Fall 2012 Newsletter

There’s lots of great news and some interesting new products as we go “back to nutrition basics” this fall!  First off, we are extending our store front hours!  We are now open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  We hope that this will meet your need for an extended shopping time.  If not, please let us know!

You may have noticed that the store has been Googled!  When you search for It’s Raining Cats and Dogs on Google, you can now go directly into the store and check us out.

And finally, you have received a coupon in your mailbox.  This coupon campaign has been developed to mark the 10th anniversary of It’s Raining Cats and Dogs.  We want to thank you for your business by giving you some great deals on products at the store.  You will be receiving new coupons every week for the dates noted on the coupon.  You must print them out and bring them in for the coupons to have value.  We hope you take full advantage!

Not your mother’s fragrance…

WARNINGYou may need to hold your nose…this article could offend!

For anyone who’s ever had the “opportunity” to sniff some raw tripe, you may think those of us who love it are out of our minds!
Tripe is raw, unprocessed stomach tissue and content from ruminants like cows and sheep.  Many people from Europe regularly cooked tripe for their families and a surprising number of our customers remember having it served to them when they were growing up. Today, many folk, including dog breeders in Europe, South Africa, Australia and many other countries, swear by green tripe.  Some raw pet food feeders claim that their pets, even on a well-balanced raw diet, experience immediate improvements in coat, skin, energy, teeth and digestion when switching their dogs to a diet comprised mostly of green tripe.
“Green” tripe is really brown but has been named green because the tripe of grass-fed cattle has a greenish tint.  Cows produce four types of tripe because they have four stomachs.  The paunch or rumen is the first and largest compartment.  It provides what is commonly known as plain, flat, blanket, double, or thick-seam tripe.  All ruminants including cows, goats, sheep and deer have a rumen.  The reticulum is the cow’s second stomach, and its surface has a distinctive honeycomb texture.  Honeycomb tripe is what you can find in supermarkets after being scalded, sterilized and bleached.  The omasum or psalterium is the cow’s third stomach.  It is also known as leaf, book or Bible tripe.  The abomasums is the cow’s “true glandular stomach”.
Some tripe feeders are so passionate about tripe, they make it sound like it can bring dogs back to life.   Here’s just a few of the assertions:

  • puppies thrive while avoiding bone growth problems,
  • older dogs become more lively and active,
  • digestive disorders vanish or improve dramatically,
  • skin problems disappear, coats shine, coat colour improves,
  • eyes brighten,
  • muscles become toned,
  • teeth are cleaner and,
  • whiter, stool size diminishes and endurance and stamina increase.
And it doesn’t end there!  There are also claims that dogs with behavioural problems become calmer, some chronic illnesses or conditions improve or disappear, dogs with breeding problems successfully reproduce, pups raised on green tripe excel at everything, elderly dogs resume their careers and win competitions and the list goes on.  The enthusiasts do issue one caution:  not all dogs respond with such dramatic changes.  However, it must be said that there are enough stories to make you rethink that smell.
Anaylses show that tripe’s calcium-phosphorus ratio is 1:1, a ratio considered ideal for dogs.  Its overall pH is slightly acidic which aids digestion.  The protein content of raw tripe is 10% and its fat content is about 5 percent.  Tripe contains the essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic) in their recommended proportions as well as magnesium, potassium, B-complex vitamins, the amino acid taurine, and trace amounts of other minerals as well as vitamins A, C, D, and E.  Green tripe is approximately 78 percent moisture.  Tripe also contains large amounts of Lactobacillus acidophilus, the lactic acid bacteria that is the main ingredient in probiotics.  It is loaded with gastric enzymes, other gastric juices and amino acids.  The same gastric juices that help cattle with digestion aid the canine in digesting and efficiently utilizing food.
Feeding tripe exclusively is rare.  Some people feed enough tripe to average two-thirds of their pets’ diet.  Carnivora, a raw food company outside of Saskatoon,  suggests treating tripe as a supplement, adding perhaps 25% to a diet consisting of whole ground animal carcass.  What you feed depends on the dogs’ activity level, age and metabolism – less for a couch potato, more for a working dog.  It is said to be well tolerated by many dogs with allergies and food sensitivities – even those who cannot eat beef.
The best tripe is frozen ground green tripe or dried tripe treats from pasture-fed animals.  Canned tripe is also good – while the enzymes, beneficial bacteria and other fragile nutrients can be compromised, dogs are likely to prefer canned tripe over other canned foods.
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs carries raw tripe from Carnivora in four pound bags (presented in 8 ounce patties) as well as canned tripe and dehydrated tripe treats from Trippett.  Both Carnivora and Trippett are Canadian companies.  Is it time you held your nose and gave it a try?  Your pup will love you for it!


Did you know?



The Honest Kitchen recently was ranked 37 out of 50 companies by Outside Magazine.  Why?  All employees have access to a flexible working schedule as well as yoga, pilates and cardio classess at a neighbouring fitness centre.  The office is dog friendly and perks include compensation for annual checkups, an allowance for free pet food and encouragement to take a daily group walk!  And these same employees taste test your pet’s food!


  1. Bed bug sniffing (Beagles, Labrador Retrievers)
  2. Search and Rescue (German Shepherds, Lab & Golden Retrievers, Bloodhounds)
  3. Explosives dedection (German Shephers, Belgian Malinois, Vizsla)
  4. Cancer detection (Lab Retriever)
  5. Allergy alert (Poodle, Golden Retriever, Portuguese Water Dog)
  6. Store Greeter & Treat Detector (Jamie)




From 4 Paws Bakery in British Columbia, we are now carrying single ingredient, high protein, jerky, strips and chips.  They come in bison, elk, kangaroo, duck, camel, ostrich, veggies and yam.  The feedback has been terrific and they’re perfect for both cats and dogs who love their meat, need a  limited ingredient diet, or have allergies or intolerances!
From Northern Biscuits, also a Canadian company, we have brought in Hip and Joint as well as Calm.  The ingredients in the Hip & Joint biscuits include, in order, turkey, glucosamine HCL, tart cherries, green lipped mussels, chicory root, kelp, oats, rosemary and mixed tocopherols.   The ingredients in the Calm biscuits include, in order, barley, turkey, chamomile, chicory root, kelp, oats, rosemary and mixed tocopherols.  They’re brand new and we’d love to get a review from your pup!  (Watch for the Fresh Breath & Shiny Coat additions in the near future).

Blue Buffalo is in stock!  We are carrying the Wilderness line as well as the canned stews and the Blue Buffalo cat litter.  This natural litter is made out of crushed walnuts and is part of the Blue Buffalo frequent buyer program.  The rewards program for both the dry food and the litter is buy 10, get one free.   As you know, the more variety of formulas in your dog’s diet, the better so this will offer you yet another option!

 Pets 4 Life Dog food is now available in 9 pound boxes.  The rectangular patties are 8 ounces.   Pets 4 Life, as you probably know, is a Canadian company based in Ontario.  Their products contain ingredients in the human food chain and are all sourced in Canada.

And yet another Canadian company, Welly Tails, is offering a mature/senior cat supplement.  This supplement was designed to provide brain and eye support and includes digestive enzymes, probiotics, immunity support, urinary tract support and joint health support.

Home Health Checklist for Your Cat


Cats are creatures of routine.  Any unexplained deviation from your cat’s normal behaviour, such as hiding in strange places, restlessness and pacing, excessive vocatlization or aggression, can be cause for concern.
Any changes in your cat’s litter box habits can signal illness, stress or pain.  These include eliminating outside the litter tray, urinating more or less than normal, blood in the urine or feces, and a change in stool frequency or consistency.
All cats vomit now and then, but if your cat starts throwing up more than normal, it may mean hairballs, illness or some form of food intolerance.
Watch for fluctuations in your cat’s appetite.  A picky feline that suddenly becomes a hearty eater could indicate diabetes or thyroid issues.  Similarly, a good eater that has lost his enthusiasm for food needs a veterinary checkup as soon as possible.
Any unexplained weight changes indicate that something is going on with his health.
Take a look at your cat’s coat.  Is it shiny and sleek?  Dullness and excessive shedding can suggest a health problem.
Over-grooming, scratching and biting usually indicate fleas, but can also be signs of stress or skin allergies.
Take a look inside his mouth.  If his gums are red, his breath is bad, and there’s tartar on his teeth, he has periodontal disease.  Another way to detect dental problems is to watch for signs such as difficulty eating, drooling, dropping food, and pawing at the mouth.
When stoking or grooming your cat, be alert for any unusual bumps, lumps or sores on his skin.
Many cats sleep up to 18 hours a day, but if your cat suddenly becomes unusually lethargic and is sleeping all the time, it’s time to call the vet.  This is especially vital if he tires easily, his breathing seems laboured, or he starts panting after exertion.
Watch your cat as he walks, runs, jumps and plays.  If he is limping or has any difficulty moving, he could be injured or developing arthritis.
Look into your cat’s eyes.  They should be clear and bright with no discharge.  His third eyelid will sometimes come partially across when he’s sleepy but if it’s visible all the time, there’s something wrong.
Check your cat’s claws.  If he’s an indoor cat, he will likely need them clipped from time to time.  Claws that are too long can catch in carpeting and upholstery and cause injury.  If you can’t do the clipping yourself, ask your vet to do it.

 Taken from Animal Wellness Magazine
February/March 2012


There’s an App for that!

  Ever worried about your dog needing first aid or whether the symptoms you are seeing are health related?  These apps may provide some assistance.
Dog First Aid ($1.99) and Dog Symptoms ($2.99), PetMD, LLC, offers advice for common canine emergencies while Dog Symptoms help you pinpoint why your dog is behaving the way he/she is, or showing certain symptoms.  This app gives you the choice of either searching specific categories, such as “behavioural” or “digestive” or typing in questions like “what are roundworms?” Each article gives complete information on symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
A word of caution:  Please remember that any information you might get over the internet or through these apps does not substitute for appropriate diagnosis and care by a veterinarian.

What do YOU do?

A survey completed in 2011 by CareerBuilder looked at animal guardianship in relation to chosen profession, compensation and job satisfaction.  Some of the findings included:

  • Workers with dogs were more likely to report holding senior management positions (CEO, CFO, Senior Vice President, etc.)


  • Dog guardians were also more likely to be professors, nurses, information technology professionals, military professionals and entertainers.


  • Cat guardians were more likely to be physicians, real estate agents, science/medical lab technicians, machine operators and personal caretakers.

 Is it turkey time yet?  October 8th means it’s time for…

Turkey Time Biscuits!

Here’s a recipe for leftover Thanksgiving after you’ve had all the turkey you can handle for another month or two!

  • 2 cups turkey sludge (boil the remains of your turkey and scrape off every last bit of remaining meat)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 cups whole grain flour of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon first-pressed extra virgin olive oil


Preheat oven to 350o F.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or mixer.  Form dough (the dough will pull away from the side of the food processor or mixing bowl).  Lightly flour a cutting board or counter.  Knead the dough to about ½” in thickness, and cut into desired shapes.  You can also place the ball of dough in the middle of the cookie sheet, and using a rolling pin, or even the side of a glass, roll the dough out to each corner of the cookie sheet and lightly score with a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
Before popping the cookie sheet in the oven, you can sprinkle the biscuits with extra parsley and parmesan cheese, or add a sprinkle of oregano or even catnip for that special feline in your life.
Bake for 20 minutes.  Turn the oven down to 200o F and bake for about 30 more minutes.  Turn the oven off and allow the biscuits to cool completely and get really hard.  Store in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag.  Refrigeration is recommended.  These biscuits freeze well too.


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