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Acts of Kindness #8: Get Well, Beau!

The pet community is comprised of some of the most supportive and caring people around. That’s why this week’s Act of Kindness involves not just us, but every single one of you!

 

We met Wade and his pup Beau after they wrote to us saying how much Beau loved his new Freshpet Select recipes after discovering it at their local grocery. After trying Freshpet for the first time, the picky eater in Beau was gone and they haven’t looked back since.

 

Unfortunately, Wade wrote to us again recently saying that Beau had fallen ill. Beau is in the best of care, with his vet and his dad Wade right by his side. But he’s battling a tough infection, and things aren’t looking good at the moment. Wade has shown tremendous resilience, but he cares so much for his Beau and doesn’t want to lose him. He’s keeping up hope, and has asked that we keep him and Beau in our thoughts and prayers as he fights the infection.

 

So, that’s where you come in!

 

We want to show Wade and Beau that the Freshpet community is pulling for him! Share your well wishes for them in the comments, and we’ll make sure they hear each and every single one of them. Together, we’ll all let Beau know that we’re standing right behind him in his time of need.

 

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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Acts of Kindness #6: Freshpet’s Newest “Intern”

All of us that work at Freshpet are pet lovers of the highest order; it’s almost a requirement in order to be employed here! So when one of us gets the chance to take care of a pup or kitty, even for a little while, we immediately volunteer. And that’s exactly what our Social Media Manager Zack did this past week.

 

Jackson is a little terrier mix adopted from the North Shore Animal League in Long Island, New York. When he was first adopted, Jackson was a bit skittish and territorial. But he’s become quite the little social pup since his adoption a year ago. But nowadays he spends his time living in Brooklyn with his mom. This past week, she was headed off to Hawaii on vacation and asked Zack to take Jackson for 10 days. As a dutiful godfather to Jackson, he immediately said yes.

 

For the next couple of days Jackson stayed in an East Village apartment, where he waited patiently for Zack to come home every evening. But a small apartment is no place for a puppy to spend all his time, so Zack decided to bring Jackson to the Freshpet offices with him as an unofficial “intern” of the digital marketing team. The whole office welcomed him with open arms, with everyone coming over to meet the newest member of the extended Freshpet family.

 

Jackson spent his two days at the office running around, exploring, and (of course) eating a lot of delicious Freshpet recipes! Though he is generally a finicky eater, he couldn’t get enough of our Freshpet Select Chicken, Vegetable and Rice recipes and loved chewing on our Dog Joy Turkey Bacon treats throughout the day. Needless to say, he was sent home to his mom with a goodie bag from his new friends at Freshpet. We can’t wait until the next time he visits!

 

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. You can follow all of our acts on our Tumblr page. See you next week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Acts of Kindness #5: A Very Greyhound Picnic

We’re fortunate to have so many allies in our mission to bring fresh food to pets everywhere. These men and women are behind the rescue centers, non-profit organizations, foster homes and other organizations. They are just as dedicated as we are and do wonderful things every day simply because they love pets. And we want to recognize these men and women for the wonderful work that they do. In this week’s Act of Kindness we introduce you to a very special rescue organization: Greytful Hearts Greyhound Rescue.

 

Paula and her husband Erik have been greyhound lovers for the past 21 years. Their love for the dogs has been such a big part of their lives that they founded their own rescue organization in 2010: Greytful Hearts Greyhound Rescue, located in Hamburg, PA, and dedicated the group to the memory of Flo, their very first greyhound. Their goal is to place retired ex-racing greyhounds into permanent, loving homes. In addition to having 8 greyhounds of their own, Paula and Erik can foster anywhere between 2-6 foster dogs in their own home! Their dedication to their greyhounds is really incredible.

 

Greytful Hearts has always been a wonderful friend to Freshpet, and they love to feed their dogs our recipes. Currently, the favorite in the house has been our Vital Grain Free Beef and Bison rolls. Which the greyhounds have been eating right up!

 

This past June, Paula and Erik decided to throw a little “family reunion” for the greyhounds they have at home and the ones that had been adopted. It was a fun-filled picnic, held in Bubeck Park in nearby Schuylkill Haven. Food and drinks for the humans were served. And as for the dogs? We donated a catering platter of our Meatball Mix-ins and Ready-to-Bake Cookies for them to enjoy. As you can see from the picture, Hudson couldn’t wait to get his paws on the food. The party itself was a hit. All the parents and pups loved reuniting during a beautiful afternoon, and by the end there was hardly any food to spare. Paula and Erik are already planning the next reunion!

 

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. You can follow all of our acts on our Tumblr page. See you next week!

 

 

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Establishing a Fresh Start in your New Puppy or Kitten

Bringing a new pet home is as exciting as unwrapping a birthday present. You can hardly wait to start playing with it! As a new pet parent, you are in for one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life. While it will take some work, you have a lot of great things to look forward to. When bringing home a young pet like a puppy or kitty, it’s important establish healthy habits right from the get go. As your pet’s parent, it’s your job to give her the best food, exercise and lifestyle that you can give. Thankfully, you’re not alone. Our own Dr. Katy has given us some helpful advice as to what you can do to establish a true Fresh Start for your new puppy or kitty.

 

Choosing the right food

 

First off, you must come to the realization that there is no “one size fits all” food.  However, there is a diet out there that may be perfect for YOUR pet. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right food for your pet.  Age, breed, reproductive status (spayed or neutered vs. intact), size, lifestyle and any disease conditions should always play into your decision making.  Always have the discussion with your veterinarian about what her nutritional recommendations are for your pet so you don’t walk into the often-intimidating pet food aisle uninformed.

 

When considering the ingredients of the food your puppy will eat, look no further than the kinds of food you eat yourself: fresh, real ingredients. Not only do recipes made with fresh ingredients taste better, but eating fresh is healthier for your puppy or kitten as well. Feeding a new puppy fresh food, like  Freshpet Select Chicken Recipe for puppies, will establish a great nutritional base for years to come. And for new kittens, I recommend Freshpet Select Roasted Meals for Cats Chicken Recipe, a delicious meal made with real chicken and ocean whitefish, accented with carrots and spinach. These recipes are made with high-protein and nutrient-rich ingredients with no preservatives, and will help your pets grow healthy, happy and strong.

 

One of the best parts of feeding a fresh diet is that you’ll actually see many healthy improvements in your pet’s life, like increased energy, a shiny coat, and healthy weight. You can keep track of your young pet’s progress with your very own Fresh Start scorecard to see just how well she’s doing.

 

For a limited time, Freshpet is giving pet parents a special offer to help new puppies and kittens get the Fresh Start they deserve. Grab yours today and see the difference fresh food can make in your pet.

 

New Pets and Exercise

 

If you’ve brought home an excited new dog or cat, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time running around with and after her. And that’s a great thing! But there are a few things to remember when exercising with a new pet. The first thing to remember is consistency: exercise like walks and playing ball is great for a dog’s training and health development, so make sure to stay consistent with her schedule, don’t make your pup into a weekend warrior! New technology like Whistle can help you monitor her activity, letting you know how much exercise she’s getting and providing helpful tips based on your pet’s breed and age. Use Whistle to help set a standard for your pup’s exercise regimen.

 

 

Also, it’s important that you pay attention to your dog’s energy level. If you have an especially young pup, she may not have enough muscle to sustain long periods of exercise. So if she starts to overheat and get tired, give her some water and a rest.

 

Finally, give your pet a mini-check up after an exercise session. She should be tired but not exhausted, and a little hungry! If her behavior seems a little off after a long walk or exercise, take her to the vet right away! For new pups, also be sure to check on their feet—running on cement can be tough on your dog’s still developing paws!

 

A new pet is such a wonderful experience. Pet parents, its up to you to give your new pup or kitty the Fresh Start she needs and deserves. Enjoy the ride, it’s going to be a wonderful one!

Protecting Our Pets from the Sun

Remember this nostalgic tune?

 

 

Well, we agree. Everyone IS free to wear sunscreen this summer. And in the case of your pets, we encourage it. If your pet loves to sunbathe or play in the summer sun, make sure to apply sunblock to sensitive areas like her nose, stomach, and tips of ears. Sunburn’s no fun for our furry friends. As always, consult your vet on which sunscreen is safe for your pet. Enjoy your fun in the sun!

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Fresh and Happy Dogs – Gus Kenworthy and the Sochi Pups are Feeding Fresh

The Sochi pups are well on their way to a Fresh Start. Gus has been keeping us diligently updated on their progress, and we’re seeing some happy, healthy dogs that are looking better and better.  But don’t take our word for it, here’s the latest update from Gus:

 

“It’s already been a few weeks since we started feeding Freshpet’s recipes to the dogs. They absolutely love the food. It’s getting to the point where I’m followed to the fridge every time I go to the kitchen. They know where I keep the good stuff!

 

They’re fans of everything that I have fed them, but they are really into the Freshpet Select Chicken Vegetable and Rice recipe. A full meal lasts about 3 seconds before the dogs lick the plate clean. They were already great at eating, but I’ve never seen them actually enjoy their food like this.

 

And talk about their energy levels! Mama, Jake and Mishka have never been more vibrant. Playtime, walks and runs are their favorite thing in the world. They love to be outside more than anything and I can really see how happy it makes them. And they are looking great on the outside as well. They were already good looking dogs, but their coats are shinier than ever and their eyes are nice and clean.

 

It’s been a real pleasure to be able to give these special dogs what they deserve. It’s crazy to think that just a few months ago they were living a much different life. But I’m proud that we’ve been able change their lives for the better. “

 

Don’t forget to give your pet the Fresh Start they deserve, too! Get started here. With each participant in the program, we’ll make a $1 donation to the Humane Society International to help more pups like Mama, Mishka and Jake.

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Freshpet Acts of Kindness #2: Rico

Our mission of bringing the power of fresh food to pets takes shape in many ways. Each day, we come to work with the goal of doing what’s best for our pets, people and our planet in mind.

 

Each week, a member of our Freshpet family will be doing something to give back to deserving pets and their families. This week’s Act of Kindness has to do with a pet parent/dog duo with a very important job.

 

As any pet parent will tell you, all dogs are heart-filled, courageous and completely remarkable. But sometimes, there are dogs that go above and beyond. This week, we had the absolute privilege to meet with K-9 Patrolman Brandon Miller and his Belgian Malinois Rico.

 

The two work at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA where they serve and protect all the students and faculty in the region. Rico is the region’s first and only explosive/firearm detection dog, so the two have an extremely important job to do every day.

 

Last month, Brandon wrote to us telling us all about his wonderful partner and his love for Freshpet recipes. “He’s a very finicky eater and refuses to eat any dry food. We tried everything, and the only food he’ll eat is Freshpet,” he said. His favorite is, by far, the Freshpet Select Chicken Vegetable with Brown Rice recipe, eating it for breakfast AND dinner.

 

We wanted to say thank you to the two for their service in a special way. We surprised Miller and Rico with over a dozen cases of our food. That means plenty of food for Rico who sticks to a strict daily regimen of 1.5 mile runs, 45 minute fetch sessions and, of course, their daily shift from 3-11pm. We couldn’t be happier that Rico loves our recipes!

 

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.

You can follow all of our acts on our Tumblr page . See you next week!

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U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist Gus Kenworthy and the Sochi Pups are Going Fresh!

Back in February, the hearts of pet lovers everywhere were captured by the story of U.S. Olympic Slopestyle Skier Gus Kenworthy, and his adopted dogs from Sochi, Russia.

 

Gus met a litter of puppies living close to the athlete’s village in Sochi. The avowed animal lover fell in love with them immediately and pledged to bring the mother and her puppies home with him. Sadly, two of the pups didn’t make it, but the remaining three dogs were brought to the States with the help of Gus’ friend and photographer, Robin Macdonald, and the Humane Society International.

 

Fast forward to the present, and the Sochi pups are living in Denver with Gus and Robin, adjusting to their new life. They’re loving their new home in Colorado and are looking and feeling better than ever. Check out the Sochi Pups on Instagram to see Jake, Mishka, and Mama sleeping, playing and loving their new lives.

 

We were so inspired by this story and wanted to help in any way we could. Fortunately, on a Today Show appearance in February, Gus met our friend Dr. Katy Nelson and was introduced to Freshpet. We decided then and there that those amazing dogs deserved to eat real, fresh food, and Gus agreed. So we started the Sochi pups on a fresh food diet by sending Gus and Robin a supply of Freshpet meals and treats. And (not surprisingly) they have enjoyed every last bit of it.

 

According to Gus, the Vital Balanced Nutrition Chicken Recipe with Peas, Carrots & Brown Rice has been their hands-down favorite. He can’t even make it to the fridge to get his own food without the dogs rushing to him, expecting their Freshpet to come out of it! And just by looking at the photos on their Instagram, we can already tell the Freshpet Effect is starting to take place: beautiful, smooth coats, clearer eyes and happy faces!

 

But there’s more! We’ve got a special announcement regarding Gus and the Sochi pups. Check back in with us on June 16th to be one of the first to hear about this very exciting program and how you can join in.

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Bringing a Senior Dog Home

So you decided to adopt an older dog. Let us be one of the first to congratulate you! Bringing a senior dog or cat home is a truly rewarding experience and we know you will feel the same after even just a few days. But, like bringing home any other new pet, senior pets will need a bit of prepping before they are completely acclimated to their new surrounding. We want to make this as easy as possible for you both, so here are a few ideas that will help your new pet fit right into his new home.

 

Give Older Dogs a Spot

 

Giving your dog his own safe area will go a long way to making him feel very comfortable in his new surroundings. Make sure it’s quiet, but try not to isolate him from the rest of the family. He’ll want to observe his new pack from a safe space until he’s relaxed enough to join in on the family activities.

 

Make the Introductions

 

It’s important to give your dog or cat the time he needs to adapt to your family. Introduce him to your family members individually and make sure he feels as safe as possible. He may have been in shelters his whole life, so it’s your responsibility to make this transition as easy as possible.

 

A walk in neutral territory away from your home is a good way to ease any stress and a wonderful way to kick off the bonding process. You’ll all be one big happy family in no time, so there’s no need to rush this part.

 

Ease Into a New Diet

 

While we always recommend the highest quality diet for all our pets, it’s important to note that transitioning a pet to a new diet should be gradual. A disrupted digestive system is no fun for anyone! If you can, get a little bit of his old food and mix it with his new food. We have many food options for older dogs, and recommend starting out with something easy like Freshpet Select Chicken or Freshpet Select Roasted Meals for Cats . Both recipes are packed with fiber that will make digestion very easy for your new pet.

 

Take Your Time!

 

While you may be excited and want to show off your new pet to everyone, remember that she is getting used to a brand new home with strangers. Like we said earlier, take every precaution to make the home comfortable for her and but don’t expect to rush her into every family function right off the bat. Give her the time she needs, and she’ll thank you for it in the long run.

 

The last thing to remember is that adopting a senior dog is a wonderful thing to do. You’ve given him a great home and he’ll spend the rest of his time with you loving you for it. Enjoy the new family member!

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Pigs (Laying) On a Blanket for Your Dogs

It’s no secret that when it comes to hors d’ouevres, pigs in a blanket are near the top of everyone’s list. When those delectable little treats come around, no one can resist. But why should we have all the delicious fun? In honor of National Pig in a Blanket Day, an obscure but tasty holiday, we want to show our four-legged friends a little love. Here’s a dog treat recipe twist on pigs in a blanket that we call Pigs (Laying) on a Blanket (we added some bacon—because, why not?) that pet parents can easily make for their pups.

 

Ingredients:

 

1 bag Dog Joy Chicken Treats

 

1 bag Dog Joy Turkey Bacon

 

Filo Dough

 

Toothpicks

 

Directions

 

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

 

Cut the filo dough into half triangles.

 

Cut each bacon strip into quarters and place one on each half triangle.

 

Cut the Dog Joy Chicken Treats in half and place on top of the bacon strips.

 

Stick a toothpick in each one to hold them all together. They should look like the treats pictured above.

 

Place each of the treats on a greased baking sheet and put in the oven

 

Bake for 8-12 minutes, until the dough is a nice golden brown.

 

Remove and let cool down for 5 minutes.

 

Feed your dogs their delicious treats (remember to remove the toothpicks) and enjoy National Pig in a Blanket Day!