Edible Undies – for Dogs?

Edible Undies – for Dogs?

Edible Undies - For Dogs

Does your dog root through laundry in search of your undies to  – GASP – eat them!?!

The Honest KitchenFor 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.

Undies- The Honest Kitchen

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.

Shop Now for our Dehydrated Human Grade Edible Veggie Undies! 

An Honest Recall from The Honest Kitchen

An Honest Recall from The Honest Kitchen

Jed Loves The Honest Kitchen

The Honest Kitchen

What is The Honest Kitchen?

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.

Cookie Monster Kim Clune

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,

Carmen VelasquezWe 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

Lucy Postins and WillowDear 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 info@thehonestkitchen.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.

Lucy

 

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.

Please Check Your Inventory

If you have any of this product in hand, contact THK for a refund. More information can be found at The Honest Kitchen’s Quality Control FAQ.

Verve_Web Verve:
Item Code: V4, VR
Production Date: 8/20/12
Expiration Date: 8/20/13
Size: 4 lb. box, 10 lb. box
Lot Number: 2332A (batches 1-3)

Item Code: VR
Production Date: 11/1/12
Expiration Date: 11/1/13
Size: 10 lb. box
Lot Number: 3062A (batches 8 & 9)

Zeal_WebZeal:
Item Code: Z4, ZR
Production Date: 8/14/12
Expiration Date: 8/14/13
Size: 4 lb. box, 10 lb. box
Lot Number: 2272A (batches 1-5)

Item Code: ZR
Production Date: 9/21/12
Expiration Date: 9/21/13
Size: 10 lb. box
Lot Number: 2652A (batches 1-4)

Thrive_WebThrive:
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.

The Honest Kitchen

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.

 

Politics Goes to Real Dogs in Fun New Book

Politics Goes to Real Dogs in Fun New Book

Red Dog / Blue Dog

People Politics

Tonight, Americans will watch another Presidential Debate.  Spin doctors will judge through the long, dark night which candidate is top dog or underdog. Citizen punditry will dog Facebook and Twitter feeds with renewed fury. All will be asking, “Can this dog hunt?”

As a nation, our political appetites are insatiable. And now the dogs have joined the mix in a funny new book called Red Dog/Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political (affiliate link) by Chuck Sambuchinol. 

Dog Politics

Red Dog / Blue DogRed Dog/Blue Dog proves, once and for all, that some tails wag to the left and others to the right.

With 140 full-color photos of opinionated pooches accompanied by clever captions from the dogs themselves, this amusing book will add some much-needed levity to politics— whatever side of the political spectrum you are on.

Arriving in time for the 2012 election season and Presidential debates, this book provides humorous levity in the heart of a never-ending public debate.

Order your copy of Red Dog/Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political on Amazon.com (affiliate link). A portion of proceeds will be donated to no-kill shelters / rescue groups around the country. So buy this gem, featured by PoliticalWire and The Huffington Post, for your favorite armchair politicians, 2-leggers and 4-leggers alike.

What’s Inside

I’d like to believe that my dogs are independent (and speak with British accents) but, clearly, a dog’s political perspective isn’t so cut and dried. Take these humorously stereotypical positions from the book’s balanced spreads of red vs. blue pooches:

Red Dog / Blue Dog - Spread 1

Red Dog relishes pooping on the New York Times.
Blue Dog loves his new e-reader because he can get all of his liberal media in one place. 

Red Dog / Blue Dog - Spread 2

Red Dog would like to know why these flags were made in China.
Blue Dog would like to know if this dog bone is organic and fair-trade. 

Red Dog / Blue Dog - Spread 3

Red Dog would like to see your long-form birth certificate.
Blue Dog thinks your flat tax plan is preposterous. 

Voiceless political pets are voiceless no more, thanks to Chuck and his army of internet followers with politicized dog pictures.
Check out Red Dog/Blue Dog (affiliate link) today!

Chuck Sambuchino and his dog GrahamAbout the Author:
Chuck Sambuchino is the pet parent of Graham and a politics junkie. He is the author of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack (optioned for film by Sony in 2011). He also edits the Guide to Literary Agents (Writer’s Digest Books) as well as other writing guides. He lives in Cincinnati. Please visit him at chucksambuchino.com and reddog-bluedog.com.

Disclosure: A free copy of this book was sent to me for review. I wrote about it, not for compensation, but strictly because I found it amusing and thought that you might too.
Sparkling Sardines: Pet Treats to Beat Heat & Itch!

Sparkling Sardines: Pet Treats to Beat Heat & Itch!

Sparkling Sardines

Pet Food Network StarsWhen Amy Burkert from GoPetFriendly.com dropped by to freeload for a month*, competitive shows from the Food Network dominated our television. Deciding to finally put Amy to work, I used her obsession to my advantage. The end result? We became Petfood Network Stars in our very own show minds.

Now, I’m no cook – for myself or my pets – which is why I feed the animals from The Honest Kitchen. I just add warm water and easily serve up a healthy meal. It smells so good, I’m sometimes tempted to serve it for dinner. It is human grade, after all. Still, Amy inspired me to get creative with her.

Check out our easy summertime treat to beat the heat and soothe environmental itch for cats and dogs! We call it…

Sparkle from The Honest Kitchen

SPARKLING SARDINES

KEY INGREDIENTS

Sparkle Herbal Supplement
The Honest Kitchen

Sparkle is an herbal nutritional supplement made with Dandelion Leaf, Rosehips, Burdock Root, Nettle Leaf, and Nutritional Yeast. It is designed to support healthy skin and a shiny coat for both dogs and cats.

We are encouraged that customers of The Honest Kitchen have remarked on it’s anti-inflammatory qualities. That’s the kind of relief our dogs need too.

Through July, save 20% off The Honest Kitchen! It’s their 10th birthday!

Pizza Bites from Bark4Green.com

Pizza Bites
Bark4Green

Pizza Bites are great for dogs with allergies because they contain no wheat, corn or soy and they are made with with all natural, human quality ingredients & baked in small batches at a human grade kitchen in the USA.

Added Bonus

Both companies offer all-natural, human grade, hormone and antibiotic free pet foods. Amy and I don’t even feed ourselves as well as we do our pets. (Just watch us lick artificially colored and flavored orange goo from every one of our fingers after devouring a bag of cheese curls.)

THE HOW TO:

As our video demonstrates, the animals formed some pretty strong opinions about our mad cooking skillz. These Pet Food Network Stars made the cut… for now.

PET FOOD NETWORK STARS HIT BARKWORLD EXPO!

Cook up more pet treats with us in person at BarkWorld Expo, the national social petworking™ conference taking place in Atlanta from October 25-27, 2012. We’ll be making special concoctions for you and your pet’s delight every day. The big mystery: Will we ever graduate to using an oven? Be there to find out!

WIN YOUR WAY TO BARKWORLD

Enter the Iams Home 4 the Holidays “How I Can Help Pet Adoption” contest by posting a compelling blog post (or YouTube video) about why pet adoption is important to you and how you will utilize what you learn at BarkWorld 2012 to help get more pets adopted. Promote it to your social media community as well as include the link to the post/video in our comment section below.  The more you post and promote the more chances you have to win! Learn more!

A LITTLE END NOTE OF HONESTY

* Amy, her husband Rod, and their two dogs didn’t mean to freeload in our basement for a month. Their intent was to freeload in our driveway for a week… until a faulty outlet installation set their Winnebago on fire. We were trying to be accommodating hosts, installing a means for air conditioning in their year-round mobile home. And we really were accommodating hosts… for an additional three weeks during repair.

DISCLOSURE

Amy and I are proud participants in The Honest Kitchen’s Allies Program. I joined because, after dangerous recalls and increased deception about what constitutes “healthy” food in the pet food industry, I finally found a human grade, socially and environmentally conscious dog food company that I can trust my dogs’ 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 them to feel as good about what they feed their dogs as I do.

Bark4Green provides Pizza Bites for the dogs at GoPetFriendly and they also donate them to Dog House Adoptions, a rescue that I co-founded. We feed these treats in abundance because they really are that good! No really. Smell them. They smell awesome and the dogs go nuts for them.

 

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

Ah, a reprieve from home construction, decorating, wrapping, shredding paper, deconstructing decorations and all that eating! It’s now time to sit back, appreciate everything that transpired all too quickly with fond memories, and share with you a few of our favorite things.

HAND-PAINTED MINIATURE PET PORTRAITS

Shamus Ornament J and J Ornament Emmett Ornament

Each year, Tim and I add another ornament to the tree. This year was no exception – although these tiny portraits won’t be relegated to holiday storage. Oh, no. These beautifully hand-painted gifts will be treasured long after the holiday season for their longevity and versatility. Truly perfect for any occasion, they are too adorable to hide away. I can’t even part with the hand-painted boxes.

Pet Ornaments

This talented Chicago artist’s name is Becky Sorrentino and I can’t rave about her enough. It’s one thing to find her paintings of other people’s pets lovely. It’s quite another to see the souls of the animals I know inside-and-out shine through. She did a fabulous job.

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Last Minute, Meaningful Gifts for Pet Lovers: Custom Body Pillows

Last Minute, Meaningful Gifts for Pet Lovers: Custom Body Pillows

This isn’t exactly a Christmas story, but I’ve been so moved by this gift from my friend Art that I have to share.

Art’s company, Custom Body Pillows, provides a unique, hands-on way to cherish your favorite photograph, whether of the love of your life, your child, grandchild, your beloved soldier overseas, or a treasured pet like my Newfoundland, Shamus. My pillow now resides between the pets and the portraits, embodying a bit of both.

Gift Hint: It’s not too late to give one this holiday season. Wrap some literature from the website offering to print the photo of your recipient’s choice on this beautiful, huggable pillow!

Shamus Portrait

WHY THIS MEANS SO MUCH TO ME

Freshly adopting Shamus in March 2009, visions of training Shamus to be a therapy dog danced through my head. I often fantasized about us working as a team to make a real difference in the lives of others and blogging about the journey. As it turns out, the person who Shamus became the greatest therapy dog for is me.

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