Top 10 questions we get at our Gourmet Dog Bakery

IMG_5623If this is your first time reading this blog please let me introduce myself. My name is Finn and I am a Scottish Deerhound. If you have stopped in at our Bakery in Medina to pick up some dog treats, a new collar, leash, toy, dog bed, winter coat, greeting card, dog art, or an all-natural supplement we have probably met. Most people who visit the Bakery believe my only job is to greet you and your dog and to sleep on my bed at the back of the Bakery. While that is very important my two more important jobs are to listen to all your comments to make sure everyone is happy with our products and service plus I must make sure our treats are the absolutely best for your dog by tasting the treats and giving Mom a kiss if they can be released. Here are the top 10 questions asked at One Lucky Dog Bakery and my answers as a public service to those Customers who have thought about asking them but did not.

  1. What is in a Monkey Bone dog treat? Peanut Butter and Banana.
  2. Do you make all the treats at the Medina Bakery? Yes, Mom dreams them up and I taste them.
  3. Is this a Bakery for people or Dogs? Dogs!
  4. Where is the cupcake bakery in Medina? There is one very close to our bakery and although I know where they are, Mom will have to give you directions.
  5. Are the Squirrel dog treats made with Squirrel meat? No, these just look like Squirrels since most dogs love to chase squirrels. The treats are Monkey Bone flavor.
  6. What is a Bumbleberry? This dog treat has Raspberries, Blackberries, and Strawberries. The term Bumbleberry comes from Canada.
  7. Why do you have so many dog pictures on the wall ?   These are our Customers and we love them all! Bring your dog in and we’ll be glad to add him or her to our wall and post your dog on our Facebook page.
  8. Is that dog sleeping on the dog bed an Irish Wolfhound? No, but a good guess as I am a Scottish Deerhound and a cousin of the Wolfhound.
  9. What is a bone Hole? It is like the donut hole for humans. It is made with left over dog treat dough and could be any of the flavors at One Lucky Dog Bakery.
  10. Are you sure you are not a real Bakery, because the great smells from this Bakery are travelling a block away? Yes, we are a real Bakery but only for dogs. Mom believes that Dogs deserve great smelling and tasting dog treats that are healthy.

We love all the questions that our Customers ask; no matter how many times we hear them. We know you are interested and we really appreciate your interest.

Thanks for listening, now it is time for me to go taste some dog treats to ensure that your dog is getting nothing but the very best healthy dog treats.

Do you know this about Memorial Day?

IMG_7114If you have been reading this blog you now know that we dogs are avid readers and we love our countries as well as our owners. If humans showed as much love toward each other as we dogs show to everyone I am sure we wouldn’t have wars and the USA Memorial Day would never have been necessary.

General John Logan officially proclaimed Memorial Day on May 5, 1868. There is evidence that many women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil war in 1865. As I am sure most of you know the American Civil War resulted in 625,000 deaths and still ranks as our worst war as far as deaths. World War II had 405,399 deaths, and World War I had 116,516 deaths. What is amazing to me is the number of missing members of our armed forces in wars. There are 30,314 missing from World War II, 4,759 missing from the Korean War, 3,350 missing from World War I and 2,489 missing from the Vietnam War.

In 1925 Moina Michael was inspired by the poem “ In Flanders Fields” and she wrote her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. This tradition spread to other countries and the proceeds from selling artificial poppies that people pinned over their hearts went to the children of service people who had died. Sadly the poppy tradition, parades and memorials at cemeteries honoring those who died in the service of their Country are fewer each year.

I have one request for all of my dog friends out there as well as their owners. Please pause on Memorial Day to say a prayer for all of our fallen members of the military and then take a few minutes to place some flowers on the graves of the military at your local cemetery.

Thank you!

Dog Breeders, part 3 of 3

IMG_5623What does the term Shelter Dog mean to me? A Shelter Dog is at a Dog Shelter because the dog was not wanted or it was rescued by a Rescue Group because the dog was being abused or mistreated or did not receive proper care.

These dogs are mostly likely mixed breeds but in some cases are purebred dogs and puppies that need a good home. Like all dogs they need love and care. The cost for these dogs is very budget friendly. The main objective of the Shelter is to find a good forever home for the dog not to make money. It seems that almost every day we see a story about a dog that has been mistreated and this makes my Mom very sad. I hate to see her sad.

The question is do humans really need Designer Dogs when the population of most Shelters are busting at the seams? Humans are being taken advantage of by the Dog Breeders of Designer Dogs and the facts are this breed just has a fancy name to increase the purchase price of the dog. You will get all the love and enjoyment from the mutt that you fall in love with at the Shelter.

What are your thoughts? We at One Lucky Dog Bakery love all dogs if they are purebred, designer dogs, or a mutt. The other thing that we have found out is if you want your dog to have organic dog treats that will supply your dog with health benefits instead of those mass produced dog treats that are loaded with preservatives and cannot be broken with a hammer then you need to buy only our treats.

Dog Breeders, Part 2 of 3

IMG_5623What does the name Designer Dogs mean to me? It appears to me that humans must have a label attached to things they might buy in order to entice them to buy. If the name designer is put in front it seems to make the item more attractive to buy and actually becomes a status symbol to show off to other humans. Since it has worked for clothes, accessories, and cars Dog Breeders have now applied it to dogs.

A Designer Dog is really another name for a mixed breed for which humans will pay a high price. It is simply a dog that a so-called Dog Breeder has created by combining two breeds to produce a dog, which is cuter, easier to sell, and can demand an excessive price. If the Dog Breeder called the new breed a mix would people really want to own it? My thought is probably no, so the name Designer Dog was created as a marketing tool.

It seems to me that this type of Dog Breeder is not motivated by improving the quality, temperament, and health of a specific breed but is simply involved in breeding dogs to make a quick buck.

My Mom adores all dogs and these designer dogs are without a doubt very cute and lovable. She also thinks I am the most handsome dog around. But the real question is do we really need these “new breeds”? There are already too many dogs in shelters that need good homes, so do we really need to be coming up with more mixed breeds? It would seem to me that we could spend more effort on finding homes for these mixed breeds in shelters. What do you think? While I’m thinking more about this subject I think I will go beg some gourmet dog biscuits from Mom. That is really an easy job.

Dog Breeders, Part 1 of 3

IMG_5623The title of Dog Breeder has a special meaning to me. To carry this title I believe that the person using it must really care about the specific breed that he or she is breeding. Special care is taken by the Breeder to educate people about the breed and to strive for the very best quality, temperament, and healthy dogs that can be bred. A good Breeder wants to find the very best home for the dogs, wants these to be forever homes, and will take the dog back if the owner indicates that for whatever reason he or she could not handle or properly care for the chosen dog. A good Dog Breeder is not motivated by the money, but simply the love of the Breed.

I came from exactly this kind of Dog Breeder who truly deserves to carry this title. I was lucky that this Ohio dog breeder found a home for me in Ohio so I still get to see my Dog Breeder. Everything that Kate Lyons does comes from the love of the Scottish Deerhound breed and ensures that the standards of the breed are maintained. If you came from a Dog Breeder like Kate you are truly a very lucky dog. Speaking of lucky I think all this thinking and writing has me hungry for a few wheat free dog biscuits from One Lucky Dog Bakery.

Adoptathon

IMG_5623We will be at the Medina County Regional Adoptathon on this Saturday May 7, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Medina store will also be open. Mom, Stacey to you, will be at the Adoptathon and my Grandpa, Charlie to you, will work the store until Mom finishes up at the Adoptathon. For all you dogs visiting the store you will not have to try too hard that day to get an extra treat, Grandpa is a sucker for a sad begging face.

The Medina Adoptathon is a big event every year. It is being held at the National Guard Armory, 920 West Lafayette Road in Medina. If you are looking for a pet to adopt or just want to get some information this is a super event to attend. There will be over 50 Rescue and Pet related Groups in attendence. Admission is free, parking is free, there will be prizes and drawings, a photo contest, and an agility demonstration. A great selection of pets will be there, dogs, cats, horses, and even skunks. You will not get sprayed; the skunks have been de-flowered.

Since the event goes over the lunch hour there will be food concessions and of course you can purchase some special organic dog treats at only $5/bag for that special dog you pick up at the event.

Hope to see you there!

Earth Day

IMG_7114If you have been following this blog you already know that we Deerhounds love to read and we try to keep up with the latest news. With the recent tragic events in Japan and North Carolina plus the fact that this Friday, April 22 is Earth Day we all need to take a step back and think about what each of us can do to improve the environment we live in. It is hard to believe that it was 41 years ago that Earth Day was established after the massive oil spill in California in 1969. We will always have natural issues which harm our environment and I really believe that most industries have taken great steps to improve on what they discharge to the environment. Of course they can improve, but I also believe that if each of us make an effort to reduce our impact on the environment that the result would be really positive. You might find some ideas by checking out www.earthday.org.

I know I will be doing my part by eating nothing but all natural wheat free biscuits from One Lucky Dog Bakery.

Happy Birthday Finn

IMG_5623Since this week is a special week for me I thought I would take a minute to talk about myself. Male Scottish Deerhounds have an average lifespan of 8 years. If you have met me at the store or racing or coursing or conformation you already know that I am far above average. My sister Faith (who I love dearly) lives in southern Ohio and we will both be 8 years old on April 20, 2011. I plan on being at our Medina Bakery all day on Wednesday enjoying as many treats as Mom gives me or that I can sneak off the counter without her knowledge.

In honor of Faith and my birthday Mom is baking a big bone treat for me to share with all the dogs who stop in at the store on Wednesday. She will also have a prize drawing for any of you that can make it to the store. I hope to see you all so we all can enjoy the healthy wheat free treats.

PS: Happy Birthday Faith, miss you!.

Love and Licks,

Finn

Does your dog have fleas?

IMG_7114It is a problem that we dogs do not like to talk about but the facts are fleas can occur on all dogs and cats. Here are some very important tips for you and your owner to remember about the best flea control for dogs:

  • Research has shown that only 10% of the fleas are on the dog or cat, the rest are in the carpet, drapes, and upholstery.
  • Your owner must bathe you (I know some of us just hate taking a bath), wash the bedding, and vacuum the house and furniture thoroughly.
  • Keep the grass cut low to reduce chance of fleas breeding and easily moving from the grass to us animals.
  • Heavy chemical baths are not necessary.
  • A simple bath in dishwashing liquid will kill the fleas and if you leave the suds on 10 minutes before rinsing you can be certain that the killing job is complete.
  • Never use dog flea products on cats.

One Lucky Dog Bakery has some great all natural spa products which include shampoos and flea treatments.  Just call or stop in, we’ll be glad to answer any questions.
The most important thing to remind your owner is that because you endured the bath you absolutely must be given a wheat free dog biscuit from One Lucky Dog Bakery. The problem may not be fleas but an allergy to wheat in the dog food.

Does your dog have ear infections? Part 2

IMG_7114To avoid ear infections after bathing clean ears with cotton balls soaked in witch hazel or hydrogen peroxide half diluted with water. For flop eared dogs you can use a clothespin to hold the earflaps to allow air to dry the inside of the ears. Pin to the hair not the skin. Another trick is prior to the bath put a cotton ball soaked in olive oil inside the ear. Remove the ball after the bath and thoroughly dry the ears.

The following are formulas from Dr. Richard Pitcair to resolve ear mites in dogs or cats. Use formula one for the first three days, do nothing for three days and then use formula two for three days. Wait ten days and repeat the sequence.

Formula 1 – Place the following in a one once eye dropper bottle, days 1,2,3:

·¾ ounce of almond oil
·¼ ounce of olive oil.
·400 IU vitamin E (puncture a capsule)
·Refrigerate the mixture for storing.
·Warm before using by placing the bottle in a bowl of warm water.
Formula 2 – Place the following in an eyedropper, days 7,8,9.

·2 teaspoons ground dried Rue.
·5 teaspoons witch hazel extract.
·1 cup boiling water.
·Steep the Rue in boiling water for 15 minutes, then strain and add the witch hazel.
·Refrigerate the mixture for storing.
·Warm before using by placing the bottle in a bowl of warm water.
Vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are excellent to resolve ear problems are:

·Vitamin E (open the capsule) makes a soothing and healing ear medication. Use it after cleaning the ears with vinegar or peroxide or witch hazel.
·Mullein and garlic ear oil is available at most health food stores and it works on pets ears. Make sure you clean the ear canals of discharge and wax before using.
·Garlic oil is especially useful when the infection is due to fungus or yeast. The fungus or yeast in the ears is usually caused by chronic wetness in the ears.
That’s enough playing doctor for the day. It is time for me to get back to my more important job, tasting our great tasting and smelling grain free dog biscuits.