Wags & Whiskers Wednesday – Submission Guidelines

Wednesday has become the most popular day on the blog – because that’s the day we feature YOUR felines and Fidos!  Wags & Whiskers Wednesday is fun for us – we get to see how adorable all our readers’ pets are!  WWW (as we like to call it around here!) is fun for you too – your pet will be famous and you can pass along the link to all your family & friends.

How do you get your furbaby featured on our fabulous blog?  It’s easy!

**Email submissions to blog@wagsandwhiskershouston.com.  Make sure to include your pet’s name…and feel free to include any information to help us get to know your pet better.  (“That’s Bella with her favorite toy!” or “Baxter loves his bed!”)

**Do you have a pet blog of your own?  Follow us on Twitter?  Sell treats on Etsy?  Be sure to include that info too!  We would love to give you a shout out (and get more info about you!  Once we know more about you, we’ll realize how awesome you are and might want to feature you in a future post!)

**We try to include all submissions in the next Wednesday’s post, but sometimes we just get too darn many!   We will send you an email to confirm we received your pic and another email with the link once your puppy or kitty goes viral.

**Once you send us your pic, we have the right to use it to promote the blog and Wags & Whiskers Wednesday.  This means using it on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and our website (among other social media sites.)  Don’t worry – we aren’t going to do anything crazy!  But we might think your pup is so cute we want to feature him again.

The best part?  This give you an excuse to look through all those old, adorable pictures!  So find the pic packed with the most cuteness and send it on over to blog@wagsandwhiskershouston.com.  We can’t wait to see them!!

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You Fed Your Dog WHAT??? (We can help!)

                                               

We all want the best for our dogs.  That is why you are reading this blog….why you reading tweets about what is going on in the dog world…why you bought your pup that toy yesterday knowing that he has 50 like it at home (but he doesn’t have the blue one!)  You make sure your dogs get their daily walks.  (Or you hire a dog walker to do the job!) You take Spike to the vet, you take Suzanne to the dog park, you let Rocco sleep in the bed.  But what is your dog eating?

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) establishes the rules that dog food companies must adhere to in the United States.  You would think that an organization with such an official sounding name would have regulatory power similar to the Food and Drug Administration.  Not so!  The AAFCO is not affiliated with the government, and at the end of the day, really has no legal authority to regulate what your pooch is chowing down on.  Sure, they analyze foods, but even within their loose guidelines for pet food companies, there are huge loopholes. 

In a perfect world, you would have the time (money and energy!) to keep your dog on a raw, homemade, natural diet.  This, for most people, is just not do-able.  I’m guessing you don’t do this for yourself either.  (Everyone has to eat fast food now and then, right?  And I’m sure that Hamburger Helper I made for dinner last night was REALLY healthy!)  You can, though, make small changes to your little furbaby’s diet that can go a long way.

Treats!  That’s a place to start!  How many do you give your dog a day?  I recently decided to read the ingredients in the treats I’m feeding my own little lady.  The front of the bag had claims like “fortified with 12 essential vitamins and minerals.”  Well, maybe that’s true, but the list of ingredients was as long as my arm!  With words I didn’t even know how to pronounce (yum – Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex!), things that I wasn’t even sure what they were (sausage flavor?  how does one get “sausage flavor”?), and things that even I – I’m no nutritionist – know cannot be good (Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Red #40).  Yikes! 

So, I decided to do what everyone wishes they had the time too – start making homemade treats.  After many failed batches, tinkering with recipes, and lots of taste tests – Wags & Whiskers is proud to offer them to you!  I made sure to include ingredients that are healthy and will keep your pup (and their tummy) working as it should, even if you don’t buy that boutique, organic (aka SUPER expensive) dog food.  

The biggest shock for me – dogs can actually TASTE THE DIFFERENCE.  And they want the healthier option! (Unlike me!  I usually want to eat the thing with the unpronounceable ingredients!)  Dogs really do go nuts for these things. 

Take a look and see what you think.  We have tried to keep them at a reasonable price so everyone can have the luxury of keeping their dog as healthy as they already are happy.  If you have any questions, comments, suggestions; please email bakery@wagsandwhiskershouston.com

Best of all – to make sure we spread the word, we are going to be giving out LOTS of FREE samples.  I want to make sure as many pups and possible taste these and give them wags of approval.  Check back here and on the website for details on contests and give aways.

Buffy LOVES them!