Wags & Whiskers Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

What a week so far!  I had the pleasure of going to meet a new client last night…only to have someone back into my car while I was meeting the new pup.  (UGH!  They did stop and give me their information, though.  Still, car problems are the worst!)  At least my new clients had an adorable boxer puppy.

On a happier, more exciting note – we here at Wags & Whiskers have fallen in love with Flash Gordon Pet Tags.  So wonderfully unique and run by some great guys.  You should definitely take a second to check out their website.  When you find something you love (and I know you will!) use the coupon code we posted in our blog to get 10% off.  (That’s just for Wags & Whiskers readers and clients…don’t you feel special!)

But enough of all that!  Let’s get to the cute pooches!

We have fallen in love with Flash Gordon (shown here modeling one if his tags.) What a model!

Cotton the Blue Toy Poodle! We had never seen anything like this pooch! Be sure to like her on Facebook and check out her online store….it’s “blue-ti-ful!”

…and speaking of models, Scarlett modeling one of my new doggy knit designs. Hopefully you will see them up soon on Etsy!

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YOUR DOG LOVES TREATS! (and we are giving them away FREE!)

We here at Wags & Whiskers – the blog, the dog walkers, and the bakery – are SO excited about our new dog treats!  No really, I don’t think you understand.  We spent weeks perfecting our recipes to make sure that the treats were nutritionally perfect and deliciously munchable.  After trial and error (and lots of big messes in our kitchen) we have put two varieties – Love Bites and Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bones – on Etsy for you to purchase.  We’ve had a great response from our current clients (who are the best in the world, thank you!), but we are now looking to expand to all of you (you being the dog lovers outside of the Houston/Cypress area!)

So here is what we are going to do: We are going to give out our treats for FREE!  Yes for FREE (no shipping and handling, no processing fees, no nothing!)  Absolutely FREE!  We do need your help, though. Here is what you have to do:

In the next two weeks (July 24-Aug 7) help spread the word about our new treats!  There are two ways you can do this:

  • “Like” our brand-spankin’ new page on Facebook: Wags & Whiskers Houston Facebook Page.  Post something on your wall (just click Facebook button on the bottom of this post) for an extra chance to win!
You can enter up to three times per day (if you want to like our page, write on our wall, and tweet!)  We will then assign each comment about our treats and each “like” a number (based on the order they were posted) and use a random generator to pick TWO winners the week of August 8th.  We will also select  (at least) 5 other people (depending on how many yummy treats we have!) to receive sample sizes of our goodies.  We will contact you (via whichever social media site you posted your comment on) to get the address where we should send these whisker lickin’ bites.  (and NO you will not then be on a mailing list where we send you loads of junk mail!)
If you have any questions about the contest, please email blog@wagsandwhiskershouston.com  Unfotunately, we can only ship within the United States.  (sorry!)
All right….who wants some FREE DOG TREATS?!

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!