Our Patriotic Pets may be TV stars… but they’re just like normal dogs and kitties! We’ll be introducing you to the up-and-coming stars of our newest commercials over the next few weeks. We hope that you enjoy meeting them all.
First up, Jackson, a rambunctious pup with a lot of personality and a lot of heart!
Trainer’s Name: Lisa
Breed: Portuguese Water Dog
Where do you live now? New Jersey
Favorite food? Freshpet meatballs and turkey roll
Favorite past time? Doing agility and wrestling with my brother Baco. I love squirrels and rabbits. When we’re out for our walks I’m always on the look-out. I do get yelled out because I can pull mom or dad down as I try to get to them. I also love to stand on the steps of my parents’ pool and dig in the water. I walk along the bench sometimes and across the pool. Just yesterday I was in digging and fighting with the water, when Baco starts barking at me. He thought I was playing with someone else rather than him. But he didn’t want to come in with me
Do you and your brother Baco get along? When Baco came home, I was a little nervous: I froze whenever he came near. Now we are the best of friends! We love to race each other around the yard as fast as we can go, and wrestle each other. If Baco by chance gets ahead of me, I grab his tail and around we go. We love to play, rough house, and even tease each other. Since I’m the older brother, I’m allowed on my parents’ bed and my brother is not. I stick my nose over the edge and as Baco stands by my head we tease and torment each other.
Best trick? I love lure coursing and am excellent at it! I get to race around a course chasing a “bunny”. I can always catch “him” no matter how fast they make it go.
Where do you like to sleep? At night I sleep in my crate next to parents’ bed. During the day at home I like to be by my mom’s chair in the kitchen or curled up by the front door
Other photoshoots/commercials you’ve been in? This was my debut! Each time I tried out I was just too black.
What is a typical day in the life of Jackson like?
My dad takes my brother and me downstairs in the morning, lets us out and feeds us our Freshpet. We hang around until mom is ready for work. Dad is already out running. She gives us our treat and I hang out at the front door while Baco is in his crate. Dad takes us to Lisa’s where we play with our friends all day. After mom is finished with work we sometimes do agility or she takes us home and we run around the backyard until dinner. While mom and dad are eating, we take a nap. Then it’s out to race around with Baco, a snack (Freshpet treats) before bed and then we’re upstairs wrestling if mom’s not looking or hanging out. I get to stay up later because I’m not annoying like Baco. Then we’re both in our crates to sleep until the next day’s adventures.
If you’re looking for a special treat to make for your beloved furbabies, look no further. We have gathered a list of recipe ideas that will be purrfect for your companion! These simple creations are fun and easy to make, and will sure be loved by your pups or kitties. And, they start with his or her favorite Freshpet foods and treats.
Roasted Meals Omelets
Start off your pup’s breakfast the right way, this hearty meal will surely leave your pup begging for more! The benefits of this protein-packed meal are great for your furry one! And, everything you need is most likely already in your refrigerator at home: eggs, cheese, and Freshpet Select Roasted Meals. This is a great way to spend a Saturday morning with your loved ones.
Many kitties will enjoy this meal too, but be sure to skip the cheese if you have kitties with sensitive stomachs. Many adult cats grow up to be lactose intolerant. If you are not sure, give your cat a small piece of cheese to try first to ensure it does not upset his or her stomach.
Fido’s Bacon Wrapped Weenies
Get your pup in on the action during your next party! Inspired by a classic spanish tapas dish, this simple recipe only needs Dog Joy Chicken Treats and Dog Joy Turkey Bacon. Simply place the Chicken Treat at the end of the Turkey Bacon strip and begin to roll. When finished, stick it with a tooth pick to keep it together, and viola! You have a bacon wrapped weenie. Check out our Vine to see this technique in action, and don’t be afraid to get creative! Try substituting our Chicken Treats for Dog Joy Beef Treats for a slightly different take on a great snack.
This treat is a perfect little appetizer or snack for a special occasion or a pooch party!
Fresh & Meaty Cupcake
Create your own fresh cupcake to celebrate with your pooch! Lightly microwave the Freshpet Slice & Serve roll of your choice until soft. Then, place in a cupcake liner inside cupcake pan then refrigerate for a bit to keep the cupcake shape. Freshpet parent Yvonne C. tops hers off with frosting made of yogurt and peanut butter!
Fresh Soft-Bite Cookies
Are you a fur parent that loves to go above and beyond for your little ones? Then this soft-bite cookie is the recipe for you. Semi-homemade, this recipe takes baking for your pet to the next level, and we are sure there will be a stampede to the kitchen while these cookies are baking in the oven! The Freshpet ingredient card is the key to your pup’s heart; it has everything listed that you will need along with the proper cooking instructions. Just start with the Slice & Serve roll of your choice, mix the ingredients, and bake for a meaty, moist treat your pooch is sure to love.
We hope you enjoy these fun, creative ways to spice up your Freshpet food and really treat your fur kids to something special. Do you have any other suggestions? If so, email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear it!
Dave ZincZenko knows a lot about nutritious foods. His Eat This, Not That book series gives us simple tools to eat healthier by making smart decisions at mealtime. Now, his pup Bea is spreading his mission to the world of pet food. When we found out that Bea is a fan of Freshpet, and wanted a way to spread the word to her fellow pooches and kitties, we jumped at the chance to help her! So we sent Bea a collection of healthy, delicious Freshpet foods and treats, and she and Dave sent us a little story to pass on to our Freshpet fans. But Bea needs your help spreading the word about fresh food! In return, we’re giving away another Freshpet gift basket to four of our lucky fans. Here is how you can help:
1. Re-tweet our post about Bea’s story
2. Re-pin one of Bea’s photos on Pinterest
3. Share our post on Facebook
We hope you enjoy meeting the beautiful Bea:
MEET BEA; THE NEW FACE OF FRESHPET.
AS A MODEL, SHE KNOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF EATING FRESH TO MAINTAIN HER FUR COAT AND ENVIABLE CURVES…
…AND HER STAGE DADDY ALSO KNOWS THAT FRESHPET GIVES HIS GIRL THE EDGE IN THE DOG EAT DOG WORLD OF MODELING…
TO QUOTE BEA; “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT, AND I AM A FRESH PET.” AND IN THE
WORDS OF HER DADDY; “EAT THIS, NOT THAT BEA!”
AND AFTER THE BEST SUPPER IN THE WORLD, BEA GETS HER BEAUTY SLEEP AND DREAMS ABOUT HER NEXT FRESH MEAL…
This week’s blog is contributed by Dr. Katy Nelson, a practicing veterinarian for more than eleven years and host of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy” on Washington DC’s News Channel 8. You can check out her blog and watch previous episodes at www.wjla.com/blogs/the-pet-show, or become her fan at www.facebook.com/ThePetShow.tv.
Hi, everyone! I’m a huge fan of Freshpet, but I don’t think anyone is a bigger fan than my dog Papi! He spins in circles every morning and every evening when I pull it out of the refrigerator to feed to him. This food is not only extremely high quality and well-balanced, as evidenced by Papi’s healthy body and coat, but given Papi’s twice daily reaction, it’s also absolutely delicious! So, when Freshpet approached me to answer some questions for their Facebook fans, of course I agreed. Here are the first 5 questions I received, I hope you’ll send yours in, too.
Question 1: Dr. Katy, I have a black cat that looks like she has dandruff – how do I get rid of it and is it something I should worry about? - Freshpet fan Diane D.
Dr. Katy: This is a great question, and unfortunately it’s quite a common occurrence in our kitties. Cats can have dandruff (flaking of dead skin cells), and it’s often due to either a nutritional problem or to improper self-grooming. If your kitty is eating a dry kibble diet alone, it may be she is not getting enough essential fatty acids in her diet to maintain proper skin health. A diet like Freshpet Roasted Meals for Cats, which is rich in protein and fatty acids, can help to keep her skin flake-free and her coat shiny and healthy. Some cats that have dandruff are overweight and unable to groom themselves properly, so the dead skin cells clump together in the areas they cannot reach during regular grooming (usually along the midline of their back). If this is the reason for your kitty having dandruff, consult with your veterinarian on an effective way to elicit weight loss in your cat. Obesity predisposes our pets to serious health issues, including diabetes, arthritis and even cancer, so starting a healthy weight loss program can not only decrease the dandruff problem, but possibly increase your kitty’s lifespan as well.
Question 2: I think my dog was not weaned correctly – she does not chew, just gulps and it’s gone. I’d like her to have a bone, but after the ‘knobs’ are gone, I get nervous and take it from her. Any suggestions? - Freshpet fan Margaret J.
Dr. Katy: I would theorize that this behavior is more dependent on the personality of each dog versus whether they were weaned properly. You can take multiple dogs from the same litter, all weaned the same way, and some of them will sit patiently and chew while others will swallow a bone whole and go on about their business. All that being said, I think you’re doing the right thing by taking away the bones after she chews the knobs down. That’s a much safer option than having her swallow a bone and that may get stuck in her GI tract. You can also explore other options than bones for her to chew on –knotted rope toys or Kongs are more durable than an actual bone and can provide longer term chewing fun.
Question 3: My little dog is on a flea pill and eats Freshpet food. Even though she does not have any fleas, she still chews herself. Why is she doing this, and is there anything I can do to solve the problem? -Freshpet fan Ron A.
Dr. Katy: Itching is not always associated with external parasites, but it certainly can be, so it’s good to hear you are diligently using your flea and tick preventative year-round. Dogs can scratch themselves for any number of reasons – dry skin, allergies (to fleas, to inhaled allergens, to a certain type of food, or even to something that she’s in contact with), boredom, or even metabolic problems (like thyroid or adrenal disease) can be the culprit. Whatever it is due to, though, this is a sign that your pup may be having a real issue. I recommend having her examined by your veterinarian to see if you can figure out why she’s so itchy, and if there is something you can do to help her feel better.
Question 4: My senior cat is diabetic and has what we believe to be senility. He’s thin and has brittle skin which is a struggle on its own. But his yowling at night is getting out of hand. We’ve left on night lights, keep him in his own bedroom to prevent him from getting lost/confused in the rest of the house, but we aren’t sure what else to do. Do you have any suggestions? -Freshpet fan Lisa F.
Dr. Katy: It is so difficult when our senior pets get to this point in their lives. Both dogs and cats do suffer from senility issues as they age, and it can manifest in many different ways – from crying and getting lost like your kitty, to urinating in various spots, or even becoming fearful or aggressive. Keeping her safe is the priority, and it sounds like you are already taking steps to do that. I would encourage you to discuss this with your veterinarian thoroughly. Consider taking notes as to when this happens, or even a video of it happening, so your doctor can have all the facts and know how to best address this. If there are heavy swings in your cat’s glucose regulation, if he has a thyroid or kidney issue in addition to his diabetes, or if he is in pain due to an arthritic condition, there may be a medical way to improve this. If this is “just” senility, then your best bet will be to continue what you’re doing by keeping him safe and trying to decrease his anxiety during these times. Good luck with him, I know how difficult this is as I went through this about a year ago with my own 15-year-old dog suffering from kidney disease. It can be very frustrating, and certainly heartbreaking to watch our pets in this state.
Question 5: I think my one-year-old shih Tzu suffers from acid reflux. What can I do to address this issue and which food is best for her? – Freshpet fan Ana D.
Dr. Katy: Many of the symptoms of acid reflux in our pups are also signs of other issues, so first and foremost, it is important that you get your pooch checked out by your vet. What is it she’s doing that makes you think this? Is she regurgitating food or vomiting after eating? Is she swallowing more frequently than normal? Does she seem to be in pain when she eats? All of these can be signs of acid reflux in dogs, but they can also be signs of other issues that are more serious. There is pharmaceutical help for reflux, if that is truly what is going on with your pup, and a highly digestible moist diet such as Freshpet Slice & Serve Rolls can help as well. However, I recommend you have her thoroughly examined and diagnostics run if she is experiencing any of the above-mentioned signs. As in people, reflux can be a painful disease and lead to further problems down the line if left untreated.
If you have a question for Dr. Katy about your furball’s health and wellbeing, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your question could be featured in our next “Ask Dr. Katy” blog.