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Country Songs about Dogs… and Pop, Rock, and Hip Hop!

Country Songs about Dogs… and Pop, Rock, and Hip Hop!

There are endless songs about man’s best friend. Why? Dogs get us over everything life throws our way.  Do you recognize this song? The biggest hit of Presley’s career went something like this: 

“You ain’t never caught a rabbit and you ain’t no friend of mine.”  Of course, you do! This is a classic! And it’s all about dogs.

These are 10 of our fave dog songs but there are so many more for dog lovers who like all music genres. Don’t miss out on other great dog songs by John Hiatt, Rufus Thomas, The Suicide Machines, Pink Floyd, George Clinton, and Kiss. Some of our own favorite country songs about dogs are by country music stars celebrating good ol’ hound dogs.

In fact, country music may celebrate our four-legged friends better than any other genre! Enjoy our top picks as we feel these are the best songs about dogs:

1. “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley

2. “Like My Dog” by Billy Currington

3. “Cracker Jack” by Dolly Parton

4. “Martha My Dear” by The Beatles

5. “Who Let The Dogs Out” by Baha Men

6. “Move It On Over” by Hank Williams

7. “Old King” by Neil Young

8. “I’m Gonna Buy Me a Dog” by The Monkees

9. “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin

10. “Old Blue” by The Byrds

Clearly, while on a road trip with your dog you should be listening to all of these songs. Save these to your Spotify channel this week. And of course, these should be repeated over and over again with your best friend in the front seat. Packing essentials for a road trip are key of course but really at the end of the day, it’s about life adventures between you and your best friend.

I bet you’ve come up with some lyrics of your own that reflect the puppy love relationship you two have!

Which of these songs about dogs is your fave? Did we miss any? Post in the comments any songs you’ve come up with about your relationship with your own “hound” dog!

 

Grow Your Own Chicken Treats (Herbs!)

Grow Your Own Chicken Treats (Herbs!)

Homemade treats for chickens

One of the best projects for spring is growing healthy homemade treats for your chickens. You can try growing a number of herbs in pots covered with chicken wire and see which the ladies enjoy the most.

In this post and video, we demonstrate growing rosemary as a homemade treat for chickens in a pot and adding it right outside the coop in an area where our birds free-range.

We also provide our flocks with Scratch and Peck Feeds’ Cluckin’ Good Organic Herbs, which we add to the chickens’ layer feed each morning. Growing herbs is a fun way to ensure the flock is getting a large variety of “treats” that are healthy and have a ton of benefits. However, supplements like this product should be used regularly in layer feed and in addition to whatever you grow in the coop. Better safe than sorry! Not everything grows perfectly and you want to make sure those herbs are added daily!

Here are some common benefits associated with these Scratch and Peck herbs!

Nettle: Calcium, bone strengthening
Ginger: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
Garlic: Immune support
Basil: Adaptogen, anti-inflammatory
Thyme: Respiratory health
Calendula: Contains xanthophylls, which deepens egg yolk color
Oregano: Antioxidant for immune support
Parsley: Good source for vitamin K, D, and A, folate, and iron

Fresh Herbs:

Try parsley, sage, lavender, bee balm (which is also a flower), basil, rosemary, oregano (a natural antibiotic as well as a great culinary herb).

Why rosemary for our coop? We chose to grow rosemary for a number of its health properties.

According to Backyard Chicken Coops,

“Rosemary is great at assisting with pain relief and enhancing respiratory health in your girls. It’s also a great natural insecticide, so will help repel any pesky insects that hang around your coop. To harness all of this goodness try planting a rosemary plant in (or near) your chicken run, this way it will ward off pests and your girls can peck at the leaves until their heart’s content. You could also place freshly cut rosemary leaves in their nesting boxes and scattered around the coop.”

Materials to make a Self-Serve Herb Pot for Your Chickens:

Rosemary

  • Chicken wire
  • Staple gun and wire cutters
  • One rosemary herb starter (or chicken-appropriate herb of your choice)
  • Potting soil
  • A pot that’s big enough so the rosemary will grow up through the wire

DIY projects almost always take some trial and error, so watch your birds! They may love the lavender but never touch the oregano.

Plant the rosemary and see what happens. I promise the ladies will take an interest.

Put the chicken wire over the pot so the plant sticks straight through the top. Use a staple gun to attach the wire to the outside of the pot to keep the wire in place. If you haven’t used chicken wire before, note that it’s hard to unroll and even harder to cut straight edges! It doesn’t have to be perfect. The most important thing is to make sure the wire prongs aren’t sticking out where the birds can catch their feathers on it. Expect your birds to stand on the edge of the pot and nibble on the herbs!

Here are some more resources on how to grow your own homemade treats for chickens:

If you have questions, please leave a comment below. 

 

Does a Raw Diet Make Sense for Your Dog?

Does a Raw Diet Make Sense for Your Dog?

The pet food industry continues to follow the latest trends and hopes to influence pet parents to buy certain brands. There have been so many food recalls over the past few years it’s now more important than ever to stay on top of what your dogs eat!

What about raw diets for dogs? 

The staff here at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply did some research on the benefits of raw diets for dogs. This diet is still controversial and many vets aren’t yet on board but a lot of pet parents are big fans and our staff recommends raw diets to many of our customers.

Some things you should look for? Research the brand, ingredients, AAFCO statement and the guaranteed analysis. Whole Dog Journal talks more about this in their article about freeze-dried raw diets. Our staff always researches the sourcing (where are they getting the meat from) to make sure it’s biologically appropriate and that’s it’s completely balanced before choosing a brand.

Determine how your dog’s digestion is generally speaking before transitioning to a raw diet. Do you know if they have any allergies that should be avoided or proteins your dog does better on? Speak to your vet as well and always transition to a raw diet from kibble by mixing it with the regular food and increasing it over time (5-10 days). Your dog should be able to make a gradual transition without any digestive issues. Also, watch your animal’s stools to determine if they’re loose or if your pet is uncomfortable.

A raw diet typically consists of organ meats, muscle meat, whole or ground bone, raw eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, and some dairy, such as yogurt.

Here are four benefits based on research and personal experience.

1. Shinier coats

Shiny healthy coats is a major benefit of feeding raw diets. Thanks to those omega fatty acids!

Raw diets are known to help strengthen the immune system. So nutrition plays a big part in healthier skin and coats. These omega fatty acids help keep inflammation down which keeps itchy skin from occurring.

2. Improved dental health

Feeding a raw diet to your dog prevents dental disease which is the cause of everything else (e.g. heart disease).

3. Increased energy

Some experts say their dogs have better concentration with commands and less hyperactive yet more energy.  This is a reason many breeds benefit from this diet. Mealtime is the best time of the day!

4. Smaller, firmer stools

Smaller stools are not a myth. You’ll be stunned after feeding raw at how small the stool was after a few days. And in addition to smaller stools, they are less pungent smelling and typically much firmer than stools you’ll see on a kibble based diet.

Should you add supplements?

Yes! Ask our staff about raw goats milk or Kifer, Konagen along Green Juju and bone broth.

Konagen

  • Konagen- Locally-made collagen broth that can ease the joint pain/inflammation and increase mobility in senior pets! Cats too.

Green Juju

  • Juju – Staff often match this supplement to folks reporting that their dogs love to snack on fresh green grass. A healthy way to fill the tummy at meal time or between meals for extra hungry dogs.

Goat's Milk

  • Goats milk – This is digestion support for all! Also a great way to add some calories for underweight fur friends.
Always come and talk to us about your dog’s nutritional needs so we can help you decide which raw food diet and protein makes the most sense for your dog. Nothing is more important than your dog’s health!

Disclaimer: Please consult your vet before making any drastic dietary changes to your pet’s diet. Our staff are not vets or holistic vets. 

Adding Herbs to Your Flock’s Feed to Boost Immunity and Decrease Health Issues

Adding Herbs to Your Flock’s Feed to Boost Immunity and Decrease Health Issues

We partnered with Scratch and Peck for this post as we sell their Cluckin’ Good Organic Herbs for chicken keepers. The ingredients include organic garlic, ginger, parsley, thyme, basil, oregano, nettle and my fave herb, calendula. These herbs go directly into the feed and the hens gobble them up!

Herbs

Herbs can be fed directly into the feed or free choice like you do with other types of supplements (e.g. Oyster Shell). You can also add herbs to the dust bath.

Herbs

Herbs are important for a variety of health issues

Below are the specific reasons my husband and I like to use herbs with the ladies. As a chicken keeper, a lot of the “first aid” you learn in the beginning includes wound care and respiratory issues. Some issues you can tackle proactively as herbs make a big difference when you just want to keep your flock healthy! (Avoid any wheezing and coughing).

More about each of these and how the flock will benefit.  Our staff looks to Lisa Steele, chicken expert and author of Fresh Eggs Daily, for advice and learned the following:

Herbs to Feed Chickens & their actions:

These herbs are all in Scratch and Peck’s Cluckin’ Good Organic Herbs.

  • Garlic: laying stimulant
  • Ginger: high in vitamins, parasite control
  • Parsley: laying stimulant
  • Thyme: helps with respiratory health
  • Basil: antibacterial
  • Oregano: boosts immunity, combats coccidia
  • Nettle: Increases egg production
  • Calendula: great insect repellant and makes yolks orange (who doesn’t love orange yolks!)

We also recommend growing Lavender, which repels flies and insects, and Mint, which repels rodents and bugs. You can add these as dried herbs directly in the chicken coops.

Chicken first aid kit: medicinal herbs!

Chicken First Aid

We recommend keeping some dried herbs in your chicken first aid kit. Plants were the original pharmacy for humans and animals and cultures around the world developed remedies that remain in use today. That applies to chickens too!

In addition to Cluckin’ Good Organic Herbs, many chicken keepers keep satchels of other medicinal dried herbs in their first aid kits.

These include:

  • Basil: Used for thousands of years as a culinary and medicinal herb. It acts principally on the digestive and nervous systems, easing flatulence, stomach cramps, colic and indigestion.
  • Wormwood: A very bitter plant with a long history of use as a medicinal herb. It is valued especially for its tonic effect on the liver, gallbladder and digestive system, and for its vermicidal activity. It is an extremely useful medicine for those with weak and under-active digestion. Be VERY careful that your birds don’t nibble on Wormwood but instead use this in their coop to repel mites. A small satchel attached to the top of the coop away from the roost bars so they cannot nibble on it works well. Wormwood can be toxic!
  • Ginger and Dandelion: Commonly used for digestion issues. You can add these as dried herbs directly into feed or free choice.

Chicken

Using herbs directly in the feed works best

There are so many ways to administer herbs but for chickens using them directly into the feed works best. You can also create a wash and rinse for skin injuries if someone gets pecked! This can be therapeutic for a hen. Remember to put them in your “hospital” wing until they’re all healed up! Questions or comments? Please leave them below.

Spring is around the corner! We sell starts of fresh mint and lavender in our garden center opening on March 9th for folks interested in growing your own herbs for your chicken coops.

Medical disclaimer: The staff here are not vets so please check with your vet or holistic vet when you start looking to add herbs for various health conditions. While we do believe in herbs as they have many health benefits, they are not FDA approved so please use these at your discretion.

 

Please Donate Dog Supplies to Jake n’ Max’s Boxes of Love Event in Memory of Vonnie Harris and For the Love of Senior Animals

Please Donate Dog Supplies to Jake n’ Max’s Boxes of Love Event in Memory of Vonnie Harris and For the Love of Senior Animals

For the 6th year in a row, you can donate dog supplies at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply (and our sister stores) for seniors. The store is a donation site for Jake n’ Max’s Boxes of Love and the decorated boxes are filling up!

This event is a tribute to the unwavering love of two beloved senior dogs and the drive collects donations of everything from cozy comforts for seniors, supplements for older guys, toys and any item that can brighten the lives of sweet adoptable animals at Animal Aid that need a little extra help and love. Animal Aid’s heartstring animals are featured in this campaign.

Animal Aid

Animal Aid

The campaign runs through Feb. 14 and you can donate dog supplies anytime! In year’s past, we’ve delivered nearly a carload from each store with donations of beds, food, treats, and supplies thanks to our generous customers!

This is also a very special event as we’re remembering our friend and colleague Vonnie Harris, the mastermind, behind Jake n’ Max’s Boxes. Vonnie passed away in 2018 and we miss her. A tribute was written last October.

Longtime Spot Magazine editor, Jennifer Mccammon, tells us,

“Vonnie Harris and her sister Viki created Jake ‘n Max’s Boxes of Love as a tribute to their beloved Labs, Jake and Max. The pair worked tirelessly to help “oldsters” by collecting gear and goods for senior pets each year. The project required finding partner businesses to serve as donation sites, decorating large boxes to contain donations (in later years the pair invited local seniors to participate in this), collecting and finally delivering donated goods to the beneficiaries — rescues serving senior pets.

 

We carry on Jake ‘n Max’s Boxes of Love out of gratitude for Vonnie and Viki’s care and service, and to honor Vonnie, who passed peacefully October 29.

 

For the love of senior pets . . . for the love of uplifting others . . . for the love of Vonnie.”

Please donate!

 

Pet Photos with Santa Raised $6,000 for The Pongo Fund

Pet Photos with Santa Raised $6,000 for The Pongo Fund

All three stores offered an opportunity to have memorable pet photos taken with Santa in December and the donations benefitted The Pongo Fund. We want to update folks on our donation!

Thank you all for coming out. Thanks to you, we’ve raised over $6,000 for The Pongo Fund. Here at Fang! Pet & Garden Supply we raised $2,662. Overall across all three stores, we snapped pics with 140 animals including a few cats and a chicken.

Thank you also to all our vendors that donated product for our wonderful goodie bags that we sent home with all those that participated.

“First off we would like to thank our friends at Ginger Beds for once again donating 3 of their beds to our raffle. Ginger Bed’s are locally made and we loving having them at our stores.”

The pics below! How adorable are these?

As a reminder, The Pongo Fund is Oregon’s only full-time charity focused on fighting animal hunger. They work tirelessly to reduce shelter populations and keep families together by providing emergency pet food assistance to anyone in honest need.

The donations went to help The Pongo Fund’s Mobile Animal Hospital that provides free lifesaving care for hundreds of animals each year thanks to a network of dedicated veterinarians and medical professionals. And of course, the donations will also help the community overall.

Go behind the scenes with us! This is from our Salty’s Pet Supply shoot.

Please leave a comment about the reaction you got when you posted your cute pic! Thank you for coming out!

Just getting our pictures w/Santa event kicked off! Please join us and Santa!

Posted by Salty's Pet Supply on Saturday, November 17, 2018

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