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**This guest post was written by Eric of dogspelledforward.com and Dog Spelled Forward Facebook Page facebook.com/DogSpelledForward

Dogs and humans have different ideas of what “well groomed” means. Humans tend to like a neat coat, well-trimmed nails, clean teeth, and a pleasant or at least non-offensive odor.

Dogs, well, just don’t really seem to care. Just as long at they are not too itchy, it’s all good. And as for odor, is there really such as thing as a “bad” odor when you’re a dog?

So when it comes time for grooming, it’s hardly a surprise when a dog resists the idea of holding still for what may be a long time, isn’t overwhelmed with joy at being placed in a tub, actively fight...

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I learn so much on the way to work – just by reading the signs on cars and trucks! Today I was sitting at a stop light looking at a truck nearby. On the back end there was a picture of a golden retriever’s face in a circle that said “University Certified Canine Team.” I quickly wrote that down so I could remember it long enough to look it up and find out what that was. I know there are lots of trainers that train scent dogs for different reasons, mostly for tracking humans. In know there are clubs that get together to train dogs to track different animals and different scents, it’s called “nosework.” Now I know that there are scent dogs (beagles in particular) that are trained to smell – bed bugs! The National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association does the training. There are lots of pest control companies across the nation that use dogs trained to sniff out bed bugs. So …. if the occasion ever comes up in our homes we now know who to call. Dogs help us live a FULL LIFE too! There are many other ways that dogs contribute to our own health and we’ll talk more about how they do that in the future.

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If you reach this blog through our website you probably noticed the blog features a logo at the top. We’ll be incorporating it into our packaging over the course of this coming year. A couple years of exploration and testing have gone into the decision to go forward and use this illustration on our products because we feel it conveys an image of a dog full of energy and health.

The jumping dog (over the name Full Life for Pets) represents the energy, enthusiasm, activity and the health of our pets during their life. There are some subtleties incorporated in the logo too. For instance, the “lighter” area in the middle of the curved band. Light represents energy. The flow of light comes from nature, in the form of the sun. In some of the new packaging, there will also be the illusion of the sun behind the dog, again to represent the energy and life of our pets. The light unifies the image and focuses us on the name. The dark edges of the band reflect the night to day to night flow of light, and passing of time.

We often associate our dogs with nature. They’re the ones that get us outside walking or engaging in games of fetch – or swimming or hiking with them. They introduce us to other pet lovers that we might not meet if we weren’t with our dogs. They delight us when we see them play in the snow or chase squirrels through fall leaves. They keep us company when we’re walking, running, biking, exploring.

To paraphrase author Louis Sabin, no matter how many or how few possessions we have, having a dog makes us rich. By giving our pets a full and healthy life they in turn, enrich our lives and we benefit by having a Full Life also! “Treat your dog to a Full Life,” by treating them with our healthy Full Life for Pets treats.

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Now that that it’s warming up in most of the country (sorry about that Minnesota and Wisconsin, I’m sure it won’t be much longer before it quits snowing! J ) tick season is coming! We’ll get lots of fleas too but we all know to use our preferred flea preventions. Dealing with Ticks are another story! Getting a tick off your dog isn’t easy. Although there are all kinds of tick removal tools that work effectively, no matter how many we have at our house we never have them in our pocket when we need them! I have a note that a teacher posted some time ago that offers a simple, effective way to basically smother a tick and make them let go. Take a ball of cotton and soak it with liquid soap. Then hold it on the tick until it lets go. It will only take a couple minutes. I think I’ve read that Vaseline smothers them effectively too. Ticks dig their mouth pinchers into the warmth of the body of dogs and people and suck our blood until they’re full and fall off. It may take a couple hours for that to happen and in the mean time they can be infecting us and our pets with diseases like Lyme disease. The sooner you can get a tick off, the better. So, I’m off to grab the liquid soap and find a cotton ball – I’m sure a towel will work too!

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Today we have a special “shout out” to everyone in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana who lives near or shops at Rosauers Supermarkets. They carry the Full Life for Pets treats: both Trainers Choice and Omega Chews. We want to know your favorite dog parks or poet events – or the dog parks closest to a Rosauers store so we can meet your dogs!

Happy Birthday Lady Doga! Today we’re wishing one of our staff members’ dog a happy day with her friends. Yes! She’s having a birthday party with her fellow dog playmates! Lots of us are “crazy about our dogs” and celebrate their birthdays. What makes up a good dog party? A good hike around a favorite park or trail followed by water, dog treats – and yes, maybe a cake specially made for dogs – maybe a carrot cake (dogs love carrots!) but decorated! Oh, and don’t forget the presents and the singing!

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April first is always a fun day, especially for 3rd grade teachers I’ll bet.

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Last night I was the last one at work and was on my way out of the building. When I got to the front door, there was our Warehouse manager knocking on the door. He was coming back to let a trucker unload and had forgotten his keys. I let him in and he had his dog Cisco with him. Cisco is a little all black Chihuahua. We chatted and petted Cisco for a couple minutes, then the two of them went out to the warehouse. I finished sending two or three texts, then went out to my car and drove out the East driveway toward a very busy street.

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Welcome! to the pet loving customers of Gelson’s Markets in Southern California! Since Gelson’s is right in our backyard and they have events throughout the year, we may be able to meet some of you face to face in the coming year! Gelsons has a special newsletter, Gelson’s Pet Gazette, that they distribute in their stores, right in the dog treat aisle and you can sign up to receive it on their website too. http://www.Gelsons.com The Gazette features local pet events, one of their employee’s pets, information about Rescue organizations and Shelter pets that need a home and lots of basic pet care and safety tips. (Paws Up!) Here’s a picture of the Full Life for Pets treats – right next to the Pet Gazette!

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