Maggie the German Shepherd, Beagle Mix

Maggie the German Shepherd, Beagle Mix

Maggie is 12 years old. She is from Greenwich CT, and we adopted her from a shelter. She loves anything human, especially food! She will do anything for food, especially bones. She loves being chased and gives the best snuggles and kisses. She licks you and knows how to sit and give her paw for a handshake. She doesn’t like the water but she loves the beach, especially Tods Point. She is the friendliest dog you’ll ever meet who loves to be rubbed and pet. She will not leave you unless you pet her. Submitted by Sinead C.

Maggie the German Shepherd, Beagle Mix

Maggie the German Shepherd, Beagle Mix

Maggie the German Shepherd, Beagle Mix

 
Sammy the Mixed Breed

Sammy the Mixed Breed

My dog’s name is Sammy, and she is a seven year old Bichon, Yorkie mix. Even at seven she is a wild one and loves to run around and take long walks. She also loves to cuddle and is the smartest dog I’ve ever met. She loves to let us know when she needs food and water. She is my best friend! Please feature her on your emails… she will love it! Submitted by Ella M.

Sammy the Mixed Breed

Sammy the Mixed Breed

 
Kaito the Miniature Australian Shepherd

Kaito the Miniature Australian Shepherd

My name is Madison and I took this photo of my boy Kaito. He is a ten month old miniature Australian Shepherd. Originally he was red Merle in color, but now he seems to change from blue merle to red merle depending on the lighting. He loves to be held like a baby, and loves any attention he can get. He is very sweet to everyone he meets. In fact, he’s more interested in the humans than the dogs at the dog park. Submitted by Madison D.

Kaito the Miniature Australian Shepherd

Kaito the Miniature Australian Shepherd

Kaito the Miniature Australian Shepherd

 
Better Food, Better Health: Responsible Food for Pet Parents by NomNomNow

Better Food, Better Health: Responsible Food for Pet Parents by NomNomNow

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Oakland, CA, NomNomNow delivers healthy and nutritious dog meals made with the freshest, restaurant-quality ingredients – all with the convenience of home delivery and free shipping.

NomNomNow meals are cooked weekly in the company’s local FDA-compliant kitchen, individually proportioned, tailored to meet the specific nutrition needs of each dog, and ready to serve with no preparation.

The NomNomNow Story…

The story begins with a pair of mini Australian Shepherds named Harlee & Mim and a handful of dog lovers in San Francisco.

In February 2013 what would become the founding family team of NomNomNow went to casually look at puppies. Alex, Zach & Nate all grew up with dogs but hadn’t had them for decades as college and career got in the way. As all dog owners know, looking at puppies is not a casual activity as they’re liable to steal your heart! Naturally the group fell in love at first sight, and adopted half-sisters Mim & Harlee.

Bringing home the girls now meant searching for dog food, and the team was surprised to see how little had changed in the dog food space since the 1980s: most dog food was still kibble or canned, filled with unpronounceable ingredients and industrial filler – the dog equivalent of microwaveable dinners. Surely there had to be a better solution. Just as we’ve learned about how important real, fresh food is to people, the same must be true for dogs.

Beginning in late 2014 the team began experimenting with cooking and delivering fresh food for friends and family. Cooking fresh took on added urgency as Harlee developed health issues related to a compromised immune system, and her vet recommended a fully fresh diet. As Harlee’s health improved and rave reviews about the food and service came in, Nate, Zach & Alex decided that the missing piece in the process was an expert nutritionist who could formulate the best possible recipes.

Enter Dr. Justin Shmalberg, a clinician and professor at a leading college of veterinary medicine and one of the world’s leading experts on cutting-edge dog nutrition.

Dr. Shmalberg is a core member of the NomNomNow team and has personally formulated each of our recipes to ensure that their customers receive the best possible food for their dogs. All NomNomNow recipes are made fresh weekly with restaurant quality ingredients, gently cooked for safety and digestibility, and their service is centered around providing the friendliest, most convenient experience possible for their customers.

We highly recommend that you give them a try and join the fresh food revolution. After all, we eat fresh, why shouldn’t our pets?

Why Should I Make the Effort to Switch to NomNomNow?

— NomNomNow was rated the #1 dog food delivery service by Reviews.com
— NomNomNow has a special limited time offer of 20% off your first order that includes samples of all the recipes to make sure it is the right fit for your dog
— “Better food, better health. The best decision since bringing them home.”

Delivery

— All meals are delivered fresh, not frozen.
— Always free delivery – with weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly options available depending on location to all 48 contiguous US states.
— Auto-delivery as a subscription.
— All packaging is recyclable.
— Customers can pause, update, edit, or cancel anytime.

Food

— Individually portioned meals are measured to suit your dog’s caloric needs.
— NomNomNow offers 4 fresh dog recipes (Pork, Chicken, Turkey, and Beef), and 2 flavors of treats (Beef & Chicken). They also offer 2 fresh cat recipes (Chicken and Salmon).
— All recipes are formulated by one of the country’s leading veterinary nutritionists, Dr. Justin Shmalberg.
— All food is human grade, vitamins are all-natural.
— All recipes meet AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials).
— Recipes are made of a handful ingredients: meat, vegetables, healthy oils, and vitamin and nutrient blend. No additives, no artificial ingredients.
— NomNomNow sends 14 meal packs each week: feed 2 meal packs per day, for 7 days. Bi-weekly deliveries are 2x and Monthly deliveries are 4x.
— Each meal pack is in a easy-open container – just tear open and serve. No scissors required.

Service

— NomNomNow does not customize recipes, but Dr. Shmalberg can advise on dog’s health conditions and history to suggest an appropriate recipe for your dog’s needs.
— Customers can easily change payment, delivery, & dog information in their account.
— Price is calculated based on dog’s age, weight, activity level, and recipe selected.
— NomNomNow does offer discounts for multi-dog families.

Quality control

— All of NomNomNow’s food is prepared in a human-grade kitchen that NomNomNow 100% owns and controls, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
— Their kitchen team inspects all ingredients upon arrival, and NomNomNow only uses those that meet their own high standards.
–Food is prepared and portioned by hand.
— All ingredients are from the USA.
— Their kitchen is unique; 100% designed and dedicated fresh dog food kitchen that meets all FDA requirements.

NomNomNow Fresh Food Health Benefits

— Stronger immune system, fewer ailments
— More energy
— Shinier and softer coat
— Healthy weight
— Better overall mood

Click here to get 20%-off your trial of NomNomNow fresh dog food >>

Newman the Basset Hound, Corgi Mix

Newman the Basset Hound, Corgi Mix

This is adorable Newman. He is a six month old Basset, Corgi mix. He is very sweet, friendly and calm. He is a little on the timid side though. Here he is waiting on his forever family, which he happened to find last Saturday. Submitted by the Humane Society Morgan County Georgia.

Newman the Basset Hound, Corgi Mix

Newman the Basset Hound, Corgi Mix

Newman with his pal Acorn at the shelter…

Newman with his new Dad…

Newman with his new Dad

 
10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Instead of Buying a Pet

10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Instead of Buying a Pet

If you work with animals or are an animal lover, you’ve probably heard of the phase, “Adopt, Don’t Shop!” It is a catchphrase of a campaign that encourages people to adopt their next pet from a local animal shelter rather than buy them from pet stores.

What Is This Campaign All About?

The people behind the “Adopt, Don’t Shop” campaign recognize that most, if not all, of the puppies and other animals that are sold in stores mostly come from commercial breeding facilities. The focus of these places is not to look after the welfare of the animals but to make a profit.

Most animal mills in the United States are unregulated. This means the conditions in these places may be abhorrent and unethical. To discourage the proliferation of animal mills, people are being encouraged to stop patronizing pet shops. Here are more reasons to adopt your next pet from a shelter.

You Get To Save Lives

Over two million dogs are euthanized in animal shelters. There are just too many of them and very few people who want to adopt. This is why, if you adopt your next pet from a local shelter, you are literally saving lives. You are giving a new life to an abandoned or lost animal and you are creating a space at the shelter so that they can save one more.

You Save A Few Dollars

Our friends from Time for Paws recommend getting rescue animals. These are so much cheaper to get than dogs from a pet store. Most of the time, the dogs that are given up for adoption have already been spayed/neutered and has received all of their vaccinations. Additionally, most animal shelters have very reasonable adoption fees.

10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Instead of Buying a Pet

You Get To Adopt A Pet That Is Already Trained

Most pets that you can buy from a store are young. Those at the shelter are usually past their puppy or kitten phase. This means you wouldn’t have to deal with biting, inappropriate chewing, or clawing. You also wouldn’t have to worry about housetraining your new pet as most of them are already trained. You might even be able to find a dog that knows a few tricks.

You Will Have More Options

Animal shelters are filled to the rafters with pre-screened animals excited to be brought home. Many shelters care for a variety of animals besides various breeds of dogs and cats. They might have a rabbit, turtle, horse, hamster, or any farm animal that you might wish to adopt.

You Might Help Shut Down An Animal Mill

As mentioned above, many animals sold at pet stores come from mills. These horrid places put their profits ahead of the welfare of the animals that they keep. They keep their animals in poor housing conditions and often neglect to provide them with proper medical care. If more people stop buying from these mills, they might run out of reasons to keep on breeding more animals. If we kill the demand, they might end up being forced to shut down.

Your Health Could Benefit

Studies have proven that people who spend time with animals have lower cholesterol level and blood pressure. Additionally, having a pet could mean you’d have to walk it, bring it to the groomers, and play with it. All these results to more physical activities that could help improve blood circulation and improve cardiovascular health.

You Provide Assistance To A Valuable Institution

When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you give funds to a, more than likely, not-for-profit organization. This means they get a few more dollars that would go to providing shelter and sustenance to the other animals that are still unadopted.

You Might Convince Others To Adopt As Well

When people see that you have a new pet, one of the most common questions they would ask is where did you buy your dog, cat, or another animal. By spreading the word that you have adopted instead of buying a pet from a store, you just might convince one more family to adopt too. This is one reason why many celebrities post about their rescues.

10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Instead of Buying a Pet

You’ll Probably Be More Social

It is very hard to stay a hermit if you have a pet that requires being entertained, checked up, and fed. If you get a dog, you’d be going to dog parks where you might interact with other dog owners. You’d have to go to the vet once in a while. You will also be going out to buy food, toys, and other necessities for your animal friend. Unless you decide to buy all of your animal supplies online, you will have to go out more and socialize with other people.

You Might Feel Good About Your Decision

While this may sound selfish, deciding to adopt a pet from a shelter is something that you should feel some pride over. You know that you are going to do so much good not just for the animal that you are going to bring home but for the other animals out there that still have no homes. So, go ahead and give yourself that much-needed pat on the back.

Conclusion

Adopting an animal is good for the animal, for you, and for the other animals that are still at the shelter. You will be making a difference in so many lives when you decide to bring home a new pet from the shelter rather than from a store.

10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Instead of Buying a Pet