Friday, February 18, 2011

Ten Little Reasons..........

There are ten precious little reasons for the lapse of time since I have written my last blog.

On January 11, 2011, Dresden, our Labrador Retriever, brought ten beautiful little puppies into the world. Needless to say they have been keeping our family busy ever since.

You might be wondering what this has to do with living a gluten free lifestyle? If you have a pet, chances are that you feed them dog food, cat food and/or treats that you buy at the store. This could potentially cause a problem since most of the big brand pet foods and treats can be filled with many gluten containing products. A cross contamination issue could arise right in your own home quickly and  under your nose without you even realizing it. For example: My husband Pierre feeds Dresden every day. He scoops her food standing right over the bag, then he measures the food and pours it into her dish. Now he has come in contact with gluten on his hands and with the unseen particles in the air. In addition pets can have allergies and intolerances to wheat and gluten as well. Here is an interesting link to an article from about the effect gluten may be having on our pets:

We feed grain free and/or gluten free pet food and treats to our furry family members such as Canidae, Wellness, Eagle Pak Holistic, Orijen, etc. Each of these name brand pet foods have grain free lines and a few of them offer products with the only grain being rice. Feeding our furry family members good quality gluten free pet food keeps our pets, our home, and our family happy and healthy without the worry of gluten cross contamination.

The good news is that throughout the globe there is a parallel in heightened awareness to gluten intolerances and better pet nutrition. This greater awareness is making it easier and more affordable for the consumer to purchase quality gluten free and/or grain free pet food products for your furry family members. Benson's Pet Center offers a rewards card to make purchasing quality grain free pet food products even more money savvy.

Sloppy Kisses, a treat boutique for dogs, is a family run business that has two locations, Saratoga Springs and Clifton Park, NY. Owners Melanie & Eugene Dallas have created a fun and interactive atmosphere in their shops that will have you and your pooch running to their doors for a puptastic experience! Sloppy Kisses offers a large variety homemade treats using human grade ingredients, pawfectly posh puppy apparel, "birthday pawty" supplies (you cane even order a wheat free cake for your pooch!), unique collars & leashes, an impressive sports collection and much much more for your beloved canine. Sloppy Kisses offers several grain free and wheat free treats too!

 Hoover, my little gluten free Chihuahua and I had the pleasure of visiting Melanie at her Saratoga Springs location the day of the Saratoga Chowderfest. Melanie immediately made Hoover feel right at home and even gave him a complimentary bowl of homemade chowder of which he devoured!  Melanie & Eugene even hold events to enjoy together with your pup, such as the upcoming Doggie Yappy Hour on March 9, 2011. You can find more information about Sloppy Kisses and the Doggie Yappy Hour by visiting their website  or visit one of their locations
Saratoga Location: 493 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 518-587-2207
Clifton Park Location: Clifton Park Center, 22 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, New York 12065

With spring just around the corner I should mention that it is time to start training for the first ever Cycle For Celiac being held on June 4th! Check back for more information. Remember "Take Your Culinary Challenges and Turn Them into Your Delicious Opportunities!"

Sloppy Kisses is offering anyone who mentions this blog, Gluten Free With Amy or The Saratogian Newspaper a tail wagging good deal:

 Buy 1/2 pound of their bulk biscuits and get 1/2 pound FREE!! Offer valid in store only and through February 28, 2011.

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Take time to relax and enjoy the weekend!