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Freshpet Thank You #1

Every letter we receive from pet parents matters to us. They make us proud to do what we do, and inspire us to continue to bring the power of fresh food to pets each day.  We’re so grateful to all of our pet parents, and so we want to say “Thank You” as much as we can.

Our first Thank You goes out to the amazing pets and pet parents who took time out of their busy lives to share their stories with us on camera. “Letters” is about them, their pets, and the dedication they all share to keeping their pets happy and healthy.

We’ve already surprised them with a trip to NYC and a day of filming, but we think the cast deserves a bit more. So, our Letter pets are getting a four month supply of Freshpet and for their parents, a special coffee table book to commemorate the entire experience.

We really can’t thank them enough.

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We teamed up with the Apparently Kid to talk all things pets!

The moment we first saw Noah Ritter,  we collectively fell in love with him here at Freshpet. Charmingly known as the “Apparently Kid”, you may know him from his interview with a local news team that became an internet sensation, or his recent appearance on The Ellen Show.

 

Just a few short weeks later, we found out that he was an avid pet lover (he has two dogs at home, Simba and George) and a neighbor of ours. And we knew that Noah has big dreams to become a paleontologist one day – and could probably use some help getting there. So, we jumped at the chance to team up with him and share his thoughts about dogs, dinosaurs, and fresh food for pets in Noah’s very first commercial.

 

Noah was a complete star on our set and a joy to spend time with. Whether he was laughing with the crew, eating his favorite chicken nuggets with Grandpa, or just sharing tips about his favorite games with us, his exuberant energy and unique intelligence shined through just as much as his love of the four pups on set. At the end of the day, we surprised Grandpa and Noah with a trip to Disneyland and a scholarship fund to help Noah gain the education he needs to achieve his dreams. We were over the moon to be able to do something for a kid who has made America smile.

 

 

We’re so excited to share his video with you. Apparently, it was a very great day for all.

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Act of Kindness #11: Secaucus Ice Cream Social

A  few weeks ago, we were asked to participate in Uncle D’s Ice Cream Social, to raise funds for one of our local rescue partners: the Secaucus Animal Shelter.

Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt are some of our favorite goodies around the office here at Freshpet, and we know that many pets feel the same about our Chilly Wags and Wag-gurt frozen treats. So we couldn’t resist helping out.

For every furry visitor, we gave out free frozen treats to go with the ice cream enjoyed by human visitors.  Noodles enjoyed her Wag-gurt so much that she even smiled for the camera.

Just another wonderful day in the community.

If you know of a pet or family member who deserves an Act of Kindness, we want to hear from you! Email us at online@freshpet.com, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. See you next week!

Helping Pets Cope with the Back to School Blues

As summer comes to an end, back to school preparation is on many of our minds. But while we return to busy lives after a relaxing break, our pets also have to adjust to a more frequently empty home.  The transition can be difficult for dogs and cats who have grown used to more attention and hustle and bustle around the house.

Here are some tips to help ease the back to school transition.

 

Ease into the transition

Sudden schedule changes can be really confusing to pets, just as they can be tough for us. So pets that are used to mid-day walks or playtime may have trouble adjusting to a change in their routine. Take some time to plan for the schedule change and adjust your routine before kids return to school and you’re back to work. And if you’re able, try to stop home a few times in the first week or so to help soothe pets’ worry.

 

Make time for play

As you’re adjusting back into your own schedule, consider dedicating 20 minutes a day toward playing with your pet or helping him or her get some extra exercise. Freshpet parent Katie loves to start the day with a long walk with her German Shepard Carlton, a new routine they’ve established together since she and her boyfriend returned to working longer hours.

 

Create a positive association with leaving in the morning

Time to head to work or school can be the hardest part of the day for pets and pet parents. Seeing that look of sadness can just make you not want to leave. Instead of making this a sad time, turn this into an opportunity for treating your pet. By giving him a healthy treat each day before you leave, he’ll begin to associate time to go with time for treat. Our Dog Joy Turkey Bacon Treats are a delicious and healthy option- just break off a small piece, and off you go!

 

We wish you all a wonderful last few days of summer and a smooth transition into the fall.

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Happy National Dog Day!

Our dogs play important roles in our lives. They work selflessly to comfort us, keep us safe, and make us laugh and smile every single day. We always appreciate them, but today for National Dog Day we want to spread our love of dogs as far as it can go.

This video greeting card is a little token of our never-ending appreciation for our pups.

Share it here to wish your friends a Happy National Dog Day.

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2 Million Fresh Donations

It is our goal to bring fresh food to pets everywhere, that’s why working with shelters and rescues is so important to us. We’re very proud to share that to date, we have been able to donate over 2 million meals to pets in need and that number will always continue to grow.
 
Pets in shelters are especially in need of the wonderful nutrition that fresh food can provide them. Oftentimes, the donations that rescues and shelters receive are food that’s expired. We always make sure that the recipes we donate are as fresh as possible for the pets to enjoy.
 
Our donations team is 100% committed to making sure that we donate food to 501(c)(3) organizations like charities and rescues that share our love for all pets. Our team speaks to each and every organization to ensure they receive exactly what they need, when they need it. We’ve formed some amazing relationships along the way with groups like Lost and Found Rescue, Animal Life Savers, and our local Secaucus Animal Shelter. We’ve donated to over 100 shelters and rescues throughout the years! These folks are not just partners to us; we consider them friends and allies in the same cause. Some of these folks have become regular visitors to our offices and partners in our mission to bring the power of fresh food to pets.
 
If you or an organization you know about would like to receive a donation from us, visit our Contact Us Page, write us on Facebook or Twitter, or give our consumer affairs team a call at 866-789-FRESH (3737). We’d be happy to hear from you.
 
We always look forward to helping make the world a better place for pets and their families.

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Acts of Kindness #10: Allies in Barkpost

When it comes to making the world a better place for dogs and cats everywhere, it’s great to have allies in the mission. Recently, we partnered with the wonderful people at Barkpost, getting involved in their weekly Barkfund project, which gives grants to cool, innovative projects that help pets everywhere. Each week, the Barkfund awards a $1,000 grant to one of these project. For two weeks, we doubled the donation, lending a hand to two very innovative and important projects that will help a lot of pets everywhere.

 

Kane’s Crusade

Kane’s Crusade is an organization that keeps families together by distributing C.A.R.E. Kits, which includes food, treats, vaccinations, dog, houses and more. This coming fall, Kane’s Crusade is launching their 3rd Annual Dog House Build Off. It’s a day where 70 volunteers will come together to build “Kondos”, customized, fully-insulated doghouses with heating systems. These Kondos are going to dogs who live in the Greater Springfield, Massachussetts area. With the winter months around the corner, it’s important to keep these pups as warm as possible. Check out photos from last year’s Kondo building day here, and visit Kane’s Krusade for more information on their amazing project.

 

PAWS Shelter and Humane Society

This Texas-based shelter is on a mission that’s very similar to ours: giving fresh ingredients to pets! Their Doggone Green Garden is growing veggies like carrots, broccoli and cucumbers that they’ll use as healthy treats for their pups. They’re also growing beneficial herbs like Calendula and Ginger that are also helpful for dogs. We especially love this project because it’s another way to bring the power of fresh food to pets! Visit the PAWS Shelter site for more information on this project!

 

We were so happy to be able to fund these two amazing projects that will help many pets. A very special thanks to Barkpost for helping us get involved in these worthy projects.

 

If you know of a pet or family member who deserves an Act of Kindness, we want to hear from you! Email us at online@freshpet.com, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. See you next week!

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6 Reasons to Feed Your Family Fresh

The philosophy is so simple: fresh, real food is better for our families and ourselves. The power of fresh food has so many positive effects it’s hard to count them all. This week, our friend Dr. Katy gives us her 5 reasons why fresh is best for the whole family. Take it away, Dr. Katy!

 
Fresh food tastes better!

My dogs Papi and Eddie have always been great eaters, but I had never seen them be so excited for food as when they began to eat Freshpet Select Chicken and Vegetable rolls. The meals are made with ingredients that come from balanced, local sources, making for especially well-nourished and especially tasty ingredients. I know that I enjoy a meal of fresh ingredients much more than something from the shelf, and Papi and Eddie would agree!
 

It keeps us looking and feeling great

Foods like vegetables and fruits are rich with vitamins and antioxidants that make are wonderful for my family’s us feel like a million bucks every day. And, as we all know, the better we look, the better we feel. Fresh proteins and more fatty acids help promote smooth skin, help with muscle tone and it just makes us feel fantastic.
 

It energizes us!

One of the biggest differences that I notice when eating fresh food is how I feel after finishing a fresh meal. The food is highly digestible and nutrient dense, so my body easily turns the food into energy for me. And the same definitely goes for my kids and dogs. They’ve got levels of energy that they haven’t had since they were puppies. As far as Fresh Starts go, feeding them fresh food has been a huge difference.

 

We feel healthy all the time

There’s no such thing as a cure-all for sickness. But I believe that since making the commitment to feeding my whole family fresh food, we’ve all had less sickness and allergies to deal with. The ingredients in fresh food are jam-packed with nutrients that are healthy and strengthen our bodies to fight off illnesses and allergens. Feeding fresh food and keeping my family healthy is a choice I will make 100% of the time.
 

I feel good about what I’m feeding my family

There’s a great feeling that I get when I know that I’m nourishing my household with the best food available for them. It means that I’m taking good care of them by giving them meals that are tasty and will keep them healthy for a long time. I’m happy as long as my family is happy and healthy!
 

Eating and feeding fresh has made all the difference in my family and countless others. And the best part is that it’s never too late for you to start! Visit the Fresh Start site to begin giving your pets fresh, natural food that they’ll absolutely love.

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Summertime for the Sochi Pups

The summer season is in full swing, even in Denver, Colorado where Gus and the Sochi Pups reside. That means lots of outdoor playtime for the happy family. Here’s a glimpse of what the Sochi Pups’ summer break is like from Gus himself:

 

When I met the pups in February, it was in the thick of the winter in Sochi. It’s a little surreal seeing them here in Colorado in the warm weather, but here they are. And I couldn’t be more excited to be with them during their first summer.

 

These guys have a busier social schedule than I do. We’re constantly on walks, playing in the park right by my house or taking long hikes through the woods and water. And Jake and Mishka enjoy every single second of it. You can see the smiles on their faces when they’re running around in the trees, grass and water. They’re real outside dogs. I guess they’re starting to take after me!

 

One of our favorite things to do is go out to the park with my buddy Robin. While they’re there, they get right into running and playing around with the other dogs. They both being around other dogs, but Mishka is definitely the more social one. He could probably stay at the dog park all day if we let him.

 

At the end of the day, when the two are tired from all their outdoors time, they plop down on the same bed and fall right asleep. I don’t think I’ve seen brothers get along this well.

 

The only thing that will wake them up from their slumber is when I head to the fridge. When they hear that fridge door open, they run over to the kitchen immediately, hoping to get some Dog Joy Turkey Bacon Treats or Dog Joy Sweet Potato Treats that they’re both obsessed with. I’m glad that they’re eating well. The food gives them the energy they need to play outside to their hearts’ content.

They’ve come a long way since the first time we met in Sochi, and I’m just excited to be with them for every step.

 

Give your pets the Fresh Start they want and deserve by visiting our site here. With each sign-up, we’ll make a $1 donation to the Humane Society International’s street dogs program to help more pups like Jake and Mishka.

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Acts of Kindness #9: Welcome to the Freshpet Family, Carlton!

It’s always exciting to bring in a new member of the family, and that’s exactly what we did this past week. Our own Katie welcomed Carlton Banks Ellis, a 92lb German/Dutch Shepherd mix, into her home.

 

And like any typical new parent, she hasn’t been able to stop gushing about her new “baby”! She loves to show us new photos of Carlton, giving us updates about his adventures of learning how to walk on a leash, and telling stories about his first thunderstorm at home.

 

It’s wonderful to see Katie and her boyfriend Willem giving Carlton the affection and home he really deserves. Prior to being adopted, Carlton was rescued from a kill shelter in New York City in May by the organization Ready for Rescue. While under the care of Ready for Rescue, it was discovered that Carlton had cancer in his right paw, right underneath his pads, making it difficult for him to walk. Thankfully, the cancer was operated on and he has fully recovered into a healthy pup.

 

Katie and Willem met Carlton about a month ago at a boarding kennel in Bedford, New York and fell in love with his goofiness and sweet attitude immediately. In just a week’s time, they brought him home with them to Jersey City. During his first weekend at his new home, Carlton was introduced to our Vital Beef and Bison recipe which he loved, immediately eating around the kibble to get to. Katie says he’s also really fond of the Dognation Beef Treats, which they’ve been using to help train him.

 

Since moving into his new home, Carlton’s been (literally) a huge joy to have around. He even visited our offices last week. He loved roaming around and meeting everyone. He’s quite the socialite, making sure he spent time mingling with someone from every department. We look forward to mingling with him around the office again soon!

 

For Katie, it’s been a wonderful experience being able to give such a great dog like Carlton the love and care he needs. We’re happy to bring him into the extended Freshpet Family!

 

If you know of a pet or family member who deserves an Act of Kindness, we want to hear from you! Email us at online@freshpet.com, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. See you next week!