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The AJC’s Ligaya Figueras and husband Joe Gudiswitz have uncovered adopting a doggy to be the ideal therapy for the duration of rough times. Courtesy of Paula Pontes

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The AJC’s Ligaya Figueras and partner Joe Gudiswitz have located adopting a pet to be the very best treatment all through tough situations. Courtesy of Paula Pontes

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When my spouse and I took Peaches dwelling from Fulton County Animal Services in June, we naively imagined we have been receiving a offer, simply because the adoption expenses were waived. In our enthusiasm to consider household the “best” canine at the shelter, we didn’t realize we’d picked an energetic, pure breed American pit bull terrier that would demand a great deal teaching. Thank goodness for Cesar Millan, aka the Puppy Whisperer, and his YouTube videos.

Following visits to the pet retail store and the vet, we swiftly learned that a cost-free canine from the pound is not truly so cost-free.

The doggy meals aisle is significantly befuddling. Do we feed Peaches canned, dry or a mix? I really don’t remember looking this tough at labels when I fed my little ones. Now, I read the dietary information on 50-pound baggage of dry pet dog food that tout canine oral care, immunity, digestion, and pores and skin and coat rewards. There are so a lot of varieties.

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Peaches is a pit bull that Ligaya Figueras adopted from Fulton County Animal Solutions. Ligaya Figueras/ligaya/[email protected]

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Peaches is a pit bull that Ligaya Figueras adopted from Fulton County Animal Services. Ligaya Figueras/ligaya/figueras@ajc.com

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Then, there is the extensive category of dog treats, which we’ve figured out are specifically useful for coaching. We have experimented with at the very least three brands, because some look to give her the operates. Just like when our little ones have been in diapers, we study Peaches’ poops for clues about her digestive health and fitness.

And, we never wait for visits to the vet to locate out no matter whether our 5-yr-previous rescue puppy has place on a couple of lbs. We stand on the property scale with her, and without the need of her, and subtract the distinction.

It goes over and above foods.

I’m as attentive to Peaches’ hydration as my individual. On hikes, we fit her up in a doggie saddlebag and toss water bottles in each side pouches. This summer, when I unwrapped a birthday present of a drinking water bottle, with collapsible plastic water bowl for my puppy, you’d have believed I’d been provided a diamond ring.

Turns out, I’m not the only one particular obsessing around my dog’s nicely-staying.

We’re in a “crazy pet dog-mom revolution” second, claimed Rachel Meyer, proprietor of Botanical Bones, a superfood puppy treats firm in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Asheville-dependent Botanical Bones sells a line of superfood pet dog treats. Proprietor Rachel Meyer claims boutique pet food organizations are a aspect of the “crazy puppy-mother revolution.” COURTESY OF BOTANICAL BONES

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Asheville-based Botanical Bones sells a line of superfood dog treats. Owner Rachel Meyer says boutique pet food businesses are a facet of the “crazy dog-mom revolution.” COURTESY OF BOTANICAL BONES

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Asheville-primarily based Botanical Bones sells a line of superfood puppy treats. Owner Rachel Meyer suggests boutique pet foodstuff enterprises are a facet of the “crazy dog-mother revolution.” COURTESY OF BOTANICAL BONES

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I fulfilled Meyer previously this month at Chow Chow, an annual festival in Asheville that celebrates foodways of the Southern Appalachian area. Meyer was there peddling her line of peanut butter-centered canine goodies. Botanical Bones’ Flower Ability supports immunity and wellness. Stability and Tranquil, the one particular we’re hoping on Peaches, helps boisterous puppies chill out. Inner Glow promotes digestion.

The pet dog-loving Meyer introduced her business through the pandemic. “While everybody else was making sourdough, I begun making pet treats,” she claimed. Her booming enterprise is about to explode, many thanks to a latest $50,000 grant she was awarded by NC Thought, a foundation that supports entrepreneurship in North Carolina.

Meyer also has collaborated with Atlanta-based mostly boutique puppy take care of maker Amanda Yu-Nguyen on a doggie trail blend. The blend consists of unsweetened banana chips, dried blueberries, dried carrots, freeze-dried environmentally friendly beans and canine treats. Meyer mentioned they offered out in two several hours. They’ve restocked, and each and every time the combine sells swiftly.

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Atlanta-based Barkuterie Boards provides manufactured-to-order charcuterie-design boards for dogs.
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Atlanta-based Barkuterie Boards offers made-to-order charcuterie-style boards for dogs.
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Atlanta-based Barkuterie Boards offers produced-to-buy charcuterie-style boards for pet dogs.
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Equivalent to Meyer, Yu-Nguyen’s little business enterprise concept took condition throughout the pandemic. For her Barkuterie Boards, she curates designed-to-buy charcuterie-style boards for canine. Her perishable boards — only out there for pickup or supply in metro Atlanta — incorporate significant-protein bites created with tuna, shrimp, beef and antelope, as well as carrot and pumpkin biscuits, and a cucumber rose and other treats that will perk up a pup’s ears. Nonperishable boards, which she ships nationwide, are manufactured with veggie and fruit shapes. Boards can even be customized with the dog’s title spelled out in letters designed of cheese.

Peaches’ adoption paperwork states her birthday is March 3. I might basically be inclined to splurge $40 on a person of Yu-Nguyen’s creations to mark the celebration.

My 4-legged therapist is really worth it.

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