Welcome to Body, Mind & Paw, the newsletter of The Growlin' Gourmet. Every other month we provide advice, tips and articles on caring for your furry companion. You'll also find special offers and news from The Growlin' Gourmet.

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All the best,

Marianne & Steve

In This Issue

  • A big thank you to our customers

  • The Animals in Haiti need your help!

  • Article: Keeping Your Dog Happy & Healthy in 2010

  • Events

Thank You

At The Growlin’ Gourmet part of our mission is to support animals and our community. As dedicated pet lovers, nothing saddens us more than a pet in need, and nothing brings more joy to us than helping needy pets when we are able. Each year our company donates a percentage of our profits to an organization that supports animals in need. A big thank you to all our loyal customers in 2009. Because of you we were able to make a generous donation to the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk, Maine. Thank you everyone!! We wish you and your furry friends a very happy and healthy 2010!

The Animals in Haiti Need Your Help!

While we are on the subject of animals in need.…….The animals in Haiti need your help! Several organizations have teamed up to create the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH). These organizations include The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), American Humane, Best Friends, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International.

The goal of ARCH is to raise funds to help animals in earthquake-stricken Haiti and to provide direct aid to these animals once rescue teams have been assembled.

According to the ASPCA, "There are an estimated 5 million head of livestock in the country (mostly goats), a large stray dog population, an untold number of companion animals and native wildlife all adversely affected by the earthquake.”

"Currently, a team of experts in animal emergency response is staging in the Dominican Republic waiting to get into Haiti to begin work. IFAW and WSPA have also begun to stock a mobile clinic with vaccines, antibiotics, bandages, food and other supplies in anticipation of bringing direct aid to animals.”

If you would like to contribute to these efforts please donate here:


The Growlin’ Gourmet will donate 10% of sales during the month of January to the animal relief efforts in Haiti.

How to Keep Your Dog Happy & Healthy in 2010

January is typically a time when people ponder their lifestyle and look for ways to make healthful changes. This month we thought we would talk about some simple things that you can do to keep your dog happy and healthy for as long as possible.

1. Provide a healthy diet. If you have spent any time on our website you know how passionate we are about nutrition. Research has demonstrated that good nutrition may be the most important factor in maintaining our dogs health. Many health problems can be traced to dietary deficiencies. Not all commercial dog foods are made from healthy ingredients. Take time to do some reading and research and find a food that contains high quality ingredients and no fillers such as corn and cereal products. Avoid artificial preservatives. For more information on this subject visit our website or check out the following books.

Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

Home-prepared Dog and Cat Diets: The Healthful Alternative

2. Make sure that your dog gets plenty of exercise. According to the experts 40% of our nations pets are overweight or obese. This is primarily because we overfeed our animals. Too little exercise also contributes to the problem. Exercise releases endorphins and creates a natural “high”. Whether its playing ball in the yard or walking around the block, make sure that your dog gets some exercise everyday. As an added bonus you will get some exercise and get healthier too.

3. Provide regular socialization with “doggie friends”. Dogs are pack animals. They get lonely just like you and I do. If you dog is stuck home alone all day be sure to arrange some play dates with other dogs. Doggie day care is an option or take a trip to the local dog park.

4. Schedule routine vet visits. Regular check-up are important for your dog’s health. Visit your vet at least once a year regardless of your animals health, more often if you have an aging dog or one with health problems. Remember you know your dog best and have much to contribute to the discussion regarding your dogs current state of health and any plan to address a problem.

5. Provide a secure and loving environment. Your home is more than a place where your dog is sheltered from the elements. It is a place where his primary physical and emotional needs will be met. Stress can be just as damaging to dogs as it is to their human companions. Recognizing and minimizing the stress in your dog’s life is an important aspect of maintaining his health. The better you are able to tune in to your furry friends emotional state, the more quickly you will be able to recognize when there is a problem.


Come see us at the Cumberland Winter Farmer’s market - Saturdays from 10am until 2pm. The market is located at Skillins Greenhouses on Route 100 in Cumberland.

Come see us!

Saco Farmers Market

Saco Valley Shopping Center

Saturdays 7am to noon

South Portland Farmers Market

Hinckley Drive (Millcreek)

Thursdays 3pm to 7pm

Where to find our biscuits

* The Animal House, Damariscotta

* Axis Natural Foods, Auburn

* The Belfast Coop, Belfast

* Bearded Collie Club of Maine

* Black Cherry Provisions, Falmth

* Call Me Pet Sitter, Rockwall, TX

* Camp Bow Wow, Portland

* Creative Turtle, Boothbay Hrb.

* Dakota Dog Company, N.J.

* Fetch, Portland

* Harvest Hill Farms, Poland

* Jordan's Farm, Cape Elizabeth

* Maine's Pantry, Portland

* Misty Meadows Farm, Grand Isle

* Paws Applause, Scarborough

* PetScripts Pharmacy, Yarmouth

* Sooper Dogs, Biddeford

* State of Maine Cheese, Rockport

* Stone Soup Artisans, Saco

* The Good Life Market, Raymond

* Wags and Wool, Lubec