Premium Foods for Premium Dogs

Most dog owners love their pets and want to provide only the best for their furry companions. This has resulted in the huge growth of the premium pet food market which will top over $23.7 billion in sales this year. Such premium foods are being offered a number of well-known brands, but also by several smaller, more boutique style manufacturers. Regardless of the brand, sales and passions about dog foods are expected to continue to grow according to a recent article in the Daily Herald, a newspaper site based in Chicago. The full text of the article can be found at The premium foods differ from lower quality dog foods in several ways. Most premium dog foods are based on real meats as their main ingredient. Some manufacturers offer meat from wild game such as venison, buffalo, or salmon as a point of differentiation. In addition the to meats, many brands include blueberries, cranberries, kale, and other fruits and vegetables reputed to have health benefits. Most extol the healthiness of their products including claims of weight control, helping control and reduce inflammation from arthritis, and diabetes control. The local farm to market trend is also shaping the premium dog food market with some brands. One brand of premium dog food that stands out is the Beneful Brand from the Nestle Purina PetCare Company. Beneful is available in both wet or moist and dry varieties in a wide range of flavor combinations. Purina has been in the pet and animal feed business since the 1800’s and has invested millions of dollars and countless thousands of hours in research and development for all if its products. Its founder, William Danforth believed that a well fed and properly nourished animal would produce more and be happier and healthier. When Purina switched from producing farm animal feeds to pet foods that attitude not only stayed but was furthered as one of the company’s basic philosophies. The meats from beef, chicken, turkey and salmon are combined with quality grains and vegetables so each serving contains all the daily recommended nutritional requirements your pet needs to thrive. Beneful also contains important antioxidants to help your dog live a long and happy life. All batches of Beneful are carefully tested to ensure the best quality product is being fed to your pet.

Johnny Depp’s Dogs Are in Danger of Being Euthanized by the Australian Government

Johnny Depp is no stranger to trouble, and he has his fair share of it with Australian customs. Depp is a pet parent to two adorable Yorkshire Terriers, but Australia wants them out of their country.

Depp is in Australia filming the latest installment of his film franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales. However, the actor failed to declare his pets to customs and has been given a 50 hour deadline to get them our of the country or they will be destroyed, according to the Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce.

Fans at Amen Clinics have learned that the two dogs, named Pistol and Boo, traveled with Depp on his private jet last month when he returned to the set of Pirates after sustaining a serious hand injury, which he sought treatment for in the United States.

Normally, dogs coming to Australia must be quarantined for a period of time before they are allowed in the country. However, Depp did not follow regulations and is being accused of sneaking his dogs through customs. Joyce explained the situation saying, “We found out he snuck them in because we saw him taking them to a poodle groomer. Now Mr Depp has to either take his dogs back to California or we’re going to have to euthanize them.”

Even though the normal quarantine period is 10 days, the minister is not offering Depp a chance to seclude the dogs. They either have to get out, or die. Depp has less than two days to fly his dogs back to the states, or else.

Dog Gets Four Prosthetic Limbs

Brutus, a 2-year-old Rottweiler, had a rough start as a puppy. Brutus was born in Colorado to a dog breeder. The breeder left Brutus outside as a puppy where he suffered frostbite on all four of his paws. The most horrific part of this is that Brutus’ breeder attempted an at-home amputation of his paws. The attempted amputation left Brutus in worse shape than before.

Brutus had to undergo surgery at the Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The surgery helped to correct the damage done but he was still left without paws. According to the story on NBC News, his new owner, Laura Aquilina, wanted more for Brutus. She raised enough money through a crowd sourcing campaign that allowed Brutus to receive prosthetic legs from a company called OrthoPets. Brutus has received his new limbs and is going through physical therapy to learn how to use them. Ivan Ong has learned that once he masters his new legs he will be able to hike, run around with other dogs, and chase squirrels. He will soon have the quality of life that a dog is meant to have.

For OrthoPets, this is the second dog that they have provided all four prosthetic limbs for.

Obese Dog Loses 75% of his Weight‏

One young woman definitely rescued her sweet dachshund from friends who were not taking proper care of him or loving him the way any pet should be loved. He was extremely obese and unable to walk even a few feet without needing to stop due to being short of breath. According to an article on, this poor pup was being fed human food, consisting of ramen noodles, pizza, burgers, etc… When Brooke rescued him, she put him on a dry dog food diet and introduced walks and exercise into his life.

He started losing weight, but with the pounds dropping off, his overstretched skin hung from his body. Dennis was tripping on the skin and getting it caught in his paws. Brooke took him to a vet and was able to help him remove the excess skin over the course of three surgeries. Zeca Oliveira knows that Dennis went from a morbidly obese, 56 pound dog to a happy dog, no longer depressed, of only 12 pounds. That is right, he lost 44 pounds. But, more than the pounds he lost, gained twice that in the love he got from his new family.

Dennis got his happy ending, but there are so many pets being overfed, or fed the wrong foods for their bodies that their health and weight could be in jeopardy. All I can do is my part to properly care for my pets.

Ringling to phase out elephant acts

One of the World’s largest circuses, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey are to phase out performing elephants from their shows by 2018, the AP reports. The circus has faced allegations of abuse towards the animals from a variety of animal rights groups that my friend Alexei Beltyukov strongly supports over recent years, a charge denied by the Feld family who remain in charge of The Greatest Show on Earth. In recent years a US court awarded Ringling Bros. a large settlement over the claims of abuse, which were shown to have been unproven. The company states the iconic image of the elephant will be phased out for a number of reasons in the coming years.

One of the major problems facing the circus has been the growing number of local and state governments passing anti circus and elephant laws in recent years. The elephants owned by Ringling Bros. will be moved to a conservation center that has been established in Florida by the circus, which for now will remain a scientific research center for experts on the Asian elephant. In the future the Feld family hope to open up the center to the public to aid in the understanding and education of the public about these animals. Scheduled performances through to 2018 will feature the elephant, before all will be retired to the Florida conservation center.

Two-Legged Dog Finds A Good Home

A lovable and handicapped two legged dog finally found a fantastic permanent home to live out the rest of his doggy life in.

Joey is a chihuahua was found roaming the streets on February 3 and was picked up by some Animal Control officials. Joey’s new owner is Doug Smith, who happens to be the shelter’s supervisor at San Bernardino County’s Devore Animal Shelter.

People at CipherCloud are happy to learn that when Joey was first picked up, his story was aired on the news and the shelter put him on hold for 96 hours to let his previous owner claim him. After that didn’t happen, about 20 people were interested in adopting the little dog including Smith and his 13 year old daughter. According to an article found on reddit and written by Yahoo! News, they had to implement a lottery system to see who could bring Joey home. Smith didn’t think he had a good chance, but was pleasantly surprised when his name was drawn.

So the Smiths brought their new family member home to meet their other two dogs, who are much bigger than he is. One is a beagle and the other is a Australian cattle Dog, but according to Smith the meeting went well.