Great article in the Seattle Times today, See Spot Go Green. They’ve left out a couple of important local resources – always preferable to something shipped to a local store from elsewhere, using fuel and packaging.
Yes, Sophia has two Big Shrimpy beds (mentioned in the article), but she has FOUR SnuggleSax. The one pictured here was custom made to match my new home office. There is also one on the couch in the family room, one on the loveseat in the living room, and one at my office in Renton. She would be happy with just one, but it is I who does not want to haul one bag hither and yon since she absolutely has to be burrowed into it to be warm and happy. Snugglesax are made by fellow IG owner, Kari, of SeaTac. Quite a little cottage industry it is, too. (All of Sophia’s collars also come from a local fellow IG owner, Cynthia, owner of Piluzo.)
And when it comes to food, one of the best local pet food makers is Natural Pet Pantry in Burien. Although they are well known for their raw dog and cat foods, Sophia couldn’t stomache raw, but she loves the cooked dog stew they also make. In chicken, turkey, beef, or buffalo, it is made with lots of vegetables and has added bonemeal. I also add Brewer’s yeast (for more protein), a comprehensive vitamin powder, and cod liver oil to help with skin and coat condition. It would be difficult to afford this quality of food for a larger dog – I am fortunate that my Italian greyhound weighs only 16 pounds and not 160 or else I would go broke.
If you know of some great local natural pet resources missed in this article, leave a comment! We all would love to know about it.