PupStarts . . . finally Beginnings done Right

I recently learned about a loss in our Land of PureGold Foundation family, a loss for Marti Brown, one of our wonderful Board Members. Sadly, she lost her Golden Angel Carly girl to cancer on January 18, 2009. This is the new puppy in Marti’s life and she is committed to providing her an organic, chemical-free, eco-friendly environment.

Of course, I already helped by sending some of our favorite, healthy, moo tube chews from USDA & FDA approved free-ranging, grass-fed beef. There is NO irradiation; NO hormones, no antibiotics, no steroids to the beef; NO chemical processing; NO preservatives or nitrates; NO fillers, additives or added flavors; NO smoking or basting; and, NO colors or dye, so won’t stain carpet

Here at the Land of PureGold, I often come to meet people after life has gone wrong, their dogs diagnosed with major health conditions or cancer. It is a sad, sad time for sure, and I am sending out far more sympathy cards than you can imagine. But, just like with us 2-legged folks, Prevention is the Best Defense. Besides giving our dogs the healthy basics of life such as good food, clean filtered water, regular exercise and grooming, we can do many other things to keep them well. These include providing regular exams, scheduling biannual exams for dogs 8 years and older, having frequent oral exams, and paying close attention to changes in eating and bowel habits.

Surveys show that cancer is the leading cause of death in the Golden Retriever breed, Hemangiosarcoma and Lymphosarcoma leading the list. This has brought the Golden’s average lifespan down to 10½ years. While we believe they should be long-lived (12-16 years) and healthy and active during most of this time, no screening test for cancer is currently available. One approach is for breeders to select bitches from lines where more than 75% of the dogs in the pedigree lived to at least 11 (longer than the golden average). Breeders can also research the cause of death on as many dogs in the pedigree *and their siblings* as possible, and additionally breed to older males who have already reached the average age. Unfortunately, this is seldom done as many want to breed to today’s top-winning dogs. Rather, we need to be breeding to their sires.

Although there are no statistical studies that prove you can prevent cancer in at-risk dogs, “common sense and clinical experience make a strong case for avoiding anything that exposes an animal to known carcinogens or weakens the immune system,” says Stacey Hershman, DVM, a holistic house-call veterinarian in Rockland County, New York. Just like their human companions, dogs live longer, healthier lives when they eat organic foods, get enough exercise, breathe clean air, drink clean filtered water, and stay away from harmful substances. They also are helped by supplements, food-source antioxidants, and free-range, antibiotic-free, and chemical-free proteins.

We have selected our favorite must-have products and developed 3 fun and attractive collections to get folks off to the best start with new pups or adopted dogs.

  1. One collection is focused on keeping our chewers busy and satisfied: PupStarts Chews.
  2. A second collection stresses our need to reward desired behaviors: PupStarts Rewards.
  3. The final collection helps in boosting a healthy immune response in your dog: PupStarts Boosts.

We actually use EVERY ITEM that has been included in these collections. It surely impacts our daily lives and we could not imagine not having them help to create the best in health and training.

Each collection includes a SimplyFido Limited Edition 100% Organic & Dye-Free Character Plush Bone Toy. Our dogs are always chewing or sucking on something. From puppyhood, they, like babies, love to put things in their mouths. Given the prevalence of oral cancers, we wondered if their dog toys were safe and non-toxic. Do I want my dog chewing on toys that have PVC (polyvinyl chloride, a toxic chemical) in the plastic? Do I want him ingesting processed materials or those made using pesticides and growth hormones? I don’t think so. That is why the collections include this fabulous toy.

This 9 inch long toy’s fabric and stuffing are grown without pesticides or herbicides, preventing your dog from ingesting toxic materials. Organically grown, the fibers are unbleached, untreated, and unprocessed. The company uses their unique PureWaterWash™ process to achieve their charming colors. The untreated cotton is then woven and color-brightened through Mother Nature’s own plants and minerals. Beige comes from a Chestnut Bur, red from the Madder Root, yellow from a Gardenia Seed, and grey from the mineral Charcoal The fabric is then triple-washed in pure water to set the color. As a result, each toy has its own unique appearance and color variance.

The collections also include your choice of a gorgeous Pawprints Scrapbook or Pawprints Journal to capture your furkid’s many special moments. Collecting your dog’s most expressive and fun photos and sticking them in a scrapbook is a wonderful way to celebrate your special bond. You can also use special embellishments to make your Pawprints scrapbook or journal attractive, adorning it with ribbons, first collars, baby teeth, and more. You can note progress in dog training classes, note accomplishments, and record difficulties as well. You would otherwise forget about these over time, but scrapbooking your dog will keep these memories for a lifetime.

Our 3 theme assortments are each arranged in a whimsical bone-shaped wire basket that measures 10″ L x 6″ W x 3″ H and includes a useful handle. This elegant shiny basket is simply perfect for holding dog wares and is a true keepsake storage container. This gift can be bought to treat yourself right (which is really important) or to present to a fellow dog lover—a special gift note card provided if requested with your order.

All of these collections are beautifully shrink wrapped and topped with a bow. A detailed brochure additionally accompanies each collection, providing insightful information about the contents and why each item was included.

These collections are great for yourself or to give as a gift. They are equally fabulous for a young pup or a newly adopted adult dog coming into your family.

Why Puppies Do That: A Collection of Curious Puppy Behaviors
Why do puppies sometimes lie on their backs when approached? Why do they sleep in a pile? Why do puppies have that special “puppy smell”? Why are some puppies runts? Few things can cause as much head scratching as the peculiar behavior and characteristics of a new puppy, and this book aims to answer all of the questions new dog owners wonder about their new little charge.

Illustrated with pencil drawings, Why Puppies Do That is lighthearted, informative, and as fun as a new puppy. The author, Tom Davis, has been living with and writing about dogs for 30 years. He has written several Golden books and is an editor for several magazines including Sporting Classics and Pointing Dog Journal. Regular Price: $13.95 but only $10 with a PupStarts Basket purchase!

Come check them out here.

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PupStarts . . . Beginnings Done Right

PupStarts . . . Beginnings Done Right
Here at the Land of PureGold, I often come to meet people after life has gone wrong, their dogs diagnosed with major health conditions or cancer. It is a sad, sad time for sure, and I am sending out far more sympathy cards than you can imagine. But, just like with us 2-legged folks, Prevention is the Best Defense. Besides giving our dogs the healthy basics of life such as good food, clean filtered water, regular exercise and grooming, we can do many other things to keep them well. These include providing regular exams, scheduling biannual exams for dogs 8 years and older, having frequent oral exams, and paying close attention to changes in eating and bowel habits.

Surveys show that cancer is the leading cause of death in the Golden Retriever breed, Hemangiosarcoma and Lymphosarcoma leading the list. This has brought the Golden’s average lifespan down to 10½ years. While we believe they should be long-lived (12-16 years) and healthy and active during most of this time, no screening test for cancer is currently available. One approach is for breeders to select bitches from lines where more than 75% of the dogs in the pedigree lived to at least 11 (longer than the golden average). Breeders can also research the cause of death on as many dogs in the pedigree *and their siblings* as possible, and additionally breed to older males who have already reached the average age. Unfortunately, this is seldom done as many want to breed to today’s top-winning dogs. Rather, we need to be breeding to their sires.

Although there are no statistical studies that prove you can prevent cancer in at-risk dogs, “common sense and clinical experience make a strong case for avoiding anything that expos

es an animal to known carcinogens or weakens the immune system,” says Stacey Hershman, DVM, a holistic house-call veterinarian in Rockland County, New York. Just like their human companions, dogs live longer, healthier lives when they eat organic foods, get enough exercise, breathe clean air, drink clean filtered water, and stay away from harmful substances. They also are helped by supplements, food-source antioxidants, and free-range, antibiotic-free, and chemical-free proteins.

We have selected our favorite must-have products and developed 3 fun and attractive collections to get folks off to the best start with new pups or adopted dogs.

  1. One collection is focused on keeping our chewers busy and satisfied: PupStarts Chews.
  2. A second collection stresses our need to reward desired behaviors: PupStarts Rewards.
  3. The final collection helps in boosting a healthy immune response in your dog: PupStarts Boosts.

We actually use EVERY ITEM that has been included in these collections. It surely impacts our daily lives and we could not imagine not having them help to create the best in health and training.

Each collection includes a SimplyFido Limited Edition 100% Organic & Dye-Free Character Plush Bone Toy. Our dogs are always chewing or sucking on something. From puppyhood, they, like babies, love to put things in their mouths. Given the prevalence of oral cancers, we wondered if their dog toys were safe and non-toxic. Do I want my dog chewing on toys that have PVC (polyvinyl chloride, a toxic chemical) in the plastic? Do I want him ingesting processed materials or those made using pesticides and growth hormones? I don’t think so. That is why the collections include this fabulous toy.

This 9 inch long toy’s fabric and stuffing are grown without pesticides or herbicides, preventing your dog from ingesting toxic materials. Organically grown, the fibers are unbleached, untreated, and unprocessed. The company uses their unique PureWaterWash™ process to achieve their charming colors. The untreated cotton is then woven and color-brightened through Mother Nature’s own plants and minerals. Beige comes from a Chestnut Bur, red from the Madder Root, yellow from a Gardenia Seed, and grey from the mineral Charcoal  The fabric is then triple-washed in pure water to set the color. As a result, each toy has its own unique appearance and color variance.

The collections also include your choice of a gorgeous Pawprints Scrapbook or Pawprints Journal to capture your furkid’s many special moments. Collecting your dog’s most expressive and fun photos and sticking them in a scrapbook is a wonderful way to celebrate your special bond. You can also use special embellishments to make your Pawprints scrapbook or journal attractive, adorning it with ribbons, first collars, baby teeth, and more. You can note progress in dog training classes, note accomplishments, and record difficulties as well. You would otherwise forget about these over time, but scrapbooking your dog will keep these memories for a lifetime.

Our 3 theme assortments are each arranged in a whimsical bone-shaped wire basket that measures 10″ L x 6″ W x 3″ H and includes a useful handle. This elegant shiny basket is simply perfect for holding dog wares and is a true keepsake storage container. This gift can be bought to treat yourself right (which is really important) or to present to a fellow dog lover—a special gift note card provided if requested with your order.

All of these collections are beautifully shrink wrapped and topped with a bow. A detailed brochure additionally accompanies each collection, providing insightful information about the contents and why each item was included.

These collections are great for yourself or to give as a gift. They are equally fabulous for a young pup or a newly adopted adult dog coming into your family.

Why Puppies Do That: A Collection of Curious Puppy Behaviors
Why do puppies sometimes lie on their backs when approached? Why do they sleep in a pile? Why do puppies have that special “puppy smell”? Why are some puppies runts? Few things can cause as much head scratching as the peculiar behavior and characteristics of a new puppy, and this book aims to answer all of the questions new dog owners wonder about their new little charge.

Illustrated with pencil drawings, Why Puppies Do That is lighthearted, informative, and as fun as a new puppy. The author, Tom Davis, has been living with and writing about dogs for 30 years. He has written several Golden books and is an editor for several magazines including Sporting Classics and Pointing Dog Journal. Regular Price: $13.95 but only $10 with a PupStarts Basket purchase!

Come check them out here.

They’re baaaaaaack

Six months ago I posted about Golden Retriever Tavi, a CCI Service Dog-in-Training being raised by Pat Lawson (she’s trained nearly 20!). Pat is a charter member of the Valley of the Sun Volunteer Chapter of CCI. At winter time, all the Goldens at Pat’s enjoy these wonderful organic navel oranges. She has a mini grove in Arizona where the oranges are growing at the base of the San Tan mountains, in soil that promotes incredible sweetness. We love ’em and believe that organics are great for every 2-legged & 4-legged family member.

Well, Tavi has left for CCI College. This is the funny post that Pat just wrote about our orange-loving pup.

Sadly, Tavi the orange lover will be going off to CCI College before they are ready. We bought him a “store” orange… And he took a few bites and left it sitting on the ground. Seems he is an “orange snob”! :0) He has been lurking around the trees, even sampling a green orange or two that has fallen. Poor guy. Where ever he ends up, I’ll have to keep him supplied with his favorite food of all time, San Tan Sweet Oranges.

From Thanksgiving through February you can enjoy these sweetest Navel Oranges on the planet! They are grown in the shadow of the San Tan Mountains in the ultra rich sandy soil of central Arizona. And, these all organic trees are irrigated twice monthly to produce seedless sweet oranges. Try them and you will never want “store bought” oranges again! Trust me, Gary and I are now addicted to these goodies and are too embarrassed to tell you how many boxes we purchase from Pat during this short season. Let’s just say that an orange a day must keep the doctor away because Gary must have a few of these delicacies daily.

Pat has created a new website, Life Barks, to sell all her wares, all helping to benefit CCI. Soon she will be adding calendars and posters and who knows what else. I already am expecting my first box of oranges which get sweeter and sweeter as the season progresses. They start out great and just become irresistible by the time February rolls around.

We’ve discovered our FAVORITE ORGANIC TREAT, bar none!

We have just discovered our new FAVORITE TREAT, bar none! We have not been this excited about a treat in a very long time. It just came out this summer from Primal Pet, so you will not see it but at a couple of online stores. It is the first treat we actually tried ourselves, and then had to remember that despite it being delicious, that it was not about us. Golden Alfie, of course, loves it, but then again, he eats anything. And, kitty Cindy, who eats hardly anything, actually enjoys these as well.

Primal Pet Organic Jerky Chicken & Honey Nibs is simply 6oz. of pure organic goodness. The ingredients are solely organic chicken, organic honey, and sea salt. Period. In that order. These 1/2 inch treats are simply great for training OR for calorie-conscious canines. And, there are about 340 treats in one re-sealable bag. BTW, it is a wonderful addition to see organic honey as an ingredient as honey’s unique composition makes it useful as an antimicrobial agent and antioxidant.

BENEFITS

  • Certified Organic Chicken raised in USA without antibiotics or added hormones
  • Single Source Protein
  • Gluten Free
  • Grain Free
  • No Preservatives
  • High Protein Snack for Dogs & Cats
  • Great for Training

Do yourself (you will love to eat these as well) and your furry companions a favor. Order a bag to try asap. You will not be sorry. And, you better hurry. I only have a few bags left from my initial shipment that I ordered to investigate these goodies. JUST CLICK HERE!

Meet our pal Chris: Barking up the treat tree in Maine!

BARKWHEATS, handmade in Stockton Springs, Maine, are quite unique dog treats. Each ½lb bag contains at least 25 treats, enclosed in packaging made from sustainably harvested cottonwood trees and 100% recycled paperboard. Completely biodegradable, it only takes about 2-3 months to fully degrade in your compost bin! Barkwheats, made with organic and local ingredients, are gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free, sugar-free, salt-free & preservative-free.

Why Dogs Love ‘Em On livestock farms, buckwheat “middlings” (the middle part of the buckwheat milling process after the white flour has been sifted out) are used as feed because of it’s super high protein content and very sweet taste. Even the most picky of dogs can not turn them down!

Centuries ago, peasant farmers in Asia began cultivating a highly nutritious and extremely hardy plant known today as buckwheat. Brought to the northeastern U.S. in the 17th century, buckwheat quickly became an Acadian tradition, used in pancakes and porridges. This miracle plant, now celebrated as a vital source of minerals and amino acids, is a wonderful food source for those who are intolerant of gluten. Despite the name, buckwheat isn’t wheat, nor is it even a grain. It is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb. Unlike other cereal grains, buckwheat is high in the essential amino acids lysine and arginine. With a generous amount of magnesium (86mg in 1 cup), it also relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow and nutrient delivery. And, it has been shown in studies to contribute to blood sugar control.

BARKWHEATS is one of my foundation store’s newest offerings, and its creator, Chris Roberts, has become my new pal (even though I kid him about being one of those scary 20-something dudes). He has been quite famous in his town of Stockton Springs, appearing on this wonderful news feature below.

Today, I got the cutest order for this product. But, it was confusing as it was purchased by a man named Paul, but being sent to “Jack”. And, Jack had no last name. That was a first as I’ve never received an order with solely a first name. So, I called Paul. It turns out that Paul, is a proud Maine resident, who was buying these treats for his granddog, Yellow Lab Jack. Jack is his daughter’s dog and they now live in Massachusetts.

Paul had seen this wonderful article below in the Bangor Daily News and knew he had to treat his favorite furry boy.

Stockton Springs: Barking up the treat tree
By Bangor Daily News Staff, August 1, 2008

"Ginger & Parsley" and "SeaVeg & Chamomile".  The design that each hand-crafted treat is stamped with symbolizes life, death, and rebirth, and reflects the company's baking and business practices.  (Bangor Daily News/Kate Collins)

A sheet of Barkwheat dog biscuits is ready for the oven in Chris Roberts' home bakery in Stockton Springs. The all-natural buckwheat dog biscuits come in two varieties: "Ginger & Parsley" and "SeaVeg & Chamomile". The design that each hand-crafted treat is stamped with symbolizes life, death, and rebirth, and reflects the company's baking and business practices. (Bangor Daily News/Kate Collins)

STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine – Visit the test kitchen of Barkwheats Dog Biscuits — one of Maine’s newest and successful cottage industries — and it’s impossible to ignore Chris Roberts’ motivation for his booming new business. They’ll bark at you, give you wet kisses and sniff you with very cold noses. They’ll push open the kitchen door when you arrive and walk you to the car when you leave.

Baxter and Sabine — rescued mixed-breeds — are the two delightful inspirations behind Barkwheats. “I love my dogs and dogs like to eat,” Roberts said simply.

The 27-year-old entrepreneur has unleashed that love, mixed it with a passion for baking, added a hefty affection for local agriculture, and created a full-time business in less than nine months. From his first buckwheat dog biscuit — taste tested, of course, by Baxter and Sabine — Roberts knew he was on to something. Not only has he created an organic product that is in high demand, he also is satisfying his ethical desire to support Maine agriculture as well.

Barkwheats are crisp and delicious (yes, I tasted one; it was sort of like a gingersnap without the sweetness), and the treats are made from mostly Maine ingredients: honey, eggs, parsley, buckwheat and seaweed.

Chris Roberts feeds an all-natural Barkwheat biscuit to his dog Baxter in the yard of his Stockton Springs home.  Roberts crafts the nutritious buckwheat dog treats using local ingredients and also uses environmentally-friendly packaging and business practices.  (Bangor Daily News/Kate Collins)

Chris Roberts feeds an all-natural Barkwheat biscuit to his dog Baxter in the yard of his Stockton Springs home. Roberts crafts the nutritious buckwheat dog treats using local ingredients & also uses environmentally-friendly packaging and business practices. (Bangor Daily News/Kate Collins)

Click here to learn more of Chris’ story . . .