Archive for Staff Picks & Stories

Employee Pet Profile-Meet Adam’s Golden Retriever, Savanah

This month our employee pet profile will look at the energetic Golden Retriever that comes to work in the Customer Care Department with Adam!

Employee First Name : Adam
Pet’s Name(s) : Savanah
Breed : Golden Retriever

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Food: Natures Variety Instinct Raw - Only Natural Pet Easy Raw

Favorite Treats: Nartures Variety Raw Bones - Only Natural Pet Free Range Bully Stick

Favorite Toy: Tennis Ball - Doggles Pentapulls

Favorite Story: Savanah was adopted by Adam and she had numerous issues such as itchy skin, constantly biting her paws, oily coat, mucous discharge from her eyes, poor oral care, and barely had enough energy to walk around the block. Adam did some research, asked a lot of questions, and eventually changed her diet to one consisting of raw, dehydrated and freeze-dried real foods. Within 1-2 weeks, every issue cleared up. She’s like a completely different dog. Her hair cleaned up, the itching stopped (aside from the normal scratch here and there), her teeth went from a brownish yellow to bright white, no more discharge from her eyes…the list goes on and on. The most noticable change was her energy level. She is able to go strong for multiple days in the Colorado backcountry every weekend with her dad. She puts in a ton of miles over the course of the summer. Based on the improvements seen, Adam and Savanah are firm believers in feeding a raw diet and will never go back to the poor commercial food of her past. When she’s not in the office mixing it up with her friends, you can find her staying in shape on the trail with her mom and dad throughout the Rocky Mountains.

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Employee Pet Profile-Meet Tommy’s Dog Rex

Meet Rex, this week’s employee pet of the week! Rex and his dad, Tommy, run our shipping department on a daily basis making sure all packages are shipped in a timely manner. When not keeping the shipping team members in line, Rex keeps busy playing with his four legged friends in the warehouse.

Rex recently had his DNA tested using the BioPet Vet Lab DNA Breed Identification Kit. The results of the test show that Rex is part Norwegian Elk Hound, German Shepherd, Cocker Spaniel, and Siberian Husky. That is quite the DNA!!! Advances in DNA testing technology have made it possible to identify the ancestry of any dog by performing a simple test using a cheek swab. The DNA required for the test to be run is isolated from cells that are trapped on the swab. All cells carry the same genetic material, regardless of type or location in the animal. Taking a cheek swab is therefore the easiest way to obtain the samples needed for testing.

Rex’s Favorite food is the Only Natural Pet EasyRaw Dehydrated Dog Food in the turkey flavor. This is no surprise to us as most of the doggies at Only Natural Pet Store thrive on this diet. The EasyRaw provides a natural alternative to more processed conventional dog foods with the convenience of a dry food without compromising the nutritional value and proven health benefits of real raw meat, vegetables, and fruit.

In between meals and play time at the office, Rex’s favorite snack is the Only Natural Pet Odorless Bully Sticks which are made using free range and grass fed Brazilian cattle. Rex is addicted to these and his dad enjoys that they don’t have the not so pleasant smell like most bully sticks.

Staff can often find Rex chasing his favorite tennis ball throughout the maze we call our warehouse. One of his dad’s favorite stories came during some recent spring cleaning when 10 tennis balls were found stashed under the couch.

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Bear Makes a Birthday Wish!

Every Friday, the social media gurus at Only Natural Pet offer fans on Facebook and Twitter the opportunity to participate in a weekend long photo contest where a random winner is selected.  Each week, many fans upload photos of their dogs and cats pulling crazy stunts, wearing crazy outfits, or just plain being crazy.  This weekend was no exception as fans were able to upload a wide variety pics in a no holds bar style contest where they entered any picture and told a short story behind it.

Our random selection this weekend was given to Deb DAndrea and her dog, Bear, making a birthday wish! Deb was kind enough to forward some information to us about Bear.  She is an Australian Shepherd who loves tennis balls like the Only Natural Pet Tennis Balls which are made from vulcanized rubber and nylon, and the ink is soy-based and non-toxic.  The staff at Only Natural Pet can only imagine how much Bear loves tennis balls after seeing how excited the office dogs get over them too.  Bear’s favorite treats are the Merrick Flossies.  We haven’t met a dog yet who has turned down one of these tasty treats, and Bear is no exception.

Deb also posted additional pictures to our Facebook page.  If you haven’t already, we recommend you swing by, ‘like’ us, and check out Bear’s pals Tiki and Baci!

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Employee Pet Profile – Sarah’s White German Shepherd, Ozzie!

For May our employee pet profile will look at Ozzie, the most handsome and healthy white German Shepherd!

Ozzie lives with Sarah in customer care at Only Natural pet Store. For those of you who have spoken to Sarah, you know she is amazingly knowledgeable about natural diets for dogs. Lucky Ozzie has been benefiting from Sarah’s care his whole life!

Tiny Ozzie, German Shepherd Puppy

photo by Sarah Wadleigh

Employee First Name : Sarah
Pet’s Name : Ozzie
Breed : White German Shepherd

Oz’s favorite food: Primal Pet Foods Raw Dog Food – duck
Favorite Treat: BonesGalore Lamb Puffs
Favorite Toy: Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Ball

When our two dogs, Frith* and Tasha, were 12 years old, my husband decided he wanted another puppy. I had my doubts, as I thought they might feel annoyed by a new addition. What actually took place was just the opposite. Both dogs welcomed the new puppy and they become a very close-knit family. I think having Ozzie around helped keep our older dogs active and engaged.

We were living on two acres in the foothills of Boulder County at the time. All three dogs would run together, making a huge circle around the property, and when Ozzie couldn’t keep up with the big dogs, he would grab Frith’s tail as they swung around the garden fence, Ozzie banking out to the side as he hung on. I could hardly believe that Frith would put up with it! Once Oz grew, he could outrun both older dogs with ease, of course.

Ozzie and Tasha with dog toy

photo by Sarah Wadleigh

My favorite story about Ozzie, though – When Tasha turned 14, and then 15, her eyesight began to dim. She still played squeaky ball every day in our yard. But when the squeaky would roll into the shade, she would not be able to track its location. That’s when Ozzie would show her where it went by jumping on the toy with his front paws. He and Tasha had a very special relationship based on adoration and leadership.

Frith passed away at age 15, and six months later, Tasha made the transition at age 16. It was a very sad time for all of us. Ozzie and I would often lie on Tasha’s blanket together, sharing our sadness. He’s a wonderful, very sensitive dog who we feel privileged to have in our lives.

Ozzie is now eight, almost 9 years old. Very active and robust, he is on an all-raw diet. He gets a rotation of duck, venison, chicken and beef from Primal, Stella & Chewey’s, Nature’s Variety and Raw Advantage. The supplements he gets each day: Only Natural Pet Super Daily Greens, Only Natural Pet Get Up & Go, Only Natural Pet Lubri-Herb Herbal Formula, In Clover OptaGest Digestive Aid, Halo VitaGlo Xtra-C Vitamin C Powder, and Ultra Oil Skin & Coat Supplement with Hempseed Oil.

*Editor’s note : As a music industry guy, I can’t help but point out
that Frith was named after the legendary musician Fred Frith. -DG

White German Shepherd and Corgi

photo by Sarah Wadleigh

Ozzie the White German Shepherd with stick

Photo by Sarah Wadleigh

Ozzie and Frith playing tug-o-war with their dog toy

photoby Sarah Wadleigh

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Employee Pet Profile – Kelsey’s Bernese Mountain Dog, Brooklyn

For April our employee pet profile will look at the beautiful boy that comes to work in the products department with Kelsey!

Employee First Name: KelseyBrooklyn, the Bernese Mountain Dog
Pet’s Name: Brooklyn
Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog

Favorite Food: EasyRaw, Orijen Adult Grain-Free Food, ONP Freeze-Dried Patties

Favorite Treats: Newman’s Own PB Heart Biscuits, ONP All Meat Bites, Bully Sticks, Raw Bones, Dogswell Veggie Life Treats

Favorite Toy: KONG, West Paw Zogoflex Hurley, Doggles Pentapulls Eco-Friendly Toys

A day in the life of Brooklyn (Favorite Story):

Brooklyn is a one-year old Berner who spends his days in search for new friends!  He starts the morning out early with a stroll around the block in hopes to finding one of his many neighborhood friends, and then it’s off to breakfast where he enjoys a delicious meal of raw, freeze-dried turkey and veggies – EasyRaw! Then it’s into the car and off to camp – he even brings one of his favorite toys, his beloved Kong. At camp he’s set free to play all day with his buddies, lounge in the sun and annoy his camp counselors!

Brooklyn, The Bernese Mountain DogHis chauffeur (me) picks him up after work and we head home where he bribes me for a few of his favorite snacks, Newman’s Own Peanut Butter Hearts or Only Natural Pet All Meat Bites. A quick nap on his favorite Big Shrimpy Bed and its dinner time.  Dinner is a few rehydrated Only Natural Pet Freeze-Dried Patties with Orijen Adult Dry Food & Only Natural Pet Salmon Oil.  Then it’s off to dream-land so he can do it all again tomorrow!

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Employee Pet Profile – Abby’s Golden Retrievers, Jack & Honda

This month our employee pet profile will look at the two amazing golden retrievers that come to work in the marketing department with Abby!

Employee First Name : Abby (aka Abstar)
Pet’s Name(s) : Jack & Honda (aka J & H)
Breed : Golden Retrievers

Favorite Food : Bravo Beef PattiesAcana PacificaONP Freeze-Dried PattiesNature’s Variety Raw Bones

Favorite Treats : For J & H only: ANY kind of bully stickWildSide Salmon Treats.  For J&H & me to share: Max & Ruffy’s, Cheese Please

Favorite Toy : TENNIS BALLS! LOTS OF THEM! – ChuckIt!Tuffy’s Toys, particularly the Octopus so Jack can swing it around and hit himself with it – Pentapulls (see Tuffy’s)

Jack the Golden Retriever at Only Natural Pet Store

Jack, brand ambassador for Only Natural Pet

Favorite Story : Since Jack is the face on several of our ONP brand products, he enjoys spending his days at our retail store in Boulder. Jack lies by the front door waiting for customers to walk in and then he happily strolls around the store with them helping to pick out (his favorite) food, treats and toys. If you catch him on a good hair day, he might even pose for a picture with you!

Honda the Golden Retriever with THREE tennis balls!

Honda the Golden Retriever with THREE tennis balls!

Back at ONP headquarters, you’ll find Honda spending his workday playing referee to the rest of the dogs at the warehouse. Honda kind of patrols the area keeping all the dogs in line, giving a deep WOOF whenever necessary. He usually unwinds by resting in his red West Paw Bumper Bed with a tennis ball, or 3, in his mouth.

Jack & Honda, Hiking Dogs!

Jack & Honda, Hiking Dogs!

Jack and Honda, Loving the day off in the wilderness!

Jack and Honda, Loving the day off in the wilderness!

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Staff Picks for Natural Pet Food

Read about our staff’s favorite pet food.

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Sarah’s Book Review – Raw Meaty Bones by Tom Lonsdale

Sarah’s Book
Review

 

Book

Raw Meaty Bones
by Tom Lonsdale

Category

Dental health and natural nutrition

Brief Summary

This book perhaps could have a different title.  A very in-depth discussion of the extent of dental disease in our companion animals, the causes, and the resulting health issues. The xtremely lengthy discussions of every subject sound more like a dissertation, so not for the lay person.

Highlights

The discussion of dental and gum disease in relation to the immune system, and the complications that can result.  Evidently, this is a problem that is commonly overlooked and often accompanies a diagnosis of heart disease, kidney issues or joint problems.

Constructive
Criticism

Round about way of getting to the point.

Excerpts

“Secondary diseases arising from periodontal disease are many, but there are problems of interpretations.  Pets tend to obscure the presence of disease, owners tend not to notice.”

“Problems suggested to be associated with chronic periodontal disease in dogs include chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, endocardiosis, endocarditis, interstitial nephritis, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis.” 

“If and when a patient’s immune system is depleted for whatever reason, then the risk of oral bacteria gaining entrance to the body increases dramatically.” 

Rating (out of 5
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FIVE PAWS for detail and enthusiasm
THREE PAWS for readability

 

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Sarah’s Book Review – “The Other End of the Leash”


Book Review

Book

The Other End of the Leash

Category

Canine Behavior

Brief Summary

This is great book on canine behavior that  begins by interpreting  human behavior through the eyes of our dogs.  From body language to the concept of leadership, Patricia McConnell gives us a new perspective on both human and canine behavior and our relationships with each other.

Highlights

Patricia obviously has a deep understanding and connection with all of her dogs.  As someone who has studied both primate and canine behavior, she discusses and describes the similarities and differences between humans and canines in regard to our expectations about canine behaviors.  With clear descriptions of how we can communicate more effectively with our dogs by paying attention to these differences, Patricia illustrates how we can expect more cooperation and deepen our canine/human
relationships.

Constructive
Criticism

Much of her work with dogs and people is in regard to aggression, which is, admittedly, a difficult area to address. Her impatience with people comes through quite clearly in a few areas, where she strongly implies that people just can’t change.  I think it would be more productive to emphasize the success stories as opposed to where people sometimes fail.

Excerpts

In regard to the “Come” command:
“Use a sound that inherently encourages your dog rather than discourages him, and training will be more effective and, as important, more fun.”
In regard to the acute sense of smell our canines have:

“Dogs can detect some odors that humans can’t notice until the scent is fifty times more concentrated.  Other odors can be perceived by dogs at concentrations that need to be hundreds of times more intense for humans to perceive.”

Concerning rough play between human and canine:

“…If you want the odds in your favor or your dog is already in trouble with his mouth, then think carefully about how you play with him.”

On who makes decisions:

“Dogs who live independently from humans have no trouble learning to cope with not getting what they want: the difficulties of life take care of it for them.  But for some of us, our love or our dogs results in their being so coddled that they never learn to tolerate frustration.  …most dogs need to learn how to cope with frustration.”

Rating (out of 5
paws like the site?)

FIVE PAWS

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The Power of Positive Speech

By Dave Goff

People talk to their plants all the time. It is generally accepted that talking to plants assists in the growth and well-being of the plants and can even be therapeutic for the plant care-taker as well. Less well known are the studies that show that what you say is just as important as saying anything at all. Positive reinforcements deliver even better results than general non-committal talking.

Why am I talking about plants? Take a moment and think about the animals around you, and how your speech affects them as well. Animals are very sensitive to sound, tone and stance when people are speaking around them and will often alter their behavior in response.

I would even take this a step further. I actually use the way I speak to my pets as a supplemental therapy. For example, my cat Goliath has always been afraid of my other cats and when he is on my lap I will say things like “Big healthy Goliath, he is so brave and gets along so well with Whirley.” Over time, this has slowly become a reality; Goliath will now face up to Whirley and stand his ground. He is still afraid and more time is needed but the situation is definitely improving.

The most important things to keep in mind are consistency, focus, positive statements and present tense.

  • If you want your message to have an effect, repeat it often and combine it with positive reinforcement; petting, brushing giving treats, etc… This will associate good feelings with the message you are trying to convey. Repetition and consistency in message are key here.
  • Keep your message focused. In the case of Goliath I am focusing on his ability to get along with one of our other cats right now. As I have seen progress in that area, I have recently started working on his ability to get along with our other cat. If I were to say “Goliath gets along with other cats” the message is more diffuse and won’t have as quick an effect. Also, leave out conditional phrases with “if” in them. Waiting for a condition to occur before a change is made means it may never happen.
  • Keep your messages positive. It is always better to say “You are a good dog that knows what he should chew on” than it is to say “You are a good dog that will STOP chewing my furniture.” Generally we think in terms of things we don’t want our pets to do but it is important to turn the message around to the positive and focus on what we do want them to do, or even how we want them to be.
  • Keep your message in the present tense. If I were to say “SOMEDAY, Goliath will be brave and get along with Whirley…” it would never happen. As they say, tomorrow is always a day away, and someday is even further away. Some people may feel that it seems like lying, but that doesn’t matter. You have to focus on what you want as if it already exists, including in the behavior and well-being of your animals.
  • I add in a statement regarding “healthy” in my speech every time, such as “Big healthy Goliath.” There is simply no reason not to.

As a side note here, I always offer to people not to refer to their dog or cat as “bad.” In the heat of the moment it is difficult not to respond with “Bad dog!” when your pup has been destructive or misbehaves. But I believe it is important to remember that the action was bad, not the dog. Your dog is a good dog that did a bad thing. If you constantly refer to your dog or cat as a “bad dog” or “bad cat”, you will most assuredly end up with a bad dog or cat.

Again, positive speech can be useful as a supplemental therapy. I wouldn’t count on positive speech alone to fix any issue, behavioral or health related. Rather, view it as a supplement to other therapies and strategies that are already in use. For example, to help Goliath get along with his roommates, we use Phero-Soothe for Cats (there is also a dog version), Flower Essences and other environmental and behavioral strategies.

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