basic clean-up and fresh paint, etc tomorrow and will be fully relocated by the 1st of July! 

This move will allow us to expand our product lines substantially, so any suggestions are welcome.  This will also allow to offer services such as a dog spa and adoption events, as well as lectures and movie nights!  

We are so excited about this move and hope that you are too.  Any ideas and suggestions are welcome at info@loyalbiscuit.com  

Please enjoy the interactive street view map below.  Use the arrow button to change the view.  We will be across the street from Rheal Day Spa and Rockland Cafe, so 

Lobster Roll?  Check

Human Facial? Check

Doggy Facial?  CHECK!


 

*Please note the google street view map shows the street  number as 380. It is actually 442 Main Street.

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The 3/50 Project

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Photo of Maddi Pug added for reasons of cuteness.

Photo of Maddi Pug added for reasons of cuteness.

 

 

We are starting to figure this out, after all!

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Rawhide is horrific.

End of story.

Here is the wikipedia info for Rawhide….

Rawhide is a hide or animal skin that has not been exposed to tanning. It is much lighter in color than leather made by traditional vegetable tanning. The skin from buffalo, deer, elk or cattle from which most rawhide originates is prepared by removing all fur, meat and fat. The hide is then usually stretched over a frame before being dried. The resulting material is hard and translucent. It can be shaped by rewetting and forming before being allowed to thoroughly re-dry. It can be rendered more pliable by ‘working’, i.e. bending repeatedly in multiple directions, often by rubbing it over a post, sometimes traditionally by chewing. It may also be oiled or greased for a degree of waterproofing.

It is often used for objects such as whips, drumheads or lampshades, and more recently chew toys for dogs. It is thought to be more durable than leather, especially in items suffering abrasion during use, and its hardness and shapability render it more suitable than leather for some items. For example, rawhide is often used to cover saddle trees, which make up the foundation of a western saddle, while wet: it strengthens the wooden tree by drawing up very tight as it dries, and resists the abrasion regularly encountered during stock work or rodeo sports. It can also be used as a backing on a wooden bow. Such a backing prevents the bow from breaking by taking a share of the tension stress. Bows made from weaker woods such as birch or cherry benefit more from a rawhide backing. Rawhide is, however more susceptible to water than leather, and will quickly soften and stretch if left wet unless well waterproofed. It is quite effective when used for training dogs and also satisfies their natural desire for meat.   Or you could give your dog meat?  Hmmmm…

Wet rawhide has been used by some earlier cultures as a means of torture or execution, gradually biting into or squeezing the flesh of body parts it encloses as it dries. Example is buskin.  (This is my favorite part)

Still wonder why we won’t sell it?  It isn’t good enough for your dog. 

Check out this awesome blog post at Cup Of Dog.  

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE OF RAWHIDE PRODUCTION.  NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!


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Dog in Rockland needs HELP!

 

 

Good afternoon, Loyal Biscuit Blog Readers!  This is a call to action.  This sweet dog was reportedly shot in the leg.  He has made it through surgery, but he needs MONEY!  Our awesome Animal Control Officer, CJ paid for his medical care out of pocket.  That is so kind of her, but I’m certain it wasn’t cheap or expected.  We have a little fund going for him, so please drop off money when you are in getting things for your dogs and cats.  If you are out of town, Donations may be mailed to us or directly to the fund:

Camden National Bank
For the Benefit of Injured Animals
C/O ACO Cj Virgie
PO Box 880
Rockland, ME 04841

Here  is the full story from our Rockland/Thomaston Dog Trainer, Marie Finnegan.

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Thoughts on fleas and ticks and mosquitos, Oh MY!

Most of you know that, after I took over this shop, I chose to no longer stock Frontline or Advantage.  While both of these products (and many others) are effective and have their place in many pet’s lives, they deserve serious thought and consideration.  I think it is important that you discuss these products with your veterinarian.  Of course, I don’t believe that most vets know enough about nutrition (see here), but they certainly know about disease and treatment.   I am not opposed to the use of these products and have used them in the past and may use them again.  The potential for bug-borne diseases is very serious and deserves to be addressed both allopathically and holistically, depending on the dog.  Talk to the vet and ask questions.  You have a right to know every possible method and/or product for prevention.  

So, I’d like to have a flea and tick talk, starting with a crash course about the pesky little bugs themselves! (Click each photo for a link to a boring Wikipedia page about each lovely critter.  )

Flea = Yuck Bug

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Tick=Mean Bug

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Mosquito=Skanky Bug


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So, what are we trying to avoid by repelling these bad boys?  Well, the biggies are: 

Heartworm Disease

Lyme Disease

Ehrlichiosis

Anaplasmosis

If you want to pull out the big guns (Frontline, Advantix, Advantage, Revolution, HeartGuard), please be certain to get the dosage right.  Always buy the right amount for your dog/cat.  Some products aren’t safe for cats so READ THE LABELS!  I know they are boring, but so is this blog and you’re reading it, right?  Har har har. 

Now, Let’s discuss some alternative methods.  There are several options available for alternative pest control.  Here’s what we have at the Loyal Biscuit Co:

Equinature Bug Gone

Equinature Bug Gone Spray and Wipes

Equinature Bug Gone Spray and Wipes

 

 

EcoPure Naturals Flea and Tick Spray,

Shampoo & Collars

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EcoPure Naturals

 

 ArkNaturals Neem Protect

Shampoo & Spray

 

 

ArkNaturals Neem Shampoo

ArkNaturals Neem Shampoo

ArkNaturals Neem Spray

ArkNaturals Neem Spray

These are just a few of the many options we have available at the Loyal Biscuit Co.  When I started writing this post, it was still rainy and cold, but the weather is fabulous now.  Downside?  The bugs will begin their attack any day now.  Be prepared!  

Let’s finish today’s post with a video that teaches us how to identify ticks… 


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