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Healthy Dog Food

I was recently contacted by about writing a blog on dog food. What kind of food we feed our dogs is a so important. The barrage of information we receive about the content & benefits of the products is overwhelming. Everybody’s is the best for happy healthy hounds. 

The following article gives some good information about good  brands on the market. It’s worth a read!

With countless recalls and misleading labels, paying attention to the ingredients list on your dog’s food has become more important than ever. Knowing what can be helpful and harmful to your dog can help keep you dog safe and healthy. The team at recently spend over 1,400 hours researching 2,223 dog food formulas to find the truth behind dog food ingredients. Here’s some of their findings:

Bad ingredients make dog food unsafe and unhealthy

Safety has always been the biggest concern for pet owners — and one of the hardest challenges for dog food manufacturers to meet. Since the 2007 recalls on Chinese-sourced food, many consumers have started reading labels to see where their food was coming from, but even ingredients sourced in the US can be unsafe.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) sets and maintains standards for the proper levels of ingredients in pet food, but it’s the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that determines the quality. FDA regulations, however, don’t guarantee that all ingredients will be safe.

Ingredients from rendering facilities, for instance, should be avoided. You’ll recognize these ingredients on the label under generic, non-specific terms like “meat” and “meat meal.” In California, manufacturers have given them the appetizing name of “dry rendered tankage.” So why avoid them? It’s almost impossible to tell what’s being rendered: It can be roadkill, zoo animals, and sometimes even spoiled meat from the grocery store that’s still wrapped in plastic.

Bad Ingredients, Poor Health

Just verifying all the ingredients in your food are “safe” doesn’t mean they are optimal or even healthy for your best friend. Dogs need the right combination of protein, fat, moisture, fiber, and nutrients to live healthy, happy lives. The wrong ingredients in the wrong combinations can lead to a host of health problems, both physical and mental.

Digestive problems, including bloat and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), are symptomatic of poor ingredients that don’t contain enough whole, unprocessed foods. Food allergies can also lead to digestive issues — many of the experts we reached out to have seen evidence that dogs are sensitive to wheat and corn, both popular fillers.

Obesity is on the rise in dogs. One main reason for this is overfeeding, but many of the experts we talked to were quick to point out that poor grain-based ingredients are also to blame.

Physical problems are only half of it. There was a unanimous consensus among trainers and behaviorists we talked to that poor diet causes mental health issues in dogs, including poor temperament and lack of focus.

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Suzie passed away.

I always wanted to write a blog, but I never realized that actually sitting down and doing it is such a challenge. I tell myself I have nothing to write about, but that is not true.

For starters our little pug dog Suzie passed away on March 6. Evil cancer took her. It was very hard to make the decision to let her go, but it was apparent that her suffering was too much for her to bare. The miracle is that she lived for a year longer than the vet gave her.

I think of her passing. It was so peaceful. We wanted Suz euthanized at home, but it was not to be. No vets were available on a Friday evening.  We ended up taking her to the Animal ER where they were very kind to us. I thought Suz was going to pass away in my arms on the way there, which would have been fine.

The vet at the hospital gave Suzie a quick exam and agreed it was time. The room we were in was quite nice. The vet gave Suzie the “Michael Jackson cocktail” As soon as he vet injected the Propofol, Suzie’s ears perked up her eyes widened as if she felt no more pain. Then she sank onto the table and closed her eyes. Then the anesthetic was applied and she was gone.

I hope that the end of my life will be as beautiful as our little girls was. I have no more words to write at the moment, but I am sure more will come. I will check in again very soon.




Our pug has cancer

A couple of months ago we were dealt the devastating news that our  pug has cancer. She is 12 years old. We noticed that she has a lump on her side and took her to our vet. The vet took a sample of the lump and the result came back that she has an aggressive cancer in her lungs. The tumor is attached to her ribs making surgery challenging due to her age. We had the choice of further investigation of the type of cancer she has and also the option of chemo. We have chosen to keep Suz comfortable for the remainder of her life without putting her through any tests or chemo.

Suzie in Balboa Park

Suzie in Balboa Park

We have been proactive in keeping her as comfortable as possible. We changed her diet to raw food instead of kibble. She has not complained about the change! We have a cooling pad for her to lie on as she gets short of breath easily. We have a stroller so we can take her out for some fresh air and a change of scenery, and she still loves going for a car ride when it isn’t too hot.

Our commitment to Suzie has been to love her until the end. It’s a part of the deal of having a dog. We have decided that Suzie will cross the rainbow bridge at home in her favorite spot, eating a bowl of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

We took Suz for a check up last week. She is still eating, drinking, walking and her gums are still pink so we are not there yet. So, a day at a time we will love her and care for her until the time comes. Like I said, it a part of the deal of having and loving a dog.


Man Friday Pet Care – Pit Bulls

Mongo& Aspen

Mongo& Aspen

Mongo & Aspen were the first Pit Bulls I had cared for since starting my business, Man Friday Pet Care. This was not because I avoided them rather nobody had approached me to pet sit them. When I was first contacted by their owners to inquire about my overnight pet sitting services, I was somewhat uncertain if I wanted to proceed. However, I decided to give it a go.

My first visit to Mongo & Aspen was my consultation with the owners and the dogs. I provide this service for free. I like to interact with the dogs (or cats!) find out about their feeding, walking & sleeping schedule. Where the food and leashes are kept. Any medications. What day does the trash go out, picking up the mail, moving cars if needed etc.

Mongo & Aspen were introduced to me. They were big dogs, 80 lbs or so. They immediately started to show off by rough housing with each other. The owner told me that all I needed to do to stop them was to say “enough” in a very loud manner. I did so and, to my surprise, it worked!

I agreed to care for the dogs for two weeks while the owners took a vacation. I would be providing in home overnight pet care, plus visits during the day to walk them

I have to report that I really enjoyed my time with Mongo & Aspen and I became very fond of them. Mongo (the brown dog on the right of the picture) was 80lbs of pure love. His main goal was to try to sit on my lap at every chance he got. Aspen, the female, would get very jealous (although she didn’t try sitting on my lap!) and demand equal attention.

Walking Mongo & Aspen required me to be extra vigilant about keeping an eye open for cats. When I saw other dogs approaching, I would always be sure to cross the road. Not because they would attack other dogs but because a professional dog walker always keeps safety in mind.

Mongo & Aspens owners re located to Northern California last year so they are no longer my clients. My experience with in home pet sitting Pit Bulls has changed since knowing them. The expression “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” springs to mind.





Man Friday Pet Care loves cats as well as dogs!

IMG_0378I find myself talking about dogs a lot. Dog walking, overnight doggy care. I also care for cats.

The first cat I owned was named Rosie. She lived in a house behind us here in University Heights. Rosie was a little cat, no more than 8lbs with a broken tail. The kids in the house she lived in used to torment poor Rosie, so she would come and hide in our place. One day her owners left and left her behind. So we adopted Rosie. We treated Rosie like a princess, but she always maintained her alley cat attitude. She did not care for sitting on laps, would not use a litter box, and insisted on maintaining her status as an indoor outdoor cat. She couldn’t meow like a regular cat when she adopted us. She opened her mouth and nothing came out! Rosie found her voice living with us. Sadly, Rosie died of cancer some years ago, but we always remember her with very fond memories.

Man Friday Pet Care will take good care of your kitty cat in your absence. Services include feeding, changing water, litter box clean up as well as playtime and brushing.

The most recent addition to my my cat sitting clients is Little Guy. He is fitting in with his new brother and sister Max & 99, although 99 tends to want to be left alone while the boys play!