Following the *Golden* Brick Road

The Land of PureGold Foundation Store items typify our organic, eco-friendly, chemical-free view of wellness and prevention, allowing you to shop for what truly matters — health, home, happiness and healing.

Be sure to learn about how we are polluting our pets and what can be done to minimize the damage. Visit the Specials & New Arrivals pages for our latest finds, sales, bonus gifts, and items with Free Shipping.

And, remember, it is only through your purchases that we are able to fund cancer treatment for working dogs.

COMING SOON just 4 our locals! — We’ve decided to carry some unique frozen items such as raw bones, frozen yogurt, and goat’s milk for both dogs & cats. This is for pickup only for those accessible to our Owings Mills, MD location. Other products that we stock (some supplements, chews, treats, books, cards, apparel, toys) will also be available. What a great way to save on shipping costs and catch Golden Mom Rochelle using her favorite products, such as the MUST HAVE YardPup & Paw Pooper Scooper.

Please CONTACT US if you may be interested so that we can gauge interest.

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Fred Stone is amazing

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Yes, Fred Stone is amazing. And, for anyone bothering to see this blog post or my tweet today, s/he will receive a 10% refund on any purchase of his horse or dog art & giftware.
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Fred Stone is considered to be the most famous painter of thoroughbred racing in the world.His work is in the homes of some of the world’s most notable people including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and in the office of the president in the White House. And, more people own a Fred Stone print than that of any other horse artist in history, making him the most sought after equine artist in the world.

Mr. Stone now has a new 2010 book out ― Reflections on a Golden Age: The Racing Art of FRED STONE.

Fred Stone’s last book, released in 1985, was sold out in only three months. Today it is valued at $500 to $700.

This large coffee table book encompasses his life’s work while offering an opportunity to experience Racing’s Golden Age in his own words. The 110-page, 12″ x 13″ book contains 60 full page color reproductions, plus his own personal reflections on each of these great horses. Each book is signed by Fred Stone and is accompanied by either a Print or Canvas Giclée.

The Zenyatta – Mike Smith Up Print, which is 22″ x 15″, is signed by artist Fred Stone and jockey Mike Smith. The Zenyatta – Mike Smith Up Giclée, which is 24″ x 16.5″ in a limited edition of 300, is signed & numbered by artist Fred Stone and jockey Mike Smith. It is provided on stretcher bars ready for framing. A Giclée has the look of an original oil painting.

Fred is quite famous, though, in the dog world as well.

The image here, of a Golden Search and Rescue team from Dade County, Florida, is one that will forever touch our hearts, our own framed copy gazed upon daily. It features ASPEN, a member of the Canine Search and Rescue Unit for approximately 5 years.

During that time she responded to numerous requests for assistance. ASPEN responded to federal requests to assist in search and rescue operations to include, the aftermath of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, earthquakes in Armenia Columbia, and the collapse of a six story building in Puerto Rico.

Be sure to click here to learn more about the history of this famous Golden team and Fred’s momentous undertaking. Entitled, PARTNERS, it is Fred’s most famous painting, and sales of its related merchandise has raised over a half million dollars for charities such as the ASPCA, Canine Search & Rescue, and the families of New York City Firefighters who died on 9/11.

We have all of his Partners collection, from teeshirt (sorry, these are now sold out) to fine china mug to personally signed poster.

 

Fred Stone Fine Art Partners Poster

 

 

Fred Stone Fine China Partners Mug

 

 

All grown up before you know it

Pretty Girl Katly

Pretty Girl Katly

On January 20, 2009, I learned about a loss in our Land of PureGold Foundation family. Marti Brown, one of our wonderful Board Members, lost her Golden Angel Carly girl to cancer. But, 4 months later Golden Katly became the newest family member. A real pistol, Marty says that Katly is the smartest Golden that she has ever had. Boy, she looks so grown up in this latest photo.

Golden Katly all grown up

Check out her astute observations of that the paw-covered pouch in the care package that Mom just received from our Foundation Store. It contains our cinnamon-enticing Healing Honey Heart cookies.

Whoa, what is that enticing smell?

 

WAG MORE, worry less.

Just added this to my foundation store’s cafe press offerings. “WAG MORE, worry less” is a healthy coping skill that we can learn from our furry companions. You are supporting canine cancer funding for working dogs with a purchase of bags or apparel with this cool new design.

  • Check it out on bags, housewares, and light-colored apparel for the entire family by clicking here.
  • Check it out on women’s, men’s & children’s dark-colored t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts & aprons by clicking here.

Love your dog, love the earth

Sixty-three percent of Americans own at least one companion animal, and sadly, most are virtually unprotected from toxic chemicals. A recent study published in April 2008 showed that  dogs and cats were contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals tested, including 43 chemicals at levels higher than those typically found in people. You can avoid chemicals leaching into water by not using plastic bottles. We only use stainless steel BPA FREE water bottles now for our dog walks.

In a Harvard School of Public Health study published in May 2009, BPA, the chemical used to make plastics, was found to leach from polycarbonate drinking bottles Into humans. In fact, drinking cold liquids from polycarbonate bottles for just one week increased urinary BPA levels by more than two-thirds. Exposure to BPA, used in the manufacture of polycarbonate and other plastics, has been shown to interfere with reproductive development in animals and has been linked with cardiovascular disease and diabetes in humans.

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By Emily Sohn, Discovery News

April 28, 2009 — With all of the bad press swirling around certain types of plastic lately, regular old plastic water bottles have maintained a reputation as safe, at least as far as human health is concerned. New evidence, however, suggests that plastic water bottles may not be so benign after all.Scientists in Germany have found that PET plastics — the kind used to make water bottles, among many other common products — may also harbor hormone-disrupting chemicals that leach into the water.It’s too soon to say whether drinking out of PET plastic bottles is harmful to human health, said lead researcher Martin Wagner, an ecotoxicologist at Goethe University in Frankfurt. But it now appears possible that some as-yet unidentified chemicals in these plastics have the potential to interfere with estrogen and other reproductive hormones, just as the infamous plasticizers BPA and phthalates do.

“What we found was really surprising to us,” Wagner said. “If you drink water from plastic bottles, you have a high probability of drinking estrogenic compounds.”

The study adds to growing concerns about products that span the plastic spectrum, added Shanna Swan, an epidemiologist at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York. “This is coming at a good time because the use of bottles for consuming water is getting very bad press now because of its carbon footprint,” she said. “It’s just another nail in the coffin of bottled water, the way I see it.”

Wagner and a colleague used genetically engineered yeast to analyze 20 samples of mineral water. Nine samples came our of glass bottles. Nine were bottled in PET plastic. And two were in cardboard, juice-like boxes. The specialized yeast — which change color in the presence of estrogen-like compounds — revealed estrogenic activity in seven of the nine plastic bottles (and both cardboard samples), compared with just three of the nine glass ones. Overall, Wagner said, levels of these compounds in the water were surprisingly high.

German mineral water comes from natural springs. So, to see if the estrogenic compounds were actually coming from the water itself, Wagner emptied the bottles and replaced the water with a pure snail medium and a tiny species of snail that is especially sensitive to estrogenic compounds. Eight weeks later, female snails living in plastic bottles had more than twice as many embryos inside their bodies compared to the glass-grown snails. “Something from the plastic,” Wagner said, “must have leached out and changed the reproductive patterns of our snails.”

Wagner cautions against jumping to conclusions. Water is still a healthy beverage, he said. And until the compounds at work in the snail study have been identified, it’s just not possible to know if PET plastics pose a human health risk. Still, tests in his lab have shown far less estrogenic activity in tap water than in even the most “ultra-pure” bottled waters.

“Having done all of these experiments, I started drinking tap water,” Wagner told Discovery News. “It might have other stuff in it, but at least it doesn’t have estrogenic compounds.” It may also be time, Swan said, to reconsider how safe the so-called “safe” plastics really are.

“I used to say: ‘4, 5, 1, and 2. All the rest are bad for you,'” she said, referring to the recycling codes on plastic products. “Now, I’m not saying that anymore. We don’t know about 4, 5, 1, or 2. This raises questions about all plastic bottles.

H2O4K9 25-oz. Stainless Steel Dog Bottle & Bowl
H2O4K9 is a new 2009 team of creative professionals (all with canine companions) with backgrounds in industrial design, marketing, art and business. They have developed the  the first stainless steel water bottle for dogs, so unique due to its lid, which was designed specifically to fit a dog’s natural drinking style.

  • No more searching for water.
  • No more “disposable” plastic water bottles.
  • No more drinking from your hands.
  • No worries about BPA, phthalates, or other harmful chemicals.

Learn more about this great new product at http://bit.ly/dog-water.

If only Glenn could live next door . . .

Glenn Ross, of Vurv Design

I am in love with Glenn Ross …. his talent, that is. He is a contemporary designer and minimalist (just like me). He loves simple and clean lines, and I’d have him design everything in my home if I could (can someone lend me a million bucks). Of course, figuring out how to get him to move from his beautiful home in Coquitlam, British Columbia may be the killer.

I have added his incredible line to my site. Since Glenn creates every piece by hand, you can expect the pricing to be higher. But, his conscientiousness and concern for the environment is exceptional, so I consider a purchase from him a win-win.

And, then when you add in the fact that any profit from my foundation store goes right back to helping dogs with their cancer treatment, it then becomes a win-win-win proposition.

We are in love with his feeders and his super wall mounting kit that allows them to double as plant sconces (as shown here).

Glenn actually thinks of everything in his design elements. The fact that wall-mounted feeders can easily be removed for cleaning (because we know that slobber and food clings to everything due to the habits of our furkids) is a pet lover’s dream.

I love Glenn’s story about his daughter trying to snuggle into his prototype Pet Bed Pod when it was being developed.

And, while his storage Treasure Chest was developed with his two daughters in mind, we immediately knew it would be a fabulous storage box for our furkids as well.

Check it out here: store.landofpuregold.com/vurv.htm.

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Chasing Away K9 Cancer …. Stephen Huneck making a difference


Stephen Huneck (featured extensively here) made a huge difference in the lives of many dog lovers all over the world. His kindness and dedication was always on display as he continued to lend his talents to various dog-related charities. He recently decided to do something special for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He made this new print which has 25% of the proceeds helping with their “Chase Away K9 Cancer” fund. The “Chase Away K9 Cancer” Special Edition Print is available as a limited edition Giclée in a series of 75, signed and numbered by Stephen.

“Chase” was a Black Lab and a dock diving champion who passed away on June 28th, 2006. Just shy of seven-years-old, this was too soon for her time as is for many others. Below is a short excerpt about Chase as told by her “Mom”, Cera Reusser.

I could tell you the longest story about the worst day of my life but that’s not how Chase should be remembered.

She left us yesterday after I took her to Sauvie Island one last time for a swim off a dock she has played on for years. It was strange: I have never seen the water in the Willamette so clear that you could see her entire body and her legs swimming away. She had a happy smile on her face and her tail was up and she enjoyed play time at the river. The cancer was getting her quicker than anyone expected so it was time for us to say good bye. My vet did a wonderful job and I held her to the end. She will never ever be forgotten and will fill our hearts forever with so many great memories.

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine also has other Chase-themed items to support the cause. We just purchased the gorgeous ceramic treat jar, shown below. It is a real bargain at $20, which includes shipping as well. This Bone-Shaped Ceramic Treat Jar comes in white or black, and features a red bone on the lid that acts as a handle. It measures a huge 9″ long x 7 1/4″ high x 5″ wide. All proceeds will benefit the ACVIM foundation’s Animal Health Studies Grant Program.

I have a gazillion treat jars throughout the house but, what the heck, it is going to a great cause. I will probably give it away in a future drawing at the site.

Click on the treat jar to order at the ACVIM site.

Btw, I am currently in the process of having a drawing for one of Stephen Huneck’s fabulous toy chests. Valued at over $200, I am giving it away as my way of saying thanks to all the folks that support my efforts to fund cancer treatment for working dogs.

HTML clipboardStephen Huneck decided to do something special for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He made this new print which has 25% of the proceeds helping with their “Chase Away K9 Cancer” fund. The “Chase Away K9 Cancer” Special Edition Print is available as a limited edition Giclée in a series of 75, signed and numbered by Stephen.

“Chase” was a Black Lab and a dock diving champion who passed away on June 28th, 2006. Just shy of seven-years-old, this was too soon for her time as is for many others. Below is a short excerpt about Chase as told by her “Mom”, Cera Reusser,

“I could tell you the longest story about the worst day of my life but that’s not how Chase should be remembered.

She left us yesterday after I took her to Sauvie Island one last time for a swim off a dock she has played on for years. It was strange: I have never seen the water in the Willamette so clear that you could see her entire body and her legs swimming away. She had a happy smile on her face and her tail was up and she enjoyed play time at the river. The cancer was getting her quicker than anyone expected so it was time for us to say good bye. My vet did a wonderful job and I held her to the end. She will never ever be forgotten and will fill our hearts forever with so many great memories.”

This artwork is available in the formats, sizes, framing options and dog colors below. Stephen Huneck original prints may be purchased either framed or unframed, but what could be better than a Huneck print in a Huneck frame? When Stephen was looking for frames for his Woodcuts and Giclée prints he had a hard time finding exactly what he wanted. So, being an artist and a woodworker, he designed his own frames. The frames are made right on Dog Mountain and are made from indigenous Vermont Maple and Ash, much of which is harvested there. They are assembled, sanded and finished in beautiful Maple or Black finishes. Stephen also uses archival paper for both the woodcuts and Giclée prints. They are mounted with double acid free mats and can be finished with these beautiful artistic frames. The quality of paper, ink and mats insure that these prints will be around for a long time. Learn more about Giclées.