Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and Editor-in-Chief.
British Invasion Redux
April 1 2013
Blame it on the London Olympics, Harry Potter, Downton Abbey or fascination with the royals, but Brit-speak seems to be all the rage these days. Oft-heard terms such as cheers, brilliant, posh, loo, toff, mate, queue and even crikey are creeping into our everyday conversation. So, let’s bring these dog-related expressions across the pond as well.
Dog’s bollocks: Something really fantastic. (Not to be confused with “bollocks,” which is rubbish, er, nonsense.) Often shortened to “the dog’s.” Perhaps derived from dogs’ fascination with and time spent investigating their “down-unders.”
Mutt’s nuts: Something fantastic or excellent. Often shortened to “the mutt’s,” which is another way of saying, yup, the “dog’s bollocks.”
Puppy’s privates: The best; yet another, slightly more refined, take on the previous two.
Dog’s breakfast: A real mess. (Ed. note: I guess they don’t do gourmet pet food over there.)
Dog’s dinner: To be overdressed, or ostentatiously decked out.
Dog ride: Tagging along with someone doing an errand, or simply out and about.
Dog collar: A type of collar worn by the clergy. Also, the oversize head on a pint of Guinness.
Dog-end: A corruption of “docked-end”— a cigarette butt.
Dogsbody: A go-fer, or someone doing menial or boring work.
Dog-eye: Keep a look out.
Doggy: Stylish, of smart appearance.
Dogs are barking: Feet are tired and aching. For example, “Do you mind if I sit? My dogs are barking!”
Dog’s wages : Working just for food as payment for one’s services (Scots slang).
Give a dog a bad name: Someone with a bad reputation who’s blamed for everything.
And, lest we forget, there’s Cockney rhyming slang:
To all of which we say, “Dog save the Queen!” Given her devotion to her Corgis, that’s not much of a stretch.
April 1 2013
The good people at the Search Dog Foundation sent us this notice about a PBS show that is not to be missed.
Starting April 1st, PBS affiliates nationwide will feature SDF Search Teams as part of a series that celebrates shelter animals and the people whose lives they touch. For the first time, a video crew has captured the story of our teams -- from recruitment, to training, to pairing with a first-responder. The show is hosted by Jane Lynch, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress, singer, and comedian.
Click here to see the Dates/times in your area
March 29 2013
Natura Pet Products issued their original recall on 3/18/13, a first in the history of that brand. Earlier this week on I spoke with a spokesperson from P&G, the company that now owns Natura, about that first recall and asked if they were continuing to produce these products at their plant in Kansas that had produced the recalled product. I was told that yes they were because the affected product happened to isolated runs at the end of 2012 and they were continuing to investigate the cause of the problem, although they were confident it had been isolated to that time frame. That surprised me then, and now this expanded recall has happened even more so. Perhaps in the future they will be more careful and conservative in allowing production to continue until the time that a pathogen problem has been isolated and fixed.
The following is the letter that appeared on their site:
Natura Pet is expanding the recall of specific California Natural, Innova, EVO, Karma and Healthwise formulas as a precautionary measure due to potential Salmonella contamination. Mother Nature and wet products are not included in this recall. No other P&G Pet Care brands are impacted by this recall.
We were alerted to a single case of Salmonella in a 2.2lb package of EVO Turkey & Chicken Cat Food on March 15th and took the precautionary measure of recalling all products produced on the same line within the same time frame. In the course of further examination, Salmonella was also discovered in other packages of EVO Turkey & Chicken Cat Food and Innova Cat Treats. We are taking the immediate and precautionary action of expanding the current recall to include additional Natura products that were produced between December 14th 2012 and March 24th, 2013 on the same production line. We are also recalling a single lot of Innova Cat treats. True to our heritage, we will be transparent as we work through this issue.
Plans are in place to increase production and expedite release of product, but some supply disruptions should be expected.
Salmonella and other contaminants pose a great challenge to the food industry. No company is immune. We assure you that we are extensively investigating, inspecting and taking all actions necessary to ensure that our products meet both your customer’s expectations and ours.
If additional risks are identified, we will take immediate action to protect the health of our pets and integrity of our products. We are committed to doing what is necessary to make the healthiest pet foods in the world.
The attached document lists impacted SKUs with specific lot codes and expiration dates for both the previously announced voluntary recall and this expansion.
What to do if you have this product in your store or warehouse:
Distributor partners, please notify your retail outlets and ensure they take the appropriate action to remove the impacted products from the shelf.
Your Natura Sales Representative and/or distributor will be in contact with further instructions.
If you need additional information please call 800.224.6123. We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause, and want to assure you that Natura Pet is taking all the necessary steps to ensure our product quality meets your expectations.
Global Pet Care CBD Leader
Click Here to view Natura letter to retailers and list of all products involved in the expanded recall.
March 29 2013
Along with the Supreme Court hearing marriage equality cases this week, it also took time to issue a ruling on Tuesday on the legality of using warrantless searches using drug-sniffing dogs. On that score, the majority ruled that the Fourth Amendment right to keep the government out of your home extends to canine noses, so a warrant is needed.
“The police cannot, without a warrant based on probable cause, hang around on the lawn or in the side garden, trawling for evidence and perhaps peering into the windows of the home,” Justice Antonin Scalia said for the majority. “And the officers here had all four of their feet and all four of their companion’s planted firmly on that curtilage—the front porch is the classic example of an area intimately associated with the life of the home.”
Scalia was joined by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Clarence Thomas—certainly an unlikely mix of justices.
In his dissent, Justice Alito said that the court’s ruling stretches expectations of privacy too far. “A reasonable person understands that odors emanating from a house may be detected from locations that are open to the public, and a reasonable person will not count on the strength of those odors remaining within the range that, while detectable by a dog, cannot be smelled by a human.”
As one editorial noted, “They used the sniff test to establish probable cause to get a search warrant. But the sniffing itself was an illegal search, the court said. Imagine if this man were just sitting on his couch, smoking a joint. Would we be okay with police entering his house, based only on a tip from a lovable dog?”
This case involved a Miami-Dade narcotics detection canine, Franky, and his super-sensitive nose. Question being presented to the Supreme Count was, does a police K-9’s sniff outside a house give officers the right to get a search warrant for illegal drugs, or is the sniff itself an unconstitutional search? To Franky’s credit, his nose lead to the detection of 179 pot plants growing inside a Miami house.
Although the high court has approved drug-sniffing dogs in other major cases, including routine traffic stops, airport luggage or a drug-laden package in transit, the difference in this case is that Franky’s services were used at a private home. In the future, Franky and his co-workers will simply need to get a warrant first.
March 26 2013
A story from the New York Times brings up a different twist to a quandary that many might have to face. If a senior dog needs surgery how much is too much to extend a pet’s life? The twist is that the dog didn’t belong to writer Roz Warren. It was Max, her son and his wife’s 13-year-old dog, who needed the gall bladder surgery costing $6,000—and it was Roz who offered to pay a third of it.
We didn’t want to let Max go. We wanted to try to save his life.
Was this crazy? “Would you pay $6,000 for a 70 percent chance of buying two extra years of life for an elderly dog?” I asked my dog-owning friends.
“In a heartbeat,” one said.
“No way,” another said. “When it’s time to go, it’s time to go. You grieve. Then you get another dog. Preferably from a shelter.”
Another friend admitted that when the vet told her a couple of years ago that her ailing Shih Tzu needed an expensive procedure to save his life, she had blurted: “Do whatever you have to do! I love this dog even more than I love my husband!”
“And I really do love my husband,” she told me sheepishly.
Luckily all went well with Max, even though the surgery found that his gall bladder had already ruptured, he recovered.
Even if he hadn’t made it through, knowing that we had done all we could for him would have been worth that price. More important, the whole experience has made me very hopeful about how Tom and Amy are likely to treat me when I’m old and frail.
That was a great gesture for a dog-grandmother to make. What do you think you would have done?
March 22 2013
This notice appeared on PetSmart's page.
Dear Valued PetSmart® Customer,
Proctor and Gamble has issued a voluntary market withdrawal of Iams Shakeables Turkey and Lamb Dog Treats with certain “Impacted Lot Numbers” listed below. These treats are being voluntarily withdrawn due to potential for mold growth. No other products are affected. Proctor and Gamble has not received any reports of human or pet illnesses.
Impacted Lot Number
Iams Shakeables Turkey, 6oz
Iams Shakeables Lamb, 6oz
To find the lot code on your can, look at the first 4 numbers of the second line on the bottom of the can as they identify the affected lots.(see photo above)
Please stop feeding these products and bring any remaining Iams Shakeables Turkey and Lamb Dog Treats affected by the voluntary withdrawal to your closest PetSmart store for a full refund. If you have questions about this voluntary withdrawal, please call Proctor and Gamble (Iams) at 1-877-894-4458.
PetSmart sells a variety of treats from many brands, and our associates can help you find the right item for you and your pet.
At PetSmart, we’re concerned pet parents, too. We’ll continue to do everything we can to help you and your pet.
March 19 2013
(Revised 3/21/13) The FDA just issued the following recall notification for a wide assortment of Natura Pet Products brand pet foods. The FDA notice follows the one that the company posted on their website a couple of days ago. We are still trying to find out what the production problem was that resulted in such a large-scale recall, but have been unable to speak with a spokesperson for Procter & Gamble, the owner of Natura. The company’s original post, with the list of recalled products, follows the one from the FDA.
Natura Pet Issues Voluntary Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -March 18, 2013 - Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling specific lots of dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
These products were made in a single production facility during a two week window in December 2012. Routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture collected from a single retail location tested positive for the presence of Salmonella. As a precautionary measure, Natura is voluntarily recalling all products from this production window.
The affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica. Product expiration dates range from 12/17/2013 – 1/2/2014. Product was distributed by Natura Pet Products between December 18, 2012 through March 15, 2013. No other dry food, canned food, biscuits, bars or treats are affected by this announcement.
A complete list of products in the scope of this recall are listed at the end of this release. Additional information on these products can be found at www.naturapet.com.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
This notice appeared on the Natura site.
Dear Valued Customer,
Natura Pet is voluntarily recalling specific California Natural, Innova, EVO, and Healthwise dry dog, cat, and ferret SKUs as a precautionary measure due to potential Salmonella contamination. No Karma, Mother Nature, wet or treat products are included in this recall. No illnesses have been reported from the recalled product and no other P&G Pet Care brands are impacted by this recall.
We were alerted to a single case of Salmonella in a 2.2lb package of EVO Turkey & Chicken Cat Food. We are taking the precautionary measure to voluntarily recall the entire production window that was produced from December 17-January 2. We believe this action is consistent with our ongoing commitment to product quality and animal and human safety.
Salmonella and other contaminants pose a great challenge to the food industry. No company is immune. We have fully investigated and identified the cause of this incident, and will continue to review and improve upon our manufacturing standards. The Fremont plant is in full production to quickly resupply any potential gaps.
The voluntary recall is limited to the SKUs listed on the attached document with specific lot codes and expiration dates. No other Natura Products are impacted and should be sold and fed with confidence. Please see the attached for specific SKUs, location of lot code data and expiration dates of impacted products.
What to do if you have this product in your store or warehouse:
Managers or designee should immediately secure all affected SKUs to an isolated location. Product should be secured/segregated from saleable product. Your Natura Sales Representative or distributor will be in contact with further instructions. If you need additional information please call 800.224.6123. We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause, and want to assure you that Natura Pet is taking all the necessary steps to ensure our product quality meets your expectations.
Global Pet Care CBD Leader
Impacted Lot Number
7 51485 39941 6
CN DG 15LB KANGAROO GF
7 51485 15987 4
CN DG 25x4OZ KANGAROO GF SAMPLES
7 51485 39940 9
CN DG 30LB KANGAROO GF
7 51485 12564 0
CN DG 30LB KANGAROO GF BLNGL
7 51485 39942 3
CN DG 5x5LB KANGAROO GF
Impacted Lot Number
7 51485 42101 8
EVO 5x6.6LB TK&CK FERRET
7 51485 41402 7
EVO CT & KT 12x2.2LB TK&CK
7 51485 41400 3
EVO CT & KT 15.4LB TK&CK
7 51485 41401 0
EVO CT & KT 5x6.6LB TK&CK
7 51485 41412 6
EVO CT 12x2.2LB HRRG&SLMN
7 51485 41410 2
EVO CT 15.4LB HRRG&SLMN
7 51485 15251 6
EVO CT 25x4OZ HRRG&SLMN SAMPLES
7 51485 15250 9
EVO CT 25x4OZ TK&CK SAMPLES
7 51485 41411 9
EVO CT 5x6.6LB HRRG&SLMN
7 51485 12676 0
EVO DG 13.2LB RED MEAT LARGE BITE
7 51485 12686 9
EVO DG 13.2LB TK&CK SR
7 51485 12617 3
EVO DG 13.2LB TK&CK WEIGHT MGMT
7 51485 15255 4
EVO DG 25x4OZ TK&CK SAMPLES
7 51485 15205 9
EVO DG 25x4OZ TK&CK WEIGHT MGMT SAMPLES
7 51485 12675 3
EVO DG 28.6LB RED MEAT LARGE BITE
7 51485 12685 2
EVO DG 28.6LB TK&CK SR
7 51485 12616 6
EVO DG 28.6LB TK&CK WEIGHT MGMT
7 51485 12677 7
EVO DG 5x6.6LB RED MEAT LARGE BITE
7 51485 12687 6
EVO DG 5x6.6LB TK&CK SR
7 51485 12618 0
EVO DG 5x6.6LB TK&CK WEIGHT MGMT
Impacted Lot Number
7 51485 70721 1
HW DG 17.5LB CK&OT WT CONTROL
7 51485 70741 9
HW DG 17.5LB LMB&OT
7 51485 15442 8
HW DG 25x4OZ CK&OT WT CONTROL SAMPLES
7 51485 15444 2
HW DG 25x4OZ LMB&OT SAMPLES
7 51485 70720 4
HW DG 35LB CK&OT WT CONTROL
7 51485 70740 2
HW DG 35LB LMB&OT
7 51485 70722 8
HW DG 5x5LB CK&OT WT CONTROL
7 51485 70742 6
HW DG 5x5LB LMB&OT
7 51485 70731 0
HW PPY 17.5LB CKN&BR RICE
7 51485 15443 5
HW PPY 25x4OZ CKN&BR RICE SAMPLES
7 51485 70730 3
HW PPY 35LB CKN&BR RICE
7 51485 70732 7
HW PPY 5x5LB CKN&BR RICE
Impacted Lot Number
7 51485 41387 7
IN CT 12x2.2LB TK&CK
7 51485 41603 8
IN CT 12x2.2LB TK&CK SR 8 PLUS
7 51485 41391 4
IN CT 12x2.2LB TK&CK WEIGHT MGMT
7 51485 41392 1
IN CT 15LB TK&CK
7 51485 41607 6
IN CT 15LB TK&CK SR 8 PLUS
7 51485 41389 1
IN CT 15LB TK&CK WEIGHT MGMT
7 51485 15995 9
IN CT 25x4OZ TK&CK SAMPLES
7 51485 15998 0
IN CT 25x4OZ TK&CK SR 8 PLUS SAMPLES
7 51485 15988 1
IN CT 25x4OZ TK&CK WEIGHT MGMT SAMPLES
7 51485 41393 8
IN CT 5x6LB TK&CK
7 51485 41608 3
IN CT 5x6LB TK&CK SR 8 PLUS
7 51485 41390 7
IN CT 5x6LB TK&CK WEIGHT MGMT
7 51485 12731 6
IN DG 12LB BF&LMB GF PRIME
7 51485 12728 6
IN DG 12LB HRRG&SLMN GF PRIME
7 51485 12363 9
IN DG 12LB SLMN & HRRG
7 51485 12376 9
IN DG 12x2.2LB TK&CK LARGE BITE ADULT
7 51485 12321 9
IN DG 15LB TK&CK LARGE BITE ADULT
7 51485 12705 7
IN DG 15LB TK&CK LRG BREED
7 51485 12327 1
IN DG 15LB TK&CK SR PLUS 11 PLUS
7 51485 12730 9
IN DG 25LB BF&LMB GF PRIME
7 51485 12727 9
IN DG 25LB HRRG&SLMN GF PRIME
7 51485 12362 2
IN DG 25LB SLMN & HRRG
7 51485 15300 1
IN DG 25x4OZ TK&CK LARGE BREED SAMPLES
7 51485 15990 4
IN DG 25X4OZ TK&CK LRG BITE SAMPLES
7 51485 15310 0
IN DG 25x4OZ TK&CK SR PLUS 11 PLUS SAMPLES
7 51485 12552 7
IN DG 30LB TK&CK LARGE BITE (BL)
7 51485 12320 2
IN DG 30LB TK&CK LARGE BITE ADULT
7 51485 12554 1
IN DG 30LB TK&CK LGR BREED (BL)
7 51485 12704 0
IN DG 30LB TK&CK LRG BREED
7 51485 12326 4
IN DG 30LB TK&CK SR PLUS 11 PLUS
7 51485 12732 3
IN DG 5x5LB BF&LMB GF PRIME
7 51485 12729 3
IN DG 5x5LB HRRG&SLMN GF PRIME
7 51485 12364 6
IN DG 5x5LB SLMN & HRRG
7 51485 12322 6
IN DG 5x6LB TK&CK LARGE BITE ADULT
7 51485 12328 8
IN DG 5x6LB TK&CK SR PLUS 11 PLUS
7 51485 15313 1
IN DG GF 25x4oz HRRG&SLMN GF PRIME SAMPLES
7 51485 12365 3
IN DG GF 25x4oz SLMN & HRRG SAMPLES
7 51485 12333 2
IN PPY 15LB TK&CK
7 51485 12741 5
IN PPY 15LB TK&CK LGR BREED
7 51485 15302 5
IN PPY 25x4OZ TK&CK LARGE BREED SAMPLES
7 51485 15994 2
IN PPY 25x4OZ TK&CK SAMPLES
7 51485 12332 5
IN PPY 30LB TK&CK
7 51485 12740 8
IN PPY 30LB TK&CK LGR BREED
7 51485 12334 9
IN PPY 5x6LB TK&CK
7 51485 12742 2
IN PPY 5x6LB TK&CK LGR BREED
Coming together at Best Friends
March 15 2013
In 2008 Best Friends Animal Society took in 22 dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels. On March 11, six of the dogs and their families came together again at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary to mark five years of freedom. Vicktory dogs. Watch Cherry, Handsome Dan, Halle, Little Red, Mel, Oscar and their families in their joyous reunion.
March 13 2013
There is a really interesting article posted on The Atlantic site today about the popularity of large dogs in China. As the author Damien Ma notes, “Most Americans will likely have a preconceived notion of the Chinese relationship with dogs. When a developing country can barely take care of all its own people, animal rights tend to sit very low on the totem pole. But the reality is much more complicated, especially with a burgeoning dog culture associated with the rise of young urban elites with disposable income. “
Ma then interviews an American filmmaker who is making a film Oversized Dogs: Chinese Dog Laws and the People Who Break Them. The director, who remains nameless for now, has been interviewing Chinese dog lovers who, similar to many dog lovers in other countries, find laws pertaining their pets onerous at worst, and turning many into scofflaws . But this isn’t a simple examination of a rising middle class pleasure in having dogs and their attachment to pets, it really does say more about how societal attitudes in China are evolving. As the director remarks: “From this, I realized that Chinese individuals casually break laws everyday, and this constitutes a very subtle and interesting side of dissent.” Read the whole interview and find out more about this Chinese “secret dog society” and what it might portend for the future of dogs in the world’s most populous country.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture issues alert
March 13 2013
Minnesota Department of Agriculture issues “consumer advisory” for two brands of raw pet food
Samples tested positive for Salmonella bacteria
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to avoid feeding or handling two separate brands of poultry-based raw pet food after the MDA laboratory found Salmonella bacteria in routine sample tests. The brand varieties include:
Bravo! Raw Food Diet 2 lb. Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats manufactured by Bravo!, LLC, of Manchester, Connecticut. This is a frozen pet food product with the production code of 06/14/12, which is located on the white tag on the end of the package. This advisory is for the 2 lb. size of Bravo! Chicken Blend with the “best used by date” of 6/12/14 only. No other products, sizes, or production dates are involved. For further information, contact the company at 1-866-922-9222.
Turducken Canine Diet 8oz. Patties, manufactured by Steve’s Real Food, Inc., of Murray, Utah. This is a frozen pet food product with the “Use By” date code of 10/27/13 B209, which is located on the lower front panel of package. For further information, contact the company at 801-540-8481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are no reports of human or animal illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Consumers are asked to discard any of these products they may have.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the product, and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated products. People handling contaminated raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product.
Pets with Salmonella infections may exhibit decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed this product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Human symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 72 hours after exposure, but can begin up to a week after exposure. Salmonella infections usually resolve in 5-7 days, but approximately 20 percent of cases require hospitalization. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can lead to death, particularly in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Anyone who has become ill after handling this product should see their health care provider.
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