Hi, it's Buffy and Maddy:
We want to
welcome you to our new online magazine, our Dog-Ezine. We're going
to have so much
fun here and maybe learn a thing or two also. Our Mom and her friends are going to be writing about
We'll investigate the hot topics. We'll have fashion news, so
we can all keep up on the newest stuff. We'll have things like
first aid tips for our people so they can help us when we get hurt
or sick. Things about all the best stuff for us to eat and what
airlines we can go on.
One of my favorite parts is
going to be the pictures of all my friends. I'm inviting all you
puppies out there to get your people to send us pictures of you
so we can put them on the web site. We'll have a special place
for them. Who knows you might even get famous and get a movie deal
Anyway, have your people check
back regularly here at FourOnTheFloorPetwear.com to see what's
new in clothing and accessories and to see what's new in the Dog-Ezine.
Buffy & Maddy
Buffy and Maddy Monroe, In House Models and
CEO of Dogs
Pet Wear for the Pampered Pooch
Some of us enjoy spoiling our canine companions I’ll admit, but sometimes our canine companions need a bit more spoiling at times, especially when the weather turns cooler or when they may have a medical condition that causes them not to stay as warm as they normally would.
That’s how pet wear created by Cindy Robinson of “Four on the Floor Petwear” based in Deerfield Beach, Florida can help your furry companions to be a bit more comfortable.
Cindy has created a wonderful line of doggy clothing that range from sweaters and sweatshirts for cold climates, to doggy tee shirts suitable for tropical weather like Florida that will make your dog the bark of the town.
Cindy even offers a line of doggy polo shirts. They are absolutely adorable and will have your dog looking super spiffy.
If you are looking for a solution for a canine that is cold, or just wanting your canine to look “cool”.
Check out Cindy’s fun selections for your pooch at:
Who Regulates the Pet Food Industry
At this time the pet food industry is "governed" by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). AAFCO was originally formed to bring together representatives from Federal and State agencies to discuss and standardize regulations they would be imposing on the animal feed industry. This has changed and today AAFCO's membership roster reads like a "who's who" from the pet food industry. AAFCO's membership changed drastically after President Reagan's administration, in the mid-1980's when industries were offered "privatization" - a form of deregulation. The pet food industry took full advantage of the offer. Today, if a problem with an animal feed comes to the attention of a state or federal agency, because of the privatization policies, it will be referred to AAFCO. But AAFCO is an association and not an agency. AAFCO still has some members from state and federal agencies but the majority of AAFCO members are closely aligned with the animal feed industry. Today, when AAFCO votes on an issue the result is that the pet food industry regulates itself.
AAFCO Dog Food Standards
FDA Pet Food LABELS
FDA INTERPRETING PET FOOD LABELS
LET THEM (the Dogs) EAT CAKE!
Bake your Dog a Cake! To make it safe as well as nutritious, skip the chocolate and sugar and make a mix of ground or finely chopped turkey, beef, lamb, or chicken (not pork) and broccoli, carrots, peas. Recipes on the Internet are plentiful (search "cake for dogs"). Or try this vegetarian delight from Real Food for Dogs. In a large bowl, blend 3 cups of water, two shredded carrots, one egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix in two mashed bananas. In a separate bowl, combine 4 cups of whole-wheat flour, 1 teaspoon each of baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Combine the flour and carrot mixtures and blend well. Spray a cupcake pan with nonstick spray. Fill each cup three-quarters full and bake at 350 F for about an hour. Cool before serving. Makes 24 cupcakes, so your pet can invite his friends.
New Four On The Floor Fur Friend Photo's
We are both from Prater's Dog House; a really great home breeder that our Mom loves very much. Aren't we cute? Well, Buffy is looking a bit serious...but cute never the less. Our Mom flew there (twice) to pick us both up and even spent the night at the Prater's home (it was like the Disney World of Dogs) so she knows where we come from. So if you are looking for adorable, well breed, healthy, well adjusted, well behaved...puppies like us...
Contact Tina Prater.
A Dog Bed so
pooch has a nice, cozy place to sleep
Top 6 Nutrients Your Dog Needs
Nutrients are substances obtained from food and used by an animal as a source of energy and as part of the metabolic machinery necessary for maintenance and growth. Barring any special needs, illness-related deficiencies or instructions from your vet, your pets should be able to get all the nutrients they need from high-quality commercial pet foods, which are formulated with these special standards in mind. If you would like to learn about what your pet’s body needs, and why, here are the six essential classes of nutrients fundamental for healthy living:
1. Water is the most important nutrient. Essential to life, water accounts for between 60% to 70% of an adult pet’s body weight. While food may help meet some of your pet's water needs (dry food has up to 10% moisture, while canned food has up to 78% moisture), pets need to have fresh clean water available to them at all times. A deficiency of water may have serious repercussions for pets: a 10% decrease in body water can cause serious illness, while a 15% loss can result in death.
2. Proteins are the basic building blocks for cells, tissues, organs, enzymes, hormones and antibodies, and are essential for growth, maintenance, reproduction and repair. Proteins can be obtained from a number of sources. Animal-based proteins such as chicken, lamb, turkey, beef, fish and egg have complete amino acid profiles. (Please note: Do not give your pet raw eggs. Raw egg white contains avidin, an anti-vitamin that interferes with the metabolism of fats, glucose, amino acids and energy.) Protein is also found in vegetables, cereals and soy, but these are considered incomplete proteins.
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and are divided into essential and non-essential amino acids.
- Essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the animal in sufficient quantities and MUST be supplied in the diet. Essential amino acids include arginine, methionine, histidine, phenylalanine, isoleucine, threonine, leucine, tryptophan, lysine and valine.
- Non-essential amino acids can be synthesized by your pet and are not needed in the diet.
3. Fats are the most concentrated form of food energy, providing your pet with more than twice the energy of proteins or carbohydrates. Fats are essential in the structure of cells and are needed for the production of some hormones. They are required for absorption and utilization of fat-soluble vitamins. Fats provide the body insulation and protection for internal organs. Essential fatty acids must be provided in a pet’s diet because they cannot be synthesized by a dog in sufficient amounts. A deficiency of essential fatty acids may result in reduced growth or increased skin problems. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid for dogs.
Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in healing inflammation. Replacing some omega-6 with omega-3 fatty acids can lessen an inflammatory reaction — whether it is in the skin (due to allergies), the joints (from arthritis), the intestines (from inflammatory bowel disease) or even in the kidneys (from progressive renal failure). The optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids for dogs is between 5 and 10 to 1.
Please note: It is impossible to accurately determine the fatty acid ratio of a diet if the owner prepares home-cooked foods. If a dog is to benefit from the effects of these fatty acid ratios, he must be fed a fixed-formula food that guarantees these ratios.
4. Carbohydrates provide energy for the body’s tissues, play a vital role in the health of the intestine, and are likely to be important for reproduction. While there is no minimum carbohydrate requirement, there is a minimum glucose requirement necessary to supply energy to critical organs (i.e. the brain). Fibers are kinds of carbohydrates that modify the mix of the bacterial population in the small intestine, which can help manage chronic diarrhea. For dogs to obtain the most benefit from fiber, the fiber source must be moderately fermentable. Fiber sources that have low fermentability (i.e. cellulose) result in poor development and less surface area of the intestinal mucosa. Highly fermentable fibers can produce gases and by-products that can lead to flatulence and excess mucus. Moderately fermentable fibers — including beet pulp, which is commonly used in dog food — are best, as they promote a healthy gut while avoiding the undesirable side effects. Other examples of moderately fermentable fibers include brans (corn, rice and wheat) and wheat middlings. Foods that are high in fiber are not good for dogs with high energy requirements, such as those who are young and growing.
5. Vitamins are catalysts for enzyme reactions. Tiny amounts of vitamins are essential to dogs for normal metabolic functioning. Most vitamins cannot be synthesized in the body, and therefore are essential in the diet.
When feeding a complete and balanced diet, it is unnecessary to give a vitamin supplement unless a specific vitamin deficiency is diagnosed by a veterinarian. Due to the practice of over-supplementation, hypervitaminosis — poisoning due to excess vitamins — is more common these days than hypovitaminosis, or vitamin deficiency! Excess vitamin A may result in bone and joint pain, brittle bones and dry skin. Excess vitamin D may result in very dense bones, soft tissue calcification and joint calcification.
6. Minerals are inorganic compounds that are not metabolized and yield no energy. These nutrients cannot be synthesized by animals and must be provided in the diet. In general, minerals are most important as structural constituents of bones and teeth, for maintaining fluid balance and for their involvement in many metabolic reactions.
You have a bed. The kids have beds. The dog's got the couch...or the warm spot on the floor where the sun hits during the day. Maybe it's also got your bed at night, the kids' beds at other times or, if you're strict, just that spot on the floor we were talking about. A dog bed is one purchase that really makes good sense, whether you're a disciplinarian who restricts the dog's access to all human furniture or a permissive parent who lets Spot sleep wherever.
For the stricter set, the bed gives you the moral underpinning you need in your battle for control. If you know that your uber-lovable, but inherently naughty, pooch has a nice, cozy place to sleep, that frees you to be as unwavering as you need to be. You can stake your claim without going all mushy the moment your dog appeals to you by spontaneously performing your favorite trick or otherwise engaging in unfair forms of canine persuasion. If the dog sleeps outside, a dog bed is infinitely superior in terms of easy washability to the usual improvised box full of pillows or what not.
As for the more lax crowd, well, maybe it's time to set just a few boundaries. Let's face it, your dog is, we hope, not the cleanest member of your household and there may be one or two pieces of furniture you'd prefer it to keep it away from. Maybe you're okay with the dog being on the couch but not in your bed. We can think of an awful lot of reasons for that. A high quality dog bed will allow you to give your beloved pet a nice place to sleep and allow you an unfettered bed of your very own to relax in.
Just be sure the dog bed you purchase is easily washable and big enough for your pooch. If the bed's too small, it could end up as just another chew toy.