What the Dog Destroys, the Cat Employs

What the Dog Destroys, the Cat Employs

Cat on Couch

Sad, Sad Sun-porch Sofa, your bouncy, buoyant cushions were once beloved by humans… until you went to the dogs.

Last December, the Newf discovered your firm support yet soft, supple, cradling effects. And when your cottony fabric was pushed to extremes by the looming weight of our lounging dog, your seams split under the privacy of an impotent couch cover. Your deflated spirit was evident and inconsolable. Your white, fluffy-filler goodness bled into the room only to be toyed with by torturous beast-cats.

The cover removed, your faded shell lay splayed open like a dying Taun Taun on Planet Hoth. (Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back fans, anybody?) Our Jedi cat discovered the warmth of your exposed, cottony fill, as did his brother-friend Jackson, much to Jed’s dismay. And the humans watched your slow death with pained desire for a world of comfort which exists for them no more.

Oh, Dear Sofa, what does your future hold? Will your shapely form be recast in fabric by a brand new Singer machine? Can your bountiful fluff, since scattered to all four corners of our dwelling, thrive internally once more?

We shall see, dear Sofa. We shall see…


What the Dog Destroys, the Cat Employs

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



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

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.)


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.


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!


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!


* 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.


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.


Giveaway: Angry Birds Pet Toys from Hartz

Hartz Angry Birds ToysHartz for the Holidays recently brought the Angry Birds game to our pet household. Oh yeah. My worlds not only collide, but they are now complete. You too could have a goodie bag chock full of giggling and oinking dog or cat toys, and just in time for the holidays. See below for details!


While we gave our free samples some tough workouts, these are my – I mean our – favorites:

The adorable 4” plush ball comes to life with the real Angry Birds soundwaves and cracks me up. It’s also available in a 2.5” version for smaller dogs. Our cats love to bunny kick these, too, so don’t count them out for your cats! You can hear the sounds in our video below.

Hartz Angry Birds DiscWith a red bird on one side and a green pig on the other, the durable yet flexible Hartz Angry Birds Tuff Stuff™ Flyers travel long distances and are easy on our dog’s teeth. Constructed of super-durable ballistic nylon and double stitched seams, this toy can stand up to even the toughest chewers. Grips throughout the disc also make this a great tug toy, and the squeaker in the center will keep your dog interested during solo play. They even float!

Shamus and PigHartz® Angry Birds® Catnip Heads™ catnip refillable toy attracts the attention of both our dogs and cats. One bats it, another chases it, yet another steals it. Yes, we suprvise so the dogs don’t eat them whole – which they would – but it’s a total riot. This favorite goes hand in hand with the Hartz® Angry Birds® Wand, adding an elastic string with unpredictable yet hilarious results. Cats, dogs, birds, and pigs fly through air at once, none landing at the same time.


We had a little competition. Guess who wins…

Hartz has also an awesome video featuring enthusiastic dogs (who aren’t intimidated by cats). Watch “Now They Can Play Too – Hartz Angry Birds Pet Toys


US residents, tell me your favorite toy and whether it’s for a dog or cat in the comments section by Sunday at Midnight EST to be entered to win. Extra entries can be earned by sharing on Facebook or Twitter. One randomly chosen winner will be announced on December 12th. Best of luck to you all!


Yeah. It’s tough, I know. If you want to just go straight for the perfect gift, these toys are all available on Amazon.com (affiliate link).

Safe Paw Melts Ice: No Harm to Kids and Pets

Safe Paw Melts Ice: No Harm to Kids and Pets


Snow came early this year for many US residents. We’ve had more than a foot already, in October! We shored up the roof’s heat cable, pulled out the snow shovels and we’re still working on getting the snow blower going, but the easiest task is stocking up on ice melt.

(And 5 lucky giveaway winners can too. See below!)


There’s a safe product we’ve been using for several years now, sparing us salty dogs. It’s called Safe Paw and it’s been a safe ice-melt bet since 1996. Have you heard of it? Did you even know it mattered? If not, you aren’t alone. According to Safe Paw:

A national survey of more than 500 consumers living in cold weather states showed that an alarming nearly two-thirds of the respondents (62% total; 66% of men) were not aware that salt and salt-based ice melting products pose a health danger to pets and children who digest or come into contact with these products. The survey also revealed that 60% of the respondents said they use rock salt or salt-based ice melters in their households.