Thursday, February 26, 2009

The First Dog

According to People Magazine, the new first dog will be a RESCUE Portuguese Water Dog! We're big fans of PWD's here and think that the Obama's have made a GREAT choice, especially being that the dog will be a rescue! According to the People article, the dog will be arriving sometime in April- enough time for you to stop buy and grab up some Obama dog gear!

Want to know more about Portuguese Water Dogs? Check out the Portuguese Water Dog page on

Monday, February 23, 2009

Treat Area Re-Vamp!

We've been busy little bees re-vamping the treat area. We've added fabulous new sweet potato chews from Snook Dog Chews along with many other cool new products! Snook Dog Chews are made from 100% dehydrated sweet potato strung on a hemp rope. Hemp is digestible, too, so you can let your pooch go at 'em! They're super though and great for even the toughest chewer. Sweet potato is a great source of fiber and good for dogs with allergies even! When the box arrived last week Parker was literally BARKING at it because he was so excited!

Saint Patrick's Day cookies are now in the bakery! Four leaf clovers and much more for your favorite pup! We also have new Puppy Pizzas. They're made very similar to a human pizza, but are shelf stable. They're big but easy to cut and divide them up. Puppy Pizzas come in
Cheese, Bacon & Pepperoni. Yum!!

We also added Sojos treats this past week. Sojos are wheat, corn & soy free and come in lots of yummy flavors. Sojos Good Dog treats come in Chicken Pot Pie, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Apple Dumpling and Blueberry Cobbler. Their Grain Free treats come in Duck & Almond and Lamb & Sweet Potato. Both great for dogs with allergies and food sensitivities

This week we'll also be getting in new treats fro Wellness, Cloud Star, Waggin Tails and many more! Toy Temptations treats are 30% Off!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Two Days Left!

Only two days left to take part in our annual Pink & Red Sale! EVERYTHING Pink & Red is 20% OFF! Sale beds are an additional 20% Off! 30% Off Toy Temptations Treats! Nature's Variety Prairie Kibble & select Merrick Kibble 25% Off! Free food for people and pooches!

Jack-Jack, Parker and Bebe say: "Come see us through Monday to take advantage of the sale!!"

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why No Rawhide or Greenies?

We get asked every day why we don't carry rawhide. Here is a simple list of reasons we do not:
-Most rawhide is made in China. We don't carry ANY treats made in China. Even the rawhide made in the USA are dangerous.
-To get the flesh off of the hide, most manufacturers use either an Ash/Lye or Lime solution. They are VERY caustic and dangerous solutions. To get the Ash/Lye or Lime off of the product and to sanitize it, manufacturers use a BLEACH solution. At this time they also shape the rawhide. -During this process, rawhide shrinks. When your dog chews off a piece, it will swell in it's stomach. The gastric juices in a dogs' stomach will not break it down. If the piece is too large, it will get caught in the bowels and need costly surgery to be removed.

What about Greenies? Despite their healthy appearance, Greenies are not a healthy or safe dog or cat treat. It's widely known that Greenies, made of mostly unnatural ingredients, have caused the deaths of hundreds of dogs. Being undigestible, Greenies have a tendency to get caught in the throat or in the bowels of dogs, causing anything from mild coughing to needing emergency surgery to death. Click Here to read stories about some of the dogs that were injured by Greenies.

Sure, they've been reforumulated. But let's compare the new ingredients to the Terrabone, one of the dental chews we carry:

Greenies Ingredients: Gelatin, Wheat Protein Isolate, Glycerin, Soy Protein Isolate, Sodium Caseinate, Natural Poultry Flavor, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Vegetable Oil (Preserved with Propyl Gallate), Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Lecithin, Ground Flaxseed, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Monostearate, Monoglycerides of Edible Fatty Acids, Choline Chloride, Potassium Sorbate (A Preservative), Minerals (Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Maganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), Vitamins (dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [source of Vitamin E], Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Folic Acid), Chlorophyll.

Terrabone Ingredients:

Organic Brown Rice Powder, Tapioca Starch, Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Natural Chicken Flavor, Organic Pea Powder, Carrageenan Calcium Carbonate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Lecithin, Brewers Dried Yeast, Parsley Powder, Peppermint oil, Citric acid, Rosemary oil, Vitamin E.

First, let's notice that Greenies have a LOT more ingredients than Terrabones. I don't know what most of the ingredients are- Monoglycerides of Edible Fatty Acids? Wheat Protein Isolate? Sodium Tripolyphospate? Nope. I have no idea. I do know what Organic Brown Rice Powder, Tapioca Starch and Peppermint oil are, though! How many natural ingredients do you see in Greenies? I cound one. Chlorophyll. How many do we see in Terrabones? All of them. All of the ingredients, including tricalcium phosphate (a mineral which helps clean teeth) are natural.

What other chews are safe?
-Tendon treats including Bully Sticks, Flossies and Wish Bones are made of beef tendon and not only help clean teeth, but are 100% digestible.
-Terrabones and Z-Ridge bones are a safe and healthy alternative to Greenies, but have the same bone shaped appearance.
-Raw meaty bones. Cooked bones can splinter, but raw meaty bones have huge dental benefits. They're also great if you need to keep your dog occupied for a while! Throw 'em a Primal Beef marrow bone and they'll be happily munching on it and quiet.
-Sweet Potato treats! Dogs go NUTTY for sweet potatoes! Low glycemic, they're great for dogs with diabetes or weight issues. They're also full of fiber and great for sensitive stomachs. We'll be getting in new exciting sweet potato treats to add to our current selection soon!

Pet Dental Health Month!

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Keeping Fido or Fifi's chompers sparkly clean not only helps keep icky breath at bay, but can help them avoid serious illness in the future. Poor dental health can lead to heart disease, organ failure and even death.

According to the AVMA, some signs to look out for are:
-Bad breath, especially rotten smelling
-Tartar build up. Just like us, dogs and cats should have sparkly, tartar free teeth.
-Swollen, receding or bloody gums
-Fractured teeth. Pets can get painful cavities, just like people can.
-Change in eating habits including chewing out of one side of the mouth and not eating.

What can we do to keep dental disease at bay?
-Keep appropriate chews on hand. We'll talk more about this later.
-Start a dental hygiene routine. Come in for some PetzLife gel or yummy flavored toothpaste and start brushing your pet's teeth often.
-Have yearly dental exams done. I make sure every time I take one of my pets in to have Dr. Wake or Dr. Baley do a quick tooth check, just to make sure everything looks a-OK.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Parker's Pets sponsors Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show!!

We were lucky to have been given the opportunity to sponsor this year's telecast of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on RCN cable! Throughout the show, which takes place this Monday & Tuesday night on the USA Network, live from New York, you'll be able to see our commercial!.

Monday features the Hound, Terrier, Non-Sporting and Herding group and Tuesday features the Toy (Go Pomeranian!!), Sporting, Working at everyone's favorite... Best In Show.

Last year's winner was Uno the Beagle. Who is your choice for this year?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Dog Friendly Chicago!

It was announced in this month's Chicagoland Tails that the new City of Chicago Vehicle Sticker is themed "Dog Friendly Chicago"!! The drawing, Corliss High School student Denise Ferguson designed the sticker, which features a yellow Lab, with the thought that "...Chicago should be friendly to dogs- and we should all be loveable and friendly, just like dogs." True, isn't it?

Denise won a $1,000 savings bond, and her drawing will be gracing all of our windshields this summer!

Valentine's Day!

In honor of Valentine's Day, we have all PINK horse blanket style coats at 50% off!! Other colors of horse blanket style coats are 20% off! Join us Valentine's Day for food, fun and 20% off anything RED or PINK!!

Need a Valentine for your pup? We have Valentine themed cookies, toys and treats to show your pup just how much you love them!

Left, Parker is modeling just how well a Valentine's party collar goes with his RuffLuv Static sweater!

Monday, February 2, 2009

New Monday Hours!

We're open Mondays from 12-6 now, so stop by!

All other hours will stay the same:
Tuesday-Friday 11-7
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 12-5

Puppy Bowl!

Despite being a Steelers fan, one of the highlights for me of last night's Super Bowl was Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl. This year's event, including the Kitty Half Time Show, highlighted adoptable dogs and cats from The puppies, both mixed breed and pure bred, are SO CUTE! My favorite part is the "Bowl Cam" where you can watch the puppies and kittens drinking. Most of the time they end up splashing their paws or ears in the water. Props to Animal Planet for promoting adoption!