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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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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 #3: Home for Life

Freshpet Acts of Kindness #3: Home for Life

 

Our mission of bringing the power of fresh food to pets takes shape in many ways. Each day, we work hard to do what’s best for the pets in our families, the people who love them, and the planet that we live on. Each week, a member of our Freshpet family will be doing something to give back to deserving pets and their families. This week, we’re featuring a truly wonderful home for a special group of pets.

 

Home for Life is a small, but mighty group of people that are dedicated to giving a permanent home to animals that have been rejected from rescue or shelter programs.  Home for Life offers a home to older animals and animals with medical conditions or disabilities. For the nearly 200 animals that live at the Home for Life sanctuary in Minnesota, it is truly a blessing.

 

On any given day, the residents of the sanctuary are able to play, eat, and sleep all while feeling completely secure and cared for. Most importantly, they are given the love and affection that they deserve.

 

When we were reading through the stories about each animal, one in particular stood out. Benjamin Button is a cat that was rescued from a home where he was being underfed and neglected. The rescue group found him in dire straits, with one eye completely shut and other various injuries. He was eventually rescued and brought to the Home for Life sanctuary where he’s made an amazing recovery, and looks younger and younger by the day.

 

We wanted to give this adorable kitty some of our own Freshpet love, so we are sending them cases of our Freshpet Select Roasted Meals for Cats, and we made a donation to the sanctuary in his name. We absolutely love the people at Home for Life and the mission they’re embarking on. Check out their site for more details.

 

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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Spring Into the Season with Your Pets

Since it’s now officially spring, we can finally start thinking about spring cleaning. After all, it is always better when everything is fresh and new. While you’re cleaning your house and emptying out your closets, remember to include the dogs and cats of your family in the process. The winter months were just as long for them! So here are a few simple, yet crucial things you can do to include your dogs and cats in the spring cleaning.

 

Grooming We don’t need to tell you how good it feels to get a fresh cut. The same should go for your dogs and cats. Take them to the groomer to give them a good wash and trim. Now that it’s getting warmer out, their winter coats should be left behind. Your dogs and cats will look and feel lighter. There’s nothing like celebrating spring with a new ‘do!

 

Exercise Winter pounds are a real thing for both you and your furry family. After all those months of being cooped up inside, it’s time to get outside and moving. Whether you’re going for a jog or a bike ride, bring your pup along. They’ll be more than happy to run with you. There’s no better workout buddy! Check out more exercise tips here.

 

Travel Plans The arrival of spring means that summer vacations are right around the corner. If you’re planning to head out of town and planning to leave your pets behind, make sure to arrange their boarding options soon. As is the case with your own vacation, the earlier you plan the better!

 

Visit the Vet There’s no better time to pay your veterinarian a visit than in the springtime. He or she will give your dogs and cats a thorough check-up and prepare them for the outdoor months of spring and summer. April is Heartworm and Lyme Disease Awareness Month as well, so make sure to get your dog back on his preventative medication, because the warm months bring on those pesky bugs.

 

Restock on Toys, Leashes, and Collars Isn’t it nice when you get a new wardrobe for the spring? We recommend treating your dogs and cats the same way. Chances are, after a long winter season, their toys and collars will have gone through some wear and tear. The start of spring is a good time to throw the old away and invest in some replacements. Your pets will always appreciate a whole new slew of toys to play with.

 

Clean up their Beds In a perfect world, dogs and cats would be able to make their own beds. Since that isn’t the case, your pets beds should be included on your spring cleaning list. Run their bed covering or sheets in the washer and dryer, just make sure to use non-scented detergent and softener. Scented versions may irritate your pet’s

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Our Vital Transformation

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The next time you’re in your pet specialty store looking for our Vital® recipes, you may notice something a little different. Our Vital packages have a new look to them. But don’t worry, pet parents. While the package may have changed, the quality ingredients and delicious taste that keep your pets healthy and happy are exactly the same. Your pets will eat it all up as usual!

And on top of that, the Vital family is growing even larger. Deli Fresh® Turkey and Chicken recipes are joining the team as Vital Balanced Nutrition. They’re the same recipe, now under the Vital name.

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To celebrate the debut of Vital’s new look, we’re happy to announce our Vitals Fresh Look sweepstakes! If you encounter these new Vital packages in the wild –er the fridge, snap a picture. You can send it to us by uploading to our Facebook page, tagging it with the hashtag #VitalsFreshLook or emailing us at online@freshpet.com. You’ll be entered to win a grand prize from us at Freshpet. That means more tasty treats for your dogs and cats.

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We’re On Team Cuddle…Are You?

We couldn’t be more excited to announce our newest contest: Team Cuddle!

 

Inspired by the adorable cuddling duo Theo and Beau that has taken the Internet by storm, we’ve partnered with Momma’s Gone City and Mommy Shorts to bring you the search for the cutest cuddling photo…and we want you to join in on the fun!

 

Team Cuddle is a celebration of the moments of love that we share with our families, which of course includes our pups and kitties, too. Nothing beats snuggling on the couch with your kids and pup, or your kitty nuzzling up against you when you wake up in the morning.

 

And it’s moments like these that remind us just how lucky we are to have all of this love in our lives. As we’ve seen with Theo and Beau, these moments make for beautiful photos to capture and share with others.

 

So, Freshpet fans, grab your cameras or dig up some old photos, and get into the cuddling mindset as part of Team Cuddle!

 

 

 

Here’s How it Works:

 

We have four downright adorable categories for you to enter, including the following:

Kiddos and Kittens  |  Tots and Pups  |  Sibling Snuggle  |  Family Cuddle

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Starting today, grab your best cuddling photo that you feel fits into one of the categories above and enter in any of the following ways:
  • Post your favorite cuddling photos to the Mommy Shorts Facebook page
  • Tag your cuddling photo on Instagram using #FreshpetTeamCuddle, and be sure to tag @Freshpet @MommyShorts and @MommagsGoneCity to enter!
  • Or, email your entry to TeamCuddle@Freshpet.com. Just be sure to mention which category you’d like to enter :)

 

When you submit your entry, don’t forget to include the first names of all of the family members involved (including your pets, too) in order to be eligible to win. But be sure to enter before midnight on March 3rd, as we’ll be announcing the cutest cuddling moments as our Freshpet Team Cuddle Finalists the following morning. ** And note that you’re only allowed one entry per category, so make sure it counts!

 

And the fun doesn’t stop there. We’ll need your help in choosing our favorite entries, who will be named either one of our Category Winners or, better yet, the Grand Prize Winner, so be sure to “Like” your favorite entries in the Mommy Shorts Facebook album! If your photo proves to be too cute to handle, you might win any of the following prizes:

  • The Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash gift card in the amount of $1,000
  • Four Category Winners will receive a cash gift card in the amount of $250
  • The winners of the “Kiddos and Kittens” and “Tots and Pups” categories will also receive Freshpet Prize Packs, stuffed with Freshpet food, treats, t-shirts, coupons and more!
We’re just getting started and we can’t wait to update you more all about this lovable contest. So grab your loved ones and get cuddling for what is sure to be a fun-filled next few weeks!
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How A Stray Named Jude Found His Appetite, and Spirit, With Freshpet

The following is a story that is sure to warm your heart.

 

We are proud to introduce Lateefa, who has been involved in the veterinary community for over 20 years. With a heart as big as gold, Lateefa couldn’t help but beam as she described her story to us…

 

Last August, Lateefa was at the Redbank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey for a client visit when she bumped into the head doctor of the facility. It had been a few years since her last pup, a German Shepherd / Collie mix, and she was finally coming around to inviting another into her home. “I’m thinking about fostering a German Shepherd!” she told the doctor. “Oh geez, don’t do it. You know better than anyone else how exhausting it can be. Are you sure you’re ready?” he replied.

 

But there had been an absence of love in her house without a pup, and besides, “If I was going to foster a dog, it’d have to be a dog that really needs me and my expertise, right?” thought Lateefa. And so, she decided to give the gift of her love and care to a pup in need.

 

Lateefa knew that whatever dog she ended up fostering, it was likely that food was going to be an important factor on the road to recovery. So, the doctor at Redbank connected her with Dr. Lisa Weeth, a leading veterinary nutritionist at the hospital who could help advise on the proper food to get her future foster dog eating again.

 

As it turns out, Dr. Lisa Weeth was one of the nutritionists who helped create the original Freshpet formula. To this day, we still work closely with Dr. Weeth on ingredients, nutritional consultation and recipe ideas to ensure your dogs and cats are getting everything that they need.

 

See where this story is headed?

 

Enter Jude. Jude was picked up as a stray on the streets of Helmetta, New Jersey. Jude was believed to be an eight-year-old German Shepherd, weighing in at a dangerously frail 50 pounds – half the healthy body weight for his breed and age. Jude found his way to the Garden State German Shepherd Rescue (GSGSR) in Millburn, New Jersey. A few days later, Lateefa got the call.

 

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Having been told about Jude’s condition, Lateefa was nervous and hopeful that she was up to the task. Jude was pretty much barren of any fur from his rib cage to his tail, with a bulging spine from malnutrition. Lateefa had been told by GSGSR that Jude was struggling to eat, but with Dr. Lisa Weeth’s advice about feeding Freshpet in mind, Lateefa was optimistic.

 

At 2pm on August 8th, 2013, Lateefa met GSGSR to pick up Jude, and braced herself as they opened the car door.

 

Right away, she thought to herself, “Oh my God…he’s got Mange, too.” Aside from a lack of fur, decrepit body and wounded morale, Jude couldn’t receive physical affection because of his lesions.

 

While he may have looked at Lateefa with the gentlest eyes you can imagine, “In 31 years, I have never seen a dog as emotionally broken as Jude,” uttered Lateefa. He seemed eager to get into her car, and from there the two drove home together.

 

Lateefa simply tried to make Jude comfortable for the first few days. With Dr. Weeth’s nutritional advice in mind, a low-fat, high-protein, high-fiber diet was just what Jude would need to find his appetite and put on body weight to aid in his physical and emotional recovery. So, Lateefa pulled out a roll of Freshpet Vital Beef and Bison from the fridge and waited with anticipation to see if Jude would take to it.

 

Within minutes, the dog that struggled to eat while at GSGSR took right to his new fresh, all natural food. “I love the fact that Freshpet is a natural diet,” says Lateefa, “and for the first few weeks I would feed him ¼ pound of Freshpet with a boiled egg and rice six times a day, just to get his weight up.” Finally, Jude was getting into a healthy eating routine.

 

It didn’t take long for Lateefa to begin to notice a change in her Jude.

 

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“I genuinely believe that it was his love for food, his Freshpet, that brought him out of his broken state,” says Lateefa. Jude’s favorite Beef and Bison, along with Lateefa’s amazing communication and one-on-one interaction, is what boosted Jude’s weight and lifted his spirit.

 

With Jude eating again, Lateefa got another stroke of luck early in her fostering of Jude. Lateefa had kept in touch with the GSGSR to let them know how Jude had been doing, and was so pleasantly surprised to hear that Freshpet had recently donated over 800 pounds of Vital dog food to their shelter. “We haven’t had to buy a roll yet, all of Jude’s food has been donated from Freshpet,” remarks Lateefa. “He’s absolutely in love with beef and bison – he freakin’ loves it!” In fact, Jude loves his Freshpet rolls so much that he won’t touch kibble if Lateefa tries to mix it in, “He just picks out the Freshpet.”

 

Today, Jude is now over 90 pounds, with a full coat and is finally showing his true personality. “He barks at the deer now – that’s a sound I wasn’t sure he would even make,” says Lateefa.

 

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The former stray who suffered from physical and emotional heartbreak, with signs of obvious physical abuse from previous owners, now runs and wines and jumps and nudges you for attention…and his food.

 

“He’s now such a foodie,” says Lateefa, “so much of his happiness came from his food. I really think his Freshpet made all the difference.”

 

Today, Jude is available for adoption and looking for a forever home that can provide him with the same love and care that Lateefa has so generously given. Thank you Lateefa and GSGSR for the amazing work you’ve done to get Jude back to his normal self, and we can’t wait to hear more about how Jude is doing in the near future!

 

Do you have a Freshpet Story you’d like to share? Or do you want to learn more about how we work with shelters across the country? Write a review of your favorite Freshpet recipe or visit our Charitable Donations page at Freshpet.org.

 

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Our Favorite Super Bowl Commercials Featuring Puppies!

The Big Game may have been a bit boring, but many of the commercials during the Super Bowl were anything but!

 

And if there’s any one thing we took away from last night’s TV ads, it was that we were reminded of the Power of the Pup. Several of last night’s most popular commercials involved puppies – and we loved it!

 

Which one was your favorite, Freshpet fans?

 

“Gracie” - This little girl knows how to bargain.

 

 

“What Can You Do With #nocontract?” So…whatever happened to those puppies that Tim Tebow saved? Can we have them please?

 

 

“Slow Bark” – Many of us saw CarMax’s Slow Clap commercial last night. But, did you know that they re-enacted it with only puppies? We can’t stop watching it!

 

 

“Time Machine” - We wouldn’t necessarily recommend feeding Doritos to your pup, but it was cute nonetheless ;)

 

 

5. Doritos’ “Cowboy Kid” – Is there something about dogs and Doritos that we’re unaware of?

 

 

“Doberhuahua” - We’ve heard of some adorably awesome mixed breeds, but this was a first!

 

 

“Puppy Love” - This one’s got everyone talking this morning. Pass the Kleenex!

 

 

Did we miss a Super Bowl commercial featuring either a pup or kitty? Let us know in the comments below!

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How To Guide: Feeding & Storing Freshpet

One of the great things about Freshpet recipes is that they’re easy to prepare and serve, taking the hassle out of cooking for your pup or kitty.

 

Just reach into the fridge, grab your Freshpet roll, bag or tub and serve to your furball within seconds. But while it’s easy to do this, there are a many different styles and techniques on serving these delicious meals!

 

With Freshpet being such a different kind of food for your pups and kitties, we get loads of questions on the best ways to feed and store our recipes. Over the years, we’ve found a few methods to be the cleanest and easiest to serve and store, all of which we’ve shared with you below. For those Freshpet pro’s out there, this may not be any new news. But for new Freshpet parents, hopefully this helps make feeding Freshpet to your pup or kitty even easier. We’ve also included a fun little surprise at the bottom…

 

What’s your preferred way to serve and/or store your fur-kid’s favorite Freshpet recipe?

 

Serving Freshpet’s Slice and Serve Rolls:

 

Pups everywhere love their Freshpet Slice and Serve rolls! Made with fresh proteins and healthy veggies, it’s a pooch favorite. There’s a really easy way to cut the rolls that we like to think we’ve perfected over the years.

 

Start by poking a hole in the top of the Slice and Serve roll, which in this case is our Freshpet Select Chicken, Vegeatable and Rice recipe. This helps to make it easier to begin slicing. Using the hashmarks on the Freshpet roll packaging, slice off the appropriate amount for your pup based on the recipe’s Feeding Guidelines. Once you’ve got the correct number of slices for your pup’s meal, cut into small chunks, drop into the bowl and voila – ready to serve!

 

Storing Freshpet’s Slice and Serve Rolls:

 

There are a few different ways to store our Slice and Serve rolls that we typically recommend to pet parents. Each is easy to do and safe to store, so it’s really more a matter of preference. Our preferred method for serving pup’s their favorite Freshpet roll is to pre-cut all of the slices and store in a Ziploc bag.

 

   

 

Another great way to store our Slice and Serve rolls is to cap or seal the open end of the roll after a meal. In this case, we used some plastic wrap to keep the air out and to preserve freshness. After serving a meal to your pup, simply cut off a piece of plastic wrap, stretch over the open end and tie with a rubber band. There’s no need to then place it in a ziploc bag (although you definitely can!) as it should be safe in the fridge as long as you’ve sealed it tightly.

 

 

Serving and Storing Freshpet’s Meals for Pups or Kitties:

Whether it’s your kitty’s favorite Freshpet Select Roasted Meals, your pup’s Vital Complete Meals, or a new bag of our Nature’s Fresh Whole Meals, serving this to your fur-kid at mealtime is a synch!   Using a dry measuring cup, pour the appropriate amount of our meals for your pup or kitty. This may take a few different cups full of morsels, but pour in accordance with the Feeding Guidelines that you can find on the packaging. After you’ve said “bon appetit” to your fur-kid, simply re-seal the bag, place back in the fridge and you’re all set until the next mealtime!

 

 

And, for the Grand Finale…

 

Wait a minute, how did this video get in here!? :)

 

 

Here’s Freshpet’s very own Lacey enjoying one of her many days at the office – and staying warm in her adorable sweater!

 

 

Do you have a way of serving or storing your fur-kid’s favorite Freshpet recipe that we didn’t list above? Tell us in the comments below and we’ll share with the rest of our fans!