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Slippery Elm

I always thought I knew everything when it came to dogs, especially after working at Ren’s for almost 2 years! But my German shepherd, Easton put that knowledge to the test! Easton has issues with his G/I tract, which can make feeding him difficult. Through research I learned about some ingredients and tricks to help him settle his stomach.

Recently he has been very sick (throwing up and loose stools) with zero appetite. He was loosing weight and we didn't know what to do anymore. When speaking with my co-workers, they were giving me great tips! They suggested we add Pumpkin Puree to his dinner to help soothe his stomach. The pumpkin encouraged him to eat, and did help soothe his tummy. The best product we were recommended to try was Thrive Slippery Elm Powder! Slippery Elm Powder coats the intestinal tract to provide relief from digestive concerns. Within a day Easton was eating and feeling better! We did take a trip to the vet to make sure Easton was back on tract! I am very thankful for the help of my caring co-workers!

 

Shauna Eves

Full-Time Key Holder

 

Arrow and the Nylabone

Arrow was a very well behaved puppy. She house trained very quickly because we used the crating method when we were not able to supervise her. She only ever had one accident in the house and that was literally minutes after arriving home.

When in her crate, she loved to chew on her Nylabone puppy chew. It lasted until she developed her adult teeth and until her brother Clarence got ahold of it one day and completely obliterated it. That's why Clarence can only have the Nylabones designed for strong adult chewers. He enjoys his Nylabone dental dinosaur.

Kristy Hammond

Leela and the Jolly Ball

As outdoor toys go, the hard plastic Jolly Pets ball line is great in terms of durability, size variation and overall dog approval rating. However, the one that I can vouch as "Leela certified" is the medium size Hard Plastic Teaser Ball. It consists of a hard plastic outer shell with 3 holes in it that expose a smaller green rubber ball on the inside. Leela loves to stick her snout in one of the holes and try and get the smaller ball on the inside. She also loves to (like many other toys) hold it by one of the holes, swing it around wildly and knock people's knees out. 


This ball is an exclusively "outside" toy, and it has stood up to snow, ice, rain, sun, dirt, wandering raccoons and a whole manner of other things. The plastic stays intact, doesn't crack or chip, and the only wear and tear visible on it is a few scratches and some gnaw marks around the holes where she picks it up. It's her go-to toy to bring us as soon as we go outside, and we have hours of fun throwing it around the yard!

Emily Baker

Pivot and the Life Jacket

Swimming is one of Pivot’s favourite summer activities. It is a great way to keep cool and burn off some energy. A lifejacket is essential for all dogs big and small. It keeps them safe in the water and they have handles so you can easily grab them.

The lifejackets are fully adjustable which was great since she started swimming as a puppy and is now fully grown.

I feel much better about her swimming with a lifejacket on because I know if she gets tired it will keep her floating. Occasionally she will stop swimming and just float along; it is a cute sight.

Melissa Bailey

 

Bully Sticks!

Working at Ren’s has been an amazing experience so far, I've only been here just over a month and I love it. So many friendly people, and dogs! Let me tell you a bit about myself, and one of my favourite products at Ren’s! 

So I'm Hailey, and my love for animals started when I was young. Seriously, I've loved animals of all shapes and sizes for what feels like forever! I have a Pug and Jack Russell (better known as a jug), and I own a horse. Both of my girls are the loves of my life! They get along so well and go for walks together. I call them sisters. Yes… I'm one of those pet parents who refer to their pets as fur babies and call them sisters! Both my girls shop at Ren’s. I get my horse clippers for Ren’s. You know what they say, happy pets, happy life! 

Recently I brought my jug into work to buy some treats for national puppy day. I try to let her pick her own treats and she went right for the bully sticks. So who am I to tell her no? We decided to buy some for her "cousins" 2 golden retrievers I was dog sitting. Typically treats I buy don't last very long. But these bully sticks lasted a good 2 hours. I was impressed. Bought the 12" stick and took it away after a few hours. There was no unpleasant odor, didn't stick to things no mess no nothing! All the dogs loved it. I highly recommend this product it's long lasting, natural, clean, product that dogs love! Come and visit us today to try a bully stick. 

Hailey McMahon

 

 

Puppy Love!

Just a few weeks ago, my fiancé and I added our newest addition to the family, a baby chihuahua who we named Tucker! Our other two dogs are ages 12 and 6, so it’s been a while since we’ve had a puppy. 

I knew the first week would be a big change for both us and Tucker as we transitioned to a new everyday routine. I knew he was used to being cozy with his mom & siblings, so I made sure that his sleeping arrangements would be equally comforting for him. I purchased the PetMate 2-Door Top Open Kennel for him to sleep in and added a blanket, a small bed, and a teddy bear for him to snuggle (he also plays with it when he’s not tired). He cried the first night every few hours, but by night two and thereon, he hasn’t made a peep until our morning alarm goes off! 

During the day when we are not home, Tucker has a larger crate. We made sure that the crate was a positive experience for him by giving him all his meals in there and by never using it as punishment. Because it is much bigger and open, I added a fully covered bed, specifically the Precision, Hide & Seek, so he could feel protected and warm. To keep him occupied, I give him a frozen Nylabone Puppy Dino. This chew toy was designed to help with teething puppies, and he loves it more because it also tastes like chicken! It makes me smile to know we’ve made him comfortable because, during the day when we’re home, Tucker helps himself to a nap in his crate while the door is left open.

I hope this helps to make your new puppy experience a joyful one!

 

Katelyn Thornhill

Graphic Designer

 

The Woodland Rabbit

Since she was a puppy, Leela could never have any of the "nice" fluffy toys. We would give them to her, walk away for a minute and come back to a fuzzy murder scene in our living room. However, lately, Leela has started to do a miraculous thing: she actually chews soft toys nicely! 

It only took 3 years...                                

Because she still likes to occasionally revert back to her stuffy-murdering ways, I decided to (tentatively) try a stuffed toy and settled on the KONG Ballistic series because of the tough canvas material. The Woodland Rabbit was really cute, so I brought it home, and it has since become her favorite stuffed toy ever! She brings it as an "offering" when we get home, likes to chew on it while relaxing, and also likes to whip it around by its ears (which are still attached!)

 Emily Baker

 

Do the Tick Twist

Last weekend, while my parents were over for dinner, my dad, was petting Flint. He felt a little lump and thought it might have been a bug bite or a "pimple" (he isn't much of a dog person). I decided to check it out just to make sure. I sorted through his thick double coat and of course, didn't find a pimple... but a brown bump with legs (a tick)! 

As panic set in (this was my first tick after all), I remembered that I had purchased a Tick Twister to carry around in my hiking bag! I grabbed the Tick Twister, slid it on the tick and gently twisted it right out! This tool made it effortless to remove the tick without causing any discomfort to Flint!

Don't let the fear of ticks stop your summer fun! Just keep a few Tick Twisters on hand to remove any unwanted house guests!

 

Melissa Drieman

P.s That is the actual tick we pulled out!

 

Porter and the Three Beds

Once upon a time, there was an Australian Shepherd named Porter. She was having restless nights, where she couldn’t get quite comfortable. Porter is lucky because she is an office dog at Ren’s and was able to try out a few beds.

One was too hard, one was too soft but the Celebrity Bed was just right! This bed is comfortable, easy to clean and priced just right! Porter was finally able to sleep well at night, and her owner was happy about the low price!

Melissa Drieman 

Communications Coordinator 

 

 

Bonez and the Gyro

Bonez is a 7 yr. old Mastiff/Boxer. Mastiff’s, in general, are laid back and love to sleep, but the boxer in him enjoys a toy once in awhile. His toy basket is FILLED with many toys from Ren’s Pets Depot. When the novelty wears out, months will go by without a second glance at his basket.

One day I brought home a new toy from Kong, the Gyro food & treat ball. This is the best toy ever! Not a day goes by the Gyro doesn’t get a good toss and flip from Bonez. It is best to fill it with different flavored sized treats, give them some space and watch hrs of enjoyment!

 

Sandra McClure

Professional Business Manager

 

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