Does your dog root through laundry in search of your undies to – GASP – eat them!?!
For years, one topic has consistently reared it’s head in The Honest Kitchen inbox… undies. According to THK, a prevalent problem among dog owners is “pets consuming foreign objects around the home, especially underwear like socks, briefs and even bras,”
Be honest. You wrote to them, didn’t you! Well, they responded.
Check out Undies, edible underwear for pets, made entirely from dehydrated, human grade vegetable protein. Ingredients have been shaped into a flexible, realistic pair of underwear with instructions on how to use them – and how to spare your own underwear.
Undies can be hidden around the house to create all the fun of stealing some real underwear, but none of the risks of ingesting harmful fabric, underwires or thread. Undies are made from one pure, single source vegetable per variety and are available in Pure Carrot (socks), Pure Celery (briefs) and Pure Beet (bras). All we’ve added is a natural turkey aroma, and nothing else.
Save yourself another expensive trip to Victoria’s Secret and spare the health of your perverted pup. And you might want to rub yourself down with turkey before you serve up some Undies, you know, for authenticity sake. Okay, that’s our suggestion, not THK’s, but you’re no April Fool.
Saratoga Springs, NY beat Sonoma, CA in round one;Vancouver, BC in round two; and Sante Fe, NM in round three. While dog parks and pet-friendly hotels are nice, Saratoga has much, much more!
What Makes Saratoga Springs
“Best City for Pet Travelers?”
Saratoga Springs has made a concerted effort since 2009 to increase the dog-friendliness of it’s downtown business district, thanks to Melanie Dallas of Sloppy Kisses, a treat boutique for dogs, and Adrianna Flax of Saratoga Arts. Dog-Friendly Downtown is their brainchild.
THE WAY IT WORKS:
The blue sticker pictured here, when displayed on participating storefronts, acts as an invitation to walk in with your dog, year round and no questions asked.
Strut right in with your best friend to retail establishments, hotels, restaurants with outdoor dining options and even art galleries. That’s right. Dogs and their humans can see some of the region’s highest-quality contemporary art at The [dog-friendly] Arts Center gallery space!
Visit Saratoga Springs’ Dog-Friendly Downtown website for an interactive map listing all participating businesses and their possible size or food related limitations. According to Dallas, “You can shop, you can eat, you can go to the gallery, go get your nails done, and you can do all that with your dog.”
For more about Saratoga’s Dog-Friendly Downtown initiative, history, and growth, watch Dallas’ interview on Saratoga.com.
VOTE SARATOGA SPRINGS BEST CITY FOR PET TRAVELERS!
DOG-FRIENDLY – ALL YEAR LONG
For the Howl-o-ween hound Join Sloppy Kisses for their Annual Canine Costume Parade/Contest!
Have a booze hound? Yappy Hours are a frequent event. In 2012, they took place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every other Thursday, May through September. Prior hosts have been The Mill at Round Lake, Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga State Park, The Mouzon House, and The Inn at Saratoga.
For the Patriotic Pups
The Patriotic Pooch Parade marched down Broadway as part of Saratoga’s All American Celebration on July 4th.
VOTE SARATOGA SPRINGS BEST CITY FOR PET TRAVELERS!
WHAT DOG-FRIENDLY LOOKS LIKE:
I took Shamus, my Newf, to shop the shops on Dog-Friendly Downtown Day one year. Afterward, we hit up a rockin’ Yappy Hour at The Putnam Den where Mayor Johnson, his wife and their recently adopted dog Chase mingled with other dog lovers. After a day of meeting & greeting, dogs and owners were well acquainted. We were all “Snacks? Drinks? This party is ON!” Then it was off for a patio dinner with Amy and Rod from GoPetFriendly.com. This is where we met for the first time and where our idea for co-founding Be the Change for Animals was born!
VOTE SARATOGA SPRINGS BEST CITY FOR PET TRAVELERS!
Note the providers featuring lovely Upstate New York wines, Sonoma. We’ve proven you’re not the only gig in wine country. And Vancouver, we have you in our sites next.
VOTE SARATOGA SPRINGS BEST CITY FOR PET TRAVELERS!
Saratoga Springs may be notorious for race horses, but Mayor Johnson wouldn’t mind if it were notorious for dogs too – and that’s no sour grapes. C’mon Saratoga fans! Show your support for Dog-Friendly Downtown!
WHO WINS WHAT?
Because I nominated Saratoga, and if I win the Final 4 with your help, I’ll give the following to Dog House Adoptions in Poestenkill, NY for their (our) first birthday fundraiser in May… So, we all win by helping homeless dogs!
The tournament champion will receive: a three-night stay in the super pet friendly Kimpton hotel of their choosing, a pleathora of pet travel gear from Kurgo valued at over $300, dog food, supplements, and treats from The Honest Kitchen, a Critter Zone air purifier, a convenient travel bag set, complete with folding bowls, from Petmate, a snazzy matching collar and leash set from 2 Hounds Design, and a Sherpa soft-sided pet carrier.
The Honest Kitchen has been a beloved dog food brand in this household for several years now. I couldn’t have felt more confident about our pet food being gently dehydrated with all the safety precautions and controls afforded to humans – controls other pet foods can’t offer. Every bit of protein is hormone and antibiotic free, responsibly farm raised or wild caught. Fresh, GMO-free fruit and vegetables are never processed, nor are vitamins sprayed on to make up for lacking amounts due to processing.
In fact, The Honest Kitchen is healthier than what our household humans often eat. If I ate like my dogs, I’d be running circles around marathoners. Every day would be a good, healthy hair day. And if I want to, I can eat what my dogs eat because, as I said, The Honest Kitchen is human grade food. (It smells like the most delicious homemade chicken soup to me.)
What Happened to The Honest Kitchen?
Certain lots of food are being recalled. (See below for details.) My heart sank with the news. I’m well aware that human food preparation still faces risk of contamination regardless of higher FDA controls in place, but this brand has been conscientious in every way. Even their boxes are recyclable and inks are soy based to protect the environment (or chewing cats like Jed above). So, what could have happened?
Nothing Happened – But to be safe…
That’s right. Nothing happened with The Honest Kitchen specifically. Spokesperson Carmon Valasquez had this to say,
We have had absolutely no positive tests for Salmonella and no reports of illness; however, a supplier has informed us that they have found a positive Salmonella test from the same batch we used in our food.
If you read about THK’s own quality control process, you’ll see that it is very stringent. Still, to be safe, THK is treating the report as if their own food may be affected, just in case, even though their own tests came back clean.
My Faith: Unshaken and Strengthened
While nothing happened to THK, something did happen for me. My faith in The Honest Kitchen was strengthened by proactive and forthcoming nature of THK’s Founder and President, Lucy Postins. This is what she had to say about why the recall exists and how she’s working toward it never happening again.
From THK Founder and President, Lucy Postins
Dear Honest Kitchen Customer,
I’m writing to inform you that today we are voluntarily recalling five lots of our Verve, Zeal and Thrive products, which were produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012.
We are taking this precautionary action after learning that one of our raw ingredients suppliers has recalled a batch of human-grade parsley that has the potential to contain Salmonella. The batch of parsley was shipped to us in 2012 and used in the five lots of finished Honest Kitchen products. We’ve included specific details about which lots are being recalled, directions on how you can obtain a full refund for the affected lots, and information on the potential effects of Salmonella in our
official recall press release.
At The Honest Kitchen, we are accountable for every pound of food that we produce and ultimately, when it comes to the way we do business, the buck stops with me. We are committed to always providing healthy, quality products that balance gentle production methods with a focus on safety and integrity, and along with my team, I have built our company over the last decade on the principles of honesty, transparency and openness.
We work closely with each of our suppliers to carefully source our human grade ingredients. Our finished products are made in a human food facility and held to the same high quality control standards as human food products. And, humans taste the products we make as part of our quality control and R&D processes.
As you may know, Salmonella can appear in many human foods, from pistachios to mangoes, but it trends particularly high in meats, eggs and leafy greens such as spinach, lettuce and herbs. To further protect you from the risks Salmonella can pose, we’re adding additional steps to our food safety program:
All dehydrated leafy greens (parsley, basil, dandelion, spinach and alfalfa) will be steamed, to eliminate pathogens while maintaining our commitment to very gentle production that retains and protects the nutrients that nature provides.
We will conduct additional tests for pathogens on all leafy greens when they arrive at our manufacturing facility.
We are no longer purchasing any ingredients from the supplier that provided the parsley being recalled.
We are committed to continually evolving and adapting our procedures to prevent problems like this from occurring in the future. If you have questions, concerns, or frustrations, please call our toll free number, 1-866-437-9729 or send an email to email@example.com. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST to respond to inquiries.
I apologize for the inconvenience this situation has created and I promise that we will continue to operate our family business in a way that lives up to the high standards that you have always expected from us.
Thank you, Lucy, and to all the THK staff, for protecting our animals in every way conceivable, and for the precautionary measures you’ll now implement to make them even safer. My faith remains unshaken thanks to the honest foundation this company provides to all it’s customers, costumers who are treated like family because we all eat from the same THK table.
Item Code: ZR
Production Date: 9/21/12
Expiration Date: 9/21/13
Size: 10 lb. box
Lot Number: 2652A (batches 1-4)
Item Code: TM
Production Date: 9/18/12
Expiration Date: 9/18/13
Size: 1 oz. sample
Lot Number: 2622A (batch 3)
The people who stand behind The Honest Kitchen genuinely want your pets to be safe – just as much as you do. How could they not? Every day, they and their pets eat this food too.
I am a proud participant in The Honest Kitchen’s ally program. I joined because, after increased deception about what constitutes “healthy” food in the pet food industry, I’ve found a human grade, socially and environmentally conscious dog and cat food company that I can trust my pets’ life with. While I do receive samples and a discount through the program, I tell everybody I know about The Honest Kitchen because – bottom line – I want people to feel as good about what they feed their pets as I do.
This One Wild Life wants your interpretation of our photo story.
What’s this critter thinking about his situation?
What silly or snarky comment would he make?
Why play? First, it’s just stoopid fun. And, time/life permitting, we may add our favorite comment to the photo and share it across our social media network with credit to you! But really, do it because it’s stoopid fun.
The answer is this… I stopped when I grew bored with “trying” to capture photos in order to continue the trend. I much prefer the magical happenstance of capturing a perfect moment – just because. Missing this made me cranky, apparently, for a month and a year.
During that time, I shot more pictures – for fun. Visiting the terabyte of new images last night, clearly we have enough to reconsider. So, Miss Mel, tons of fresh, new Wordless Wednesdays are in the queue for the year ahead. And, if I were to hazard a guess, spontaneous shots taken this year just may keep things going through 2014.
Can’t Get Enough? There’s More!
Our entire collection is now in the new “Caption This!” menu category under Human Animal. (Please be patient with less fleshed-out menu options. We’re categorically retrofitting blog posts through 2009. This process is long.)
Ready? Set. GO!
Fire up your witty caption engines and start posting your thought bubbles in the comments below!
BarkWorld Expo is a friendly and supportive social media marketing conference for the pet industry and pet enthusiasts alike. While fresh, fun pet products were on display last October, plenty of people discussed how rescues, shelters and bloggers greatly benefit animal rescue and welfare every day.
I was honored with an invitation to speak, and my session, The Social Good: Marketing Strategies for Animal Welfare Advocates, aimed to bridge all parties by sharing my real-life experiences with global and local advocacy.
I began as a hobbyist pet blogger, like many of you, looking for ways to make my corner of the internet useful for animals in need. I’ve since experienced wonderful successes as co-founder of Be the Change for Animals, an international animal advocacy site, and Dog House Adoptions, a local rescue.
I am still a blogger who works to help organizations. And now my websites have become organizations that work with bloggers. I’ve learned through a ton of trial and a healthy share of error that, together, we can be a powerful and amplified means for persuasive, life-saving storytelling – once we learn where our pieces fit together.
And our animals’ stories don’t have to be limited by the boundaries of our own small towns. Local rescue efforts can often be funded by people around the globe… if your story packs up nicely and travels well. That’s the beauty of social media.
Below, you’ll find a video of my presentation, slides, notes, and a PDF of online resources. If you’re new to online advocacy work, or want to get involved as a blogger, these tips will get you started. If you’re a seasoned veteran, this material may offer fresh inspiration.
The Social Good: Marketing Strategies for Animal Welfare Advocatees
Spark connections with folks who can help, at home and even abroad.
Stock your toolbox with free resources to manage your campaign and increase its reach.
Download the PDF. Included is my session outline and 2 pages of helpful online resource links.
Note: Please pardon the faint sound, the fact that they put li’l ol’ me in this giant conference room where everybody sat at the back, and that I actually cried while talking about one of our awesome rescue dogs. Someday, I will get better at this.
For Prezi impaired devices, visit Slideshare for a copy.
Cheers to your success. I hope your animal cause gains gobs of support through social media!