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What to Look for in a Rawhide

Wholesome Hide Rawhides

Wholesome Hide Rawhides

It’s ok to give your dog rawhide if you choose to. However, there are certain qualities to look for in a good rawhide. The Whole Dog Journal (May, 2009) outlined a few of these qualities to look for. It is better to look for a rawhide that is made from one strip of material. Otherwise you can get rawhide made from many different pieces compressed together and then rolled in another piece. The pieces can easily break apart and your dog can potentially choke on them or have other digestive problems from them. A rawhide roll that is made from one piece looks like a continuous swirl.

It is also good to look at the color of the rawhide. Artificial colors are not good for our furry friends. The rawhide should be a white color or a natural color. If it is too white, it could be due to a lot of bleaching, which is also a sign of low quality.

Here at Katzenbarkers we carry Wholesome Hide, which holds up to the high standards of Whole Dog Journal.

Hello Gypsy


What’s new at Katzenbarkers in 2010? For starters we are welcoming a new store dog, Gypsy!

Gypsy is an 8-yr-old bearded collie with brown and white markings. She comes to us via Fluffy Dog Rescue in Hartland, WI, and a wonderful foster home in Wonder Lake, IL. Gypsy is one of six beardies rescued from a puppy mill in MO; she is only the second to be placed in a forever home.

Gypsy is still learning the ropes and becoming familiar with the store, but she grows more confident every day. You are most likely to find her relaxing and staying out-of-the-way in her Molly Mutt bed, behind the counter. Gypsy’s favorite part of working at Katzenbarkers is greeting customer dogs who come into the store.

Happy Birthday Jack!

Birthday Boy Jack

Birthday Boy Jack

Today Jack celebrated his 9th birthday. Jack and his friends recognized this special day — his first birthday since overcoming a bout with cancer last summer — with Bubba Rose bakery treats from the Katzenbarkers treat bar. The birthday boy also received a plush penguin squeaky toy and a bag of his favorite Dr. Becker Bites treats.

Lexi and Trixi Win Photo Contest

Lexi and Trixi on the label of A Dog's Life treats

Lexi and Trixi on the label of A Dog's Life treats

Matt and Tami are very proud of their Yorkies, Lexi and Trixi, who are featured on the label of A Dog’s Life double cheeseburger treats. This photo of Lexi and Trixi on their way to the park was one of five winning photos selected by A Dog’s Life for the month of January 2009.

Purple Paw Protectors Prove Useful

Tyler sporting his Pawz boots

Tyler sporting his Pawz boots

Tyler has found many uses for his new purple Pawz booties.

I had been curious about the balloon-like paw protectors for a while — I am always on the lookout for a dog boot that will stay on and help prevent snow balls from forming around the pads on his paws. An opportunity to try the disposable/reusable rubber boots came along earlier this winter. Kirstin, A friend and fellow dog-lover had bought a pack of 12 large Pawz but only needed four of the boots for her rottweiler. She offered four of the remaining booties to Chris who was looking for a solution to stop her golden retriever from licking a wounded paw. When I mentioned my interest in trying Pawz on Tyler to protect his feet from winter sidewalk salt, I became the lucky recipient of the final set of four boots.

My biggest concern about trying the Pawz boots was thinking that the thick, oversized balloons might be difficult to get on the dog’s foot, but Tyler was very patient as I practiced getting his feet into the rubber booties. Although I can manage to put the boots on Tyler by myself — holding the boot open with one hand and guiding the dog’s foot with the other hand — I do find it very helpful to have another person help with the process.

The boots did not slow Tyler down in the least. In fact, our winter walks took less time when he was wearing the purple Pawz because he no longer limped over the salty sidewalks and spent less time stopping to chew at the snowballs that form on his feet. The rubber boots have not only proven useful for cold and snowy days, but also for wet and muddy days — a great way to keep his feet clean when the mud puddles can’t be avoided. I was so pleased with the first trial set of boots, that I bought my own package of 12 Pawz — a set of four to keep at the cabin for snowshoe walks in the deep snow, a set to keep in the car for dog park adventures, and a set at home for a daily jaunt around the neighborhood.