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

  • News & Events

  • Article: Fun Dog Facts

News & Events

Happy spring everyone!

We have lots going on this spring, so I thought that I would start this newsletter with the latest news.

  • Saturday April 17th we will be at Paws Applause in Scarborough for their Spring Fling Celebration. Stop by and check out the festivities.
Farmer’s market season is right around the corner. This summer you will find us at three different markets.
  • Falmouth Farmers Market: Wednesdays noon to 4pm

    Falmouth Route 1 @ Walmart Plaza

    Opening day May 5th

  • The Freeport Community Market: Fridays 3pm to 7pm

    L.L.Bean Campus, Freeport ME

    Opening day May 28th

  • The Saco Farmer’s market: Saturdays 7am to noon

    Saco Valley Shopping Center, Saco ME

    Opening day May 8th

    Come see us and support your local farmers!


    We are in the process of moving our business to the North Dam Mill in Biddeford, ME. This will allow us to expand and provide more tasty treats for your favorite four-legged friends. Please bear with us during this transition. If you need to reach us during the next few weeks please email us at info@growlingourmet.com

    Fun Dog Facts

    Some interesting trivia about man’s best friend. Enjoy!

    • A dog’s heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70 to 80 times a minute.

    • A dog’s normal body temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

    • It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans.

    • The only sweat glands a dog has are between the paw pads.

    • Dogs have far fewer taste buds than people. It is the smell that initially attracts them to a particular food.

    • A dog’s smell is more than 100,000 times stronger than that of a human’s. While humans have 5 million smell-detecting cells, dogs have more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets smell is also four times larger in dogs than in humans. If a pot of stew is cooking on a stove, a human smells the stew, but a dog smells the beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, spices and all the other individual ingredients.

    • A dog's whiskers are touch-sensitive hairs called vibrissae. They are found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws, and can actually sense tiny changes in airflow.

    • Dogs’ sense of hearing is more than ten times more acute than a human’s. Dogs don’t like rain because the sound is amplified and hurts their very sensitive ears.

    • A greyhound can run as fast as 45 miles an hour.

    • If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!

    • Eighty percent of dog owners buy their dog a present for holidays and birthdays. More than half of them sign letters and cards from themselves and their pets.

    • Seventy percent of people sign their pet’s name on greeting cards and 58 percent include their pets in family and holiday portraits, according to a survey done by the American Animal Hospital Association.

    • The longest living dog, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was an Australian Cattle Dog, named Bluey, who lived to be 29.

    • Male dogs do not actually need to lift their leg to urinate. A male dog urinates with one leg up to better mark his territory. This scent can tell another dog many things, including the size of the dog that did the marking. The size is judged by the height of the mark, and dogs like to make themselves seem as big as possible by lifting their leg so they can make a higher mark

    • When a dog is barking and you yell at him to be quiet, what he really hears is that you are barking too! Now he thinks everyone in his "pack" is barking, so it must be the right thing to do. A quick way to hush a barking dog is to quietly but firmly give him a command to do something else, such as sit or lie down.

    • The world’s smartest dogs are thought to be (1) the border collie, (2) the poodle, and (3) the golden retriever.

    • Most pet owners (94 percent) say their pet makes them smile more than once a day. It has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.

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