Last month, we introduced Freshpet TV celebrity Beacon, the Boston Terrier. He was a rambunctious pup with a huge heart and was a blast to have on set.
But lovable fur-kids come in all different shapes and sizes. That being said, we couldn’t wait to introduce the beautiful Muneca, an elegant Weimaraner with gorgeous blue eyes. Let’s just say she turned heads when filming!
Trainer’s Name: Kevin and Alexandra
Where She Lives: Linden, NJ
How did you end up in Alexandra’s family? Well, I’m actually from Bogota, Colombia originally – muy bueno! My name, Muneca, is Spanish for “doll.” My Mom said she named me that because she thinks I’m pretty! Alexandra and Kevin adopted me when I was a puppy and brought me back to the States. It’s been amazing being part of such a loving family.
What Kind of Pup Were You? I think we all realized early on that I had Weimaraner hunting instincts. When Mom brought me to the lake for the first time, I was terrified to go in the water. I’d never swam before and it looked so scary. I wouldn’t even go fetch my favorite ball in that lake. But then I spotted some geese and when they fled to the water, I dove right in after them. I’ve been chasing balls into the water ever since!
Where Do You Sleep At Home? Lucky for me, I have two beds. Things are pretty comfortable at home. One bed is upstairs and the other downstairs. On chilly nights, Mom even gives me a blanket to snuggle under. Girl’s got to have her beauty sleep, right?
You Were Pretty Comfortable In Front of the Camera. Have You Done This Before? Don’t make me blush! I have done this a few times actually. Mom helped me get a part in a Mercedes-Benz commercial. I’ve also been featured on Gilt.com and worked with Nordstrom. But this Freshpet commercial was my favorite because I love their food, it’s the best! Plus I can’t drive a car so Mercedes was different
What’s A Typical Day Like? I wake up early and fly down the stairs to chow down on my Freshpet. After I’ve stuffed myself, a quick nap ties me over until the rest of the family is awake. Mom takes me for a morning walk and then we play Frisbee – I love the Frisbee! It helps me stay in shape. While everyone is working, I wait by the door for them to get back and play with me. When they come home I wag my tail like you wouldn’t believe!
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When Freshpet Parent Shay M. shared her genius way to seal the end of an opened Freshpet Slice & Serve roll, we couldn’t wait to share it with all of you! It’s simple, easy to make, and the best part? It’s reusable. Simply dish wash to clean and re-use. This is an inventive alternative that, at the very least, saves plastic bags and tupperware.
Shay says simply cut off the end of a cylindrical container (Shay herself uses an 11oz Folgers plastic coffee container for a snug fit) and fit to cover! She’s included a few pictures for inspiration.
The Easter Bunny isn’t just for kids anymore – many pet parents are getting creative, with gifts for pups and kitties alike. We love any excuse to shower our fur-kids with love and affection, and Easter is no exception! So we’ve rounded up our favorite gift ideas for Spring.
Easter Basket Finds
For dogs, start with our fresh Dog Joy treats, like Dog Joy Turkey Bacon, Dog Joy Sweet Potatoes, or Dog Joy Ready to Bake Cookies. The bright packaging ties in well with the colors of the season, and the delicious taste and wholesome ingredients are sure to be a hit with your fur-kids! Just remember to hide them only about 10-15 minutes before the basket search begins- and keep the treats in the fridge prior. Add in a holiday-themed doggy toy for extra fun, like these bunny and peep-shaped toys.
For kitties, fill the basket with a selection of our Freshpet Select Roasted Meals for cats or Vital Complete Meals for cats, plus our Freshpet Select cat food in cups. And don’t forget brightly colored toys like these felt catnip balls and Easter Bunny catnip toys.
Avoid the Easter grass in these baskets, however; this plastic decorative is non-digestible for pets and can cause blocking in the stomach or intestines.
Easter Egg Hunt
Who says egg hunts are only for kids? Set one up for your pooches outdoors, or bring the fun indoors for your kitties. Simply scatter and hide treats, then enjoy helping your fur-kids find them all. Be sure to adjust their calorie intake accordingly for that day (though a little extra love for one day never hurts). Our Dog Joy Chicken or Beef Treats are the perfect size for a hunt. For cats, conceal Freshpet Select Roasted Meals around the house!
Keep your pups and kitties safe by keeping a close eye on them. Avoid placing treats into plastic eggs as these can be choking hazards.
You can also hide a few egg-shaped toys for your furballs to locate, like these crocheted squeaky toys, perfect for pups!
If you’ve dyed eggs at home, treat your pets to an extra punch of protein by sharing a few pieces of a peeled hard-boiled egg with them. Many dogs and cats love the taste of fresh cooked eggs, and these snacks are a safe treat for all.
Other Springtime Gift Ideas
We’ve rounded up a few adorable gift ideas to celebrate the warm weather, the re-introduction of bright colors into our lives, and of course, our love of our pets.
- What kitty could resist this adorable bow tie collar? Available in many festive colors.
- Freshen-up your pet’s look with a new leash and collar combo made just for the season.
- Grab a harness for your pup for those long walks ahead, with bright spring prints to keep him or her looking stylish.
From all of us at Freshpet, we hope you enjoy the onset of beautiful weather and the Easter holiday!
Last month, we asked you to nominate someone you feel goes above and beyond as a pet parent. We received so many submissions about such wonderful, devoted pet parents it was hard to narrow it down to just five. Now we need your help selecting the World’s Greatest Pet Parent from the finalists below. Don’t forget to read their stories before you vote!
Our winner will be announced on Friday, March 8th.
“Melissa F. is devoted to her dogs and to improving conditions for all animals. Mel is a long time dog foster parent. When she saw Daisy, a yellow lab who had been a breeding dog at a puppy mill, cowering in the shelter, she knew she had to help. As a foster parent and then adopter, Mel brought Daisy out of her shell, slowly helping her to learn how to cope with the world. A short time later, Mel adopted Jasper, also a puppy mill dog.
Her final dog, Cupcake, was also a fearful foster. When Cupcake escaped her leash and ended up lost for several weeks, Mel coordinated a massive volunteer effort to find her. After several weeks, Cupcake was found with the help of someone who saw one of hundreds of posters Mel put up in the area where Cupcake was lost. With Cupcake’s return, Mel knew she had to adopt the foster dog into her family.
Mel is devoted to her dogs, taking them regularly to the dog park, building their confidence and enriching their lives. She also helps other pet parents through her blog No Dog About It. She has given me tremendous support and advice when I’ve fostered a fearful dog.
I can’t think of anyone who is a more outstanding Freshpet Parent.”
TIFFANY P., nominated by Herbie
“Tiffany is an outstanding Freshpet Parent to our baby kitten, Casper. In March, she picked Casper up at a gas station when she noticed a box along the side of the road. Unfortunately, there were two other kittens; however, they had already gotten out of the box and had been hit by passing drivers. Lucky for baby Casper, he was very small and hadn’t gotten out. Tiffany decided to rescue tiny Casper.
Today, Casper is almost 1 year old and has already faced health problems. Although Tiffany is a full time college student, she also works part time to help provide care for Casper. She does everything for Casper and he has really become a big part of our family as well as a huge part of Tiffany’s life. While doing research for great healthy foods for cats she saw many great things from Freshpet. Although Casper is a very picky eater, he loves Freshpet; in addition it helps with his irritations and also urinary tract problems.
I believe Tiffany is such a great Freshpet parent because she has given this special kitty such a wonderful life not only by saving his life, but also by helping him cope with his health problems. I think that this is a great way to give back to her because she cares so much for animals, as well as works so hard to provide only the best for our kitten.”
“My name is Roxie, and I’m a 3 year old English Bulldog. I’m going to tell you why my daddy is the best pet parent in the world! We do EVERYTHING together! We love to watch movies (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings) and eat together (I especially love it when daddy lets me have some of his breakfast, lunch, dinner or ice cream!!!). My daddy loves outdoor sports and one time mommy took a picture of daddy and me wearing quading goggles together. I want to be just like my daddy! Daddy loves me, even when I’ve done something wrong! One time I ran out of the front door because I wanted to go visit my favorite neighbor. Daddy ran after me as I calmly walked down the sidewalk. I knew I was in trouble so I ran up to my favorite neighbors door and laid down waiting for daddy. He caught up to me, picked me up, and flung me over his shoulder and brought me home! I thought it was so funny and one neighbor asked daddy if I was a sack of potatoes! My daddy also takes good care of me when I’m sick. I got very sick one year with lyme disease. I couldn’t walk or anything! I was in so much pain. Daddy carried me down to the car and held me on the ride to the vet, carried me into the vets office, and comforted me as the vet examined me. I was so scared but daddy made me feel better! Even though I was so sick, I knew I had to eat and drink, and I would only eat and drink if daddy offered it to me. I love to sleep next to my daddy at night. My daddy takes such good care of me, and we have so much fun playing together and relaxing together and just enjoying life. I couldn’t ask for a better daddy and he tells me all the time I am the best daughter! For all of these reasons and so many more my daddy is the best pet parent around!”
“My fiance Cindy goes above and beyond for cats, both hers and others. She has several special needs kitties that require alot of her time every day, from testing glucose levels and giving insulin shots, to giving subcutaneous fluids, to doling out heart medicines. She also helps transport special needs kitties that need to get from one place to another to get the care they need and she goes out and helps others learn about taking care of their newly diagnosed diabetic cats.
When I saw this contest I knew I had to enter her because of her latest deed. She has been sleeping on the bathroom floor all week with one of her kitties to make sure she doesn’t feel alone while she heals from having surgery recently. Her kitty had a lump removed and subsequently removed her staples. After getting her back to the vet to get re-stapled, Cindy has slept with her every night on the bathroom floor to make sure she doesn’t take them out again and that kitty doesn’t get depressed by being segregated.
There is nothing my fiance wouldn’t do for her kitties.”
“I nominated my sister Loren Cross because she is the best pet mom I know. Why you ask? She owns a pitbull named Rosie that she has had since she was 5 weeks old. Since then, she has become a real advocate for the breed in her community. At first, people gave her so many problems because of negative assumptions made about her pit bull. Her condo association even asked her to move because of the dog. My sister fought back by bringing the dog to condo meetings, showing them how well-trained her dog was, and what misconceptions people have about the breed. It took a lot of hard work, but she convinced the condo board that Rosie was not a vicious animal. She even got them to allow other owners to have bully breeds in the condo. She goes everywhere with Rosie to show people how great pitbulls are.”
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