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2/28/2011 - Wellpet LLC Recalls Certain Lots of Canned Cat Food due to low levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1).

1/28/2011 - Merrick Pet Care Jr Texas Taffy Pet Treat (Item # 27077, All Lots Up To And Including 10364) Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

1/28/2011 - Manna Pro Products Recalls Horse Feed Product (Lot# 1006) due to possible monensin sodium contamination.

**For a list of current pet food recalls, click HERE.

March 2nd, 2011
Volume 2, Issue 3

You Lucky Dog! This month's e-zine is dedicated to YOUR lucky dog.

After all, your pet is definitely lucky to have a smart pet parent who knows that the key to perfect pet health is good nutrition, plenty of exercise, and of course tender, loving care.

In the Raw Knowledge section, Rob discusses the benefits of Super Foods and introduces you to the NEWEST trend of super foods for your pet.

Discover the healing power of dogs in If Dogs Could Talk . Evan interviews psychotherapist Anita Price who explains how she often uses dogs as an effective form of therapy in her practice.

In the Good Dog article, we pay homage to the Irish dog breeds in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Learn more about the various Irish dog breeds and what makes them such popular companion animals today.

Of course the Bark Out Loud section is as fun as always with another great cartoon from Mark Parisi as well as story about a heroic dolphin who saves a dog from drowning`.

All in all, this month's issue of "The Intelligent Pet" is sure to be loaded with tons of "golden nuggets" of information!

Here's to you and your lucky pet,


Amber Keiper
Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator
BARF World Inc.

Important Dates to Remember:

March is Lucky Dog Month


  • Celebrated American writer and cartoonist Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel's birthday is March 2nd, 1904. He's known for his best-selling children's books The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and many others.
  • March 3rd - "What If Cats & Dogs Had Opposible Thumbs?" Day.
  • March 9th - Ash Wednesday is today and marks the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, April 24th, 2011.

  • March 13th – Don't forget to turn your clocks forward an hour! Daylight Savings Time begins today.
  • Albert Einstein's birthday is March 14th, 1879.

  • March 17th – St. Patrick's Day celebrations are today.
  • Glenn Close's birthday is March 19th, 1947. She played Cruella de Ville in the 1996 movie, 101 Dalmatians and again in 2000's 102 Dalmatians.

  • March 20th – The first day of Spring!
 


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If Dogs Could Talk

The Healing Role Of

Therapy Dogs


by Evan Price

In addition to the companionship that dogs are known for, some also have an extraordinary ability to foster healing.  This week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Anita Price, a registered psychotherapist who holds her practice in Berkeley, CA and Lafayette, CA.  She is a Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in children’s therapy, who also works with couples and adults.

Evan:  How long have you used therapy dogs in your practice?

Anita:  I have had a dog in my psychotherapy practice for many years, in fact, before certification (for therapy dogs) began.

Evan:  What makes a dog suitable to be a therapy dog?

Anita:  Temperament is the critical factor in a dog’s suitability.  She, or he, must be calm, steady, predictable, and unflappable in the presence of a child who may be agitated, manic, or hyperactive.  In fact, I have witnessed children learn to calm themselves with deep abdominal breathing in order to be able to be close to the dog and not, in the child’s words, “scare the dog”.

Evan:  What is the role of a therapy dog?

Anita:  Beginning the therapeutic process takes courage. For children in particular, it may be difficult to come into a room with an unfamiliar adult, and talk about their feelings and the parts of their lives that may be painful for them.  The dog’s steady unconditional love eases that transition because, in fact, the child begins relating to the dog and talking spontaneously.  I have found that having a dog as a partner in my therapeutic endeavors really moves the process along more quickly.

Rusty, a shorthaired standard Dachsund, was Anita Price's first therapy dog. He was very outgoing and had a special way of comforting upset patients.


Evan:  What types of behavior do the dogs exhibit and what changes do you notice in your patients?

Anita:  Children are remarkably open talking about their feelings with me while petting the dog.  They feel that the dog is their friend and ally.  In fact, just yesterday, a 4 year-old that I was meeting for the first time asked if she could please come to my home sometime and have a sleepover with the dog.  So you can see how quickly the bond is formed between child and animal.

Dogs work as partners in therapy according to their temperament.  My current dog, Cara, is a 10 lb. dog who is quite shy and sensitive.  Children just love her and they relate when they see her shyness.  For example, one child said, “Oh my goodness, she is even more shy than I am”.  Again, it is the immediate bond.

"My current dog, Cara, is a 10 lb. dog who is quite shy and sensitive. Children just love her and they relate when they see her shyness." -Anita Price


My first therapy dog, Rusty, was much more outgoing and, in fact, in family sessions, he would very quietly move and sit on the foot of whoever appeared to be most upset at the moment.  He was very attuned to sadness.

In another session with a child who had been given some very disappointing news by a parent, the child fell on the floor crying.  The dog, who had been napping in his bed, came across the room, walked up on her lap, and licked the tears running down each cheek. The child looked at him as if to say, “You really understand what I am feeling”.  It completely turned the session around.  Then he got back in his bed and went to sleep.  It was a stunning feeling of being deeply understood with no words.

When Rusty was nearly killed by an off-leash Rottweiler, I thought very seriously about whether I should bring him back into the office while he still had staples and drains.  I decided that children need to see how healing happens.  Rather than frighten them, on several occasions it brought out information that the child had not shared.  For example, one child talked about being trapped in the laundry room of their apartment by a large dog.  And so in their empathizing with the dog’s pain, they were actually working on their own.

-Evan Price

Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.


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Good Dog

These Dogs Have the Luck 'O

the Irish

by Amber Keiper

The Irish are known for many things:  delicious corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beer, leprechauns and four leafed clovers. But did you know that the Irish are also known for their magnificent dog breeds?

Here are a few breeds that originate from the great island of Ireland and some neat facts about them:

  • Glen of Imaal Terrier: Though this particular breed makes a great companion dog, they can easily be trained to hunt badgers, foxes and even mice. This breed makes a perfect family pet but can be aggressive and stubborn at times. 
  • Irish Red & White Setter: A distinctly different breed than the Irish Setter, the Irish Red & White Setter is thought to be the oldest breed of setters. She is intelligent, athletic and courageous – all perfect characteristics for a field dog.
  • Irish Setter: A relative of the English setter this breed is known for their glamorous mahogany red coat. Makes a perfect hunting dog as he is easily able to adapt to a variety of climates and terrain.

Pam Talley's BARF dog, Clancy, was a gorgeous Irish Setter. The Irish Setter breed is known for it's distinct solid red coat.


  • Irish Terrier: This breed is over two thousand years old and a close relative to the wirehaired fox terrier. Nicknamed the “little daredevil” this breed is known for her extraordinary courage and is commonly trained to hunt, retrieve and even relay messages during times of war.
  • Irish Water Spaniel: Thought to be a cross between a poodle and Irish setter, this cheerfully obedient breed is bright and easily trained to aid the avid bird hunter. Unfortunately his curly coat is a handful to maintain but when done properly makes for a magnificent looking dog.
  • Irish Wolfhound: Originally used to hunt wolves by the Celtics, this breed was later brought to Ireland by the Romans where it was influenced by the Great Dane and deerhound breeds. Makes a wonderful companion dog though he does tend to favor a single master. Well suited as a hunting dog or guard dog but does need a great deal of space to run.

As you can see from the picture above, the Irish Wolfhound is a large breed dog reaching heights of at least 31-35 inches and weighing over 119 lbs.


  • Kerry Beagle: One of the oldest native Irish breeds, the Kerry beagle is thought to be a descendant of the Celtic Hound. The Kerry beagle is commonly used for hunting and scent tracking though she also makes a wonderful pet. One thing to consider is that she requires constant exercise - regular walks two to three times a day is a must.
  • Kerry Blue Terrier (Irish Blue Terrier): A cross between the Irish terrier and the Dandie Dinmont, the Kerry Blue Terrier was developed by Irish shepherds during the 1700’s. The Kerry blue has become the symbol of Ireland. Though a bit stubborn, this breed is trainable to become a loyal part of the family. Often used as a hunting dog, retriever, guard dog, mouser, and police canine.
  • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier: A strong yet graceful dog, the soft-coated wheaten terrier is known to be a truly versatile dog and is used as a guard dog, herding dog, and hunting dog. Fully adaptable, he is happy indoors or outdoors and makes a great family companion.

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier weighs aproximately 35 lbs. and known for his thick, soft, wheat colored coat.


As you can see, Ireland is blessed with so many breeds of dogs that it would be difficult to choose a favorite. It's quite amazing that the Irish have so many different types of dogs on such a small island, all with varied personalities, uses and characteristics. No wonder the Irish are such great dog lovers!

-Amber Keiper

 


Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.. She and her husband have two former rescue animals that are now healthy and proud “BARF brats” – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”). For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.



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Raw Knowledge

Super Green Super Foods

by Robert Mueller

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It is said that 90% of Americans fail to consume the recommended 5 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. With today’s hectic lifestyle, who has time to get this amount of nutrition? Do you suppose that the “Junk Food” era has anything to do with this?

The birth of a new “Super Food” that completes the daily vegetable and fruit requirement has finally arrived.

It’s called “Green Super Food”.

This new food source is claiming to contain a balanced powerhouse of anti-oxidants, B-Vitamins, Beta Carotene, Bioflavonoids, Lycopene, Dietary Fibre, and is loaded with Omega 3, 6, & 9 Essential Fatty Acids. This is a real live food with beneficial enzymes, carotenoids, and phytonutrients that help fight free radical damage, aging and tumor causing mutations.

Benefits often include:
  1. Healthier digestion
  2. Regular elimination
  3. Balanced acidic pH levels
  4. Natural detoxification and a boost to the immune system
  5. Soft, elastic, and youthful skin
  6. Plus antioxidant protection


WOW - It is like having Nature’s ultimate insurance policy!

With such a powerful combination of health generating nutrients - all classified as a green super food - one does not have to worry about meeting the dietary requirements for fruits and vegetables anymore.

Can there be such a green super food for animals as well?

Voila - the green giant has arrived!

BARF World’s E-BARF Plus is Green Super Food in a jar. Loaded with the most complete, nutrient-dense concentrate available for dogs, this powerful combination of Kelp, Alfalfa, Flaxseed and a multitude of grasses, probiotics, vitamin and mineral nutrients provide Nature’s most abundant nutrition storehouse for your pet.

E-BARF Plus is designed to maintain the healthy functioning of your dog’s digestive system by creating a healthy environment of good intestinal flora in the gut.

Dogs that have become immune compromised can also benefit from the immune boosting enzymes and phytonutrients contained in this pet supplement. BARF World’s E-BARF Plus enzyme supplement with probiotics is a product that provides the benefits of a concentrated source of nutrients that foods alone may not provide.

E-BARF Plus is also highly recommended for those that make homemade raw food diets for their pets. It's also a definite MUST for people feeding kibble, canned or cooked diets to their pets.

And for those pet guardians that are feeding their pets BARF World’s complete and balanced BARF Diet patties or nugget, we encourage the use of the E-BARF Plus supplement for at least the first 60 days while switching your pet to a raw diet. This is called getting started on the right foot...or paw!

-Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist and has been formulating raw diets for more than thirty years. Recognized as one of the early pioneers in promoting raw foods to pets, Rob's history of developing and promoting raw meat diets has exposed him to dogs, cats, and zoo carnivores worldwide. He is also the author of the book Living Enzymes: The World's Best Kept Pet Food Secret. Rob and his wife love to travel with their dog, Ube - a sheltie/beagle mix.


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Bark Out Loud




Comic

Lucky Dog Saved From Drowning

With Help From Dolphins



This may sound as corny as it is amazing but true! Dolphins have been known to perform heroic acts before even such that have saved human lives.

Click HERE to read the full article.



A Limerick:



A Setter that loved to chew shoes
Good times she found how to renew
But ran out of luck
And found her leg stuck
When she left the cap off of the glue

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