Posted on January 5, 2009 by
I have to say that we’ve tried a lot of new dog products this year. Like Argo, our new friend, Stella, comes with a sensitive stomach and itchy skin – typical German Shepherd issues, so we avoid corn and wheat and try new foods and treats with caution. So when we find something that works, we stick with it. In that vein, last year’s pet favorites are still this year’s.
I’m constantly on the search for the best pet food I can find/afford, and after reading ingredient lists, reviews, recall reports and customer testimonials, I’ve decided that Newman’s Own Organics is still the best for our dogs and cat. I supplement the dog food with home-cooked turkey, rice, squash, and other dog-safe veggies when possible.
Stella approves of Sam’s Yams as well, and they are my favorite dog pacifier. When they’re busy chewing on a dried sweet potato, they are such good, quiet dogs. And we got her an EarthDog Hemp Martingale collar too. Her’s is the Astrid pattern, and it’s really cute.
But of the new pet products we’ve tried, here are my favorites:
- Newman’s Own Organics Salmon and Sweet Potato Dog Treats – I know, I know. Me and Newmans, it’s getting old, but these treats are new. They come in a brown bag, and the treats are bigger than the regular treats with a break line down the center. While the dogs love the original line of NOO treats, they go nuts for these.
- Zogoflex Hurley Dog Toy – I spent hours of research time looking for a dog toy that was eco-friendly, made in the USA, and safe for strong chewers. Made from a material called Zogoflex, the Hurley is recyclable, and “does not contain, nor does any of its components contain any known sources of lead, cadmium, mercury, latex, natural rubber, phthalates, hormones, Bisphenol A, or asbestos.” Plus, if your dog destroys it, they will send you a new one. I got one for each dog, but they prefer to play with one together. Each holds an end and they run around the room with it. It’s pretty funny.
- Cesar’s Way By Cesar Milan – Howling Hill recommended Cesar Milan to me when Stella was threatening to drive me out of my gourd, and I immediately hit the library. I know this isn’t a specifically eco-friendly book, but I credit the advice given in the book for the complete positive shift in Stella’s behavior and attitude. 6-8 million dogs and cats end up in shelters every year, often in response to unmanageable behavior problems. A good long walk (sometimes with a backpack full of beans to wear her out) every morning and a change in my way of approaching Stella made it possible for her to become a positive member of our family. I love that his methods don’t involve expensive or wasteful supplies. It’s all about exercise and mindset.
- Petguard Organics Purrlicious Cat Treats – It’s not all about dogs around here. We have the world’s pickiest cat when it comes to food. She won’t even eat tuna fish. But she loves these treats. Unfortunately, Stella loves them too, so making sure they get to their intended source is quite the ordeal. They are made in the USA and carry the USDA Organic seal.
- Organic Buddy Biscuits – The Sweet Potato Madness flavor is wheat and corn-free. They didn’t agree with Stella’s belly (although her she enjoyed them very much), but Argo didn’t have an issue with them at all. The cute gingerbread people shape makes them easy to confuse with people cookies, (I made a point to warn J that they were dog treats when I took them out of their packaging to store them in an airtight jar), but the ingredients are few and simple (and 95% organic), the treats are made in the USA, and all the ingredients are grown in the USA. I probably won’t buy them again, because it’s hard to have separate treats for both dogs, but if your dog doesn’t have the most senstive stomach the world has ever seen, these might be a good pick for you.