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Family Matters: Safe and Fun Feline Treats for the Holidays


Safe and Fun Feline Treats for the HolidaysWhile cats don’t always eat table scraps, they are kind of sneaky about going into the kitchen and munching on your holiday feast while you’re eating in the dining room.

However, holiday indulgences that we love aren’t always good for your feline friend.

Turkey is one of them.

Turkey isn’t bad for your kitty (well, the bones are), but the richness of a roasted bird might not agree with his digestive system. You know what that means for you.

Do not give your cat anything with bulb vegetables like onions, garlic or leeks. They cause anemia in cats.

Absolutely no gravy, which typically contains garlic, onions or mushrooms.

Speaking of mushrooms, they are toxic to cats. Keep your kitty away from them.

Don’t give your cat bread: yeast also causes digestive issues.

Liver, while it sounds like a good idea, can cause organ toxicity in cats. Just avoid it.

Of course, avoid chocolate, candy or any other sweets.

Your vet probably has an emergency number for holidays. Post it on your fridge. Also, have the number for the Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA). Their number is 888-ANI-HELP, or 888-426-4435. 



Family Matters: What Treats NOT to Feed Your Dog During the Holidays


What Treats NOT to Feed Your Dog During the HolidaysWith the holidays upon us, it’s tempting to feed our canine best friend some treats from the table. After all, we’re indulging, so why shouldn’t he?

There are a list of good reasons why!

I want to feed my dog, Astro, all the same treats that I’m enjoying, but not everything that’s good for me is good for him.

First of all, please don’t feed your four-legged friend bones from your holiday turkey, ham or even crown roast. No bones, period, unless they come from the pet food aisle at Brookshire’s and are engineered specifically for dogs. Real animal bones can fracture and cause serious, even fatal, damage in your dog’s digestive system.

Secondly, beware of holiday plants. Poinsettias and mistletoe are both poisonous. You also don’t want your pup ingesting needles from your Christmas tree! Keep these plants out of reach of your dog, and keep him away from your tree.

Chocolate is also poisonous to your dog in certain quantities. Don’t leave out dishes of chocolate, and closely monitor any chocolate treats in the house during the holiday season.

Alcohol can also be fatal to your pooch. While he might not WANT to attack your glass of glog, keep anything with alcohol in it far away from your pet.

Onions or any other bulb vegetable (like garlic, leeks and chives) are also bad for your dog. Don’t feed him table scraps with any of those ingredients.

Raisins and grapes are also super bad for your dog, so if he gets into the fruitcake or cinnamon bread, call your vet immediately.

Most vets offer emergency service (or a backup) on holidays. Make sure you have that number handy in case your four-legged friend DOES indeed get into something he shouldn’t eat.

In the meantime, provide his favorite (dog-approved) treats and his regular foods, and give him lots of love and attention to keep him from focusing on table scraps.



Family Matters: Choosing Your Dog’s Food


Choosing Your Dog's FoodWhen Astro first bounded out of his foster mom’s car onto my driveway, I had two immediate thoughts.

The first was, “Oh my gosh, he’s huge.” The second was, “Oh my gosh, he’s so cute.”

I picked Astro off the SPCA Facebook page. My boys and I were ready to get another dog, and we (I) fell in love with Astro’s soulful eyes and his hound face. We adopted him sight unseen.

We found out later that the SPCA was overjoyed because dogs his size are difficult to adopt out. People tend to be frightened of them, but little do they know that our gentle giant is the kindest, most docile, most loving, most friendly dog in the history of dogs.

Back to the issue at hand though… When we got Astro, he was still a puppy, and he needed puppy food.

You wouldn’t feed your baby a steak, right? So, you don’t want to feed your puppy any food that’s formulated for an adult or senior dog.

Now, I’ll be honest. It probably won’t hurt a dog like a steak would hurt a baby. However, take care of your puppy like you would your baby, and you and your four-legged family member will have lots of good years together.

Puppy formulations are designed to give your dog the best nutrients for growth; to develop the building blocks he needs for a long, healthy life; and to sustain his playful energy.

Brookshire’s Paws Happy Life™ foods have Puppy Formula that will do exactly this for your growing pup.

As your dog grows, he needs more protein, more balance or other formulations to serve him well through his life. Paws Happy Life™ helps with that, offering Butcher’s Choice, Kibbles, Complete, Lamb Meal & Rice, and Nutritionally Complete formulas. Paws Happy Life™ also offers formulations in cans and pouches that your dog will love, including beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, filet mignon and more.

Now that Astro is a 4-year-old, 100 lb. adult, we give him a variety designed to meet his large-breed, adult needs. I can personally attest that he is healthy, happy, and loves his morning and evening meals.



Family Matters: Choosing Your Cat’s Litter


Choosing Your Cat's LitterDuring the years that my boys begged to get a cat and I denied them time and time again, the reason was always that I did not want to mess with a litter box.

Clearly, cat litter technology has changed since the last time I had a cat.

With Brookshire’s Paws Happy Life™ Cat Litter, it’s almost like not even having a cat litter box in the house. Now granted, we have one that is hooded, vented and sealed from almost every angle, but I also use Paws Happy Life™ Lightweight Clumping, Fragrance-Free Cat Litter. I also have a great textured mat by the exit of the box that catches any stray spills.

This cat litter traps all the odors of a cat box and holds them together, making it easy to scoop on a regular basis and keep the cat box clean for Carl, our cat, and also for me (not sure who is more important here).

It’s not messy for either of us. It’s easy to scoop, and it’s virtually odor-free. Lightweight technology means it doesn’t make a mess either in or out of the cat box. Whether you have one cat or more than one, Paws Happy Life™ offers a kind of cat litter that will work best in your home.



Family Matters: Castor & Pollux® Dog Cookies


In the lore of Greek mythology, Castor and Pollux were twin brothers with different fathers. They became the constellation Gemini and associated with horsemanship.

Today, we’re talking about the amazing products of Castor & Pollux® that you can feed your pup from Brookshire’s pet aisle.

Personally, I went for the Castor & Pollux® Organix™ Dog Cookies, Cheddar Cheese Flavor, to be exact.

Astro loves them.

Tell him that he has a “T.R.E.A.T” (shhhhh…don’t say it out loud….), and he’ll run to the corner of the carpet and sit patiently to wait for it….

If Astro wasn’t already pretty well-trained, these cookies would be ideal for training and rewarding good behavior, or my sweet pup has THAT look about him. These all-natural treats feature 95-percent organic ingredients, including organic free-range chicken as the No. 1 ingredient in all varieties. They’re easy to break, yet nice and crunchy. Each 1 1/2-inch long cookie contains only 8 calories and delivers a robust taste that dogs like Astro crave. They are also USDA certified-organic and all-natural with no corn, wheat or soy, and they are available in a 12-ounce size. Most of all, they’re made with love.



Family Matters: Purely Fancy Feast®


My cat, Carl, wakes up every morning begging for a good meal.

Let’s just be straight: Carl begs for a good meal pretty much every time he sees me, whether it be when  I wake up in the morning, when I come in the door in the evening, if I happen to stop by during the lunch hour, or really any time my eyes are open.

Carl gets his good meals in the form of a high-quality dry cat food.

Once a week, he also gets Purely Fancy Feast® from Purina®, on the pet food aisle at Brookshire’s. Purely Fancy Feast® entrées are made with pure seafood, chicken or beef, and no by-products or fillers for a wholesome, complete and balanced meal for mature felines.

He loves his Thursday treats, and I know he’s getting good nutrition to boot!



Family Matters: Healthy and Smelling Good Dog


I will admit that I hadn’t thought too much about nutrition for my healthy dog until I adopted a sickly cat.

Now that the cat is happy and healthy (largely thanks to a great diet), I turned my attention to the dog. Now, he’s also happy and healthy, but there are some things that could stand improvement, like the way he smells. Sorry, Astro, it’s true (I hope he’s not reading this).

A good diet can improve the quality of your dog’s skin and coat. It can also help with shedding, itchiness and odor. In comes Freshpet® foods, available in the refrigerated case on the pet food aisle at Brookshire’s.

I used their website to find out what foods to feed Astro based on our needs. Then, I went to Brookshire’s and picked them up! It was so simple, and it took all the guesswork out of trying to figure out what to feed my loyal companion and four-legged friend.

Wouldn’t you know it, his coat improved within a week. He started smelling like a puppy again, that fresh scent that comes from good nutrition and a clean gut. His coat became more glossy. He also sheds less, and he smells so good.

Freshpet®, available at Brookshire’s, is a great supplement to the high-quality dry foods that I already feed Astro. He loves the Freshpet® Select Stews Grain Free Beef and Pumpkin Recipe for Dogs, and he devours it in a matter of seconds after it hits his bowl.



Family Matters: Give Your Cat the Very Best!


As I’m writing this blog, Carl, my recent rescue cat, is curled up nearby nibbling on my mouse. My computer mouse, that is.

Carl was in pretty rough shape when he came to live with us in late June. That’s why it’s important to me to make sure he’s getting the proper nutrition.

That’s why I shop at Brookshire’s.

At Brookshire’s, I can get Carl food that I feel will go a long way to healing him from the inside out, including his IAMS® dry food supplemented with Freshpet® naturals.

Freshpet® foods, found in the refrigerated case in the pet food aisle, is like feeding your pet chef-prepared foods right from your kitchen.

The Freshpet® website will help you create a menu plan for your pet based on their age, weight, gender, activity level, dietary restrictions, likes and dislikes, and your own shopping needs. It recommends products for you. Then, you go to Brookshire’s with your list and pick them right up. It’s so easy!

Carl likes Vital® Grain Free Chicken & Ocean Whitefish with Garden Vegetables in Gravy Cat Food Recipe, which comes in a single-serving container (we actually get almost three servings out of one container). He also loves Freshpet® Select Chicken & Beef Cat Food Recipe, which comes in a roll. It is a gourmet paté made with 7.5 ounces of chicken and chicken liver, 3 ounces of beef and eggs, and 4.5 ounces of chicken broth, plus essential vitamins and minerals. When I mix these meals with his high-quality kibble, I rest assured that Carl is eating well, and it’s showing.

His coat is glossy and soft. His “level 4” skin condition has disappeared entirely. His little pink nose is wet and soft, and he is playful instead of lethargic. He also purrs nonstop.

You don’t have to be a crazy cat lady like me to give your cat the very best, which you can find right on the pet aisle at Brookshire’s.



Family Matters: New Kitty


Last week, I officially adopted a cat.

Getting a cat was pretty high on my list of “I will never…”

Not that I don’t like cats.

I don’t like litter boxes.

However, that’s another post.

This little kitty was abandoned when a neighbor moved out about 8 months ago. He was just left behind. He stayed mostly out of sight, but occasionally we’d catch glimpses of him dodging under bushes or darting between backyards.

Then, for whatever reason, he started hanging out under the bushes in my frontyard.

We gave him clean water. Then, I found a can of sardines I’d used that time I had to live trap an opossum (that’s another post, too). After that, he became a fixture under my front azalea bushes. I kept the water fresh, and my boyfriend brought over a canister of dry cat food. I put a bowl on the front porch.

The cat was clearly malnourished. His belly was distended with worms. He was missing half his fur from flea bites and a hard life. He had bites on his ears and face from fights.

We went to Brookshire’s and bought some vitamins on the pet food aisle. We purchased several varieties of high-quality pet food, including organic, homemade foods that Brookshire’s keeps refrigerated. I took the cat to the vet, where he received all his vaccinations, several antibiotics, a variety of skin treatments, deworming treatments and a few other things.

I still went back to Brookshire’s for the great variety of the foods that I need to feed my new cat and my (faithful) dog what they need to be healthy and happy.

The kitty, whose name is Carl (after the child’s character on “The Walking Dead” who had a home, lost his home, had to fight for his life, got into some trouble, got beaten up, and then found a home again), is enjoying IAMS™ ProActive Health™ Healthy Adult™ dry cat food from Brookshire’s mixed with Purina ONE SMARTblend, available on the pet food aisle at Brookshire’s.

Carl is now healthy and happy. His coat is soft, fuzzy and growing back well. He purrs and cuddles. Strange for a cat, isn’t it? He loves the Savory Turkey Recipe variety! He’s gaining weight in a healthy way and is warming up to his canine big brother.

Thanks to some love and to some products found at Brookshire’s, Carl is a cat who has found a healthy and happy home.



Family Matters: Getting a New Pet


Last week, we got a cat, and my dog, Astro, isn’t very happy about it.

Well, Astro WOULD be happy about it, but the cat, Carl, isn’t about to make friends with my dog. In fact, Carl has pretty much come in and taken over.

So, Astro has been feeling a little left out.

When I was in Brookshire’s recently, I decided that Astro needed a treat. I grabbed some Milk-Bone® Original Biscuits for Large Dogs and brought them home for Astro.

Not only do they clean his teeth and freshen his breath, but their satisfying crunch and 12 vitamins and minerals are things that I can feel good about giving my big dog, while indulging him in a treat that makes him feel special and loved.

Astro got his treat while sitting in his special chair – no cats allowed.



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