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Freshpet Customers

Meet Freshpet’s Newest Customers!

One of the best parts of working here at Freshpet is how often we get to give food to rescue pups and kitties all over the country. One of our favorite places is the Hopatcong Pound Project, right here in New Jersey.
 
This past week, we were delighted to receive the following email in our inbox:

 

“Thank you for the donation and thanks to Freshpet! A pregnant mom was rescued from being put down and was able to give birth! The babies will be going to good homes.  Thanks for the feeding frenzy!”

 

We get all kinds of wonderful thank you notes from the shelters we donate to, and it never gets old. But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

 

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Needless to say, the email brightened up all of our days. Making pups everywhere as happy as these cuties are is exactly why we come into work every single day. It’s inspiring to see such resilience and pure joy on the faces of our newest “customers!”

 

We’re so happy to get these pups started on the right track with our Vital recipes. Giving fresh starts to dogs and cats of all kinds is something that we’d like to strive to do for all the pets in our families.
 

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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.

Team Cuddle Winners

Presenting the Winners of #FreshpetTeamCuddle!

 About one month ago, we partnered with our good friends Mommy Shorts and Momma’s Gone City to launch the Team Cuddle contest. We were completely blown away by every single one of the photos we received. Each one showed us just how genuine the bond between family members can be.  Thank you to each of you who voted on your favorite finalists. So without further ado, here are the winners of Freshpet Team Cuddle!

 

Tots & Pups: Tristan, Vera and Tank

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This adorable and color-coded trio hails from Seattle, Washington where they love to play and cuddle with one another. Tank, a five-year old lab is a big cuddler, who is fond of burrowing into the couch. He acts as the big brother to three year-old Vera and three month-old Tristan. Since Vera was born, Tank has been by her side.  Tank is very mindful of his younger siblings, even letting them play fetch with him with no struggle (something that his dad Johnathan has yet to do)! These three are what loving families are all about: enjoying each other’s company all day.

 

Kiddos & Kitties: Phoebe and Colbey Rae

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Colbey Rae and his kitten Phoebe were best friends right from the start. This past December, Colbey Rae was scheduled to have surgery and his mom decided she needed a friend to snuggle with during her recovery, so they found little Phoebe. Two hours after bringing Phoebe home, the two took their first nap together and haven’t looked back since. Wherever Colbey Rae sleeps, Phoebe is there as well. If Colbey Rae is upset or not feeling well, Phoebe is always the first one to check up on her. She’s taken it upon herself to be Colbey Rae’s big sister and that’s a role that she fits perfectly. We know these two are going to be best friends for a long time.

 

Freshpet Fave: Stephanie and Wheeler

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It’s no secret that we love rescue pets. That’s why Steph and Wheeler here got our vote for our Freshpet Fave. This photo was taken the very first time these two met at the shelter. That looks like love at first sight to us. This display of affection is what makes pet parenting all worth it.  Steph and Wheeler, we know you’re both glad you found one another.

 

We’re sending each of these families a special prize gift pack to enjoy. It’s the least we could do. All of the Team Cuddle entries told us a lot about how special the love between families can be. Thank you all so much for sharing your special moments with us.

United for Fresh Winners!

Hope you and your patriotic pets had a great Fourth!

 

We are so excited about the overwhelming number of entries, photos and comments we received from all of our Freshpet parents. We are proud to see so many pups and kitties unite for fresh meats and veggies farmed in the U.S.A. like those in Freshpet food and treats.

 

Before we announce the winners, we’ve got some great news. At the beginning of our United for Fresh contest we promised to donate a package of fresh pet food or treats to shelters and rescues in need. With so many creative red, white and blue entries, you’ve inspired us to give a bit more. We’re thrilled to share that we’ll be donating 1,000 packages of fresh food and treats as a thank you for all of your participation. Thanks to you and your furries, dogs and cats in need will also enjoy fresh, real food with ingredients farmed right here at home!

 

Now, to the winners…

 

Each of the four United for Fresh contest winners will receive a one year supply of Freshpet. You, the Freshpet community, voted on your favorite Facebook and website entries while the Freshpet team picked their two favorites as well.

 

Here they are – paws up for our Four Fathers of Fresh:

 

Here's Buster! Thanks for the picture, pet parent Michael.

Here’s Buster! Thanks for the picture, Michael.

 

We love this photo of Buster wearing his army outfit with pride as he salutes our troops abroad. We were blown away by all of the support that the pug community showed Michael and Buster, and we know he is too – way to go guys!

 

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Watson is dressed to the nines, looking dapper in his blue bow tie and American flag cape – so photogenic. Watson, reporting for duty!

 

Arlene's Barking Brigade!

Arlene’s Barking Brigade!

 

We loved Arlene’s creativity as she rallies the troops to salute our country on the Fourth of July. Looking good pups!

 

Sharlleen's Pup Waldo!

Shelleen’s Pup Waldo!

This Freshpet Firecracker is not only adorable, but has Freshpet dog tags! Freshpet Strong is the way to be!

 

We will contact the winners with additional information on how to claim their prizes this week. Thanks again everyone for the amazing entries! Check out all of our patriotic pups and kitties here and on Facebook!

Meet the Dogs, Ace and Deuce

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Ace, Kristen and Deuce on Deuce’s Adoption Day. (Don’t worry. Ace warmed up to him quickly!)

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you’re more interested in pets than people. So, meet my guys, Ace and Deuce.

Ace was a golden retriever we adopted from a shelter when he was just 8 weeks old. A certified therapy dog who visited hospice patients, he was our practice baby, a much-loved hospital volunteer and my firstborn child…just the best boy. Sadly, he was diagnosed with lymphoma when he was 6, then he fought the cancer for 10 months. He died in May 2011. He was just 7.

When we learned that Ace was dying we thought we’d adopt another puppy, and we just had to call him Deuce. Though Deuce will never replace Ace, we’re not the same without a dog and we hoped it would make the loss a bit more manageable. Eventually I would need a new therapy partner and I wanted to start training the puppy as I had trained Ace.

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Deuce (at 10 months old and 60 pounds) proves that dogs really do bury bones…not just in cartoons!

When Deuce came home (from a high-kill shelter in Georgia) he was 10 weeks old and weighed 4.8 pounds. We called him the Teacup Labrador. He was the smallest puppy in the litter, probably because he had several parasites hitching rides in his coat and his belly. With lots of TLC, several visits to the vet, and consistent, loving training he’s become a cherished member of the family. Fortunately he had Ace, who was always polite and well mannered, to teach him the ropes.

Deucey is almost 1 now and he’s a 65-pound handful. He eats Freshpet puppy food — and shoes. He gets into trouble in two shakes of a puppy’s tail. This week’s casualties include one pair of my sandals, numerous rope dog toys (his favorite to shred) and several action figures, toy train cars and stuffed animals. Hopefully, Deuce will chill out enough to pass his therapy-dog evaluation in a year or so. (Or two years. Or nine. Fingers crossed.)

Deuce loves to come to work with me at Freshpet. He has his own bed and dozens of refrigerators filled with healthy, fresh dog food. It’s doggie Nirvana! Now I just have to teach him not to mount the CEO’s leg.

I must say he’s smart as a whip and he picks up tricks and commands immediately. He’s strong as an ox and likes to prove it on our walks, but we’re working on that every day. He has mastered the sit, stay, wait, down and leave-it commands and he sleeps through the night and rings a bell to go out. I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.

He’s a cute little bugger, don’t you think?