By Laurie Darroch (and Neela)
When I was approached to blog for CANIDAE, being the dog lover I am, I was definitely interested. I will not, however, write for a company I know nothing about or back a product I have had no experience with.
I checked out the CANIDAE website and liked what I read about the products and the standards they reach for in both quality and a healthy line of products for dogs and cats. That told me they actually care about the animals. But the ultimate test with any food is whether or not my dog likes it. In the past, I’ve had some issues with getting her to eat. She has turned up her nose up at other dog food and treats and only finally ate them when she got overly hungry.
CANIDAE sent several different samples of dry food and treats for Neela to try, and quite frankly, I was astonished at her instant positive reaction to each of them. It was funny to see how excited she got and how eagerly she ate everything she tried. Here is the experience from her point of view.
My name is Neela. I am a blue-nosed Pit Bull puppy. Mom says I am a nosey parker. I simply have to know what is going on with everything and everybody, you know. I mean, that is part of my job isn’t it?
By Linda Cole
It’s not uncommon for dogs and cats to steal each other’s food whenever they see an opening. My dogs can clean out the cats’ dry food bowl in two seconds if given the opportunity. Snacking on each other’s food once in awhile isn’t likely to cause problems, but eating a steady diet of pet food that’s not made specifically for a dog or cat can be trouble. There are good reasons why dogs and cats shouldn’t eat each other’s food.
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they have to eat meat regularly to get the proper nutrients needed to maintain good health. Felines are equipped with sharp teeth that aid them in grasping prey, killing it, and then tearing off and eating bite size pieces. Because they don’t have molars that have a grinding surface, like humans and dogs, cats tend to swallow their food whole. The jaw can only move up and down, and isn’t equipped to move side to side in a chewing motion. Without a way to properly crunch up a piece of dog food, which is usually larger than kitty kibble, felines are at risk of choking on a piece of dry dog food.
Dogs are omnivores, and have a digestive system that can handle grains and vegetables as well as meat, but they don’t require as much protein as cats. Proteins are the building blocks for cells, tissues, organs, antibodies, enzymes and hormones, and needed for body growth, reproduction and maintaining body functions. The feline body will break down protein in their muscles if they don’t get enough of it in their diet.
By Lisa Mason
Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to head outdoors with your dog! Going for walks and changing up the pace is a great way for both you and your four legged friend to get some exercise. However, there are lots of other ways you and your dog can get fit and have fun in the sun at the same time.
Dogs love to play fetch. You can throw a ball, a toy, a Frisbee or a stick and they will happily chase it down and bring it back to you. That’s great exercise for the dog, but you are just standing there waiting for him to come back. Change up the rules and race your dog to the object you throw. He will catch on pretty quickly and will run faster to beat you to the prize.
Build a “walk the plank” structure in your back yard. You will need four or more concrete blocks and a sturdy board (at least 6 feet long and 2 feet wide). Place the board on the concrete blocks spaced evenly. You don’t want the board to sag from you or your dog’s weight. Step up at the end and walk across the length and step down at the other end. Encourage your dog to do the same thing.
By Bruin, canine guest blogger
Thanks to CANIDAE natural pet food, I’m well on my way to achieving my weight loss goal. I still have at least 10 more pounds to lose until I do justice to my speedo, but I have been thinking about entering the dating scene. Since I’m currently unemployed, not attending classes, don’t spend much time in religious facilities (rules, rules, rules, everybody has their rules) and don’t like hanging out at bars, I thought perhaps on-line dating might be the answer.
I’m really not interested in the stud service sites since I have a three-date rule (see what I mean about everybody having rules – I guess I’m just as guilty). Since I haven’t been successful in finding a suitable site, I was thinking I might have to start one on my own.
Although I’m over 21 (in dog years), theoretically I should be able to do as I please. My mom and dad tell me that as long as I live in their house I have to follow their rules (ack, there it is again – rules). I think their concern is that I’ll open myself up to meeting all kinds of bitches.
Right now I spend most of my free time lying by the pool and working on my tan. Since I have no lions to hunt, just the occasional kitty cat, I do enjoy the excitement (NOT!) of bird watching. The kitty cats actually have the audacity to use “my place” as their litter box. Believe me, my dad is not a happy camper when it’s clean-up time.
Speaking of those annoying little rascals, I was thinking of naming my dating site, the CAT’S’ MEOW. I’m a little concerned about the name, because I wouldn’t want to attract the wrong types. While we’re on the subject of type, I want you to know that I have very simple tastes.
By Linda Cole
Scientists are still trying to unravel the mystery behind how wolves evolved into dogs. It happened so long ago, the only evidence scientists have to work with is in archaeological research into how humans evolved and fossilized teeth and bones of early canines. Researchers have a basic understanding of the approximate time when humans and wolves began to interact. New discoveries are occasionally found which adds another piece to the evolution puzzle; hopefully one day we’ll have a complete picture of how dogs became man’s best friend.
The scientific community is still debating whether wolves approached humans first or if it was the other way around. A partnership between man and domesticated wolves would have been a beneficial relationship; wolves could help bring down larger game with enough meat to share between humans and animals. With no refrigeration or knowledge of how to preserve meat, leftover kills wouldn’t have stayed fresh for long. Women were gatherers, collecting edible berries, roots, nuts, green plants and smaller animals. A tamed wolf would have given them protection as they searched for food.
The more likely scenario that led to domestication, however, was a mutual relationship of “you leave me alone and I won’t bother you” agreement between man and animal. With an advancing Ice Age, humans were forced to turn to other sources of food. Larger plant-eating animals began to die off as cooler temperatures caused their food source to become scarcer. Early humans were nomads following Mammoth and other large game because it didn’t make sense to carry a kill long distances. When their main meal, the Mammoth, became harder to find, humans were forced to turn to other sources of food. They gave up their nomad life about 10,000 years ago, settled down in small villages, and turned to agriculture for a food supply.
With the introduction of grains, the human digestive system began to evolve to better digest carbs, and scientific evidence shows the wolf’s digestive system also evolved at the same time and for the same reason. Modern dog has 10 genes that aid in digesting starches and breaking down fats. Scientists found changes in three of the genes, which is what makes it possible for dogs to split starches and absorb sugars. Today’s wolves can’t process starchy food, and that’s one thing that sets them apart from modern dogs. This discovery, however, has nothing to do with when dogs became our best friend.
New Packaging Highlights HealthPLUS Solutions™ – a Powerful Trio of Nutrition that CANIDAE Applies to Every Kibble After Cooking
The next time you purchase CANIDAE Life Stages dog food, you will notice something different. CANIDAE is introducing exciting, redesigned bags for its line of Life Stages dog food, and very soon the fresh new packaging will hit retail shelves. While the outside of the bag may be different, rest assured that what’s inside remains 100% the same. These snappy new bags are still full of the same carefully selected natural ingredients, the same trio of micronutrients applied on every piece of kibble, and the same formulations. And of course these foods continue to come with the same commitment to quality that has always gone into every product CANIDAE Natural Pet Foods makes.
HealthPLUS Solutions in Every Bite™
Part of this packaging change is to make pet owners aware of the powerful trio of nutrition that CANIDAE applies on every piece of kibble after it is cooked. CANIDAE has always added these micronutrients but has only now given this unique process a name – HealthPLUS Solutions.
This precise trio includes Probiotic ForLife Cultures to support healthy digestion, Powerful Antioxidants to help maintain a healthy immune system, and Omega 6 & 3 Fatty Acids to help provide a beautiful skin and coat.
Since that’s a lot of healthy benefits in every bite, you can see why CANIDAE chose to give all three micronutrients a simple, easy to remember name!
Because all of these healthy nutrients are applied to every piece of kibble only after cooking, your pet gets healthy benefits in every single bite. It’s all part of the CANIDAE commitment to A Healthier Today for a Longer Tomorrow™.