WHOLE Lot of Difference: Gifford Cat Shelter

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month

June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month and what better way to celebrate then to team up with a cat shelter and a Snapchat influencer to raise awareness and help feed our feline friends in need.

The Gifford Cat Shelter in Brighton, MA was founded in 1884 and sponsored by Ellen Gifford. Its mission is to provide a safe haven for abandoned, stray, abused, neglected, unwanted and injured cats with the goal of re-homing and ending the needless killing of community and companion cats.

Halo is proud to partner with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org to make a WHOLE lot of difference for shelter pets together.

Here’s what The Gifford Cat Shelter had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation:

“Many strays have been eating poorly while on the streets and may be malnourished on arrival. It is common for them to have dental disease and they often develop upper respiratory infections in response to the stress they have endured. Some are found to be infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) which makes them more susceptible to infectious illness. Cats from hoarding or abusive situations may arrive in a quite malnourished state. In this type of cat population, good nutrition is especially important. High quality food is a foundation of returning these cats to optimum health and improving their resistance to illness.”

“High quality food is a foundation of returning these cats to optimum health and improving their resistance to illness.”

Gracie is a 5 year old cat, surrendered due to her owner’s illness and subsequent inability to care for her. She was diagnosed with diabetes just prior to being surrendered. Once at the shelter, we measured her blood sugar levels, started administration of insulin, and began to feed her measured quantities of Halo food, based on our veterinarian’s directions. Over the course of three months, Gracie’s blood sugar levels and need for insulin have decreased. We are hopeful that at some point, she will no longer require insulin and will maintain a normal blood sugar with proper diet alone. Gracie has remained happy and otherwise healthy during her shelter stay and we hope to find her a permanent home soon.

Gracie the cat

Martin is a 5-year-old cat who was found as a stray in a nearby community. On admission, he tested positive for FIV. His teeth were in very poor condition and he had significant ear mites. He also had a severe eye infection, felt to be due to a virus. During his three-month stay, his ear mites have been successfully treated and his teeth have been cleaned with some extractions done. He has undergone lengthy treatment for his eye infection, which is currently resolved as well. After spending many weeks in our quarantine area, Martin is now living in our FIV+ room and showing his true personality as a playful and loving lap cat. We anticipate that Martin will soon find a permanent home. Good nutrition has been a key component to his recovery. All FIV+ cats need high quality food and, in Martin’s case, it was even more helpful in promoting healing.” 

Martin the cat

Thank you Gifford Cat Shelter for making a WHOLE lot of difference for pets in your community.

As part of Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, the shelter is having a fundraising event on June 24th from 2-4pm hosted by MassLive.com and Snapchat sensation, Audrey Spencer better known as Cake1toDough1. To help celebrate and raise awareness, Audrey will be giving away two (2) $ 50 Halo Cat package for those who donate via GoFundMe.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.

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15 Companies that let you bring your dog to work — and not just one day a year

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She left us yesterday

The aligning of the Cosmos with two entities of golden retrievers and hemangiosarcoma is one the crueler aspects of existence. She died at home yesterday–on her own terms.

That’s all I can write right now. I’m just letting you know. I know that if you’ve been reading this blog since the beginning, she was a major feature here, and I know that she will be missed.

I certainly am. It’s very raw right now.


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Win a $25 PawZaar Gift Card!

We love seeing our PawZaar products out in real life–so we’ve started a new giveaway to encourage everyone to share their photos! Starting in July, we’ll be giving away a $ 25…

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Snap, Crackle, Crunch: Cheap Treats Your Dog Will Love

rice cake
I always thought that rice cakes were about as appealing as Styrofoam discs.

Turns out, dogs love them!

I buy the plain unsalted (or even lightly salted) rice cakes and then break them up into little pieces to use as rewards and treats. I mix and match a batch of rice cakes interspersed with something more tasty and nutritious (like Halo Liv-a-Little freeze dried salmon or chicken) and keep them together in one treat jar. It imparts some of the flavor of the high quality treats to the rice cake bits, and when I dip my hand in the jar, Wanda and Maisie know they’ve got something good coming. They actually don’t know “how good” and science has shown that intermittent rewards (sometimes you hit the jackpot, sometimes you get nothing) is the best way to encourage learning and obedience, but also not knowing how good the treat will be is also very reinforcing.

If your dog is on a diet (most of us struggle to keep the extra pounds off our pets, as well as ourselves because staying lean is the key to longevity and health) rice cakes make a great snack without adding “costly” calories.

Save the high value treats (a piece of cheese, meat or freeze-dried protein treats) for when you really need to reinforce a great response to a command.

You can offer a crunchy chunk of rice cake for those “gotta have something” moments and not feel guilty about wight gain. Amazing how that bit of air-filled rice cake can be a happy snack. There’s nothing like the sound an eager puppy makes while she’s crunching. And then the smile on her face when she comes from away when you call her and she gets the lovely surprise of a piece of real chicken from the Halo Liv-a-Little jar!

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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Mother Pit Bull Survives Fire, Leads Rescuers Straight To Her Hidden Puppies

Miracle the Pit BullWhen fire struck a factory in South Carolina, a pit bull mix sprang into action to protect her puppies. Not only did she manage to save herself, but she also saved all of her puppies. Now they all get their happily ever after.

According to ABC News, the mother dog (now known as Miracle), was picked up on the road after the fire. The good Samaritan who helped her, had seen Miracle coming and going from the factory. Victoria McGonigal, owner of Dochas n Gra Animal Rescue and Sanctuary told reporters that “the day she got picked up was the day the warehouse had a fire. They took her to animal control and realized she had a broken front left leg and… she was still producing milk, so she had puppies somewhere.”

Unfortunately the local fire department told animal control that it wouldn’t be safe to go to the factory and search for the puppies. After four days, the fire department gave their okay and an animal control officer headed to the factory with Miracle in hopes of finding the puppies. Miracle led the officer directly to her puppies who were all safely hidden and waiting for their mother’s return.

Read the complete story.

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Web Store Special: 20% Off and Free Shipping with Order of $100 or More

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Here’s a special offer for our Halo customers!

When you order $ 100 or more this month, you’ll get:

  • 20% off
  • Free Shipping
  • Order by 6/20
  • Use Coupon Code: FATHERSDAY17PCT20


  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 June 20, 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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Rookie Cop Rescues Pit Bull from Drowning

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Happiest Father’s Day!

Happy Father's Day!

I don’t gush about Robbie nearly often enough around here, but that’s only because (unlike his wife), the dude isn’t an over sharer and would rather do just about anything than take selfies for Instagram. But I couldn’t ask for a better partner or father to my kids. He is an incredible role model and best buddy to them, and I’m so excited to celebrate him on Sunday after he gets home from the road.

To all the dads of human and fur babies, father figures, and those of you with dads and/or father figures in your lives, I wish you the happiest Father’s Day. Enjoy your weekend everyone!


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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My 12 Favorite Kid and Parenting Themed Posts


Our Mama Daughter Bond (+ a $  100 Minnetonka Gift Card Giveaway!)
Kids Water Safety Tips
Family Play Ideas for Toddlers
Pink and Gold First Birthday Party (via Bubby and Bean)
A Space Themed First Birthday Party (Bubby and Bean)
Newborn Baby Essentials List

When I started this blog (over six years ago!), it was a lifestyle blog with mainly a design focus, and I vowed to never let it become a parenting blog, even if we eventually had kids. The funny thing about writing about life, though, is that when you want to remain authentic, you’re going to have to include pieces of your own life. And while this is still, and will remain, a lifestyle blog that covers a variety of topics, I do find myself including parenting and kids posts quite often these days. I know not all of you have (or want) kids, but I hope these posts have still proven enjoyable for you on some level. And for those of you who are parents, I hope they are relevant and helpful. Because I really enjoy writing them.

All of that said, I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite kid and parenting themed post from the last couple of years to share. I only do a few roundup style posts a year, but they always get great feedback, and they’re admittedly fun to put together. For my regular readers, maybe you’ve missed a few of these and they’ll be new to you. Regardless, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did putting them together. Just click on the images (or links directly below them) to access each post.


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