We were vendors at the Barkapalooza event this Sunday.  Great Show!  Lots of new subscribers!

LISLE, Ill. (WLS) — The 23rd Annual Barkapalooza Dog Walkathon and Expo is coming on September 25, 2016 at Lisle Community Park. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., people and their pets will enjoy food, fun, music, and receive a free goody bag for participating in the walk. Adult registration for the walk is $20, while children 12 and under may walk for free. The money raised benefits the West Suburban Humane Society (www.wshs-dg.org), which helps find families for homeless dogs and cats.

http://abc7chicago.com/pets/barkapalooza-event-on-sunday-will-support-west-suburban-humane-society/1523957/

 

post-with-pula-and-little-girlWe had fun time at the Chicago Pet Show this past weekend.  Our booth got a lot of visitors, many who were attracted by our little dog, Pula, who sits prominently on our front table begging for attention from passers by.   The Tribune had a photographer who spent quite a bit of time recording our stories and missions, but unfortunately, the story that was printed did not include any of it.  If you click this link and then click the large picture, you can scroll through the 6 pictures by the buttons in the upper right corner and see our little Pula being held by a little girl.

 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/libertyville/news/ct-lbr-dog-show-tl-0922-20160919-story.html

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This weekend is one of three Chicago Pet Shows. We will have a booth at the Libertyville show this weekend!  Come on by and say Hello!

Chicago Pet Show 

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Rescues always need help and the Chicago Pet Show is the place for you to find forever homes, new fosters, volunteers, and get the word out about what your group . Invite past adopters to come in and see you and catch up on the progress of their new pet.

Boutiques and online pet supply companies The Chicago Pet Show is here to help you meet people face to face, offer discount coupons, bring new products to sell and have flyers that show what you can offer .

Manufacturers and Retailers: Sometimes you need to get to the end user. and let them know about your products or services. The best way to promote your product is through education and demos and the Chicago Pet Show offers you just that.

WHAT ARE THE CHICAGO PET SHOWS ABOUT?

We’ve been doing consumer family friendly events for over 35 years and bring rescue groups and vendors to pet lovers. This is the place to show new items and services to help take care of the pet community. The Chicago Pet Show introduces veterinary, grooming, specialty shops as well as some of the pet food manufacturers.

We encourage rescues to “spread the word” throughout their groups. 50% of each adult ticket purchase goes back to the rescue on their coupon. Demos, presentations, seminars, discussions for attendees are designed to create a pet community of awareness and to help everyone become aware of what sort of wonderful things are out there for their pets.

CHICAGO PET SHOW – WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO.

We’ve seen with our own eyes what rescues do the work to get things done and they are in constant need of volunteers, fosters and just organizing people. Rescues want to find the forever home where these pets will never have to endure the pain of being abandoned or abused again.

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Whether you are looking for a forever friend, just want to take a peek at the world of pets, or looking for ways of improving the lives of your pet family the Chicago Pet Show is where to be.

New! We have added a new Subscription Service so you can have your favorite products delivered to you automatically on a schedule. You can change the schedule and cancel any time you wish. Your Credit Card or PayPal Account is charged automatically with each shipment!

We have also repackaged our Frozen Product for more efficient shipping. Now it comes in packs of 2 containers, so you get more bang for your buck!

Article from WebMD

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/raw-dog-food-dietary-concerns-benefits-and-risks

Raw Dog Food: Dietary Concerns, Benefits, and Risks
Are raw food diets for dogs an ideal meal plan or a dangerous fad? Experts weigh in.
By Elizabeth Lee
WebMD Pet Health Feature Reviewed by Audrey Cook, BVM&S
Raw dog food diets are controversial. But the popularity of the diets — which emphasize raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables — is rising.

Racing greyhounds and sled dogs have long eaten raw food diets. Extending those feeding practices to the family pet is a more recent idea, proposed in 1993 by Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst. He called his feeding suggestions the BARF diet, an acronym that stands for Bones and Raw Food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.

Billinghurst suggested that adult dogs would thrive on an evolutionary diet based on what canines ate before they became domesticated: Raw, meaty bones and vegetable scraps. Grain-based commercial pet foods, he contended, were harmful to a dog’s health.

Many mainstream veterinarians disagree, as does the FDA. The risks of raw diets have been documented in several studies published in veterinary journals.

Potential benefits of the raw dog food diet that supporters tout include:
Shinier coats
Healthier skin
Cleaner teeth
Higher energy levels
Smaller stools
Potential risks include:

Threats to human and dog health from bacteria in raw meat
An unbalanced diet that may damage the health of dogs if given for an extended period
Potential for whole bones to choke an animal, break teeth or cause an internal puncture

 

Since Billinghurst’s book,Give Your Dog a Bone, was published, several other types of raw dog food diets have emerged, including commercially processed raw food diets that are frozen or freeze-dried and combination diets that use blends of grains, vegetables, and vitamins that are mixed with raw meat purchased by the owner at the grocery store.

Raw dog food recipes and meal suggestions are readily found online and in books. Interest from pet owners continues to grow, with the widespread recall of melamine-contaminated pet food in 2007 bringing in new followers.

A raw dog food diet typically consists of:

Muscle meat, often still on the bone
Bones, either whole or ground
Organ meats such as livers and kidneys
Raw eggs
Vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and celery
Apples or other fruit
Some dairy, such as yogurt