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Good dog nutrition plays a vital role in keeping your dog healthy and happy. Skimping on the quality of foods is a false economy that may result in high vet bills – or worse :-(

Many experts recommend the use of raw food diets / hypoallergenic formulations. There are also sustainability considerations to take into account when pet foods are being produced.

Jiminy’s has a very impressive credentials in all these areas and I think you’ll find their approach extremely interesting and informative. Click the link or banner below and take advantage of their introductory discount.

Disclaimer: I make a small commission on products I recommend to you, at no extra cost to you. It’s how I fund this blog. In fact – the supplier alerts me to special discounts that may be of interest to readers.

Furthermore, I have no veterinary qualifications to make dog nutrition recommendations, but I have carefully checked out the pet food suppliers whose products I introduce to you on this site (see above) and made every endeavor to only show you products I would be happy to feed to my own dog.

However, please do your own due diligence and check with your dog’s veterinarian before changing his/her diet.

Jiminy’s Takes You on a Tour of a Cricket Farm

Check out Cesar Millan's excellent training book below.

We get a lot of questions about where our crickets come from, how they are raised, when they are harvested, etc. In this short video we’ll answer these questions and you’ll get to take a quick look inside a cricket farm!

This is one of the most humane and sustainable protein sources available. We say it’s humane because of the way that the insects are raised, the amount of their natural life lived and the way they’re harvested.

Crickets are naturally a swarming species, and like being in a dark, warm place. They’re raised in cricket condos (inside barns) which allow the crickets to live in a way as close as possible to how they would live in the natural world. They are free to hop from feed station to feed station, and can burrow deep into the condos if they choose.

Harvesting time comes near the end of their natural life cycle. This comes after they have mated and laid their eggs. At the end, temperature is lowered and they go into a hibernation-like state before they’re harvested.

About Jiminy’s:
Jiminy’s makes dog food & treats that are delicious, nutritious, humane and truly sustainable. What makes our products sustainable? They’re made with cricket protein! Crickets are a sustainable superfood using exponentially less land, water and feed than traditional protein. Jiminy’s treats nourish your pet & promote long-term stewardship of the earth.

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An Easy Way to Give Your Dog a Pill!

Check out Cesar Millan's excellent training book below.

Did you know that you can use Jiminy's chewy training treats to give your dog a pill? Well, we didn't realize it either until one of our Chirpers shared a short video of them doing just that on Instagram! (Thank you @mywoofs ❤️)
We decided to try it ourselves and we did it with a couple of different sizes of pills. What a great, low calorie and easy way to get the pills down!
We used our Pumpkin and Carrot recipe training treats for this. They are super soft, delicious, and really well suited to the task. This is a must for the DIY Dog Parent (or Paw-ent)!

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Jiminy’s CEO Anne Carlson on CNBC with Jane Wells, 11 26 19

Check out Cesar Millan's excellent training book below.

Jane Wells from CNBC explores the insect protein market (this market is expected to be an $8 billion industry by 2031). Anne Carlson of Jiminy's talks about her reason for starting Jiminy's (sustainable dog food and treats made from cricket protein), Tuco (the dog) actually catches a treat on camera, and Jane tries Jiminy's treats (yes she actually ate cricket based dog treats – she liked the Peanut Butter and Blueberry flavor the best).

Sustainable Pet Food From Cricket Protein

Today I am introducing readers to sustainable pet food from cricket protein, a new product I am happy to recommend to you, and brought from Jiminy's – makers of delicious, sustainable pet food and treats that both nourish pets and promote long-term stewardship of the earth

Jiminy’s speciality is making sustainable pet food and treats using cricket protein. Their products nourish our pets and promote long-term stewardship of the earth. All natural, sustainable, high protein ingredients (especially crickets!) give your dog the energy and nutrients it needs.

Dogs As Athletes

When you think of the energy a typical active dog uses – running, jumping, generally loving life – you can compare them to an athlete needing high quality protein to stay healthy. In the USA dogs consume more than 32 billions pounds of protein a year. Quite apart from the strain that puts on the environment, it means that protein is unavailable for human consumption.

Jiminy's solution is to replace the traditional animal protein source (cows and chicken) with cricket protein.

But Why Crickets?

Crickets are a sustainable superfood that dogs love. They are a complete protein source, containing all the essential amino acids. Their protein content is 35% more than beef and 65% more than chicken, while also offering high levels of Omega fats, B12, Iron, Calcium, Fiber, Potassium (and the list goes on…). Full of protein, good fat and a nutty flavor, Jiminy’s treats provide your dog with exactly what he needs.

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Not only do they trump traditional livestock in nutritional value, they’re also far more sustainable to raise. Requiring less space, consuming less water (2000x less than cows or chickens), and needing less feed (every 100lbs of feed yields 5lbs beef, 30lbs chicken, 60lbs crickets), raising crickets is a farming alternative with very low environmental impact.

In case, as an animal lover, you're concerned about the crickets (I was!) they live a long and happy life, only being harvested near the end of their natural life cycle, unlike other animal sources of protein. The harvesting process is humane too

Sustainable Pet Food Production

Crickets are farmed in barns and require far less land to produce the same amount of beef protein.

Each bag of Jiminy's saves 220 gallons of water to produce than traditional treats.

Oh, and they emit less greenhouse gases too (100x less than cow).

Partnering with Carbon Credit Capital for the measurements it was found that producing Jiminy's treats produced 740% lower greenhouse gases then beef treats, and 270% less than chicken treats.

Jiminy's Dog Nutrition Mission

sustainable pet foodAs Jiminy’s Founder and CEO Anne Carlson explains, “At Jiminy’s, we’re passionate about pets and we set out to develop products that combine the best possible nutrition and taste coupled with sustainable ingredients and practices. Our consumers care deeply about the choices they make for themselves and their pets. Food content, origin, sustainability and humane and ethical practices matter. Jiminy’s understands this new mindset and puts conscious consumption at the center of everything that we do.”

It is Jiminy’s mission is to be a positive force for change by making sustainable and humane choices, ultimately reducing our pets’ carbon pawprint.

In a nutshell, Jiminy's food pet food is nutritious, hypoallergenic, human and sustainable.

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Has Your Dog Lost That “Puppy Pep”?

Discover the #1 Reason Why and What You Can Do to Help

It tends to happen slowly, but then suddenly you’re aware that your furry friend isn’t quite the ball of energy he once was. There’s more sleeping and less playing. More stiffness and fewer enthusiastic walks. That joyful “puppy pep” is gone.

This sad slowdown is very common, but there’s no need to resign yourself…or your pet…to it.

Extensive research has shown that many of the signs of wear and tear in humans and dogs have ONE root cause: chronic inflammation. Sounds bad, but it’s actually GOOD NEWS because Mother Nature has given us a safe, powerful inflammation-fighting superstar called curcumin that can tackle multiple symptoms of aging in one fell swoop.

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Tips on How to Adopt the Right Dog

Choosing the perfect dog poses challenges similar to speed-dating.
Sam Cohen with a dog at a shelter. (Credit: Cadence L. Baugh Chang/Indiana U.)

Psychologists who study how people pick their spouses have turned their attention to another important relationship: choosing a canine companion.

They recently found that, when it comes to puppy love, the heart doesn’t always know what it wants.

The researchers based their results, which could help improve the pet adoption process, on data from a working animal shelter.

Picking a Pet From Dog Shelters

“What we show in this study is that what people say they want in a dog isn’t always in line with what they choose,” says Samantha Cohen, who led the study as a PhD student in the psychological and brain sciences department at Indiana University-Bloomington. “By focusing on a subset of desired traits, rather than everything a visitor says, I believe we can make animal adoption more efficient and successful.”

Smiling Dog: Maximo

Dog's name and age: Maximo, 1 year

Adoption Story: We met Max at an adoption event by Lucky Dog Animal Rescue who had dogs from Puerto Rico. We instantly fell in love. His birthday is the same day at my daughter's finance, who is coincidentally also from Puerto Rico so we knew it was meant to be. We had lost our beloved poodle of 15 years and did not think we wanted another dog, but Max change it all. Max came into our lives when we were grieving the loss of our sweet Riley, stole our hearts, and has brought us so much joy.

Photo Story: I do photo shoots with Max each week, and this one was for Taco Tuesday!


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SAR Dog Frida Retires from the Mexican Navy

Her expressive brown eyes protected by what looks like a swim mask and her feet in blue booties, Frida—a 10-year-old yellow Lab—sat obligingly for the camera. After nine years as a member of the Mexican navy’s canine and urban SAR unit, she’s retiring, but instead of a gold watch, her reward is a new chew toy. 

A veteran SAR dog, Frida’s credited with finding more than 50 people, 12 of them alive, during her career. In 2017, as she searched for survivors in the rubble of a Mexico City school that collapsed in a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, a tweet from the Mexican navy put her on the map—or rather, on the Twitterverse. While she wasn’t the only SAR dog on the job, she became the face of the rescue effort.

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Simplify Summer with Swiffer

Dogs plus hard-surface flooring equals lots to do, especially during the summer months when days are long and full of activities.

The question is (borrowing shamelessly from Will Shakespeare’s Hamlet): To vacuum or not to vacuum—to ignore mini-cyclones of dog hair and tracked-in grit or haul out the big gun. Happily, there’s an easier option: a Swiffer Sweeper armed with either a heavy-duty Dry Sweeping Pad or a Wet Mopping Cloth.

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Preparing For The “Dog Days” Of Summer

We all look forward to the “dog days of summer” with the good things that it brings, like longer, warmer days and getting out more with our dogs and enjoying the great outdoors. But summertime also means a lot more of the “outside” can found in the “inside” especially if you have furry family members tracking it in—thus keeping up with housecleaning tasks all the more challenging. Fur balls multiply with the warmer shedding season, and paw print stains brought in from the yard can quickly overwhelm the best of our intentions.


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