logo2Love is in the air this month, and Halo, Purely for Pets in partnership with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org, is proud to host their fifth annual Kibble Drop to help spread love to homeless pets in Agawam, Massachusetts!

The 2016 Kibble Drop, “14 Days of Rescue Love” tour will make stops across North America, delivering more than 400,000 bowls of healthy Valentine’s Day love to homeless pets.

Dave’s Soda and Pet City is helping Halo celebrate this national event in its Agawam, MA store where local organizations, Second Chance Animal Shelter, Westfield Regional Animal Shelter and Sweatpea Animal Rescue will pick up their donations of nutritious Halo pet food.

“We are happy to be selected to be part of the ’14 Days of Rescue Love’ campaign,” said Dave Ratner, owner of Dave’s Soda and Pet City. “Helping homeless pets in our community is extremely important to us and we know food is one of the biggest expenses for shelters and rescues. Providing a big donation of quality food like Halo is a high impact way we can help our local organizations continue their great work,” he added.

The annual Kibble Drops provide homeless pets the highest quality food possible, helping shelter pets look and feel their best, and in turn, more quickly find their forever homes. “Many pets that come into our shelter are stressed and/or are in need of medical care. Providing quality food to our shelter pets helps to provide them the important nutrients to improve their health, give them shiny coats, and the energy they need,” said Lindsay Doray, Development Manager of Second Chance Animal Shelter.

Pet lovers can show their love and support for their community shelters, too, by entering the 14 Days of Rescue Love Contest. Just send in a story about your favorite adopted pet and be eligible to win one of two, 5,000 bowl donations of Halo pet food for the shelter or rescue of your choice. Winners will be announced on February 14.



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Golden Poodle awards for January

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Waiting …

Dogs queue too! A cute bichon, wrapped up for winter, at the Orange (telecom) shop in Menton.

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Norwegian woman: “I am a cat trapped in a human body.”

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Hitler’s deer friends

Hitler feeding some roe deer, 1936.

Obersalzberg/Hitler füttert Rehe,um 1936 - Obersalzberg/Hitler feeding deer,abt. 36 -

Good thing these deer met the animal-loving Hitler and not Goering, who probably would have shot them!

I am aware that Western roe deer are found throughout Europe, but I most strongly associate them with Germany for some reason.


Natural History

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Does Your Dog Eat Things That Aren’t Food?

I picked up a pamphlet at a dog expo called “101 Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet” from the ASPCA recently, and I’ll be running an ongoing feature listing some of these things over the next few weeks. According to the pamphlet, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance customers have seen bills of more than […]

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DonnaNewPicCroppedQuestion: I currently have 5 cats…this past weekend one of them got really sick and was throwing up everywhere and every time she ate…the next day another cat started throwing up.

And now every day another cat is getting sick while the other ones have slowed down the vomiting. Ones that RARELY get sick…what could this be? I was thinking a stomach bug thing but I read they don’t get stomach bugs. I need help!

Answer: Thanks for writing in. When multiple cats in a household begin having issues like this, it is best to determine if there is evidence of an infectious disease–see your veterinarian with at least one affected cat to have an examination, body temperature and sometimes even blood work performed.

It is also reasonable to evaluate any food, treats or supplements that they may share in common.

Good luck.
Dr. Donna Spector

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Halo, Purely for Pets will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any information or content contained in a blog or article post.


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RIP K9 Kobus, Omaha PD

And it has happened again. K-9 Kobus of the Omaha Police Department was gunned down yesterday. From the Omaha Police Officers Association Facebook page: It is with very heavy hearts we announce that OPD K9 Kobus gave his life heroically today in the line of duty. Kobus was on the scene of a barricaded gunman […]

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Photo A Day

So a pet photography chat group I’m a member of is doing a photo a day project.  It started late so it’s “just’ a 350 project.  But I don’t want to say I’m doing it.  Because then I might fail and not finish it.  Let’s just say I’m using the prompts as inspiration for now.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.  :)

The problem with photo a day projects is you often end up with photos that you aren’t all that proud of and that you wouldn’t normally share publicly.  The great thing with a photo a day project is that you are forced to try things outside your comfort zone and some times magic happens and you are thrilled with the results.




I’m not sure this last one is technically dappled but close enough.  ;)

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Sabrina-and-Halo-Food-lgInspired by her late grandparents’ love of animals, one teenager in Illinois is finding innovative ways to help her local cat rescue.

Sabrina Hoagland’s grandparents, Diann and Butch Hoagland, were passionate about giving back to the community and, like Sabrina, loved animals.

Although Diann passed away in 2010 and Butch in 2014, they made a lasting impression on their granddaughter.

The 17-year-old began volunteering for The Forever Home Feline Ranch (FHFR) in Springfield, IL because she was interested in helping to make the world safe and more humane for all living creatures.

As Sabrina became more involved in volunteering, she quickly realized the amount of work the organization puts in to helping the animals in their care and she wanted to do more.

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