Living in Minnesota, we all know how brutal Midwestern winters can be. We endure sub-zero temperatures, blizzards that can bring feet of snow, and what can feel like only a few hours of sunlight at a time, because we love calling this beautiful state Home. Quiet mornings after a fresh snowfall, coming in after a day of fun in the snow to warm up by the fire with a mug of cocoa, or having a great excuse to stay in for the night and binge-watch the newest Netflix show with a cozy blanket and your dog at your side, are the types of things that make the “Minnesota Winter” great.
There is a lot of hubbub in the dog food industry regarding grain-free diets. Some are claiming that a grain-free diet causes a taurine deficiency and leads to dilated cardiomyopathy. Not so fast. Let’s look at the facts.
There has been an increase in dilated cardiomyopathy in some dog breeds, including American Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Newfoundlands and other giant breeds, source PetMD.
Periodically a client will call my mom to discuss an upcoming vacation for their dog and ask whether a Top Dog getaway is appropriate for their young puppy or their senior best friend. Physical exercise, socialization, and mental stimulation are so important at any age and every stage of life for our dogs. We welcome dogs from 8 weeks of age to 19 years (yup . . . that is the oldest dog that stays with us).