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Friday, April 28, 2017

Petsmart & Pit Bull Type Dogs

Big Heads & Big Hearts.


This has been on my mind a lot recently, but I've been waiting to write this post I guess because I'm torn.

So if you would lend me an ear.  Here is my dilemma...

We're all ears!!
Petsmart (North America's largest brick and mortar pet store) recently purchased, as it turns out has about 50% market share of the online pet food market. To be honest this was a really good decision on Petsmart's behalf, to purchase Chewy. But was it a good thing for Chewy? And is it a good thing for us?

As it turns out, Petsmart does not have a very bully friendly store policy. This is straight from their website.

"We CANNOT accept dogs of the "BULLY BREED" CLASSIFICATION..including American Pit Bull Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bull Dogs, Bull Terriers or mixed breeds that have the appearance or characteristics of one of these breeds."

So...wait... let me get this straight. All "bully breed type" dogs are excluded from daycamp? Why? Because somehow the shape of their skull, and general look makes them dangerous or unpredictable somehow? What about mutts? Oh right... their lawyer speak took care of that issue by saying, "mixed breeds that have the appearance or characteristics" because of course people are great at identifying dogs. Find the Pit Bull Test   In many different studies it has come out more and more that humans are terrible at identifying breeds, in one study done in 2009 - 20 mixed breed dogs were DNA tested to see how their visual identification compared to their DNA analysis. Their was little agreement, in fact only 4 of the dogs were correctly identified. And sadly, many shelters label dogs as "pit bull type" when they don't know what the breed of the dog is.

"Pit Bull" or "Pit Bull Type" dogs are MUTTS.
Mixed breeds, whatever your preferred term is. "Pit Bull" is not a breed. The term "pit bull" just means, blocky head, short hair, muscular body. It's a stereo type and a way to be prejudiced against a very large population of DIFFERENT breeds, and mixed breeds of dogs.  Boxers, Cane Corso's, American Bulldogs, etc... are all considered "pit bull" type dogs and they are all VERY different breeds.

Ziva (American Pit Bull Terrier), Dante (Boxer Mix), "Pit Bull Type" American Bulldog mixed breed.
Petsmart's Policy is Discriminatory & Not Based On Facts or Science.
Discrimination is wrong.
Millions of "pit bull" type dogs are killed in shelters every year because of how they look, not because of anything they have done. They are feared by some people, and some judge them based on myth and superstition. Being born looking a certain way doesn't mean you are automatically AGGRESSIVE or DANGEROUS. That's like saying "all women" are incapable of working on cars, or "all men" are terrible nurturers. It's amazing how with science, studies, and the ability to easily access information many people just buy into myths and ignorant hatred.

Petsmart apparently thinks that all bully breeds are inherently aggressive.

Please notice the "dangerous pitbull" chasing the large white dog.
Yes, that would be Ziva at Doggy Daycare while I was finishing up my Bachelors Degree.

Why Do I Care So Much About Doggy Daycare?
Doggy daycare saved us back when I was finishing my Bachelor's degree. At the time, Dz Dad was working full time while I was going to school and working a part time job. We needed help! And I couldn't leave the dogs for 8-10 hour days and no potty breaks. 
We found a great local doggy daycare near my college campus, so on the way to school I'd drop of the pups, and on my way home I would pick them up. It was an awesome experience for all of us, allowing the dogs to socialize with big dogs, little dogs, old dogs, young dogs...and the best part? Dante and Ziva were EXHAUSTED when they got home so I didn't have to exercise them on those days. I also loved that I could check in on the webcams with my code to see how the dogs were doing, and the trainers used positive training methods and calming techniques with the dogs - keeping dogs in groups based on energy level and natural play groups rather than size or breed.

Where Does That Leave Us?
Well, we love but don't love Petsmart and their anti bully breed policies and thus we do not shop at Petsmart.

Right now though is the best time to launch another campaign to see if Petsmart is willing to change it's outdated stance against bully breeds. Maybe Chewy can help in this endeavor?

As advertisors for Chewy we'd like to know that our dogs are loved by Petsmart too. The idea that bullies are "different" or "more dangerous" than other dogs has been widely dis-proven by science and is ignorant, superstitious, and outdated thinking.

Additional Reading:
NutriSource, Pure Vita, & Natural Planet Brands Leaving
Petsmart Acquires
Huffington Post - Why it Matters That Petsmart Discriminates Against Pit Bulls
National Canine Research Council - Florida Animal Services Agency Strikes Breed Labels From Kennel Cards & Website.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chicken Skewers!!

Pet 'n Shape
Chik 'n Skewers Review

"We were sent these Pet 'n Shape Chik 'n Skewers in exchange for an honest review. Dz Dogs only supports brands and products that we feel are relevant to our readers. This blog contains no affiliate links, all thoughts and opinions are our own."

Always on the lookout for long lasting chews for Dante and Ziva, we jumped at the chance to sample them for an honest review!

Literally jumped!

And then politely begged when they realized I don't reward jumping behavior.

"Please mama!"
What We Liked About Pet 'n Shape Chik 'n Skewers?
These chicken skewers only have a couple ingredients, we liked the high protein content, and they contain NO artificial ingredients/additives/or colors. You can also see the meaty chicken fibers when you open up the packaging, which I thought was pretty cool.

Made from all natural dehydrated chicken breast fillets and natural beef hide, these treats were easy to eat and easily digestible. And unlike certain treats which are super stinky, I really couldn't smell these when the dogs were gnawing happily on them.

Are They A Long Lasting Treat?
When it comes to any sort of toy or treat I'm always skeptical when something says, "long lasting". Dante and Ziva are dedicated professional chewers, and nothing lasts long with the two of them working away. I think these treats made it all of three to five minutes max! Ziva is on the faster side of eating treats, while Dante likes to slowly work on his.

Overall we really liked these treats! I think most average chewers would probably enjoy these for closer to 10 minutes thanks to the addition of the natural beef hide center.

But if you're looking for a long lasting treat for a professional chewer you'll have to join us as we continue on in our quest for the ultimate long lasting chew treat!

Dz Dogs Approved!

Monday, April 24, 2017

HurriK9 Dog Toy Review!

HurriK9 is Awesome
For Fetch Dogs!

"We were gifted this HurriK9 toy and starter pack in exchange for an honest review. Dz Dogs only supports brands and products that we feel are relevant to our readers. This blog contains no affiliate links, all thoughts and opinions are our own."

So recently on Facebook I saw this awesome video for a new dog toy and I knew we just had to try it!

Monday, April 17, 2017

This Girl & Her Ball.

In case you didn't know, this girl here is obsessed...with tennis balls. I think probably more than half of my photos of her include a ball in her mouth or nearby somewhere!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Girl's Best Friend.

Oh man! Spring in Southern Oregon is soo much different than the Willamette Valley. One of the things that's different is the rain, while we do get rain and people complain about it - it at least doesn't rain all day for a week straight like it did when we lived in the valley. 

Here it at least stops every couple hours so you can get things done, and we might have a day with blue skies for a few hours and then rain for a few hours. It's awesome! And we've definitely been taking advantage of getting outside.

Friday, April 7, 2017

100% All-Natural Pork Rolls for Dogs

"We were sent Bravo! 100% All-Natural Pork Roll's  in exchange for an honest review. Dz Dogs only supports brands and products that we feel are relevant to our readers. This blog contains no affiliate links, all thoughts and opinions are our own."

Recently we were discussing the issue of rawhide because many pet owners have never heard of the dangers and need to be educated.  Dangers of Rawhide HERE.

But have you heard of the safer alternatives? We were recently contacted by Bravo! to do an honest review of their 100% All-Natural Pork Rolls and they were a huge hit with Dante and Ziva!

I barely got any pictures of Dante, he promptly thanked me for it and took off running to eat his in privacy away from Ziva.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Rawhide Is Not Worth The Risk

You see it everywhere, and almost always on sale at your local pet store.


Not only is it Not Natural, but it's also Not Safe.

My veterinarian explained it to me once by saying, the way it goes in is how it comes out. Eeeeewww! Rawhide doesn't digest well and poses a serious risk of internal blockage and chocking. According to a study done by the Journal of Animal Science -
"Gastric digestibility of rawhide chews was low at six hours (7.6%) and slowly increased over time, reaching a maximum of 41.6% at 18 hours." 
SOURCE:  De Godoy, Maria R. C. et al. “In Vitro Disappearance Characteristics of Selected Categories of Commercially Available Dog Treats.” Journal of Nutritional Science 3 (2014): e47. PMC. Web. 5 Apr. 2017.

18 hours and still not even halfway digested! Which is surprising when you think about it because it's a by-product of the beef meat industry right? Actually that's only a partial truth. It's more closely related to the leather industry than it is beef and A LOT of it comes from China.

To put the whole digestion issue into perspective for you:

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