It’s our 10th anniversary!
June 2012 marks ten years since It’s Raining Cats and Dogs opened on Academy Road. It astonishes me that a whole decade has passed since Jamie and I (and at the time, Quincy) greeted our first customer. We have seen and heard so many nutritional miracles, welcomed new four-legged customers and grieved the passing of others, celebrated birthdays, puzzled over perplexing health issues, delighted in solutions. There have been super great times at our little store as well as difficult, rough patches.
I have been blessed with remarkable staff throughout the years: Su-Sheela, Rhonda, Michelle, Tammy, Lori, Christina, Melissa, Joanne, and Evelyn. Every one has willingly shared their experience, expertise and knowledge and enriched my life as well as the lives of hundreds of cats and dogs. And let’s not forget our 4-legged greeters: Jamie, Quincy, Stanley, Sadie, Sully, Milos, Kinte, Bella, Shadow, Daisy, Terra, Turtles, & Lacey! I’m not going to even try to estimate the number of treats consumed while they were “on duty”!
To celebrate our 10 years, beginning in September, we will be sending store coupons to your in-box. These coupons will offer you discounts on store products which we hope you will enjoy and which may just help your budget!
I want to personally thank you and your four-legged family for your business over the years. It has been a remarkable journey of learning and sharing and assisting you has been an absolute pleasure.
SUMMERTIME and the livin’ seems full of ticks!
Travelling? Food & Tips for the Road!
Did you know…
A cat has five more vertebrae in their spinal column than a human does.
Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws.
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Pet Kelp Skin & Coat 2-in-1 Supplement
Plantain: is it a weed or a secret remedy?
Have you given much thought to that weed growing in the crack of your walkway? Plantain is often maligned as an invasive and common week. But guess what? It is high in vitamin C, A and K and studies have shown that it is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
In the digestive tract, plantain functions much the same way as slippery elm. It can reduce inflammation in the digestive tract, relieve diarrhea and symptoms of chronic bowel disease. Plantain seeds and husks are also a source of dietary fiber and work well as a laxative. European research supports the use of plantain as a treatment for bronchitis, sore throat, and cold symptoms in humans so think of it when you hear of Kennel Cough!
Sully the lifeguard patrols for trouble in the water
Some people actually laugh out loud when it’s been suggested they consider a life vest for their canine friend when out on the lake in the summer.
“All dogs can swim!” they say. Or, “He’s in and out of the water all day long, I don’t need to worry about him!”
The truth is there are many dogs who CAN’T swim…at least not well enough to save their own lives should they become stranded in the middle of a lake after a boat capsizes, or if they fall overboard. If all dogs were built like retrievers we might not have to worry, but selective breeding, while creating all the wonderful breeds of dog we enjoy today, has left many dogs at a disadvantage.
Bracycepahlic breeds, or all those cute, squishy faced dogs like pugs and boston terriers and boxers and mastiffs, can have difficulty breathing and taking in enough oxygen for daily activities, let alone a lifesaving swim. Deep chested dogs are also built at an awkward angle to sustain any amount of swimming. Dogs with short tails, or tails that have been docked, lack a rudder for direction. Dogs with small paws lack the ‘paddles’ needed to sustain their strokes. Many dogs have never spent any amount of time swimming, and so lack conditioning and general knowledge of how to swim. These dogs can and do panic.
The number one reason to put a life vest on your dog when out in the open water is fatigue. Think about it….if your vessel capsizes you will be dealing with a great many issues at once-rounding up family members and belongings. Your dog will be expected to stay afloat on his own until you can reach him…many dogs will panic and tire from the exertion. If the dog spends any extended amount of time in the lake or worse drifts off or attempts to swim to shore, fatigue is certain.
A life vest provides buoyancy and can at least keep your dog’s head above water if he tires. Hypothermia can also affect dogs who are working hard to stay afloat in a cold lake. A life vest does not necessarily provide a great deal of warmth but it will allow them, again, to stay afloat. Visibility is another factor. It is much easier to see a dog who is wearing a bright yellow or orange vest with reflective tape bobbing in the water, along the shoreline, or even in the bush around the lake should your dog make it ashore and become lost.
ID tags can also be attached to the life vest should you and your dog become separated for any length of time. As well, a life vest is something to grab onto your pet with, almost like a handle. A wet, paddling dog can be hard to grab hold of, especially if you are reaching down from your boat. A life vest can be grabbed or hooked onto and make lifting your pet to safety easier.
Let’s face it, summers are short in Manitoba and there is nothing we Manitobans love more than getting out into the season with our dogs at our side. And what dog doesn’t love being on the boat, standing right on the bow, ears blowing back in the wind like Jack and Rose on the Titanic? As guardians, we must ensure their safety as well as their enjoyment. Please consider investing in a life vest for your dog (or other boatriding pets!) this summer.
“Thank god I have my floatie vest on, it’s deeper than I thought!”
Facts about pet foodGrain has no nutritional value for dogs.All ingredients in pet foods are important and are listed in descending order by weight.Real food, and in particular, raw food diets are the least heat processed pet food, followed by dehydrated foods, then canned food and finally, dry foods.If fed an exclusive dry food diet, rotate the dry foods at least 3 to 4 times per year so your pet has access to different formulas and different levels of vitamins and minerals.Ingredients such as grain and corn are NOT healthy for cats.The vitamins and minerals listed on dry and canned pet foods are synthetic and added to the food after the heat processing to try to make that food complete.Real food – especially muscle & organ meats and ground bone – is a perfectly natural diet for pets.Variety is the most important nutritional gift for your pet.Wet food diets for cats are much healthier than dry food diets.All dogs share virtually the same DNA and because of that, all breeds and sizes first and foremost require healthy food not specialized food.Dry pet food does not clean teeth.There is no perfect singular food for every dog – what may work well for one dog may not benefit another.Canned pet food tends to have more meat including organ meats in their ingredients.Whole ingredient supplements or whole food vitamins, low-fat yogurt, fish oil, eggs, sardines can enhance your pet’s nutrition.
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