Saturday, May 26, 2012

Chicken Jerky - Use Caution

There is an ongoing public concern about pet consumption of chicken jerky.  Further suspect is with chicken jerky imported from China that may have undergone irradiation to increase shelf life.

The internet is rife with bad information, misconstrued calls to action, Facebook pages dedicated to demonizing brands, etc.  Please find a recently published Q & A issued by the FDA that addresses this on-going concern. 

Fenway Bark believes in providing you with sound information to allow you to make the best decision possible for your pet. 

We continue to ask questions of our suppliers about the source of their proteins to minimize potential exposure to known contaminants, including melamine and salmonella.   An American flag on the packaging or words implying American in the brand name does not equal assurance of the source of the protein or manufacturing location.

Whether you buy from us or other retailers, be an informed consumer to provide your pet with the best possible nutrition.  Sometimes a bargain price isn't a bargain when long term health is compromised. 

PS - And while I am comfortably nestled on my soap box, the same is true for services such as boarding, daycare, training and grooming.  In this capacity, you truly have to ask questions to find out what your dollar buys you and ensure accountability by your service provider.  Not doing your homework can be costly, both financially and emotionally.  Excellent care, whether for a human relative or your pet, rarely comes with a flashing blue light special or bargain basement pricing.  

Monday, May 21, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

Don't forget Fido when making your Memorial Day plans!  We still have some space for Memorial Day boarding.  Call 617-464-4364 to make arrangements.

Pick up Memorial Day treats for your dog at Fenway Bark including gingerbread stars, Yoghund Frozen Yogurt, Hamburger and Sweety Fries Merrick canned food, Hot dog shaped cookies, and more!

With nice weather arriving, stock up on outdoor sports gear like Chuck It Flying Squirrels, Kong Squeaky Balls, and Kong toys.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Memorial Day - Make a Difference in a Veteran's Life

Ah, Memorial Day.

Hamburgers.  Hot Dogs.  Sunshine.  Cape traffic. 

Its a tradition and transition point to summer time.  In the passion of embracing all of what is summer, it is easy to forget what Memorial Day is all about.

At Fenway Bark we have been aligned and supportive of NEADS, a Massachusetts charity organization that trains dogs for the deaf and disabled.  One important program that is near and dear to our hearts at Fenway Bark is a program NEADS offers to provide working canines to injured and disabled combat veterans suffering either physical or psychological injuries from battle.

From Saturday, May 19, until June 3 we will be collecting donations for Canines for Combat Veterans.  If you would like to make a donation, you can do so at the concierge (make check payable to NEADS), add a donation to your purchase at the front desk, or donate on line.

It takes approximately $25,000 in donations to provide one dog to a combat veteran injured in the line of duty.  If we collect enough to purchase one dog for one veteran, we will be able to name the dog. 

Make this Memorial Day truly in memory of those who have sacrificed and donate today. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Fenway Bark Prom King and Queen Contest!

We have 22 contestants in the Fenway Bark Prom King and Queen contest!  With just 2 weeks left to nominate and vote, make sure you check in to participate!

Pet Food Recall - Expanded

For information on brands associated with the Diamond Pet Food recall, please follow this link.  The brands include some of the SKUs and select manufacture dates for:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ordering Pictures From Facebook through Paw Prints

Over the past year we have reached over 3,200 Facebook fans and our fan base is growing quickly.

We have learned you love the photos we post and recognizing that, we have partnered with Print Your Pix, who happens to also be a client, to introduce Paw Prints!, a way for you to order pictures you see on Facebook directly from our Facebook site!  Just click on Paw Prints on our Timeline page and you will be able to view, order, and pay for pictures you want in just a matter of a few clicks. 

You can also upload pictures for posting, ordering and printing. 

Happy clicking!

Diamond Pet Foods Recall - Please read

The voluntary recall of many Diamond Pet Food brands should have many pet owners taking notice and taking measures to discontinue using certain lots of common brands and if they have the bags of food under recall in their homes, taking measures to wash their hands and protect themselves from potential exposure to toxic mold that have caused 14 people to become ill around the country.

The recall includes lots within the following brands:

Diamond Pet Foods Recall:

Other Recalls:
Canidae  ALS, Chicken & Rice, Lamb & Rice, Platinum
We have posted the information as we learn about it on our Facebook page, through our newsletter, and now our blog.  Please share this information with other pet owners to keep the pet community and their families or handlers as safe as possible.