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The AJC’s Ligaya Figueras and husband Joe Gudiswitz have discovered adopting a canine to be the very best remedy throughout tough instances. Courtesy of Paula Pontes

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The AJC’s Ligaya Figueras and husband Joe Gudiswitz have discovered adopting a canine to be the very best remedy throughout tough instances. Courtesy of Paula Pontes

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When my husband and I took Peaches house from Fulton County Animal Companies in June, we naively thought we had been getting a deal, as a result of the adoption charges had been waived. In our enthusiasm to take house the “greatest” canine on the shelter, we did not notice we might chosen an lively, pure breed American pit bull terrier that might require a lot coaching. Thank goodness for Cesar Millan, aka the Canine Whisperer, and his YouTube movies of him.

After visits to the pet retailer and the vet, we rapidly realized {that a} free canine from the pound is not actually so free.

The pet food isolate is especially befuddling. Can we feed Peaches canned, dry or a mixture? I do not recall this tough at labels once I fed my children. Now, I learn the dietary information on 50-pound baggage of dry canine ​​meals that tout canine oral care, immunity, digestion, and pores and skin and coat advantages. There are such a lot of varieties.

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Peaches is a pit bull that Ligaya Figueras adopted from Fulton County Animal Companies. Ligaya Figueras/ligaya/figueras@ajc.com

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Peaches is a pit bull that Ligaya Figueras adopted from Fulton County Animal Services.  Ligaya Figueras/ligaya/figueras@ajc.com

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Peaches is a pit bull that Ligaya Figueras adopted from Fulton County Animal Companies. Ligaya Figueras/ligaya/figueras@ajc.com

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Then, there may be the huge class of canine treats, which we have realized are particularly helpful for coaching. We have tried at the very least three manufacturers, as a result of some appear to offer her the runs. Similar to when our youngsters had been in diapers, we examine Peaches’ poops for clues about her digestive well being.

And, we do not look forward to visits to the vet to search out out whether or not our 5-year-old rescue canine has placed on a number of kilos. We stand on the house scale together with her de ella, and with out her de ella, and subtract the distinction.

It goes past meals.

I am as attentive to Peaches’ hydration as my very own. On hikes, we swimsuit her up in a doggie saddlebag and toss water bottles in each facet pouches. This summer season, once I unwrapped a birthday present of a water bottle, with collapsible plastic water bowl for my canine, you’d have thought I would been given a diamond ring.

Seems, I am not the one one obsessing over my canine’s well-being.

We’re in a “loopy dog-mom revolution” second, mentioned Rachel Meyer, proprietor of Botanical Bones, a superfood canine treats firm in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Asheville-based Botanical Bones sells a line of superfood canine treats. Proprietor Rachel Meyer says boutique pet meals companies are a aspect of the “loopy dog-mom revolution.” COURTESY OF BOTANICAL BONES

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Asheville-based Botanical Bones sells a line of superfood dog treats.  Owner Rachel Meyer says boutique pet food businesses are a facet of the “crazy dog-mom revolution.”  COURTESY OF BOTANICAL BONES

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Asheville-based Botanical Bones sells a line of superfood canine treats. Proprietor Rachel Meyer says boutique pet meals companies are a aspect of the “loopy dog-mom revolution.” COURTESY OF BOTANICAL BONES

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I met Meyer earlier this month at Chow Chow, an annual pageant in Asheville that celebrates foodways of the Southern Appalachian area. Meyer was there peddling her line of peanut butter-based canine goodies. Botanical Bones’ Flower Energy helps immunity and wellness. Stability and Calm, the one we’re making an attempt on Peaches, helps boisterous canines relax. Interior Glow promotes digestion.

The dog-loving Meyer launched her firm through the pandemic. “Whereas everybody else was making sourdough, I began making canine treats,” she mentioned. Her booming enterprise de ella is about to blow up, due to a latest $50,000 grant she was awarded by NC Concept, a basis that helps entrepreneurship in North Carolina.

Meyer additionally has collaborated with Atlanta-based boutique canine deal with maker Amanda Yu-Nguyen on a doggie path combine. The mix contains unsweetened banana chips, dried blueberries, dried carrots, freeze-dried inexperienced beans and canine treats. Meyer mentioned they offered out in two hours. They’ve restored, and every time the combination sells rapidly.

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Atlanta-based Barkuterie Boards presents made-to-order charcuterie-style boards for canines. Courtesy of Barkuterie Boards

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Atlanta-based Barkuterie Boards offers made-to-order charcuterie-style boards for dogs.  Courtesy of Barkuterie Boards

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Atlanta-based Barkuterie Boards presents made-to-order charcuterie-style boards for canines. Courtesy of Barkuterie Boards

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Much like Meyer, Yu-Nguyen’s small enterprise concept took form through the pandemic. For her de ella Barkuterie Boards, she curates made-to-order charcuterie-style boards for canines. Her de ella perishable boards — solely obtainable for pickup or supply in metro Atlanta — embody high-protein bites made with tuna, shrimp, beef and antelope, in addition to carrot and pumpkin biscuits, and a cucumber rose and different treats that may perk up a pup’s ears. Nonperishable boards, which she ships nationwide, are made with veggie and fruit shapes. Boards may even be customized with the canine’s title spelled out in letters product of cheese.

Peaches’ adoption paperwork says her birthday is March 3. I would really be prepared to splurge $40 on one among Yu-Nguyen’s creations to mark the event.

My four-legged therapist is value it.

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