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Review: Earth Heart's Guard Well Aromatherapy Mist

Product: Earth Heart Guard Well Aromatherapy Mist for Dogs

What it does: All-natural Aromatherapy mist helps dogs find relief from environmental irritants.

Manufacturer: Earth Heart Inc., Dundee, IL

PackPeople Review: Since I’m volunteering at animal rescues I have found that some of the rescued dogs are scratching behind the ears and  the abdominal area. The kennel environment is very stressful for the dogs and some have started to create a kind of a tick to scratch their bodies and some have skin irritations due to different circumstances. Some don’t tolerate the food and some just have sensitive skin.

The 3 dogs we have using the mist are not having serious skin issues and don’t need any medications. We were recently offered the chance to review Guard Well an all natural product using pure essential oils and other plant-based ingredients. Earth Heart makes several different mists like Canine Calm, Travel Calm and Buzz Guard. We received a 2 fl. oz/60 ml spray bottle for review.

Our first impression upon opening the bottle and spraying it around in the office is that this mist smells really good – not overpowering.

Other Earth Heart products: Canine Calm, Buzz Guard, Travel Calm

I just called my dogs to me and applied 2 sprays on Red’s upper back and 1 mist on Lilly’s chest. Both were looking at me like “what is that?” and turned their heads away from the product when I tried to let them smell the bottle directly, but they didn’t mind the spray, which smells herbal. The fluid left no sticky or greasy patches on the dogs’ coats.

Now, the dogs in the shelter: My friend told me that 2 of 3 smaller dogs with sensitive skin and 1 with skin irritations stopped scratching after an application of Guard Well. She told me they have put the bottle in the fridge and the cold spray supported the effect even a little more. They used Guard Well 2 times a day for a week, in the morning and in the late afternoon and she noted that while all dogs didn’t like the smell (which is totally normal I guess; they are sensitive with scented products), no dog showed any aggression or inconvenience against the product and all dogs relaxed after using.

“The smell is pleasant to me” my friend wrote:) and another plus is that the instructions were clearly inscribed on the bottle – no need for notes to other staff members about how to use it. It has a mild, light odor and it can be used without any concern.

If you look up the ingredients you definitely need a dictionary for plants (most in latin). Its ingredients are: Water, polysorbate 20; pure essantial oils of Melaleuca quinquenervia (niaouli), Ravensara aromtica (ravensara), Boswellia carteri (frankincense); potassium sorbate.

If you have a small to medium-sized dog you are fine in ordering a small bottle of Guard Well, for a larger to giant breed dog you’ll need to order more bottles. For the first try, a small bottle is fine, but in our case we would need a bigger size of Guard Well. We would appreciate bigger bottles with a price saving for larger dogs or for organizations.

We agreed: Guard Well gets a rating of 4 out of 5 stars and a thumbs up!

Price: A two-ounce bottle of Buzz Guard sells for $11.98 on the Earth Heart site.

Get a  jumpstart on your healthy holiday with Earth Heart. Order one or more Earth Heart products by December 18th, and in ‘special instructions’ or ‘note to seller’ at check out, enter ‘Pack Thanks 2011’ and be sure to include the product name you wish to receive FREE with your order.

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PackPeople were not paid for our review and all opinions are our own and the opinions of our friends working at the shelter.

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Adoption Advocacy and Activism

New Facebook Fan Pages: Dog Adoption, Cat Adoption and @Lost_Pets

This week we created 3 more Fan Pages on Facebook to give Dog Adoption, Cat Adoption and Lost Pets a higher chance to be seen by our community of animal lovers and people who care about animal welfare.

Why Dog Adoption? I started to visit local L.A. shelters a couple months ago to help give more exposure to homeless dogs and cats. Through my work with PackPeople, I’ve met a lot of people who want to help spread the word about shelter animals by taking pictures of them, then uploading them on their Facebook pages or on those of different rescue groups and animal welfare organizations. The problem? Some of the rescue groups delete them from the wall, or don’t allow posts. Also, not everyone has a blog or a website or a twitter account, but still want to get involved and help.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cat-Adoption/140997802672578

This is why I always encourage people to post on packpeople.com’s Fan Page, I mean, we all share the same passion and want to help, right? My idea is to give everyone from everywhere the possibility to upload pictures and stories about a dog or a cat (or many dogs and many cats) on the Fan Page and to spread the word with social media tools. Please always write a short description (including the name of the shelter, dog ID number and, if possible, breed and age) or take a picture of the shelter’s intake information as well. Almost everyone (even my 6-year-old nephew) knows how to post on Facebook – A quick solution to make a lasting impact. If you visit the the Dog Adoption Fanpage please “Like” it – We need the “Likes” to reach more people:)

We’ve created the same Facebook Fanpage for cats called Cat Adoption and we’ve also created a Fan Page called @Lost_Pets along with a new Twitter account called @Lost_Pets. Why @Lost_Pets? I always twitter signs of lost dogs and cats, using different #tags as appropriate. It’s a great way to catch momentum and spread the word right away. Every week I find new posts on poles and intersections and I feel sorry for the pet and the owners – I try not to miss any with my smartphone. A short description of where I saw the sign and the area helps to find my tweet faster (or I hope so). @Lost_Pets is designed for every human who is able to use the camera in his/her smartphone and to tweet it or to post it on one of the walls.

Twitter @Lost_Pets

And if you know how to use your camera but don’t have a twitter account, and have no idea how to post it on our walls? No problem, just send the picture to our e-mail address and we’ll take care of it. We’ll tweet it for you, and the great thing about social media and applications are that the accounts are combined — every tweet appears on the @Lost_Pets Facebook Page automatically. In our mission to help animals, we surf a lot on pet-related websites and we always find great new sources – we’ll also share tips and guidelines, links and websites about Lost – Found Pets.

@Lost_Pets

Please, visit the Fan Pages – Dog AdoptionCat Adoption@Lost_Pets and check out our new Twitter account @Lost_Pets, please share your pictures of adoptable dogs and cats, rabbits and every kind of animal you want to help to get adopted, Like and Follow Us to create a community. The profile pictures on the fan pages will vary every week, please don’t get confused about that. At the end of 2012 we are going to use our collected pictures of lost dogs and cats to design a fantastic collage with your help. I’m sure it’s not a tough task to stop for a minute to take a picture of a lost pet… just think about how grateful the owner will be for helping him/her to find his beloved pet.

Social media is great! Technology is providing us with awesome tools we could and should use to share information, help others and make an impact.

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Food, Water, Shelter, Care and Love – Video Interview with Erica from PEP!

PEP! The Pet Education Project was founded in 2009 in Louisiana by Erica Callais. This education and outreach program visits schools and youth organizations to teach the importance of responsible pet ownership and other topics regarding animal and environmental awareness. PEP! also supports pet owners through pet food drives and other projects.

PEP! incorporates a variety of games, trivia, and prizes to make PEP Talks memorable and fun. Therapy animals are available to be present if allowed. PEP! also offers contests and competitions throughout the year to further engage students in materials covered during their time outside of the classroom. PEP’s method has proven to be an enjoyable time for teachers and students alike. Since March of 2009 PEP! has spoken to over 7,000 kids across North West Louisiana!

We had a great time interviewing Erica, a passionate animal lover and educator. She shared with us her projects, events and how The Pet Education Project’s school program  works.

Interviewee: Erica Callais / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople)

Pet Education Project

Web: http://peteducationproject.org

Twitter: @EricaCallais

Facebook: Pet Education Project (PEP!)

Websites Erica mentioned are:

Spay Day – www.spayday.org
Petfinder – www.petfinder.com
ASPCA – www.aspca.org
Pet Education – www.peteducation.com
PackPeople (YAY) – www.packpeople.com
KSCL – http://extra.centenary.edu/kscl/  for PEP Talk on the Radio, streamed live on Saturdays, 10am – 11am (Central)

Spreading the word can help save lives! If you liked the interview please share it with your community by clicking the Facebook and Twitter icons at the bottom of this article or feel free to leave a comment. Thank you.

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The sweetest way to help dogs in need – Interview with Rescue Chocolate

“The sweetest way to save a life” is Rescue Chocolate – a web business located in Brooklyn, NY which is dedicated to helping animal rescues through its net sales of handmade, vegan, kosher and delicious chocolate bars.

Inspired by her love for dogs and chocolate, Sarah Gross started her business in 2010 and carries such thoughtful and flavorful delights as “Peanut Butter Pit Bull” and “Wild at Heart.” Sarah Gross’s passion drives her to create the flavors for her line of dark chocolate products (produced at the Tumbador chocolate factory), as well as naming them, selling them, and choosing the animal rescue charities to support each month. Rescue Chocolate is carried by a number of retail outlets in New York, San Diego, Chicago and elsewhere, and is also sold online.

She also caters for different events and gives every package a special look; you can deliver your message with Chocolates and BonBons, label and personalize them… and support animal rescues throughout the country!

We had a great time chatting with Sarah, the founder of Rescue Chocolate, and learning more about her business, her love of dogs and, of course, chocolate.

Rescue Chocolate   

Web: http://www.rescuechocolate.com

Twitter: @rescuechocolate

Facebook: Rescue Chocolate

Interviewee: Kelly King / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople)

Check out her audio interview here and enjoy:

Rescue Chocolate Interview by PackPeople

Websites Sarah would like to mention are:

Petfinder – www.petfinder.com

Cesar Millan’s Website – www.cesarsway.com

Books Sarah would like to mention are:

Nathan J. Winograd; Redemption and Irreconcilable Differences.

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Unlimited veterinary care and pet services in San Francisco – Interview with Pets Unlimited

Pets Unlimited is a non-profit charitable organization providing charitable veterinary care programs and a Shelter and Adoption Center in San Francisco. Pets Unlimited saves the lives of hundreds of injured and abused cats and dogs every year, raises money for cats and dogs in need by running a state-of-the-art veterinary center and through donations from people who care about helping animals. We interviewed Kate Shilvock, Director of Development and Administration of Pets Unlimited, and we’re excited to share with you her experiences, knowledge and projects in helping animals.

Pets Unlimited, organization located in San Francisco

http://www.petsunlimited.org

Founded in: 1947  / 1989 expanded to a 24-hour emergency facility

Interviewee: Kate Shilvock / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (packpeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:
PetsUnlimitedInterview by packpeople

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Facebook: Pets Unlimited

Twitter: @petsunlimited

YouTube: PetsUnlimited

Websites Kate Shilvock would like to mention are:

Petfinder – www.petfinder.com

Pet Wave  – www.petwave.com

Pet Food Express (Pet food – Supporters of animal rescues in the Bay Area) – www.petfoodexpress.com

Pet Camp (Boarding Services) – www.petcamp.com

North Beach Pet Sitter (Dog walking services)  – www.northbeachpetsitter.com