Thanks for the latest update. We are all staying p…

Thanks for the latest update. We are all staying positive. I am going to read some more on Bill 128.

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Win an Aqua Paws Stretch Bracelet!

With summer right around the corner, I’m looking forward to wearing our new Aqua Paws Stretch Bracelet on lazy outings to the lake and on long dog walks in the woods. This casual stretch…

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Danish red fox takes out Eurasian eagle owl nestlings

The cute little red fox is quite a savage beast. It also shows us that the current fad for filming rare or relatively rare birds on nests with the use of web cameras can sometimes wind up with the ending we weren’t expecting:



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Iceland Dog Saves Unconscious Bird from Freezing

Gunnar the dog and the bird

Many dogs will bark when they see a bird fly by. One dog in Iceland didn’t bark, but made sure his owner noticed a small bird who had gotten knocked out.

According to the Iceland Monitor, Gunnar Kr. Sigurjónsson was sitting at his computer with his balcony door open when his dog, Tigull, began to whimper. Gunnar told the Iceland Monitor that Tigull “wouldn’t stop until I followed him onto the balcony.” Once outside, Gunnar saw a small redpoll stunned and still on the floor. Fearing the worst, Gunnar picked up a straw basket and placed it over the bird.

Suddenly the bird “started fluttering about and sat down.” Gunnar brought the bird inside to warm up and gave him some water and seeds. Soon the bird began to tweet so Gunnar brought the bird back outside and placed him on the balcony railing.

After an hour Gunnar noticed that the bird was still sitting on the balcony. Gunnar said, “It was pretty cold outside so I decided to bring [the bird] back inside for the night.” The bird spent the night with Gunnar and Tigull, resting inside in the straw basket.

The next morning Gunnar saw that the bird was much more lively. Around noon Gunnar released the bird back outside and he flew away. Gunnar was happy Tigull had noticed the stunned bird and that he had let the bird spend the night indoors. We bet the bird was grateful, too.

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CATS RULE! Announcing the launch of the NY CAT FILM FESTIVAL!

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The day has finally come when all you patient, pleasantly persistent feline advocates, who have been asking “But what about the kitties up on the big screen?” are going to get your very own NY Cat Film Festival! This new festival embraces films that honor these mysterious creatures, who have fascinated mankind for centuries and continue to enchant us.

The first NY Cat Film Festival™ will premiere in New York City November 5 2017 alongside the 3rd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™,  and then the festivals will travel together around the country to reach as many “crazy cat people” as possible! The annual NY Cat Film Festival™ will enhance our appreciation and understanding of who cats share our world, while benefiting local animal welfare groups and saluting those who work and volunteer on behalf of the pussycats., sponsored by Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat.

Cats have their own unique and indescribable bond with the people in their world and this festival will celebrate that mysterious, intense attachment, while giving back to animal welfare groups that protect cats and elevate their status in the world. In New York City the Alliance or New York City’s Animals will be the beneficiary of a portion of every ticket from both festivals, since they represent all the rescue groups and shelters in the city, giving equal importance to both species of pets looking for adoptive homes.

The Cat Film Festival is looking for submissions of feline-themed films (preferably short) – documentary, animated or narrative – made by people that have something to say about cats, whether from a philosophical, practical or hilarious point of view. This Festival is not about “cat videos” which tend to passively record silly or foolish random things that cats happen to do. Films are welcome which are made with an intention, concept or story to convey something essential about cats. We’ve already gotten submissions of diverse and impressive films and cannot wait to see more.

A great example of a fine movie-in-the-making that has come to me is “The Cat Rescuers,” a work-in-progress documentary about several different “angels” who are doing amazing rescue work in Brooklyn. The film has been several years in the making and is just winding up a crowd funding campaign to finish production, which already surpassed its goal of $ 50,000 with a full 7 days left! You can view the trailer on the campaign and get a sense of how eager people are to support and watch quality film depictions of cats’ lives, which will certainly be welcome in the 2nd Annual NY Cat Film Festival in 2018.

We hope filmmakers will want to honor cats and raise awareness for their needs and qualities – and have fun doing it. The NY Cat Film Festival™ is an exploration through film of the fascinating felines who share our lives, creating a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains.  For far too long, felines have been the “invisible” part of the human-animal bond and it’s time to shine the spotlight on these magnificent creatures and the humans devoted to them. The NY Cat Film Festival™ is a way for those who admire and are fascinated by cats to bring their films in front of like-minded cat aficionados.

Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Would this work similarly when introducing a cat t…

Would this work similarly when introducing a cat to our dog? We have a coonhound mix (about 70 lbs) that we have had for 5 years. We adopted him when he was about one year old, so we don't know what the first year of his life was like. He is very interested in cats when we see them on walks. He first stops and stares at them, then starts baying. We would love to adopt a kitty, but don't know how to do it safely. He has never been in a crate. He is usually a very calm, well behaved dog and we just have never had the need for one. If the cat is the one being introduced to the family, which one would you crate? Any advice you have for us would be MUCH appreciated! Thank you!

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Newport, Oregon Police trap armed and dangerous suspect

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The Mystery of “Crude Protein:” What is it, really?

Crude Protein

Read the label on your dog’s food, and you’ll see a section called “Guaranteed Analysis.” That’s called the “ingredient dec” (or “declaration”) in pet food manufacturing lingo. Listed there, along with all the ingredients, you’ll find percentages for moisture, crude fiber, crude fat, and crude protein.

Given how important protein is to our dog’s diet, many people think that “crude protein” refers to protein in its most basic, “crude” form. I used to think “crude protein” meant the total amount of protein – the “bottom line” number – that I could be sure was in this food and my dogs could absorb into their systems.

“Crude” is the confusing word
What the term “crude” actually refers to in pet food is the scientific method used to determine the nutrient content of your dog’s food. The protein content is actually determined not by looking at what forms of protein (fish, meat, chicken, etc) are in the food, but instead by analyzing the levels of nitrogen in the food as the method for calculating protein, just as the fat content is calculated by analyzing levels of lipids (fats). However, the source and quality of the protein is not considered in this number, nor whether it is truly bioavailable to the dog’s system for absorption.

Where did that protein come from?
The real bottom line about crude protein is the quality and the digestibility of the sources of that protein. While nutritional guidelines have been developed by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), the organization has no regulatory authority over pet food ingredients or manufacture. The quality of dog food varies based on the original ingredients and how they are prepared. The best advice is to feed your dog the highest-quality food you can afford from a company in which you have confidence in how they are creating their foods.

The difference between a premium food and budget food is often found in the quality and source of ingredients. Your best bet is not to look at scientific calculations of percentages but to select pet foods made with real, recognizable ingredients: whole meats—such as chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.—and whole vegetables, grains and vegetables or fruit.

We can get protein from many sources beyond meat
Dogs and humans are omnivores which means they can eat a combination of meats and plants. It’s also possible for a dog to thrive if fed a well-balanced, quality vegetarian diet. I’ve written before about how Halo’s vegan recipe dry and canned foods are a blessing to my vegetarian dog-owning friends. As the saying goes, “We are what we eat.” Wholesome nutrition is the key to health and happiness for you and your best friend.

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Web Store Special: 20% Off and Free Shipping with Order of $75 or More

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Here’s a special offer for our Halo customers!

When you order $ 75 or more this month, you’ll get:

  • 20% off
  • Free Shipping
  • Order by 5/17
  • Use Coupon Code: MOTHERSDAY17PCT20


  1. Go to the Halo Web Store — Shop by adding Halo products and go to your shopping cart.
  2. Enter Promo Code in the Order Summary window and proceed to checkout.
  3. Hurry–limited time only. You have until May 17, 2017 to place your Halo order with this promotion!
  4. Note: Coupon codes cannot be combined. Only one offer per shipment.
  5. Offer valid in lower 48 states only. For other locations, please contact us or use our store locator to find a retailer near you.

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Thank you for this blog. I've been so engaged …

Thank you for this blog. I've been so engaged in posting positive comments about the marches that i have neglected our own group, the Ontario "Pit Bull' Co-op. This blog puts every issue I care about together -Everything we fight for every day. I have been trying to get people to see that injustice to our dogs and injustice to people, Injustice to our planet are intrinsically linked and you have done this for me with this powerful piece. Thank you from the bottom of my Socially Conscience Heart !!!

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