5th Annual #CreepyCrunchers Contest Winners!

Our 5th year in a row, we’ve celebrated Halloween with our #CreepyCrunchers Dog Costume Contest. We asked our fans to submit photos of their dressed-up-pups through social media and our website. After reviewing over 600 submissions, the results are in and we’re happy to announce a grand prize winner who’ll receive a 1-year-supply of natural dog biscuits, 2 runner’s-up and 8 honorable mentions who will each receive an Old Mother Hubbard basket of treats!

Grand Prize Winner:

Pawty on Wayne & Garth – Hilary D.

Runner’s Up:

“E.T. Phone Home” – @moose_the_gsp

“Jada the Bear” – Abby C.

Honorable Mentions:

“Hairy Pawter” – Jaclyn C.

“See How They Run” – Tricia T.

“What do you mean, I’m not an Angus?” – Bonnie K.

“Stranger Dogs” – Jenn G.

“Super Beasley” – Chrissy J.

“Over the River and through the woods.” – Lori G.

“Howl & Oats” – Marsha A.

“A lumberjack stumbles across a pile of pinecones” – @waffleslego

 

Thank you to all participants! We hope you had a great Halloween and we can’t wait to see your costumes next year!

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Old Mother Hubbard Partners with Air Bud Entertainment

Old Mother Hubbard Partners with Air Bud Entertainment to Travel the World in PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR On NETFLIX and Digital HD May 5!

Old Mother Hubbard and Air Bud Entertainment  are partnering to celebrate the  exciting all-new movie, PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR! The film  follows international star, Tiny the adorable Yorkie, as she joins the inaugural Pup Star Would Tour as a celebrity judge. As they travel the world, each judge chooses their favorite contestant to compete for the new title of global pup star champion. A fun, big musical adventure, PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR  features a rich tapestry of fantastic new songs, and a heart-warming story where they discover that family is one pack, one voice, singing in harmony!

Air Bud Entertainment, the proud creators of wholesome family entertainment for more than 20 years, including ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Disney Air Buddies,’ created the fun-filled PUP STAR franchise. PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR is filled with incredible singing pups, fantastic new paw-tapping songs, and an action packed heart-warming story that will have audiences of all ages howling for more. PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR debuts on Netflix and Digital HD May 5. You can watch the original PUP STAR on Netflix today!

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Smooch Your Pooch Dog Photo Contest Winners

Old Mother Hubbard decided to celebrate the unique bond pet parents have with their pups during the month of February with our 3rd Annual Smooch Your Pooch Dog Photo Contest! We asked Old Mother Hubbard fans to submit photos of their dogs showing affection. We had an overwhelming response to this challenge, with nearly 500 entries. It’s so touching to see the hundreds of loving pet parent/dog bond captured on camera. It was very difficult to narrow down the entries as everyone did such an amazing job with their submissions.

After plenty of evaluation, we’re excited to share the grand-prize winner of the Old Mother Hubbard Smooch Your Pooch Dog Photo Contest! This winner will take home a year’s supply of Old Mother Hubbard natural dog snacks!

 
Grand Prize:

“Riggs giving Nova some love in the kissing booth!”- Jessica H.

Runner’s Up:

“I love my gals!” – Tracy P.

“Givin’ my Jax some lovin’!” – Holly T.

Honorable Mentions:

“Pugs & Kisses” – Laura B.

“It’s “snow” fun getting frozen kisses, but a dog’s love can thaw out any frozen heart.” – Sandy I.

“Is that pizza I taste on your lip?” – Shaina F.

“My Buddy'” – Marcia M.

“Hugs and Kisses” – Janelle A.

“Cash Money Lovin'”- Carol L.

“My best girl” – Ellen W.

“This is Us. We rescued one another from Cancer, from Multiple Sclerosis and from neglect and we continue to be rescued daily.” – Jennifer P.

“You’re a bone-afied beauty!” – Maxine L.

“I love love!” – Katie G.

 

Thank you everyone that submitted their loving pups! We can’t wait until next year!

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4th Annual #CreepyCrunchers Dog Costume Contest Winners!

Old Mother Hubbard celebrated Halloween this year with our 4th Annual #CreepyCrunchers Dog Costume Contest. We asked our fans to submit photos of their dressed-up-pups through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the Old Mother Hubbard website. After reviewing over 800 submissions, the results are in and we’re happy to announce a grand prize winner who’ll receive a 1-year-supply of natural dog biscuits, 2 runner’s-up and 10 Honorable Mentions who will each receive an Old Mother Hubbard goodie basket!

Congrats to all!

Grand Prize Winner:

“Scooty may be in wheels but she can fly!” – Erica L., San Diego, CA

 

Runner’s Up:

“Waiting for Andy to get back from Cowboy Camp” – Hana K., Vancouver, WA.

“The Joy of Painting” – Lindsay F., Allison Park, PA.

Honorable Mentions:

“Willy Wonka aka Frost” – Ingrid R., Billings, MT.

“You’ll bark too…” – Jenn G., Upton, MA.

“Canineyola Crayons” – Phoenix & Gryphon A., Plainview, NY.

“A Malinois in sheep’s clothing” – Brenda B., Hatley, WI.

“LABster Dinner!”

“Newton riding his Harley” – Heather C., Toronto, Canada.

“Finley the Hamburglar

“Chia Pet Knox” – Marie R., Salt Point, NY.

“Poop Factory” – Teresa R., Kansas City, MO.

“Princess Buttercup- Recovering from a recent amputation” and for making the best out of a bad situation. – Melisa M., Harrodsburg, KY.

 

Thank you to all participants! We hope you had a great Halloween and we can’t wait to see your costumes next year!

 

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How WellPet is Helping Texas in Hurricane Harvey Aftermath

The people and pets affected by Hurricane Harvey are just starting the long, overwhelming process of recovering and rebuilding. Like so many others across the nation, the team at WellPet was inspired to offer support to those in need as quickly as possible. The team has come together to lend a hand in a few different ways:

Donating Food

In the days following Harvey, we reached out to a variety of people in our network to see which shelters needed the most urgent support to keep displaced pets fed. So far, we’ve donated about 45 pallets of dog and cat food to a variety of Texas shelters including Austin Pets Alive, Fort Bend County Animal Services, Richmond SPCA and Cassie’s Place.

Donating Money

Through our WellPet Foundation, we’re donating $10,000.00, split between the American Red Cross and Austin Pets Alive. WellPet is also matching up to an additional $5,000 in donations to these organizations based on employee contributions.

Donating Time

We have also looked into volunteer opportunities for WellPet employees in Texas. In the coming weeks, a group of WellPet volunteers will travel to Texas once we confirm where we can best help out. WellPet is generously covering all associated employee travel fees as well as accommodating time off. If you know of a community in Texas in need of volunteers, please email us at info@wellpet.com.

Donating Love & Shelter

As passionate pet parents, one of the ways we’re prepared to help is with shelter and love for displaced pets, either through fostering or adoption. We’re working with Yellow Rose Animal Rescue and Seer Farms who are currently in the process of re-locating animals out of Texas to New England to make more room in the shelters inundated with rescues. We hope to be able to share some of our foster stories in the weeks and months to come.

Tough times like these help remind us that we’re all in it together. In what ways have you or your employers been lending a hand during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey?

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Battle of the Biscuits Store Distribution

Please follow the link below to find a store near you with Limited Edition Old Mother Hubbard Biscuit flavors.

Click here for store list. 

And don’t forget to vote for your favorite flavor!  www.battleofthebiscuits.com

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Old Mother Hubbard Partners with PupStar2

Old Mother Hubbard and PUP STAR: BETTER2GETHER are partnering to celebrate three fun new flavors AND an exciting all-new movie! PUP STAR: BETTER2GETHER continues the story of Tiny, an adorable Yorkie pup who, after winning the ‘Pup Star’ TV singing competition, is suddenly launched into an adventure when she’s replaced by a street Yorkie, Scrappy, and the two swap lives in a dog-filled, fish-out-of-water tale that ultimately demonstrates life truly is ‘better together.’

Air Bud Entertainment, the proud creators of wholesome family entertainment for more than 20 years, including ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Disney Air Buddies,’ created the fun-filled PUP STAR franchise. PUP STAR: BETTER 2GETHER is filled with incredible singing pups, fantastic new paw-tapping songs, and an action packed heart-warming story that will have audiences of all ages howling for more. PUP STAR: BETTER 2GETHER debuts on Digital and VOD August 29. You can watch the original Pup Star on Netflix today!

For updates on AirBud Entertainment and PUP STAR: BETTER 2GETHER join Club AirBud here.

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How to Tell if Your Dog Has Bad Manners (and How to Fix Them!)

Just as humans aren’t born with good manners, neither are dogs. They have to be taught appropriate behavior for various situations (like dinner time, the park, visiting friends, seeing other animals, etc.). While some pet behaviors are tougher to modify than others, with patience, understanding, training and positive feedback, it’s possible to have a very well-mannered dog.

What are Bad Dog Manners?

First, it’s necessary to understand what “bad” dog manners are. Bad manners and bad behavior are pretty similar. Bad manners tend to be those poor behaviors that make other pets and pet owners uncomfortable in social situations such as:

  • Trying to steal food off of the table or the grill
  • Jumping up on people
  • Leaping onto furniture
  • Barking at other dogs in the park
  • Ignoring you when you call or make a command

All of these less than savory pup behaviors can make it uncomfortable for people to visit your home or to welcome you and your dog into theirs. It can also make playtime at the park a stressful experience for you and for other pet owners.

Importantly, not every “bad” manner listed above is a concern for every dog owner. For example, many pet owners allow their dog to lounge on the couch. What rules you enforce are to your discretion as a pet owner. The key sign a dog has manners that need addressing is when you’ve established the rules and your pup still ignores them.

How to Address Bad Dog Manners

When it comes to addressing bad manners, there are several things you can try.

  • The best approach is early training. The earlier you get a dog, the sooner you should establish the house rules. If you aren’t up for training, look for an obedience school that will ensure your pet gets the lessons they need to be the perfect house guests (in your home and elsewhere).
  • If you missed the boat on early training, that’s okay. Keep in mind, though, that punishing your dog for bad behavior isn’t the key. Reward your dog when they happily wag their tail at house guests instead of jumping up on them. This will teach your dog to feel positively about their actions and to prefer it.
  • Try to figure out what’s causing the bad behavior. For example, your dog’s tendency to bark at or jump on strangers could be a sign of anxiety, overstimulation, or hyperactivity. Regardless of the reason, it is possible to address the situation. You might need to slowly introduce your pet to social situations. You might also need to keep your dog on a leash until he learns appropriate behaviors for social situations. Just as with encouraging new good manners, reward your dog when he does the right thing as this will foster future good manners.

As you can see, dogs are like people in more ways than one. When it comes to breaking bad behaviors, here are positive ways to encourage building good manners. At the end of the day, a healthy relationship between you and your dog is all that matters.

Encourage good pet behaviors with treat rewards. Old Mother Hubbard dog food makes a variety of healthy, natural treats perfect for rewarding your pup for using good manners.

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4th of July Pet Safety Tips

4th of July Pet Safety Tips

Hot dogs, watermelon, flag waving, and fireworks. All the things that make July 4th fun for us, makes it not so much fun for our pets – especially the explosion of fireworks.

In fact, according to the pet microchipping company, Home Again, July 4th is the biggest day of the year for lost pets. Imagine, your dog is hanging out in the backyard with you, perfectly happy. But Cousin Joe comes over and leaves the gate open. Before long, someone starts lighting firecrackers. Max panics at the explosions and escapes through the open gate.

Scenarios like this occur around the country every year and few of those dogs make it back to their homes and instead wind up in crowded shelters.

Avoid the heartbreak and stress of a lost pet with these tips.


4 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe During July 4th Celebrations

  • An up-to-date ID is always a good idea. If your pooch needs a fresh tag with his current address, you can get those engraved while you wait at most pet stores. If your pet is microchipped and you’re not sure if your address is updated and current, take a few minutes to log in to the microchip database and check.

    Shelters and veterinarians will check lost pets for a microchip. If your dog has one and can be matched with a current address and contact information, that will increase your odds of being reunited.

  • Keep your pet away from Citronella candles, lighter fluid, charcoal, insect repellant and anything else that may seem attractive to your dog. This is especially true if you have a chewer. Any of those items would be dangerous if ingested and could require an emergency vet visit. Nothing puts a damper on fun like emergency trips to the doctor.
  • During fireworks, put Fido in a safe spot inside your home. A favorite crate, a room with the door closed, whatever makes sense for your dog and environment. You might even put on soft music and offer your pet a favorite treat to occupy him. The snap, crackle, boom of fireworks distresses dogs and even the most social pooches don’t want to go to the fireworks display.
  • Don’t let guests feed your dog from their plates. You could have a very sick pooch on your hands if Max eats his weight in hot dogs. If they simply can’t help themselves and want to feed your dog, offer them dog treats. That way, you know what your dog is eating and even if he has too many, he’s not likely to get seriously ill.

    It can take a little planning and management of your pet (and sometimes people) but it’s worth it. What dog safety tips do you have?

 Feeding your pet all-natural treats like those made by Old Mother Hubbard is another way to show your pet your appreciation 365 days a year.

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Genius Pet Products to Get This Summer

Summer is here and while you no doubt show your pet 100% love and appreciation all of the time, why not go the extra mile this year and spoil your pet (and yourself) on one of the latest genius pet products. From safety and security to creature comforts, these gadgets, apps, and pet gear items will make you wonder how you and your pet have lived without them.

Slobbr App 

You like to get out and about and play with your pet and explore new territory, but did you know there’s an app for that? The Slobber app helps you sniff out dog-friendly territory in your neighborhood or on the go when you’re traveling.  The app also tells you when other pups are playing around nearby and they give tips and advice. Get the app; find out where all of the cool dogs are hanging out; follow on Instagram and share pictures of your pup in action.

In case you’re not ready to “fetch the app”, keep in mind that every time you check in with your app, Slobbr donates a half-cup of kibble to a pre-selected rescue or shelter. Drool.

Petcube Technologies

Top-rated Petcube literally does it all. There are multiple Petcube products that give you peace of mind and that can feed, monitor, and play with your pet when you can’t be there.

  • Petcube Camera is the “original, best-selling pet cam”. Just link via your phone app to check in on your pet, take photos and videos on demand, two-way talk to your pet, play with your pets with a certified safe built-in laser toy, get alerts of major events in your home, and more.
  • Petcube Play is the more compact, next generation camera with added features like night vision.
  • Petcube Bites takes the camera to the next level with a built-in treat dispenser that enables you to feed, train, or treat your pet while you’re on the go.

These products are so clever that even Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) couldn’t resist. Watson is quoted on the Petcube webpage as saying, “This is life changing.” We’re pretty sure Crookshanks agrees, too.

Chillz Cooling Pad

Sometimes simple is best. With warmer weather coming, the Chillz Cooling Pad is all you need. Use this portable mat indoors or outdoors or in your pet’s bed for a quick respite from summer’s intense heat.

HALO MINI LED Dog Collar

When summer gets hot, it’s nicer to walk your dog in the evening after the sun goes down, but walking in the dark can be dangerous. The HALO MINI LED Dog Collar is a lightweight and highly visible 360-degree reflective collar that makes your dog super visible.

Litter Robot

Every cat owner loves their cat but hates cleaning the litter box. While it’s not cheap, the automatic, self-cleaning Litter Robot is the real deal and is everything you’ve been dreaming of all of these years. Dirty litter is sifted from clean litter. All you have to do is change the pan when the robot tells you it’s full.

Kyon Sense

Ever wonder what your pet is feeling? With Kyon Sense, wonder no more. This techy collar (and app) available for preorder uses unique algorithms that interpret what your pet’s needs and feelings are.

360-Degree Pet Shower Kit

Though lower-tech than some products, the 360-Degree Pet Shower Kit qualifies as genius. The simple washing system enables you to thoroughly bathe a dog of any size. Multiple pressure settings makes for maximum comfort, which means rinsing away summer sweat doesn’t have to be a pain.

New pet products aren’t the only genius way to celebrate Pet Appreciation Week. Feeding your pet all-natural treats like those made by Old Mother Hubbard is another way to show your pet your appreciation 365 days a year.

 

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