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Here I will share thoughts, ideas and stories about all things Healthy Paws!

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We are excited to announce that we have begun selling on Amazon as of June 1, 2017. Peanut Butter was the first treat to debut. Now we will begin adding flavors slowly to see how we do. We will be sending out email updates to our online customers to keep everyone updated on the sales and promotions we hope to have throughout the year, especially around the holidays.

We invite you to please follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and send photos of your best buddy. We always love to hear from you!

Of course you can absolutely still order through our website or by phone or email, whatever is most comfortable for you. What’s most important to us is that we keep those cookie jars full!
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Warmest wishes to all of our Healthy Paws Pals for a very happy and safe holiday season. We know our Pals have been very good boys and girls, and hope Santa Paws puts lots and lots of fun toys and yummy treats under your tree!

We look forward to continuing to bake fresh, healthy treats for you next year and thank you so much for your patronage.

P.S. Don’t forget to leave a plate of Healthy Paws cookies out for Santa Paws!

June 17, 2016

Healthy Paws will be introducing our new line of Grain Free treats at the end of this month! We are introducing two delicious new flavors, Apple Lick’in and Pumpkin Maple. Our taste testers (Tucker, Moose, Sadie and Bungie) absolutely loved them so we know they’re going to be a big hit for your best buddy too. We will be updating our website soon to include the grain free treats but until then, please feel free to send along an e-mail or give us a call if you’d like to order them sooner.

May 30, 2016

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

Just want to send out a quick reminder to join in on all of the festivities next weekend in Brattleboro, Vermont for the Strolling of the Heifers Celebration. There will be lots of activities and events, as well as many vendors to do some shopping. It should be a fun couple of days. So, if you can, please save the dates, Friday June 3rd and Saturday June 4th. For more details on the happenings, you can visit their website at www.strollingoftheheifers.com. Healthy Paws will be one of the vendors, please stop by to say hi. Hope to see you there!

Atkins Farms Country Market in Amherst, Massachusetts is now selling the whole line of Healthy Paws products! If you live in the area or are just traveling through, please stop in to Atkins. It’s a beautiful country market with a lot of great merchandise and delicious food at both the deli and bakery. Of course, don’t forget to pick-up some Healthy Paws treats for your best friend while your there!

Monday May 9, 2016

I was reading an article the other day about the coming of spring and getting outside with your dog to play or just take a nice walk, something I personally enjoy all year round, especially in the winter, believe it or not! The article mentioned bringing along a walking stick to not only assist in your hike but should something untoward threaten you or your dog, you have something to help ward it off. Certainly something I have always believed in and walk every day with my trusty and faithful walking stick which has its permanent home propped up next to my front door. This article also mentioned, which is the reason for this blog because I think its a terrific idea, to walk with an umbrella! Should any animal approach and threaten you or your dog on your walk, just point that umbrella in their direction and open it up! That action should scare the threat and give you time to get away. Smart right? I love that idea!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Save the date! June 5, 2016. Healthy Paws Barkery, LLC will be at the Strolling of the Heifers Saturday Expo. Please stop by our booth and visit a while, we would love to meet you. We’ll have a selection of our treats available with special Expo pricing so you can bring home some delicious cookies for your best buddy. It should be a great time, come and enjoy the weekend festivities. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, April 4, 2016

With the warmer weather approaching, it’s a great time to get outside, clean up the yard and spruce up the flower beds with some fresh mulch. When choosing mulch, however, we must take some care because not all brands or types of mulch are pet friendly. Using the wrong mulch can be toxic to your best buddy and cause VERY serious medical problems. So please take a few minutes and make sure you know what is best and safe for both your furry friend and your yard.

According to veterinarian Jacqueline Nicholson, safe mulch choices are:
1. Rubber mulch.
2. Leaves.
3. Pine needles.
4. Natural untreated wood.
5. Cedar mulch.

The worst choice is Cocoa mulch, made from the shell of a cocoa bean. Just as chocolate is toxic for your dog because it contains a toxin called theobromine, this same toxin is in the cocoa bean shell. If this is ingested by your buddy it will cause an increased heart rate, hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. If large enough quantities are ingested, it will cause death.

Rocks are also not a great choice as some dogs like to eat them which can cause gastrointestinal obstructions.

Please remember when walking with your buddy in the neighborhood or at the park you remain astute and watch for mulch or lawns that have been sprayed by pesticides. You don’t want your pup having a little snack on that mulch because you don’t know what type it is, and you don’t want those paws walking on a treated lawn. When you get home, they’re going to lick those paws, and if they walked on a treated lawn, they’re going to ingest those lawn chemicals, yikes!

I hope the above safe list is helpful. A quick online search for “pet safe mulch” will bring up many, many sites offering information and advice should you want to research further.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Understanding our best buddies — I think that is one of every pet parents greatest desires. We all wonder if they’re happy, if they’re okay with a particular situation, place or activity. Wouldn’t it be great if we had something that could tell us how our friends are feeling every moment of the day? Personally, I would love that! Well, my Healthy Paws friends, I have found just such a device! It’s new technology that will be coming out on the market in mid 2016, and its called TailTalk.

It has been found that a dogs emotions are expressed in how their tail wags. To us, we see a wagging tail, we think they’re happy; a tucked tail, they’re upset, but in actuality, their tails tell us so much more. Dogs read each others’ tails as a way of communicating, kind of like body language for us humans. So, there are many “tales” being told with those “tails.”

Anyway, back to the TailTalk device. It is based on years of research and was developed by a company called DogStar Life, Mike Karp is the co-founder, and Yannis Tsampalis, the CEO. The device wraps gently around your dogs tail, like a little ribbon, and when the tail wags, this device reads that motion and sends a message to you through an app, similar in concept to the Fitbit, so you can monitor your dogs feelings and emotions throughout the day. Some examples of different emotions read are, “left tail wagging usually indicates negative feelings like anger or aggression, right tail wagging indicates positive emotions like excitement or happiness.” There are, of course, many other emotions read, but these two were given as an example by the company.

As the inventors of this product indicated, one way this device may be helpful is to better understand how your dog is feeling throughout the day when they are home alone and you’re at work, and maybe prompt you to consider enrolling your buddy in daycare or finding a pet walker to break up your dogs day with a little excitement.

In any event, personally, I think it’s a great idea. I’m fortunate enough to be able to work with my guys so I don’t have that issue, but I would still love to know how they feel and if they are truly happy. I think it’s human nature to be curious but when it’s your “kids”, it ratchets that curiosity up a few notches because you do sincerely want, more than anything else in the world, for them to feel safe and happy and loved.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Healthy Paws is happy to announce that our treats will now be available at Pawsh Buddies on State Street in Great Barrington, and the River Valley Co-op on King Street in Northampton!

If you’re planning a vacation to Vermont with your best buddy, might we suggest the Woodstock Inn. It is an absolutely beautiful place to stay and your travel buddy will be given Healthy Paws treats as a welcome gift on check-in!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Well, spring has almost sprung! Pretty soon it’ll be time to get outside with our pups and play fetch, and we all know there is no ball more beloved than the infamous yellow tennis ball, am I right? Of course I have a golden, and promising to own an endless supply of tennis balls is part of the unsaid, but completely understood prerequisite when hoping they choose you to be their pet parent and make your house their home.

But, on a more serious note, let’s talk for a moment about those tennis balls. Did you know that the coarse, scratchy material that overlays those balls, acts as a sandpaper to your dogs teeth? Over time, playing, catching and chewing on those tennis balls scrapes off the enamel and grinds down their teeth, eventually causing possible serious dental issues and tooth loss.

What to do? I, myself, like the Planet Dog toys. They are made right here in the United States and contain no harmful toxins. They are healthy, clean toys that are safe when chewed or even swallowed if a small piece should accidentally break off during play. Planet Dog has a tennis ball that I buy for my guys. It’s the same bright yellow color, the same size and is just as much fun to play with. It is a bit pricier to buy the Planet Dog tennis ball when compared to the other, but pay a little more now, or pay a lot more later if and when your best buddy has painful dental issues.

Monday, February 29, 2016

In reading the Whole Dog Journal, I came across an emergency tip that I do believe every dog owner should know. Although some may not give much regard to acupressure, this technique has worked successfully on many dogs and as far as I’m concerned, in a dire situation of life or death for my best buddy, I’ll do anything and everything to try to help.

If your dog should lose consciousness, “simply rest one hand on your dog, and place your other thumb just above your dog’s upper lip, halfway between his/her nose and mouth, and gently apply about 2 pounds of pressure for approximately 30 seconds. It should help your dog regain consciousness.”

There you are my friends, I know you feel as I do and want to help your dog any way possible in the event of trauma or illness. Please keep this tip in your memory bank for retrieval should the need ever arise. Hopefully it will remain a helpful reviving technique in your memory and will never need to be put to practice.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Exciting News! Healthy Paws treats are on the shelves at Wild Oats Market on 320 Main Street in Williamstown, MA. If you shop at this great market, don’t forget to pick up some of our treats for your best buddy!

We are also at Randall’s Market in Ludlow, MA. for our Western Mass. Healthy Paws Pals!

Monday, February 15, 2016

I recently came upon an article in the 4 Legs & a Tail magazine titled “Dog Toxicant Xylitol Appearing in Peanut Butters” by M. Kathleen Shaw, DVM, and want to share with you this very important information. It is something I certainly am glad was brought to my attention.

We all know our puppies love peanut butter. We like to give it to them as a snack. We use it to disguise medicine. It’s the go-to of flavors. When undecided in picking out treats, a sure bet is always peanut butter.

This article explains that many manufacturers have started using Xylitol as a sweetener in peanut butter, as well as an agent to preserve moisture. In the human world, Xylitol is in many products we typically consume and also many non-food items such as shampoos and lotions. For our best friend; however, it is a poison and should not be ingested.

“The number of Xylitol poisonings in dogs is on the rise. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reports that since they started tracking calls in 2007, the number of cases has more than doubled.”

Please check those ingredient labels! If you think that your best buddy accidentally ingested Xylitol, you must contact your veterinarian right away.

“Known companies that add Xylitol to peanut butter include Go Nuts, Hank’s Protein Plus Peanut Butter, Krusch Nutrition, Nuts’n More, and P28.”

Xylitol is contained in other products as well, so it is important that we, as pet parents, are vigilant and check all ingredients before feeding our dog(s).

“Xylitol can appear in other products and under other names, be on the lookout for any ingredient that includes the letters ‘xyl’, and keep those products safely away from your best friend.

Here at Healthy Paws Barkery, LLC we use peanut butter in many of our recipes. Please know that we use ONLY unsalted, freshly ground peanut butter. NONE of the ingredients in our recipes contain Xylitol.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello and welcome to the Healthy Paws Barkery blog!

Over the last few weeks, when I first learned our new website was going to have a blog, I began giving a lot of thought to what would be best to write for our first entry. Many things came to mind, which I wrote down for possible later entries, but then I remembered a poem I had heard many years ago that I truly enjoyed. I would like to share that with you now. The author is unknown to me.

The Perfect Dog

My son asked a question as little boys do,
of me and my wisdom and all that I knew.
Is there a dog that is perfect, he asked on a whim,
well, I thought and thought about where to begin.
He’d have ears that were floppy or cropped and alert
and eyes that were sleepy or perky and pert.
It would leap like a bunny or sit in your lap
and run fast as a horse or out for a nap.
A dog that is perfect would be covered in spots
or maybe one color and then have spots not.
He’d be small as a teacup or big as a house
with a nose that seemed flattened or long as a mouse.
He’d swim and he’d hop with a coat flying free
or be dainty and delicate and he’d be a she.
As I struggled to answer and not with a clue,
my son with a smile said out of the blue
with the wisdom of children what he already knew….
The dog that is perfect is the one next to you!