Product Review: K9 Sport Sack Dog Backpack Carrier

Dog Backpack Carrier in Action My pug Zip is, as many of you know, over 17 years old now.  He’s a pretty independent guy, a cowboy pretty much, but we both would prefer to do just about everything together.  At his age, his range for walks is really limited.  I’ve got a couple of great […]

What’s Hot in Dog Sweaters

Wool dog sweaters are perfect for days when it’s not quite hot enough for full-on winter gear. In dog sweaters, the paws-down customer favorite is the Chilly Dog Cowichan Squirrel Sweater.  It’s beautifully designed in rich shades of cream, tan and chocolate wool, and the squirrels are of course pretty irresistible. Here on the coast of Maine & […]

Winter Dog Coats that are Really Hot Right Now

Ruffwear Powder Hound Small dogs don’t have enough mass to stay warm in New England winters.  Bigger dogs are hardier, but they also generally stay outside for long periods of time, so their exposure to extreme temperature, precipitation of all kinds, and wind is higher.  Plus, the bigger the dog, the more snow, water, mud, salt […]

Finding Homes for All Shelter Dogs

Boston and Portland’s own Amy Sutherland has a new book out, and if you love dogs, please buy it and read it…you will be glad you did.   In writing Rescuing ‘Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes, Sutherland spent a year ‘doggedly’ researching homeless animal shelters across […]

Wellness Recall March 18, 2017

Wellpet, maker of Wellness, has issued a limited recall due to possible elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone.  The recall is limited to one canned formula, Wellness 95% Beef Canned Dog Food.  Any pet parents with this product in their pantry should check on the bottom of the can for the following ‘best by’ dates.  If any […]

Grandma Lucy’s Affordable Freeze-dried Pet Food

Making Freeze-dried Pet Food Accessible Grandma Lucy’s makes accessibly-priced freeze-dried pet food. It costs about the same per day (about $3.50-$4.25 for an average 50lb dog) as our most popular kibble, Acana.  So should you consider switching or adding it to your food rotation?  Comparing kibble and freeze-dried foods is like comparing apples to oranges. But […]

Dental Chews for Dogs

Dogs in the Wild Didn’t Eat Dental Chews Domesticated dogs are prone to gum disease and tooth decay just like people are.  Their ancestors of course didn’t eat dental chews.  But they didn’t eat kibble, milk bones or any other processed foods either.  Dogs in the wild subsisted on a diet of raw, whole prey that […]

Brushing Pets Teeth and Oral Care Products

Any Amount Helps If it seems daunting, remember that any amount helps, it could add years to their lives, and you’ll save a lot of money.  Your vet has to remove calcified plaque, but by brushing even every other day, you can prevent calculus from forming…and that means a lot more time between vet visits. […]