Nurture with Nature – The Organic Dawg

 

Owning a dog (or two) has become one of the biggest joys of my life, aside from raising my son. Their love is unconditional, their loyalty is unbreakable and their humor will bring a smile to my face even on the grimmest of days. They rely on me to feed them, nurture them and to provide them with a safe and loving home, just as that of a child.

They become our family, or if you are like me, they become our children. Over the years dog have become domesticated by humans, not by nature, and I believe they should be supported to remain as they are, “canines.” Dogs love to dig, chew, hunt, and herd, so let them. They love to roll around in the grass, chew on sticks and chase squirrels, so allow it, but too an extent and with the proper products.

Allow them to remain close to the wild by giving them food, toys, treats and supplements close to nature. Offer them things like organic fruits and vegetables, real bones to gnaw on, Himal yak bars to clean their teeth and freshen their breath, and dehydrated real meats to snack on. Things that are both nutritious, delicious and species appropriate.

Hemp toys and ropes are fantastic to keep them entertained. They are non-toxic, pure, clean and sustainable. The floss like strings will clean their teeth and you can be sure that if they destroy or swallow any threads, they will not have ingested anything more than what they would have found in the wild.

I personally like BeCoBone as they are made from natural rubber, rice husk fibers and are non-toxic and durable while being completely biodegradable at the same time. They are great for teething puppies
and are suitable for dogs of all sizes. Every dog needs a bone, just make it a toxic free one 🙂

Within the past few years we have become a society that has grown to appreciated more natural alternatives to pain relief, discomforts and any illness we may be experiencing. Grabbing manufactured products has become less desirable for us and the same should be applied to our four legged family members. There are a ton of reliable brands out there that offer certified organic supplements for dogs from milk thistle, slippery elm, and turmeric paste to name a few. Dogs in the wild have been treating themselves with natural herbs for decades and their lineage has remained resilient. I think us humans can learn a thing or two by observing these behaviors.

I am so dedicated to keeping pets as close to nature as possible that I recently opened an online pet supply store called TheOrganicDawg.com.

At The Organic Dawg I sell certified organic, eco friendly toys, treats and supplements for dogs. I have hand-picked and thoroughly investigated all the natural supplements, toys and treats on my site for purity and quality and I would love for you to check it out.

So take a few minutes to look around and see what we have to offer. Now we know shopping organic and all-natural can be expensive so we offer all of our products at the bare minimum of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price to help make it affordable. Please continue to check back frequently as we expand our inventory within the coming days.

At The Organic Dawg we are dedicated to choose nature for nurture and we hope that you find our store motivating enough to turn your dog into an “organic dawg.”

Your dog says thanks!

Kimberly xoxo

 

 

My PetPlan Pet Insurance 2018 Review

Having a dog has been one of the best experiences of my life, aside from raising my son. As a child I never had any dogs only a hamster and some fish, but I always heard of the unwavering love you would receive should you own one.

So when my son was six years old I bought him a mini dachshund we named Moose. We loved him so much and the joy he brought to our home was undeniable, so we ended up getting Lulu, an eight-week old mini dachshund, just eight months later. 

Of course, we would get lots of love and lots of laughs but what I did not know, being an inexperienced pet owner, was how much dogs would actually cost. I basically have three kids on one income, my son and two dogs.

Moose and Lulu were both puppies when we got them so I was well aware of the shot routine and checkups to make sure they were growing as they should, much like an infant, fine… I was prepared.

What I was not prepared for (which having insurance was undoubtedly the second best decision I had made) was the unexpected illnesses, injuries and the FHO surgery I would have to pay for within their first years.

Accidents happen, puppies get sick, dogs eat unimaginable things and bad genes start to rear their ugly heads within the first years.

While in the process of getting Moose, someone had mentioned pet insurance and immediately made the decision that I would purchase one. So I did some research and came across Petplan which was the most affordable and user-friendly insurance company I could find.

People thought I was nuts when I told them I had purchased insurance for both pets. Some days even I did, but I knew it would beneficial in the long run so I was willing to rally through the unused years of the policy.

Boy was I wrong!

Within ONE YEAR I had filed 7 claims for Moose and 4 for Lulu, ranging from UTI’s, to a minor back injury, one fell off my couch and the latest, FHO surgery, which was a huge payout for Lulu’s plan. Now you must think I am a neglectful pet mom, but I live in a condo the size of a shoe box and things happen, my dogs get into EVERYTHING!

Below are my current policies on both dogs so you can get an idea of how much I pay. Both Moose and Lulu are one years old and have been on a PetPlan policy since they were 6 months old.

When I signed them up I purchased their “recommended package.” They offer a basic package, a recommended package and the premier package. All with different annual coverage amounts and deductibles, but all cover 80% (minus the 20% deductible). To see what these include visit their website at Petplan.com

Lulu had surgery two weeks ago for a genetic condition in her hip (a/k/a hip dysplasia) and the surgery cost was $2,614.72.

 

 

 

So here is the breakdown for reimbursement for FHO Surgery:

Now my $250.00 deductible had already been met prior to this claim because of the surgery consult and prior medical exams, so I received the full reimbursement amount of $2,091.20.

Not bad right?

Had my deductible not been met, I would have still been reimbursement $1,841.20. Still, not bad.

Now if you figure how much I paid already on health insurance for the year $405.96- $1,841.20 (reimbursement w/o deductible met), I would have still gotten paid $1,435.24!

Pretty good deal.

Did I mention that I typically get reimbursed within twenty days of filing my claims? Well, its true.

Now there are a lot of other insurance companies out there selling pet insurance, some with more coverage, covering 100% which is great and all but you will be paying for that 100% coverage, like double the amount of what I pay, maybe even triple. I live on a tight budget so PetPlan worked best for me and I still made out significantly.

PetPlan also has an easy app, making filing claims really easy. Just fill in a few questions, take a picture of the invoice and hit send, claim is submitted. If they require additional information, they will either email you or call your veterinary directly.

One of the features I like the most is the live chat offered on their website. You can get a one-on-one, real conversation with a Petplan representative anytime during the day. With our busy schedules, between work and sports, I found it a lot easier to text someone as opposed to making a call and sitting on hold.

I have had PetPlan for my two dogs since they were six months old and I have yet to be disappointed. Obviously the sooner you get them on a plan the better your monthly fees will be and the less likely you will be denied a claim because of a “pre-existing condition.”

If you are interested in setting up a plan with PetPlan, click on this Ebates link where you will be offered SIX different coupon codes for PetPlan!

Your welcome!

So there you have it, the breakdown of how much pet insurance would cost if you choose PetPlan and when is the best time to purchase a plan. Don’t get stuck using payment plans for unexpected surgeries and treatments for conditions, pay in full and get reimbursed up to 80%!

 

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Best Dog Toy of 2018 – KONG Wobbler Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

Look, we love our dogs.

We love the attention, the unconditional love, the kisses, the snuggles but sometimes…..we need our space.

My dogs follow me EVERYWHERE, to the bathroom, to the front door, to the kitchen, to the bedroom, to the shower. There is no personal space with my dogs. None, whatsoever. So what do I do when I need my space? I throw them a bone….or in this case, a KONG.

I have two mini dachshunds who couldn’t be more true to their breed, digging and destroying everything in their path.

I can buy stuffed squeaky toys for them until I am blue in the face and they will destroy them in five minutes flat. They love to dig and pull out all the stuffing until that poor stuffed fox is destroyed, bare bones with nothing but a carcass of a “had been.” Then I get to pick up all the stuffing, annoyed that I had again been suckered into spending money on something that would last five minutes.

I was over it.

So I did some searching and asked for some suggestions from fellow pet owners and I found out that Kong had come out with the KONG Wobble Treat Dispensing Dog Toy.

If you are a seasoned dog owner, I am sure you may already know the brand Kong. You can walk into any pet store and come face to face with a huge Kong display. Why? because they are a reliable brand so the stores push it. They offer toys suitable for dogs of all sizes, from puppy to extra extra large dogs. 

They also offer toys for all chewers, whether your dog is an average chewer or an aggressive chewer.

The Kong company is committed to providing high quality products offering their toys in food-grade, high-strength polymer (a/k/a natural rubber) that provide bored dogs, from puppy to adult, a safe way to stay entertained. For further information on how they construct their toys, or if you are interested in learning about all the products they offer, visit their page here

This particular Kong is filled with treats and wobbles and rolls, driving them crazy trying to get into it. I personally guarantee it will keep your dogs entertained as I own two myself. Watch this review video from YouTube provided by Tsuki to get a better visual of the product.

If your dogs are as crazy over food as mine are, this is a must have!!!

Have an aggressive eater? Fill the Kong with their food to help slow them down.  

Amazon rates this Kong Wobble at five and a half stars with over 3,000 reviews from dog owners who find this toy a brilliant invention. It comes in size small (pet weight max. 25lbs) and large (pet weight min. 25lbs) and is completely dishwasher safe. The small runs about $14.99 and the large is $19.99.

Sure, throwing a tennis ball is fun, my dogs love them too, but I find the classic Kong tires them easily. The funny construction keeps them further entertained once it hits the ground because it bounces in all different directions. It is completely unpredictable and when one of my dogs think they got it, it will bounce in a completely different direction causing them to stop, jump and run in another direction.

I actually find it quite comical watching them play keeping myself entertained as well 🙂

I have owned quite a few Kongs over the years. My first being the classic Kong which I would fill with peanut butter and freeze then give my puppy when I left for the day. He absolutely loved it and that is when my love for Kong started, making it still one of my favorite go-to toys for my needy fur balls.

Enjoy!

 

A Guide to Feeding Your Dog Organ & Muscle Meat

Knowing the difference between secreting organs and muscle meat is important when making your homemade dog food recipe. Organs are extremely rich in nutrients while the muscle meats are made of muscle and connective tissues. These two are the natural vitamins you will be adding to your homemade foods. Though organ meat does have the highest vitamin content.

I know when I started it was hard to remember which were considered an organ and which were considered a muscle meat, so I made this handy dandy list for you.

Your recipes should include 5% of each to make it a complete and balanced dog food recipe with ALL the proper nutrients.

Depending on where you live, some of these may be hard to come by. You can always order online from www.rawpawspetfood.com (they have liver, heart, green tripe and signature blend meat rolls, in all proteins). I have a large group of homemade dog food feeders who have ordered from them with enthusiastic reviews. Luckily, I have been able to find a local pet store who will order most of these items for me on a monthly basis.

If you have any questions secreting organs or muscle meats leave me a comment below and I will do my best to assist!   

How Much Homemade Dog Food to Feed Your Dog

One of the first questions you may be asking yourself when starting a homemade diet is, how much do I feed them?

It is quite simple, use the formula below and your good to go.

You want to feed your dog about 2-3% of their total body weight. However, puppies should be feed a different guideline all together because they require more nutrients.

To calculate, you want to multiply their weight by 16 oz. to get the total body weight in ounces. From there, feed them 2-3% of that weight daily. My dogs get fed twice a day, so the number I get I divide into two.

For example, if you dog weighs 80 pds., for example, follow the calculation below:

  • 80 lbs. x 16 oz. = 1280 oz. (body weight in ounces)
  • 1280 oz. x .02 = 25.6 oz. (minimum food weight, couch potatoes)
  • 1280 oz. x .03 = 38.4 oz. (maximum food weight, active dogs)  

If you feed twice a day, divide into two.

It is as simple as that. You do not need to be a mathematician to get the formula correct. If you see your dog is losing weight add some more, if they are gaining weight, knock it down a notch. Just make sure you follow the 70% protein, 5% secreting organ, 5% muscle meat and 20% fruits and veggies.

If you are unclear what consists of an organ and/or muscle meat visit my page A Guide to Feeding Organ and Muscle Meat.

It does not need to be complicated just monitor them. Same applies with all the foods you will feed them. Some dogs may turn out to be sensitive to pork, or apples, or oats. Just keep an eye out. Don’t overcomplicate it, we have enough going on!

 

An Easy Homemade Yogurt & Blueberry Dog Treat!

A simple and delicious dog treat with basic ingredients and a ton of benefits!

Sick of spending money on dog treats with ingredients you can’t even pronounce? I know, I am too.

This homemade dog treat recipe is really simple and most of the ingredients you probably already have (and even eat yourself).

What you will need: Greek plain yogurt, peanut butter, blueberries (frozen or fresh) and 1 banana.

Greek yogurt is well-known for its rich probiotics which help balance friendly bacteria in our digestives systems. Dogs are of no exception to this as well. The probiotics are also helpful to dogs who suffer from frequent ear and skin infections. This super rich yogurt is also higher in protein than any other yogurt which will benefit dogs that have issues consuming proper amounts of proteins.

Adding bananas to this scrumptious treat provides a natural source of potassium and are low in cholesterol and sodium. However, this tasty fruit is high in sugar, so feed in moderation.

Yogurt & Blueberry Frozen Treat!

Main Course Dessert
1 hour 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 32 oz. Greek Yogurt plain
  • 3 tbsp. Peanut Butter make sure it does not contain Xilytol
  • 1 cup Blueberries frozen or fresh
  • 1 Banana

Instructions

  1. Blend in a food processor.

    Freeze two hours!

Though there is no need to buy a fancy tray to freeze them in, it does make for a really cute treat. You can find silicone molds on Amazon.com. They are absolutely adorable and I am sure you will find many other uses for them. I have made a few different treats for kids and parties with these molds.

Get creative! This recipe is really interchangeable in ingredients by using Greek yogurt as a base. You can even sneak in some vegetables by adding shredded carrots or even a bit of Flaxseed to boost their Omega-3’s!

Easy, cheap and most ingredients you may already have. A perfect homemade dog treat recipe!

 

The Best Pet Gate For Your Home

MyPet Windsor Arch Pet Gate- Pressure Mounted

Price: $57.99

Cheapest Price: Chewy.com

When I first got my dogs I was not even thinking of a pet gate. To be honest, I never even knew they had gates specifically for dogs. I was using the cheap baby gates to keep them out of the rooms that had carpet until I knew they were potty trained. What I did not expect was the length of the time it would take for them to be “officially” potty trained and the amount of time I had to have these ugly, cheap baby gates laying haphazardly against the door frames. Everyone in my family would knock them over or fall over them trying to get to one room to the other. A few times they actually fell on the dogs themselves. It was not only unsafe but it been an eyesore to say the least.

So I started searching.

I was googling prices, reading reviews and watching YouTube videos on how some were installed. I found some you had to drill into walls, which was a big no. Some were inexpensive but plastic and just as ugly as the ones I wanted desperately to get rid of. Finally, I came across the MyPet Windsor Arch Pet Gate.

Initially, I was turned off by the price considering the amount I would have to buy for my home and the fact that I was not expecting to keep them up for so long. I also did not want to limit my dogs to certain rooms, only until they were “potty trained.” But, come to find out, now I actually don’t mind having the option of keeping them out at certain times. Especially times when I have to clean (vacuum), do laundry (since they steal my clothes) or just simply need some space.

So I bought them, and I have absolutely no regret.

The MyPet Windsor Arch Pet Gate is a pressure mounted gate and is 28.25 inches wide, which it basically the size of a standard size door. It does come with two extensions which can extend the gate to 38.25 inches wide. It is 28.5 inches high making it one of my favorite features because it will keep even large dogs from jumping over it. It just looks classy, especially with the fancy arch and the matte bronze finish. 

How it works: It comes with cups which you will either drill into your door frame or use the double-sided tape it comes with, which is what I used. This is where the pressure mounts on the gate slide into and you start twisting each side to move it closer and closer to the door frame. Which, is essentially what makes it “a pressure mount.” The pressure mount feature it so solid that you will not feel it necessary to drill into any molding.

The doors can be held open by simply pushing it open far enough or if you are just passing through and want it to close behind you, they will close automatically. Super sleek, convenient and a nice smooth closure.

I was so excited when I got them that I decided I would try to install it myself. The instructions were simple enough and the installation took about 10 minutes, at most, for each gate.

So if you are looking for a classy, semi-permanent and sturdy pet gate, this it the one you want.

All around a complete five stars in my book.

The Best CBD Oil for Your Dog

About two months ago I noticed my one year old dachshund, Lulu, was not putting much weight on her right hind leg. Not thinking much of it other than an injury she got while playing with her brother, Moose, I let it go. The next day she seemed to be somewhat back to normal but was still limping for a good week, so we took her to the vet. We were shocked to hear that she has hip dysplasia and will need surgery. I was given an anti inflammatory while waiting for a consultation with a surgeon, which could take weeks.

The anti inflammatory prescribed seemed to only work for a few hours and she was left with discomfort for the remainder of the day. While searching the internet and reading Facebook posts for all-natural alternatives, I came across CBD oil.

Honestly, my first thought was “why would I want my dog intoxicated, sleeping all the time (any more than she already does!) and lethargic,” basically all the stereotypical side effects when you think THC (or Marijuana).

I am sure while perusing the internet you have come across CBD oil. You may even have a friend or neighbor who uses it, raving about the relief they get when they take it. You may even be interested in it for yourself or maybe even dismiss it altogether as “just a new fad.” But I am here to tell you that it works. As a matter of fact it works so well that I contacted the company where I bought mine and asked if we had anything to offer to any new potential users of this life-saving oil. They gave me a coupon code for 10% off your purchase at https://www.4cornerscannabis.com/, just simply add Lulu10 at checkout and look for their formula specifically designed just for animals called “Pedigree.”


CBD oil is derived from hemp oil, so it contains trace amounts (if any at all) of THC. I can assure you that your dog will not be high or lethargic. They won’t be looking for munchies any more than they already do and they won’t be sleeping any more than they already do. It is completely safe and non-toxic and since Lulu has started taking the CBD oil I haven’t noticed any side effects whatsoever. It works so well that I have to force her to rest because she is running and jumping around as she normally would. She no longer whimpers on the couch or prefers to be carried outside, she is back to being Lulu with little to no restraint.

4cornerscannabis.com is a company I trust when giving my dog CBD oil. They have the purest form I can find on the market using MCT oil, a CBD dominant hemp extract grown organically by them directly so nothing is out sourced. Their grade is the same as medical marijuana but since their THC levels are so low it is legally considered hemp making it safe to purchase in all 50 states.

They amount you use is so minimal that although the cost may seem steep (at $40 a bottle), it will last you a long time. Lulu gets two tiny drops every morning in her food. Is there really a price to managing your dog’s discomforts and pains or wanting to keep them happy and healthy while they continue to bring us joy and unconditional love?

Sure if you look online you will find CBD oil cheaper on the market, but how pure is it? What kind of hemp oil are you giving your dog? If it is cheap, ask yourself why it is so cheap. Every product on the market has its competitions, trying to seal the deal with cheaper prices preying on emotions and vulnerabilities. But, rest assured, that when you can get a bottle from 4cornerscannabis you are getting the purest form around, making quality over quantity (or price) a complete deal breaker.

So whether it is for a senior dog, an injured dog or post-surgery pain relief, 4cornerscannabis.com CBD oil is the way to go. It is an all-natural plant based product that will meet your satisfaction 100%.

Where can I buy CBD Oil?

Check out https://www.4cornerscannabis.com/ to grab your Pedigree CDB Oil and make sure to use the coupon code Lulu10 at checkout for 10% off your order.

The Best Investment For Making Homemade Dog Food – Instant Pot

Product: Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Price: $99.95

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

Size: 6 Quart

This-is-a-must-have!

Hands down.

If you do not get this just to make your dog foods, for goodness sakes you should at least buy it to make cooking for yourself so much easier and faster. It cooks everything in half the time (or maybe even a quarter of the time). We are all busy, our time is precious and when we get home from work we are hungry….now. You can make awesome, moist, perfectly cooked meals in half the time as traditional baking. This model is by far the best instant pot multi cooker.

It comes with 14 smart programs, my favorite being the steamer setting which make steaming your meats easier and faster. I do use a stock pot while making some of my recipes but I feel like I always have to monitor the pot to make sure the water levels have not dropped enough to burn the pot. With Instant Pot you don’t have to concern yourself with that as it cooks with intense steam for a rapid finish. Steaming meat as opposed to boiling, frying or baking, (especially when cooking for your dogs) preserves the most nutrients. The more nutritious each item is that you add to your meals, the fewer ingredients and supplements you have to buy. Making it a win on the financial aspect of cooking homemade.

It is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute, and yogurt maker all for $99.00 on Amazon.com which is the best price I have seen so far. This product is absolutely user-friendly with no complex buttons or programming. Simply turn it on and press the button according to what you need it for.

It comes with a stainless steel food grade pot so there is no concern with any toxic coatings and a mini steamer for small veggies. It is a perfect combination product making homemade cooking for your dogs quicker than steaming in a traditional stock pot.

You can also purchase a larger steamer as the one provided is quite small making this the only con I can find. It is small enough to store on your counter or stash away in a cabinet or closet.


I have cooked numerous meals in this pot with fantastic results. I highly recommend this item, as do Amazon customers who have left over 27,000 reviews and four and a half stars.

So go ahead, make your life easier, buy the Instant Pot!

Looking for an All-Natural Vitamin For Your Dog?

These are the vitamins I have chosen to give to my two dogs. They are all-natural and they love them!

Veterinary Naturals Hemp & Hips Soft Chews- $19.00 for 60 chews

I like this product because it is made with Organic Turmeric & Hemp Oil so I know my pups are getting a clean and natural product. It contains Glucosamine HCL, MSM, Fish Oil, Organic Turmeric, Chondroitin Sulfate, Vitamin E and Hemp Oil. As separate supplements this would cost an arm and a leg to replicate. It is simple and quick and they love the bacon flavor and smell! For more information you can visit their site at Vetnaturals.com.

Nuvet Plus K-9 Daily Vitamin – 90 vitamins for $47

Now this is my splurge for my babies. This vitamin was recommended by the breeder I got my first dog from. It contains a ton of vitamins, Blue Algae, Brewer’s Yeast and Alfalfa, just to name a few. I found that I was not overlapping vitamins and minerals with the supplements I was already adding to my homemade.

This may seem like a lot but there are double if not triple, benefits to almost all of these products. These vitamins may seem expensive but not nearly as expensive as other supplements I have come across in my research. For more information visit their website at Nuvetlabs.com.

The rest of the nutritional needs will come from foods, foods both you and I eat,

                            ….clean, simple foods.

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