November/December 2013

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November/December 2013

Customer Appreciation Night!

Please join us for an evening of
goodies, door prizes & sales!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 Come for Brenda’s doggie holiday cake
 & Joanne’s people Gingerbread treats!

Enter to Win
We continue the tradition of raffling off gift baskets to raise
money for D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre and Craig Street
Cats Shelter
.  Your $2 ticket (per basket) buys a chance on: 
a dog basket; a cat basket; or a raw feeder’s basket.
These baskets contain $200 to $400 of products you’ll love!
Please help us help our local shelters!

Did you know?

Kitties blink and narrow their eyes when they accidentally make eye contact.  To make friends with an unfamiliar cat, blink and look away when you catch his eyes.

Christmas is coming!

We’re ready to help you chose the perfect gift for your 4 legged companion! 
Ask us what our top sellers are and why!

Top 10 Quirky Pet Names*

Dogs:                                              Cats:
         1.   Sir Knuckles da Dragon         1.   Cheeto Burrito
2.    HotRod Woofington               2.   Fuzzbutt
         3.    Captain Underpants              3.   Mama Pajama
            4.    Stinky Monkey                       4.   Lady Fluffington
5.    Taco Salad                            5.    Nut Job
     6.    Dallas Cowdog                      6.   Stinky Baby
            7.    Hunk Heartbreaker                7.   Doctor Whiskers
                     8.    Ice Bingbing                           8.   Rum Tum Tugger Too
9.    Potato Chip                            9.   Fatness
  10.    Bunny Money Dogg              10.  Pizza Guy

*  Compiled by Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, California

Festive Holiday Menu

The perfect gift for your cat or dog might be homemade! 
What could be better than a nutritious but delicious dinner?
For your pup:
Turkey & Sweet Potato Savory Loaf
1 lb. ground turkey thigh
1 c. shredded sweet potatoes or yams
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ c. fresh parsley, finely chopped
½ c. fresh cranberries, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced or grated
1 tsp sea salt (optional)
1 c. homemade chicken or vegetable stock

Instructions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a loaf pan and line it with shredded sweet potatoes or yams.  Lightly sprinkle minced garlic on top.  Add ½ c. of stock.  Pour lightly beaten egg on top.  Sprinkle ¼ c. of parsley over the mixture, and then add ¼ c. of the cranberries.  Distribute ground turkey evenly over mixture.  Add the remaining ½ c. of stock.  Sprinkle sea salt over top.  Add the remaining parsley and cranberries.  Gently press down mixture with a spatula.  Place pan in preheated oven for 1 hour.  Cool completely before slicing and serving.  Don’t forget to garnish!
Raw feeders:  Combine the ingredients and serve!

For your cat:
Poached Fish Bits with Catnip
¼ lb. Pollock, or other fish of your choice
1 c. filtered water
1 small clove garlic, finely minced
3 sprigs fresh catnip or 1 tsp dried catnip
2 sprigs fresh parsley, flat or curly

Instructions:  Place 1 c. filtered water in saucepan.  Add garlic, parsley, and catnip.  Combine well.  Bring mixture to boil, then turn down to a low simmer for 15 minutes.  Gently add pieces of Pollock to the simmering broth and cook for 15 minutes.  Remove fish from saucepan and place on serving dish.  Gently break up fish into tiny pieces, and cover with broth.  Remember to cool to room temperature before serving.

Organ meat & why we love it!
If you’ve ever been in the store when we’ve talked about the importance of organ meat in your pet’s diet, it’s because we’re pretty passionate about the nutrition that organ meats can deliver.  Compared to regular cuts of muscle meat, organ meats are more densely packed with just about every nutrient, including heavy doses of B vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, folic acid and vitamin B12.  They are also loaded with minerals like phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium and iodine and provide the important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
Organ meats are relatively inexpensive so for the raw feeder, they can give you the most bang for your raw feeding buck.  Some are harder to source but all have significant benefits for your pet.
A Natural Source of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins and is responsible for regulating numerous functions in the body.  Vitamin D deficiency is related to muscle weakness, fractures, common cancers, autoimmune diseases and infectious diseases.  It is especially important for those of us living in Manitoba where we receive less sun exposure in the winter.
A Natural Source of Essential Fatty Acids
Despite popular belief, fish and fish oils are not the only source of these important nutrients!  Organ meats also contain high amounts of the essential fatty acids such as arachidonic acid, and omega-3 fats, including EPA and DHA.

 -chicken livers
A Natural Source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B’s, Folic Acid & Iron
Natural vitamin A works to aid digestion, keeps sex organs/reproductive organs healthy and is a powerful antioxidant.  And which organ delivers?  Liver!  There is some uncertainty about this organ because its job is to neutralize toxins in the body from drugs or other chemicals so clearly the best choice for liver is from grass fed, hormone or antibiotic free animals. That said, liver is a great source of folic Acid, B vitamins (especially vitamin B12) which help with fatigue, mental ability and nerve health as well as preventing anemia.  Liver is also the most reliable and most usable source for iron which is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin, brain development and function, regulation of body temperature and muscle activity.  A lack of iron will have a direct effect on the immune system, diminishing the number of T-cells and the production of antibodies.  Of all the organs, liver is highly nutritious but its precious nutrients are also very much affected by heat so cooking it will rob it of its digestive enzymes and the impact of its nutrients.

A Natural Source of CoQ10, Selenium, Phosphorus, Zinc & Amino Acids
Beef heart is a denser muscle but carries a powerful punch of protein and unique nutrients, especially the super nutrient, CoQ10.  CoQ10 is necessary for the basic functioning of cells as well as optimizing the heart’s rhythm.  CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age and to be lower in some with chronic diseases such as heart conditions, cancer, diabetes, and immune disorders.  Beef heart also contains selenium phosphorus and zinc along with essential amino acids that help build muscle, store energy and boost stamina and endurance.  The heart contains twice as much collagen and elastin than regular meat which is good for the skin and connective tissue.
beef heart

Feeding organ meats
Organ meats can be added to meals or fed as a separate meal three to four times a week.  Because the texture is tougher, adding smaller bits to your pet’s existing diet might work best.  Adding theses bits to your puppy or your kitten’s new food is especially important in getting them on a nutritious track early!
CARNIVORA offers a Beef Offal which is made up of liver, heart, kidney, lungs, spleen and pancreas and is available in 8 ounce patties in a 4 pound bag.  Carnivora purchases naturally raised livestock, free from hormones, antibiotics and harmful feed additives.

New product!

PureBites Freeze Dried Bison Liver Dog Treat
Ingredients:  100% Pure USDA Inspected Bison Liver

STELLA & CHEWY’S Freeze Dried Cat & Dog Food!
This is a freeze dried food from the United States.  We’ve had some beef samples in and they’ve been a resounding success with both dogs and cats!   They love it!!! There's a number of flavors and it can be fed alone rehydrated or crumbled onto the existing food to enhance your pet's nutrition. The ingredients are amazing. And possibly the perfect solution for picky eaters!  We are carrying the .8 ounce cat packages as well as the 16 ounce dog and the 12 ounce cat.


Jamie 1999 – 2013
Many of you have heard through our Facebook page that Jamie, It’s Raining Cats and Dogs official store greeter, passed peacefully away on November 2nd, 2013.  She had been battling severe arthritis for several years and her body was finally ready to go to a pain-free place.  Jamie was one of those dogs who touched the lives of many people, mostly through her insistence on wangling a treat or her optimism that she might receive one.  I’ve heard so many words of comfort over the past while and I so appreciate your comments.  She was a great dog and I (and the store) will miss her so much.  May she rest in peace, our Jamie James.