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Pet Alert!

3/8/2011 - Jone Natural Chews recalls Pig Ears Chews - possible salmonella Health Risk

2/28/2011 - Wellpet - voluntary recall on certain lots of caned cat food.

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

March 30th, 2011
Volume 2, Issue 4

Have you ever wondered what sort of life your pet would have had if you had never adopted him? Would your pup be safe, well fed and loved or instead mistreated, abused, neglected or worse?

April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month which opens up discussion and awareness for this very important topic.

The United States has anti-cruelty laws in place in every U.S. state and territory meant to help prevent animal abuse as well as punish those who mistreat these defenseless creatures. Despite these laws however, hundreds of animal abuse cases are reported each year with over 900 reported in 2010 alone.

Luckily there are many organizations that are partnering with local, state and federal agencies to improve the overall care and treatment of our animal population.

Be sure to read Evan’s article in “If Dogs Could Talk” for more information about these organizations and how you too can join their cause.

Of course the majority of pet owners really are compassionate, loving caretakers. Pet parents like you who actively strive to give their pets the very best nutrition and care possible are role models for other pet owners out there.

Speaking of nutrition, Rob has a really great article in the “Raw Knowledge” section of this month’s e-zine. Rob always advocates the importance of eggs in the BARF Diet and he has found a BRAND NEW benefit that eggs can give to people and pets that you don’t want to miss!

Last but not least, in the “Good Dog” section you’ll read about Mysti, a very special BARF dog. Her story is one of strength, faith and perseverance as she and her “mom” Dana struggled to overcome various health obstacles using natural, holistic treatments in order to qualify for the 2011 AKC National Championships.

All in all, April’s issue of “The Intelligent Pet” e-zine is sure to be an exciting read!

Thank you for being a caring, compassionate pet parent,
Amber Keiper
Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator
BARF World Inc.

Important Dates to Remember:

April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

  • April 1st – Beware of mischief! April Fool's Day is today.

  • April 2nd – It's a great day to read a storybook to your kids, both human and canine! Hans Christian Andersen's birthday and International Children's Book Day is today.

  • April 3rd – Actor Eddie Murphy, who played "Dr. Doolittle" in the 1998 film, turns 50 years old.

  • April 18th – Pet Owners Independence Day. Time to take the day off of work and send your pet in your place. (I bet your boss would love that one, huh?)

  • April 22nd – Jack Nicholson's 75th birthday is today. Remember his adorable canine co-star in "As Good As It Gets"? That was Jill the dog, aka "Verdell", a Brussels Griffon (rough coat).

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If Dogs Could Talk

Joining the Fight Against

Animal Cruelty

by Evan Price

April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month.  In recognition of this, the BARF World Team would like to shine some light on some of the many organizations dedicated to enhancing the lives of animals everywhere.

ASPCA – American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Founded on April 10th, 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is the oldest animal welfare organization in the United States.  Founder, Henry Bergh had a vision of stopping the injustices that animals face across the country, primarily the inhumane treatment of animals at slaughterhouses, as well as cockfighting.  At this time, the most common animals were horses and livestock, but by the turn of the century, cats and dogs had become a primary focus.  By the time of Bergh’s death in 1888, 37 of 38 states has passed anti-cruelty legislation

In addition to animal-friendly legislature, the ASPCA has come to make some other serious improvements in the lives of America’s animals.  Some of these changes include the creation of animal hospitals, spay/neuter clinics, loss support services, adoption facilities, disaster preparation services and an initiative to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets.

PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” or PETA was founded in March of 1980 and is the worlds largest animal rights organization.  Armed with the slogan "animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment", PETA rose to prominence after the Silver Springs Monkeys case of 1981.  Since then, PETA’s undercover investigations have helped put an end to several cockfighting, bullfighting, and dogfighting rings worldwide. 

With worldwide celebrity endorsement coupled with aggressive marketing campaigns, PETA has stepped up against factory farming, fur farming and animal testing.  Led by Ingrid Newkirk, this non-profit organization has received some criticism for pushing the line too far. 

At one point, PETA released a comic book aimed directly at children entitled “Your Mommy Kills Animals”.  The spread features a gruesome picture of a woman stabbing a bunny repeatedly with a butcher knife, while orange colored blood sprays about.  Many PETA members are vegans, condemning all animal products, foods, and animal related forms of entertainment, such as fishing.

Other animal rights groups and animal welfare organizations include:

ALF - Animal Liberation Front

ELF - Earth Liberation Front

Animal Rights Party

WSPA – World Society for the Protection of Animals

VIVA! – Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

These are just the tip of the iceberg. New foundations are popping up all the time, with the ultimate goal of making sure our animals live better, happier, and healthier. If you have a chance, take a quick second to see what you can do in your area to further the cause (other than feeding a delicious and healthy BARF Diet, of course). Until next time, happy BARFing.

Until next time, happy BARFing.

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

Who Is That Dog?

by Amber Keiper

We get a lot of people ask us, “Who is that gorgeous dog on your packaging?” It is so wonderful to be able to proudly say that the golden retriever on our BARF product packaging is indeed a BONE-affied BARF dog.


Signing a Contract to Feed Raw?
Dana Bourassa, owner of Irish Acres Pet Health in Neenah, WI is the proud pet parent of BARF dog, Golac’s Irish Mysti Rose aka “Mysti”. Dana had purchased Mysti from a breeder that exclusively fed her dogs a raw diet. Not only did the breeder advocate a raw food diet for her pups, she also required that all new puppy owners sign a contract stating that the dogs would continue to be fed a raw food diet once adopted.

After seeing firsthand the amazing power of raw foods, Dana began her quest in helping pets regain and maintain optimal health through proper diet, nutrition and natural supplements through her natural pet care business, Irish Acres Pet Health. She also founded the Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin and regularly fosters goldens, many of them suffering from a variety of health issues which she treats with a raw diet and various holistic treatments.

Mysti: the Amazing BARF Dog

Mysti is Dana’s first agility dog and has been showing in agility for about 6 years now. Dana remarks that, “When Mysti was six I made the decision to move her to Preferred class. She had 18 Double Q's and 350 points toward her MACH, however, she had arthritis starting in her right elbow and was very uncomfortable jumping 20". Since moving to Preferred she earned her PAX and is over halfway to her PAX2.”

For those who don't follow agility:

  • Preferred Class - These classes allow a dog to jump one jump height lower than measured and gives another 5 seconds added onto the Standard Course Time.
  • Double Q is a Double Qualifying score.
  • MACH stands for Master Agility Championship title.
PAX  stands for Preferred Agility Excellence title

A couple of years ago the American Kennel Club (AKC) decided to allow preferred dogs in the National Championships. This made it possible for Mysti to qualify for the competitions.

Unfortunately in Dec. 2009, Mysti was diagnosed with Masticatory Muscle Myositis. Dana was devastated. “I didn’t know if she would ever run again. I treated her with a holistic vet and we were able to put her on an all-natural protocol. I give raw foods a lot of credit for this because I don’t think we would have been able to pull it off had she not been as healthy otherwise which she was as she has been raw fed all her life… She has pulled through with flying colors and started competing again in the spring of 2010.”

Mysti will compete against the top dog and handler teams in the country beginning Friday, April 1st to 3rd, 2011 at the Lexington Horse Park in Lexington, Virginia.

During the event, Dana and Mysti will run the timed agility course off-leash, striving for a perfect score of 100. “She always runs with a big smile and tail wagging - she loves to play the game with Mom. Mysti is that once in a lifetime heart and soul companion, a joy to be with and a true blessing in my life.”

Irish Acres Pet Health in Neenah, WI specializes in agility, puppy and foundation training, Raindrop Therapy for dogs and horses, and behavior modification work using therapeutic essential oils and positive reinforcement. They have the largest selection of raw pet food in Northeast Wisconsin and are available by appointment. For more information call Dana at (920) 778-0104 or log on to www.irishacrespethealth.com.

Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. She and her husband have two rescue animals that are now healthy and proud BARF brats – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”).

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Raw Knowledge

More "Egg-citing" Facts about Eggs

by Robert Mueller

Last May in our e-zine article collection, I wrote about the incredible advantages of using eggshell as a source of calcium along with its other wondrous nutrient values. For this month's article, I want to share some “egg”-citing new research that supports a totally new breakthrough discovery for pets with joint and mobility issues.

As Easter approaches, we celebrate the importance of the egg, and we find that the egg has lived up to its reputation as one of Nature’s finest ingredients. It continues to provide a multitude of important benefits in support of the body's metabolism. In fact the egg is the standard when nutritionally comparing all other ingredients in a diet.

Eggs are the ULTIMATE digestible food ingredient on the planet.

As I mentioned in my book, “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, the single most digestible ingredient, for humans or pets, is the raw egg. Studies show that eating raw egg protein is much more digestible than cooked egg and contains higher amounts of the nutrient, biotin which helps support a healthy skin and coat. 

Biotin also offers great benefits to pet and humans that suffer from diabetes as it helps the body regulate blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol levels as well.

So you can see why we have decided to include raw egg in the BARF Diet formulation. The egg has so many healthful benefits for our pets as well as ourselves that it one ingredient we just couldn’t leave out.

But recent research done by ESM Technologies has shown another great benefit that the egg has to offer. Clinical tests have confirmed that the eggshell membrane used as a supplement is a safe, effective treatment of pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis. Eggshell membrane provides natural sources of Glucosamine, Hyaluronic acid, Chondroitin sulfate, Collagen and Calcium.

Pets that are fed BARF World’s complete and balanced BARF Diet patties and nuggets are already benefitting from the amazing combination of natural, raw ingredients in the diet – eggs included.
Is it any wonder that it is called the “Incredible, Edible Egg”?

If you are looking for a natural eggshell membrane supplement to use yourself, check out Vita Join Relief. Created in a convenient capsule form, taking one capsule daily as directed can help improve your mobility significantly within the first 10 days of supplementation. To learn more about the amazing health benefits of eggshell membrane, visit www.naturaleggshellmembrane.com

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


Neighbors Have Shootout Over

Dog Deficating in Yard.

I'll give the moral of the story upfront - be responsible for your pets and don't escalate arguments needlessly. Former friends turned armed adversaries in Jackson, Mississippi illustrate this point but it is not clear if the lesson was learned.

Click HERE to read the full article.

Wags of Wisdom:

"You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'"
- Dave Barry

"When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you've growled all day long."
- Unknown

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