My family has an awesome 5 year old Boston Terrier. His name is Pluto. Well, I say we have him. But, some days, I think he owns us. He’s a ball of energy. He thinks every squirrel in the yard is his. He thinks every ball in the yard is his. He’s a happy little dog. Despite everything he has went through.
I fell in love with the Boston Terrier breed in 2009. I loved their structure. I loved their features. I loved their goofy personalities. In 2012, my granddaddy passed away. He wasn’t just my granddaddy. He was my dad. He raised me from day one. I was a bit on the spoiled side. Which, now raising my own kids, I deserved a lot more butt whoopings than I got.
My granddaddy was thoughtful. He knew how much I wanted a Boston Terrier. But, the nearest breed rescue was too far away. I waited for months, visiting the local shelters website, for a Boston Terrier to appear. One never did. When he passed, he left money for me. Not money just to blow. But, money to help me survive. Plus, he had a separate envelope as well. An envelope I never knew about. Until he passed away.
The envelope read: “Boston Terrier Money.” Inside the envelope was $250 dollars. Which, here in Georgia, is on the lower end of what a breeder would charge for the breed. I had never purchased from breeder before. That’s why I intended on waiting until I saw one that needed a home. Then a friend called me. It was a bit of a strange situation.
I worked with the person who called me when I worked in paid rescue. But, she never knew how much I loved the Boston Terrier breed. She called to let me know about a local breeder. A breeder who just didn’t treat their animals well. She was reaching out to me for help. With my own plate full, I just gave birth, I couldn’t help on a personal level. Which was heartbreaking to me.
I did tell her I would reach out to others. Other people I knew who did animal rescue. People who may have a little more time than I do. She gave me the breeders information. So, like any nosy human being, I did some research. I even visited the breeders website. Just to see what kind of front she was putting up. To my surprise, there was one Boston Terrier puppy listed. For $250 dollars.
In my head, I didn’t want to do it. Then I would be supporting this breeder. I would be giving her income. I felt like I was supporting a puppy mill. I reached out to the person who called me about the breeder. Then I explained my predicament. Ya know, my OBTD (Obsessive Boston Terrier Disorder). I also explained how I felt I would be supporting her by getting the puppy.
Then, that same person, made a legit point. I may be in a way supporting the breeder. But, there was a bigger picture behind that. I was saving that Boston Terrier puppy. I was at least getting one out of the situation. I was helping with the rescue efforts. Plus, maybe I’d be able to get a behind the scenes look as well. That way I could speak more on the condition of the breeders space.
Still feeling guilty, I was already in love with the puppy on the computer screen. I arranged to go to the breeders house to buy the puppy. She lived about an hour from me. The breeders house was out in the country. Which isn’t rare for Georgia. Dirt roads, a lot of land. All that was there. A secluded type place.
When we arrived, you can not see the property. The over grown trees in front of it block the view. There is also a huge iron gate blocking the driveway. The gate has a padlock on it. Behind the overgrown trees, you see a few horses grazing in the pasture of weeds. Once we find this place, after getting lost, I call the breeder. Letting her know I was there.
Five minutes after we got there, she walked down to the gate. Behind her were two large Labrador Retrievers. They barked and jumped at my car. She had zero control over them. Unlocking the gate, she motioned us through. This just lead to another padlocked gate. A padlocked gate she did not unlock for us.
We got out the car. She didn’t invite us through the gate. Instead she told us to wait there. Then she brought out a skinny 8 week old Boston Terrier puppy. She handed me his paperwork. It listed the dewormings he already had. It also listed the one vaccination he already had. She made me sign an agreement. Pretty much saying, you get what you got. I don’t guarantee anything. Pay me and go away.
By this time, I’m ready to get out of there. I sign the agreement. She hands out her hand for the money. Once I pay her, she throws me the puppy. I’m pretty much in shock by now. I can’t believe this lady has dogs. I can’t even believe she’s allowed around people. Now we’re driving home with our newest addition.
Pluto was underweight when we got him. His fur was dull. His skin was flaky. His whole body had a strong urine smell to it. He hated eating. He was also loaded with fleas. Well, not just fleas. After his first fecal exam, we found out he had worms, too. Just a sad, sad puppy. Plus, for a puppy, he was scared, too. Not bouncy like other Boston Terrier puppies I have met.
Little guy went through a lot his first 6 months of life. We had a liver shunt scare. Which resulted in a lot of expensive tests. Then, our roommate left our back gate unlocked. Plus left Pluto outside. Pluto, being the Boston Terrier he is, ran out into the road. He got hit by a car. He made it back to our house. I found him when I got home from work. Covered in blood. Both legs hanging under him. That was an expensive fix. But, he was worth it. He still is worth it.
He’s calmed down as he’s got older. A little bit. He doesn’t roam anymore. I give thanks to the wonderful power behind neutering for that. He’s gentle with our kids. There is one thing that remains with him though. His picky eating habits. There are many times when he will turn down a treat quick. I don’t believe this is typical Boston Terrier behavior. But, I don’t believe he’s typical either.
When Matrix Partners contacted me about samples, I was all in. Maybe this would be a game changer for Pluto. I didn’t have a lot of faith. He is picky after all. But, I was willing to give it a try. Plus, they were sending me an awesome brand to sample. They were sending me a stew and treats from Caru Pet Food! I knew of the brand. I heard amazing things about the brand. I was ready to see it in action myself.
Caru Pet Food Review | Stew & Treats
What is Caru Pet Food?
Caru Pet Food is all because of a Golden Retriever. His name was Karu. Karu suffered from a common dog problem. He had ear infections. Not just once in a while. He suffered from constant ear infections. If you’ve ever had one, you know how awful they can be. That’s when Karu’s veterinarian suggested a homemade diet.
When I say homemade diet, I mean homemade diet. Karu’s new diet consisted of food that was healthy, nutritious, and pure. The homemade diet resulted in a huge change in Karu’s life. He became the happy and cuddly Golden Retriever he should be. That’s when, after consulting with a animal PH.D nutritionist, Caru Pet Food came alive.
Caru Pet Food has some great features they stand behind. Some of them include:
- Family owned & USA Made
- Doesn’t have GMO ingredients
- Gluten, wheat, & grain free!
- No artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.
- There are no by-products
- Made with ingredients that they are careful to select.
Caru Pet Food Review: Natural Rabbit Recipe Bites for Dogs
Don’t get me wrong. Rabbits are adorable. Contrary to popular belief, just because I live in Georgia, does not mean I go hunting. I know plenty of hunters. But, I’ve never been hunting. Now, I do love to fish. But, never hunting.
My senior dog Mac loves rabbit treats. We did buy some for him in the past. Pluto had never enjoyed rabbit though. Just because, well, to be honest, the thought of rabbit just doesn’t appeal to me. Then we got the free sample of the Caru Pet Food Natural Rabbit Recipe Bites for Dogs.
Caru Pet Food Natural Rabbit Recipe Bites for Dogs: Features
- The #1 ingredient is USDA inspected rabbit. (The #1 ingredient is the most IMPORTANT ingredient!)
- The best ingredient is not only real rabbit. They’re also made with blueberries and cranberries.
- They are wheat, grain, and gluten free.
- No animal by-products. Plus, no corn or soy!
- No GMO ingredients!
Caru Pet Food Review: Trying The Rabbit Treats Out!
I decided to give the treats a chance with Pluto. I wasn’t sure if they would work. We never tried rabbit treats. But, we’re always up to try anything that may work. Especially if it would get him to take a treat at all. These could be a game changer in our furry household.
I am not exaggerating when I say it was love at first sniff. He grabbed the Caru rabbit treat out of my hand fast. Then ran off with it. Not even 30 seconds later, he returned. He seemed like he was begging for another one. So, I pulled the bag out. He was begging for another one. This was amazing. Ya’ll don’t understand. He is the picky of pickiest Boston Terriers ever!
This is great. We already know Mack loves rabbit treats. But, he’s not picky. Now we have a treat they both will love. Of course we shared some with Mack, too. There was no hesitation on his end. He gobbled the rabbit treats down fast.
I don’t know if there is a dog rating scale. But, if there was one, I’m sure Pluto would give Caru Pet Food’s Natural Rabbit Recipe Bites for Dogs 5 paws up!
The Caru Real Chicken Stew for Dogs was another winner with Pluto. We’re not huge on wet food. But, we’re not against it either. Plus, with all the good things in the Real Chicken Stew, I wasn’t worried.
The instructions on the back say you can do the stew two ways. You can use the whole packet of food as a meal. It’s 1 packet per 13 pounds. You can also use it as a topper. You reduce what you feed your dog by 1/2 cup and then add the whole packet.
This packet is full of veggies. It seems like a lot. But, our 12 pound Pluto didn’t mind. He ate it before I could even take a picture! I even topped it with a few treats. He usually eats 1.5 cups – 2 cups a day. So, I did a cup of dry food. Then I mixed in a whole packet of the Caru Real Chicken Stew.
There’s great features to Caru’s chicken stew, too!
Caru Pet Food’s Real Chicken Stew for Dogs Features
- The #1 ingredient is chicken that is USDA inspected.
- There are fatty acids and Omega 3 in the stew.
- High quality protein
- Vegetables and fruit that are rich in fiber.
- Wheat, grain, and gluten free
- Ingredients that are Non-GMO
- No artificial preservatives
- There are no flavors or colors
- Smells homemade (I can attest to this!)
- Tastes homemade (I can’t attest to this. But, Pluto can!)
- You can heat it up, too.
The First Ingredients Are:
- Chicken broth
- Sweet potatoes
- Green beans
Caru’s Guaranteed Analysis
- Crude protein (min): 3.5%
- Crude fat (min): 2.5%
- Crude fiber (max): 2.0%
- Moisture (max): 85.0%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (min): 0.05%
Calorie Content: 768 kcal/kg, 272 kcal per pack
Like I said before, Pluto gulped this down so fast. Plus, it’s good for him. Without a doubt, I think Pluto thinks Caru’s Pet Food is the best thing since sliced bread.
As for the Caru Pet Food’s Real Chicken Stew for Dogs, Pluto gives it another 5 paws up!
I think our furry family has found a new favorite. There’s no GMO’s which is important to us. Plus, the first ingredients are important. They have all the right ones.
We give our Caru’s Pet Food Review 5 Paws Up!
Keeping your pet groomed isn’t just about looks. A poor coat, bad breath, or itchy skin may mean more than you realize. There are a few steps you can take at home to keep your dog healthy and looking great. There’s also a few great pet grooming tools out there that will make your life easier. I bet you might find a few professional groomers who would also recommend these pet grooming tools.
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Working at a pet grooming salon isn’t easy. Sure, we get to play with cute pups all day. It is so much more than that, though. People in the pet grooming industry are on their feet 9+ hours a day. Their normal lunch consists of being able to shove 3,500+ calories in their mouth in 7 seconds flat. Their busiest times are during the holidays. Which means less time with their families. They dedicate a lot of time to make sure our pets look great.
Pet grooming is also scary. It doesn’t matter if your dog has not bit anyone in the past 12 years. A pet groomer isn’t mommy or daddy. A pet groomer is a new person. A pet groomer could be considered a threat. But, dogs don’t bite just out of anger. They will bite out of fear. Fear biters are the worse biters in my opinion. They’ll also bite if they hurt.
We may tell you your dog bites us. Don’t automatically put the blame on us. We are bit every single day. That doesn’t mean were yanking your dogs legs out of socket. That doesn’t mean we tried to knock your dog out with a hairbrush. Your pet was having a bad day. At that time we weren’t making it any better. So, in return, we have a bite now.
Pet grooming gets messy, too. I hope when you get your hair done you don’t poop on your hair stylist’s chair. But, your dog may poop on a pet groomers table. They really like to poop after a bath. Then they run through it like wild hyenas. Have you ever smelled the “anal glands” smell?! You won’t forget it if you have. It’s just as disgusting as it sounds. Plus, who doesn’t love a little ankle biter, that isn’t neutered, that decides to hike on your leg?! Or better yet, hike all over the grooming shop.
We can’t forget those dogs who aren’t used to grooming. The ones that do in alligator roll every time they hear the clippers turn on. They may even express their anal glands during this. Right after a fresh bath. Don’t even think about taking nail clippers near their feet. Shoot, don’t even think about looking at their feet! You may get donkey kicked right in the gut.
That’s why, as pet owners, we have to come together. We have to save pet groomers from the way our little stinker pet children act. We whine when a haircut isn’t perfect. I think your stylist would have a hard time getting yours perfect, too, if you were jumping all around in the seat. We complain about the price. Think about it this way. What do you get when you visit the person who does your hair? Probably a shampoo, cut, dry, and style. Your pet gets a full bath, pedicure, manicure, cut, brush, style, anal gland expression, and tooth brushing. Plus, they may even get a cute little accessory to go with their new style. Like a bandanna, bow, or even colorful extensions. That’s one heck of a deal.
The pet grooming process is harder when a dog isn’t familiar with grooming. Even a brush may make an unfamiliar dog nervous. That’s why it’s important to do routine grooming at home. It will get your pet used to the feel of grooming. Your pet will become comfortable around pet grooming tools, too.
For three years I have worked in a local grooming salon. There’s one question that I am asked at least three times a week. “What are the best pet grooming tools to use on my dog?” Normally the pet owner isn’t using the right brush for that dogs coat. They may not be using a shampoo suit for their pets skin. Some may not know the best nail clippers to use. Especially those pet owners who are scared of clipping their dogs nails.
There are great pet grooming tools out there on the market. Many of them come with safety features. These features will ease your mind when it comes to “hurting” your dog during grooming.
Below are five grooming tools I believe your dog could use. They’re respected brands in the grooming industry. They are also pet grooming tools that we use daily at our grooming shop. Our groomers are amazing, too. Many years in a row we have won the award for “Augusta’s Best: #1 Pet Grooming.” I live in an area where the population is $760k+. So, I think that’s an accomplishment worth bragging about.
5 Pet Grooming Tools Your Dog Needs!
I have used Kwik-Stop Styptic Powder for 7+ years. It’s a miracle when it comes to those black dog toe nails. Sometimes it’s hard to see the blood vein in black nails. You may cut a nail too close. This can lead to bleeding. A lot of time this can freak pet parents out. Especially if it feels like it is bleeding a lot!
With the Kwik-Stop Styptic Powder you can put those “bleeding fears” to rest. Just a dab of this yellow, chalky powder will stop the bleeding. It is so simple to use. You put a little on the tip of your finger (or a q-tip) and apply it to where the bleeding it. It stops almost instantly. If it doesn’t, just add a little more. They’ll be a little residue left behind. That’s okay though. It stopped the bleeding!
The grooming shop I work at has used the Epi-Pet Cleansing Agent Pet Shampoo for years. There’s no harsh smells. It’s hypoallergenic. It also has many uses. You can even heat it up to whiten a dogs coat! It works great to moisturize skin as well. It really will get a dog clean.
Plus, if you have a dog with sensitive skin it is helpful. It’s a brand many groomers recommend. I was lucky enough to meet some of the Epi-Pet representatives at the Atlanta Pet Fair one year. Very nice people!
I am #OrlandoStrong for the Orlando survivors, families, and victims. June 12, 2016 is a date that is now etched into not just Americans minds. It’s also a date that will be remembered around the world. This day made history as one the largest mass killing in the United States. Regardless of where you are, I’m sure you’re aware of the incident at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A claimed “terrorist attack.” There were 50 casualties. There were 53 injuries. A few Golden Retrievers from Chicago are bringing smiles to the Orlando survivors. Just as I am, these dogs are also #OrlandoStrong
I’m a social media freak. When I wake up in the morning, I check Facebook first. I normally don’t look at what’s trending. Just browse through my news feed. If I have enough time, I hop on Twitter. If anything is going on the world, I see it first on Twitter. Mainly because the trending hashtags are right there, in your face. So, when I logged into Twitter on 6.12.16 and saw #Orlando and #PulseNightClubShooting trending, I had to look. My heart sunk for not only Orlando. My heart sunk for all of America.
If you haven’t heard of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, I’ll give you a summary. At around 2:00AM EST, on June 12, 2016, Pulse Nightclub, in Orlando, Florida was the scene of the worst mass killing ever reported in the United States. Pulse Nightclub is a popular LGBT nightclub. The shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen. Allegedly, during the attack, Mateen contacted 911 and reported his commitment to ISIS. His attacked claimed the lives of 50 individuals. His attack injured 53 individuals.
Mateen was a US citizen. He was married, divorced once, and has a beautiful daughter. It is believed that the US government had their eyes on Mateen for years prior. But, nothing ever came of it. Both of his parents are Afghanistan citizens. It was later revealed that Mateen posted on Facebook warning of attacks. It was also reported that Mateen may have scoped out Disneyworld prior to the Pulse Nightclub attack. His wife may also be charged in the attack. Due to text messages found after the attacks.
Mateen apparently became outraged when he saw two men kissing. This was allegedly stated by his father to several news outlets. Also reported is that he may have been gay. This was reported by numerous people. Including Orlando victims of the Pulse Nightclub attack. This was also reported by his ex-wife. Several survivors of the attack claimed they chatted with him on LGBT apps.
It’s a horrible thought that this happened here. It’s sad. It’s disturbing. It is amazing how many people have came together. People worldwide have came together. They’re donating to the Orlando survivors. They’re visiting the survivors. In just a few short days a GoFund me campaign broke a record. In four days, the campaign surpassed $5,000,000 dollars. With donors from over 105 countries. Orlando is receiving love worldwide.
The world isn’t the only thing that is #OrlandoStrong. A few Golden Retrievers surpassed their titles. We all know Golden Retrievers are great dogs. Fun, affectionate. They are often used as service dogs. With the right training, they are brilliant. They are a true people pleaser. No wonder they brought light to the lives of several Orlando victims.
According to Fox News, the Golden Retrievers were “deployed” by a Chicago based Christian organization. The organization is known as K-9 Comfort. Eleven Golden Retrievers were deployed to comfort the Orlando survivors. They also comforted the first responders. K-9 Comfort also comforted survivors from past incidents. They were on the scene after the Sandy Hook massacre. They were also deployed after the Boston Marathon bombing.
It’s a fact that blood pressure may dropped in the presence of a dog. There’s no doubt in my mind this is true. They are beautiful, intelligent creatures. I think it’s an amazing thing what K-9 Comfort is doing. Make sure to check them out on Facebook here.
I hope you’ll remain not just #OrlandoStrong with me. I hope we can #AllUnite.
To those impacted by the Orlando attack, know my family is behind you. My family prays for you. My family is #OrlandoStrong. Never give up. There’s not just a nation behind you. The world is behind you. We support you. We love you.
We are #OrlandoStrong.