I’m sure you all have been wondering just how cute Trevor was as a pup? :) As if he couldn’t get any cuter at 8 weeks old, here he is using his water dish as a pillow.
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Dsc00053Trevor is such a joy, but as a puppy I discovered that he had severe food allergies. Around 6 months old he started throwing up after meals, so  I took him into our vet where he was allergy tested.  The results were shocking…he was “off the charts” for most basic commercial dog food ingredients.  Check this out…he can’t eat: beef, pork, lamb, venison, duck, rabbit, milk, rice, peanuts and yeast.  Ok, what does that leave me?  LOL…not a whole lot of options!  I learned that I had to read dog food labels…very, very carefully.

While learning about what goes into my dog’s food, I also discovered that federal regulations say it’s okay for pet food to contain some disturbing ingredients – like crushed bird beaks, chicken feathers and even brains.  Yuck!

How can you be sure you’re doing the right thing for your own Sheltie?  Watch out for by-products. Vets say consumers should look for wholesome, natural ingredients when choosing a pet food and should avoid by-products, synthetic chemicals, unnecessary additives and colorings.   Be sure to read the label.  For me, learning that “natural ingredients” or “animal by-products” meant it could contain just about any type or part of a animal (they don’t have to disclose what animal that is either) so it went back onto the shelf.

Landing_wellness_logoOne alternative is an all-natural pet food. Natural pet foods like the Wellness Brand go beyond government dictated standards – avoiding by-products – and instead focus on natural ingredients such as real meat, high quality grains and botanical extracts.

Their website is informative and clearly shows you what ingredients go into each variety.  They even have an “ingredients dictionary” that describes each ingredient they use.

Trevor and Toby eat the Fish & Sweet Potato formula.  Their coats look fabulous from the fish oil, but most importantly I don’t have to cook for my dogs!

Trevor & Toby give Wellness four paws up!

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Squeak toys are great for getting a Sheltie to focus for a picture.  In this case it also made a good frame.
TobyringToby says: Come on mom…thow it!

A heartfelt “Thank You” to all our Sheltie Nation members & visitors.  This site wouldn’t be what it is without all of you & your wonderful dogs!

We are taking a well earned couple of days off here at Sheltie Nation…we will be back with more Sheltie fun December 31st! But in the meantime, be sure to keep sending us your photos, inspirational stories & Sheltie news!

May you all have a safe and happy holiday season filled with lots of Sheltie joy!

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I had no idea that there are now cards for dogs.
Dsc01951Trevor’s grandma sent him one for Christmas last year & he seemed quite pleased with it.Dsc01948