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About The Happy Hound

When you visit the Happy Hound, you will find only all natural, holistic, eco-friendly dog products. They are truly wholesome. We are a wellness center for your dog and you! We also offer qualified dog behavior and training. Some of our famous dog goods are all natural, dry roasted beef tendons and dried yak milk chews. I know, gross to us yet delicious to our dogs. Our best selling chews are sweet potatoes on hemp rope! Dogs of all ages and sizes go crazy for them! Salmon with broccoli and wheat grass is one of our most popular treats! Freeze –dried raw treats are perfect for training! Our toys are smart toys – they will engage your dog’s brilliant mind! We have an array of Chinese herbs and flower essences to help your dog decompress and feel relaxed. Our mission is to teach people the importance of a healthy lifestyle thru nutrition & training. A healthy dog is a happy hound! If we can help one dog become healthy, then we did what we set out to do. We hope your dog will be one of them!

So, here is the dog tale of The Happy Hound. Once upon a time, many years ago, I too was a "kibble feeder". I really believed that I was giving my dogs the best possible food. Vets, breeders and trainers, all gave kibble to their dogs and recommended it to their clients. I would watch an Iams or Eukanuba commercial and say, "yes, that’s what I want for my dog". But there was a faint voice in my head whispering "why were so many dogs suffering from food allergies and riddled with cancer?" In life we are fortunate to have many teachers. They definitely come in all shapes and sizes. As the saying goes "when the student is ready the teacher will appear". Well, I had two very special teachers that came into my life - Chloe and Max. Chloe, a beautiful yellow Labrador became sick with an "unknown" illness. At 6 months of age she had severe digestive issues. Max, an adorable Beagle was diagnosed with an immune disease that almost took his life. The Lymes Vaccine caused the immune disorder. Fortunately he went into remission; however, they both were still dealing with an array of ear, stomach and skin issues. More than half a dozen board- certified, respected vets examined them. They all had the same protocol for a sick dog "feed them rice and boiled chicken". Every time I fed my dogs this common vet recipe, my dogs get better! No more ear infections, no itchy skin, digestion was perfect! When I watched them, my dogs just looked healthy – they were vibrant! They had a sparkle in their eyes that was definitely not there before! Hmmm …..I started contemplating. It must be the food! After extensive research, I learned that it was indeed the kibble. Dogs that eat kibble, regardless of how superior it is, are living in a constant state of dehydration. Did you ever just stop and look at kibble? Yuck! Think about what it must be like eating that every day for an entire life! It was for me and my dogs, the beginning of a dog food revolution!

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace." - Milan Kundera

When friends and clients would see my dogs they would always ask me what I feed them. I have to say, my dogs looked stunning! I remember like it was yesterday when Chloe’s vet shook her head and looked at me and said "I don’t understand … she is almost 14 years old, she looks as though she is 9, has one of the most aggressive forms of cancer and she has outlived every living statistic on this disease". Not only did Chloe beat the cancer but she lived her life with dignity until her last breath. A whole food diet coupled with nutritional supplements played a critical role in her doing so. Because I saw my dogs regain their health and shed their dis-ease, I am a believer! I had to share this information and the products that I gave my dogs, with my clients and any dog person! Unfortunately, most stores or web sites didn’t sell what I was suggestion. And if they did they didn’t offer everything under one roof. I wanted a place that I would go to and not have to shop around. So, I began selling the dog good myself!

Yes, the scientific nutritional data is here to prove it. World renowned veterinarian oncologists and nutritionists all agree – Dogs MUST eat a diet made up of quality proteins, vegetables and fruits. Dogs are carnivores and they need a whole food diet. In other words, they need to have a species appropriate diet in order to live healthy - made up of meat/fish, vegetables, fruit and some whole grains if necessary. We know how important fresh food is for us. The same applies to dogs. So, toss your dog a slice of apple, a chunk of papaya, a piece of raw chicken. They will LOVE it! That’s what they have eaten for thousands of years. That’s what wolves eat and that’s what our domesticated dogs should eat as well. It’s a myth that dogs shouldn’t eat people food. Don’t believe it. Listen to that common sense voice inside your head like I did … your dog will thank you for it!

Testimonials

The best thing about shopping at The Happy Hound is having peace of mind that every single item in the store has been carefully researched and chosen by Tamara to meet the highest quality and safety standards for our beloved pets.  Tamara is a dog person like no other, with knowledge, experience, compassion and intuition topped only by her immense love for our four-legged friends!

- Susan Taylor

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