Happy Paw-lidays from The HOL Dog!

Pearl fell asleep waiting for mama to read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas...
Pearl fell asleep waiting for mama to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…

We are about to take some time off to get ready for Christmas celebrations and spending time with family. We hope y’all get to do the same, if that’s your thing.

But we also want to remind you of the holiday dangers for your precious pup:

  • alcohol
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • grapes/raisins
  • macadamia nuts
  • raw yeast bread dough
  • onions
  • anything with Xylitol
  • cooked meat bones
  • rich or heavy sauces

Probably not a good idea to let your dog drink the tree water.

Keep an eye on burning candles that are on about the same level as a wagging tail.

Be mindful of attractive ornaments that could result in an expensive intestinal blockage.

2014 has brought tremendous blessings to us at The HOL Dog, and we are STOKED about 2015!

Thanks for all the follows!

pugs & kisses,

Samantha, Pearl & Truman

This Wart is Bananas!

Hey, guess what.

The inside of a banana peel will make your dog’s paw wart go away.

Not kidding.

I did some research the other week to see what might enable us to (once again) avoid surgery.

Recall that post splinter-ectomy, a wart decided to take up residence in the space between Pearl’s paw pads. The vet put us on yet another round of antibiotics and steroids. I didn’t object because if there was some infection still up in there from the splinter (and there had been), then I wanted it to go away. And there was a bit of pain and swelling, which was making her limp. (Tenderfoot & what not).

But if those didn’t work, the vet suggested cutting off Mr. Wart. (His spending was getting out of control). Anytime you cut on the paw, it’s a difficult healing process for obvious reasons.

So I set out to find another way.

Cinnamon leaf oil can be used for wart removal. It’s highly irritating to the skin, so you have to dilute it. I know it will surprise you to learn that I could not find cinnamon leaf oil in the places I searched in Birmingham. (I’ve got to find better sources. This is getting ridic).

Thuja is an herb that supposedly works on warts. (You guessed it. Couldn’t find any).

Next up: Banana peel.

Yep. Banana peel. The fleshy inside part.

Cheap and readily available.

I scraped a bit off the inside of the peel, and stuffed it in between her paw pads. No bandage needed.

Once a day for 7 days.

….Drum roll……

Mr. Wart slipped on the peel and busted his arse.

I’ll take a pun all the way. Oh, yes I will.

It’s really almost completely gone.

Now, certainly, the antibiotics and steroid might still share some of the credit. But, we had given them their due for about a week before climbing into the banana hammock (see, I did it again), and there had been no noticeable change. Also, warts are viruses, and we all know antibiotics are ineffective against viruses.

After a day or so of banana peel application, the wart had shrunk in size. What remained was very soft, whereas before it was a raised knot with a black dot on top. But now, seven days later, it’s totally flat and the discoloration is dissipating.

Natural remedy does it again! And we are saving time, money, and physical pain by not having to endure a cutting to remove the growth.

And we are loving some yummy bananas in the meantime.

Happy Friday!

pugs & kisses,

Happy Howl-o-Ween!!

pugs pumpkin Halloween costume funny


OOOOooooo!!! SCARY!

It can be very scary for your pets, you know.

Remember to keep them inside and away from stupid teenagers. And mean drunks.

Especially if your dog (or cat) is black.

And here’s a list of things that can result in a pricey visit to the vet. So, even though there’s lots of distractions and lots of strangers coming to the door, keep an eye on your fur baby during the witching hours.


  • Chocolate (toxic)
  • Candy (Your dog does not need sugar. for real.)
  • Grapes & Raisins (toxic)
  • Glow sticks & glow jewelry (Although not toxic, can cause mouth irritation and profuse drooling)
  • Candles (An excited tail and a well-placed candle can singe the heck out of some fur. Or burn your house down. Keep ’em up).
  • Costumes (That costume is super cute. Is it making her over heat? Is it obscuring her vision? Is it too tight, making it hard for her to breathe?)

Basically, pay attention and be smart. An ounce of prevention & all that noise.

And if your pup digs into the candy despite your best efforts, here’s the number for poison control.


Have fun!

pugs & kisses,

What’s for Supper (part II): Redefining Dog Food

natural whole food holistic raw diet for dogs

I am on a mission to redefine what “dog food” means.

Why should our dogs be relegated to eating things that would make us vomit? People across the socio-economic spectrum now consider their pets as family members. If that’s true, why is their nutrition so dramatically less important than ours?

It may be because our own nutrition is no longer as important to us as perhaps it once was.

I mean, what did you eat for lunch? Did it come in a bag? Or a plastic container? Did you nuke it in the microwave? Did the restaurant get the ingredients from the back of an 18-wheeler?

You get my point. We do the same thing to our trusty companions, and they have no rights of protest.

Some of the people I’ve spoken with simply don’t know what to put in their dog’s bowl. Here are some thoughts of what to put together.

Breakfast combos (along with the yogurt-oat-honey staple):

Watermelon & cucumber

Cantaloupe & honeydew

Apples & bananas

Apples & pears

Pears & plums

Plums & peaches

Peaches & blueberries

Blueberries & kiwi

Strawberries & bananas

Dinner combos:

Beef, tomatoes & peppers

Chicken, broccoli & sweet potato

Quail, broccolini & pumpkin

Fish, peppers & carrots

Fish, tomatoes & zucchini

Chicken, peas & carrots

Beef, butternut squash & pumpkin

Fish, green beans & butternut squash

The combinations are endless, and are entirely dependent on what I find at the farmer’s market on the weekends.

I rotate the protein regularly so that they’re not getting too much of the same thing too often.

Unlike what can happen when feeding dry or canned dog food, changing up their raw meat/veggie combos has not caused digestive distress or made them picky eaters.

I feed them a balanced diet.

Why does any of this matter so much to me?

Their coats are softer, and they don’t shed as much. Their noses are less snotty. Their poops are regular. They’re both holding a healthy weight. The theory is that they’ll be healthier over the course of their lives.

Most importantly for us, however, is that after just over 2 months of the raw diet, Pearl’s bladder infection has not returned.

This is a way of life for us now. And it’s affecting my own diet…

pugs & kisses,