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Lindy & Company Brings Taste of Philanthropy to Pet Treat Market

Posted on April 20th, 2015

Homemade by homeless youth, Lindy & Company treats are “Saving Kids, One Treat at a Time”

After Cricket took just one teeny taste of the new dog treats he received in the mail from Lindy & Company last week, he melted at my feet like butter. I now realize that these fabulous new dog treats are from a gourmet pet treat bakery; a dog treat bakery with a twist, if you will.

Founded in 2012 by Daybreak, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and housing for homeless youth, Lindy & Company is a work-readiness program Lindy and Company Logothat employs these youth so they can develop the valuable work skills (timeliness, respect, customer service, teamwork, etc.) needed in order to find and keep good jobs.

Linda Kramer, CEO of Daybreak, is proud of this unique program.

“Being able to employ the youth who stay at Daybreak means more than just giving them a job,” Kramer said. “It’s about giving them hope, reigniting their dreams, and providing them with tools that they can use so that they never have to be homeless again.”

Made with natural ingredients and natural preservatives, Lindy & Company and its homeless youth workers create, make, pack and offer six varieties of dog treats (including gluten-free), three varieties of dog training treats, and four varieties of cat treats! Cricket voted these dog treats extremely palatable and Maxwell gave the cat treats from Lindy & Co. four-paws-up!

Some of the delicious dog treat varieties you’ll find on the site include Apples-n-Cheese, Better Butter Honey, Cheddar Chompers, Peanut Butter But Better and more! Cats will delight in Lindy & Company’s gourmet cat training treats, which are appetizing and arouse Sasha’s interest with their flavors, like Liver and Cheese, Chicken Delight and Cheese and Tuna.Pet parents can purchase dog treats or cat treats in person at the Dayton, Ohio bakery, online, or at one of Lindy & Company’s retail partners.

“Our treats arLindy and Co Treat Bage sure to make your pet feel like a super hero,” Kramer said. “Beyond that, they’re homemade with love by homeless youth. We like to say Lindy & Company treats are saving kids, one treat at a time.”

For more information, please visit Lindy & Company online at

About Lindy & Company

Lindy & Company is gourmet pet treat bakery and social enterprise located in Dayton, Ohio. Founded by Daybreak, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and housing for homeless youth, Lindy & Company employs these youth so that they can master the work-readiness soft skills that employers expect. For more information, please visit or connect with the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Pinterest.


All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith, and her dog Cricket, and cats, Maxwell, Tater Tot and Sasha Smith. This post was written in conjunction with Lindy & Company and our Administrator. never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the circulation/spread of misinformation.

Blue Dog Bakery’s New Deli Sticks for Dogs Meet the Meat!

Posted on April 9th, 2015

Hold the bone, said Cricket. Savor the flavor, said Brisket! Blue Dog Bakery’s new Deli Sticks for dogs are a major contender for favorite dog treat around here after we were sent a sample to try by the brand last month.

beef deli sticksCricket, the happy-go-lucky Golden, took a whole 2.8 milliseconds to inspect the delicious-smelling meaty variety. He proceeded to immediately chew it. Voraciously. Happily. Like he had just tasted a bit of Heaven disguised as a sausage-roll-looking shapeshifter. He swallowed and immediately walked back to me for another one, just in case, by some small miracle or unknown impending Armageddon, I was willing to give up one more of the moist and meaty doggie delicacies… #pleaseGodletherhaveanother

Brisket the Pit Bull perfectionist didn’t play around with her Blue Dog Bakery meaty-licous dog treat either. I call her my “meat-o-saurus” because she just loves meat! Brisket licked the Deli Stick a few times and rolled it over on the carpet so as to inspect for other flavors or additional smells (oh the possibilities, skunk! Goose poop!), decided there were neither anymore new smells nor flaws, and then, BAM! It was gone! I didn’t even see her sweet sassy lips inhale it! It was just gone! #funniestBrisketmomentever

Brisket and Cricket both followed me around the house for like an hour after they had their first taste of Deli Sticks by Blue Dog Bakery. And here’s why:

  • Deli Sticks are made with human-grade meat
  • They contain no fillers, preservatives, artificial colors or ingredients
  • No corn, wheat or fillers
  • No animal by-products
  • They’re premium, natural dog treats
  • Deli Sticks are all natural and grain-free

Blue Dog Bakery Deli Sticks are no exception to the company’s objective to produce high-quality treats using high-quality ingredients.

“We wanted to create a new product form that was unlike anything else in the pet section,” said Eric Koppelman, Blue Dog Bakery’s VP of Sales and Marketing. “Our Deli Sticks are made from a high-grade USA beef in a facility that produces products for human consumption. The ingredients and the process is a quality so great you could confidently eat Deli Sticks yourself. We certainly do.”

Blue Dog Bakery has been dedicated to creating all natural, healthy dog treats since 1998. What began with one flavor of dog biscuits 17 years ago has gradually expanded….Blue Dog Bakery’s product portfolio now includes upwards of ten different product varieties for both mass-market grocery stores, and pet specialty retailers. While some of these product forms do contain natural meat flavors, they are 100% vegetarian, according to the company blue dog bakerywebsite.

In January 2015 Blue Dog Bakery launched its first-ever meat-based treat for dogs – all natural and grain free Deli Sticks made with premium USA beef. You can find Blue Dog Bakery Deli Sticks (and the company’s massive line of other dog treats) at You can save 10% on your first order when you order now!

*You can also get your dog featured on the website! Email your cutest dog photos to for the opportunity to have him posted on With your photo, please include your dog’s name, a Blue Dog Bakery testimonial, your first name only, and your city.

The Deli Sticks retail on-site for around $7 and $10, for a 4.8-ounce and 7.8-ounce pack, respectively. You can also order an 8-pack bag of either dog treat variety, and there’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee! You can also find the natural dog treats at major pet retailers for similar pricing.

Cricket and Brisket have a final thought: Blue Dog Bakery Deli Sticks leave a pooch with nothing to be blue about (unless, of course, you run out! Then you have to send your hooman to get more!)

Four-paws-up! Thanks Blue Dog Bakery!

Let’s Name February 13th #ValentinesforDogs Day

Posted on February 12th, 2015

Special Dog Treats, Doggie Valentine Cards and More from Big Heart Pet Brands Will Make an Extra Special Heart-Filled Holiday for You & Your Pooch

Psst, hey you! You with the heart-shaped basket chockfull o’ Valentine gifts and cards – I have an idea for you!

Big Heart Pet Brands, the dog-lovers and canine-connoisseurs behind other big brands including Milk-Bone™, Pup-Peroni®, Milo’s Kitchen® and Canine Carryouts®, has some special things in store for you and your pooch this happy heart day.

First of all, let’s all declare tomorrow, February 13th, Valentine’s for Dogs Day! Why? Because we all love our dogs more than life and because our cute canines deserve all the affection in the world (every day actually) on this special day devoted to all things love.

You can even send a doggie Valentine card with BHPB’s #ValentinesforDogs! Why not include your dogs in special occasions and share a special moment with them? After all, Valentine’s treats and cards are not only for people, but also for our beloved pets!

Now check out the cool dog Valentine infographic. It tells you the five ways you can have a dog-loving Valentine’s Day; how to print out and personalize your

Extracted from main Big Heart Pet Brands doggie Valentines infographic.

Extracted from main Big Heart Pet Brands doggie Valentines infographic.

own dog Valentine cards (they are really cool – you can insert a Milk-Bone or other BHPB dog treat into them!); how dogs help enhance our daily lives (not a tough one to answer for me), and lots more.

The doggy Valentines are especially cool if you ask me. And it’s simple to use them. All you do is print and cut out your chosen cards, insert a special dog treat, hand the special doggy Valentines to all the special pooches in your life, and finally, share your #ValentinesforDogs photos and moments on Twitter and Instagram!

It’s never been easier to say “I Love You” than it is now –canine-style!

Valentine’s Day Goes to the Dogs: Dog Basket Giveaway + Fun Survey!

Posted on February 1st, 2015

Plato Pet Treats National Survey Rates Celebrity Dogs, Measures Dog Owner Gift-Giving

Okay, so I have a serious question for all of you dog-lovers out there: are you getting Brutus or Buffy a Valentine treat or gift? If so, what? Have you thought about it? Do you ever wonder if you are going overboard? Do you ever go overboard? (BOL – silly question to be asking you guys, he he!)

I don’t wonder – I just go. And yes, I am getting my sweet yet wily Cricket a few Valentine’s dog treats actually… lucky dog. (Stick with me – I have a point, I promise.)

A recent national survey* conducted by Plato Pet Treats concluded that, among American dog owners, almost half polled plan to give their dog a treat this Valentine’s Day.  So I want to poll you guys (check the poll on left sidebar or leave me a comment): I want to know if you’re giving a Valentine dog treat this year, and I want to know where we, as humble and intelligent pet-lovers and blog-readers, stand up against other pet-lovers that are in the national survey that Plato did! So answer away please! (More details below under “Contest.”)

This national poll, conducted in end of January this year, found all sorts of interesting facts, in fact. Overall, 47 percent of Americans with dogs plan to gift their four-legged friend a treat for Valentine’s Day. This figure increases for dog owners ages 18-34 where six in 10 will get their dog a treat.

Plato Pet TreatsAnd what do dog owners think their pets want the most this Valentine’s Day? Treats, of course! Responses reveal that 62 percent of American dog owners think a treat would top their pup’s wish list this Valentine’s Day if they could ask for a gift!

In addition to treats, dog owners shared which celebrity’s dog their pooch would have a crush on (if they were to have a crush on a celebrity’s dog of course). Among female dog owners ages 18-34, Bradley Cooper’s dog, Charlotte, gets the top spot with one in five females ages 18-34 (22 percent), while close behind is Dali, Hugh Jackman’s dog (18 percent). Rounding out the pack among female dog owners ages 18-34 is Lupo, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s dog (11 percent).

“Americans truly love their dogs, and what better way to show that love than with a treat?” said Aaron Merrell, co-founder and co-owner of Plato Pet Treats. “The act of giving a treat allows us to give something special back to our pets as a reward, an act of love or simply just because. Our dogs treat us every day; let’s treat them in return with the best treats possible.”

Plato Pet Treats was founded on the premise that dogs are family members and pet parents should feel good about what they give their dogs. Because of this philosophy, Plato treats ensures all treats are “wag worthy” – made only with natural ingredients. All treats are slow-baked in-house, unlike other treats that are loaded with fillers and packed with calories, sugar, molasses, maple syrup, corn or wheat. Each Plato Pet ingredient can be traced back to its original source. And, dogs love the taste of Plato!

(Check out Plato Pet Treats’ animal charity/welfare efforts here – pretty neat stuff this company does to give back to our furry friends I gotta tell ya’…)

Plato Pet Treats: Love in Treat Form


Plato Pet Treats “Made with Love” Survey Bites

The responsibly sourced pet treat maker piloted this national survey to reveal the love and devotion that pet parents have for their dogs. Highlights include:


  • Paws Up for the Northeast – Dogs in the Northeast are some of the luckiest since that region topped the list with 54 percent of dog owners planning to gift a treat.
  • What Dogs Would Really Want – While treats top the list for what pet parents think their dogs would want more for Valentine’s Day (62 percent), a toy comes in second with 17 percent, and in third is a tie between a trip to the groomer (4 percent) or a dog bed (4 percent).
  • Hollywood’s “Hot” Dogs – When asked which celebrity pooch their dog would have a crush on, respondents ages 18-34 (19 percent) said their dog’s first choice would be Bradley Cooper’s dog, Charlotte, whereas Americans 65 and older said Anne Hathaway’s adorable dog, Edward, would capture the heart of their pup.

*Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Plato Pet Treats from Jan. 9-13, 2015 among 3,006 adults ages 18 and older with 1,386 dog owners. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact blog administrator.


So to celebrate this season of love, and Plato Pet Treats are giving away one major doggie-themed prize basket to a lucky winner!

To enter, I would like for you to not only share this post on Twitter (please tag @ThoughtsFurPaws), but also, please tell me in the comments the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done for your dog as a gift, OR tell me what your outrageous Valentine’s Day plans are for your pet this year! I will choose one lucky winner to get a Plato Pet Treat Basket filled to the brim with wholesome canine goodness and goodies!


You may enter as soon as you see this post appear on the blog; entries will be accepted until Sunday, February 8th at 6 pm EST. Please note, it is absolutely necessary to leave a valid comment (which means a real name and email address) in order to be considered for the drawing. Winner will be announced Monday, February 9th via email. US residents only please.

More information on the Plato Pet Treat product line can be found at or

Temptations® Cat Treats Launches #PackAttack: Real Cats, Real Treats, Real Videos, Real Fun!

Posted on January 23rd, 2015

User-Generated Content Inspires Cat Video Campaign; Users Encouraged to Submit Their Own #PackAttack Temptations® Video

How many of us absolutely adore the antics of our furry felines? How many of us get a total kick out of said feline furballs flying and flinging themselves around the house after toys, nip and treats? (Raise your hand. Mine are both up.)

Right – exactly.

So leave it to that Temptations Logotantalizing and tasty kitty-cat treat brand, Temptations® to share with us an awesomely enjoyable and ultimately enterable video campaign, the #PackAttack. They’re hoping to convey and emote just how humorous, cute, endearing, etc. it is that our kittehs will go to any lengths for their fave treats…

Temptations® brand started #PackAttack because they noticed a pattern of user-generated photos and videos of undeniably destroyed packs of cat treats uploaded by consumers. (MOL, MOL) Inspired by these stories of real cats going to extremes to tear into packs of delicious treats, Temptations® launched #PackAttack, which showcases this real cat behavior that’s been entertaining us for years– and encourages consumers to share their own #PackAttack experiences. So just how far will your cats go to get to those tantalizing scrumptious treats? (I know my Mad Max will actually open the pantry door, abscond with the bag, and drag it out of the kitchen into privacy if its within reach, MOL.)



Here’s the original #PackAttack video:

This funny cat video, comprised of user-generated videos, is evidence (like we really needed it…) that our sweet kittehs just can’t keep their pitter-pattering paws (or, more appropriately, their teeth) off of Temptations®; you can see all sorts of cats of all ages on the video tearing up the treat packages to pieces, ripping them to shreds, dragging them around, sniffing and pawing intently and more! It’s very amusing!

The #PackAttack campaign definitely demonstrates the irresistibility of Temptations® cat treats, of which I was already acutely aware, thank you very much Maxwell Anderson Smith (and Sasha, too!).  In addition to the finished video cut, a reel of the making-of the video highlights real cats’ indisputable affection for the treats and demonstrates what happens when cats are introduced to Temptations® treats, proven by the oh-so-many visuals of torn-open treat packages.

And guess what? The Temptations® brand wants to keep hearing from genuine, real-world cat lovers about their #PackAttack experiences! Brand fans and cat-lovers are encouraged to share their cat stories, photos or videos on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #PackAttack! If your cat goes to extremes to get his paws on Temptations® treats, join the brand’s campaign by posting your #PackAttack photos!

For more information on Temptations® treats, the #PackAttack campaign or to check out the video, visit