DOG for DOG is a movement to help as many dogs as possible. With every purchase DOG for DOG gives an equal amount of food to dogs in need.

Meet Dakota Dunn, DOG for DOG’s Director of Giving

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Meet Dakota Dunn, DOG for DOG’s Director of Giving

IMG_8413I’ve always been the weird dog girl amongst my friends. The girl that will hang out with dogs instead of people at parties, or who creepily asks every stranger “can I pet your dog?”. In the office, I’m the weird cat lady…but that’s a different story.

From the day that I was born my family always had at least three dogs at all times. We also had multiple cats, birds, rats, rabbits, and the list goes on. We were the resident “animal house” on our block. If a wounded bird was found, or stray dog, the neighbors always brought them to our house and we would get them to the vet or adopted…or lets face it, keep them.

When I was ten, I had my first encounter with an abused and neglected dog that soon became “my dog” within our family. My mom and I had found a little puppy wandering aimlessly around our neighborhood. She was terribly thin, heavily matted and covered in scabies. I remember being extremely upset to see a dog in this condition and I made it my mission to personally nurse her back to health. My mom and I picked up the dog, took her to the vet and got her the shots and medicine she needed to start healing. During this process both my mother and I got scabies, which was unpleasant to say the least, but worth it since it meant that we could save a life. My mom let me name the puppy, so I called her Ginger after the book, Ginger Pye. Ginger was my love and I was blessed to spend 13 wonderful years with her by my side.

Not long after joining the DOG for DOG team, I adopted my English Bulldog, Danny. Danny was hit by a car and suffered a broken leg and hernia in her stomach as a result. She was surrendered to a shelter in that condition but was picked up by our friend Zach at Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue and they got her into surgery to fix her leg. I adopted Danny shortly after she was released from the hospital and have had two of the best years of my life with her. Danny has taught me the importance of rescue and how many wonderful dogs there are out there that need homes.  I can’t imagine my life without her, and there are times when I look at her and am overwhelmed with love and joy that this stinky, snorting, stubborn little creature has come into my life. At the end of the day all she wants is love, which is – I think- what everyone wants.

The work I am doing with DOG for DOG helps to support my passion for animals and has opened my eyes to not only how bad the pet overpopulation rate in rescues and shelters is, but how hard the staff and volunteers at rescues and shelters are working to save the lives of animals that are sometimes hours away from being put down. I now understand the critical importance of education programs, the need for spay and neuter, and the impact of legislation in the animal wellness community.

I am proud to be a rescue pet owner and hope to rescue many more pets in my lifetime!

Meet Paul Rava, Controller and Operations Manager at DOG for DOG

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Meet Paul Rava, Controller and Operations Manager at DOG for DOG

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Ever since I was a kid, dogs have always been a huge part of my life. Maybe it was all thanks to 101 Dalmatians, which I watched on a daily basis throughout childhood, or maybe it was because I always had fun playing with our family dogs.

It wasn’t until later in life that I realized having a dog wasn’t just a pleasant part of life, but an opportunity to find a best friend and to make a positive impact in the community. Throughout college I started to volunteer at rescues and shelters in the Los Angeles area, hoping to help out and learn a bit about giving back. What I quickly grew to learn was that each rescue and shelter is full of loving and motivated people with great intentions but often-limited resources. They are all working to help save dogs and they are all doing everything possible to make an impact.

As many of you know, it takes a lot of emotional strength to be involved at any shelter or adoption day event. To hear the constant stream of heart breaking stories and seeing the beautiful dogs looking for a forever home, we are all faced with two options: hope everything works out or take action and make a difference.

My decision was easy. I made a promise to myself that I would focus on making strides in my life to help these rescues and dogs in the best way I could. I immediately went out and spent a year in an Animal Behavior course and received my certification as a Certified Dog Trainer. The path to achieve this included working with one dog in particular, Phineas, who was a people-aggressive and dog-aggressive bully breed mix, and had been with his rescue for over a year. I worked with him on a weekly basis, and spent my time showing him a loving home and a promise for improved behavior.

Within weeks, I was able to successfully introduce Phineas to my dog, Slugger, with no issues. Phineas became the star of the obedience class I taught, excelling with his intelligence and eagerness to learn.  I had never experienced a greater or truer happiness than the day Phineas got adopted and left our rescue for his forever home. I was extremely sad to know I wouldn’t be spending as much time with him, but his new family was ecstatic and I knew he would be a great addition to their household. Phineas is just one example of the positive impact we are able to have in a dog’s life and the lives of the family members who adopt.

Slugger, my Boston Terrier, is a great daily reminder and representation of the pure love and joy that comes with having a dog as a true companion. He’s there with me whether I’m sleeping on the couch or out for a run (well…if he’s in the mood…) and I could not be more thankful for the positive energy that he has, every moment of every day in life.

 

Found Animals Gala

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Found Animals Gala

On Saturday, November 1, 2014 I was presented with an award from at the Found Animals Gala honoring the work that I am doing with DOG for DOG. Winning this award from Found Animals Foundation is something I will always cherish.  I can’t thank Dr. Gary and Alya Michelson, Aimee Gilbreath and everyone else at Found Animal Foundation enough for taking the time to honor me.  What really made me have to stop and catch my breath is the sincerity of this team that, at the end of  the day, really is the one deserving of all the honor.  They are truly making a difference in the lives of millions of pets and people.

When I started DOG for DOG it was based behind the belief that people are naturally good.  Groups like Found Animals simply reinforce this belief.

What really humbles me about all of this is the circle of people coming together to impact our world.  If you could only see my team and how hard they have worked from day one to make sure DOG for DOG could become a sustainable way to help pets.  If you could only see the volunteers that save abused, hungry, and scared animals.  If you could only see how many of our loyal followers feed and treat their pets DOG for DOG religiously so the donation items can go to help pets.  If you could see all of this like I do, you would wake up every day knowing that as long as there are passionate people like this, like YOU, we will find a way.

So thank you Found Animals Foundation and every single person that has ever taken even a small action to help an animals in a very big way!

I can’t implore you enough to simply take a small step and get involved with the Found Animals Foundation.  Go now and check them out….www.foundanimals.org

-Rocky Kanaka

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Rocky Kanaka accepting Found Animals awards from Ron Galperin, current Controller for the City of Los Angeles

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Rocky Kanaka, Found Animals Director, Aimee Gilbreath, and Found Animals Founder, Dr. Gary Michelson

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DOG for DOG Team (left to right): Sara Nishikawa, Kelly Hannaford, Rocky Kanaka, Dakota Dunn and Michael Bateman

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RESCUES SPOKE, WE LISTENED!

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RESCUES SPOKE, WE LISTENED!

As a company with the mission to help dogs is need, we spend A LOT of time with shelters and rescue groups.  In that, we devote a significant amount of time making sure we better understand their needs so we can find ways to support them in their life saving efforts. We will forever be a company that learns and adapts in order to help with the problem of pet overpopulation and to promote education amongst the animal rescue community. One very important thing that continually rises to the surface is healthy all natural dog food is not just a want; it is a NEED!

Therefore I am excited to let you know that in our continued efforts to be a company that feeds dogs in need we, have made an update to our giving model.  Now for every DOG for DOG item that you purchase, we will donate that same amount in FOOD to a dog in need.

What does that mean exactly? It means that if you purchase a 14lb bag of DOGSFOOD w/Lamb & Brown Rice, then we will donate 14lbs of food. If you purchase a 7oz bag of DOGSTREAT Mini w/ Duck, we will donate 7oz of food. These donations of food are totaled together at the end of each quarter and make a huge impact for the rescues that are receiving them.

What food is being donated? All “donation food” is our award winning DOGSFOOD w/Pork & Brown Rice, so rescue and shelter dogs will receive the same high-quality, all natural dog food that you are feeding to your dogs!

While we already donate food when you purchase food we will now donate food when you purchase any of our items such treats or a t-shirt.  When you pick up a bag of our treats you may notice it says we donate treats for every bag sold.  While the transition will start occurring on our packaging, know that now when you buy a bag of DOGSTREATs, jar of DOGSBUTTER or any other DOG for DOG product, we will be FEEDING dogs in need!

As always, we thank you for your support and look forward to our continued effort to help dogs in need.

Sincerely,

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Rocky Kanaka

President and Founder

Villalobos Rescue Center Wins Feed A Shelter Campaign!

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HELP US HELP VILLALOBOS RESCUE CENTER!!! 

Click HERE to purchase DOG for DOG, and have Villalobos Rescue Center receive the donated item(s) from your purchase!! Use code: VRC at check out in the “How Did You Hear About Us” box.

Villalobos Rescue Center (VRC) was voted by YOU as the winner of DOG for DOG’s Feed A Shelter campaign to feed a shelter for an entire year! We took to social media in the Spring of 2014 to ask our fans to nominate a shelter or rescue that they would like to see receive free DOGSFOOD for an entire year! After an overwhelming amount of nominations and daily voting, Villalobos Rescue Center was named the grand prize winner!!

Above is footage of the first donation of over 35,000 lbs of DOGSFOOD and treats, made on August 20, 2014. DOG for DOG will be donating 100,000 lbs of food over the course of the next year, but even though that sounds like a lot of food, it realistically will only feed the dogs at VRC for a less than a year. After that, they will go back to purchasing their own food and absorbing the funds that could be used to pay for Vet care or bring in more dogs.

We are asking for your help to keep VRC dogs fed buy purchasing DOG for DOG products from our website and using the code: VRC in the “How Did You Hear About Us” box at check out! All donations from orders using that code will go directly to the rescue group!

With your help, we can help feed VRC dogs for a lifetime!

No Wheat Dog Food: Why Pet Owners Spend Big

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No Wheat Dog Food: Why Pet Owners Spend Big

 

Man’s best friend is getting a crack at the good stuff now that their companions have shown an interest in all natural, no wheat dog food, and companies are more than happy to comply.

Good Food and Good Will

Online stores like DOG for DOG are feeding canines the good stuff and are giving plenty of goodwill as a side dish. DOG for DOG also donates a bag of dog food to a rescue organization for every bag of dog food purchased. While it is their mission to help dogs in need, they aren’t alone in offering no wheat dog food. Many are clamoring to sell similar fare to a growing customer base that is increasingly health conscious not only for themselves, but for every member of their families. And that includes

Better Ingredients for a Better Life

But why are customers shelling out extra bucks to ensure their dogs are getting all natural, no wheat dog food? According to a recent article featured on the Christian Science Monitor, it has to do with a tendency to humanize pets. In the wake of studies linking human health to diet, and ill health to pesticides and processed foods, people are also more conscious of what they Considering the ingredient list in many conventional dog foods, it’s not hard to see why they’d choose a healthier product for their loved ones. Animal by-products like hooves, guts and other possibly diseased parts, agricultural leftovers consisting of grains unfit for human consumption, and plenty of other unsavory bits are routine fare in dog food.

While research has shown that eating a diet rich in nutrients can stave off illnesses and cancers, the same could be true for canines, who share a similar diet to humans and who also suffer a host of ailments that could possibly be improved or prevented by eating right, from arthritis to

Grain Free Dog Food

For example, DOG for DOG corn, soy, and wheat free dog food contains items that sound familiar and even appetizing to people. An Ocean Fish/Salmon combo called DOGSFOOD is a grain- free blend consisting of  fish, and fruits and veggies like blueberries, apples, beets and spinach. It even boasts of flax seeds, which contain omega fatty acids, as well as probiotics (good bacteria that aids in digestion). By doling out the bucks now, consumers might actually be saving money on vet visits later if the hype about all natural, wheat free dog food is true. And a healthier, happier Fido is reason enough for many pet owners.

It appears that the emphasis on well-being by way of nutrition that’s sweeping the nation of consumers is now being extended to the animal kingdom. When it comes to healthy eating, man’s best friend may be the leader of the pack.

 

 

 

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Thank You!!

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Thank You!!

First and foremost, I want to highlight how amazing you all are! I am truly encouraged and inspired by every single one of you for joining in to help our “Feed A Shelter” for a year campaign!  When we made a commitment to reach our goal and donate 100,000 pounds of food, I never could have imagined just how involved and caring so many of you could be.  From the bottom of my heart thank you for your involvement. 

 Now let’s make some real changes. Below are pictures of those getting involved and nominating their shelter. Share with all of your friends; nominate a shelter and then smile because you just helped make a difference.

– Rocky Kanaka, Founder & President  

Snoop. Feed a Shelter


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Demarcus Cousins Teams up With DOG for DOG

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Demarcus Cousins Teams up With DOG for DOG


Demarcus Cousins always felt like the underdog and now he wants to help dogs in need. Teaming up with DOG for DOG, Cousins donated 700 lbs of our DOGSFOOD to The Front Street Shelter in Sacramento, CA.

Cousins, of the Sacramento Kings, has three dogs of his own; Gotti, Sosa & Capone, who are loved, spoiled and an important part of home. Upon learning the good that the shelters in his area are doing, Cousins wanted to be a part of the solution. He approached DOG for DOG looking for ways to help dogs in need and we were enthusiastic to be a part of the giving.

Check out the video below from #REALDMC to see Demarcus Cousins and (@boogiecousins) Rocky Kanaka (@rockykanaka) working with Front Street Shelter to help dogs in need!