Feb 182017

ATTENTION: Processed Dog Food ingredients not as stated by manufacturer.

Dog food recall Against the Grain

Dog food recall Against the Grain Pulled Beef

Dog food recall Evanger's

Dog Food Recall Evanger’s Hunk of Beef

Notice of recalls on EVANGER’S and AGAINST THE GRAIN Dog Foods.*

The FDA became involved when reports of 5 dogs became ill after eating Evanger’s dog food. One dog died.

This situation is being exposed although it is not getting much press coverage in mainstream media. It is an important for you to know, and share with others.

The owner’s of these two companies are related. They are brother and sister. They both used the same processing facility in relation to the recalled dog food products.  The investigation by the FDA is ongoing.

Key points of this case so far:

  • Evanger’s claimed the beef in its Hunk of Beef dog food product came from a USDA approved supplier.
  • The FDA reports a bill of lading from Evanger’s supplier stated “Inedible Hand Deboned Beef – For Pet Food Use Only. Not fit for Human Consumption”.
  • The supplier’s facility is not authorized as a USDA approved and does not bear a USDA inspection mark therefore not approved as human grade.

The FDA’s preliminary investigation report included:

At Evanger’s Wheeling, IL facility:

Evidence of unsanitary conditions
Inadequate refrigeration
Improper storage
Inadequate control of ambient temperature during hand-packing operations

At Evanger’s Markham, IL manufacturing location:

Avian activity

The FDA will continue to investigate to determine where the pentobarbital came from.

*Check with Evanger’s and Against the Grain sites for specific recall notices  and information on returning the dog food product. DO NOT FEED THE RECALLED DOG FOOD PRODUCTS TO YOUR DOGS,

This is not the first time Evanger’s has come under fire for their dog foods.

It is a dark time for pet food as ingredients and processing has light shined upon common pet food practices. Animal welfare individuals and groups have been talking about this for some time to educate the public to what you are feeding your dog. Want to know. Demand to know. Many people will likely get very angry.

An educated consumer is a powerful consumer. Once you know the details of many, not all, pet food manufacturing processes, you will spend your money in new ways to care for your dog.

I’ve gone human grade and make my pet’s food. I determine the quality, freshness, and ensure a balanced diet to help my pets live a healthy and long life. And my pets greatly appreciate the variety of healthy food. Their vibrant health is easy to see.

What do you feed your dog? Your other pets? Have you had experiences with pet illness due to toxic food or treats? How do you feel about the pet food industry?

(See previous posts on pet food recalls, pet treat recalldog treat recall and challenges with processed dog foods, moremore.)

Jan 042017


New year, new puppy?

Check out this video which is one module contained in a new online course which is launching shortly.

Get started off with the right toys and healthy chewing to satisfy your dog and you for years of contentment. You will help your pup decide what to choose to chew.  Hint: it’ not your kids toys, your clothing or shoes, the furniture, walls or rugs, or you.  Here are helpful training tips to ensure your dog has great chewing manners.

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Oct 202016
Hikes are a great reward for many dogs.

What’s in a reward? It is key to a vibrant and happy relationship for all.  Here’s a quick look-

Examples of a prized reward

Freeze-dried Beef Liver (AKA Doggie crack)
Dog park
Playing in the water
Grooming love fest

Here’s a recent client’s list of her dog’s valued items/activities:

Diego’s List – (in order)

– Hikes
– Car Rides
– Walks
– Treats

Taija shares “Knowing and using Diego’s valued rewards has added greatly to quality training in creating a happy and bonded team.”

It’s good to have a list and post it so others can know your dog’s valued  motivators.

Good use of rewards can make the difference between “I don’t think so” to your request and turn it into stellar performance with enthusiasm! Joyfully, easily and with a desire to repeat again and again is the way to train!

Please share your dog’s list.  We may get new ideas for our dogs 🙂