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New Product Spotlight: Orijen Freeze Dried Dog Food

Our canine friends are carnivores, evolved to eat meat as a staple of their diet.  At barker & meowsky we strive

to ensure that your furry family member receives the absolute best nutrition available.  We selectively choose a

tried and true variety of trusted, high quality foods for your dogs & cats.  And we’ve recently added a new healthy

and convenient option to our selection.
Orijen, a company we’ve carried for years, has released a new product line of freeze dried foods.   Available in

Original, Regional Red and Tundra flavors, the freeze drying process keeps all the nutrients packed in so that your

pet receives all the benefits of a raw diet without the messy preparation.  All of the meat is sourced locally to the

Orijen factory and humanely raised and caught.  Like our other selections of freeze dried and frozen raw foods, you

can use the Orijen line to supplement your dog’s regular food or as a replacement. If you’ve ever been curious about

raw food, it’s a great option: nutrient rich, ethically sourced and tasty!

Orijen Freeze Dried Food Varieties are available in three varieties:

Adult Freeze Dried Dog Food
Contains: Cage free Chicken and turkey, wild caught herring, nest laid eggs and fruits and veggies

Regional Red Freeze Dried Dog Food
Contains: Black Angus beef, wild boar, heritage pork, Alberta and ranch-raised bison and fruits and veggies

Tundra Freeze Dried Dog Food
Contains: Ranch-raised elk and bison, cage free quail and duck, and steelhead trout

Click here to check out Orijen treats

Contact us with your food inquiries, as we are always happy to help you choose the absolute best nutrition for your furry friends!  Email us at info@barkerandmeowsky.com or call us at 773-868-0200.

Stay Cool This Summer

Woof. Summer is almost here, but it already feels like we’re in the dog days. We’ve written previously with general tips on how to keep your dog cool, but often we need that one specific item for the really hot days.

Gus and Casey stand firmly behind the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler. An evaporative cooling vest, it’s a simple and effective solution on the really hot days. Soak it down in cool water, wring it out and the pop it on your dog. Evaporation helps exchange the heat in your pet’s body for the cool from the water. It’s manufactured in a light silver color, designed to reflect the sun.

Come on in and check it out!

Casey our black lab is staying cool, enjoying her Swamp Cooler vest. Gus watches from the side.

 

Rehydrating the Swamp Cooler.

Casey shakes off some excess water.

Summer Is Coming!

It’s getting to be spring here in the Windy City and we all know what that means: the heat and sunshine of summer is (hopefully) not that far away. We here at barker & meowsky are just as excited as you and wanted to share a few summertime tips and products to get you ready for those hot summer months.

Springtime Check-up

Make sure you get your pets into the vet early in the spring for a check-up. Get them tested for heartworm, and look into flea and tick prevention medications.

Beating the heat

Your dog gets just as hot as you do. When they’re out in the yard, whether with you or on their own, make sure that they have access to both shade and fresh, cool water. If you’re out on the town, make sure you carry a bottle of water for them in case it’s not readily available. A great option for drinking is the barker & meowsky travel bowl, which folds up for easy storage.

Another problem is hot asphalt. Dogs heat up a lot quicker than we do, being close to the ground, so try to keep their contact with pavement to a minimum. Musher’s Secret acts as a good balm in this situation as well, providing a barrier for their paws during the bad days. On the worst days? Let them relax inside, only going out for short walks. And NEVER leave your dog in a hot car, windows cracked or no.

Turn their winter wear into rain gear

Did your dog use Pawz boots this winter to keep snow out of their pads? During this early spring weather, those are a great option for dog galoshes. Keep the mud off their feet and prevent dirty pawprints on your clean floors. Also consider picking up a Soggy Doggy Super Shammy, which can absorb five times more water than a normal towel. Great for a day at the beach or drying off after a rainstorm.

We’ve had a rough winter and we’re all excited for spring and summer, but let’s make sure it’s as safe and fun for our pets as possible!

And The Winners of the 2014 My Furry Valentine Contest go to…

Congratulations to our 2014 My Furry Valentine Contest Winners!!!

Brook H. with Rascal and Kathy B. with Magpie thank you for sharing your love stories with us.

Here are their wonderful stories…

RASCAL THE RESCUE

It was January of 2011, and my partner Holly and I very unexpectedly lost our 5-year-old Bichon Frise Max
during a minor medical procedure.  There was no preparation for this, and we were bereft, as was our other Bichon named Gabby.  We had no plans to get another dog until spring or summer. After all, this was winter in Chicago, and, as it turned out, right before the 2011 blizzard that closed Lake Shore Drive and slowed the city for several days.

But so much for the best-laid plans!  Enter a guardian angel and another lover of Bichon Frises that had a family history of that breed as the family pet.  Our guardian angel checked in on us about 10 days after we lost Max to see how we were doing.  ”Not so well” I responded and that was all the opening she needed.  She then told me that she had found our next dog on Pet Finder, and of all places, he was currently at a Doberman rescue, although he was a full Bichon Frise.  His name was Rascal, and he appeared to be adorable, needing only a good grooming and a loving home. Still hesitant, I promised we would at least visit him.

The rest is history, as they say!  When we entered the Doberman rescue, it was filled with dogs. But somehow Rascal knew that we were there to see him.  I sat on the floor, and he immediately walked over and plopped in my lap.  And when Holly reached out to touch him, he kissed her hand.  You all know the rest. He was obviously going home with us!  And in that first moment on the floor, I knew that Rascal was meant to be ours and would always be our furry and funny valentine.  It felt like Max had sent him to us.

Rascal’s first day with us was a whirlwind!  After a vet appointment (He was in perfect health), we were finally able to feed him.  Fueled for the rest of the day, our next stop was Barker & Meowsky where we stocked up on winter coats and raincoats and collars and leashes and toys and treats galore! We were then headed home for a dinner party with some of our closest friends. Rascal, who has never met a toy that he did not like, had not even had a single toy of his own until we got him.  All of our friends showered him with more toys and treats that night and fell in love with our new addition.

In addition to clothing and toys, one of our friends gave us a magnetized sign that reads “Who Rescued Who?”  I know that many of you have seen that sign before.   And I know that all of you know the answer.  Rascal did indeed rescue us and brought happiness, love and laughter and so much fun to our home once again.  Rascal is filled with love and only wants to share it. Every day is Valentine’s Day, and we are forever thankful and grateful for him and that very special guardian angel!

-Brook H.

 

Magpie

 

To say I loved Magpie from the moment we laid eyes on one another is not
only untrue it’s impossible. I was in the Operating Room helping the Vet
with the sprays and neuters for the shelter when someone walked in and said,
“About the blind kitten-”

“What blind Kitten? Where? Can I have her?” I blurted out. The vet
laughed and said, “Sure, I guess we have no choice!” Magpie was in the
adjoining room. She had been brought in a few days earlier after someone
found her in the street and brought her into Preiser Animal hospital. She
was very near death, dehydrated and running a temp. When I saw her in the
cage she had already rebounded.

She was tiny, she was all black and she screeched instead of mewing.
I picked her up and took her home an hour later. She is not part an
integral part of our home. Although she is our 4th and youngest cat, Pie
as we call her, runs the house. Her blindness is the result of congenital
cataracts according to the eye specialists at Blue Pearl in Northfield.

Our shyest cat Tank, immediately took to Pie and became her little guardian
in the house. She learned the house room by room with tank at her side.
This astounded us as Tank is very shy and used to hide from visitors.

Pie loves D’a Bird toy most of all her toys. She mews for us to take it
off the fireplace mantel and play with her.

She loves the tennis ball on the track toy that Santa brought our cats a
year ago for Christmas, from Barker and Meowsky. A few years ago we lost
our Deaf cat Radar to kidney stones. He was all white with two blue eyes.

We learned from Radar how animals compensate naturally for their deficits.
Radar loved the cardboard cabin Santa brought him from Barker and Meowsky a
few years back.

That’s why adopting a blind kitten seemed like an adventure not a handicap,
to us .

Happy Valentine’s Day
kathy b.

Toy Spotlight: Fluff & Tuff by Author Lincoln

 

Ava with Ricardo Raccoon Squeaky Tough Dog Toy

Do you have a dog that prefers a plush style of toy but destroys every single one within five minutes of pulling it out of the bag? While there is no such thing as an indestructible toy, some come closer than others.
If you want that plush feel with built in durability, check out the Fluff & Tuff line. Created by Chris and Ellen Lawson in Michigan, the toys come from a family with a lifetime of experience in loving dogs. They’re excellent toys, realistically styled after animals and will last through multiple play sessions. Double-stitched and outfitted with a tough mesh liner, there are no seams for your dog to sink a tooth into. The interior, if your dog does manage to get into it, is stuffed with a non-toxic fill. One of our in-store play-testers, Ava, has had Ricardo the raccoon for almost a year now and it has stood up to many hours of chewing and tug-of-war.
Does your dog go for the extremities first? Check out Karl the Koi or Henrietta Hedgehog. They’re simple shapes with few chewable limbs. Want a tug-of-war game? Monty the python is your best bet.
We carry nearly their entire line in our store and online, so come pick out your dog’s newest, toughest pal.

Does Your Dog Need a Jacket?

        Some consider coats and sweaters for dogs to be silly, a conceit of a fashion conscious owner or an unnecessary luxury. However, particularly for smaller breeds and those with short coats, a warm piece of clothing can make a dog much happier, whether it’s only worn outside to use the bathroom or around the house to deal with low temperatures.
So does your dog need a jacket? Take a few things into consideration. Is your dog shivering during even short trips outside for potty breaks? Are they reluctant to go outside at all? Do you have a small or toy breed? Is their coat short? These are all good reasons to get a jacket on your dog, but even larger, thicker coated breeds can benefit from clothing. After all, we all like to be warm during the winter months.
So how do you fit your dog for clothing? While the best way is to come into the store with your pup, if there’s no way for you to bring them in with you a good option is measure them at home first. Take a tape measure and measure from the base of their neck to the base of their tail. This is how most clothing is sized. So a dog who measures 18 inches would wear a size 18 and so on. It’s also good to measure their chest, done by wrapping the measuring tape around their torso right behind the front legs.
A note on male dogs: Because of the location of their genitals, it is possible that male dogs may not get enough “pee clearance” in certain jackets or sweaters. Make sure before wearing it outside that your dog won’t be urinating on or into their jacket.
So what jacket or sweater should you get for your puppy? Well, we here at barker & meowsky have a huge variety to choose from, all of them toasty warm. Want something that looks ready for the runway? Check out Tanner and Dash’s huge selection. Do you have a dog with a big chest, like a greyhound or boxer? You might be better off with an Apache Polarfleece.
Whatever your needs, we’re ready to help you out. Come on in!

Soggy Doggy Shammy works wonders on wet dogs.

 

No wet doggy smell here!

 

My Go-To pet product has to be Soggy Doggy Super Shammy!!!! Owning this  has made my life easier, I have both the chenille dog towel (love the Super Shammy’s convenient hand pockets) and the Doormat. Both the Doormat and Shammy are super soft, durable, machine washable, and the number one reason why it is amazing is because of how it soaks up water and dirt. When they say it absorbs up to 7x it’s weight in water, they aren’t kidding… You can’t lose.  Sorry Shamwow , you’ve got nothin’ on Soggy Doggy.  I have two pups that need extra grooming between their scheduled groomings at barker & meowsky. My little guy has allergies and needs frequent baths at home. My big boy enjoys rolling in “who knows what” in the yard.  The Shammy comes in handy since I don’t own a high powered blower. When giving baths before, I would go through five or six of my own towels. Now with Soggy Doggy my dog drying process has been cut in half and my dogs love the rubdown.

Since I have a yard it’s simple for me to let the boys out when the weather is bad but no matter how easy it is on me, my floor still pays the price. It never fails, muddy paw prints show up on my kitchen floor!!! I now have the Soggy Doggy doormat at my front door and when the boys want to come back in I use the doormat to wipe down their legs, feet and bellys… I even use it to wipe my wet shoes. No more muddy paw prints (or footprints) makes this lady extremely happy.  My little guy Remy also thinks the Doormat is one of his beds and I can’t blame him, who doesn’t love soft comfy chenille?

So, not only is The Soggy Doggy my Go-To product, but it is also J.J. and Remy Tested and Approved. I give it two thumbs up and my boys give it two very clean and dry paws up!  - Jena G.

Handy hand pockets make drying 'em off so easy.

 

  

Teach your dog to wipe their paws themselves on the Doggy Doormat. Gotta love self-cleaning paws!

LXTV 1st Look goes shopping with Ms. Meowsky for the best gifts of 2010!

The perfect presents for your pets are at barker & meowsky!  Just ask Bessie Tsionis from LXTV who discovered that the options at barker & meowsky  for great gift giving for pets and their humans are endless! 

Wreath Rope Bones – Holiday favorite!

Just to mention a few, Bessie checked out our extensive selection of cozy coats and sweaters for large and small dogs including  our exclusive collection by Tanner & Dash,.  She admired the the simply beautiful Square Meal Diners by local Chicago designer Luke Wong, sampled some of our Organic Pumpkin Treats (delicious!)  and snuggled up with Gus & Casey on the fabulous Katie Puff Bed while wearing one of our adorable Santa Hats.  Awwwwww!

Fox Business News visits barker & meowsky

Fox Business News stopped by barker & meowsky to wish Gus a happy 10th birthday …And, to ask us a few questions.  Casey put a big wet nose print on the camera,  a perfect example of  how our furry friends help us smile while we’re thinking about the worrisome stuff.  Since 1998, barker & meowsky has been focused on helping our super savvy customers make great choices for their dogs & cats through any ups and downs.

Watch the video right here!

Thanks Jeff Flock & the Fox Business News Team -  come back anytime!

"Dog of the Bride" Bridal Trunk Show

If you’re part of the 18% of dog owners that, according to a 2006 survey by the American Kennel Club, would include or want to include your pets in your wedding ceremony, stay tuned! barker & meowsky, a paw firm based in Chicago, is ready to kick-off the wedding season with class and style by hosting a true-blue bridal trunk show on Saturday, June 5th from 12pm4pm.

This isn’t your typical trunk show, however – this one is all about the ‘Dog of Honor’ (or perhaps the ‘Best Dog.’) barker & meowsky, together with dog fashion designer Alice Nichols of UpCountry, will have the latest wedding day fashions and accessories for pets available and on display all afternoon. Among the many items to be featured are tuxedos, top hats and even made-to-order collar and leash sets that match your wedding colors. Event attendees will meet wedding service providers such as trustworthy professional wedding day dog handlers and will receive some invaluable tips & resources to ensure that special day goes on “without a hitch”!
 
Volunteers from Midwest Labrador Retriever Rescue will also be on hand with some wonderful adoptable Labradors. So, if you don’t have a Flower Dog yet, don’t worry, you may just meet the furry love of your life!

“Over the years we’ve assisted the finest wedding planners in selecting the right outfits and accessories for the dog of the bride – so we’re excited to be able to host an event that brings it all together in one place,” explained Alice Lerman, founder of barker & meowsky. “We love to see pet-friendly weddings that are done well, that not only have style and flair but also respect for the dog, guests and wedding party. Our specialty is getting the right items and info to the happy couple to make that happen.

Details for the event are as follows:

WHAT:
‘Dog of the Bride’ Bridal Trunk Show
WHERE:
barker & meowsky, 1003 W. Armitage Ave in Chicago
WHEN:
Saturday, June 5th, 2010
TIME:
12pm 4pm CDT

As if 18% of dog owners aren’t enough, the American Kennel Club survey also reports that 27% of dog owners under thirty years old said they wouldn’t think twice about including their best friend of the four-legged variety in their weddings – so this trend is on the rise. 

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