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Dr. Katy Crackers and Soup

Three Days Into Dr. Katy’s Challenge, Things Are Getting Tougher

 

Today was a VERY LONG DAY. I had to work at the animal hospital until late today, so I sent my husband and kiddos out to eat for dinner tonight. Ordinarily, I would have cooked something earlier in the day and put it in the refrigerator for them to have for dinner, but that option was off the table, so to speak. Not exactly the money that we wanted to spend eating out, but not much of a choice.

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Rescue Pup Harry

With Help From a Dog Rescue and Freshpet, Stray Pup Harry Makes A Comeback

We all love a great comeback story, and that’s exactly what we’ve found in Harry, a Basset Hound.

 

Last week, Suzanne F. of the Mid-Atlantic Basset Hound Rescue shared a story with us about Harry, a stray whose days appeared to be numbered. The Mid-Atlantic Basset Hound Rescue works tirelessly to take in Hounds without homes, to provide veterinary care and to set up adoptions for these deserving fur-kids.

 

For years now, we’ve worked with the Mid-Atlantic Basset Hound Rescue to donate Freshpet foods and treats. We love hearing stories about the pups our donations have helped, and Harry’s story is truly one to remember.

 

Harry when he first came to the Rescue

 

Harry the Basset Hound arrived at the Dog Rescue in mid-June of this year, after he was found as a stray in Stroudsburg, PA. He had been neutered and was comfortable indoors, so it seemed to Suzanne that Harry had been abandoned. “His coat was a total wreck,” say Harry’s foster parents, Rich and Ginger, who quickly brought him on a visit to the veterinarian. With a laundry list of health issues, such as Lyme’s Disease, a skin infection, ingrown dew claws, stomach lumps and general emaciation, Harry’s prognosis was not positive.

 

After some initial tender, love and care, Harry put on enough weight to receive anesthesia needed to remove the benign tumors on his stomach and have nine decayed teeth removed. Still, the vet was concerned that vaccines, in Harry’s physical state, “could put him over the edge.” With limited mobility and lingering health issues, Harry was a long shot for a heart-warming recovery story.

 

But that’s just what happened.

 

Upon their third visit to the veterinarian in three months, Harry began to turn the corner. The veterinarian was astonished about the progress that Harry had made. “Key to his recovery was vastly improved nutrition, including Freshpet Select Slice and Serve rolls and frozen Meatball Mix-Ins,” says Rich. However, Harry’s absolute favorites are the Dog Joy treats. Harry now picks up his pace for his Dog Joy treats, mobility improvement previously unimaginable when he arrived at the rescue. According to Ginger, “It is obvious that with his improved health and yummy food, Harry thinks he is living large.”

 

Harry in his new foster home!

 

In just three months, Harry, in desperate need of a warm family and proper nutrition, is now living the healthy, happy life he deserves. Thanks to his foster parents Rich and Ginger, Harry now has a loving foster home and plenty of donated Freshpet foods and treats to keep his tail wagging.

 

Thank you Suzanne, Rich and Ginger for taking Harry under your wing and for sharing this beautiful story!

 

We love to hear how the fresh, nutritious ingredients found in Freshpet recipes have helped fur-kids get back to their healthy selves. Got a Freshpet story to share or a favorite recipe? We’d love to hear from you! Please submit your review and story here: http://bit.ly/18uONZP

Dr. Katy Veggies

Dr. Katy On Day Two of Life Without the Fridge

 

Today was a better day in the Freshpet Fridge Challenge!  By spending a little time in the grocery store today, I was able to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables that don’t require refrigeration, and I got some great fresh meats and veggies for dinner. While going to the grocery store can be great, having to do this everyday without a fridge would be less than ideal!

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Dr. Katy Announcement Photo

Dr. Katy Nelson Kicks Off the Freshpet Fridge Challenge

 

As you may have heard already, Freshpet has created the Freshpet Fridge Challenge to raise awareness about the importance of fresh foods from the fridge, for both people and pets. As part of the Challenge, several pet bloggers and I will attempt to live without our refrigerators for seven days, documenting our experiences along the way.

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Take your pup for a hike on a beautiful day like this! (Photo courtesy of Towle N.)

Fresh Tips for Keeping Your Pet Fit With Dr. Katy Nelson

Just like it’s important for our health and wellness to stay in shape, our dogs and cats can benefit from regular exercise, too. Of course it can be hard to find time to exercise in our busy schedules, let alone do so alongside our pets. Not to mention doing the same exercises over and over can get pretty boring.

 

So to help both you and your pet get in great shape with a fresh routine, here’s a list of my favorite ways to get moving:

 

Go for a Run – Instead of going to the gym to run on the treadmill, change things up and bring your fur-friend along! Most local tracks do not allow pets; so take the time to explore different options such as paths through the woods or roads with sidewalks. Not only will you get a chance to take in the fresh air, but you also get to spend more time with your favorite companion.

 

Go For a Hike – Hiking in a hilly area is a great way to change things up as it works different muscles than walking on a flat surface. The best part? You get to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, soak in the sunshine, and take in some fresh air with you favorite friend! Just be sure to bring along plenty of water for both of you to stay hydrated.

 

Take your pup for a hike on a beautiful day like this! (Photo courtesy of Towle N.)

Take your pup for a hike on a beautiful day like this! (Photo courtesy of Towle N.)

 

Take a Morning Walk – Instead of waiting until after work to exercise, try taking a walk in the morning with your fur-kid. If you’re not a morning person, allow some of your pet’s natural energy to rub off on you and keep you motivated throughout the rest of the day.

 

Go For a Bike Ride – We know you’re thinking that your pals cannot pedal, but they don’t need to as long as you can! Get on a bike and go for a slow ride and bring your pooch along. While you do the biking, he or she can run alongside you. We’ve found that one of the easiest ways to do this is by hooking the leash around your wrist so you can still use both hands to control the bike. If you’re an expert roller skater or skateboarder, try this with your pal, too!

 

Doga – Dog yoga, or “doga,” can help de-stress you and your pup. This practice incorporates massaging, stretching, relaxing, and of course, some good bonding. You can even try “catoga” if your feline is willing. Ask around in your area because there might be group classes offered.

 

Fetch Races – Does your fur-friend love to play fetch? Well you should too! Instead of standing still while he or she chases the ball, try to make it a race. Not only will your pup enjoy this game even more, the short sprints will help you burn more fat and improve your agility.

 

Abs with Fur-Friends – Ever thrown a ball back and forth with a friend while doing crunches? Instead of a medicine ball, try a tennis ball. Throw the ball at the top of your crunch for your pup to chase down and return to you. Then repeat. For a more advanced exercise, see how many crunches you can do while your pup is chasing the ball. Cats can get in on the fun as well. Instead of throwing a ball, hold a small flashlight in one or both hands while you perform your sit-ups. Each time you reach the top, shine the lights on the wall in front of you and move your arms back and forth, always keeping your abs flexed. Your kitty will get exercise chasing the lights while you work on your six-pack.

 

Lift Weights – Tie your playful friend’s favorite toy so that it hangs from your dumbbell. As you move the dumbbell up and down, your pet will jump, working his or her leg muscles while you tone your arms. Try it while doing different exercises like bicep curls and shoulder presses, and for a full body workout, incorporate squats or lunges.

 

Play Tug-of-War – If your pup is feeling playful, grab a rope and work on your arm definition with a gentle game of tug-of-war. You can either attach the rope to their harness so they can pull with their body and run, or let them grab the rope with their teeth. Be careful not to pull too hard. Remember to always have control over your dog as playing this game may bring out the predator in him.

 

Swimming – Take your pal for a swim! While you do your daily laps in the pool, let your dog join you. If your pup isn’t the best swimmer, you can purchase floatation devices made especially for dogs from most pet stores to ensure their safety.

 

I hope you and your pets enjoy trying these exercises and activities! Don’t forget to speak with your doctor and your pet’s vet before starting any new exercise programs.

 

For more information about Dr. Katy or for additional tips on keeping your fur-kid healthy, be sure to check out her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

 

Savor The End of Summer With Yappy Hours

With the long summer days coming to a close, we all want to find ways to enjoy the outdoors with our friends and fur-kids. But finding time after work to do so, especially when we want to go home and spend time with our furbabies, can be difficult.

Yappy Hours, a growing pet craze, might just be your answer!

We’ve gathered everything you need to know about Yappy Hours, including what they are, how to join or host one and why yours could be the best yet. 

 

What Is A Yappy Hour?

A Yappy Hour is a get-together, after work, between pet parents and their pups. Think happy hour, but where pups can roam free and socialize with fur-friends and parents alike.

 

Why Should I Attend A Yappy Hour:

Happy hours and other post-work get-togethers can be very enjoyable, but often, other obligations have us rushing home. Our pups need to be let out, fed or could use some love after we’ve been away all day.

Yappy Hours are the perfect solution for pet parents who want to give themselves, and their pups, a bit of fun after a day of work or errands. These informal events are great for pet parents to socialize and meet other like-minded pup lovers, while pooches meet new playmates or get more accustomed to social settings. The best part? Getting to spend time relaxing together!

 

How Can My Pup and I Join A Yappy Hour?

Yappy Hours are becoming more and more popular, and many bars and hotels are now hosting them for pups and their parents. However, it’s still a relatively new concept. For a great list of many of the Yappy Hours hosted around the country, see this list by Your Dog Plus. Additionally, websites like Meetup.com advertise Yappy Hours that others may be hosting, but are open to the public. Finally, don’t forget to check local message boards or papers in your community. Your favorite local dog park or pet store is a great place to start.

If there isn’t a Yappy Hour near you already, try hosting your own with friends and their pooches. Our tips will help you hold the first of what may become a trend in your neighborhood!

 

Hosting Your Own Yappy Hour:

Your own backyard, patio, or living space can be a great place for hosting a Yappy Hour! Or, even look to your local park for a nice change of scenery. Just be sure to check the rules about hosting parties or gatherings if you choose a public place.

Spreading the word effectively to fellow pet parents and their pups is key to a good Yappy Hour. While sending regular emails can do the trick, using websites like Paperless Post can make it easy to design and send invitations electronically while tracking who has RSVP’d. A simple search for dogs in Paperless Post returned the following two cute invitation templates!

 

If you’re the artsy type, Etsy can be a great source for inspiration. Otherwise, you can always set up a Facebook event, where you can send updates (or pupdates!) to your guests or even ask them to share photos.

Hungry? Yappetizers are key for both parents and pups. For a fun twist, try serving chips and salsa in clean dog bowls for human guests. Looking for yummy, healthy Yappetizers for your puppy clan? Try Freshpet Dog Joy Turkey Bacon for Dogs, Chicken Treats or Sweet Potato Treats to really get those tails wagging – just don’t forget the cooler!

Be sure that all pups are up to date on their shots and have friendly, agreeable personalities when around other dogs. This is a time to relax and enjoy, after all!

Lastly, we recommend collecting a small donation at the door, perhaps $5-10, to be donated to the local animal shelter. Not all pups get to enjoy Yappy Hours, but they all deserve a portion of love.

 

Want To Spice Up Your Yappy Hour?

There’s nothing like great music to really bring the fun to a party. So here are some suggestions to keep you grooving and your pups moving. We call it the Pupper’s Playlist:

  • Hey Bulldog by The Beatles
  • Hound Dog by Elvis Presley
  • Who Let The Dogs Out by the Baha Men
  • Low Down Dog by Big Joe Turner
  • Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine
  • Walkin’ the Dog by Aerosmith

Finally, be sure to have a camera on hand to document your Yappy Hour!

Hosted or attended a Yappy Hour before? Have a Yappy Hour idea of your own? We’d love to hear your feedback or see your pictures – as always, you can reach us at online@freshpet.com.

We hope you and your pups have a wonderful time exploring the world of Yappy Hours!

Want to Brunch With Your Fur-Kids? Here’s How

Did you know that August is National Brunch Month? We think it’s a great excuse to brunch with your fur-babies (not that we need an excuse). So, we dug up our favorite pup and kitty-friendly pet food recipes to help you enjoy brunch together. Bon (or should we say, ‘Bone’) appetit!
Bow-wow Bacon and Eggs
A simple classic, bacon and eggs are a staple for any brunch. The good news is that they can be great for pups too!
All you need is Freshpet Dog Joy Turkey Bacon for Dogs, two eggs and a bit of cheese. Eggs are a great source of digestible protein for your pup as long as they are fully cooked. We recommend hard-boiling the eggs to avoid the chemicals and fats in cooking spray or butter. Cut the eggs into small chunks, add a bit of shredded cheese and scoop onto strips of baked Dog Joy Turkey Bacon, made from real turkey. Baked, you ask? Freshpet parent Marleen recommends baking them for that crunchy bacon feel.
And voila, a healthy and wholesome brunch treat for your pup!
Bonus: Did you know the egg shells can be good for your pup? They’re a great source of calcium and protein for dogs. Crush them up in a food processor and sprinkle over the eggs prior to serving for an extra healthy boost.
Savory Sliders
For the fur-kid who prefers lunch to breakfast fare, sliders are a delicious option!
Putting a twist on Rachel Ray’s recipe for dogs, we swapped lamb for Freshpet Select Chunky Beef Slice and Serve. This recipe calls for adding a bit more rice than what Freshpet rolls already contain, but don’t worry, the brown rice is high in protein and low in fat compared to other kinds of rice. The plain yogurt is an excellent calcium and protein kick for dogs. We left out adding additional salt as the Slice and Serve already contains a small amount. Pups will eat these in seconds!
Egg-celent Roasted Meals 
When we featured this Freshpet parent’s recipe back in March, it was a big hit with pups and kitties alike.
Make tails wag even more with this hearty, healthy brunch recipe. Scramble two eggs and combine with Freshpet Select Roasted Meals and a bit of cheese in a skillet. The eggs add an extra dose of protein; be sure to include the yolks, as they are rich in biotin which is great for a healthy coat. Along with the tasty, complete and balanced Roasted Meals, your furball should be in bliss!
Doggy Delight
Want to treat your pup to a brunch dessert?
Whip up this recipe in minutes. Simply pop the Freshpet Dog Joy Ready to Bake Cookies for Dogs into the oven and when done, drop a spoonful of Freshpet Wag-gurt Blueberry and Vanilla Frozen Yogurt on top for a tasty, safe treat for your pup!
As always, we recommend to check with your veterinarian before making changes or additions like these to your fur-kids’ diets. Many pups and kitties have dietary restrictions due to age, medical condition, etc. that may prohibit some of the recipes above. It is important to note that these recipes are not meant to replace your pet’s regular diet, but rather can be used occasionally for a nice substitute.
Do you have any other special recipes for your furballs? Share them in the comments!