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How To Read An Ingredient Label Dog Eating Disorders

Foods For Great Coats Training Treats:

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

IT CAN HAPPEN SOONER THAN YOU THINK . 50% of all pets born are accidents. Spaying or neutering your pet at 4 months can prevent those accidents and help save millions of dogs and cats from being killed in shelters each year. PREVENT MORE. FIX AT MONTH FOUR.













TTOUCH Belly Lifts


GROOMING Foods for Great Coats


TRAVEL & LEISURE Bubba Rose Biscuit Co.


HEALTH & WELLNESS 6 Power Foods For Your Dog


BEHAVIOR & TRAINING Training Treats: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


DOG AS ART Bone Appetit

THE BEST RECIPES FOR DOGS YOU’LL EVER MAKE Pup Culture is Your Guide to Doggie Dining


WHAT’S EATING FIDO? Eating Disorders Can Effect Dogs, Too


FOOD-BASED HOME REMEDIES The Key to a Successful Relationship is Your Dog


HOW TO READ AN INGREDIENT LABEL Tips on How to Decipher Dog Food Labels



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How To Read A Dog Food Label

American association of feed control officials (AAFCO) model regulations call for five components to be on package labels:

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Brand and Product Name

Refers to the specific food— treats and table foods are extras.

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If contains 100% meat, label will say = All Beef Food, 100% Venison, etc.

If contains 25% meat, label will say = Chicken Dinner, Recipe, or Entree.

If food is only meat flavored label will say =

If contains 95% meat, label will say = Beef Dog Food, Chicken Dog Food, etc.

If contains 3% meat, label will say = “with”, “contains”, Chicken, Beef, etc.

Meaty chicken, beef, etc. Flavor!


A Statement of Guaranteed Analysis Tells you nothing about the sources of the protein, fat or fiber (For that, check the ingredients list)

Gives you some idea of nutritional adequacy

A Statement of Nutritional Adequacy


Meet AAFCO Nutrient Profile Means a feeding trial was not conducted. Label will say: Formulated to meet nutritional levels set by AAFCO.



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Feeding Directions:

Guaranteed Anaylsis:

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AAFCO requires companies to demonstrate, in one of three ways, that their products really do support pet growth, maintenance, reproduction and lactation — or all of these life stages.

Feeding Studies Means feeding trials were conducted and successful. Label will say: Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures.

Brand Name:

Nutritional Adequacy

AAFCO model regulations specify the exact wording of product names according to how much of the animal-based ingredients the product (food) actually contains.

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Feeding Directions

Nutrient Profile Families Company conducted a feeding trial on ONE PRODUCT and any product family member with similar ingredients is assumed to work just as well. Requires no special designation on the label

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List of Ingredients



Most important sources of calories and protein are likely to be among the first FIVE ingredients

A Good Rule of Thumb: Any ingredient that follows salt, on average, makes up LESS THAN 1% of the diet

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The first three ingredients should be a type of animal protein (chicken, beef, fish, etc.)


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Greetings Readers! We are excited to welcome you to the first-ever Food Issue for Pup Culture Magazine, dedicated to all things food-related for our canine family members. When I brought home my first dog, food was one of my main concerns. I knew having a high-quality food was important in order to keep him healthy. However, it wasn’t until I brought home my second lab, Andrea, that I was introduced to the world of dog food. As I have mentioned in previous issues, Andrea suffers from a number of food allergies, so it’s extremely important for me to be conscious about what foods I give her. After months of trial and error, painstaking research, and multiple vet visits we finally found a solution: home cooking. Now, we have fun finding and/or creating nutrientdense recipes for her. In this issue, we have some great articles aimed at giving you some food for thought and to help you incorporate whole, nutritious foods into your dog’s diet. Our list of 6 Power Foods for your dog (page 20) provides a small list of foods you can add to your dog’s diet to help ward off illness. Our Home Remedies article on page 38, shows you that relief to common ailments can be found right within your kitchen cupboard. Is your dog’s coat far from ideal? Check out our Foods for Great Coats article on page 12 for some helpful tips on how to get your dog on the path to a shiny, healthy coat. Look out dog foodies, our recipe section The Best Recipes For Dogs You’ll Ever Make starts on page 24 and is the ultimate guide to doggie dining. From Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie to a Delicious Raspberry Birthday Cake, your dog will not be disappointed. We hope you will also enjoy Dog As Art on page 42. In this issue Contributing Photographer,Jessica Luce, presents “Bone Appetit”. And make sure to visit Mina & Max on page 62, these two darling dachshunds are cooking up some trouble again in their comic “Cooking with Mina & Max”. We’re always on the lookout for unique stories about dogs, their owners and community programs. So feel free to let us know about a great story you think we should cover or feature. Don’t forget to get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and our website at to stay current with more great articles, information and giveaways exclusive to the web. Our bi-monthly online subscription is free, so be sure to sign-up on our mailing list through the website to be the first to have the magazine delivered right to your inbox.

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How To Read An Ingredient Label Dog Eating Disorders

Foods For Great Coats Training Treats:

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


Quinoa Chicken Salad Photography by Michelle Macirella





Celebrating Canine Culture Publisher Avant-Bark Media Editor-in-Chief Gabriella Martinez Contributing Editor Michelle Macirella Design & Production Gabriella Martinez Monica Cevallos Photo Editor Michelle Macirella Fashion Editor/Food Stylist Laura Kinsey Dolph Copy Editor Julie Wilner Contributing Writers MaryAnn Aquilino Rebecca Astheimer Laura Kinsey Dolph Carol Giotto Gabriella Martinez Kim Mayes Dr. Mark Pessin, DVM Debra Thesing Elaine Webster Contributing Photographers Michelle Macirella, Luminaria Photography Jessica Luce, Jessica Luce Pet Photography Sophie Gamand, Striking Paws Photography Advertising Inquires: email

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Contributors Gabriella Martinez, Editor-In-Chief

MaryAnn Aquilino, Contributing Writer

Gabriella is a marketing professional and owner of A Barkers Dozen Gourmet Dog Treats. Her intricately decorated treats have been featured in various publications such as People Pets, Dog Tipper and local papers. She is a graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Printing and Publishing, Photographic Arts and Sciences, Marketing and Psychology. A life-long animal lover, she currently lives with her 3 dogs and 6 cats.

After 25 years in the corporate world, MaryAnn decided to do what she loved— work with dogs. She studied everything she could about dog training, worked with a several great trainers, and has had success with training dogs in people’s homes. She is also a certified groomer and loves what she does—much less stress and doggy kisses every day; What’s not to like?! She always loved to write and has done so for local newspapers, websites, and now for a great magazine, Pup Culture! One her greatest joys is to be able to help people and their dogs, either through training, grooming, writing, or a combination of the three.

Michelle Macirella, Photo Editor Michelle Macirella is the Owner/Photographer of Luminaria Photography in Rochester, NY. In addition to being a photographer, Michelle was also a professional theatrical Stage Manager and Production Secretary on Academy & Emmy Award winning film and television productions such as A Beautiful Mind and Ed. She has been a contributing writer and photographer for several publications including Lake Affect Magazine and Rochester Woman Magazine, and is a member of Professional Photographers of America. One of Michelle’s specialties is commercial pet photography and pet portraits. She is a lover of all things dog, especially her own Tibetan Spaniel mix, Bear, who brightens her life every day.

Monica Cevallos, Design & Production

Monica is an avid animal lover and design and illustration fancier, who 8 years ago merged these three loves together to form Sniff Design Studio™, an award-winning graphic design studio that caters to the pet industry. She holds degrees in Fine Art, Graphic Design and Print Production from San Fransico State University and Platt College of Design. She is also the proud mother of Willamina & Maxamillion (A.K.A.) Mina and Max, two darling yet little devil dachshunds.

Debra Thesing, Contributing Writer (Crafts) Debra Thesing works in the legal field by day and all things Pug the rest of her waking hours! She is the owner of Pugpossessed - a little shop not just for Pugs. She and her husband are owned by 6 Pugs, 3 of whom are rescues. She is actively involved with rescue and travels near and far meeting up with online friends and going to Pug events and fundraisers.

Rebecca Astheimer, Contributing Writer Throughout her college career, Rebecca was a columnist for her University’s newspaper, and spent her free weekends volunteering at local animal shelters. She is a graduate of Hoftstra University and lives in Rochester, NY with her beloved Cardigan Corgi, Scooter.

Carol Giotto, Contributing Writer (TTouch) Carol was first certified as a Tellington TTouch Practitioner in 2001. She is actively involved with Therapy Dogs International; she is the current director of TDI Chapter #216 and she and her two therapy dogs (Jonah and Lottie Mae) visit various libraries and nursing homes in the Rochester Area.   Carol is also a founding member and Treasurer of Veterans PetReach, Inc., a local charitable organization whose mission is to foster, train and place a carefully selected shelter or rescue animal with a Veteran who can benefit from the presence of a companion animal.  Carol is also actively involved in fundraising activities for the Rochester City Animal Shelter (Rochester Animal Services).  She lives with her husband, English Mastiffs and a cat.

Julie Wilner, Copy Editor

Julie Wilner is a former newspaper copy editor who now works as a clinical social worker for the Veterans Administration. As part of the post-traumatic stress disorder treatment team, she regularly witnesses the therapeutic benefit of dogs, both trained and untrained as service animals. Once a week, Julie’s dog, Brisket, accompanies her to work and is a favorite of both veterans and staff, even though his focus is often on foraging for treats.

Kim Mayes, Behavior & Training Kim Mayes is an AKC CGC and Puppy STAR Evaluator, a SARA Therapy & Service Animal Trainer/Evaluator and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Kim is also Team Leader for Rockin’ Dawgs All-Star Pro Performance Dog Team and enjoys competing in many dog sports, however, her passion lies with trick training, animal acting and canine freestyle. Kim resides in Titusville, Florida with her 3 Siberian Huskies (Seppala, Nali and Abbey) and her English Bulldog (Riddick). Her dogs have received multiple titles over the years and have gone to do work in books, training videos and print ads. Her dog ‘Seppala’ was the 1st dog in the country to receive the title of Trick Dog Champion and her rescued English Bulldog ‘Riddick’ has been the 1st, and so far the only, dog of his breed to achieve the same title.

Jessica Luce, Contributing Photographer Jessica graduated from Portfolio Center’s post-graduate program for Commercial Photography and knew before she even got her hands on the diploma that dog photography is what she’s meant to do! Her sincere love for dogs of all breeds combined with her creative passion for photography birthed a career that she wouldn’t dare trade for anything else. Jessica is an Atlanta, Georgia native and you can find her photographing family pets and for rescue groups throughout Atlanta and its suburbs..

Mark Pessin, DVM, Guest Writer Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Mark Pessin, director of Fairview Veterinary Hospital, received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. Since then, he has worked for various Monroe Veterinary Associates hospitals, including Companion Animal Hospital and Irondequoit Animal Hospital. When he’s not working, Dr. Pessin spends his time hiking, golfing, going to concerts and sporting events with his two sons. He enjoys the companionship of three dogs - a pair of Chihuahuas named Taz and Lucy and a Mastiff named Buddy - and two cats, Tip and Gohan. He also has a barn for a small number of sheep and miniature donkeys!

Sharon Hardy, Contributing Photographer Sharon Hardy is the owner & photographer of Sweet Potato Pet Photos in Los Angeles. She especially loves capturing that special bond between pets and their humans. Before working as a full-time pet photographer, she worked in the TV industry for 14 years, mostly with Conan O’Brien, and studied film & television at New York University. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and awesome rescue pug, Chubs

Linda Dow Hayes, Contributing Photographer Linda Dow Hayes is a portrait photographer living and working in Upstate New York. Born and raised in New Hampshire, she has fond memories of time spent with her first family dog, Susie and her stepdog Rasputin. She enjoys spending time with her family attending sporting events and concerts as well as hiking and relaxing at home. Along with her English Springer Spaniel, KC (short for Katherine Claire-which her family decided was far too proper of a name for daily use), she has a cat, Maybelline, and 2 Japanese Fighting Fish, Gypsy and Mayor McFish, as members of her family. | 5




MARCH 9th—10th

MARCH 16th

Vancouver, BC

Islamorada, Florida Keys

10AM - 6PM

10AM - 6PM

Southern California Pet Expo

Keys Woofstock

APRIL 14th

2nd annual Go Dog Go! Show Birmingham, AL

Starts at 11AM

Pet expo is hundreds of pets, pet products, service providers, entertainers, clubs and organizations that cater to all things pet! Plus great entertainment including: agility & flyball, great family fun features like face painting, the petting farm, pony rides, theFree Ask A Vet & Ask A Trainer Clinics and more!

Keys WoofStock, A Day of Peace, Paws & Music! This is a fun day filled with great activities for everyone involved, from the two legged to four; Dock Diving, Lure Coursing, Musical Acts, Contest, vendors from all over, not to mention the many other Animal Rescue Organizations there too.

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Full breeds, mixed breeds and everything in between are welcome to compete for the show’s ultimate title: Crowd’s Choice Best in Show. All proceeds from the event will benefit local aniimal rescue advocacy efforts. Dogs and their humans can enjoy demonstrations, peruse the adoption and information fair booths, visit with famous local authors and enjoy dog-related activities.

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APRIL 20th

APRIL 20th

Birmingham, AL

Phoenix, AZ

4th Annual Mutt Strutt

Registration starts at 7AM

Hand in Paw’s Junior Board will yet again organize the 4th Annual Mutt Strut: Dog-Friendly 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run. The event will held at the Green of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The day will be packed with fun for not only the avid runner and dog-lover, but for the whole family.

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Come to the Phoenix Pet Expo, indoors at the University of Phoenix Stadium with FREE admission! Check out a special appearance by Shorty Rossi and his pit bull, Hercules, star of ‘Pit Boss’ on Animal Planet, 190+ Pet-friendly exhibitors, live demos, low-cost vaccinations, giveaways, contests, and much more for the whole family!

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What is TTouch ? The Tellington TTouch or TTouch was developed by Linda Tellington Jones. TTouch is made up of ground work (or the confidence course), body work and leash work. TTouch can be used to address a number of behavior issues as well as to benefit general well-being. To find out more about TTouch or to find a practitioner in your area visit

Belly Lifts Written by Carol Giotto


ellington Touch Training (or TTouch®) consists of bodywork, groundwork and leading exercises that influences your dogs’ behavior and enhances their well being. Bodywork consists of circles, lifts and slides. I’ve discussed circles (June/July 2012 issue) and slides (Dec/ Jan 2011 Issue), and in this issue I’m going to focus on one type of lift, the belly lift. The belly lift is helpful if your dog has indigestion,and it can help release tension in your dogs back. You can do a belly lift with either your hand or with a towel. I recommend doing the lift with your hand before you try using a towel, you will get a better feel for what is comfortable for your dog. To start, stand next to your dog’s side facing the same direction. If she is laying down, kneel next to her back or behind her (depending on the her size). You may want to stroke her belly and side initially to get an idea of how sensitive she is to having you work on her belly. Next take one hand and place it on her belly with your whole palm in contact with her skin. Your other hand is lightly placed on her back. Now take the hand that is on the belly and slowly and gently lift toward her back. Although this is a lift, you need to be careful not to push too hard. Watch your dog’s reaction. 10 | PUPCULTURE MARCH/APRIL

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Some things to remember while working with your dog: •

Always pay attention to your dog’s reaction. If your dog does not seem comfortable with what you are doing then you should adjust in some way. Normally this could be the pressure or speed you are using, but it could also be moving to a different part of the body or stopping.

Place yourself in a safe position in relationship to your dog. Don’t bend over your dog or face her head on. If you are kneeling, keep one foot on the ground so that you can easily stand up if necessary.

Keep yourself in balance while working on your dog. Don’t lean or strain to reach your dog.

Mix in some other bodywork like zig-zag or circle touches.

When you’re done, do long strokes over her body from head to tail and down her legs.

This is a very subtle movement; you’re creating some pressure not pushing her belly up. Once you have lifted, hold your hand in place to the count of six and then slowly release your hand. You do not want to let your hand drop. You want the release to be about twice as long as the lift and the hold. If you do this correctly, you can feel your dog’s belly “drop” into your hand as you release it. Move your hand a couple of inches and do another lift. The hand that is on her back is there for support and balance; you do not want to push this hand into her back while doing the lift. To use a towel, place it right behind your dog’s front legs against her belly-the ends of the towel should be on each side of your dog—and gently lift it upward. Hold to the count of six and then release to the count of 12. Now move the towel back toward her hind end a couple of inches and do another lift. Continue to do this until you reach her hind legs, or until you come to an area that they are not comfortable with.n

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COATS Written by MaryAnn Aquilino


dog’s coat is often a reflection of her health. A dull, brittle coat can signal medical problems such as allergies, hypothyroidism, bacterial and fungal infections, or worms. A lackluster coat, however, is more likely the result of nutritional deficiencies. Once your vet has ruled out medical reasons for a coat problem, it is time to consider your dog’s diet. While many commercial dog foods contain the nutrients needed to maintain a shiny coat, low-quality or very low-fat commercial dog foods may not. Check the ingredients for foods rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, zinc, copper and vitamins A,E, and B complex. You can add supplements to your dog’s food, but check with your vet to to learn the correct amount. Over supplementation can cause serious health problems. Protein is also key to a healthy coat. When choosing a commercial food, look for one that uses protein as the main ingredient rather that grain. If you’re supplementing your dog’s food with eggs, be careful not to use raw egg whites, which can lead to a vitamin B deficiency. Essential fatty acids are vital to a good coat. Flaxseed, canola, olive, fish and cod liver oils are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids; tuna, salmon and sardines are also good sources. Coconut, sunflower oil and safflower oil are rich in omega-6 fatty acids. Again, discuss the dosages with your vet and start with small amounts to see how your dog tolerates them. Brewer’s yeast is another supplement said to keep a coat healthy. It’s rich in antioxidants and B vitamins. Some dogs may be allergic, especially if they have other food allergies, but using a premium supplement will lessen the chances of a reaction. There are also products, such as PetAlive Skin & Coat Tonic, that combine herbs and nutrients. To keep a coat shiny use a shampoo that is pH-balanced for dogs; regular shampoos or other cleaning agents will dry a dog’s skin and hair. And daily brushing helps distribute the natural oils in a dog’s skin, which will enhance the coat. n



BUBBA ROSE BISCUIT CO. THE PERFECT PLACE TO SPOIL YOUR DOG Written by Gabriella Martinez | Photography by Michelle Macirella



essica and Eric Talley are the ultracreative owners of Bubba Rose Biscuit Co., one of the nation’s most well-known dog bakeries. In 2006, Jessica left her job in graphic design and Eric left his job as an electrician in order to start Bubba Rose.Their delicious and intricately decorated treats have be featured by the likes of The Today Show, The Daily Candy and People Magazine. and are sold in stores worldwide. Located right outside New York City in the quaint town of Boonton in New Jersey, this dog bakery should be placed on your ‘must visit’ list. Bubba Rose currently bakes over 35 different recipes on location and has over 120 different treats available throughout the year and an additional 30-40 seasonal treats. Not only do Jessica and Eric produce fantastic doggie baked goods, they also spend time creating recipes which can be found in their cookbooks: The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook Kit, The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook Kit (Christmas Edition), and most recently, Snoopy’s Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook Kit. Best of all, Bubba Rose is heavily involved in promoting animal rescue, “That’s the core of what we promote as a company. A portion of all of our sales goes towards animal rescue as well. All of our dogs are rescues, it’s just something very true to the core of who we are as a business,” explains Jessica. Pup Culture was lucky enough to have a chat with Jessica and ask her a few questions about Bubba Rose.

bakery side of things a lot better than what was on the market at that time. So we did our research, we spoke with vets and dieticians, and just started baking. PC: Did you always love to bake? JT: I Did. Baking was something that I did always enjoy. My grandma and my mother were both excellent bakers so there are some tricks I’ve learned from them over the years. PC: So, you went from baking with your mom and grandmother for people to to baking dog items. Was it a weird transition?

Jessica Talley: Well it’s named after our

JT: Not really. There’s a little bit to learn and reconfigure in the beginning, because our approach to make our treats was to only put in there what we want for the flavor of the treat, as well as what

dogs, Bob and Rose. My husband and I wanted to start our own business in the pet industry, primarily dog related, and we thought we definitely could do the

the treat needed to stay together—so we could keep a very clean profile for all of our products and also keep them as allergen friendly as they are. In order

Pup Culture: How did you start Bubba Rose?

to do that, right of the bat we decided we were going to be no wheat, corn, or soy and we were going to use organic ingredients whenever possible. So, learning how to bake without wheat was our first challenge because it is different using a non-wheat flour because there is really no gluten and it bakes differently so that took a little experimentation to figure out what balance we needed for that. And then, after that, as we expanded into cakes and cupcakes and things of that nature (which have a very different texture) it took a little bit to figure out how you make a cake from scratch if you don’t have butter, shortening, or sugar which are really, really common in cakes in general; even with the cookies. Our biscuits, in a sense, are a cookie and to make cookies without any level of fat like that, it takes a minute to kind of figure out how to work around it and what you need. PC: Do you have any favorite treats? JT: Favorite flavor treat I would say is peanut brittle. That’s one of the ones that everybody around here actually snacks on—there’s a couple of treats that the people will snack on. I Heart Cheese and | 15

Pizza Time also get high snack-a-bility around the office—around the kitchen, really. As far as a new product that we’re the most in love with right now, that would be our cake bites. The cake bites are brand-new and we are just utterly in love with them. PC: Where do you come up with your treat recipe ideas and design ideas? JT: A lot of them come from really staying on top of the human market trends. It’s something that I’ve always monitored and kept an eye on closely— what was going on in regards to baking for humans. PC: Do you have any kitchen nightmares that you would like to share? JT: Well, there are always some entertaining ones. ... At this point, we haven’t hired anyone that comes from a baking background. So, sometimes there are nuances in baking that you just don’t realize (and you kind of overlook) that people don’t know. All of the recipes are listed in cups so one of our employees was making one of the pumpkin recipes that we do and it calls for a cup of pumpkin and she thought ‘c’ meant ‘can’ so she put in an entire can of pumpkin. Except, we use industrial-sized cans so a can is bigger than her head, when it should have been a cup. What ensued and what it looked like and how many rounds of pumpkin cookies we had to make to continue to offset how much pumpkin had been used was mildly entertaining. PC: How many dogs do you currently have? JT: We currently have two dogs. The numbers have changed over the years. This holiday season we lost Rose—half 16 | PUPCULTURE MARCH/APRIL

of our namesake—we had 3 at that time. Our newest one is Earl. So now we have the two, we have Bob (which is Bubba) and we have Earl. PC: I’m sure they are your treat testers while they are there. JT: Oh yes. They do a very hard day of taste testing, day in and day out. PC: You have a wide range of beautiful custom cakes, how did you get into that? JT: It was just a natural progression. As people started to say ‘Hey can you do...?’ usually my answer was always ‘Sure!, we can do that!’ and then I figured out how we could do that and we made it happen. ... I knew that I had made larger cakes for people, so I know how to do stacked cakes, carved cakes, and things like that, so the same principle does cross over for the dog stuff. We just work with the cake batters that we make that are dog-friendly cake batters and then kind of go from there. PC: Is there one thing about Bubba Rose that our readers would be surprised to hear? JT: Yeah, this is just a funny fact, but it gives you a little sense of the quirkiness of the bakery. Eric and I, Eric is my husband and my business partner, we drive a classic silver Cadillac hearse to work everyday—and that’s our family wagon. That’s what the dogs come to work everyday in. So, every morning everyone around the area knows when they see (we call it the gray ghost), when they see the gray ghost that it’s Bubba Rose coming to work and then the dog faces are always in the back window. So, when you’re driving in New Jersey and you see two dogs staring out the back of a silver hearse at you, it’s us.

THE GREAT PUMPKIN Bubba Rose was kind enough to give us a recipe from their newest cookbook kit, Snoopy’s Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook. And what kind of Snoopy cookbook would it be without pumpkin? RECIPE NOTE: Instead of using canned pumpkin you can also use fresh, pureed pumpkin. INGREDIENTS: •

1 ½ cup oat flour

1 ½ cup brown rice flour

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ cup canned pumpkin

1 egg

½ cup water

DIRECTIONS: ONE: Preheat oven to 350°. TWO: Combine all ingredients (except the water) together.

THREE: Add water slowly and mix until a dough forms (if too dry, add more water, too wet, add a bit more flour). FOUR: Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4” thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes.

FIVE: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (for easy clean up), and place the cookies on the sheet (they can be rather close together as they don’t grow much while cooking). SIX: Bake 22-27 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Credit: Snoopy’s Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook Kit By Snoopy and Bubba Rose Biscuit Co. Cider Mill Press Publishers

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ogs exhibit a number of eating disorders, and their causes can be difficult to detect. Most eating disorders are outgrowths of emotional issues, but it is important to take your dog to your veterinarian for a thorough exam to rule out the possibility of an underlying physical problem. Emotional issues run the gamut from depression to separation anxiety to boredom. Signs of eating disorders include weight gain or weight loss, digestion problems such as vomiting and diarrhea, and behavior such as biting or chewing the skin.

their appetites if they become depressed following a major change in their lives, such as a new owner or house. Pica (eating non-food items) is another form of eating disorder. Pica is usually caused by anxiety or is an attempt to seek attention, but it can also be due to curiosity or boredom. An especially unattractive form of pica is feces eating. Scoffing means eating too fast, and it can lead to regurgitation and vomiting. Dogs often scoff when they compete with other dogs for food, so try to feed them separately. Also, putting a large ball or rock in the food bowl can force dogs to slow down because they have to push the ball out of the way to eat. Be sure the ball is too large to swallow.

The most common eating disorder is overeating, which is often a manifestation of mild stress or boredom. Making sure your dog gets plenty of physical and mental stimulation is key to alleviating the problem. It is also important not to leave food out during the day; many dogs will eat even if they’re not hungry.

It must be re-emphasized that if you suspect any eating disorder, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian. Once it has been established that there are no medical reasons for the eating disorder, you can concentrate on meeting your pet’s emotional needs. n

Another common eating disorder is undereating. Dogs experiencing separation anxiety or nervousness may not eat when their owners are away or during stressful events such as thunderstorms. And dogs often lose

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POWER FOODS FOR YOUR DOG Written by MaryAnn Aquilino

While the saying goes that a dog is man’s best friend, they are now known to be more genetically similar than was first thought, according to studies by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Broad Institute of Harvard University and the MIT Dog Genome Project. In many respects, what benefits humans is also good for our canine companions. Limiting exposure to environmental toxins, exercising regularly and eating healthfully are just what the doctor and the veterinarian ordered. In terms of healthful eating, you can replace up to 25 percent of a dog’s kibble with “power” foods without disrupting the balance of nutrients he or she receives. Try them in small amounts to ensure your dog can tolerate them.


Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamins A, B6 and C, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, potassium, copper, thiamine and iron. They help maintain fluid and electrolyte balance and healthy heart function. Peel and slice a sweet potato into ¼ inch slices and bake them at 250 degrees for 2 ½ hours. This will give you a chewy treat; the longer you bake them, the crunchier they get. Another great way to add sweet potato to your dog’s diet is to microwave it for about 10 minutes, and mix a scoop of the cooled pulp with dinner. Don’t feed your dogs the skin because it can cause stomach upset.

Fish Oily fish--such as tuna, salmon and sardines--contain omega-3 fatty acids, which suppress the production of adrenaline, and therefore may calm anxiety or aggression. But don’t use canned Pacific Northwest salmon, as it can harbor a lethal dog parasite.

Olive Oil Olive oil contains omega-9 acid, which protects the heart. It is also very high in vitamins A,D,E, and K. Mix the oil into your dog’s meals, but do so in small amounts because it can loosen stools.

Whole Oats And Brown Rice Cooked whole oats and whole brown rice are great sources of fiber. Fiber slows digestion enhancing the absorption of tryptophan in these foods, and tryptophan has been shown in some studies to ease depression and anxiety. You can add oats and rice to dry food or mix them with lean ground meat.

Lean Meats Lean meats and organ meats (in moderation) contain protein, nutrients, and are low in fat. Beef contains B5, which is important in the production of adrenal hormones and the formation of antibodies.

Blueberries Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, have a diverse range of micronutrients, and contain moderate levels of manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber. Blueberries can be frozen without doing damage to their delicate antioxidants. | 21






























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YOUR GUIDE TO DOGGY DINING Whether you’re planning a doggie get-together or celebrating a special occasion, Pup Culture’s got you covered. Treats? Check. Entrées? Check. Recipes for Special Occassions? Of Course! No matter what you choose to make, your Dog won’t be disappointed.




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quinoa and chicken mixture. TEN: Add olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Gently fold all ingredients together. Give your dog a serving immediately or store in airtight container in fridge for up to one week.


4 tsp. olive oil

2 tsp. apple cider vinegar (preferably raw)


Recipe courtesy of Zoe’s Premium YIELD: Approximately 10 servings for a 40 lb. dog. Feed 2x a day. SERVING SIZE: 1 cup.


This is an easy one-pot meal for your beast. These ingredients nourish the skin and immune system and pack a wonderful, essential amino acid punch! Poaching the chicken creates the broth that will cook the quinoa. It also makes for a moist and delicious meal to feed your pup for the entire work week.

TWO: Remove chicken from the pot and set aside to cool.

In this colorful meal, your pup is getting a wholesome and hearty helping of antioxidants and nutrients!

THREE: With the heat off, drop kale leaves into hot broth until kale is fully cooked and is a deep green, about 5-7 minutes. Remove kale and set aside to cool.

NOTE: If using ground turkey no need to drain off liquid. Just add the olive oil before browning and half the amount of broth for this recipe.

NOTE: If using a whole chicken, do not include neck bones in this preparation. INGREDIENTS: •

ONE: Poach chicken in a 5-1/2 qt. pot or larger, starting with cold water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until meat is tender, about 1-1/2 hours.

FOUR: Leave 3 cups of broth in the pot and add quinoa. Cook as directed.

Recipe courtesy of Zoe’s Premium YIELD: Approximately 12 servings for a 40 lb. dog. SERVING SIZE: 1 cup.


3 lbs. lean ground beef (or ground turkey)

1 whole chicken or chicken parts (about 3-1/2 lbs.)

FIVE: Let the quinoa cool in the pot until slightly warm to the touch.

1-1/2 cup quinoa (12 oz.)

2 small apples, finely diced

SIX: Meanwhile, remove skin, peel chicken off the bone and roughly chop.

3 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean

1/2 bunch of kale (remove leaves from larger, tougher stalks)

SEVEN: Finely chop cooked kale and add both to the quinoa.

1 - 16 oz bag of frozen diced carrots & peas

4 tsp. sunflower seeds (unsalted, raw or roasted and crushed)

EIGHT: Add apples and sunflower seeds to the quinoa and chicken.

8 oz. vegetable, chicken or beef broth

1 large egg (organic, if possible)

1” knob of ginger root, grated

NINE: Finely grate ginger root into

1/4 cup olive oil

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2 tsp. potato starch

1tsp. tomato paste (optional)

A pinch of dried or fresh thyme leaves

DIRECTIONS: ONE: Wrap sweet potatoes in foil and roast at 350°F until soft. Remove and cool. TWO: Brown ground beef in a large skillet and drain off fat. THREE: Beat the egg in a small bowl. Add to meat mixture and cook for two minutes, stirring frequently. FOUR: Add carrots & peas, olive oil and tomato paste and mix. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes. FIVE: Take 2 tsp. of broth and mix with the potato starch to create a slurry. Set aside. Add remaining broth to mixture and heat until bubbly. SIX: Add slurry and cook through until a gravy develops. SEVEN: Pour mixture into a 9x12 baking dish. EIGHT: Mash sweet potatoes, with or without the peel, and layer on top of the meat mixture. NINE: Once pie is assembled, broil for 3-5 minutes to achieve a crispy potato crust (optional) Optional: Sprinkle of dried thyme or a tablespoon of fresh parsley for garnish and a little extra flavor!


1 tablespoons applesauce


2 tablespoons canola oil

Recipe courtesy of Andrea Thompson of Katie’s Jar

¼ tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup water or chicken stock

YIELD: Approximately two dozen

1 egg


SERVING SIZE: 1 empanada.

Inspired by the city of San Antonio’s canine community, these dog-friendly empanadas are sure to have your dog begging for seconds. Plus, they smell incredible when baking. See more at NOTE: Try keeping them in the freezer where they will last for a few months and can be taken out one at a time for a special treat! INGREDIENTS: Filling: •

1/2 lb. Grass-Fed Ground Beef

1/2 lb. Lamb

1 large sweet potato, cut into ½” dice

Handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped


2 cups all-purpose flour

DIRECTIONS: To make filling: ONE: Cook ground beef and lamb together in a skillet. TWO: Place diced sweet potato in a shallow bowl filled with water, microwave on high for 2-3 minutes until soft. Drain off water, set aside. THREE: combine cooked meat, sweet potato, and chopped parsley in a bowl to form the filling. refrigerate while preparing the dough. Optional: Place cooked meat, sweet potato, and parsley in bowl of a food processor, blend until smooth. Refrigerate. To make dough: FOUR: Mix together.




FIVE: In another bowl, whisk the egg, applesauce, canola oil, and water or chicken stock together.

princess—no one will guess they only took a few moments to make! See more at NOTE: Springtime Savories can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. INGREDIENTS:

SIX: Add wet ingredients slowly to dry mix. (TIP: You may need to add a little flour if the mixture is sticky. Dough should not stick to fingers.) SEVEN: Roll out the dough to 1/8” thick and use a biscuit cutter to cut rounds. To assemble (see above picture): EIGHT: Place about a teaspoon and a half of the meat mixture into the center of the dough and fold over, using a fork to close the edges. (Note: Try adding water to the edge before folding over dough to help seal the empanada). Repeat steps eight & nine until you have used up all ingredients. NINE: Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.

2 cups Honest Kitchen Keen™ dehydrated dog food

2 cups warm water

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 cup fresh raw ground beef

¼ cup grated raw zucchini

2 free range eggs


sized balls.


These savory treats are unbelievably simple to prepare. They taste so good, your pup will feel like a prince or


SERVING SIZE: 1 stick.

Simple yet flavorful, these veggie sticks will become a go-to treat recipe. Package in bundles for a cute party favor or gift for a doggie friend. NOTE: To keep dough from sticking to rolling pin, chill before rolling out. INGREDIENTS: •

1/4 cup sugar free applesauce 1 carrot, shredded

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

TWO: Hydrate the Keen with the warm water in a large mixing bowl and stir thoroughly.

1 banana, mashed

1 teaspoon fresh or dried parsley

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup oats

THREE: Add in the remaining ingredients to form a thick batter.

SIX: Bake for about 25 minutes or until slightly crispy on the outside. Cool thoroughly before serving.

YIELD: Approximately 3 dozen marble-

YIELD: Approximately two dozen

FIVE: Place the balls on a greased baking sheet.

Recipe courtesy of The Honest Kitchen

Recipe courtesy of Doggy Dessert Chef

ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a large baking sheet.

FOUR: Carefully mold the batter into gumball-sized balls.



DIRECTIONS: ONE: Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. TWO: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined into a dough. If dough is too sticky, add more flour or chill for 1 hour prior to rolling. THREE: Roll out on a floured surface and cut into 1/2” wide strips with a pizza cuter. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet FOUR: Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. FIVE: Cool and break into pieces, then refrigerate. EDITOR’S TIP: Try using 1/4” wooden dowels to maintain a level dough thickness. | 31

Curcumin, the principle active component in turmeric, is a potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent.


PIPPIN'S IMMUNITY BISCUITS YIELD: 12–16 3-inch biscuts. SERVING SIZE: 1 biscuit.

Our reader’s gluten-free treats are the perfect healthy snack to give to Fido. These treats are not only delicious, but they also give your dog’s immunity a boost with every ingredient! NOTE: Dough is crumbly. To avoid it sticking to the rolling pin, apply light pressure when rolling out dough in addition to flouring the surface and rolling pin. INGREDIENTS: •

1 cup coconut flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon organic raw coconut oil

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon ground barley grass (Note: If you cannot find barley grass, try ground wheat grass instead)

1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken stock

DIRECTIONS: ONE: Mix flour, salt, and turmeric together in the bowl of a stand mixer. TWO: Add coconut oil and honey, mix. THREE: Add chicken broth; mix until all dry ingredients are moistened. FOUR: Roll dough out on floured surface to a 1/4-inch thick sheet; cut with cookie cutter into any shape desired. (We used a 3” bone cutter) FIVE: Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper SIX: Bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes; allow to cool thoroughly before giving to your dog.

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FOUR: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to form a thick batter. (Mix in the warm water if the batter is too dry.) FIVE: Fill each donut mold to the top.

HONEY CINNAMON DONUTS Recipe courtesy of Serena Faber Nelson, author of the e-book 52 Weeks of Treats: Simple & Healthy Dog Treat Recipes for Every Season YIELD: 6 Donuts. SERVING SIZE: 1 Donut.

SIX: Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. To test, insert a toothpick into the donut. If it comes out clean, the donuts are ready to be removed from the oven. Allow to cool. SEVEN: Melt the yogurt drops in a small heat safe bowl over boiling water. Transfer to a small bowl. EIGHT: Dip each donut in the yogurt. Set aside on a baking rack to set, drizzle with honey and serve.

1 Tsp Cinnamon

1/2 Cup Applesauce

1 Free Range Egg (Beaten)

2 Tbsp Honey

3 Tbsp Warm Water

For the Icing:

50g Plain Yogurt Drops

DIRECTIONS: ONE: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 6 holes of a regular donut tray with cooking spray. TWO: Combine flour and cinnamon in large bowl. THREE: Add applesauce, honey and egg to a small bowl and whisk until well combined.

2 large eggs

3 tablespoons honey

1 cup plain yogurt

½ cup smashed up Honest Kitchen Smooches™ or Nuzzles™ cookies.

For the icing: •

1-2 cups plain yogurt

2 strips bacon

DIRECTIONS: ONE: Preheat oven to 350°F.

THREE: Combine the Force™ and the Ice pups™ in a bowl and sift together.

INGREDIENTS: 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

2 tablespoons Honest Kitchen Ice Pups™ frozen treat mix

TWO: Grease a 10 inch cake pan with butter or vegetable oil. You can also line the pan with greased parchment paper to encourage easy release.

These fun, bakery-style dounuts are the perfect morning snack for any pup. Sweetened with a bit of honey and dipped in yogurt, they are sure to not disappoint.

PUPPALICIOUS BIRTHDAY CAKE Recipe courtesy of The Honest Kitchen YIELD: One 10-inch round cake SERVING SIZE: One 2-inch slice.

This savory cake is perfect for the pup who doesn’t have much of a sweet-tooth. Topped with yogurt and bacon, your dog will drool over this delicious treat. NOTE: If batter is too dry, add more water. INGREDIENTS:

FOUR: In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the eggs and the yogurt. Whisk at high speed for 3 minutes. Gradually add in honey. FIVE: Reduce the speed to low and add in the dry mixture cup by cup. SIX: Stir in the smashed up cookies. SEVEN: Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. EIGHT: Allow the cake to cool on a rack for 10 minutes. NINE: Cook the two pieces of bacon, chop into small pieces. TEN: Carefully invert the cake onto a serving dish. Ice with the plain yogurt, sprinkle with bacon bits and serve.

For the cake: •

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YUKI’S RASPBERRY BIRTHDAY CAKE Recipe courtesy of Melissa Heard from the blog Yuki the Dog YIELD: One 10-inch round cake SERVING SIZE: One 2-inch slice.

Discovering her dog Yuki loved raspberries, blogger Melissa Heard sought to incorporate them into her birthday cake. See more of her pupfriendly recipes, and follow the antics of Yuki and Rocket at INGREDIENTS: •

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (such as Bob’s Red Mill)

1/2 cup brown rice flour

2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal

2 tsp baking powder

6 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil plus more for greasing pans. Note: coconut oil is usually solid at room


temperature. Gently heat until it liquifies, but let cool slightly before using.

TWO: In a large bowl, combine both flours, flaxseed meal, and baking powder. Stir in coconut oil.

1/3 cup raspberries, chopped plus more left whole for decoration

THREE: Gently fold in the chopped raspberries.

1 cup fat free milk

2 tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1-2 cups organic plain yogurt

DIRECTIONS: ONE: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease one large or two smaller cake pans with some of the coconut oil.

FOUR: In a separate small bowl, mix milk, vanilla, honey, and egg. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. FIVE: Pour batter into prepared cake pan(s) and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Let cake(s) cool completely. SIX: Frost center and top layer with plain yogurt. Decorate top layer with whole raspberries.

Honey Cinnamon Donuts pg. 35

Download a copy of the ebook 52 weeks of Treats here for 10% off until April 30, 2013. Use Coupon Code: PUPC10 Image of Honey Cinnamon Donuts provided by Serena Faber Nelson, author of the e-book 52 Weeks of Treats: Simple & Healthy Dog Treat Recipes for Every Season | 37

Home Remedies Food-Based


Written By Gabriella Martinez

Whether your dog is suffering from bad breath, itchy skin or other common ailments, fast relief may be waiting in your kitchen cupboards. True, some home remedies are simply old wives’ tales, but others have stuck around and been proven effective over time. Next time your dog is suffering from some common ailments, try grabbing one of these healing ingredients to help ease the ailment. And as always, please consult your vet before starting any home remedy treatment.

Oatmeal If your dog suffers from skin issues such as itching, dry skin, rashes, skin allergies, hot spots, etc., an oatmeal bath might be just the thing to provide some relief. Oatmeal contains vitamin E, which helps to naturally moisturize and soothe irritated skin. It also has some anti-inflammatory properties which can offer some amount of pain relief caused by irritated skin. If your dog suffers from persistent skin irritation, consult your veterinarian to help determine the underlying cause. Recommended Use: Process oats in a blender or food processor until you achieve a fine powder (or you can use baby oatmeal). Mix with water and rub it on your dog’s skin. Let it sit for 10 mins and then rinse off with warm water.

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tummy to alleviating minor skin irritations caused by yeast and/or bacteria. It is also recommended for colic, gas and anxiety—making it one of the most versatile home remedies available to dog owners.

Recommended Use: For an upset tummy simply boil water and let the chamomile tea steep for about 10 minutes. Let the tea return to room temperature. Give your dog one 1/4 tsp for every 30 lbs pounds of weight, every two to three hours as necessary. It’s important to note that if your dog has had stomach upset for longer than a day or two, please consult your veterinarian to determine the cause. For skin relief prepare tea and let chill in the fridge. Place in a spray bottle and spray onto the affected area.

Pumpkin Canned or pureed pumpkin is a great natural remedy for dogs suffering with either constipation or diarrhea. Pumpkin contains fiber which can help soothe their stomach and regulate digestion—just be sure you are not feeding them pumpkin pie mix, as it can contain excess sugar and spices, which could upset your dog’s stomach further. Recommended Use: For small dogs, try adding 1–2 teaspoons of pumpkin to their meal, larger dogs should start with 1-2 tablespoons. You can do this a few times a day. However, if your dog is experiencing constipation or diarrhea

for more than a few days, please consult your veterinarian.

Honey If your dog is suffering from a throat irritation or dry cough such as kennel cough raw honey might do the trick in helping to soothe your dog’s throat. Honey has incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and antiviral properties. Honey can also help swollen skin and irritation caused by mange. Recommended use: For a cough, try giving your dog anywhere from ½ to 1 teaspoon of raw honey three to four times per day. You can either mix it in warm water, their food, or just have them lick it up. To help with skin irritation or mange, rub some natural, raw honey on the affected area to provide relief. Remember to wipe the honey off your dogs skin, as it can attract ants.

Cod Liver Oil or Vitamin E If your dog suffers from frequent middle and inner ear infections, a drop of cod liver oil or vitamin E might be just what they need to feel some relief until you can take them to the vet. These oils can help lubricate the ear and reduce pain and inflammation. Recommended Use: Clean your dog’s ears with a gentle ear cleansing solution and let the ear dry completely. Then, put a few drops of Cod Liver Oil or Vitamin E into the ear.

BEHAVIOR/TRAINING 3. Treats should should have a strong odor! Dogs are driven by their noses, so if you open the bag and it stinks, you probably have a winner!





Written By Kim Mayes


n the wonderful world of positivereinforcement training there are many tools that can be used to motivate your dog—toys, praise, playtime—but none is as popular as food treat. But what makes a good training treat and what makes a bad one? Here’s a look at the good, the bad and the ugly when you are going on the hunt for that perfect training reward. There are three basic requirements that training treats should possess. 1. Treats should be the size of a pea or smaller, depending on the size of the dog. 2.

Treats should be of higher value in taste than the dog’s normal kibble.


The Good

Soft and chewy treats are better than crunchy treats because they are easier to break into smaller pieces and can be eaten quickly so the dog can move on to the next command. Low-grain or grain-free treats have more meat in them and thus often have a stronger smell. And a grain-free or low-grain treat is a healthier alternative to many of the treats on the market, and may mean less clean up in the yard!

The Bad Flour-based biscuits should not be a first choice. Flour acts as a filler so dogs become satiated faster, which shortens practice sessions. Flour-based biscuits also tend to be blander. Treats with sugar are prevalent. Manufacturers often add high-fructose corn syrup, cane molasses, maple syrup,

or other sweeteners to their products, which may cause some dogs to become hyperactive.

The Ugly Heavily dyed treats are a no-no because some dogs are allergic to dyes. Treats should not be all the colors of the rainbow! Treats with chemical preservatives such as BHA, BHT, propylene glycol or ethoxyquin should be substituted for more natural alternatives such as rosemary, vitamin C or mixed tocopherols. Food that is toxic to dogs including chocolate, raisins or grapes. Walk into any pet store and you are confronted with aisles of treat options. Read labels and ask dog trainers what they like to use. My favorite treat is freeze-dried liver. I’ve had nervous dogs rejected pepperoni, but they couldn’t pass up the liver!

Yes. It’s for the Dog. (now look who’s begging)

More than 50% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese*. Obesity can put your dog at an increased risk for disease, and your dog’s diet plays a vital role in his or her weight. Your veterinary team can help you determine the best feeding plan to help your dog achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

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The Constant Demand Written By Rebecca Astheimer

For pet owners everywhere, the bonds we create with our animals are unbreakable. So when life faces us with some unfortunate circumstances, being forced to give up a pet can cause great distress to both the owners and the pets themselves. Save Our Pets Food Bank works to amend just that—making sure pet owners struggling financially can still provide adequate pet care to ensure their pets do not have to find a new home.



very day, animal shelters throughout the U.S. take in thousands of new pets, with the hopes they will quickly be relocated to loving and safe homes. Oftentimes, however, it takes days, weeks, sometimes even months for these pets to find new homes and in the meantime, they need to be provided with food and medical attention. The majority of animal shelters are poorly funded to begin with, and the constant need for food wears down on any budget. Although we frequently think of donating money to local shelters, food is such an immediate and constant demand that is often overlooked. Save Our Pets Food Bank started in 2008 when animal lover, Ann King, became perturbed when she saw a news story about pets being deserted by owners who thought they could not provide for their animals. Pet Blogger and Activist Diane Silver, a longtime friend of Ann, reflects, “Ann was always community oriented. She just really wanted to help.” Originally aimed only at the Atlanta, Georgia area, Save Our Pets Food Bank has blossomed into a nationally known organization that operates throughout the United States. Food Bank workers strive to collect food donations from various drop off points and relay them to owners struggling to provide for their pets or shelters in need, slowly but surely keeping pet owners rightfully with their pets and keeping shelter animals well nourished. Sadly, Ms. King passed away suddenly in March of 2012, but her legacy and namesake has been carried on. Her friend Diane Silver, helped create a food donation drive that raised over 260 pounds of pet food in Atlanta. “We just went door to door, asking our neighbors for donations,” Silver recounts. “We were really pleasantly surprised with how many people donated.” Since it’s beginnings in 2008, Save Our Pets Food Bank’s Facebook page boasts that it has helped “Over 700 families, 200 pet rescue organizations, as well as over 1,000 pets with much needed food and supplies through generous donations from supporters, pet food manufacturers and retail stores.” King’s organization has made over 300,000 donations and is continuing to gain momentum throughout the continental U.S. Donors interested in dropping off treats, checks, food, or toys to food banks can find dog-shaped bins throughout various petfriendly participating locations. For those struggling to provide for their pets, these drop-off spots also serve as pick ups for donations. Certain locations require proof of a low-income household and require registration beforehand, so be sure to check the websites of your pickup location. Save Our Pets has a list of guidelines for potential donation recipients, including

a moral code (“pets are for companionship and not for breeding or illegal activities”), proof of a spayed/neutered pet, proof of income, agreement to not tether or chain pets, agreement to provide adequate fresh water, and clean living conditions. For those interested in carrying on the message of Save Our Pets Food Bank, there are a number of resources on the organization’s website that can help good samaritans get together and organize their own donation set up. Silver, who is heavily involved in the pet blogging community, speaks of blogging events set up with the intention of blogging for change. Blog the Change generates competitions amongst animal bloggers to raise money and awareness for animals in need, and is a great way to generate local fundraising campaigns in communities. “Pet companies help set up donations, like Iams, Pedigree, and Purina. They’ve really stepped up to the plate”, Silver says. For aspiring activists, notification of the media is critical. Getting local newspapers, TV stations, pet stores, or nearby shelters involved are great ways to get the word out about animal assistance programs, as many people are simply unfamiliar with the opportunities around to help out pets and pet owners in need. New stories and advertisements are great ways to raise awareness about overlooked problems. In addition, websites, testimonials, interviews, and a broad variety of resources are a great way to generate community involvement and spread the word. Silver has a Twitter account for her pets that “tweet” to followers about local events and charity efforts for shelter animals. Most pet stores around are more than willing to help, as it helps advertise for the company while helping animals in need simultaneously. Dog food, just like our own food, can be a tremendous, continuous expense. Although we frequently think of people and families who go without food, we often forget those struggling financially often have pets that are suffering as well. Food shelters and pet owners alike feel the constant pressure of providing adequately for their pets, and any assistance provided, even if it’s a little bit at a time, is always greatly appreciated.

For more information about Save Our Pets Food Bank or food banks in your area, check out their website at: Diane’s pet blog | 49






Whether you frequently entertain four-legged guests and their people, want to incorporate some doggie humor into your kitchen, or just want your dog's feeding area to look great, this month's product guide has got you covered. — Laura Kinsey




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1. K-9 Cakery has all the gadgets and pet safe ingredients you need to throw a pup-tacular themed party, including these easy-release silicone baking pans. Dog bone and paw-shaped pans, $24.99.


2.This beautiful e-book is chock-full of healthy, easy to make dog treats, $12.00. Exclusive for Pup Culture Readers: Enjoy a 10% off on the ebook until April 30, 2013! Use Coupon Code: PUPC10 Click here to purchase a copy. 3. Throwing a dog party? Don’t forget the (human) party favors! Chocolate fire hydrants, $5. 4. These soft silicone placemeats from Waggo do a great job of keeping food and water up off your nice floor. Plus, they’re super cute. (See them in action on pg. 26!) Available in five colors, $12 each. 5. Jamie bowls from Cloud7 bring some rustic modernism into your kitchen. Available in three sizes and colors. Prices vary. 6. Here’s an idea for the pup who has everything: enroll her in the beautifully decadent Treat of the Month Club from D.O.G.’s Pet Boutique in Los Angeles. Three, Six, or twelve month subscriptions available starting at $23.95 per month. 7. Add some greenery to your pup’s diet (and your kitchen counter) with easy to grow Grass in a Bag, $10.


8. If you’re making cupcakes (or even pup-cakes) for your next puppy party, you for sure need dog-themed liners and puppy-shaped decorative picks to go on top. Obviously. The Woof Woof Cupcake kit, $15. 9. Inject a little ironic dog humor into your morning coffee routine with mugs from Takkoda, starting at £6.95. See the full line at


10. Stack & Serve ceramic bowls from Neroko present a bit of a dilemma: use them to feed the dog, or keep on the tabletop for human use? They’re so beautiful it’s hard to decide! Available in black or white in a variety of sizes. Look for them on the US market soon! 11. Ever wonder where Puggles come from? This Puggle Tray from Fish’s Eddy explains it all, $11.95 12. Bake cookies and dog treats with adorable breed-shaped cookie cutters! These copper keepsakes start at $13.90. Tin bone-shaped trio sets also available for $5.99. | 51

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EASY PET FOOD CONTAINER Written By Debra Thesing | Photography By Michelle Macirella

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Large Tin

(Like the tins popcorn comes in at holiday time)

Spray Paint Vinyl Letters and/or Shapes Ribbon or Other Trim

For practically no cost and very little time you can have a cute storage container for your dog food! 1. Wash and dry thoroughly. 2. Spray the outside of the tin with spray paint and let dry. Note: It may take two coats. If you are using a lighter color you may want to first use a spray primer. 3. Once dry add your shapes or words using vinyl storebought decals or stickers. You can spell out something as simple as “Dog Food,” “Spot’s Food,” or “Feed Me”— there are many cute letters and adhesive backed shapes available for purchase to make your tin special to you. 4. Hot glue cute ribbon or trim around the top edge. 5. Fill with your dog’s food and your done.

Tip: Try making these in different sizes for food and treat storage that you are proud to display! Before


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WHAT TO FEED MY DOG? Written by Laura Kinsey


eeding my eight-year old adopted Maltese, Hugo, has been an interesting experiment for the entire two and a half years I’ve had him. He’s my first “little dog,” and I’ve never been able to figure out if tummy issues are unique to him or typical for his breed. We’ve tried it all: Dry dog food, soft dog food, freeze-dried raw food and home cooked meals. Dry dog food seems to suit his digestive system best. It’s how we started, actually. I think I fed Hugo dry dog food for a grand total of one week, and then he had half of his teeth removed. (I learned that many small breeds, including Maltese, are prone to periodontal disease.) The vet suggested he eat something soft, at least for a while. So off I went to find him a suitable soft food, and that alone was a whole new world for me. I grew up with big dogs that ate dry dog food; I had no concept of which soft food my dog would like or the brand I should be feeding him. After a little trial and error, I found something Hugo liked. I hated it. I hated keeping the half-empty cans in the fridge. I hated how it smelled. I hated how heavy they were in my grocery bags. Plus, I would look at that glop in his bowl and think, “I can do better.” So, after consulting a list of foods that are good and safe for dogs to eat, I starting mixing it up a little. I tried quinoa mixed with chicken and sweet potato. (Hugo couldn’t seem to digest the quinoa.) I tried cooking up some ground turkey or chicken and mixing it with dry food. He liked it but I worried he wasn’t getting any vegetables. I remembered seeing whole peas in the glop from the can, and kale and swiss chard were listed among the ingredients. So I added some sweet potato. Then, thinking I had found the ultimate solution, I started making a ground chicken or turkey “meatloaf” with sweet potato, peas and oatmeal. I like to cook, it was easy to make, and he loved this meal most. It also made me feel like an amazing dog owner, akin to mothers who make their own baby food. 54 | PUPCULTURE MARCH/APRIL

After a while, however, he developed “bathroom problems.” Traveling with him presented another challenge. We were going to a country house most weekends that summer, and it was a challenge to make and transport the right amount of his meatloaf every time. And there was a time (or three) when I’d realize on the way back to the apartment that I’d left his food at the country house! I’d get home at 9 p.m. and think, “what am I going to feed this dog???” Because I dare you to feed dry food to a dog who is accustomed to home-cooked meatloaf. So midsummer we made an abrupt switch to a freeze-dried dog food that gets crumbled up and resuscitated with a little water. After a couple days of being suspicious, Hugo liked it! Brief relief until I realized I was spending $120 a month on dog food. And there were more “bathroom problems.” This brings us to December. I was getting ready to board Hugo for two weeks, and I didn’t know what to do about his food. Go back to cooking for him? Maybe, but I felt it was too highmaintenance to expect the kennel to slice, heat and serve his meatloaf twice a day for two weeks. So I bit the bullet and put him back on dry dog food. And you know what? He likes it, and the “bathroom problems” have disappeared. To give him a treat and rekindle my sense of amazingness, I’ve started doing what I refer to as the top-off: I top his dry food with whatever “extra” I have from my own dinner that he can eat. Sometimes it’s a little chicken, sometimes a little salmon. Sometimes I’ll get (for the amazing price of $1.99) a little container of chicken livers from the grocery store and chop up one of those. It took two and a half years to figure out what to feed my little dog, but I think I’ve finally got it.n Laura Kinsey is the owner of Sam & Tasha, a small line of dog dresses, coats and accessories sold nationwide. Obsessed with design in all it’s forms since receiving a Christmas present of furniture templates and tracing paper as a kid, she worked for ten years as an interior designer before studying Textile Development at The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. This led to a pet fashion design class, and the rest is history. Laura lives in Brooklyn, New York with her 10 lb. Maltese rescue dog and occasional muse, Hugo.

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Written by Elaine Webster


eeper is a gentle Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever with silky reddish fur. He loves to stretch out next to me on his back with his head on my lap and four paws reaching toward the ceiling. He knows this is a great position for belly rubs. As a puppy, Keeper learned the command “no bark.” When instructed, he will open and shut his mouth as if he is barking, but no sound comes out. He’ll “mouth” a bark letting me know he’s ready to go outside and explore, and I have gotten used to the silence. As soon as we reach the end of the driveway, Keeper stops to get his first treat. Periodically he lets me know when he thinks he deserves another one. He has very good manners with his canine neighbors and loves to play with his favorites. It’s fun to watch them play; occasionally one of the dogs will even do an enthusiastic somersault across Keeper’s back and land on the other side of him. He gets a lot of great exercise during his playtime and builds up a good appetite. Keeper’s breakfast routine includes a tablespoon of pumpkin, which helps with his digestion, along with a tablespoon of plain yogurt. Peanut butter is one of his favorite ways to take a pill, and he enjoys a scoop of it inside a frozen marrow bone after his daily outing. It is always a pleasure sitting for him. As soon as I enter the house, he greets me with tons of affection and tail wagging, and he stays by my side the entire time I’m with him - closer than usual after an adventure we had a few years ago. One afternoon Keeper and I were relaxing in the living room. I was on the sofa and he was sitting on the floor. Suddenly, the sofa starting swaying back and forth. Keeper started sliding on the floor and several objects began to tumble. The colored glass ornaments hanging on the nearby window were clanging loudly


as they swung against the glass. I grabbed the sofa and looked at Keeper who was as confused as I was. He mouthed a silent bark. Since we were in upstate New York, I never considered an earthquake. At least, not in the first few seconds. But then I realized that’s exactly what was happening. Fortunately, it only lasted about a minute, a long minute during which I was sure the house was about to collapse on our heads. As soon as the shaking stopped, Keeper jumped onto my lap and we both sat there in disbelief. Neither one of us moved. Then I reassured him with lots of hugs and kisses, and everything went back to normal around us. I’m glad I could be there to comfort Keeper, and he probably doesn’t realize what a comfort he was to me. When his family first got him, they named him Keeper after exclaiming, “He’s a keeper!” I would agree; he definitely is. n Elaine Webster is the author of three books: Seeking Balance, Grandma’s in the Basement and Dawn Dancing and is currently working on her next book. Besides an author, Elaine has also been a pre-school teacher and artist. One of her biggest passions, however, is animals, and she is the owner of Elaine’s Pet Sitting: The Furry Godmother for Your Pets in Rochester, NY. Elaine has been a pet sitter for 20 years and loves getting to know and taking care of so many different dogs and cats.

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Cairn-Chi-Chis are a mix of Cairn Terrier, Chihuahua and Chinese Crested breeds and can have a variety of coat types. Cairns typically have rougher coats than Chihuahuas or Cresteds, and they may be hand-stripped (or plucked) or clipped; clipping will make the texture of their coats softer. Whether your dogs have rougher or softer coats, a mat-free coat is always best. A shorter, mat-free coat will keep your dog dry, which is essential to staying warm. Hair provides an insulating layer that helps regulate a dog’s temperature during the heat of summer and the cold of winter. Dogs contract and expand the muscle fibers attached to their guard hairs, which makes the hair follicles rise and fall thus varying the amount of air that circulates. A matted coat, however, inhibits circulation and thus is more prone to water retention. Dogs will have a hard time staying warm if they can’t trap air in their fur. A wet, matted coat can also cause hypothermia; this is especially important when you have a small dog, as they don’t have the body mass a larger dog does and can get cold faster. (This is why a small dog should always have a sweater or coat on if he’s outside in the cold longer than a few minutes.) A matted dog can also get mold growth and skin irritations due to trapped moisture and/or dirt. Regularly grooming your dogs will ensure they’re mat free and able to regulate their temperature and stay warm. You can maintain your dogs’ coat between professional groomings by combing your dogs’ hair, even if you’re already using a brush or slicker. A metal comb, with the appropriate tooth size for your dogs’ hair, helps prevent mats. And grooming your dog can be a great bonding experience for the both of you! Have a question for our panel of experts? Email for a chance to get some expert advice in our next issue!


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Dogs of Courage by Lisa Rogak Written by MaryAnn Aquilino We’ve all seen or heard about specially trained dogs whose role it is to comfort, protect, guide or rescue humans, but have you ever wondered how they’re able to perform those roles and why they do it? Dogs of Courage by Lisa Rogak is an engaging book that profiles these dogs and in doing so reveals how deep their intelligence and devotion run, and why they’re happier working because of the deep sense of purpose it engenders. The book tells the stories of a Golden Retriever who saved his owner by using the Heimlich maneuver; a Rottweiler who rescued her nine puppies after they were buried alive by their owner; a two-legged dog who visits military hospitals; a blind and deaf Australian Shepherd who spends time at hospices; a black Lab who can detect minute traces of peanuts thus protecting his severely allergic owner; and an 8-pound Chihuahua, the smallest drug detecting dog in the world. It also includes a chapter about movie and television dogs who have inspired or entertained millions. Dogs of Courage describes the training these dogs receive; some are trained by prison inmates and therefore are helping others before they are trained to do so. Some dogs are trained to do several different jobs, and the many jobs dogs can do is a testament to their amazing senses of smell and hearing. Dogs of Courage shows you just how special our canine friends are, how and why they do what they do, and how deep their unconditional love and loyalty can go.

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Foods Pets Die For

by Ann N. Martin foreword by Shawn Messonnier, DVM Ann N. Martin has spent more than 15 years investigating what goes into the food we feed our dogs and cats. She was shocked by what she found and shares with consumers some of the unsavory and dangerous practices of the pet food industry. Martin also provides accurate and up-to-date recommendations for buying the healthiest commercial foods and for making home-cooked recipes for your pet. Reading this book will help you make better choices when selecting and preparing food for your pets.

What The Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard

Maggie Baxter has her life all planned out: She and her husband, Dave, will work hard until they can afford to quit their jobs and embark on Dave’s dream of starting a bicycle-tour business. But after the vet surgically removes a lavender thong from Maggie’s chocolate Lab--a thong that doesn’t belong to Maggie--and her cheating husband leaves her for another woman, Maggie must figure out what so do next. Deciding to live in the moment as Kona does, Maggie discovers her passion. What The Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard is a heartwarming, humorous story with characters and situations we can all relate to. It will make you look at life a little differently, maybe even from a dog’s perspective.


byArne Svenson and Ron Warren With 140 delightful color photographs, CHEWED looks at the comically twisted results of our pets’ desire to tear, shred, dismember, eviscerate - to transform their favorite toys. Each of these victims of rapturous chewing is presented in a formal yet irreverant style that considers the viewpoint of the infatuated pet. With more than 130 full-color photographs, Chewed includes delightful, twisted and poignant short stories by a variety of contributors writing about their favorite chewed creature, including writer Augusten Burroughs; artists Roz Chast, Maira Kalman, Rick Meyerowitz and William Wegman; designers Isaac Mizrahi and Todd Oldham; and food-world personality Andrew Zimmern.





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Pup Culture March/April Food Issue  

We are excited to welcome you to the first-ever Food Issue for Pup Culture Magazine, dedicated to all things food-related for our canine fam...

Pup Culture March/April Food Issue  

We are excited to welcome you to the first-ever Food Issue for Pup Culture Magazine, dedicated to all things food-related for our canine fam...