WHOLE Lot of Difference: SPCA of Westchester

The SPCA of Westchester is a not-for-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving homeless, abused and abandoned animals and to protecting animals from cruelty and neglect through education and enforcement of humane laws.

Halo is proud to partner with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org to make a WHOLE lot of difference for shelter pets together.

Here’s what SPCA of Westchester had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation:

Being able to count on having a consistent, nutritious diet each month for our dogs gives us such peace of mind as we know our dogs will stay healthy and feel their best, which makes it easier to find them their new families and homes.

Wrinkles from SPCA of WestchesterAbandoned when his owner who had to move, Wrinkles was left home all alone … neglected for far too long. When a Good Samaritan finally rushed him to the SPCA of Westchester, he urgently needed veterinary care — including costly eye surgery — and is receiving medical care for severe ear infections, eye scabbing and other painful conditions that resulted from his neglect. He had hair loss and patches of skin that were raw. And yet, this sweet boy never stopped wagging his tail!

Clearly Wrinkles was not receiving a healthy diet and was very overweight. We were concerned he’d been given people food for so long that he wouldn’t accept dog food. Luckily, he loved the Halo. And the difference in his skin and hair was like night and day. He has also gotten back to a much healthier weight now!

“Being able to count on having a consistent, nutritious diet each month for our dogs gives us such peace of mind as we know our dogs will stay healthy and feel their best, which makes it easier to find them their new families and homes.”

Peanut’s story: The SPCA of Westchester’s Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Director Ernest Lungaro has arrested Vincent Marable, who was charged with animal cruelty for confining a dog in the basement of his building without adequate food or water. The young pit bull mix, now named Peanut, was covered in filth, emaciated, dehydrated and suffered from sores all over his body as a result of flea infestation. He was so weak he could barely stand on his feet.

The Mount Vernon Animal Shelter had received an anonymous tip about the neglected animal, and immediately notified the SPCA of Westchester. The dog was brought to a veterinarian for medical attention, then transferred to the SPCA’s Simpson Clinic for evaluation, further treatment and rehabilitation.

Peanut’s before and after photo is a perfect example of the amazing effects a healthy, nutritious meals can have!”

Peanut from SPCA of Westchester

Thank you SPCA of Westchester for making a WHOLE lot of difference for pets in your community.

Interested in adopting Peanut? He is still available at SPCA of Westchester.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.


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Elderly Man Raises More than $36,000 for Community Cats

Willie Ortiz feeds stray cats in Connecticut
Willie Ortiz is 76 years old, but he hasn’t let that keep him from making a big difference for the cats in his community. The retired gentleman has been feeding feral and stray cats in his Connecticut community every day for more than 20 years. He drives 22 miles each day in his truck to 16 different stops to distribute food paid for with his own money. To help cover the costs, Willie had been collecting and selling scrap metal. Now he has help.

In February 2016, shortly after a story about Willie ran in the Hartford Courant, Willie’s friend, Kathleen Schlentz, set up a GoFundMe page, “Spay, Neuter & feed feral cats,” (sic) to raise money for Willie’s good works. As Willie told People, “I was praying for some help, and the help came, and I was so glad that it came.” As of June 12, 2017, that help has raised more than $ 36,000 to help Willie buy supplies and care for community cats.

Originally the goal was only $ 5,000. The fundraiser was meant to honor “the work that Willie has been doing for feral and stray cats in the Hartford and East Hartford, CT areas.” His friends noted that Willie “has not missed one night of feeding despite the rain, snow, freezing weather or his own health issues.”

Read more about Willie Ortiz and his efforts to help homeless cats.

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8 Stylish Straw Totes For Summer

8 Stylish Straw Totes For Summer

Natural woven fiber bags are all the rage right now, and I have 100% hopped on the bandwagon. Really though, I’ve been a big straw/raffia tote fan for years now. They’re perfect as oversized purses, they make killer diaper bags, they’re ideal for the pool or beach, and if they’re big enough, they even work as overnight bags or carryons. Summer is the quintessential season for them though, without a doubt – especially when they include colorful tassels or poms.  I’ve rounded up 8 of my current favorites for the season, as seen above.

Who else is a big straw tote fan? Which one do you like best?


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Red spots in a mudhole

They are awfully prominent.


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Warren Eckstein: NOISE PHOBIAS – Stop the Suffering!

Fourth of July is scary for pets

If your pet suffers from noise phobia, you probably cringe every time thunder­storms are forecast. Instead of celebrating the Fourth of July, you probably dread this firecracker-filled holiday.

Dogs in particular, with their keen sense of hearing, often suffer from noise phobia and their frightened behavior can be stressful for their owners as well. As if your pet’s trembling and barking weren’t bad enough, you probably have to deal with the dirty looks of your neighbors who have to endure Fido’s barking, whining, and howling when a truck backfires or a thun­derstorm develops. You may also find your home destroyed by his neurotic reaction – chewed furniture, dirtied carpeting, and shredded tissues.

Both cats and dogs may become nervous and desperately try to escape under the couch or hide anyplace where they feel they can seek refuge. Dogs may try to soothe themselves by chewing on household items or even on themselves. Cats may scratch anything available, in­cluding your sofa or wallpaper. If your pet’s extremely nervous, he may even vomit or suffer from diarrhea. So don’t jump to the conclusion that your pet is simply being spiteful when you return home to find the house in disarray. It may be that he was traumatized by noise. If you four-footed best friend occasionally causes such de­struction when left alone, think about it. What was the weather like during your absence? Check with you neighbors to see if they heard anything unusual (i.e. firecrackers, a car backfiring) while you were gone. Don’t blame your pet for being spiteful – he just might be suffering from noise phobia.


If you’re the owner of a new puppy or kitten, it’s up to you to prepare your pet for the noises in our human world. The best method of noise training is to gradually introduce your young pet to unexpected noise. He might be surprised if you clap together two pieces of wood, but if it’s followed by a great deal of praise and a short play period, he’ll become more con­fident and be less apprehensive the next time he hears this sound.

After your pet reacts calmly to the noise of the wood, gradually increase the noise level by hitting the wood harder until no visible signs of fear are noticed. He’s now ready to graduate to the clanging of pots and pans. Here, again, start at a low level, then gradually progress to a louder level until you don’t see any reaction. This exercise is not as time-consuming as you might think. After all, banging pots and pans is easy when you’re in the kitchen preparing meals.

By properly exposing your pet at a young age, normal fears that could create a neurotic or even psychotic animal may be avoided. Owners of puppies should also incorporate trips to the park, to shopping centers, and to schoolyards into their pet’s socialization program. This early sociali­zation will help build your pet’s confidence.


If your pet already suffers from noise phobia, know that this problem can be resolved – and without the use of tran­quilizers. Tranquilizers simply mask the problem instead of correcting it. And remember, you may not always be there to administer them when a sudden storm (or any noise) occurs.

Instead, turn your radio on at a reasonably high volume (without disturbing your neighbors). This constant noise level during a thunderstorm (or any noise) will help drown out the sound, thus calming your pet. If you must be away from home and thunderstorms are predicted, be sure to leave your radio on when you leave the house.

If you’re home during a storm (or any other noise), soothe and reassure your pet when he’s frightened or divert his attention by playing his favorite game. Don’t go overboard with the attention, though. After all, you won’t always be able to be around to soothe him. It’s best to act reassuring yet behave as if nothing is wrong. And don’t act anxious – our pets are quick to pick up on our own anxieties!

If you have a particularly nervous pet, use a recording of a thunderstorm or fire works (or whatever noise sets him off) to desensitize him. Sound effects records and tapes are available at most larger record stores or online. Start off by playing the recording at a low volume. Once your pet shows no reaction to the recording, you may gradually increase the volume. Play it every day at this volume until he shows no visible reaction. Again, increase the volume and follow the same procedure. Continue to do this each day, until you’re playing the recordings at full volume and your pet is paying absolutely no attention to the sound.

The key to relieving your pet’s sen­sitivity to outside noises is to do it very gradually. Don’t rush, for if you do, you may seriously traumatize him and create a much worse neurosis. Through patience and consistency you can overcome your pet’s anxiety. It may take several weeks or even months, but isn’t being able to alle­viate your pet’s suffering worth it?

Warren-Eckstein-cats-fbWarren Eckstein, host of The Pet Show, is an internationally known pet and animal expert. Warren has devoted over thirty years to teaching both pets and their people to live happily together through his unique “Hugs and Kisses” approach to animal behavior, care and training. 

Warren has worked with more than 40,000 pets including those of many well-known celebrities. David Letterman, Cheryl Tiegs, Lily Tomlin, Geraldine Ferraro, Al Pacino, Rodney Dangerfield, and Phylicia Rashad are just a few of many whom Warren has helped with pet problems.

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The Humane Society of The United States: Urine-marking


Halo is proud to work together with The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for animals, to help ALL animals!

You mark your stuff by putting your name on it; your dog marks their with urine. We’ve covered why dogs mark territory, now here’s how to prevent urine-marking behaviors before they happen in your house.

Before doing anything else, take your dog to the veterinarian to rule out any medical causes for the urine-marking behavior. If they get a clean bill of health, use the following tips to make sure they don’t start marking their territory.

Spay (or neuter) first
Spay or neuter
 your dog as soon as possible. The longer a dog goes before neutering, the more difficult it will be to train them not to mark in the house. Spaying or neutering your dog should reduce urine-marking and may stop it altogether.

But if they ha been marking for a long time, a pattern may already be established. Because it has become a learned behavior, spaying or neutering alone won’t solve the problem. Use techniques for housetraining an adult dog to modify your dog’s marking behavior.

More tips

  • Clean soiled areas thoroughly with a cleaner specifically designed to eliminate urine odor. Read more about removing pet odors and stains
  • Make previously soiled areas inaccessible or unattractive. If this isn’t possible, try to change the significance of those areas to your pet. Feed, treat, and play with your pet in the areas where they mark.
  • Keep objects likely to cause marking out of reach. Items such as guests’ belongings and new purchases should be placed in a closet or cabinet.
  • Resolve conflicts between animals in your home. If you’ve added a new cat or new dog to your family, follow our tip sheets to help them live in harmony.
  • Restrict your dog’s access to doors and windows so they can’t observe animals outside. If this isn’t possible, discourage the presence of other animals near your house.
  • Make friends. If your pet is marking in response to a new resident in your home (such as a roommate or spouse), have the new resident make friends with your pet by feeding, grooming, and playing with your pet. If you have a new baby, make sure good things happen to your pet when the baby is around.
  • Watch your dog when they are indoors for signs that they are thinking about urinating. When they begin to urinate, interrupt them with a loud noise and take them outside. If they urinate outside, praise them and give them a treat.
  • When you’re unable to watch them, confine your dog (a crate or small room where they ha never marked) or tether them to you with a leash.
  • Have your dog obey at least one command (such as “sit”) before you give them dinner, put on their leash to go for a walk, or throw them a toy.
  • If your dog is marking out of anxiety, talk to your vet about medicating them with a short course of anti-anxiety medication. This will calm them down and make behavior modification more effective.
  • Consult an animal behaviorist for help with resolving the marking issues.

What not to do
Don’t punish your pet after the fact. Punishment administered even a minute after the event is ineffective because your pet won’t understand why they are being punished.

If you come home and find that your dog has urinated on all kinds of things, just clean up the mess. Don’t take them over to the spots and yell and rub their nose in them. They won’t associate the punishment with something they may have done hours ago, leading to confusion and possibly fear.

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BRAVO Bad Rap! Thank you for always being the voic…

BRAVO Bad Rap! Thank you for always being the voice and heart of reason, compassion and justice! So love that you consistently lead the way…. excellent piece!

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