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Helping Your Dog Age Gracefully

Posted on August 27th, 2016

Tips to Help Ease Your Dog into Sublime Seniority

Whether you took in a puppy from a breeder or adopted an older dog at a shelter, you want them to live long and healthy lives. To help your pet age gracefully, take a look at the tips below. And even if your pup isn’t at that senior stage just yet, many of these tips can be beneficially applied to your non-senior pet’s routine to help them have happier, healthier lives.

Maintain a Healthy Weight – Good nutrition is important at every age and even more important as your dog’s metabolism and activity levels slow down. And extra pounds can put stress on your pet’s body, especially their joints and internal organs. Top veterinarian and senior pet health expert, Dr. Ernie Ward, has commented that, “Proper nutrition can help keep dogs playful and fight signs of aging.” As they slow down pets need fewer calories but still need a diet that has the proper amount of protein, fatty acids and is especially high in fiber. Fortunately, Spring Naturals dinners and treats have all of those healthy benefits because their recipes include whole fruits and vegetables, with five percent fiber, as well as real meat as the first ingredient.Senior Pet Health

Focus on Antioxidants – Antioxidants can increase the effectiveness of dog’s immune system. Antioxidants like fish oil with Omega-3 fatty acids and L-carnitine are beneficial in helping prevent senile dementia in dogs, while vitamin E and beta-carotene help eliminate free radical particles that can cause damage to body tissue. Spring Naturals’ Senior Dinners contain all of these ingredients plus the same whole fruits and vegetables in every recipe and provide lots of antioxidants from blueberries, cranberries, carrots, and apricots. The senior recipe also includes chicken for its lean protein, salmon oil for its high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, L-carnitine and beta-carotene to battle free radicals, vitamin B12 supplement for energy, and vitamin E for extra joint health.

Keep it Clean – It’s not just your dog’s coat that needs to be looked after. It’s important to also make sure areas such as their teeth, eyes and ears are regularly cleaned, doing so can prevent major health issues and also save you high vet bills. Teeth: Not brushing your dog’s teeth can lead to gingivitis and many other periodontal diseases, which can actually lead to other issues, such has heart disease and diabetes. Routine tarter build-up and teeth cleanings can prevent more severe problems in the future, as well as help keeping doggie breath at bay. Every week take a look at your pooch’s teeth, making sure the gums are pink and not white, red or swelling. Eyes: While antioxidants can help prevent vision loss in pets, regular cleanings can also help Fido’s sight. Every few days, using a damp cotton ball or cloth, clean your dog’s eyes by starting at the inside corner of your dog’s eye and wiping outward to remove any dirt that developed around the eyelid. If you do see signs like eye discharge, constant tearing, crust along the eyelids, and unequal pupil sizes, take your dog to the vet. Ears: Checking your dog’s ear consistently can help you dog maintain good hearing. The inside of your dog’s ear should look pink, not white or red. To clean the ear, take a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide and gently swipe it over the inner-ear skin, making sure you never insert anything in your dog’s ear canal. You don’t need to clean your dog’s ears too frequently, but it is important to check them. See a vet if you witness ear discharge, redness, swelling, brown or black ear wax, or dark wax that resembles coffee grounds.

Helping Senior DogsRegular Vet Visits – Taking your dog to the vet is a practice your family should implement regularly, getting an annual checkup or “wellness” visit at least once a year. Each time you go, make sure a thorough exam is conducted which includes, listening to your dog’s heart and lungs and examining their coat, teeth, eyes, ears, and internal organs. And as your pet ages, make sure to talk to your vet about getting checkups more frequently. It’s been recommended that healthy senior dogs should see the vet around every six months. Vets can also advise if your dog could be susceptible to other issues that have to do with breed or location factors, and give you tips on ways to prevent them.

So, to help your best friend age gracefully, then be sure to keep all these things in mind to help them live a long and healthy life. Because you already know – life with a dog is always better!

Attention Dog Walkers, Dog Lovers & Doggie Aficionados: Your Perfect Leash is just That

Posted on August 27th, 2016

Whether you’re hoping to stroll Fido around the block or you’re huffing along a 10-mile tow path with your pooch, Your Perfect Leash is your best friend’s best friend. And yours, too now. If you get that….! BOL!

Best Dog Leash

Your Perfect Leash from Your Perfect Puppy, LLC

Your Perfect Puppy, LLC, maker of premium dog products and the new Your Perfect Leash, is super stoked to carry the newer-to-market option of a first-in-its-line, high-quality leash that will take the rough and tumble out of big-dog-walk-time. And the hassles as well.


Your Perfect Leash is made of soft all-weather nylon that will not fray, and features 2-layer dual construction for added resilience and durability. Even in tough, tough weather and twisty-turny circumstances where Cricket wrapped his self around phone poles and trees 10 times, the leash did not give or even strain once.  While standard leashes are about 1-inch in width, Your Perfect Leash is a full 20 percent wider to allow for easy handling of any size dog and ensure that your any size dog won’t be able to chew through it.

Here’s what I love most about this leash besides it’s obvious durability and besides the fact that no matter what he tries, Cricket CANNOT bite through it:

The Perfect Dog Leash

The Perfect Dog Leash layout

*BONUS! Your Perfect Leash is a convenient “Easy Secure System.” It features a really cool and clever carabiner clip sewn right into the handle and then a D-ring sewn 24 inches down the body.  This system is absolutely perfect for when you need to secure your dog to go indoors or are eating outdoors. Now you can secure him safely, comfortably and easily to any object by simply wrapping the leash around it and clipping the carabiner in the handle to the D-ring.  The carabiner can also be used to attach waste bags, keys or a treat pouch, or clip it to your belt for easy hands-free walking! How about that for fancy-pants?

*SECOND BONUS! There’s a 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: Your Perfect Puppy only makes premium pet supplies. We are a veteran-owned business and stand by all of our products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Return your item any time for any reason and receive a full replacement or full refund.

Your Perfect Leash was inspired by professional dog walkers and is sure to become a favorite for owners and caretakers alike,” says Barton O’Brien, developer of Your Perfect Leash. “It will be the last leash you ever buy – it’s tough, durable, and it is made from eco-friendly material.  It also comes in high-end packaging so it makes a great gift for any dog owner.”

Originally introduced to pet lovers though boutique stores in Jersey, Your Perfect Leash is now on  MSRP is actually $29.99 but there’s a limited-time intro price right now on Amazon I highly suggest you take advantage of for under $18.

Don’t forget to check out this hip brand online at and on Facebook for more fun and functional durable doggie gear 🙂

Ultimately, Mr. Jiminy Cricket and I give this heavy-duty, super-trooper, unbreakable, un-iceable, unchewable, unbustable leash four-serious-paws-up!


*All opinions herein are of the Administrator and Owner, JL Smith. does not publish dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. This post was written in conjunction with Your Perfect Puppy, LLC, and the Administrator received trial product for review. Please email Administrator with questions or concerns.

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ACANA Dog Food from Creates Happy, Healthy, Shiny Dogs

Posted on August 5th, 2016

K9Cuisine Natural Dog FoodThe fur-loving folks over at K9Cuisine have etched out an impressive little market corner for themselves with high-protein premium dog food brands that are made in the USA, and offer a variety of flavors with innumerable benefits. The top-of-the-line natural dog foods and treats at are reasonably priced and will surely provide your Fluffy or Rufus with the remunerations he needs.

We tried the new line of ACANA dog food from the dog-and-cat-lovers at after being sent a bag to try. It’s a quality dog food that Brisket, our 5-year-old Pittie mix, absolutely loved. (Good because we picked it from a massive line of K9Cuisine’s premium dog foods….) Brisket had been having trouble eating breakfast in particular – okay, she actually protested and started flat-out refusing to eat the plain dry Rachel Ray dog food she was accustomed to getting. Picky? Maybe. Waiting for dinner so there’s gravy in the foodAcana dog food review? Perhaps. Annoyed that there’s plain dry kibble in her bowl that’s no longer tasty or appealing? Me thinks so…The morning I mixed in the ACANA Singles Duck and Pear Formula, she inhaled her breakfast in less than four minutes. I was shocked to say the least! I was so happy, but shocked!

Over the course of the next month, we would notice that Brisket was super-shiny, undoubtedly from the duck. We also noticed that she actually ate her breakfast every day, which means, to her, the kibble is delicious. Brisket has terrible skin allergies and hot spots, too. She also suffers from anxiety. The ACANA formula coated her skin like baby oil, and she is itching and scratching much less now. She also lost five pounds from eating the famous limited-ingredient formula.

Retailing at under $75 for a massive 25-lb bag, which lasted us a month, you can’t go wrong on price with ACANA or with K9 Cuisine. ACANA’s tasty kibble is made right here in horse country, Kentucky, USA, with free-run Muscovy duck and real Bartlett pears. The ACANA dog food bags will actually tell you where, down to the county or city, each major ingredient came from! Cool! Check some of the other awesome features of the ACANA Singles Duck and Pear Formula:

  • -Biologically Appropriate™: rich in protein and limited carbs
  • -Wholeprey™ Single: duck flesh, liver, giblets and cartilage
  • -First ingredient from raw or Muscovy duck; formula is 50% free-run duck ingredients
  • -High Palatability: infused with freeze-fried duck liver
  • -Fresh and Local: Kentucky-grown veggies, fruits and botanicals make up 50% of the formula
  • -No grains, tapioca, gluten, potato or plant protein concentrates
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Brisket the Pittie in her fancy scarf after her ACANA breakfast!

One of the best results we found with this natural dog food is Brisket’s increased energy and happiness levels. She is going for an additional walk a day, is significantly more playful and is willing to spend time learning new commands more often now. Brisket is now more than willing to focus (OMG! Less ADD!) on the bunnies, squirrels and other small wildlife that fill the yard; she’s got more pep in her step on her walks (and they’re two blocks longer); and finally, Brisket lets me dress her up now, haha! (See picture)

If you’re looking to switch your Fido or Fluffy to a new food, I highly suggest you look into ACANA and what the specific protein-enriched, grain-free formulas can do for your pooch. Working with pet nutritionists, K9Cuisine even developed a simple online dog food rating tool that allows fans/customers to see how a particular dog food rates based on their formula. That tool is here: Though this tool is not all-encompassing (as there are many more factors to consider when choosing a food for your pet), it does serve as an easy-to-use tool that allows you to identify the overall nutritional value of the food and/or if you need to research the food even further. Trust me; you want to try this out. It’s not only an inventive idea, but a very helpful/useful tool in deciding what to feed your dog.

The other thing I’d laud about this brand, besides proven healthy and affordable food options and the food-finder tool, is their effort in the non-profit animalNebraska Humane Society welfare community; they’re quite active in helping shelters, homeless animals and rescue pets across the country. For example, this summer, K9Cuisine is donating over 1,700 pounds of pet food to the Nebraska Humane Society’s Pet Food Pantry, a free community resource designed to help pet owners that have fallen on hard times by ensuring the pets have what they need. I’m sure as pet parents you’ve noticed these types of new-fangled animal angels around your town – Cleveland has a handful of smaller pet food pantries at this time that I donate to. A great choice for a corporate donation in my eyes, The Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) has another program called Project Pet Safe worth applauding; it helps to keep pets in foster homes while families may be in transition due to domestic violence. Another winner is the non-profit’s AniMeals program, which delivers pet food to the elderly and disabled who are homebound or are otherwise unable to leave their homes.

fast-free-shipping-bannerFounded in 2007, was one of the first online pet retailers that specialized in providing only healthy food options for both dogs and cats. Since then, they’ve shipped tens of thousands of orders and have become a leader in online pet food delivery. And since then, K9Cuisine has built an extremely well-known reputation for unbeatable customer service as its associates pride themselves in treating all customers like family.

Brisket is one happy camper and now looks forward to meal times with gusto 🙂 Thank you K9Cuisine!

*All opinions herein are of the Administrator, JL Smith. doesn’t publish dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. This post was written in conjunction with K9Cuisine, and the Administrator received product compensation. Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.

#BetterWithPets Summit Better than the Rest

Posted on December 31st, 2015

Exploring the best ideas for bringing people and pets closer together, the Purina-sponsored #BetterWithPets Summit that I attended earlier this fall/winter was purr-fectly paw-some. Purina really outdid itself in order to bring together the brightest minds in pet science, social media, pet culture and more to show how big, innovative ideas are improving the emotional wellness of pets and the people, ME AND YOU (!), who love them so dearly.

Better With Pets SummitA summit about how people and pets are better together, it was opened by a keynote from Purina’s own Dr. Arleigh Reynolds, whom I deeply respect and admire, that had me laughing, then crying, then laughing again. The keynote was followed by absolutely brilliant presentations from studied feline behaviorists, a session about how stress affects our pets, and another about raising pets and kids. Amazing content? YES! Amazing learning? YES! Paw-some panelists who were super-smart and super-entertaining? Check!

After that and a luncheon, the room opened up to a virtual playground for humans. Purina transformed the space into six immersive gallery experiences where humans could test their dog and cat senses in life-size exhibits. IT WAS AWESOME! Purina experts were available to provide insight; exhibits featured themes like Cognition, Nutrition, Healthy Environments, Reading Your Pet and more.Better with Pets 2015

Of all the pet conferences and social media conferences and learning conferences I have been to in my pet writing career (which is pry about 8-10), I must say Purina’s Better With Pets Summit is one of my top two favorites. Why? Because they think of things to discuss that no one else does, but that are pertinent, interesting, and deserving of conversation and some tête-à-tête a la pet bloggers, animal scientists, behaviorists, nutritionists, therapists, researchers and other animal devotees.

Stay tuned for a second post on my favorite parts of the Better With Pets Summit. And in the meantime, follow Purina for BWP updates and more on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And don’t forget to use #BetterWithPets on social media to show your support and voice your opinion that our pets truly enhance our lives!

*All opinions herein are of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with Nestle Purina Pet Care, and the Administrator received compensation. never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.

Why Our Dog Loves the Veterinarian (and How Yours Can Too!)

Posted on December 11th, 2015

The veterinarian is to dogs what the dentist is to kids, right? Scary, uncomfortable and painful. Well, it doesn’t have to be! Our dog loves the veterinarian because we follow these simple steps:

Play Doctor

While it may seem silly, the best way to set your dog up for a happy visit to the veterinarian is to practice! If you’ve got a scale at home, practice leading her onto it and having her stand still. Reward her with a treat! Lift her up onto a table (if you can) and get her to stand still. Reward her with a treat! You see where this is going. Lift up her tail, manipulate her legs, examine her paws, praising gently and rewarding calm behavior, establishing the whole process as totally normal and harmless. Not only did this help our dog relax at the veterinarian, but it helps us when we need to examine our dog for real, clean a wound or pick out a thorn from his paw.Dogs and the Veterinarian

Chill out and stay positive.

Dogs are professionals at picking up on your energy. Knowing that your dog doesn’t like the veterinarian means you are anticipating her anxiety and even perpetuating it. We maintain a completely calm demeanor when we are leaving the house and driving to the office. Act as you would if you were taking your dog to the dog park—think we’re going to have a good time today! If your dog is very anxious and you are unable to overcome your own anxiety, it is best that you refrain from handling your dog during the examination. Let the veterinarian and technicians restrain your dog, as they are trained to be calm and effective.

Bring treats and a security blanket.

Veterinarian offices often have treats, but have you ever noticed that your dog doesn’t like them? My dog loves everything, but would turn up his nose at a treat offered by the vet because he was nervous and the smell was unfamiliar. Bring your dog’s favorite treats and a favorite toy. Comforts of home go a long way in calming your dog down. While you’re waiting, in the lobby and in the examination room, play with and praise your dog in order to lighten the mood. Give the office staff and care providers treats to offer your dog, particularly during scary situations, like when he steps on that wobbly scale or is lifted up onto the too-high exam table.

That’s how we got our dog to relax during veterinary visits, and because we committed to these simple techniques, now he loves it! One of the most important pieces is having a local veterinarian you and your dog both trust, one who is committed to helping your dog relax.