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Every year since 1972, the YMCA with the help of the town of Summerville has one of the biggest festivals in the Southeast.  The Flowertown Festival is a 3 day event held in the Azalea Park in Summerville, SC.  This year it will be held March 27th through the 29th.  Over 200,000 people attend this great event.  With over 200 artists and vendors from all over the country there is something for everyone.  There will be music, delicious food, activities and rides for children and of course, us!   We will be selling our delicious healthy dog treats.  We will have all of our flavors available, including our newest addition – Wild Salmon, woof!  We will be giving away drawstring backpacks with purchase of 2 or more bags.  Please stop by our booth on Main St. #M127.  And don’t forget to sign up for our gift basket giveaway.  We hope to see you all there.  One more thing, NO DOGS ALLOWED at the festival.

Meet Gracie and Jackson, the beautiful Springer Spaniels and the winners of our 2015 SEWE gift basket giveaway.  We hope they enjoy the goodies and our healthy dog treats.  Congratulations!!

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”

Dogs are the tail wagging furry companions that can never make you miserable, are never vengeful and always regret upsetting you. Dogs are famous for being man’s best friend because of their loyalty, friendliness, and protective instincts. Further, author Dave Barry puts it that dogs don’t react to stupid stuff you talk to them and just listens to what you say peacefully. Who can possibly say they can have enough of any of those things? But is man really dog’s best friend?

Factually, there are a number of bad dog owners, whose purpose for owning these beautiful critters are questionable. There are dog fights, dog races, and even dog shows where the dogs play a crucial role. But will this really turn out to be a favor to our soft-pawed buddies. No, this will not be favorable for the dogs in any way, whatsoever it is. On the other hand, there are many dog owners who treat their pups nothing less than a member of the family, that is obviously as it should be. Taking care of a pooch is actually a bit harder than taking care of a baby. First of all, everything we do for our children is because we have an intent to do it. It is true there are anomalies, but our basic instinct is to protect our young and perpetuate the species. There is no such instinct regarding dogs. Everything a dog owner does for their puppy comes from actively having educated themselves about the necessities of a dog. There are numerous ways a dog is more susceptible to harm than a child. For instance, a child can be reasoned with, apologized to, and explained certain things. A dog is more difficult to re-educate once wrongly influenced. They pick up on energy and attitude far more than children do, possibly because they are innately much less self-involved. As such even the best dog owner, with the best intentions can slip up in this department. But hopefully with loving care eventually their pups will reflect the good intentions of their owner, rather than the mistakes. 

However, one thing is more easily controlled when raising puppies, i.e. their food. The quality of the food given to pooches has increased since the times of Tom & Jerry introducing the standard delicatessen consisted of bones. Dog foods try their best to attract loving pet owners by coming up with healthier snacks, higher quality ingredients and a large variety of dog breed oriented products. As among human foodstuff, nowadays, dog food follows the trend of using no preservatives in their products for good health. In fact, making dog food be of human grade is very important to owners for the simple fact that most people refuse to let their beloved pooches eat what they themselves could not. There are two main differences between human grade food and feed grade food, and they consist of the production method and the ingredients used. Food can be feed grade even though it is made out of human grade ingredients because of the facility or processes used to make it. Also, when the ingredients don’t meet the quality requirements for humans, they can be used to produce feed grade food. The chemicals and/or low quality of the ingredients is what drives educated pet owners away from feed grade dog food nowadays, wishing the best for their furry little friend. Healthy dog food helps the doggie owner sleep well at night (surely cuddling the little critter also helps).

In spite of aiming for human grade ingredients, dogs can’t eat like humans – stir clear of the Scooby Doo dog owning the philosophy. While Scooby did indeed love his Scooby snacks, it’s doubtful whether they were actually healthy and good for him. Not to mention his omnivorous tendencies which his gang failed to prevent him from. Although dogs need to be rewarded more than most pets as healthy dog treats are paramount to a healthy happy pooch. Carefully administering treats based on their ingredients is also very important, much of a human should not eat too much candy.

There is one-way humans can show affection for food and that is home-cooking. Many dog owners express their affection for their furry companions by cooking their food. This doesn’t mean sharing human food with doggies, but certain recipes are dedicated to them. And in this fashion, the owner knows exactly what ingredients went into their puppy’s food, ensuring the all-important all natural dog treats that make both owner and puppy happy. One example healthy doggie treats is the Sweet Potato Chew. Sweet potatoes contain bacterium and help regulate a dog’s digestive system, being especially beneficial for dogs with sensitive stomachs. What better way to reward your critter, and show them your love with a healthy chewy snack that you would also not hesitate to eat yourself, but you know it will help to make your doggie healthier and happier. Of course, there are tons of recipes the creative dog owners come up with to spoil their pets. One particular recipe comes to mind for liverwurst pancakes for puppies – which, by the way, sounds pretty delicious for humans as well. Alas, gone are the days of dogs begging for scraps of their owner’s food, and the reverse is upon us!

In the end, in spite of mistakes and bad people who don’t try to be good to their puppies, most dog owners really want their pets to be happy, healthy and feel loved. It is my personal belief that man has a long way to go before becoming a dog’s best friend like dogs are to us. But if love goes through the stomach and considering that our four-legged, wet-nosed barking buddies are very forgiving, I’d say they already consider us their best friends, and all we have to do is keep trying to live up to their love.

Chew Factory gift basket healthy dog treats

Three funfilled days of SEWE came and went.  This annual event draws 40,000 people and it sure felt that way.  We want to thank all the attendees, exhibitors, and the staff from SEWE for this amazing experience.  The cold weather didn’t seem to slow the crowd from showing up.  We had thousands of people stop by our booth to check out our healthy dog treats.   Also, we would like to thank all the people who entered in our gift basket giveaway.  And the winner is (drumroll, please)…Darcy Patterson of Charleston, SC.  CONGRATULATIONS DARCY!  We will be contacting you and mailing you our gift basket filled with an assortment of our Natural Dog Treats as well as some toys we’re sure your dog will enjoy.

We look forward to seeing all of you at next year’s event.

Dock Dog Competition

February 13 – 15, Charleston, SC will be hosting once again SEWE, the largest wildlife art and nature event in the nation.   These fun filled days will include DockDogs competition, Cast Net demos, Quick Draw contest, Birds of Prey show and so much more.  This year there will be more than 500 artists, exhibitors and wildlife experts from around the world.  We will be in the big white tent on Marion Square offering our natural dog treats to all the visitors.  Jack Hanna will be hosting once again one of the shows, come and see him live, it’s amazing!  Check out SEWE’s schedule for exact date and time.  The temperature looks to be somewhere around 60’s perfect weather for this incredible event.  Please stop by our booth #6 and say hi.  We will be handing out samples of our delicious, healthy sweet potato dog treats as well as some of our other flavors or you can purchase a bag if you like.  Don’t miss this amazing event.  And of course, don’t forget to bring your furry friend!  See you all there.

Grooming your dog is very important.  Not only for the physical appearance but also it can also undercover some possible health issues.  And of course, we all like to cuddle with a good smelling furry friend.

Give him a good bath.  Bathing with a rich lather using a great dog shampoo will remove dog and fleas from your pet’s skin.  When you bathe your dog, look for any skin condition such as red spots, hair loss and flaky skin.  Most commonly these are caused by a food allergies, mold and pollen.  It is very important that you feel your dog all over.  Check for any bumps or lumps, these can be easily missed because when we pet our furry ones we don’t do it to every inch of their body at the same time.

Toe nails need to be trimmed.  Long nails can cause a dog to slip on slick floor and not have a very good grip when they walk.  Slipping can cause all kinds of issues like hip and shoulder problems, torn ACLs.  If a dog’s nail gets too long it can cause arthritis because it can cause the toes to bend in an unnatural way.

Check the ears.  Ear infections can happen if your dog gets too much moisture or if they eat too much simple sugars.   This type is usually caused by yeast.  Check for strong odors and brown tinge to the inner ear hairs.  They can also get ear mites, which is like a black goo inside the ear canal.  Some dogs are prone to ear infections, if you notice any swelling or discharge you should have him checked by a vet.

Teeth, brush, brush, brush!  You should brush your dog’s teeth regularly.  This will prevent any plaque from forming and you can avoid any issues with their teeth or gums later on.

Brushing your dog’s hair regularly will keep it shiny and from building up.  If you have long-haired breed, you need to cut it or clip it occasionally to keep him looking nice and neat.  Keeping the hair short around his eyes will give him a better view.

Check with your veterinarian or professional groomer if you’re concern with any issues regarding your dog.  After a bath, reward your dog with lots of praise and a healthy dog treat.  Remember, a clean dog is a happy dog!

Treats have a place in dog’s diets.  They can be used as a reward when training, as motivation when learning a new trick and not to mention, how happy your dog will be when he gets one.  But today, commercial dog treats are filled with fat, sugar, fillers and chemical flavors.  Of course, adding all those things makes them irresistible.  I have no doubt your dog will do flips, jumps and rolls to get his paws on one of those treats.  Most of these treats have a high calorie count which can turn into obesity.  Especially some of the cheese, bacon and beef snacks.  Obesity in dogs is a growing problem, it can lead to

Veggie and Brown Rice Crisps

osteoarthritis, it can increase the risk of heart disease and cancer as well as other obesity-related disorders.  There are other commercial dog treats that are better and lower in fat, like dried chicken strips but you need to be careful with those as well.  The U.S Food and Drug Administration has received over 1,800 complaints since 2007 about a variety of these chicken jerky dog treats sickening dogs across the country.  They believe these were manufactured in China.  Look at the way big manufacturers of people food mass produce the things we eat, when you take a close peak you easily find out how gross it is.  If is that bad for people, imagine what our pets get.

The health and well being of our furry friends is our priority.  Our Healthy Dog Treats are made with high quality human-grade ingredients and we leave all of the bad sugars, fillers, chemicals and preservatives OUT!  Each treat is handmade and we make them in small batches to ensure freshness.

Always remember that treats should be part of a healthy dog diet, “A general recommendation is that treats should not make up more than 15% to 20% of the pet’s total diet,” says Sarah Abood, DVM, PhD. That rule holds for commercial treats or people food, says Abood, who is an assistant professor of small animal clinical sciences at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  An one more thing – please don’t forget to read the labels!

Just like children, pets can be curious about everything.  If you’re getting a pet, or already have one, there are some things you can do to prevent your furry one from getting hurt or turning your home upside down.  Trust me, applying these tips can save you hundreds of dollars on Vet bills and replacing furniture or keepsakes.

So, get down on your knees and view things at their level.  This is one of the best ways to notice things you wouldn’t normally see.  Look for possible pet hazards, anything that looks interesting or dangerous should be removed or set out of reach.  Do this regularly, as we may oversee one thing one day but notice on another.  Pets can be very clever in getting into small places or reaching for things so never assume that your four-legged friend wouldn’t get into that.

Here are some pet proofing tips to keep them safe:

Child-proof latches for your cabinets.  Specially medicines and household cleaners since they can be hazardous to your pet. Loose cords and cables should be out of reach or hidden away.  Dogs and cats can chew on these or get accidentally wrapped up. Secure your garbage.  Besides worrying about the mess they will probably make, you should be concerned about the possibility of him choking on a piece of bone or plastic. Keep your toilet seat down or add a lid-lock.  Toilets are not drinking bowls and cleaning chemicals can make them ill. There a many plants that can be poisonous if chewed or ingested.  Keep them out of reach or move them to a safe area. Protect any items you’ll like to keep from a wagging tail.  Sometimes that tail gets away from our overly happy friends causing un-repairable damage to a keepsake and a scared pet. Encourage your pet to chew on their designated toys.  When pets are bored they like to chew on things.  Also, intentional destruction comes from lack of exercise and/or mental stimulation.  Coming home to a half chewed couch or your favorite pair of shoes will leave an ugly dent in the wallet. Antifreeze can be lethal to your pet.  Check your garage or driveway for possible spills or drips from your car.  Even a small amount is enough to hurt our furry ones. Pets can be attracted to the burning flame of a candle.  Keep these out of reach.  Your pet can get burned or accidentally tip the candle over and cause a fire. Set boundaries around the house.  Close doors or install safety gates to keep them out of rooms you don’t want them in.

Always be on the lookout for possible dangers around the home.  If your four-legged friend is not one to be let loose in the house while you’re away, you may want to consider purchasing a crate to keep them safe.  Praise and reward your pet for good behavior with a yummy and healthy treat.

Have you ever thought about why your dog scratches his nose, has water eyes or constantly licks a part of his body?  He could be having an allergic reaction to something he has been exposed to.  There are many common allergens but one of the most overlook ones are Wheat, Corn and Soy.  That’s right!  These are one of the biggest culprits of food allergies in dogs.

Wheat, Corn and Soy are some of the most common ingredients used in commercial dog food and treats, these generally are not very good for your dog’s health.  A diet that is high in these ingredients is not really supplying your dog with a complete and balanced meal.  You will be surprised by how many dog treats and food are filled with these.

Dogs with a food allergy most commonly will have itchy skin, gastrointestinal problems or breathing difficulties.  Now, these food allergies can show up at any age.  So if your dog has been feed these ingredients his whole life it doesn’t mean he cannot be allergic to them now.  Doing an elimination diet from these products will more likely determine if your dog has an allergy or not.  If the allergy symptoms persist, you may want to consult a veterinarian.  They can do a physical examination and take a complete history from you to determine the cause.  Your Vet may recommend a skin or blood test, or a special elimination diet.

One of the biggest reasons why our Dog Treats are Wheat, Corn and Soy Free is because we believe our dogs should have a well balanced and healthy treat that is completely free of possible allergens.  We want to make your life easier by simply providing you with a healthy product that is sure to nourish your dog in the right way.

This is one of nature’s perfect vegetables.  Sweet Potatoes, also commonly known as Yams are an excellent staple that can complement our dog’s nutrition.  These deep orange flesh powerhouses offer many benefits.

Sweet potatoes far exceed the nutritional value found in ordinary white and yellow flesh potatoes.  They normally do not cause stomach upset or other digestion problems.  They’re rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.  Also, they help with expelling heavy metals and worms, and are classified as an anti-diabetic food.  They received this title because animal studies have found that sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. They contain Vitamin A which also protects against emphysema.  The beta-carotene helps the body fight against free radicals, thus helping prevent cancer.  Sweet Potatoes also have Vitamin C and E As if being one of the top vegetable sources of beta-carotene weren’t enough, sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamins C and E, these are potent antioxidant vitamins that play an important role in disease prevention and longevity.  Manganese, a trace mineral is a pivotal component in the metabolism of carbohydrates which helps support healthy blood sugar levels.  That’s not all, the fiber in this great vegetable is almost twice as high as a regular potato.  Copper, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Ironare also in sweet potatoes.  One more thing, did I mention they’re fat free?

Please beware, there are some sweet potato treats being sold out there where the skin has not been removed and one must be cautious as these skins could contain harmful chemicals if moldy.  We remove all skins from our treats as another step to ensure our dogs are not exposed to moldy skins accidentally.

The bottom line is – sweet potatoes are a wonderful vegetable to include in your dog’s diet.  They have a taste dogs can’t resist. This is why we created Sweet Potato Chew and why it will become one of your dog’s favorite treats. .