Since 2003, I've been making natural raw food and treats for my pets, using only fresh raw meat and healthy locally-grown ingredients.
My goal is to help you keep your best friend healthy and happy too.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Winter Markets & Online Ordering

Mugsy's DogTown Lounge is now a producer for Fall Line Farms, an online farmer's market for fresh veggies, baked goods and other delicious, healthy, locally produced food. Spike's Chicken Salad and Dried Chicken Fingers are both available now, and we hope to add new products in the spring.

If you'd rather bring your dog with you, we'll be outside next to Blanchard's Coffee on Forest Hill from 10am-12noon on Saturdays throughout the season, weather permitting.  There are plenty of other vendors offering the same good foods you've been enjoying at South of the James market all summer - come on out for fresh local goodies! You can also find us with Faith Farms at Byrd's Renegade market, Byrd Community Center from 3 - 5:30 on Tuesday afternoons.

We're also now on Facebook - look for DogTown Lounge and click to become a fan.

Looking forward to seeing all our friends throughout the holidays, online or in person!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Pet Carousel Dog Treat Recall

Pet Carousel has recalled their Pig Ears and Beef Hoof treats because of a possible Salmonella contamination. Recalled products include the brand names Choo Hooves, Dentley’s, Doggie Delight, Pork Tasteez and Pet Carousel.

People are also at risk from handling these products; please always wash your hands thoroughly with soap after handling any pet food or treats. 

All pork ears purchased on or after 08/16/2009 and all beef hoof products purchased on or after 09/16/2009 made by Pet Carousel are included in this alert.

Please read more on the FDA's alert page.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats

The National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences has reviewed their recommendations for dog and cat nutrition, and published an updated report. The entire 400-page report is available for purchase from the National Academies Press, but the executive summaries have been released as free, easy-to-read, download-able pamphlets in PDF form. Please click on the dog or cat for the download pages:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Chicken Finger Fan Club #1

Here are just a few of the many happy fans of
Fletcher Lou's Dried Chicken Fingers
who drop by on Saturdays at South of the James Market:


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Bones For Dinner

People often ask if it's safe to feed bones to their dogs. We've all heard dire warnings about the peril of giving a dog chicken bones, yet the image of Bowzer with a big knuckle bone is a positive picture of a happy dog. Confusing and contradictory, and almost the reverse of reality!

Simple rule: Raw Bones = Good; Cooked Bones = Bad

Monday, June 15, 2009

Dried Chicken Fingers!

Searching for a healthy dog treat suitable for your raw fed pets?
Something they can really get their teeth into, without preservatives or grains?

Dried Chicken Fingers, a dried chicken jerky made from fresh raw wing tips, might be what your dog is craving. Jerking meat is a traditional method of meat preservation, during which the chicken fingers are dehydrated slowly for a long time. This process does not cook the chicken, but does make it easier for humans to handle, while increasing its shelf life. A high value treat can keep YOU the center of attention, even when Bowzer and squirrels collide! Chewy, and crunchy, it'll help keep your favorite companion's teeth clean and white.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Who's Spike?

 Spike the Cat was a Birman/Russian Blue kitten born under my bed in April, 1991, to Ms. Sally Forth, aka Thing; a Russian Blue found near Monroe Park a few months earlier. She'd arrived mid-winter, and apparently chose to stay after sampling the local mouse population, and the handsome Birman on the next block.

Spike had a long and illustrious career as a decorative and warming sofa-cushion, with extraordinary purring levels.  He was a large, plush, snuggley guy who purred like a boat motor, and had only one thing to say: "Mur." His purr was so loud that a guest once woke me during the night to report that there was a "strange buzzing noise" coming from the corner of her room. It was Spike, settling in for the night.