Grain Free or NOT?

I was reading an article from Hemopet, (a blood bank for dogs) and Dr. Dodds take on the whole “grain free” rage that happened about a year and a half ago…it appears that they are not really any closer to a sure conclusion and so Dr. Dodds suggest some bloodwork that can be done and sent to UC Davis for answers. Long and short of it all is that if you feed grain free for specific reasons and feel that it’s what is best for your pup, then you may want to have your dog’s bloodwork done and calm your fears. I personally feed my dogs a couple of different dog foods at different times and I am at peace with my choices. If you are concerned, I would recommend that you follow up with your veterinarian and have your dog tested. I will post any updates that I hear about and also feel free to subscribe to Dr. Dodds Hemopet newsletter. I try to follow her protocol for immunizations on puppies as I trust her many many years of research. I recommend this protocol to our BFF families but also support your choice as the owner once you have your new BFF in your home.

The following is an excerpt from the most recent newsletter from Hemopet,

Again, where are we in September of 2020?

We are nowhere closer to having the appropriate and correct answers. This is going to take some time.

Remember, if you’ve stopped feeding grains to your companion dog, think back to the many reasons why you stopped. It could be to prevent leaky gut syndrome, to help curb food sensitivities or intolerances to a particular grain, to maintain optimal weight in your dog, etc.

If you are worried, we understand. We suggest having your veterinarian take a blood sample to measure the methionine, cysteine and taurine levels in both whole blood and plasma, and send it to a diagnostic laboratory (University of California – Davis or University of Wisconsin) experienced with the appropriate reference ranges for circulating taurine. If the levels are lower than normal for dogs, please discuss the appropriate next steps with your veterinarian. Please send the information on your dog, including the food you are feeding, breed, health regarding DCM and retinal degradation, age and weight to the FDA. You and your dog would potentially be helping millions of other dogs. Sept 10, 2020/Hemopet/Nutrition

And we have a lot of precious reasons to help all dogs!

Half way to “Gotcha Day”…

My heart❤️…today while I was loving on puppies, I had that horrible sinking feeling you get when you remember a sad moment in life!

Saying goodbye was one of the hardest parts of raising puppies last litter.

No good bye, see ya later!

And I had a fleeting thought about the process that will take place again in 4-5 weeks with the newest BFFs. The families of our fur babies have become my friends, I love them for the loving homes they’ve given our babies. I look forward to pictures, birthdays and Instagram posts! Until then, I will continue to pour my heart and soul into each little BFF❤️ and making sure they’re ready for their new families and my new friends! 🐝🐶👫🏻❤️

Can we just keep them all?

Yes I am sleep deprived and yes I am a bit on the “crazy” side and yes I am obsessed with caring for all of Gods creatures, I mean who catches spiders in the house and let’s them go outside! Umm, I do! Save the bees, save the kids, save the family, save the marriage, save the world! Sounds like the Miss America Pageant, you know the “world peace” girl. Squirrel! Back to the post…I am in love with these precious fur babies!

As much as I would love to keep them all, I also cannot wait for these sweet Beehive Fur Friends to start their lives with their loving families that are so excited for them! Each one is already starting to show their little personalities and this guy, well…he’s a pretty chill BFF!

Mom and Light Blue collar boy taking a minute

I had a couple favorites in the first litter but these littles have stolen my heart and I just love everyone of them. Sweet, snuggly, playful and just plain fun. I love my job!🐶❤️

Ok so I’m not going to keep them all but I want to! They bring such joy and sunshine ☀️

Why a (BFF) Beehive Fur Friend may be good for your soul and good for your health too!

I have personally always known that life was better with a dog but I’m grateful that the professionals here in America are figuring that out too! In Europe, horses have been used for therapy since the 1860’s.

My current dog, Mika is my “unofficial” emotional support animal, especially when my husband travels. I suffer from depression and anxiety and mostly do ok but on those days when getting out of bed seems impossible, my very patient girl will lay next to me while I pet her and offers a pure unconditional love. She accepts me for exactly who I am and doesn’t judge my choice to stay in bed for awhile. She will stay with me as long as I need her.

Here are some professional points of view found on healthguide.org

Pets come with some powerful mental health benefits. Here’s how caring for a dog or cat can help you cope with depression, anxiety, and stress.

The health benefits of pets

Most pet owners are clear about the immediate joys that come with sharing their lives with companion animals. However, many of us remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of snuggling up to a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond.

Pets have evolved to become acutely attuned to humans and our behavior and emotions. Dogs, for example, are able to understand many of the words we use, but they’re even better at interpreting our tone of voice, body language, and gestures. And like any good human friend, a loyal dog will look into your eyes to gauge your emotional state and try to understand what you’re thinking and feeling (and to work out when the next walk or treat might be coming, of course).

Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active. Pets also provide valuable companionship for older adults. Perhaps most importantly, though, a pet can add real joy and unconditional love to your life.

Studies have found that:

  • Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
  • People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets. One study even found that when people with borderline hypertension adopted dogs from a shelter, their blood pressure declined significantly within five months.
  • Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
  • Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
  • Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
  • Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.
  • While people with pets often experience the greatest health benefits, a pet doesn’t necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and lower pulse rate.

One of the reasons for these therapeutic effects is that pets fulfill the basic human need for touch. Even hardened criminals in prison show long-term changes in their behavior after interacting with pets, many of them experiencing mutual affection for the first time. Stroking, hugging, or otherwise touching a loving animal can rapidly calm and soothe you when you’re stressed or anxious. The companionship of a pet can also ease loneliness, and most dogs are a great stimulus for healthy exercise, which can substantially boost your mood and ease depression.

Mika comes from a line of Golden Retrievers that have retired from the show ring to become full time service dogs. Several of her puppies are being used as Emotional Support Animals in their current homes and are doing a wonderful job. Get on the waitlist today for your very own BFF!