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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Whole Foods in Pasadena to host a free Dog Food Making class.

Over the last several years there's been a trend toward making dog food at home. With people recognizing the impact of whole, fresh food on their own heath; and with all the information that's come into the public domain about the sometimes questionable things that are in processed dog food; more and more folks are opting to take control over what their pets are eating every day. Some people choose to feed a raw diet (myself included,) while others feel more comfortable cooking the food they feed to their dogs. Whichever you choose, making your pet's food at home gives you control over the quality of ingredients that goes into your best friend's food.

There are people who are opposed to this idea, believing that it's not possible for the average person to develop a complete diet for their companion animals. I disagree. While it would be a mistake to simply throw food at your dog without knowing anything about his nutritional needs, there are several good books on the market to help people develop a nutritionally sound diet for their pets. Classes and seminars are also now springing up around Southern California that are geared toward helping people make smart choices about their pet's diet; there are some that also teach about the concept and "how tos" of a home prepared diet. I will post announcements of any upcoming classes that I become aware of and there's a list of books to read on dog food, home prepared diets, and raw feeding in the "Books I Read" section of my profile. This information can also be found on the Ain't Misbehavin' K9 website: http://www.aintmisbehavink9.com/

Here's something cool that my friend found in the Whole Foods news letter and then brought to my attention:
Whole Foods Arroyo in Pasadena is hosting it's first Dog Food Making Class. This ought to be a good place to start for those of you who are interested in formulating a home cooked diet for your dog. I'm sure the focus will be on fresh, natural and healthy ingredients. Who knows, they may even talk about making healthy dog treats!

This FREE class is being taught on Wednesday, July 15th
between the hours of 6:30pm-8pm

According to the information on their website, they're requesting that you RSVP To sparr.marketing@wholefoods.com, or sign up at the Customer Service desk.
at the Whole Food Arroyo store:
465 South Arroyo Parkway Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone 626.204.2266

To obtain more details about this class, please visit the Whole Foods calendar website by clicking on the title of this blog entry, or going to: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/arroyo/storecalendar.php

I welcome feedback and opinions about the topic of a home prepared diet. Please feel free to write to me about your experiences and questions.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


NEWS from Friends of Hermon Dog Park & Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council


Friends of Hermon Dog Park, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Sponsor Eastside Festival for Fourth Year.

Hermon (Los Angeles) – July 2009 —

If it's mid-summer . . . that long, lazy, "dog days" period of the year, then it’s time again for the "Dog Days of Summer" pet adoption festival at Hermon Dog Park, where "friends don’t let furry friends go home alone."

On Saturday, July 18, 2009, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Northeast Los Angeles community of Hermon, Sycamore-shaded Hermon Park will be the site of this year’s "Dog Days of Summer" FREE pet-centric event. "Dog Days" features fun for the whole family, with booths showcasing pet services and suppliers, demonstrations and activities, and adoptable pets from all over the city and county.

The fourth annual occurrence of the eastside's most unique pet adoption event — first celebrated as the "Yappy Bark Day" anniversary of the 2005 opening of the dog park in Hermon – this year's "Dog Days" event will again feature new and returning animal rescue organizations, including the City of Los Angeles Animal Services, Los Angeles County Animal Care, and the Pasadena Humane Society. Each rescue organization will bring its most eager, adoptable animal companions — dogs, cats, rabbits, and other "surprise" adoptables — all of them ready to steal hearts.

In addition to the organizer — Friends of Hermon Dog Park — top-level sponsors this year again include the area’s city-certified Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (which represents the Hermon community and four other nearby Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods to City government), in cooperation with District 14 Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

Animal service providers will once again include sitters, groomers, and trainers, and back for thrilling, heartwarming return engagements, dog agility demos ("Look, there she goes. . . WHOOSH!") and the ever-popular "Puppy Parties" that help train energetic and eager young pups to the free and friendly world of off-leash dog parks ("OH, they’re SOOOO cute when they’re little!"). In addition, L.A. AnimalServices will offer on-site microchipping to help owners locate lost pets. For "Dog Days of Summer," the price of this service has been reduced to a special low cost of only $25.

Brought to you by Friends of Hermon Dog Park, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit support organization for the first and only off-leash facility in Northeast Los Angeles, the 2009 "Dog Days of Summer" will again be held around the dog park area with some overflow events taking place in the main portion of Hermon Park. Enter at the south end of Hermon Park, 0ff Via Marisol (5568 Via Marisol, L.A. 90042) between Monterey Road and the Arroyo Seco Parkway/110 Freeway.

The Friends of Hermon Dog Park was created to support the dog park and promote its use. The volunteer group was established in 2006 by members of the original Hermon Dog Park Formation Committee organized in 2003, along with local animal and community activists from around the Arroyo Seco area. FHDP now boasts membership in the hundreds from throughout the Los Angeles area.

Additional information for this event will be available at http://www.hermondogpark.com/ and on participant Websites.