Keep It Simple
Each recipe from THE SIMPLE FOOD PROJECT contains just 14 ingredients. Sourced in the U.S. and combined at the company’s Wisconsin facility, human-grade meat and veggies are freeze-dried pasteurized at low temps to preserve natural vitamins and minerals. This allows the product, which also contains dry-roasted bits, to meet all nutritional standards for dogs, using only real, whole foods. Three recipes are available — Duck & Trout, Beef & Salmon and Chicken & Turkey — in 1.5-pound, 3-pound and 6-pound boxes.
$27.99 - $84.99
Take It With You
Responsible pet parents pick up after their dogs, and then dispose of the bag properly. What happens, though, when they’re out and about, and can’t find a trash can? Enter the Tailgate Dumpster from KURGO. This 100-percent silicone container attaches to the back of a vehicle, with strong magnets, keeping the stinky bag outside until it can be thrown away. Anyone who has left a poop bag in the car overnight will appreciate this product.
Can't bathe? Not a Problem
When a full bath isn’t an option, Dry Clean Dog by NATURAL PAWS offers a solution. Spray the all-natural product onto a pup’s coat, and then towel off to remove dirt, dust and oils. Pet parents will appreciate having this on hand for post-surgical dogs and those with incontinence, as well as pups who need a little freshening up between baths. It also reduces allergens on the coat. Made from essential oils and other natural ingredients, the spray comes in 4-ounce and 8-ounce bottles.
New & Improved
With its Turkey Grain-Free Hard Chews, TREATIBLES adds a meat flavor to the line and ups the amount of therapeutic phytocannabinoids in the large size, from 2.5 mg to 4 mg per chew; the small size remains at 1 mg per chew. Each bag now contains 40 percent more hemp-oil chews — approximately 45 for large and 75 for small — for the same price. The line also offers Pumpkin, Blueberry and Tater’s Sweet Potato Tots.
$24 and $32
Super-cute and Calming
AnimaStuffies from ANIMAGANZA put lone socks to excellent use. Pet parents simply open the toy to insert one of their socks, which captures the scent and turns the stuffie into a comforting stand-in. The 11-inch toys come in three styles: Tula the Boston Terrier, Edie the Goldendoodle and Beau the Chocolate Lab. Behaviorists recommend toys such as these for crate training and boarding.
Chirp, Chirp, Chirp
Crickets? As a dog treat? Yes! Insects are an excellent alternative protein for pups with allergies or sensitivities to conventional meats. Crickets also help the planet by growing faster, requiring fewer resources in the process and emitting fewer greenhouse gases. PRESIDIO removes the ick factor by grinding the bugs into a fine flour to make four tasty flavors of organic, GMO-free treats: Coconut, Mango, Berry Banana and Pumpkin Carrot.
Cats have political opinions, too, and these scratchers from POLITIKATS allow them to express their frustrations. The 24-inch sisal-wrapped posts feature an individually cast, hand-painted head of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or other select political figures. The company also offers organic catnip spray Eau de Katpiss to encourage political action.
The COZY CAMA bed checks multiple sustainability boxes. It features a responsibly sourced maple, walnut or cherry wood frame with a nontoxic finish. Pet parents create the easy-to-wash bedding with a pillow and sham they no longer use, keeping the items out of the landfill and imbuing the sleeping space with their comforting scent. Available in standard, queen and king sizes, each purchase spurs the donation of a bed and mosquito net to a child in need through Sweet Sleep. Optional shams made with recycled materials also are available.
$235 - $255
This article originally appeared in the February 2018 edition of PETS+.