I saw several sea otters on my cruise, but I saw them from the ship while it was in motion.
So this is my best photo:
Hello Halo Pets and peoples! My name is Belle and I am a streets-to-sheets rescue dog in Los Angeles. I consider myself very lucky, because not only does my person love me, but she also speaks dog – a rare talent in peoples – and we communicate so well that she agreed to translate my words into a book.
My first book, Dog Only Knows: The Word of Dog just hit shelves last month and I am having a blast getting used to being not only incredibly cute, but also a famous author.
I am also lucky because on our travels, my person and I met some lovely people from Halo Pets, and this led to me being able to try a bunch of their foods. Score one for Belle! I enjoyed everything I tried, and I’d like to share my experience with you!
Let’s begin at the beginning. The first thing I got to try was Halo’s new Kiblets food toppers. These are freeze-dried protein boosters made of beef, or chicken, or turkey and salmon.
My little sister Delta and I are used to having some wet food mixed in with our dry food, but one day our person surprised us by sprinkling the beef Kiblets over our food instead. She crumbled up the Kiblets and the smell was…well, let’s just say I am drooling thinking about it. I had to stand up to get a closer sniff as she was preparing our supper.
One thing you should know about me and Delta is that we are slow eaters. We take our time, and savor every bite. We are not snarfers. But that first night with the Kiblets? I have to admit, we snarfed it up and licked the bowls clean.
Now let’s talk kibble. Here’s what I noticed about Halo Spot’s Stew in comparison to other kibbles I have eaten:
- It smells good! It has a non-kibble-y “real food” smell to it that is very appealing; and as I imagine you know, smell is very important to a dog.
- You can see little freeze-dried veggies in there that look like veggies. This adds to the aforementioned “real-food-ness”
- My person read the ingredients to me and they were things I could understand, like chicken, eggs, peas, oats and flax seed. If I know the words, then it must be real food.
We had similar success mixing in some wet Spot’s Stew with the dry. All very yummy. Bowls licked clean. Ingredients I understood.
I had heard that “if you don’t find it in your kitchen, you won’t find it in Halo,” and it seems that is true. Well, not so much our kitchen, because my person doesn’t cook, so we pretty much just have seltzer and dog food. But in a normal kitchen, it would probably apply.
Now, I am used to getting a certain green dental chew every night for dessert. My person says she has to keep my breath fresh because I am an expert face licker. I just love the chews and get very cranky if I don’t get one. I am a creature of habit, so I was skeptical about switching to the pumpkin flavor Spot’s Chew Dental Treats. But I have to say, they were quite tasty and I was perfectly happy with them as an after-dinner treat. My person was pleased too; she told me that my breath was just as fresh as ever while I licked her face for an hour one night.
Finally, there were the Liv-a-Littles treats – little bits of 100% chicken or beef or liver, freeze-dried into bites of perfection. Okay, I’m not a poet, but you get my point. They are yummy! And they pack a nice, high-protein boost. Very concentrated protein, so a little goes a long way.
All in all, I give a big “four paws up” to each and every product I tried. And you should know, I don’t do that lightly. I have been known to turn my nose up at substandard biscuits.
Thank you to Halo for allowing me to try these foods and for welcoming me into the Halo Pets community! I love to make new friends. To anyone reading this, I send you virtual face licks – and believe me, I never forget a face I have licked.
Liz Clark has been on an incredible adventure since 2006 – sailing around the world on a Cal 40 sailboat, solo. That is, solo until 2013 when she was joined by an unlikely co-captain – a feral cat she adopted and named Amelia.
According to Clark’s online chronicle, the former bartender has traveled along the western coast of Mexico and Central America, and around the South Pacific.
Amelia was just six months old when Clark found her. The feral kitten was skinny and starving for attention and Clark immediately took to her. She says she saw a “commanding lioness air and carefree bravado” in the little cat.
Amelia (also known as Tropicat) seems happy on the boat with Clark. “She has adapted to living surrounded by water,” Clark told Buzzfeed. Amelia loves watching the fish and birds and Clark made a cat tree out of a yoga mat wrapped around the boat’s mast and finds loose palm leaves make great toys for her little companion.
Bowls have been a big trend in healthy eating for years now, and they are a several-meals-a-week staple in our house. You can’t get any easier, really. Just pile some layers of what you have in the fridge into a bowl (keeping in mind to include a variety of healthy foods), and eat it. We tend to stick to what we know though – either this smoothie bowl or one that consists of organic greens, blueberries, pineapple, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and the occasional avocado or banana, and a dinner bowl that consists of quinoa, black beans, chickpeas, eggs or tofu, greens, avocado, and lots of hot sauce. And while they make for hearty and delicious meals, they can get boring after a while. So I decided to search out some new bowl ideas, and found the recipes above, which all look delicious. I plan on trying #6 and #10 (by my girl Jessica, who just finished writing her first book!) this week.
What is your favorite bowl? Do you prefer sweet ones like smoothie bowls (I do) or more savory varieties?
I’ve teamed up with Clorox to bring you some pet health and safety tips for the summer. Over this week and the next I’ll be sharing some info on Facebook and Instagram about household germs and infectious disease prevention. Bottom line for me is, keep it simple!
This post is sponsored by Clorox.
“Simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real.” – Henry David Thoreau, 1848
We spend a lot of time in our lives looking for the next biggest thing that’s going to make our lives easier. What’s more efficient? Safer? Better? In doing so, we ironically end up making life ever more cluttered and complicated, piling up more things and creating increasingly complicated rituals that are anything but easy.
I work every day to help make animals healthier, but a big part of doing that means giving people recommendations they’ll actually follow through on because they are easy and effective.
I can give you a textbook on preventing the onset and spread of diseases, but do you really want that? You lead a busy life. It’s hard to follow a 15 page cleaning handbook when you have dogs, kids, and soccer practices to deal with. Let’s simplify things:
- Keep your pet safe through routine veterinary care and vaccination.
- Keep your environment safe with regular cleaning and disinfecting.
Dogs are messy. They get into messes and spread messes and sometimes that includes bacteria and viruses. Gross. The good news is, you don’t need a closet full of specialized Doggie Cleaning Solutions and Fido Wipes to keep the bugs at bay. All you need is ten minutes of your time and an item you probably already have in your house (just like the one in the photo, which was in my laundry room long before I started this campaign!)
There’s a reason animal shelters and humane societies across the country list bleach as one of their top wishlist items: It works, on everything from nasty bacteria like Salmonella and E.coli to the dreaded viral disease canine parvo. It’s inexpensive. It’s easy:
10 Minutes To a Safer Home
Did you know that a study by NSF International showed pet bowls and toys were in the top ten most germy items in the house– worse than toilet bowls and cutting boards? If you have pets, you can use Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 at home to sanitize their crates, pet bowls and toys.
- Disinfect hard non-porous surfaces and accessories with a solution of 1/2 cup product in 1 gallon of water. For pre-wash surfaces, soak or wipe with bleach solution. Allow solution to contact surface for at least 10 minutes. Rinse well and air dry.
- To sanitize pet food containers, wash bowls with detergent and rinse. Fill bowls with a solution of 2 tsp of Clorox®Regular Bleach1 per gallon of water. Let stand 2 minutes, drain and air dry.
For more pet tips, check out my 5 Steps to Keep Your Furry Family Safe From Germs.
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Halo Facebook Fan Mary Neuendorf from MN shared with us her story about her cat named Dexter and his Halo natural cat food experience. She says:
This is my sweet boy named Dexter!
“I wanted to leave a post to say THANK YOU HALO, and I’ll explain the reason why.
I rescued Dexter back in October from an amazing No Kill animal shelter named Lucky’s Place. When I first got him home, he had a couple of loose stools, which I thought was normal because he was in a new environment.
Well a couple of weeks passed and he still had loose stools, and was throwing up just about every morning. I got very concerned and took him to the vet and they said he just had worms. After giving him the dewormer, I was hoping that would clear everything up. Turns out, he still was having loose stools, and throwing up.
My vet said he could just have IBS or a sensitive stomach. I was determined to find a better solution so I wouldn’t have to pick up puke every day, and have to wear a mask when I scooped the liter box.
This is when the hunt for a new food started…
I don’t know why it took me so long to try Halo Grain Free Spot Stew but within 2 DAYS the puking stopped and so did the loose stools! I have had Dexter on this food for 2 months now and he has so much more energy, coat is sooooo soft, and most importantly, he is feeling like a normal kitty!!!
If anyone has a cat with a sensitive stomach or possibly IBS I really recommend this food! It has changed Dexter’s and my life completely.
Thanks again Halo Pets!”
Mary, thank you so much for sharing your story and we are happy that Dexter is happy and healthy.