Dog Food

I wanted to take some time to share some information about the foods that Brandy and Moose eat. I always associated their stomach issues to “having a sensitive stomach,” however, upon switching to Fromm and Stella and Chewy’s, they’ve had no issues. In fact, their coats are shinier, teeth are cleaner and overall demeanor is happier. Stella and Chewy’s focuses on bringing a raw diet to your dog’s life. Their freeze-dried and frozen meals are safe, uncooked and minimally processed, which allows 100% retention of the naturally occurring nutrients found in the ingredients. Some of the benefits of raw feeding are healthy digestion, vibrant skin and coat and healthy bone growth.

For those that have a kibble their dog loves and aren’t willing to make the switch, Stella and Chewy’s offer “Meal Mixers” which are designed to mix with your dogs current kibble. This product is our favorite, as we still use Fromm grain free dog food as a kibble base.

Additionally, for snacks or to throw on top of the dog food, I add spinach, carrots, green beans and plain yogurt for extra nutrients.

Happy Eating!

Sweet Summertime

Hi friends!

After an extended time away from our blog, we are back and ready to continue sharing our adventures with you. Summer 2017 has been great so far. As many of you know, we live in the suburbs north of Boston, MA and vacation on Cape Cod during the weekends. We are lucky enough to not only have family there, but also a boat for adventures. Brandy loves to swim. The second the boat anchors, she swan dives right in to the water. Moose, a snow dog, was timid of the ocean for the past couple of years but has made amazing progress in conquering his fear of water. He now romps up and down the beach and goes in the ocean for a good dunk when he is warm. The two dogs have an absolute blast playing in the sand. Since beaches in Cape Cod do not allow dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we take the boat to a sand bar out in the ocean for exercise. 99% of the time, we have the whole area to ourselves. Here are some photos of our recent week vacation!

We go bananas for Bully Bundles!

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It is hard to believe we are fast approaching the holiday season. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we would like to take a moment to be thankful. Today, we are thankful for bully sticks.

Recently, we ordered a Bully Bundles package and couldn’t have been happier with the product. We have been seeing some of our Instagram friends post about how much they love their monthly bundle and decided to give it a try.

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The bully sticks are low odor, which Mom loves, and 100% all natural. They are digestible, unlike bones or rawhide and are natural teeth cleaners. Moose is prone to getting plaque on his teeth, and the regular consumption of bully sticks help to keep the plaque under control, and most of the time, removes it all together.  The Bully Bundles team does not use any chemicals or preservatives on their sticks. Additionally, they are all produced in a USDA approved facility, come from free-range, grass-fed South American cattle. Just as important, no growth hormones or antibiotics are used on the cattle. Our mom always says, “you are what you eat,” and that is true to dogs too. We focus on incorporating all-natural, free-range foods in to our diet and look forward to our monthly delivery of bully sticks.

You can order your Bully Bundle today by following these few easy steps:

  1. Choose size (6 inches or 12 inches)
  2. Choose quantity
  3. Receive monthly bundle!

We don’t know about you, but there is nothing more exciting than getting mail, especially when it tastes this good!

Visit https://bullybundles.com/ today to order your bundle of deliciousness! Free shipping, always. You can also contact the Bully Bundles team with questions at woof@bullybundles.com

Keep chewing, my friends!

-Brandy and Moose

 

Do You Slobbr?

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Exciting news!! The Slobbr app is LIVE!  With Slobbr, you will be able to find all the dog friendly places wherever you are. Slobbr is currently live in Greater Boston, Portland ME, Portsmouth NH and NYC/Long Island, with more cities to come.

Slobbr is super easy to use – download, customize your profile, add your favorite places and connect with your fellow dog lovers in your area. Be sure to check-in to your location and Slobbr will donate kibble to an animal rescue or shelter. For the months of August and September, they will be donating to Last Hope K9 Rescue.

Download Slobbr from the iTunes app store and #LiveLifeWithYourDog!

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/slobbr/id1014657887?mt=8

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Unexpected Snow Storm

It is hard to believe it is already February and Boston has been spared so far with snow. Friday, mother nature dumped 8-10 inches of snow on our city, unexpectedly, and made us realize that the Groundhog was wrong. It is hard to hate the snow because I see how happy it makes the dogs, especially Moose, who was born for snow. After the snow ended around 4pm, the clouds parted and the skies turned blue. We were lucky enough to be able to watch a gorgeous winter sunset. Now, we look forward to romping through the fresh powder the rest of the weekend!

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After Brandy and Moose get tired from playing, Brandy and I head inside to warm up and we let Moose remain in his “element” in the yard to relax in the snow. Here he is, below, resting while the sun was setting behind him.

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Saturday Morning Adventure

Boston has had an unseasonably warm week, and there is no sign of snow in the coming weeks. Today, we are taking advantage of the nice weather by getting out and about.

Our first stop was Dunkin Donuts, so Mom could fuel up. We always get very excited while pulling through the drive-thru because we know we are about to get a plain munchkin. We had to wait in the car while she ran in to Market Basket for a few groceries. We were so excited when she returned!

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Next on our agenda was The Barkery. Located in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, they are a specialty pet shop that bakes their own custom cakes, treats and has a self dog wash and grooming facility.

Mom wanted to pick up a few small house plants, so we stopped by Mahoney’s Garden Center. This place is super dog friendly! They always have treats behind the register and the employees embrace dogs when they enter the store.

Our final stop was Pets Plus, to pick up small training treats for Tuesdays dog class. Moose has been enrolled in Graduate Class at Blue Dog in Andover, Massachusetts. This class is for graduates of the Canine Good Citizen Program. More on this topic to come!

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Mom loves being able to take us to the pet store as well as the other dog friendly places in our area. It is so important to be socialized and put in different situations. Later today, we plan to go for a long walk but until then … NAP TIME!

 

 

Mission: Rescue Thai Dogs

In November, I traveled to Cambodia and Thailand with my good friend Marjon. After spending 36 hours of traveling, we finally arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where we spent the first 3 days of our trip. The first morning, we woke up at 4am to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Pictures will never do it justice. It was truly breathtaking. This was the biggest and more spectacular temples in Angkor Wat. Angkor also consisted of other temples, such as Ta Prohm (my favorite!) and Bayon (known for the giant face carvings).

Now on to dogs …

The main mission of the trip was to bring 5 dogs back to the United States for adoption. There is a massive stray dog population as well as a horrific dog meat trade which occurs in Thailand. I will not go in to detail about the dog meat trade because it can be too graphic. If you are interested in learning more, please let me know.  Soi Dog is a non-profit charitable organization located in Phuket, Thailand. They help the homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats of Thailand and work to end the dog meat trade throughout the region. To date, Soi Dog has sterilized 80% of Phuket’s population and is moving their operation to Bangkok as t here are 640,000 unsterilized dogs on the streets. They are on track to open a state of the art animal hospital in the spring, The hospital was funded by all donations.

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Marjon visited Soi Dog on her honeymoon years ago and has fallen in love with the cause ever since. She fundraises at local fairs, farmers markets and pet expos, as well as on her Etsy site, by selling handmade dog leashes, collars, bowties and treats. 100% of the proceeds are used to pay for flight volunteers to bring dogs back to the USA, as well as other special projects, such as the animal hospital. Marjon even has two Soi Dogs of her own – Lilly and Yogi!  Soi Dog has partnered with a number of rescue organizations in the US, notably, the North Shore Animal League in New York, where Brandy came from.

So after years of hearing about how great Thailand is, and supporting my Marjon’s fundaraising efforts, I was finally convinced to go on a trip with her across the world! On Wednesday, November 18th, we spent the day volunteering at Soi Dog upon arrival in Phuket. After checking in to the JW Marriott at Mai Khao Beach, we were picked up by Soi Dog and driven to the shelter. This was my first time at Soi Dog (let alone Asia in general) and Marjon was excited to be back as it had been years since the last time she visited.

The day began with a tour of the property. It was much bigger, and nicer than I expected. I had no idea what to anticipate – and to be honest, I imagined far worse conditions. You could  tell that all of the dogs were very well cared for. There was a puppy pen, a small dog pen, shy dog pen, older dog pen and then several “runs” where many dogs lived and played free. The property had an office building for the staff and living quarters for the Burmese workers. Soi Dog will scope out the area for stray dogs and pick up the really sick ones to bring to their facility treatment. They also receive phone calls from the locals to advise if there is a litter or pack of dogs in a particular area. Soi Dog then will pick up the dogs to spay/neuter them. If they feel that the dogs will not survive on the streets, or if they will be good adoptable dogs, they will remain at the shelter. However, since living on the street is the way of life for dogs in Asia, many dogs are very happy that way, and will be brought back to their “home.” Marjon and I got to spend time in each pen playing with the puppies and older dogs. We also took a bunch for a walk around the lake. For lunch, the adoption coordinator, Cristy, took us to a delicious local Thai restaurant. For a mere $4 USD, we had the most delicious pad thai and fresh coconut water. The second half of the day, we had discussions with the marketing coordinator, met the new CEO and got a tour of the new animal hospital, which was almost complete. It was a day I will never forget. Could you imagine how difficult it was for me to not want to take every single dog home?

Being a flight volunteer was much easier than I anticipated. By being able to check dogs in to the flight with humans, as opposed to shipping them as cargo, you save almost 4x the cost.  Soi Dog will bring the dogs to the airport, check them in to the flight and get them through the security screening. Their crates are packed with blankets, extra food tied to the side, and fluids available for the dogs to drink during the long flight. Upon landing at JFK Airport in New York, the dogs came out just like the baggage does. We put their crates on a cart, went through customs with the necessary paperwork and proof of vaccines, and met the adopters outside. It was an incredible experience to save these dogs who most likely would have never made it out alive in Thailand and to see the joy on the adopters faces at the airport.

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For more information on Soi Dog Foundation, visit their website here. You may also visit Marjon’s ETSY page to check out the dog accessories – all proceeds donated to Soi Dog!

 

Winter Storm Jonas

After the 108 inches of snow that Boston was pummeled with last winter, I went in to instant panic mode when I heard a potential 3 feet were on the way this weekend from Winter Storm Jonas. Last year, it began around the same time of year. We had a fairly mild, calm winter until late January. It was then, that all hell broke loose. Imagine getting 2-3 feet of snow every weekend? There was never the opportunity to dig out because it just kept coming.  For the first time in a good while, Boston was spared from this most recent storm. Although I thoroughly enjoy watching  the dogs have the time of their life romping through a fresh snow fall, I was relieved to wake up this morning to a small coating – just enough to make it pretty but not enough to hinder any plans.

With winter under way in most parts of the country, I thought I would share a few tips to keep your dogs safe during a storm.

Dog Tags! Make sure your dog wears identification at all times. All it takes is a split second for him or her to get loose.

Keep your dog leashed! With winds and white out conditions, it would be very difficult to find your dog if they were to wander off. Studies show more dogs go missing in the winter than any other season.

Protect their paws! Ice melt can be very painful to your pets feet and even fatal if ingested. A high quality, safe ice melt is Safe Paw Non-Toxic Ice Melter . Several times a week, I put Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax on the paw pads of Brandy and Moose. It helps to protect paws from not only ice and salt in the winter, but also sand and hot pavement in the summer.  It contains vitamin E which helps to keep paws healthy and moisturized.

Stay safe and have fun in the snow!

 

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Why Blog?

It all started last winter when I decided that since 98% of the photos on my phone consisted of pictures of my dogs, I should create an Instagram account for them. It was then, that @brandy_and_moose was born.  10,000 followers later, as I was sitting in front of my wood stove watching the snow fall down in Boston, I decided to take it one step further and start a blog. I have met an amazing community of animal lovers through Instagram and want to be able to share our stories, advice and photos to the blogger community as well. We are excited to start a new journey with the bloggers of the world, and continue our journey with our ever-growing Instagram family!