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What Would your pet do for a liv-a-little? by Bettie Hamilton Appearing on QVC to talk about Halo’s Liv-A-Littles protein treats was a wonderful experience. To the delight of all in attendance the treats were enthusiastically gobbled up by happy dogs for all viewers to see. You can hear about what a great and healthy treat these are but nothing says it better than the dogs and cats that twirl, dance and beg for just one more. Why are these protein treats so special? Pure and simple – Liv-ALittles® are made from 100% chicken breast, beef or wild salmon yielding a natural treat that’s high in protein. These freeze dried morsels burst with flavor when mixed with silva. Once moistened, the pieces plump up, tempting the taste buds of even the most finicky pets. Protein is naturally craved by dogs and cats. Unlike typical biscuits, chewy treats and cookies, freeze dried protein treats are low in fat, carbohydrates and fiber. They contain no artificial colors, preservatives, added sugar, wheat, corn or other ingredients that add extra calories. These versatile treats can be crumbled and sprinkled on food for added flavor or mixed in water to encourage hydration on warm days. Equally loved by both dogs and cats Liv-A- Littles protein treats are a great household staple that go a long way to show pets how much you care. Conveniently packaged in re-sealable jars they can be found at Whole Foods, PETCO, Independent Pet Stores and QVC. • Bettie Hamilton Director of Product Development Halo Purely for Pets Miss DeMeanor - Domestic short hair Female adult MaGGie - CoonHound mix Female adult large to learn more about how to adopt Miss Demeanor and Maggie, go to Get help, volunteer or donate: LittLe SheLter 33 Warner road, huntington 631-368-8770, SpriNGtiMe aNd your pet by Jodi Record HEALTH Easter is known for ‘Easter Eggs’. After all, who doesn’t love that melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate gold? But while chocolate is the way to a woman’s heart; it can also be a way to the veterinarian, or worse, for your pet. Chocolate contains ingredients that are toxic to dogs and cats, and if ingested can cause nausea and vomiting, seizures, increased blood pressure, and worstcase scenario – death! So while you’re relishing that once-a-year indulgence, be sure to store those chocolaty delights well out of reach of Fluffy and Fido and avoid an unnecessary trip to the emergency room this Easter. FASHION You’re walking down the street and you see a cute little ball of fur attached to a leash heading towards you. You bend down to say hello and you ask the human attached to the other end what kind of dog this is. The response you get is a name like Morkie, Schnoodle, Peekapoo, Puggle or Labradoodle. You’ve never heard of any of these breeds, but in fact they are the hottest new fashion trend in pets, and their creation has coined a new catch phrase –the ‘designer dog’. So what is a designer dog? Essentially a ‘designer dog’ is a mixed breed, AKA the good old American mutt! While the usual mutt is normally a Heinz 57 variety, ‘designer dogs’ are created by mixing two purebreds i.e. a Morkie is a Maltese and Yorkie mix, a Schnoodle is Schnauzer and Poodle mix and a Puggle is a Pug and Beagle mix. Some are paying big bucks for their mixed breed mate, all the while thinking that they just added a pedigree to their family. There’s a lesson to be learned in all of this – if you can’t find it on the AKC’s list of registered breeds, then it’s likely your little friend is not a purebred at all. Remember, if you’re considering adding a four-legged companion to your family, adoption is the best option. Visit your local animal shelter and save a life! • Jodi Record Volunteer Jessie’s Hope for Dogs april 2012 | gemmagazineli 49

GEM Magazine LI April 2012

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