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.

DOGSFOOD Wins BEST IN SHOW!!

by DOG for DOG Team
DOGSFOOD Wins BEST IN SHOW!!


We are pleased to announce that DOGSGOOD won BEST IN SHOW at the New Product Showcase from the 2014 Global Pet Expo!! This is the highest award that can be won in the pet industry!

DOGSFOOD is all natural, packed with fruits and vegetables, probiotics, amino acids and contains multiple protein sources. And DOGSFOOD is extruded NOT baked to ensure the maximum amount of nutrients and vitamins. DOGSFOOD is available in Grain Free with Ocean Fish, Pork & Brown Rice and New Zealand Lamb. And the best part is that for every bag purchased we give a bag to a dog in need. In 2013 we gave 52,000 pounds to shelters!

 

Shadow

by DOG for DOG Team
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Guest Blogger: Marley’s Mutts

Shadow

By Zach Skow

I have rescued dogs that have been shot, stabbed, set on fire, beaten and starved within an inch of their lives. They all have amazing stories and have all survived to thrive! Our most recent harrowing story belongs to Shadow, whose name speaks of her dark past but also her undying loyalty.

Shadow’s Story begins with a phone call on December 5th from Officer Ashley of Kern County Animal Services. The tone in her voice was ominous and distressing. She told me that hikers had found 3 large dogs stuffed into a single-dog-crate, way off the beaten path, in the foothills above Ridgecrest. One dog was clearly dead and frozen, and the two survivors where injured but alive. The only clues as to their origin were from anonymous tire tracks that led away from the scene. Temperatures had neared single digits the previous night and we weren’t sure how long they had been out there, therefore it wasn’t clear if the deceased dog had frozen to death, died from exposure or succumbed to other injuries.

Ashley asked for us to help save them, we of course obliged and met the two dogs the following day at the Lake Isabella Animal Shelter. The shelter staff had given them new names– Shadow (girl) and Clancy (boy)– but they needed new everything: new confidence, renewed faith, new love, new lives. Their transformation and renaissance began that day at the shelter. The dogs had shown some fear aggression, and aside from that were virtually petrified. Each of them had sustained serious injury, both mental and physical, which had obviously created a posttraumatic stress disorder scenario. Their souls had nearly been sucked from their bodies and they needed an infusion of confidence, which could only be delivered by a Pack Leader, someone with confidence who, leading by example, would show them that they had nothing to fear. I would become their pack leader and with some simple leash training techniques, would allow them to shed their fear and look upon life with a sense of comfort. Neither of those dogs wanted to budge from their kennels and were poised to strike. I treat their growls as simple noise and their body language as impotent posturing. My goal is to get a leash around their neck as quickly as is safe and pull them out of the kennel with authority: they will not go on their own accord and giving them treats to try coax them and soften the situation not only didn’t work but got the other dogs riled-up.  Once the leash is in place we turn and go—it’s that simple. We don’t walk but trudge with the dog moving at our pace regardless. Trudging is to walk with purpose and with this simple demonstration of confidence in direction; the dogs begin to let down their guard and see the world again for the first time! Trudging with a dog is a crucial first step towards liberating a dog from fear. By dominating the situation with my confident body language, steadfast and deliberate movements and “won’t take no for an answer” attitude, it was just a matter of time before they were walking on a leash and had sense of freedom without fear, even love.

The next step was to load up in the Motor City Mutt Mobile and make our way to San Joaquin Veterinary Hospital (SVH) to have the dogs examined. San Joaquin is a critical ally in this fight for several reasons, not the least of which is that we can show up at virtually anytime during business hours and see our dogs immediately. Doc Willis determined that the wounds were superficial, not life threatening but took an x-ray of Clancy just to be sure. X-rays were clear and our pups would heal for a few days at San Joaquin before coming to the rescue for rehab. The staff at San Joaquin, led by our pal Andrea Bertolucci, knew exactly how to care for dogs that are going through a both physical and mental rehab. If we were to take Shadow and Clancy from the kennels of the shelter to the kennels of the vet and leave it at that, they could regress and even get socially more uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. At SJVH they receive a level of care that allows them to heal mentally, physically and even socially and that makes all of the difference! Both dogs continued to improve and were then ready for their transition to the rescue. Shadow came to live with me and Clancy at a foster home up the street. Shadow became, well, my shadow and there wasn’t much that we didn’t do together! We are training to run the Chicago Marathon again and Shadow routinely accompanied me on 4-5 miles jaunts.

After being my Shadow for nearly two months, our girl was adopted by a wonderful man named Robbie and his Mom, Lisa. This was an especially magical pairing because Robbie was from the same age as me, from the same neighborhood as me but had recently been released from prison after 12 years of incarceration. A reformed and gentle soul, Robbie was looking for a friend with whom he could continue his own spiritual rehabilitation. He found his soul mate in Shadow and she found the same in him. Both Robbie and Shadow needed help adjusting to a world that is scary and daunting but together it was all-possible. Undoubtedly, these two would walk a peaceful path together, back into a world that once had shown them only violence.

After a few weeks of blissful bonding between Robbie and Shadow, Robbie called me, and with controlled panic in his voice said, “Bro, I don’t know what to do. Shadow is coughing up blood.” We immediately sent Shadow to the hospital for x-rays and blood work. The x-rays revealed what none of us could imagine: Shadow had been shot some months earlier and had a large caliber bullet lodged in her chest. When the following morning came and her condition had worsened, the Mutt Militia kicked it into high gear! Holly and Rick – a couple of our most dedicated foster parents – volunteered to fly Shadow from Lake Isabella to as near to LA as possible, while I reached far and wide over the phone. I was referred to a hospital that is primed to deal with the kind of extremely specialized emergency surgery Shadow would need, albeit incredibly expensive. We got a Fundrazr.com page up and running, plastered it all over the social-mediasphere,  and generous pledges from across the globe started  pouring in. I was en route to Bakersfield from down South, and so flipped U-turn after the Grapevine and headed to Agua Dulce Airport. I met Holly, Rick and Shadow on the tarmac, swapped our burned puppy, Chance, for Shadow, and hit the road at the speed of life! Less than 45 minutes later, we arrived at VCA All Care Animal Hospital in West Los Angeles, where our brave girl would be seen by a leading specialist who was well qualified to help save her life. And by early the next morning, she and her team had removed a .40 caliber slug from Shadow’s body, along with one of the lobes of her lung.

Against all odds, including a severe bleed during surgery, Shadow survived!!! We needed to raise nearly 15k which seemed at first to be folly, or at least unattainable, but astonishingly we raised nearly 10k in a just a few days! Kern County stepped up the most (as usual) sending in donations from over 200 people. Shadow’s story reached far and wide as donations poured in from over a dozen states and a handful of countries.

Shadow is home now with Robbie and on the mend. She will make a full recovery and both she and Robbie will help us give back by touring Kern County and telling their story. We can tolerate these atrocities if we make effort to learn from them and to teach about them. If you are interested in being a part of the Mutt Militia, please visit Marleysmutts.com and fill out a volunteer application.

Click here to help shadow and Marley’s Mutts: http://marleysmutts.com/my-membership-options-page/

 

The Best Dry Food for Small Dogs

by Lorna Ladd
The Best Dry Food for Small Dogs

It can be difficult to determine the best dry food for small dogs, especially for new pet owners trying to get their dog settled into a routine.

Every dog has different needs, so you can’t use the general guidelines given on pet food containers to determine what’s best for your small dog. The size, breed, age, activity level, and ideal weight of the dog all play a major role in its diet.

It’s best to talk to your vet about the best dry food for small dogs and how much to feed your dog each day, as this is different with each pet. Your vet can also help you choose a type of food that may help prevent your dog from certain diseases. Your vet can also help you determine the number of calories your dog needs to consume each day, but most pet food labels do not provide information on calories. It’s important to contact the manufacturer to obtain this information, so you know the proper amount to feed your dog.

Also, choose a brand of dry dog food that is AFFCO certified for all life stages. Don’t let labels containing words like “gourmet” and “premium” sway you, as these are just fancy words not actually representative of ingredients in the bag.

Switching Dog Food

If you feel like you’re not feeding your furry friend the best dry food for small dogs and you want to switch brands, be sure to do so gradually. Give your dog a mixture of 75% old food and 25% new food for a few days, then a half-and-half mixture for a few days, then mix 75% old with 25% new for a few days, until finally making a complete switch.

Find the Best Dry Food for Small Dogs at DOG for DOG

At DOG for DOG, we know what your small dog needs to stay healthy and strong. Our corn, soy, and wheat free products are specially designed to give your tiny four-legged friend all the nutrients he needs.

All DOG for DOG products are all natural and locally sourced, so you can be confident that your dog is eating only the finest quality food. Our products, such as DOGSFOOD Pork & Brown Rice and DOGSFOOD Grain Free with Ocean Fish & Salmon are not only delicious, but also serve as the best dry food for small dogs due to the health benefits offered. Our products are also AFFCO certified for all life stages.

At DOG for DOG we think every dog deserves to eat a balanced diet, so for every bag you purchase, we donate an equal amount to a local pet shelter or rescue organization in need.

Nutrition and Dog Food for Senior Dogs

by Lorna Ladd
Nutrition and Dog Food for Senior Dogs

Nutrition needs change for humans as we age, so it’s safe to assume you may need to purchase special dog food for senior dogs as well.

A Tufts University study of U.S. pet owners revealed that most people believe certain information about dog food marketed to older pets that may or may not actually be accurate.

An overwhelming 84 percent of people think senior dogs should follow a different diet than other adult dogs, but only half of them actually feed their older pet a different diet.

When it comes to choosing dog food for senior dogs, it’s important to take the lifestyle habits of your dog into consideration, instead of simply focusing on age.

Feeding Your Aging Dog

The WebMD article, “Senior Dog Food: Meeting Aging Canines’ Nutritional Needs,” reviews specific guidelines dog owners can take to determine the specific nutritional needs of their four-legged friends.

The article notes that while there is no specific age a dog is considered senior, large breeds tend to age faster than smaller dogs. Dogs that are overweight also tend to age faster.

As a general rule, dogs are placed into the senior category when they’ve reached half their life expectancy. Smaller dogs tend to live between 15 to 20 years so they become seniors at around eight or nine years of age. Conversely, larger dogs only live from 12 to 15 years, so they fall into the older category when they’re around six years old.

It’s important to monitor the caloric intake of an older dog, as seniors have a slower metabolism, which can lead to obesity. Older dogs typically need to follow a lower-calorie, high-fiber diet to remain in optimal health.

When it comes to snacks, older dogs need healthy, low-fat, low-sodium fare. Some people food, such as carrots and apple slices, can serve as great treats, in addition to bones and traditional dog treats.

Dog Food for Senior Dogs at DOG for DOG

As a dog owner, you want only the best for your furry friend. It’s important to make sure your dog receives the same proper nutrients in his senior years as he had in the earlier periods of his life.

All of our products are AFFCO certified for all life stages, including puppies, adults, and lactating mothers, so you can be rest assured you’re always doing your best to keep your dog healthy.

We offer healthy and delicious products like DOGSFOOD Lamb & Brown RiceDOGSFOOD Grain Free with Ocean Fish & Salmon, and DOGSFOOD Pork & Brown Rice.

Don’t forget ─ for each bag of dog food you purchase from us, we’ll donate an equal amount to a local pet shelter or rescue organization in need.

Team DOG for DOG

by DOG for DOG Team
Team DOG for DOG

DOG for DOG and serval of today’s top athletes have joined forces to HELP DOGS IN NEED!!! Check out who is involved and what they are saying:

Pat McAfee is the Kicker for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. Along with helping dogs in need, McAfee also started the Pat McAfee Foundation, a non-profit that provides assistance to the sons and daughters of Military Personnel.

Pat McAfee

Demarcus Cousins is a Center for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and a dog lover. Cousins not only helps dogs in need but also makes several charitable contributions in his teams town of Sacramento.

Demarcus Cousins

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Rob Van Dam is a world famous wrestler who holds the title of “World Champion” and is currently working for the WWE. When he’s not body slamming his components, he is helping dogs in need!

Rob Van Dam

Corey Brewer is a Small Forward/Shooting Guard for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and a passionate member of Team DOG for DOG!

Corey Brewer

Jason Pierre-Paul is a Defensive End for the NFL’s New York Giants. JPP works hard to push our movement forward and feed dogs in need. 

Jason Pierre Paul

Wilson Chandler is a Small Forward for NBA’s Denver Nuggets. Chandler loves dogs and wants to help in any way he can.

Wilson Chandler

 

Privacy Policy

by DOG for DOG Team

Thank you for accessing the website (the “Site”) of DOG for DOG. (“DOG for DOG “we” or “us”). At DOG for DOG, we are committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. To learn more, please read this privacy policy that follows (the “Privacy Policy”).

This Privacy Policy describes the types of personal information we may collect, how we may use this information and when (under certain circumstances) we may disclose this information. This Privacy Policy also details the steps we have taken to secure your personal information. By visiting our Site, you accept the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

We are not responsible for the content on, or privacy practices of, any non-DOGforDOG.com web site to which this Site links or that links to this Site.

INFORMATION COLLECTION

DOG for DOG will not collect any personal information about you except when specifically and knowingly provided by you. Examples of such information are name, shipping and billing addresses, phone number, email address, credit card information and customer preferences data. Examples of ways in which we may collect such information from you include the following:

A. Registration and Ordering. Before using certain parts of this Site or ordering products, you must complete a registration form. When registering, you will be prompted to provide certain personal information, including but not limited to your name, shipping and billing addresses, phone number, email address, and credit card number. In addition, you may also be asked to provide your country of residence and/or your organization’s country of operation, so we can comply with applicable laws and regulations, and for your gender. These kinds of personal information are used for billing purposes, to fulfill your orders, to communicate with you about your order and this Site, and for internal marketing purposes. If we encounter a problem when processing your order, we will use the personal information to contact you.
B. Email Addresses. Some areas of the Site allow you to enter your email address for purposes including, but not limited to: registering for the DOG for DOG movement or opening a DOG for DOG account.
C. Cookies. Like most other websites, DOG for DOG uses cookie technology throughout this Site. A cookie is a small removable data file that is stored by your web browser on your computer. Cookies are used to provide customers with tighter security, customized content, tracking of orders and shopping cart items. Unfortunately, customers who turn off cookies in their browser settings will not be able to shop from this Site. However, customers who have disable cookies can still place orders over the telephone by contacting our customer service number at 1-855-448-3225. THIS SITE’S COOKIES DO NOT AND CANNOT INFILTRATE A USER’S HARD DRIVE TO GATHER A USER’S CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. Our cookies are not “spyware.”

 

INFORMATION USE

We do not sell or rent information about our customers and all information provided to DOG for DOG remains absolutely confidential, except that:

A. We may share aggregate or summary information regarding our customers with partners, advertisers or other third parties. This data will never identify you personally.
B. We may share information with companies that provide support services to us (such as a printer, mailing house, fulfillment company or web host) or that help us market our products and services. This information may also be shared with marketers whose products or services we feel may be of interest to you. These companies may need information about you in order to perform their functions. These companies are not authorized to use any personal information we share with them about you for any other purpose.
C. We will use your personal information to communicate with you about your orders and deliveries, and we may send you a confirmation email when you register/place an order with us. Also, if you submit your email address to register for the DOG for DOG movement or to open a DOG for DOG account, we use it to deliver the information to you.
D. We may be required to disclose such information in response to subpoenas, court orders, requests from law-enforcement officials, or if we are otherwise required to disclose such information by law.
E. We may publicly disclose the name, city, and state of the winner of any online sweepstakes.

 

PROTECTING YOUR INFORMATION

Shopping on the Site is easy, secure and worry-free. We have taken several measures to guarantee that your order and your credit card information are safe and secure. Our servers use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), an advanced encryption technology that works with Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 3.0 and above), Netscape Navigator (versions 2.0 and above), and AOL (AOL 3.0 and above).

SSL is considered the industry standard and is among the leading software available to encrypt online transactions. Your personal information including your name, credit card number and address is encrypted so that it cannot be read as it is transmitted over the Internet. Regardless of these efforts, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Therefore, any information you transmit to us is sent at your own risk.

SAFE SHOPPING GUARANTEE

The Fair Credit Billing Act states that your bank cannot hold you liable for more than $50.00 of fraudulent credit card charges. If your bank does hold you liable for any amount up to the full $50.00, DOG for DOG will cover the entire liability, up to the full $50.00.

If you suspect unauthorized use of your credit card, you must notify your credit card according to its reporting rules and procedures.

Please note DOG for DOG will cover this liability only if the unauthorized use of your credit card resulted through no fault of your own from purchases made at DOG for DOG online shopping while using our secure server.

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

We do not intentionally collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If we become aware that we have collected personally identifiable information from a user of the Site who is under the age of thirteen, we will remove that child’s personal information from our files.

OPT OUT / CORRECTIONS

Upon your request, we will (a) correct or update your personal information; (b) stop sending emails to your email address; and/or (c) disable your account to prevent any future purchases through that account. You can make these requests by emailing your request DOG for DOG Customer Support department at info@dogfordog.com. Please clearly label the subject line “Opt Out / Corrections,” and do not email your credit-card number or other sensitive information.

OFFLINE COLLECTION, USE & DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

The majority of information that we collect is obtained through our Site, and this Privacy Policy applies only to that online collection of personal information. We also collect information offline, where we also try to protect the privacy of your personal information. One example involves someone calling us to place an order or to ask questions. When someone calls, we will ask only for the personal information we need in order to place the order or to answer the question. When we need to store information (such as order information), we will enter it into our database through SSL encryption. (See the Protecting Your Information section above for more information).

POLICY CHANGES

We may change our Privacy Policy from time-to-time. We encourage you to refer to this Privacy Policy on an ongoing basis so that you understand our current Privacy Policy.

QUESTIONS AND FEEDBACK

We welcome your questions, comments and concerns about privacy. Please send us any and all feedback pertaining to privacy, or any other issue at info@dogfordog.com.

 

Dog Food Stores with Heart

by Lorna Ladd
Dog Food Stores with Heart

You’ve got your dog’s back and he’s got yours, but unfortunately, not all dogs are so lucky. Millions of dogs roam the streets unsheltered, abused or alone. It’s not enough to pass by and feel a pang of sorrow for these helpless creatures. There is something we can do, and no contribution is too small.

Luckily, there is a resilient group of dog food stores that go the extra mile when it comes to fighting this cause. These dog food stores’ contributions, while sometimes slight, can mean all the world of difference in battling the abandonment and abuse of innocent dogs. While it may seem there is not much to be done singlehandedly to make a difference in the lives of these canines, we can certainly each do a small part that, as a whole, paves the way for new protectors for our furry friends.

In addition to adopting from shelters in lieu of purchasing pups from pet stores, make a commitment to shopping at outlets that contribute money and donations to dogs in need. Whether shopping for an adorable Halloween costume or simple necessities like pee pads, consider purchasing from dog food stores that use their pet power for the greater good.

The Animal Rescue Site

The Animal Rescue Site is a wonderful resource for pet gifts and supplies. Each item purchased provides at least 14 bowls of food for hungry animals. Benefiting charities like Petfinder.com Foundation, Rescue Bank and IFAW, The Animal Rescue Site has provided 492 million bowls of food for shelter animals in need. While there are a large number of dog food stores that make charitable contributions, the sheer number of dogs fed through this initiative speaks volumes of its success and standing mission to improve the lives of dogs.

PetCo

With more than $111 million donated, PetCo’s commitment to raising money has had a significant impact on the improvement of the lives of over 3.6 million dogs and their caring owners. In addition to their fundraising efforts, PetCo’s mission of providing a higher quality of life for dogs through education proves indispensable in this fight. As one of the many vendors of DOG for DOG, Pet Co supports and unifies our company’s promise to donate one bag of dog food for every bag sold, providing necessary nourishment to thousands of hungry animals. With over 85% of every dollar directly supporting animals in need, purchasing pet goods from this store will undoubtedly bring our mission one step closer to fruition.

DOG for DOG Cares

DOG for DOG takes pride in our efforts to help dogs in need, and we applaud the efforts of those that stand by us in contributing to the betterment of animals’ lives. Shop at dog food stores with heart. Shop DOG for DOG.

Pet Food Blog: Your Pup and Holiday Leftovers – The Do’s and Dont’s

by Lorna Ladd
Pet Food Blog: Your Pup and Holiday Leftovers – The Do’s and Dont’s

You’re not alone if your dog begs for table food leftovers ─ most do. Saying no to those puppy eyes can be a challenge, but sometimes it’s necessary. The pet food blog post, “Pet Advice: Do’s and Don’ts with the Leftover Holiday Foods,” in the Gaston Gazette notes the importance of not giving into all your dog’s requests.

Human food does not always sit well in a dog’s stomach. In fact, some foods can actually cause your four-legged friend to become ill. Many veterinarians see a huge increase in food-related illnesses in dogs during the holiday season, says the pet food blog post. While some table scraps are perfectly acceptable for dog consumption in moderation, others are not.

Adding bits and pieces of meat to your dog’s food ─ such as turkey, prime rib, and ham ─ is typically fine, although if your dog has a sensitive stomach, you may want to think twice. Vegetables, such as green beans are usually safe, while others, such as corn, aren’t the best idea, as it’s difficult for pooches to digest, explains the pet food blog post. It’s also typically fine to feed your pooch whole cranberries, cooked pumpkin or squash, plain soups, broths, and gravy.

Grapes and onions can be toxic, so avoid feeding them to your dog at all costs. Also steer clear of cooked bones. Never let your dog chew on these as they present multiple hazards. It’s perfectly fine to give them a taste of pure diced sweet potatoes and skinned white potatoes, but be sure there’s no skin left on the latter. Other food to keep away from your dog include cranberry sauce, stuffing, dressing, chocolate, and other candy, notes the pet food blog post.

Feed Your Dog Well with DOG for DOG

You want to eat foods that taste good and so does your dog. At DOG for DOG, we make dog food so good, your pooch will ask for seconds. Our delicious line of dry dog food includes delicacies like DOGSFOOD Pork & Brown Rice, 4.5lb, DOGSFOOD Grain Free with Ocean Fish & Salmon 4.5lb, and DOGSFOOD Lamb & Brown Rice, 4.5lb.

We also make all natural dog treats that are both tasty and healthy, so expect your dog to beg for more. When you purchase our dry dog food and dog treats for your four-legged friend, you’re also feeding other pooches in need. For every bag of dog food you purchase, we donate an equal amount to a local pet shelter or rescue organization in need. At DOG for DOG, we make the health and best interests of all dogs our business.