The Power of a Wet Nose: Dogs Assist Diabetics

You know the scene. Happy dog face emerging from passing car window, ears, nose busy. Those curious noses precisely punch the air, pinpointing the smells of every surrounding restaurant and gas station and grocery store.

Oh yes, exploring the world one sniff at a time.


The Nose Knows! Diabetic Alert Dogs love AND assist.

Dogs view the world, in large part, through the lens of their nose. But a dog’s nose can do more than smell the neighbor’s meandering cat or the lingering scent of lunch. A dog’s nose can actually save lives. Yes, save lives!

It’s no secret that dogs have often assisted their human owners. For years, properly trained dogs aided people with vision impairments, hearing impairments and seizures (just to name a few). But now diabetics are also living healthier lives thanks to man’s (and woman’s) best friend.

Diabetics have often shared antidotal evidence of being warned by their dog while experiencing a drop in blood sugar. These stories suggested dogs could potentially detect changes in blood sugar levels. But now research seems to confirm these stories and reconfirm the amazing power of the canine nose – opening the door to new generation of service dogs: Diabetic Alert Dogs!

Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to use their powerful noses to smell certain changes in their owner’s breath or sweat which indicate a drop or rise in blood sugar levels. The training process requires an individual with Type I Diabetes to breathe into a container or tube while having a low blood sugar episode. Dogs are then exposed to the smell and trained to respond appropriately.


Trained dogs alert owners after smelling blood sugar changes.

So, when blood sugar levels change, properly trained dogs bark, paw, jump, lick or fetch traditional blood testing kits to alert their owners. Dogs assigned to diabetic children will even seek help by alerting a child’s parents or caregivers. Amazing!

Obviously, a Diabetic Alert Dog does not replace traditional blood testing methods but they can fill potential dangerous gaps. For example, diabetics may experience  blood sugar changes while sleeping.  A blood testing kit can’t help but a Diabetic Alert Dog can! A trained dog can wake a sleeping owner or seek help (I know  there’s a Lassie reference in here somewhere).  The direct benefit of a properly training dog could be crucial in these type of situations but the indirect benefits such as greater peace of mind shouldn’t be overlooked or discounted.  I told you a dog’s nose is powerful . . .

And those powerful, protective noses need protection of their own!  Snout Soother’s  protects, calms and heals chapped, dry and cracked noses (in addition to a variety of other conditions including rashes, hyperkeratosis, and discoid lupus).  Snout Soother’s natural ingredients also act as a natural sunscreen for Fido’s all knowing nose.

Of course, every dog owner knows that a fuzzy companion enhances your life and well-being.  Dogs make you smile and laugh.  Dogs are always happy to see you. Dogs make your corner of the world a little better.   Individuals with a Diabetic Alert Dog must surely also benefit from the joy of loving and being loved by a dog.

Dogs (and their noses) continue to amaze me. Sniff on, Furry Friends!


More than just a pretty face!

Woof, Woof! Another Satisfied Customer

Dog nose fungus doesn’t sound pretty–and it sure isn’t! Just ask Beanie the Boxer, a dog who once had fungus growing on her nose causing a scaly, rough dog nose that was painful to the touch. That is until her mom discovered all-natural  Snout Soother for dogs, now Beanie’s dog nose is happily fungus-free.

We enjoyed Beanie’s testimony so much we wanted to share it with everyone. Hopefully Beanie’s experience with boxer nose fungus can help other dogs out there find the relief they so desperately deserve.


This is the before and after Snout Soother photos of Beanie, a boxer that developed a nose fungus. Luckily her mom searched ‘Boxer Nose Fungus’ and found Snout Soother, now her boxer nose is healthy and fungus-free.

“We had a recent move across country and during that time I noticed our boxer, Beanie, had a rough looking patch on her nose. Since we were moving, I didn’t get a chance to take her to the vet and it got bigger and more irritated looking and she didn’t want it touched. I was worried it was some kind of fungus, so once we got settled in the new house, I googled “boxer nose fungus” and the first link was for Snout Soother.  I read through the testimonials and was very impressed so I placed an order. Within just 3 days of using Snout Soother, the rough, scaly skin was gone and her nose was looking shiny and healthy again. After a week of applying every day, I switched to once a week to maintain her new, beautiful nose!

“I just wanted to thank you for your awesome product! As you can see from the pics, you have another very satisfied customer! So glad we found you!”

Denise Berge from Peoria, Arizona

Denise and Beanie, thank you for your purchase and we are so glad to help adorable Beanie out with his boxer nose fungus. Another happy dog means our motto is working: Heal, Soothe, Wag. The more dogs we are able to help, the more dog tails wag all over the world–including the tails here at Natural Dog. Discover the healing powers of Snout Soother, your dog is sure to thank you.

See what Snout Soother can do for your best four-legged friend, click here to purchase.

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Fame, Belly Rubs, & Bitches: The Life of 3 Celebrity Bulldogs

This month we interview Sumo, Buddha, and Ayumi, three Natural Dog Celebrity bulldogs who live, play, and love together. Learn more about this trio of French Bulldogs with over 40,000 followers on Instagram!


Meet this famous family of bulldogs: Sumo, Buddha, and Ayumi! Follow them on Instagram @3bulldogges

Three adorable best friend bulldogs that all live under one roof; Sumo, Buddha, and Ayumi have become a real sensation with dog lovers everywhere. Having reached over 43,000 followers on Instagram, this trio remains humble about their quickly earned fame. “We don’t really think of us as celebrities to be honest… If you think that, then we are truly flattered.” They casually reply when asked about their superstar status. Humble and cute—what more could one ask for? Starring in some of the cutest dog photos on the web, these 3 bulldogs spend their days dressing up, going for walks and bike rides, and at the end of each fun-filled day they can be found cuddling side-by-side.


Frenchies cuddling close after a day of fun. Look at Ayumi tucked under Sumo, hard to believe they are less than one year apart! @3bulldogges

Having acquired so many fans it’s surprising to learn how young these dogs are, Buddha and Sumo are only 1 year old while baby Ayumi is just nearing the 4-month mark. With many adventures ahead of them, these dogs have only begun to make their mark on the world. Although a barking big deal, their wishes remain simple, currently they can’t wait for the weather to warm up so that they can attend some local dog socials.


Perhaps a costume like this will get these 3 bulldogs into Disney World– looking oh-so professional and ready for the office! @3bulldogges

While everyday provides a new world of fun, we want to know where these dogs would go on vacation if they could go anywhere in the world. Their first request? “The best vacation would be for our humans not to work and just spend the entire day with us!! They’re busy people so quality time at home is the best!!!” It’s not about sunny destinations and 5-star hotels with this famous trio; on the contrary it’s all about the love! Still, they are not immune to all temptations, quickly they add, “If we did have to go somewhere who doesn’t want to go to Disney World and meet Mickey Mouse?!” We agree—Disney World is pretty cool. We are not sure if they let dogs into the park, but perhaps these 3 could skim past security dressed in one of their many costumes.


Bike rides are a regular activity that these 3 French bulldogs throughly enjoy. With a basket like that to sit comfy in, we can see why! @3bulldogges

While adventures and vacation are the dog bones of life, it’s what we do everyday that makes us who we are. For these 3, the average morning starts with a trip outside to use the bathroom before spending their day with the, “best of the bestest friends anyone could ever ask for!!!” Admittedly some days are more fun than others, although according to Buddha, Sumo, and Ayumi the best days involve sitting on the porch, enjoying the scenery and watching all of the neighborhood dogs strutting on by. In the evenings, Buddha goes on to explain, “We love sitting by the fire pit at night, enjoying the night sky.” These are the types of dogs that enjoy the simple things in life, including old broken toys. In particular their go-to toy is a nearly dead stuffed squirrel that long ago lost its noisy center, although this doesn’t seem to bother them! Broken or not, these bulldogs  can’t get enough of their favorite toy.


Many might want to date these good looking goofballs but mommy says hands off! These adorable French bulldogs have some growing up to do before dating is even an option. @3bulldogges 

Fun, easy-going, sweet, gorgeous and full of love—there must be many dogs out there that would love to date these popular bulldogs. But before you get any ideas, Mom is quick to jump in on this one, reporting that all 3 are currently single and way too young for dating.


Sumo, Buddha, and Ayumi loving the winter white snow, although Sumo might have just broken one of their own rules: don’t eat the yellow snow! @3bulldogges

As the interview nears a close it’s clear that these are some very positive pups— for instance, when prompted for their least favorite destination I imagine answers like the vet, or the groomers, but instead these 3 perky dogs look at each other in confusion—a least favorite place? What’s that? I suppose we should have guessed, after all their advice to other dogs out there is: “Enjoy what you do… Have fun with it… Life’s too short to worry… Oh and don’t eat yellow snow!!” While these are great words of wisdom for everyone, people included, what do they have to say to dogs that aspire to be famous like them?  “We try to answer everyone’s comments on our posts… We look forward to reading them!! Everyone should be heard… not forgotten.” Even though Sumo, Buddha, and Ayumi are too cute to know what it feels like to be forgotten, they are too sweet to let it happen to anyone else. As much joy as these dogs spread around the world, we are so happy Snout Soother has been able to help Sumo and Buddha as well. “Snout Soother is the best!! No more chapped snouts for the ladies!! Thanks guys for everything!!!”


Sumo and Buddha are our adorable February Natural Dog Calendar models! Get your own Natural Dog Celebrity Pack Calendar here. 

You are so welcome; anything for 3 adorable bulldogs with a mission to spread happiness, laughter, and fun to other dogs and doggie lovers everywhere!  French bulldogs can be sensitive, therefore flaky crusty dog noses often result from allergies, hyperkeratosis, and a number of other potential problems. For any irregular colored, chapped, peeling, or flaking bulldog noses, Snout Soother is formulated to soothe and heal. Just like this trio of French bulldogs, at Natural Dog Company we have a simple mission of our own: soothe, heal, wag!


Thanks to Snout Soother, Buddha and Sumo now have moist healthy dog noses and so they are happy to give away free kisses– very wet ones at that! @3bulldogges


The cuteness continues with Ayumi–too young to date but not too young to dance! @3bulldogges

 Don’t forget to follow Sumo, Buddha, and Ayumi on Instagram for adorable photos and pawsome videos @3bulldogges 

January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day – How Changing One Dog’s Life Changed MY Life

January 24 is Change A Pet’s Life Day and there is no easier way to change a dog’s life than to adopt from your local animal shelter. If you need a reason to adopt a dog, just read my story.

On October 13, 2003 my husband and I adopted a malnourished and timid pit bull from our local animal shelter. I knew we were changing this dog’s life. What I didn’t know was how much she would change mine. Jumper’s story is just as much my story. Let’s start from the beginning.

Sweetest face ever.

Sweetest face ever.

Our local animal shelter is a stone’s throw away from our local airport. My husband, a private pilot, was a regular at this airport and decided to visit the shelter on a whim. As he walked thru aisles of homeless dogs, one pup didn’t excitedly beckon for his attention. Rather, she sat quietly in the back of her kennel. No barking. No jumping around. No whining. Just sitting.

Jonathan walked over and put his hand through her cage. The dog cautiously approached, sniffed then licked his hand. Immediately, he called me. “You need to come see this dog at the pound. They say she’s a pit bull but I don’t think she is. She is too sweet. Meet me here.”

He was right. She was sweet. But she was most certainly a pit bull. Despite unsupportive warnings from friends and family to NOT adopt a pit bull, she became our dog. She became Jumper.

Doggie Smile!

Doggie Smile!

Within a month, Jumper transformed from a dog too frightened to come into the house to a dog sleeping under the blankets in our bed. The insecure dog frantically eating every crumb of kibble slowly disappeared. She learned food was no longer scarce. She learned to sit and stay. She learned that car keys equaled car rides and leashes equaled long walks. Most of all she learned that we loved her. And she loved us. My husband often looked and her and remarked, “She is nothing BUT love.” He was right.

We learned the power of a connection between living creatures. Jumper hates water. During a camping trip, Jonathan and I waded out into narrow, slow moving river while Jumper sat patiently watching from the riverbank. Ten minutes later, and much to our surprise, Jumper gathered up all her courage and stepped slowly into the water and began to swim toward us. Real love is greater than fear. I think my heart grew 10 sizes that day (to borrow from Dr. Seuss).

Trite as it may sound, she became part of our little family. Vacations and holidays weren’t complete without our sweet girl. The back seat of our small single engine airplane became Jumper’s seat. A once unloved stray pit bull traveled to New Orleans, Washington D.C. Savannah, and Chicago (just to name a few).

Almost four years later, I woke up snuggled between my sleeping husband and my sleeping dog. I felt so loved by these two beings that I lingered an extra ten minutes. I wanted to memorize the feeling. I knew I was lucky. The next day, my husband died in a car accident.

Four years earlier, Jumper needed me. She needed rescuing. Now, I was the one who needed rescuing. I needed her. I’m not sure how I would have survived the acute sadness of the very earliest periods of grief without my dog. She forced me out of bed for food and walks. Her ears caught an endless quantity of tears. Her snuggling and snores made the bed less empty. Her kisses and wagging tail made me less empty.

Every bed is a dog bed!

Every bed is a dog bed!

A homeless dog shrinking into the wall of an animal shelter showed me humanity. She showed me love and compassion and expected nothing in return. I did very little to deserve this kind of love. She took me in. I owe a lot to that dog. I am indebted to her. Not the other way around.

To this day, Jumper remains the only consistent thread of the last 11 years of my life. Her muzzle is now peppered with white hair and our walks are not nearly as long as they once were and her coat is now littered with scars of successful cancer treatments. But she is still my traveling companion and best friend.

Most of all, she is still nothing but love.

Written by Natural Dog Blog’s Friend – Mariah P.

Wiener Race Helps Rescue Dachshund Dogs In Los Angeles

If you were lucky enough to attend the Doxie HobNob Wiener races held in Hollywood, California you witnessed the cutest scene ever: a pack of low-riding wiener dogs racing towards one finish line. Their long noses adorned by two brave eyes, a number of Dachshunds and other similar small dog breeds competed in this adorable competition.


And they’re off! Wiener dogs might have short legs but they sure can run fast.

Doxie HobNob is a group of some 90 Dachshund members who meet twice a month to catch-up as friends while letting their wiener dogs off the leash to do the same. We are so pleased to have sponsored their Doxie HobNob Weiner Race on December 8, 2013. Even the dogs that came in near last place, too distracted by their adorable peers to get their legs in motion, spent the hilariously entertaining day contributing to a good cause.


The Doxie HobNob group enjoying some beautiful weather on the day of the wiener dog races.

At Natural Dog Company we are all about helping dogs live a better life, and so for us the best part about this race was that the organization Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles benefited from the per dog entry fee. The Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles serves little dogs in need, from those that are out on the street homeless, to dogs in danger of being euthanized at their current shelter, and even Doxies that need surgery. The more money this organization is able to secure, the more dogs they can save. If you are interested in adopting a Dachshund, they always have a selection of adorable small dogs up for adoption.  Not only did the wiener race save a few Doxies from a kill shelter, and offset the cost of a few Dachshund surgeries, but it also garnished attention to small dogs in need, inspiring a few new adoptions!


How cute are these little champion dogs? Congratulations to the adorable wiener dog winners! 1st: Joey, 2nd:Place, 3rd:Penny Lane

So what were the results of this extremely successful race? Clearly the dogs themselves didn’t care, even the winning dogs were too wound up to sit still for their champion photo. It took lots of bribing to get the 3 first place dogs to pose as cameras feverishly snapped. Apparently dogs are always teaching us lessons, like treasuring time spent playing instead of worrying about who wins what. Still, this was the best sort of competition because so many dogs (and people) walked away winners. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this event, including the first place winner Joey and the 2-leading contenders, Place and Penny Lane.

All About French Bulldogs: Pups With Personality

There’s just something about a French bulldog, that smart little face, those loving eyes, or how about when they sleep with their legs splayed out behind them, just like an oversized frog? Once you own a Frenchie you become obsessed—and those who have one French bulldog usually move on to adopt another, and then another.

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Meet Steve Segares the adorable French Bulldog with an Instagram account!

So where did this adorable dog originate? Ironically not from France, instead it was the 19th Century in Nottingham, England when a smaller version of the English Bulldog was breed. When the Industrial Revolution got underway and men traveled from England to France, these miniature bulldogs, called toy bulldogs at the time, came along for the ride. Obviously the French feel in love fast with this unique breed of canine, and they ended up fondly calling them the French Bulldog. For those that don’t own a bulldog all of the nicknames for this breed might seem confusing, they can be called: frenchies, bat pigs, frog dogs, and even clown dogs. Perhaps clown dog is the most fitting, simply because of the joy and laughter a French bulldog is sure to bring.

French Bulldog Characteristics & Personality

Arguably the most intelligent of the bulldog family, their smarts make them easy to train. These naturally pleasant dogs have a good demeanor although some are more playful than others.  Each Frenchie you meet is different than the last; their unique personalities are part of their appeal. Some are extremely hyper and others would rather sleep all day. Almost all of them are a bit hardheaded though, it’s as if they have their own set of logic sometimes—it’s this component of their personality that makes them bad candidates for negative training tactics, instead you want to train French bulldogs with praise and consistency. As varied as their personalities can be, so too are their appearances. For instance, some French bulldogs have a straight tail and others have a piglet corkscrew tail. And while they all have a short and smooth coat (that thankfully does not shed a lot), they can come in a variety of striking colors. Female frenchies tend to have a more slender head and body compared with bulkier males.

Why We Love French Bulldogs So Much

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Steve showing off that some French bulldogs can swim… at least a little!

There are so many loveable traits about the French bulldog, but the only way to truly ‘get it’ is to own this breed yourself. In other words, the more you learn about these dogs firsthand, the more you can’t help but fall face first in love. For starters, Frenchies need a lot of babying, especially if you take them to play in the water. After all they are not the best of swimmers, although some can tread water better than others make sure to keep a close eye on them as they waddle around the shallow area.

This adorable neediness carries over in all aspects of their lives, starting at birth when French bulldog puppies often have to be delivered via cesarean section because they are born with such big heads!  From the moment they are old enough to come home with you, they want to be by your side, craving constant attention. This is not the dog for someone who is gone all day and wants to leave him or her alone outside. Not only because they will get lonely, but also because they are not outdoor dogs; as a brachycephalic breed—otherwise referred to as a short-nosed dog—French bulldogs don’t have an efficient panting system and can easily overheat. When it’s too hot their throat will swell, restricting airflow.

Sure your French bulldog might not be a great contestant on a show like Survivor, but that doesn’t stop them from being an incredibly loyal and heartwarming pet. For all of the work you must put into them, you will get buckets of laughter in return. Frenchies never cease to amaze, just playing with or watching these adorable dogs is enough to make anyone smile.

Snout Soother For Sensitive French Bulldogs 

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French bulldogs are gorgeous but they also tend to be sensitive, using all-natrual dog products is highly recommended. For allergies, dry dog noses, or rough paw pads Snout Soother is the go-to product for Frenchies everywhere!

Known as a high-maintenance dog, French bulldogs are kind of like a French handbag, way out of budget—but so worth it! A sensitive breed, vet bills tend to be higher, often because frenchies are prone to allergies, something Snout Soother is engineered to treat. At Natural Dog Company we love French bulldogs with all of our hearts, in honor of all the smiles they bless our hearts with, we want to help any French bulldog we can with our all-natural line of dog products that won’t irritate even the most sensitive of canines.

Once you love a French bulldog there’s no going back. For all the dogs you love, Snout Soother is specially formulated to help with a number of problems that can afflict French bulldogs, such as a flakey pink nose or cracking dry paw pads. Our mission is simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag. Click here to follow our model Steve Segares the Frenchie on Instagram! 

Weather Wounds: Protecting Your Dog From Weather Changes


Does your dog love playing in the snow? Protect paw pads and sensitive noses from extreme weather by simply applying all-natural Snout Soother.

Have you ever noticed your dog is always warmer than you? That’s because dogs have a naturally higher temperature than us 2-leged humans. Even wearing a big beautiful coat though, dogs still get cold and often need assistance to maintain a healthy reading on their internal temperature. It’s all too often assumed that dogs are ‘outdoor’ animals and therefore can weather any storm; thankfully, this dangerous attitude is causing a big push back from dog advocates everywhere. Many are calling for laws to protect dogs from overly relaxed guardians, these laws would allow dogs to stay outside all day and night, but only if they have proper shelter to escape from the elements. Think about being stuck outside yourself, the last thing anyone wants (dog, human, elephant, or bug) is to be stuck under torrential rains with nowhere to escape, yet with a warm dry place of refuge, the storm becomes a nice thing to watch instead of a nightmare to endure. Snow and rain are not the only forms of weather that can cause your dog grief, being prepared for all four seasons will help you maintain a happy canine.

Protecting Dog Paws and Noses

Paw pads seem durable and strong but in reality they are fragile no matter the season. In the summer time, hitting the hot pavement all day turns paws rough and dry, and in the winter paws and noses dry out due to the cold. Some choose to strap on rubber boots, or other weatherproof gear made to keep dog’s feet out of the elements. While some dogs do just fine with footwear, others march around like they have weights on their feet and never seem to get used to the idea of wearing shoes—they just like to eat them, not wear them!

Noses are used for smelling, a dog’s strongest sense, and paws are used for running and playing, every dog’s favorite pastime. All year long, two of your pups most necessary body parts are in potential danger, thankfully you can keep your dog safe from painful cracks or drying. With or without dog shoes, Snout Soother can help your dog’s nose and paw pads remain moisturized and healthy. Carefully formulated, Snout Soother provides a barrier that soothes any current discomfort your dog is experiencing due to drying out and cracking, while also actively protecting against further damage.

Playing in the Sun or Snow

Dogs are clueless when it comes to certain things, like how much trouble a pond of frozen water can get them into, so even though they enjoy playing in the icy weather, make sure you guard over them like you would a child. The same can be said indoors, a roaring fireplace seems cozy but dogs know no boundaries and so you want to keep up a barrier and be sure no sparks can fly out and scorch their unsuspecting bodies.

It is equally important to protect your dog during the summer months as well. Time flies by, one day there is a chill in the air and the next day it’s over 100 degrees, and it’s suddenly summer. To prevent your dog from overheating, make sure they have a shaded shelter, plenty of clean drinking water, and if necessary clip some of their fur to make the weather feel less unbearably hot. Other seasonal threats will also present themselves, depending on where you live poisonous snakes might be an issue during the hottest months. In this case, check out local snake training courses for dogs and talk to the local Fire Department or Animal Control to discuses ways you can limit the potential for snakes to hide or nest on your land. The weather directly impacts the life of your pet, knowing how to plan for each season will benefit your dog greatly.

Quick Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy Throughout Any Weather Change 

  • During the coldest months of the year an adorable doggie sweater will truly benefit a dog with short hair (think, Chihuahuas, Boxers, Greyhounds, etc.). For some super cute selections, including adorable dog hats, check out All You Need is Pug!
  • Puppies cannot keep warm as well as mature dogs, therefore be extra careful with young dogs during the winter.
  • If your dog spends a lot of time out in the cold, a heated dog bed and heated water bowl is a must.
  • Download a weather app or flip on the nightly news, if you know what to expect, you can set your dog up for comfort no matter how fierce an approaching storm might be. On the contrary, if this same storm catches you by surprise, it can jeopardize your dog’s wellbeing.
  • Simply use Snout Soother! Our all-natural soothing dog balm is made with love, each ingredient works together to soothe and heal weather ravaged dog paws and noses. Snout Soother can be used during all four-seasons to protect against damage, and also heal side effects commonly caused by weather exposure.

Happy dogs are healthy dogs, and in order to keep your dog feeling great during all 4 seasons of the year we have crafted the perfect product. Protect your pet’s most vulnerable assets against every type of weather with Snout Soother. Our mission is simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag.

How I Became a Celebrity Dog – Luna the Dachshund


Luna’s bright blue eyes and striking posses take the cake when it comes to cuteness! And thanks to Snout Soother, her dog nose is moist and healthy for every picture that comes her way.

You know how they say anything can happen? Well it’s true. One day I was just another gorgeous young Dachshund with bright blue eyes, and the next I was a real life celebrity! Now I’m getting spa treatments, and new clothes all of the time, simply because I have to look fabulous for my 13,000+ followers on Instagram. My mom never meant to make me famous, she only wanted to create a place to post pictures of us hanging out, she didn’t even know if anyone would like our first picture —it’s just us on the couch, her holding up the peace sign. In fact, she didn’t even know she liked taking pictures, not until she realized how much fun photographing me was! While she was completely clueless, I knew these blue eyes and colorful coat were going to go viral.Even though my mom never imagined I’d turn into a celebrity, I always knew it would eventually happen. I had even established my own signature pose, where I turn my head one-way to the other. You can even see for yourself, after all I’m honored to be the Miss. January model for the Natural Dog Company 2014 calendar. Looking cute in pictures is the only job for me; what else could I do for a living that allowed me to sleep through the majority of my days? Visit the spa? And have an endless supply of new clothes? Not only do I like to be pampered and pretty, I also have a heart as deep as the ocean—which I really like to play in by the way! I cuddle with stuffed animals, other dogs, and humans too; if you’re soft and sweet I’ll be your friend. Plus, I’m a guaranteed good time, if you want to get into some trouble I can fit between the bars on almost any fence!

Sure you’ll catch me wearing bow-tie dresses, and frilly lace hats, but I’m also a fan of getting down and dirty. I spend a lot of time running through beach sand and dancing at the water’s edge, rolling in fields of flowers, splashing in the pool and going on hikes. Since I’m a celebrity now I get to go just about everywhere, including the mall.  All of my adventures are documented in pictures, and although I adore a good photo shoot, even the best models get tired sometimes. When I’m finished performing I simply turn away from the camera. It took a few times, but now everyone knows my signal for ‘finished.’

“Thank You Natural Dog Company! Snout Soother is the only all-natural product that heals my dry, crusty dog nose!” -Luna

So how did my fame on Instagram lead me to become a part of the Natural Dog Pack? Well you see, Snout Soother saved my nose! I live a very busy life, therefore I don’t have time to feel sick, or look bad. Unfortunately, my nose gets this uncomfortable feeling sometimes, not only does it feel itchy for me but also it ruins my photos because my nose looks flaky, and discolored. I always need to look prim and perfect, no icky dry dog nose for me. I admit, it wasn’t love at first sight, at first I tried to squirm away from my mom as she smeared the soothing dog balm over my nose. But after 3 days of being held down and forced through application, I knew why my mom had been so adamant about applying Snout Soother, my nose felt so much better! In proof I give her less of a hard time now when she puts it on me.

Woof Woof,



You can join Luna on all of her regular adventures, click here to follow Luna on Instagram!

French Bulldog Craze! Is A Frenchie Dog The Right Breed For You?


Too cute to ignore, more and more people are falling in love with French bulldogs. Photo Credit: Pinterest

The French bulldog has sky rocketed in popularity over the last decade. In 2003, the French bulldog was the 54th most popular dog breed, and in only 12 years they have been promoted to the 9th most popular dog breed.

The French bulldog is gaining popularity all over the world. Britain’s Kennel Club received 6,990 new registrations for French bulldogs last year, an increase of 49% over the previous year, and a 1,000% increase since 2003. Every day, more people are falling head over paws for French bulldogs. With or without a famous owner, a number of Frenchies have rose to fame via social media simply because they are so darn cute!

The French bulldog was bred in England as a miniature version of traditional bulldogs, and was originally recognized as an official breed by the AKC in 1898. Since then, these cute and cuddly pups with a squashed snout and bulging eyes have won the world over. If you are seeking out French bulldog breeders in your area you are certainly not alone. But is a French bulldog the right breed for you and your family?

French Bulldog Personality

Every dog has his or her own unique personality, but in general French bulldogs make excellent companion dogs due to their naturally pleasant and affectionate nature. French bulldogs are also known for their humor, as they love to clown around and keep you laughing. Curious and playful, there’s never a dull moment when you have a French bulldog.

Due to their bull and terrier roots, some can be more aggressive than others. French bulldogs can be successfully trained into very well behaved dogs with calm but firm training and plenty of positive reinforcement. French bulldogs are great with children, but just like most breeds they are best with considerate children that know how to act around a dog.

While some French bulldogs are known to slobber and drool frequently, most are pretty clean and may even avoid stepping in puddles. French bulldogs require less exercise than other breeds, but require even more attention. Some Frenchie dogs have way more energy than others, but most can play for hours on end before tiring out. Since they are small and not the biggest movers, they can get a lot of their exercise simply playing indoors.

French bulldogs make great apartment dogs. As long as they get plenty of love and at least one longer walk each day, your Frenchie will be just as happy in an apartment as big house on 10 acres… and that’s not something you can say for all dog breeds!


French bulldogs are sweet and love to cuddle, they also tend to appreciate their beauty sleep more than other dog breeds.

More Facts About French Bulldogs

The average French bulldog stands around 12 inches in height and can vary in 3667_612738267696_833405228_nweight depending on a dog’s particular weight class. Smaller Frenchie dogs tend to weigh around 19-22 pounds, while larger Frenchie dogs weigh 22-28 pounds.

The average French bulldog lives between 10 and 12 years.

The French bulldog is high maintenance in many regards, but at least they don’t require much brushing. This breed has a medium-fine coat that sheds an average amount compared with other dog breeds.

French bulldogs are very sensitive, and they don’t do well in any extreme temperatures. If it is very hot you must be careful leaving them outside as they can overheat and experience related complications.

French bulldogs come in a wide variety of colors. The AKC standard recognizes all combinations of bridle, fawn, and white. The AKC disqualifies French bulldogs that are solid black, liver, black and tan, black and white, mouse, and white with black.

Common French Bulldog Health Complications


French bulldogs sure are cute but get ready for the vet bills!

This breed looks sturdy but they are prone to a number of potential health issues. The French bulldog is high maintenance and is likely to cost more in vet visits than other dog breeds. French bulldogs often incur spinal disorders, heart defects, joint disease and eye problems. Like all brachycephalic breeds, the French bulldog also has a few unique health conditions concerning their nose and respiratory function.

At Natural Dog Company we soothe a lot of dry, crusty French bulldog noses. Many Frenchies suffer endlessly with dry nose issues, and nothing seems to work to fix the problem. We are crazy for canines, which is why we created Snout Soother, an organic balm for dog noses that offers a safe, affordable and 100% natural way to heal damaged skin in as little as a couple days.

Try Snout Soother risk free today!


How the Most Popular Dogs on the Web Celebrate Christmas


Does this costume make my nose look big? Click here to follow the adorable Digby and Alo on Facebook.

Pets add to our Christmas, imagine all of the great stories your pet stars in. I remember the year a friend’s dog ate the entire turkey right off her counter—before her family even got a chance to taste it! Sure they might have been upset then, but how much laughter does that story bring about now, long after the drool-worthy turkey ended up on the floor, covered in slobber. The thing is, even when pets act naughty they still add special warmth to the holidays.

At Natural Dog Company we are lucky to work with a neat pack of Celebrity Dogs, all of which were nice enough to share their favorite holiday photos with us for this blog. The results are too good to be true, seriously, why are dogs so cute?!

Chubbs can already tell it's going to be a good Christmas!

Chubbs can already tell it’s going to be a good Christmas! Click here to follow Chubbs the Wampug on Facebook!

Let your dogs in on the Holiday fun this year, stage a holiday photo shoot with your dog to use for Holiday cards, treasured family photos, or even fun holiday decor. Kids will love to partake in the action, plus since dogs are so delightful and enjoy any sort of attention they will let you do just about anything to them. The best part is looking back at the photos to see their unique expressions in each shot.

Don’t have winter weather where you live? Or having troubles staging a hyper-active pup? Take photos in any scenery and then Photoshop in the fun holiday details.We’ve learned that you can do all of the preparations you want but it’s the dogs that create the final version of the picture.


Our little wannabe reindeer in the front says: Are you seriously going to make me pull this? Click here to follow the adorable Digby and Alo on Facebook! 


Ginny’s note says that she has been good, but what is she really thinking? “Hopefully Santa Paws doesn’t consider pooping on the rug naughty….if so, I didn’t do it!” Click here to follow Ms. Ginny and her many adventures on Instagram! 


I’ve been a good boy, now when can I see this Santa Paws character? Click here to follow Buddy Love the Pug on Facebook!

Hire the best photographer in town, or simply snap some shots with your smart phone, either way the adorable and unique personality of your dog will come alive, making you laugh all the jingle-way home.

Think you’ve thought up the perfect caption for one of these funny photos? Don’t hesitate to comment your ideas about what these little (and big) dogs might really be thinking! Plus, don’t forget to share your own holiday pet photos using the hashtag: #naturaldogchristmas

Benny found a tree his size!

Our hearts and prayers go out to Benny’s family, we are sad to say that in October Benny passed away due to cancer. This precious picture was taken of him last christmas. Click here to visit Benny and his sister Lilly’s website

Precious is her name for a reason!

Precious is her name for a reason! Click here to follow Precious on Instagram.

See more of our adorable Holiday Celebrity Dogs modeling in the slideshow below!

Top Tips For Finding the Best Place to Board Your Dog this Holiday


Give your dog a vacation of their own this holiday season, just don’t forget to pack the Snout Soother to natrually heal those dry dog noses thanks to the chilly winter air.

Dogs are a part of the family, but unfortunately they don’t stand on two legs, speak fluent English, know how to use a public restroom, or have much control over what, or whom, they bark at. Therefore, one of the hardest parts about going on vacation is leaving your dogs behind. For some, the idea of being separated from their beloved furry friend over the holidays is just too much, but if you do decide to take your pet along for the holidays, other challenges present themselves. In order to truly enjoy your vacation, it’s important to know that your dogs are safe, happy, and comfortable. If ever uncertain, you will only spend your time stressing about your pets instead of enjoying your holiday. In order to bless you and your pup with a beneficial break, enjoy these tips for traveling with or without your pets.

5 Things You Should Know to Secure a Safe Pet Boarding Facility  

Don’t let your dog be sad over the holidays, find a boarding place for dogs that will provide a fun environment, offering distraction from your absence.

There are numerous pet boarding facilities around the nation, and each boarding place that you visit is going to dramatically vary. There are even a number of dog boarders that are getting in touch with technology.  Imagine logging into the computer, or even onto your smart phone, and with a few clicks watching a video of your dog in the present moment. This is a real reality at a growing number of boarding facilities, do your homework and you can secure the opportunity to watch your pets even from miles away. Technologically savvy or not, here are some important things to check out before selecting a boarding place for your pets.

  • Do your research, and extensively so! Check reviews, Google a company’s name, reach out to friends or family that might know a thing or two about pet places in the area. Any boarding place that has a bad reputation is going to try and cover it up, although if you dig deep enough you might uncover something that changes your mind about boarding your precious pets there.
  • Playtime is important! You don’t want to put your pet somewhere that keeps them locked up in a small kennel most of the time. Once you’ve secured a facility that offers an abundance of playtime, make sure that big dogs and little dogs are properly separated and watched. Often the worst injuries occur because dogs are not properly grouped, separated, and/or observed during free time.
  • What is the boarder’s policy if your dog does become injured or sick while staying there? Do they have a vet on call that they work with? You want to pick a place that has a professional system to ensure your dog is given the best care if a worst-case scenario does arise.
  • Not only should a boarding place be clean, and free of any odd smells, but you also want to make sure they are willing to work with you and accommodate your dog to the best of their ability. For instance, find a place that will let you leave behind your natural pet products; since winter weather often leads to dry, cracked dog noses, don’t forget to leave some Snout Soother with whoever watches your dog this holiday season.

Even when everything checks into place, leaving your pet(s) behind is difficult, and can even trigger tears for some of us. Try not to show too much emotion though when you drop your dog off, make the goodbye quick and painless for both of you. Animals are very intuitive to emotions and if they sense you are deeply upset they might start to worry, become stressed, or think they are forever trapped at the boarding facility.

Have Pets Will Travel

What do you do if your pet is not a good candidate for a boarding facility? Or, what if you simply hate the idea of leaving them behind? Pets are portable, and there are a number of ways to plan a trip where your pet can come along and enjoy the adventure.

Taking a road trip is a great way to include the family dog, but most airlines also allow pet cargo onboard. If your pet is small enough, you can take them on the plane as your carry-on; just make sure they are in a carrier that will easily fit beneath the seat in front of you to avoid problems when you arrive. Pets can not have water or food during the flight, they also can not leave the confines of their carrier, so be sure that your pet will stay calm under these conditions. For larger dogs, all of the same rules apply but they will be transported under the plane with the luggage. Planes are not the only form of travel making life with pets easier; there are also a number of websites instituted to help people plan their vacation around pet-friendly destinations.

What Does Your Dog Want From Santa Paws This Year?


Soothe any dry, crusty dog nose this Christmas and enjoy 15% off your order!

It’s that time of year again, the weather is getting colder and holiday decorations adorn crackling fireplaces everywhere! Pets know what time of year it is too, they can smell it in the air and see it all around them. They even know what everyone is getting for the holidays, as they have full access viewing of everyone wrapping presents.  We are true pet people around here, so our holiday shopping starts with our furry friends. After all, there’s nothing a dog loves more than having their very own gift to unwrap, just like the rest of the pack family! Put some bark into your celebrations and give your dog something to be surprised about this year.

One of our Celebrity Dogs, Pumpkin, sure has a lot of wishes on her letter to Santa Paws this year. First of all she wants belly rubs, you can never get enough nice deep scratches—you know, the ones that make a dog’s leg wave uncontrollably in the air!  Next on her list is Snout Soother, you see Pumpkin can’t live without the stuff or else she deals with an uncomfortable, crusty, and, chapped dog nose; plus she likes the way it feels when the soothing balm glides on. Next on the list is bacon, it’s just so good, and she doesn’t see why she can’t have it for every meal. Also very near and dear to Pumpkin’s heart are shelter dogs, therefore she wishes for a fur-ever home for every dog without a family.

Remember it’s not just the holidays, but it’s the howl-idays too, so let your pets in on the fun. The way we see it, our dogs bless us with presents every day, why not use this special time of year to gift them back?

We treasure our customers and all of their furry friends, which is why we are offering 15% off all orders right now through the holidays. Enjoy saving money while also providing your dog with the relief and comfort Snout Soother naturally supplies. From one pet lover to another, we wish you all the happiest Christmas, and a dog-gone great New Year!

Warm Wishes,

The Natural Dog Company

2014 Natural Dog Celebrity Pack Calendars have ARRIVED!!

Can you believe we are only days away from a brand new year? Yes, it is that time where we reset and begin anew, when we resolve to eat less and exercise more, to work less, give more, play more, sleep more, and love more. Call me crazy, but does it sound like we are aspiring to be more like our four legged best friends? Okay, maybe not the eat less part . . . .

So, what better time to introduce our first annual Natural Dog Celebrity Pack Calendar?

Our Natural Dog Celebrity Pack 2014 Calendar features many inspiring fuzzy faces but, first, let’s cover the basics. After all, you will use this calendar for an entire year so it’s gotta be durable and functional.

• Made from top quality recycled paper with card stock cover
• Generously sized 12 x 12 dimensions
• Wire bound design with hole for easy wall hanging
• Includes U.S. Holidays
• Includes DOG holidays (like National Puppy Day and World Spay Day)
• 10% of proceeds donated to Short Mugs Rescue Squad and French Bulldog Village

Now, to those cute, funny, inspiring and silly fuzz faces! Each month features one or two members of the Natural Dog Celebrity Pack. Frenchies, Pugs, Jack Russells, Pomerians, Bulldogs and more! Celebrate the dog days of summer with Mr. July, Buddy the Love Pug (I dare you to not smile at a Pug in a bow tie). Give thanks with November’s suave Frenchie, Pierre Brando.

The calendar is dedicated to the late great Benny, not even cancer could darken this courageous Frenchie’s light heart. Shine on, Benny.No Valentine this year? No problem! February’s Sumo and Buddha are far better than flowers and chocolate! A bulldog, wearing a pink Hello Kitty helmet while riding a pink princess scooter. Need I say more?

Click thru slideshow below for a quick preview of features and some of our favorite calendar photos.

We also included Dog Holidays! Is it just a coincidence that World Spay Day is right after all that Valentine’s Day love? Who knows, but I much prefer celebrating World Puppy Day and Take Your Dog to Work Day over Columbus Day.

As mentioned, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Short Mugs Rescue Squad and French Bulldog Village (so check “give more” off your resolution list!). These worthy 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations rescue, rehabilitate and rehome French Bulldogs.

Smile more in 2014! Order your Natural Dog Celebrity 2014 Calendar today!

Click here to order!

Happy Thanksgiving Dog Lovers!


We are so thankful to our loyal customers; because of you, we can do what we love every day – saving the world one snout at a time!

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? As you go around the table sharing all that you appreciate, you surely can’t forget your fuzzy four-legged friend(s)! After all, dogs bring us joy everyday of the year. Did you know that statistically dog owners are happier than their pet-less peers? Dogs really and truly improve our wellbeing, although we aren’t the only ones giving thanks. Your dog appreciates you everyday of his life, when you bring him his food, fill up his water, or make some space beside you so he can cuddle close.

This Thanksgiving, don’t forget to give thanks to your dog—both verbally and by sharing some of those yummy turkey leftovers! Although the holidays get busy, keeping your pet in mind is important. Cold winter weather can wreak havoc on your dog’s sensitive nose. Snout Soother can prevent and cure chapped, peeling, dry, or crusty dog noses this winter, and all yearlong! From our dog-crazy family here at Natural Dog Company to yours, we wish you all kinds of happiness this Thanksgiving; and may your world always be full of dogs to give thanks for!

Snout Soother Ingredients


We have scored the globe in search of the very best, all natural dog ingredients for our dog nose balm!

Snout Soother is an all-natural remedy made to heal dry, crusty, chapped, or irritated dog noses. Having built this nose balm from the ground up, we know every last ingredient that goes inside, and dog-gone are we picky! After all, a dog’s nose is an incredibly sensitive and important part of his or her life, and so to honor this we make sure every last ingredient is pure in quality. So many ingredients go into in any one product, leaving ample opportunity for things to go wrong, take for instance the recent dog food recalls out of China that terrified dog owners everywhere. I knew our product had to be different; in order to keep dogs safe we had to seek the source of every last ingredient. Due to the way certain produce is grown we quickly learned that buying organic is more important with some ingredients than others, in order to keep Snout Soother affordable we like to use organic products but only where it really matters.

We searched all over Canada, Spain, throughout the US—including Hawaii, and even as far as Ghana Africa to select the most natural, beneficial, and high quality ingredients for your beloved pets, and ours! While each product is beneficial in its own unique way, it’s when all of these ingredients are combined that the real magic happens. Our extensive research, guided by a blind obsession with dogs, has led us to create a soothing dog balm worth bragging about; not only does Snout Soother heal even the most chapped, dry dog noses, but it is also good for your dog down to every last ingredient!

Snout Soother Ingredients:

Shea Butter

Many moons ago Shea Butter was declared amazing for human skin, yet it wasn’t until recently that the same properties were found to benefit dogs as well. Shea Butter soothes sore and irritated skin by naturally hydrating the surface. For dogs with light colored noses, Shea Butter also offers protection of SPF 9.

Organic Hempseed Oil

Hemp is an excellent source of protein containing Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also packed with vitamins B1, B3, B6, B12, C, D, and E, along with Calcium, Fiber and antioxidants. Hempseed has also been linked to a strengthened immune system, which will ultimately improve the condition of skin, particularly sensitive skin like what is found on the nose.

Kukui Nut Oil

Kukui Nut Oil is stuffed full of many good fatty acids that have proven beneficial to the overall condition of skin. This nut oil actually increases skin cell regeneration, which allows the skin to better protect itself, and also reduce water loss.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil is a neutralizing oil that originates from the Jojoba plant, growing in Mexico and the Southwestern United States. In honor of your canine’s sensitivity to smells, Jojoba Oil is added to reduce the odor of the other ingredients in our dog balm, Snout Soother. Jojoba is also a moisturizer and can help unclog skin follicles.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Almond oil has been used for centuries to soften and moisturize dry, damaged skin.  In doing so, almond oil helps balance the amount of moisture skin loses and absorbs.

Rosemary Extract


Rosemary is a powerful ingredient for dog noses included in Snout Soother, it soothes, protects, and even calms your dog down!

Rosemary Extract is a powerful aromatherapy tool used to promote better digestion and circulation, pair this with Rosemary’s ability to strengthen capillaries and this ingredient actually helps keep dogs calmer while wearing the balm. Rosemary is also a powerful antioxidant that helps eliminate and protect dog noses from free radical damage to DNA.

Natural Vitamin E

Another powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E eliminates skin of free radicals that can otherwise cause damage. Pulled directly from the plant, Vitamin E is imperative to healthy cardiovascular function.

Candelilla Wax

Candelilla Wax is one of the most important ingredients in our soothing balm for dry dog noses. Derived from the candelilla shrub, it is used to increase the effectiveness of the protective coating so that Snout Soother stays in place and does its job.  A moisturizer in itself, candelilla wax is high in fatty acids and ester.

Dog Nose Best—The Importance of Your Dog’s Nose


What’s that smell? Dogs have an incredible sense of smell, they take in scents us humans could never recognize, let alone even know exist! But when a dry cracked nose appears, your dog might lose some of their sense of smell– and that’s not all.

Your dog smells everything. He smells you coming in through the front door, where you have been, and whom you’ve come into contact with. While us humans have 5 million receptors in our nose to smell everything around us, dogs will beat us any day at a smelling completion with a whopping 1,000-10,000 times more nasal receptors. Dogs depend on their noses to keep them safe, find food, and just be a curious dog, some dogs more so than others. For example, the average Dachshund has 125 million receptors in its nose, while the Bloodhound has 300 million receptors. No matter the breed though, there is so much your dog understands about the world simply because of his ability to smell.

Made For More Than Just Smelling


Make sure your dog has a healthy nose at all times! A chapped, crusty, dry, or flaking dog nose might not be doing its job right.

A dog nose is more than just an extra-sensitive smelling machine, it’s also the equivalent of a human fingerprint; every dog has a unique set of ridges, and dimples that can be used to identify one dog from another. In fact, over the last few years, companies have begun recording nose prints in an effort to help find and identify lost or stolen dogs. Just as a nose can identify a dog, it can also help pinpoint other problems, like if a dog is dehydrated his nose will dry up, and if a dog becomes warm, his nose will get wet to help cool him off. While human strangers might not realize it, dogs also lick their noses as a calming message to unfamiliar new friends.

A Dog Without His Nose 

A dog’s most reliable attribute is his nose, and without full function and health of his or her little black or pink-tinted nose, a dog can quickly become depressed. For starters, without full range of smell dogs are cut off from the world around them; this can also lead to fear because everything will feel less familiar. A dry, cracked, or crusty dog nose might seem all about aesthetics, but in reality the appearance of a dog’s nose can help determine how he is feeling on the inside. If your dog’s nose doesn’t look moist or smooth, it’s likely causing him pain, irritation, and potentially even a loss of smell or troubles breathing all together.

For the Love of Dogs

When I first started this business people would often ask me, “Why the nose? Why not a more exciting aspect of the dog?” But my answer is, and always has been, simple: what’s better than the nose? Just ask your dog, after all it’s one of their most beloved senses and yet it is vulnerable to a whole host of problems. I developed Natural Dog Company knowing that the overall health of a dog starts with the nose, and in aims of keeping all dogs healthy and happy we have formulated the perfect soothing balm for dry dog noses.  Our mission? To save the world, one snout at a time… with Snout Soother!

Senior Dogs Rock!

Meet Chubbs the Wampug and all of her Happy Hairs; this adorable little lady is a member of our Celebrity Pack!

I’m just a simple pug trying to make my way through the universe! I am best known for my Wampa costume, aka “The Wampug”. A picture of me wearing this costume went viral on the Internet turning me into an overnight celebrity dog.


Although my little pug nose has remained perfectly unchanged, this photo comparison shows how much my coat’s color has changed over time.

Let’s start at the beginning. My name? Well see, it’s sort of a long story— it was originally Viva Las Vegas, or Vegas for short, but somehow Mommy started calling me Chubbs, and by the time I was two, Chubbs was my official name. Now don’t go thinking my name has anything to do with my physique, I’m a very good-looking dog, I just, I like to eat! Born in Tucson, Arizona with a coat of shinny black fur, I was lucky to find my forever home when I was only 5 weeks old. It’s been nonstop fun ever since, like the time I spend as the mascot for Stockton Hill Animal Hospital. Now those are some wild times—I have to work extra hard to keep the cats in line around there! Almost equally as fun, are all of the days I play dress-up, allowing Mommy and Daddy to go crazy over how cute I look in their custom creations. What dog would ever grow tired of it all? I live the good life, begging for snackies, barking at (and if I’m lucky, chasing) big horses or other dogs that invade our home through the TV, but above all else, my most important job, the one that brings me the most pride, is keeping my pack and our territory safe and sound.

As they say, everyone has problems, and one day even I discovered I had an issue of my own. I noticed it one afternoon, the grimace on Mommy’s normally sunny face, as she sat puzzled looking at my fur, then back at old pictures. When I passed by the mirror, I saw what had her frazzled. I was changing colors!! Over time, it continued until I was sure I’d someday have an all white coat instead of a black coat. While I didn’t really mind changing colors, Mommy didn’t seem happy about it. I knew for certain that she wasn’t a fan of the white after I caught her asking Daddy to Photoshop out my white hairs! I just didn’t understand why— and neither did Daddy, and so he asked her. At that moment we both realized what I never would have thought up on my own, “Chubbs looks like she’s getting old.” She admitted with a sad sigh.


As you can see in the photo above, taken of me at 10 years old, I am a VERY VERY happy pug with lots and lots of Happy Hairs!!

I sure didn’t feel old, what’s ‘old’ anyways? For a few seconds I started to feel what must be sadness, when Daddy came to the rescue, as he likes to do—did I mention he’s my hero? Anyways, Daddy explained that all of the fun I had been having throughout the years had made me a very happy girl, and that in return for all these good memories I needed something to prove that I lived in and enjoyed so many moments. Every white hair that grows in my coat, he said, that’s the proof of a happy life. The more fun I have in the future, the more white hairs I will grow; that’s why, he explained, I didn’t have white, old hairs, I had Happy Hairs! Daddy and I were both watching Mommy’s face this whole time. I was practically holding my breath until I saw a smile tug at her lips, the sparkle in her eyes reappearing. “You’re right!” She exclaimed, grabbing me up tight into her arms, “The more white hairs Chubbs has, the happier she is! Oh Chubbs!” She cried, “I love your Happy Hairs!”

Now something that doesn’t make me so happy is a dry, crusty, or chapped nose. For years my Mom would come at with me all sorts of wet towels and dishcloths, I’d tug my neck back in protest but her strong hands held firm as she uncomfortably rubbed at my sensitive dog nose. No more, I would tell her with my eyes. “I know Chubbs.” She would say, but still it happened again and again. Then, one day Mommy said she was going to try something new. Within seconds something soft and cool had been spread across my nose, but I didn’t feel like squirming back in protest, whatever Mommy was doing to my sore pug nose actually felt soothing and good!


Here I am again, looking cute! All I have to say is Snout Soother is the best stuff ever for a chapped, crusty, or cracked pug nose!

Turns out whenever my nose gets full of those thickened bits, the ones Mommy used to scrub at to no avail, all I need is Snout Soother, and within days my nose is back to beautiful. Plus, I don’t have to deal with the uncomfortable cleaning I used to endure only because I do love my Mommy, and being that she’s a Vet I know fighting her off would be counterproductive to my wellbeing. Snout Soother is the best thing ever for little pug noses! So thanks Natural Dog Company for making my dog nose look and feel great— Hey is that a snackie? Got to go!


Chubbs the Wampug

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Why I Adopted a Senior Dog


The one and only Bumblesnot.
Cutest. Senior. Dog. Ever.

November is Adopt a Senior Pet month but choosing to adopt a senior pet may not be an easy decision.  You may not know their behavioral past, they may have health ailments, and life expectancy is shorter than a younger pet’s. Despite all these concerns, adopting our senior Pug, The Bumblesnot, was one of the best things we ever did.  He taught me firsthand that neither age nor handicap can diminish a dog’s capacity to love.

 In January 2011, our family lost our beloved 12-year old Lab. We mourned her loss greatly but eventually our hearts and home needed to be healed and filled.  We wanted to give a needy dog a loving home so I started searching the websites of local shelters.

I must admit that when I first saw Bumble’s photo online, I was unsure.  He was 8 years old and did not appear very healthy. I continued looking at hundreds of photos every day for the next week.  But something brought me back to Bumble. So, it was decided the entire family would go to the shelter and check him out.  As Bumble entered the shelter’s “visiting area”, he immediately ran and curled up in my lap.  It was love at first sight for both of us.  There was no doubt we would be adopting him.

Apparently, Bumble was dropped off at the shelter after his previous owner passed away. He was not the healthiest boy when we got him – nearly 10 pounds overweight (tipping the scales at 25 pounds), ear mites, two eye infections, rotten teeth and nails so long they curled up into his paw pads!  On top of all that, he was not house trained.


Doggie Transformation! Bumble’s pre adoption photo.

The first order of business was attending to Bumble’s medical ailments and implementing a strict diet.  Within a month, he dropped to a healthy 15 pounds. Around this time we noticed the poor guy slightly dragging one of his rear legs.  A vet’s examination indicated this was result of nerve damage caused by either previous abuse or years of jumping from the couch/bed or other high places.  We will never know for sure.

The vet discussed possible options including surgery. But Bumble had been through enough.  We weren’t going to put him through surgery too.  The next option?   A dog wheelchair.  Yes, we bought Bumble a dog wheelchair.  He took to his cart right away and never looked back!

These days his rear legs offer no support for standing or walking but his front legs are very strong from years of compensating. Even though the cart is a huge help we carry him outside to go to the bathroom and express his bladder for him. Eating from a bowl has become difficult so he is also hand fed.

But we are not complaining!  Bumble is a very loving and affectionate guy.  His favorite hobby is cuddling on the couch.  He barks when you leave the room and barks if you don’t greet him upon return.  He begrudgingly tolerates his three canine siblings (also rescues). We love our handicapped senior dog!

How could Brumble’s gruffy grumpy persona NOT advocate for pet adoption?!?


Don’t tell me a senior dog is not just as cute as a puppy. Just look at that face!

So, the Bumblesnot started his own Facebook page and Instagram account promoting awareness on the importance of rescuing shelter pets – particularly seniors and special needs animals.  Adopt! Don’t Shop!

There’s Bumblesnot merchandise for sale in his Zazzle store. All proceeds are donated to Pug and pet rescue organizations.  Bumble even inspired our 10-year old daughter to create and sell clay animal figurines called “Puggables.” We match and donate sales of Puggable sales to rescue organizations.

We don’t know how long our little black snotball will be with us, but The Bumblesnot has already enriched our lives with hilarity, happiness and joy.  Despite all his ailments, we could not love him any more than we already do.

As Bumble would say, “snort snort.”

-Melissa Gregory, Proud Mother of Senior Dog 

Soothing One Snout at a Time: Treat Discoid Lupus with Snout Soother


I love returning home everyday. Of course, we all eagerly await the end of a long workday when we finally kick off our shoes and relax but that’s not why I love unlocking my front door. No, I love arriving home because I am greeted with tail wags and happy dancing feet and sloppy kisses and more love than I could ever deserve. After all joyous “welcome home” elation dissipates, my pit bull rescue inquires, “what did you do today?” The details of my lunch date, morning meeting and afternoon coffee are revealed as Jumper carefully and methodically sniffs my shoes, my clothes, my handbag and just about anything else she can get her nose on.  Her nose is a portal into my day. In a few moments, she knows where I’ve been, who I’ve seen, what I ate and most importantly, if I saw OTHER dogs.

Dogs interpret the world through their noses – and their noses need care. Discoid lupus is just one of the conditions affecting our dogs most important communication tool.

What is discoid lupus? Discoid lupus is a condition similar to lupus where the body’s own immune system begins to attack the DNA in the body. Discoid lupus is usually limited to a dog’s nose, primarily on the nose leather, however it is also seen in the ears and inside the mouth.

When a dog has discoid lupus, the coloration of the nose fades as the nose leather loses pigmentation. As the condition worsens, the nose becomes cracked and scaling on the skin occurs. Eventually, the condition causes the nose to ulcerate which is extremely painful for the dog.

Treatment is often vitamin E therapy, however many dog owners recommend Snout Soother for suffering pooches. Snout Soother is a great all-natural product designed for soothing your pet’s dry, cracked, chapped and sunburned nose. The ingredients also quickly and effectively sooth sore skin and correct the degeneration of nose leather associated with Discoid Lupus.

Lola and Ralphie are two sweet pups suffering from discoid lupus. Check out their stories below:

Lola’s Story:


Lola, an 8 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback, suffered greatly from her discoid lupus. Her nose was ulcerated and painful sores formed on the mucus membranes of her nose. Poor Lola! Her wonderful owner, Alice Caplinger decided to try Snout Soother. Lola felt immediate relief after just one use! After two months of use, not only was Lola a happier dog, but she also sported a nice, healthy black nose – free of sores from the disorder.

Ralphie’s Story:


Ralphie is a Great Pyrenees. In addition to discoid lupus, Ralphie suffered through sunburns and allergic reactions to the sunscreen prescribed by his veterinarian. After years of suffering, his owner, Kristine Zano, used Snout Soother and saw immediate relief to Ralphie’s sore, chapped and cracked nose. Within weeks, his nose healed dramatically. Ralphie was happy and Kristine was even happier.

A dog’s snout is their door to the rest of this big wide smelly world. Be mindful of caring for this important (and cute) part of their body. Try treatments like Snout Soother if your pup simply has a dry nose or suffers from more serious conditions like discoid lupus.

Long live wet dog noses!

Misconceptions about Shelter Dogs

Dog in Val di Scalve, Alps mountains, ItalyOver the years, I have had the opportunity to work with many shelter dogs.  I have provided them with products from the Natural Dog Company, volunteered in shelters and fostered dozens of dogs for rescues in the Austin area.  I personally, know how wonderful shelter dogs can do and how one act of saving a life can change not only the dog’s world but your own.

Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the joys a shelter dog can be and they often ignore the dogs available in shelters because of the myths surrounding these dogs.  It is important to realize that dogs at shelters are not what you think and it takes education and awareness to help destroy the misconceptions that are surrounding them.

While I often feel that the best advice for anything is to get involved, if you are not sure where to start or even if a shelter dog is the right dog for you, take the time to read through this article to learn that many of the misconceptions of shelter dogs is not true.

Misconception Number One: There are only Mixed Breeds in Shelters

One of the biggest misconceptions regarding shelter dogs is that only mixed breed dogs end up in shelters.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case and even a well bred, purebred dog can wind up in a shelter.  While many reputable breeders strive to rehome all the dogs produced by their kennels, some purebred dogs still slip through the cracks and can wind up in shelters. In addition, there are hundreds of purebred dogs who are not from ethical breeders that can end up on a shelter.

When it comes down to numbers, it is believed that roughly a quarter of dogs in shelters are purebred.  What this means for the average dog owner is that it is very easy for dog owners or potential dog owners to find a breed that they want without having to purchase directly from a breeder.

That being said, the many mixed breed dogs in a shelter are as worthy of attention as their purebred counterparts and I would recommend going to a shelter with an open mind and an open heart…who knows, you may end up with a mixed breed dog stealing your heart.

Misconception Number Two: Shelter Dogs are Old and Unwanted

While there are many dogs that are old, and all shelter dogs are unwanted, not all shelter dogs are old. In fact, it is very common for whole litters of puppies or a pregnant female to be brought to a shelter and you can enjoy puppyhood when you adopt from a shelter.

In addition, a large number of dogs in shelters are less than two years old, making the majority of dogs in shelters still young.

Misconception Number Three: They have Behavioral Problems

While it is true that some dogs end up in shelters either because of behavioral problems, itPuppy is not the case for a vast majority of them.  In fact, many dogs end up in shelters because owners didn’t have the time for them, an owner died or relocated or because the dog was lost.

Those that do have behavioral problems is usually due to lack of training and can be fixed very easily.  Shelters and rescue groups work to provide these dogs with the behavior and training modifications that they need in order to properly integrate into their new homes.

Misconception Number Four:  You can Never Trust a Shelter Dog

Another common misconception that is seen with shelter dogs is that people often feel they are sent to the shelter due to aggression problems.  The fact of the matter is a shelter dog that shows signs of aggression will never be placed up for adoption.

Shelter dogs can be trusted as much as a dog that you raise by yourself. You should never leave dogs alone with young kids and all dogs will go through destructive periods.  Having a crate will help curb a lot of the problems that can occur due to boredom.

Finally, shelter dogs are surprisingly resilient.  They often bounce back from their ordeals, no matter what they are, and with a loving and supportive owner, they quickly capture the hearts of everyone who meets them.

Misconception Number Five: I Would Never Get Approved

DogOne of the most common misconceptions that people have is that they would never get approved for a shelter dog.  While this can be the case with some rescues, shelters are usually just looking for a committed and informed rescuer.  For many shelters, it is not where you live, your income level or your job, it is about being physically and emotional prepared and committed to take on any challenges that a shelter dog needs.

Now that we have dispelled the misconceptions involved with shelters and shelter dogs, there are ways that you can help shelter dogs without adopting one.  Some excellent ways to help are:

  • Donate your Facebook or Twitter Status:  One of the easiest ways to help a shelter dog is to share their information on your facebook or twitter accounts.  You can also remind everyone that October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month.
  • Foster a Dog:  If you are not prepared to adopt a dog fully, why not become a foster parent to a dog in need.  Many rescues take the dogs out of shelters and place them into temporary homes.  This enables the dog to experience less stress and experience training while they wait for a forever home.
  • Volunteer at the Shelter:  Shelters often need extra hands and there are always a number of jobs that you can do from photographing the dogs to taking them for a walk.
  • Donate Funds:  Many shelter and rescue groups need extra money to ensure that they can meet the needs of their shelter animals.  Donations are always welcome.
  • Donate Goods:  Finally, shelters often need food, treats and other goods, including Snout Soother, for their shelter dogs.  Gather a bunch of supplies and head on down to your local shelter to make some special dogs happy.

The Miracles of Hemp Seed Oil

ImageHemp oil.  You know, at one time, hemp oil was believed to have many negative qualities to it.  People weren’t sure what it was or there was a lot of misinformation generated about it.  Thankfully, people have managed to navigate past the myths regarding hemp and have realized that it is a beneficial plant that offers many health benefits.

In fact, the health benefits that it does offer makes hemp seed oil seem like a miracle ingredient whether you are a human or a dog.  Hemp oil aids the body in a number of ways because it is filled with many nutrients.  Before we look at those nutrients, however, it is important to note that hemp is one of the oldest plants in human history and it was grown as far back as 12,000 years ago.  Hemp has been used for a range of different uses such as for clothing, paper and even for food.

That is where the miracle of hemp comes into play with Snout Soother.  While we do not feed Snout Soother to dogs, the hemp is completely edible and it offers a wide range of health benefits that both promote healthy skin growth on the nose and give the dog the nutrients it needs for cell repair.

The nutrients that are commonly found in hemp seed oil are:

  •  Fatty Acids:
  1. Omega 3Image
  2. Omega 6
  3. GLA
  • Phosphorus
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin E

As you can see, there are so many nutrients in hemp seed oil and all of those nutrients are important for the function of the body.  It leads healthier joints, skin and coat in dogs and has a wide range of other health benefits if it is ingested.  These includes:

  • Reducing Dry Skin
  • Promoting Improved Organ Function
  • Boosts Metabloisms
  • Increases Engergy
  • Reduces Allergies
  • Soothes Skin and Helps Reverse skin diseases and dermatitis
  • Promotes Organ Function

While the benefits really prove what a miracle hemp seed oil offers, it is, after all, a balanced oil, at Natural Dog Company, we looked at the many ways that hemp seed oil can help your canine without having to add it to the food.   We realized that the main reason why hemp seed oil was so amazing was the simple fact that it is a binder oil.  It not only adds its own health benefits to whatever it is in but it works together to boost Imagethe effectiveness of the other ingredients.

Snout Soother uses the amazing properties of hemp seed oil and applies it directly to your dog’s nose, which is where it will do the most good.  Skin diseases, dry skin and damaged nose leather is quickly healed with the soothing properties of hemp seed oil.

In addition, the oil promotes skin cell regeneration that leads to a decrease in reoccurring infections for your dog.  We know that a healthy nose, which is benefited by the use of hemp seed oil in our product, leads to a happier dog.

Meet Meatball: Celebrity Dog & Ambassador

Woof. My name is Meatball and I like to smile– but then again, I’ve got a whole lot to smile about! You see, I’m an important dog, a local celebrity of sorts; I am the Ambassador of Groomingdales in Austin, Texas. Groomingdales is not just any full service grooming and animal care center; with their focus completely on us—the pets—they offer an all-natural approach to pet grooming. I wouldn’t oversee anything other than the best for my fellow pups out there, how could I wear this smile all day otherwise?


Even though I look mighty cute here, dog noses that are dry cause discomfort.

My fame was quick to catch on. It seemed one day suddenly everyone wanted a piece of Meatball! Even the Austin Pet Directory called me up for an interview, and I was featured in a Q&A article about my favorite natural pet products. And now I’ve even won the title of Celebrity Dog at Natural Dog Company! Even though being a celebrated dog seems like all fun and games, I am still a normal, everyday canine that hates when I’m not feeling 100% like myself. Say for example when my dog nose gets dry, cracked and sore.


As you can see in this picture, my dog nose looks rough and abnormal.

At one point it got so bad, I thought I couldn’t take anymore! Thankfully my owner, Tomay Ryder, is always looking out for me, and she applied an all-natural balm called Snout Soother over my big black nose. Instantly, I felt the cooling relief and my mouth started to peel back into a grin bigger than I’d managed in days! While for me the benefits were instant, my owner didn’t notice until a few days later, right in the middle of the Groomingdale’s Care Center. I noticed her take a step back, tilt her head to one side, before suddenly rushing over and tugging me in close. “Do you see this?” She asked anyone that would listen, “Do you see the difference in Meatball’s nose?” As everyone muttered their oohhs and aahhs I simply nodded, I sure felt the differences they were discussing.


Here I am in my ‘after’ photos– as you can see my dry chapped dog nose has been cured! Now my mission is to spread the word about this all-natural soothing pet product.

Then a thought struck me, as a Pomeranian with a crusty dog nose trotted by, I wanted all fellow dogs to know relief existed. Then, as if in answer to my doggie prayers, I heard Tomay go on to say, “The change in Meatball’s nose is amazing, I am carrying Snout Soother in my shop!” This made me go giddy with delight, if we sold this soothing dog balm all of my favorite pup friends would have a chance to experience relief that does not even smell bad—as so many other pet products do.

Thanks to Snout Soother, if you ever come visit my pals and I in Texas, some very moist, soft noses will be waiting to greet you!

Yours Truly,


We here at Natural Dog Company love dogs so much that we want to hear anything and everything about your furry companions! We are thrilled at the opportunity to meet dogs doing big things in their communities. Share what your pup is up to and they might just be selected as our next dog celebrity of the month! 

Doggy Crack: What’s Your Dog’s Addiction?

“Glory,” I call as I head towards the front door.  I don’t have to wait long because Glory, my (age and colour) Australian Shepherd is close by. She knows from the way I am dressed that we are doing her favorite activity and she is just waiting for me to say it.

I smile at her as she prances around my feet, her eyes bright and a large smile spread across her little canine muzzle. She is such a ham and I know that as soon as say the word, her barely contained excitement is going to burst free like an explosion.


And that is all it takes for her bright eyes to become even brighter and for her blast through the dog door into the garage and up onto Rocky.  She makes hilarious whiney noises and howls out a big “Arrooo” with barely contained excitement. I have now discovered Glory’s own personal Doggy Crack.

For those who don’t know, Glory’s favorite activity is not a person; it is actually a thing, my Kawasaki Mule, which is an all terrain vehicle.  Glory loves going for a ride and whenever I get the chance she is right there beside me, happy to be out with Rocky.

This last time that I gave Glory her fix of personal Doggy Crack, it got me thinking.  How many other dogs experience the same excitement over one thing, whether it is a treat, person or a special event that they enjoy going to.  Asking around, I came back with some pretty funny answers.

Anna from Ontario Canada, who is an avid fan of Snout Soother, wrote,

dreamstimefree_109931“I have a 10 year old Labrador Retriever named Petey. He is a wonderful dog that had a lot of energy when he was younger but he is starting to slow down now.  A lot of things that used to get him excited doesn’t anymore…except his Doggy Crack.

When the weather warms up, we load Petey into our van and head out to the lake.  He knows the way and he will usually start the drive lying down on his seat.  By the time we reach the city limits, he is up; panting slowly as his eyes watches the road.

10 minutes from the lake, Petey starts a soft whine and his panting becomes more pronounced as he sits up then stands up, then sits back down…the whole time his gaze is on the trees ahead.  When the first sight of the lake comes is seen between the trees, he can’t contain himself and will run to the back of the van, whining and whimpering, his excitement through the roof.

Finally, when we get there, he runs back and forth the length of the van as we get out and open his door.  He will always jump out, whine, jump, twirl and be a big goofball as he eagerly waits for us to get our stuff to head down to the lake.

The minute we take him off the leash, he runs at breakneck speed and launches himself into the air before he crashes down into the water.  After that, we can’t get him out of the water and he would be happy to swim around the small lake all day.   Swimming at the lake is definitely Petey’s doggy crack!”

It seems like Petey has a lot in common with Glory when it comes to being outside doing something he loves.  So what about you?  What is your dog’s favorite thing…or rather what’s your dog’s doggy crack?  Please share in the comment section below as I love to hear stories about your dogs.

All about Noses – Why Noses?

dreamstimefree_70216One question that I am often asked when it comes to my company is “Why did you focus on dog’s noses?”  The answer is both complicated and simple and I often reply with “Why not?”

Although many people are unaware of it, a dog’s nose is a very important part of a dog.  It is the used by the dog to realize the world around her and to help her interpret it.  Much of the information that the dog gathers day to day is found through scent as the nose sniffs around.  In fact, a dog’s sense of smell is so much stronger than humans, even breeds that appear to have a non-function nose.

When we look at scent, we often refer to the term scent receptors.  These are receptors in the nose and nostril cavity that picks up and identifies smells.  When you look at the human nose, which has 5 million receptors, we often think that is an amazing sense of smell.  However, dogs, on average have 1000 to 10000 times more receptors than people.  The average Dachshund has 125 million receptors in its nose while the Bloodhound has 300 million receptors.

As you can see, when it comes to learning about the world around us by the use of scent, dreamstimefree_209775dogs have us beat hands down.

But outside of smelling things, dogs’ noses are unique and amazing things.  In fact, a dog’s nose is covered in ridges and dimples.  While we often don’t think of anything of these ridges and dimple, every dog’s nose is unique to that dog.  A print of a dog’s nose is exactly like a fingerprint of a person and it helps identify dog.  Over the last few years, companies have begun recording a dog’s nose print in an effort to help find and identify lost or stolen dogs.

Another interesting fact about a dog’s nose is that it can help the dog in many other ways.  A dry nose could indicate dehydration while a wet nose has been linked to helping a dog stay cool in hot weather.  In addition, dogs often lick their noses as a calming message to strangers.

As you can see, there are many reasons that make a dog’s nose wonderful and amazing all at once.  When it is dry, cracked and damaged, a dog’s nose becomes less than wonderful.  It can be a source of pain for the dog and can hinder his sense of smell.

When his sense of smell is hindered, a dog’s connection to the world around him is Dogdiminished.  He can’t smell what is around him and this can lead to behavioral side effects with the dog becoming fearful or depressed.

While everyone at Natural Dog Company wants dogs to be healthy, we know that much of that health begins with the nose.  If a canine has a happy and healthy nose, his overall well being is increased and this affects his whole body and promotes healing.

So it is our motto to save every dog starting with their snout.

Support Our Military Dogs Event

ImageEvery day, the brave wake up and take one step forward. They don’t think about where that step is taking them or the danger that they will face.  They don’t know why they are being called to service but as they look up at their handler, they know that they have a job to do.  For them, it is all about the work and the few minutes at the end of their day where they get the rewards for working hard.

While we often think of brave soldiers when we think of wars overseas, the brave soul in that image is not the soldier but the military dog he is handling.  There are so many stories of their inspirational work and they have spanned the generations.  In fact, there is an excellent book called War Dogs by Michael G. Lemish that goes over the history of war dogs in this last century.

But our focus today is on the canines that are serving overseas right at this moment.  Every day, these dogs are put at risk protecting life, love and freedom, they don’t ask for much, which is probably why this event has touched our hearts here at the Natural Dog Company even more.

Every October, a small community is Michigan, known as Wolverine Lake Village, along with Support Military Dogs, makes a big contribution to showing their gratitude to the soldiers and military dogs that are currently serving overseas.  In the cool autumn day, they gather and pack up care packages for soldiers and military dogs.  These packages are filled with treats and general commodities that offer comfort to the troops who receive them.

About Support Military Dogs

Before we go on about the initiatives for this fundraiser, I wanted to take a moment to introduce the main contributor that Imagewe are overjoyed with helping.  Support Military Dogs was started by Starline Nunley when she contacted her son, Major Parker Frawley (who is now a Lt. Colonel), when he was stationed in Iraq in 2008.

Starline knew that being a Longbow, Apache helicopter fighter pilot was extremely hot work and she asked him if he wanted a cooling vest to cope with the temperatures.  Major Frawley’s reply was “Mom, I am and we (soldiers) are all right. The military provides for us very well, but dogs have different needs. It is so hot that they are having trouble doing their job and that puts us all in danger.”

And with those words, an idea was formed.  Not only could Starline help her son, she could help all the military dogs that were serving in Iraq.  While many of the breeds used in Iraq are better suited to colder climes, military dogs face temperatures nearing a 140˚F.  Since the dogs are often the first line of defense in many situations, it made sense to provide the cooling vests for them. Not only would they be protected but they would be able to do their jobs better so the initiative for providing military dogs with cooling vests and other gear was born.

About Wolverine Lake Village Fundraiser

The fundraiser that Support Military Dogs is happy to support is one that was started by the Wolverine Lake Village. The community started this initiative to provide care packages for these men, women and canines as a way to honor the late Marine LCpl Justin Ellsworth, the son of the community’s police chief, served in Iraq and made the ultimate sacrifice.  He was killed in Iraq in 2004.

To help carry on his name and to honor the man and his sacrifice, the community began creating the care packages.  Last year alone, their efforts raised enough supplies to send over 478 care packages to soldiers last year and to purchase five K-9 protective gear packages.  As you can imagine, their efforts have been greatly appreciated and this year, they are striving to create even more care packages to send out.

While the focus is primarily on the care packages for the troops, the Natural Dog Company has joined forces with the Wolverine Lake Village and the Support Military Dogs to bring the K-9 troops some special care and attention.

About the Fundraiser

Military dogs have a hard job in the service.  They are used for a number of different jobs from detection to guarding to patrolling and all of their jobs bring them into harm’s way.  Many service dogs are lost in service and often, these dedicated working dogs are often overlooked when it comes to fundraising initiatives.

But not anymore! In addition to making some excellent K-9 doggy care packages, which will contain their very own package of Snout Soother, the fundraiser is hoping to buy some much needed protection gear for the dogs.  Remember that military dogs put their life on the line every day, along with their handlers, and they need the right type of protection to ensure that they can continue to do their job and make it home after their tour.

But this type of care and treatment relies heavily on donations from sponsors such as the Natural Dog Company and supplies and donations from dog owners and caring people like our many clients.  They are in need of a large amount of supplies and there is no limit to the amount of items you send – after all, it just means more dogs can have their very own care packages. If you prefer to send a cash donation, all money raised will go towards the purchase of new protection gear packages for dogs that do not have them.

If you want to donate, the list of items that they need are:

  • Collapsible Fabric Water Bowls
  • Waterless Dog Shampoo
  • Dog Ear Cleaner
  • Dog Eye Drops
  • Flea Collars
  • Large Kong Toys
  • Large Rope Toys
  • Silicone Dog brushes
  • Prepackaged Dog Biscuits
  • Cosequin
  • Nylabones
  • Medium to Large Dog Beds
  • Heavy Duty Retractable Leashes
  • Baby Wipes

There are some restrictions on what can be sent.  Nothing made in China is allowed and you should avoid rawhide, pig ears and pig hoofs in the dog treats and biscuits. Also, do not send tennis balls or dog food.

If you are interested in helping get care packages to soldiers and their canine partners serving overseas, please contact Kristy Nedrow (248) 960-0244 or Joann Sullivan (248) 624-1706.  They are building the care packages on October 12, 2013 and any help is greatly appreciated by both the town of Wolverine Lake Village and the service men, women and canines who receive their care packages.

I have attached a PDF flyer of the event so please, give a little to bring comfort to a large group of people and dogs serving our country.