Pet Stores: The Pet Treat They’re MISSING!

Pet stores stack their aisles with hundreds of dog treats, each with its own flavour and ingredients, pressed into fun dog-friendly shapes and patterns. But—there is a dog treat that many pet stores (especially the largest chains) don’t stock, that is free of filler ingredients. And, dogs prefer its natural ingredients to the wheat-filled alternatives that give them on-going stomach pain and digestion problems.

The Chia-Filled, Vitamin-Packed Treat Pet Stores Don’t Sell Enough Of…
Here at Greenbark Gummies we grow all-natural, vitamin-packed, nutrient-rich treats that are more delicious than the fake bacon-flavoured, wheat-filled (if you doubt this—check the labels of the most common dog treats). Our dog treats are easier for your dog’s intestinal track and gut to process—and absorb—which means that the naturally-sourced vitamins they’re packed with go into your dog’s system.

Our dog treats are packed with the following high-quality ingredients:

1. Our Proprietary NutriCHIA™

Chia seeds are an ancient superfood from the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. We leverage the power of these seeds by using our proprietary sprouted-growth chia, NutriCHIA™, to ensure high-quality chia each and every time. Our chia is chocked full of things like all three omega-3 fatty acids (ALA, DHA and EPA), high-quality proteins and lipids, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and fibre. And this is all from a natural, plant-based source. These vitamins and nutrients replace the empty fillers in other food and treats, while supporting digestion, detoxification from human food, joint functions, bone density (important to keep your dog healthy as they age) and for their muscular health.

2. Alaskan Pollock

This wild, Pacific-bred fish is a natural protein source that adds additional omega 3’s to your pets diet, in addition to the protein it offers.

3. Alfalfa

Alfalfa is a plant rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc,…AND in Vitamins A, B1, B6, C, D, E and K.

4. Kelp

While seaweed might not sound appetizing it is rich in iodine, which your dog needs for proper thyroid functioning and cellular functioning. Iodine is rarely found in dog food or treats, making it a critical element.

5. Green Tea

Did you know that green tea is as beneficial for dogs as it is for your own well being? The anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties are especially beneficial for older dogs and/or dogs who are overweight.

6. Chlorophyll

This algae-based green food offers the healthiest benefits of green veggies, in powerfully-small punch. As an added bonus it gives your dog fresh, minty breath.

For the healthiest snacks on the market that many pet stores don’t sell, and to make a smart health decision for your best furry friend—pick up Greenbark Gummies treats. They’re conveniently available in the area your dog needs help with the most, whether it be skin & coat, digestion or hip & joint support. 

Dog Beds: How to Make a Top-Notch Dog Bed

DIY dog beds are a phenomenal way to get a swanky and comfy new bed for your dog, without breaking the bank. It is also the best way to get a pad for your pooch that matches your interior design.

If you’re thinking that DIY dog beds is a great concept but would be difficult to execute—think again! The truth is, anybody with a slightly crafty eye, scissors, a sewing kit and a little time can do it. The process is as easy as…

DIY Dog Beds: A How-To
We said this was easy, and it is because this set of DIY instructions is super-simplified, and offers a step-by-step process…

Step 1: Stuffing
Depending on how truly craft—and messy—you want to get, your first step is to decide on the filling you want to use. Your options are cotton batting, existing pillows, micro beads, feathers and/or memory foam. Some fillers are cheaper than others, some comfier—and some messier to work with. We highly recommend using existing pillows as it cuts down on the difficulty of these DIY dog beds considerably. When opting for pillows you can select ones with the filler of your choice, if you don’t have any laying around.

 

Step 2: Filler Encasing
If you didn’t opt for pillows then you will need to sew an encasing for your filling. If you went with pillows then this step is already done for you.

Step 3: Cover
The next step is to create the cover. For this, you need to measure the diameter and width of your pillows/encased stuffing—then add at least 8 inches of additional fabric to the edges, for (errors in) cutting and sewing. Once you know how wide a swath of fabric you need to cover your pillows you can head to the fabric store and pick out a pattern to matches your decor perfectly.

Step 4: Sewing
Now that you have the pillows and the fabric you need, the next step is to sew it in a two-side-pocket, envelope pattern that has an opening in the middle to insert the pillows or stuffing. You do this by pinning the edges and then sewing them with a sewing machine or by hand. Note, that where the fabric meets in the middle you’ll need an overlap in fabric, by at least 5 inches, to provide the extra space to insert the pillow, and to keep it in place. Using this envelope pattern will give you the ability to wash the cover and the pillow separately—and without adding a difficult sewing task like a zipper (which isn’t comfy for your pooch anyways!).

Step 5: Finish
All that is left to do now is insert the pillow, and add any decorative embellishments. To give your dog bed an entirely different look you can add decorative elements, like putting it in a decorative (and stationary!) low-to-the-floor wagon, a decorative drawer  or old-school suitcase to place the pillow in, a fancy basket or on a spruced-up fruit crate or skid (a coat of dark stain on a discarded crate or skid looks gorgeous).

For more pet-friendly advice for your pooch, including must-have food ingredients, new doggy accessories and other dog-owner information—follow our blog. And, of course, for the healthiest, chia-filled dog treats that your dog will spin in circles for—pick up a package of our Greenbark Gummies.

Dog House Ideas: DIY Dog Houses

When it comes to dog house ideas—DIY dog houses ideas abound. From cathedrals for Cocker Spaniels to castles for Chihuahuas, there is an abode for every dog. The great news is that these abodes can be created for little dough, if you’ve got a little elbow grease to spare.

To help you with your DIY dog house ideas and inspiration, we’ve come up with a number of helpful hints…


Dog House Ideas: Inspiration for your DIY Dog Houses

1. Furniture-Based

By leveraging a piece of old furniture you no longer need you can create a DIY dog house. Use an no-longer-needed furniture, like a set of drawers, to create a super-modern dog house that your neighbour’s dogs will be envious of.

2. Log Home

A traditional log home-style abode is a classic Canadiana approach to a dog house, and it can be achieved rather modestly with some rough-edged logs.

3. Insulated Dog House

This DIY favourite might not be the most stylish—or the easiest—but your pooch will be appreciative if you insulate your dog house for those cold winter months.

4. Under-the-Deck Dog House

If you have an overhanging deck then you already have the architecture in place for an under-the-deck DIY dog house. Simply add some walls and a comfy floor to create a spacious home for your pup. These houses can be easily embellished, immediately—or over time, to create a lovely home-away-from-home for your dog.

5. A Double Decker

If you’ve got an on-the-lookout dog who is constantly on guard protecting your yard from evil then a double-decker home might be just the ticket. These homes provide a sleeping area on the bottom level, and then an additional resting area up top—and/or a great lookout area for them to wage war on the neighbourhood squirrels.

6. Portable

Our Great Canadian North weather is temperamental at best. If your dog loves his or her dog house, despite inhospitable weather, then consider a portable model that you can bring inside during super-cold weather. If your dog is crated when you leave the house, then a dog crate/dog house double may be just the ticket for the ultimate in pet comfort.

If these DIY dog houses ideas sparked your creativity—then continue your creative vibe by checking out our post on DIY dog beds (which could conveniently fit in your new dog house!), or skip on over to our nutrition tips to keep your furry friend healthy.

Pet Supplies: 3 Things your Dog Will LOVE

Whether it’s your dog’s birthday, they just graduated obedience school—or it’s Tuesday, your furry little best friend deserves the pet supplies that will keep him or her fulfilled, and entertained.

To help you decide what Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, other gift or other pet supplies to give your pup this year we’ve come up with a list of some of the top favourites, adored by dogs near and far…

The Top 3 Pet Supplies your Dog Will LOVE

1. P.L.A.Y. Snuggle Bed

The snuggle bed is a luscious combination of a soft doggy bed, with a thick velour roll-up top that acts as a snuggle area for your pet. Whether you use it rolled-down into a thick and über-comfy dog bed, or leave the top unrolled as a cozy sack for your dog to nuzzle in—they’ll adore this warm bed on chilly winter nights. Think of it as a 60’s-era convertible bean bag chair for your pup with added fluff, comfort and warmth.

The P.L.A.Y Snuggle Beds are quite affordable when compared with similar-quality standard dog beds, at just $55. You may even be able to score a discount in the future on a second-hand snuggle bed—if any pup is willing to part with theirs!

 

2. The Ruffwear Swamp Cooler

On the other end of the weather spectrum comes a sensational products for dogs who easily overheat during warmer weather. This especially applies to large dogs and/or over-weight dogs and/or dogs with heat-related breathing issues (like pugs and other snub-nosed dogs). To help keep your pooch cool—and frolicking—during the warm months, pick up a Ruffwear Swamp Cooler, a cooling coat you can soak in water (that also reflects sun rays) to help maintain a lower core body temperature. With a Swamp Cooler your dog will be able to rid themselves of the energy they need to burn year-round, without overheating.

3. The Chuckit

Speaking of energy. To help your dog stay in tip-top shape—by burning the energy they need to burn—on the short stints out of the house that they get (after all, half an hour out of 24 hours in a day for a walk isn’t much!), buy them a Chuckit. This oldie-but-a-goodie dog accessory will help you launch a tennis ball significantly further, which gives your dog much-needed exercise—without tiring you out after a hard day of work.

4. Greenbark Gummies

No list of dog favourites would be complete without some type of treat, so we added our own healthy-but-delicious doggy treats—Greenbark Gummies. These guilt-free dog snacks are as delicious as they are nutritious with ingredients like the ancient superfood Chia, Alaskan pollock, alfalfa, kelp green tea and chlorophyll.

From staying warm and comfy to staying cool to getting the exercise and nutrition they desperately need, your dog will love the above four must-have pet supplies.

Best Dog Food: Homemade Dog Food vs Store Bought

The best dog food for your furry friend has become a major debate in the last few years, with dog owners torn between homemade dog food vs store-bought varieties. So—which IS better?

The Best Dog Food: Homemade vs Store-Bought—the Showdown
Making rash generalizations about whether homemade dog food or store-bought dog food is a mistake. There are poor homemade dog food recipes that aren’t nutritionally-complete, and there are store-bought brands that offer the high-quality, meat-based ingredients that your dog needs. Then there is everything in between.

When comparing homemade vs store-bought dog food you should be considering the following:

1. Humidity/Moisture

You wouldn’t be a fan of chowing down on dry food (think cereal without milk) for every meal…and neither is your dog. A higher moisture and humidity content is desirable for Fido, so look for store-bought varieties with the highest moisture content. Homemade food however, naturally has more moisture, as it doesn’t have to be stored for months or years as it can be refrigerated or frozen.

2. Variety

Just as you wouldn’t like dry corn flakes for every one of your meals, you also wouldn’t enjoy eating the same thing every meal, every day of the week. Variety is truly the spice of life, so whether you opt for store-bought or homemade dog food—shake things up. Buy a few different foods or ingredients and mix them up regularly to avoid kibble boredom.

3. Nutrition

Nutrition is the most important decision when deciding which type of food to serve to your dog. The best dog food nutrition that pet stores sell can often be sorted by price—but look at the ingredients before you buy. Price isn’t the only measure of quality. When buying store-bought food you need to look for real meat sources (not ‘bone’ or ‘meal’) to be in the top 3 ingredients. The higher on the ingredients list it is, the better. When making your own dog food you can opt for the best ingredients and can include as much meat as you’d like or can afford in your budget (keeping in mind your dog desperately needs vitamins and minerals only available in high-quality veggies).

4. Cost

Buying top-shelf dog food can be expensive, but buying top-shelf ingredients and cooking them can cost as much—or more. Preparing your budget for the type of dog food you decide on (homemade or store-bought) isn’t difficult though. If you can’t find an affordable store-bought brand with the high-quality, meat-based (and grain-reduced or grain-free) ingredients, then opt for homemade. By leveraging frozen fruit and veggie sales, and buying bulk whole grains you can reduce your overall costs for homemade food. To reduce your meat costs have a talk with your grocery store’s butcher (if you go on off-peak hours they’ll kindly oblige a short conversation) about the best-quality meat you can buy on a budget for your dog. You’ll be amazed at the variety, quality and price they can come up with!

While you’re considering smart choices for the best dog food—don’t forget treats. A dog’s nutrition can be entirely thrown off by high-calorie, high-gluten snacks. So, instead—consider supplementing your dog’s healthy diet with a treat like our chia-filled snacks Greenbark Gummies.