Pet Food Recalls, 2015

Pet Food Recalls

Keith Somers,  Editor
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Pet food recalls are actions taken to remove a product from the market and may be seen as three types:

  1.   A voluntary withdrawal of a product done by the company;
  2.   Request made by the Food and Drug Administration; or
  3.   By an FDA order under statutory food recall

Pet Food Recalls
Last 8 Months

Here is a list of the known pet food recalls for the last 8 months including January 2015. There are links for each one so that you can check out the details.

Pet Food Recalls
Why Chance It?

If you want to learn about great pet food, we’re glad you found us. Life’s Abundance is holistically balanced and provides the nutritional harmony that’s important to help your dog or cat achieve and maintain optimal health.

  • Natural pet food recipe that cats & dogs really crave
  • High-quality ingredients provide nutritious meals
  • “Fast-cook” at low temperature bumps up nutrition
  • Strict inventory controls ensure quality and safety
  • Fresher than other brands, only 4-to-6 weeks old
  • Holistically balanced for your pet’s optimal health
  • Feed less & provide better nourishment
  • Developed to improve health and longevity

This is why Life’s Abundance Pet Food
since the founding of the company
in 1999, sixteen years ago.


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 Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and a Team Member of the Healthy PetNet Foundation

Digby the Tiny and Nero the Giant

Digby the 1-Pound Chihuahua and
Nero the 130-Pound Neapolitan Mastiff

 Keith Somers, Editor
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January 28, 2015  
One of these dogs weighs less than a pound and the other 120 pounds, but that hasn’t prevented them from becoming the best of friends.

Digby the tiny Chihuahua was close to death when he was rescued from between two dumpsters outside an apartment building in north London.  The 5 week-old puppy was scared, cold, and hungry.  But since being rescued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and taken to their center in Southridge, Hertfordshire, on Monday night of this week, he has found a new reason to survive, and it takes the shape of the 130-pound Neapolitan Mastiff, Nero.  They have become fast friends.

The Mastiff belongs to the center’s manager, and employees say Nero has really “allowed Digby’s personality to shine.”  Anna White, the RSPCA center’s manager said,  “It was as if the little fellow took on Nero as his personal minder.  Poor Digby had to be rescued once by the RSPCA and it seems like he is taking precautions to make sure nothing can happen to him again.

Natalie Ditchfield, RSPCA animal collection officer, said:
“It is so lovely to see he is safe and happy.  When I first came across Digby he was frozen and shaking and had just been left to die. He’s really tiny—small enough to fit in the palm of my hand.
He seemed to come out of his shell as soon as we arrived at Southridge and he spotted Nero.  It really is a love story.
And a remarkable one at that!”

Late word is that the RSPCA have found some folks who want to adopt the puppy and Digby will soon move in to live with his new forever family.

Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products,  the Healthy PetNet Foundation, and
A Member of The Healthy Pet Challenge Team

Natural Healthy Treats for Dogs & Cats


Natural Healthy Treats
For Dogs & Cats

by Keith Somers,
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Natural healthy treats, as a special reward, brings great enjoyment to your dog or cat.   And it makes us feel good, too. The very act of giving a treat helps to solidify the bond that we share with our companion animals.  Unfortunately, most of the pet snacks available on the market today are non-nutritive “junk foods” that could be dangerous to your pet’s health.  It’s important to remember that even if you feed your pet a diet of healthy food, mass-marketed treats can have a significant negative impact on his or her health.
Thankfully, you don’t have to abandon this great way to reward your pet.  There’s no reason treats can’t be nutritious and tasty.  At Life’s Abundance our natural healthy treats are as important as our food for nutrition and pleasure.  You have our guarantee—we do not create pet products simply on measures of taste or texture.
Natural healthy treats is a wholly unique approach in the pet product industry.  To address the dietary requirements and taste preferences of all dogs and cats, we’ve developed a wide array of oven-baked healthy treats, savory training treats and satisfying pork-hide treats. These yummy products are uniquely formulated by one of our company veterinarians, Dr. Jane Bicks, to target particular health needs, both through balanced nutrition and specific vitamins and herbal ingredients.

natural healthy treatsWe have lots of
Natural Healthy Treats<–Click Here
your dog will love:

  •  Antioxidant Health Bars
  • Gourmet Dental Treats
  • Wholesome Hearts, Low-Fat Treats
  • Tasty Rewards Training Treats
  • Porky Puffs Treats
  • Buffalo Bully Sticks
  • Baked Treats
  • Buffalo Lung Fillets
  • Dog Treat Sampler Pack

We also have
Natural Healthy Treats <–Click Here
your cat will enjoy:

  • Chicken, herring & liver meals
  • Guaranteed vitamin C & E, omega-3’s, DHA & EPA
  • Healthier hair can minimize hairballs
  • Made in the USA

At Life’s Abundance, we’re driven by a desire to affect positive change in your dog’s and cat’s health, and that’s reflected in every single joyous bite. Most Nutritious Pet Food

Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products,  the Healthy PetNet Foundation, and
a member of The Healthy Pet Challenge Team

Premium Natural Dog Food Is Here

Premium Natural Dog Food
Is “Dog-Gone Good!”

by Keith Somers,
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Premium Natural Dog Food from Life’s Abundance is made with select ingredients, including:

  • high-quality chicken;
  • catfish meals;
  • whole grains;
  • nutritious vegetables and fruits;
  • probiotics;
  • omega fatty acids;
  • additional nutrients;
  • and much more.

It is healthy and fresh delivered to your door in less than 6 weeks from the Life’s Abundance facility in Florida, and it has never been recalled—for any reason!

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Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and the Healthy PetNet Foundation

Christmas Greetings From Dr. Jane Bicks

Christmas Greetings From
Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM

FIRST . . . Who Is Dr. Jane Bicks

Dr. Jane  Bicks is clearly defined by her absolute dedication to the health and wellness of companion animals.  She is a “nationally recognized authority on holistic treatment of animals.*  Dr. Jane regularly consults with pet industry experts to ensure that Life’s Abundance innovative health formulas exceed the highest of quality standards, effectiveness and safety.

Additionally, she closely monitors discoveries in nutritional science.  Once they are verified, she makes the corresponding improvements to Life’s Abundance formulas.  Much of her career has been spent researching and developing premium pet products.

She is the author of three national books on pet care.  Her books include Revolution In Cat Nutrition, Rawson Associates, New Youk, 1986, Dr. Jane’s Thirty Days to A Healthier, Happier Cat, Berkley Publishing, New York, 1997, and Dr. Jane’s Guide to a Healthier, Happier Dog, Berkley Publishing, New York, 1999.

She has served on several professional boards including the Cornell Feline Health Center.  Dr. Jane served as the President of the Veterinary Medical Association in NYC and was appointed by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to help start one of the largest animal shelters in the United States.  She has also appeared on many network television and cable programs and numerous radio stations as a veterinary expert.

Her work to promote the betterment of the companion animal community was the inspiration for Life’s Abundance’ very own foundation, which is why it proudly bears her name. The Dr. Jane HealthyPetNet Foundation is dedicated to the promotion, maintenance and management of America’s small animal rescues, each of which are committed to saving abused and neglected animals from the desperation of homelessness.  Dr. Jane serves as a board member and the guiding force behind the good work of this much-needed foundation.

There is very little at Life’s Abundance in Jupiter, Florida, that has not been positively changed by Dr. Jane’s love and commitment to our pet companions.

SECOND . . . Read Her Report On 2014

The season of giving is upon us once again. Many of us will be spending time with family and friends, and probably doing a bit of frantic last-minute shopping. Although the holidays are a blur of such activities, it’s also the time of year many of us pause to reflect on our own lives, and consider the impact we’ve had on the lives of others.

As I look back on 2014, I feel truly honored and grateful to be part of a company devoted to the health and well being of companion animals. From our unbeatable customer care providers to our top-notch warehouse workers, from accounting to marketing, and everyone in between, we’re all pet people. It’s not uncommon to see a dog or two in our offices on one of our ‘take your pet to work’ days. Helping companion animals lead healthier, longer and happier lives is not just our company commitment … it’s a personal mission that guides our work every day.

I’m amazed by what we have been able to accomplish in the last twelve months. This year alone, we introduced six new products to our pet health line up, including two dental health products and four all-natural buffalo chew treats. And there is so much more on the horizon! In the next couple of months, we’ll launch more products, including two ultra-pure fish oil supplements for companion animals.

Plus, we have a brand new web site! A vast improvement over our old site, it’s so easy to search, which makes our products easier to find. In fact, I can do everything on my smart phone! And, I’m very pleased to say, our blog readership has tripled this year, which means our message is reaching more pet parents than ever before.

I continue to be honored by the accomplishments of our non-profit
– both as its namesake and by the amazing goodness it achieves. Thanks to your continued business and generosity, The Dr. Jane Foundation has been able to help fund the everyday activities of courageous animal rescues across the country. Some may say that putting an end to pet homelessness, abuse and neglect is a pipe dream, but I also know that there’s nothing we can’t do if we put our minds to it.

THIRD . . . Her Personal Greeting to You

No matter where you are this holiday season, know that I’m holding you and your pet kids in my heart. I’m thankful of the great privilege that is working on behalf of you and your families, for the trust you place in our company and our products, and for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

From all of us here at Life’s Abundance,
we wish you and yours
a joyous holiday time and good cheer
throughout the New Year.

 Friday, December 19, 2014—Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM

Keith Somers
is a registered Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products,  the Healthy PetNet Foundation, and
The Healthy Pet Challenge Team

Holiday Pet Gift Baskets for Dogs & Cats

Holiday Pet Gift Baskets
Two Great Selections

Holiday pet gift baskets are now reduced in price and in limited quantity—ORDER NOW!


Holiday Dog Gift Basket
Retail Value $32.00, Now Only $19.95

Dogs will go nuts when they see and smell the delights in this year’s Christmas gift baskets including:

  • Assorted baked treats
  • 4-once bag of Tasty Rewards
  • Plush squeaky toy
  • Canned Turkey & Shrimp Breakfast
  • Canned Chicken & Crab Dinner
  • Bundled in a decorative, keepsake tray


Don't Put It Off---ORDER NOW!


Holiday Cat Gift Basket
Retail value $21.00, Now Only $14.95

Cats tend to crave more independence than their canine buddies.  But that doesn’t mean they don’t need affection, too!  In this year’s Christmas basket for cats, yours will find:

  • An assortment of toys
  • Natural Cat Treats for Healthy Skin & Coat
  • A can of Instinctive Choice
  • A bottle of Wellness Food Supplements
  • A festive keepsake tray


Don't Put It Off---ORDER IT NOW!


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Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and the Healthy PetNet Foundation

Hide-A-Squirrel Dog Toy

Hide-A-Squirrel Dog Toy
An Amazon Top Seller

The Hide-A-Squirrel dog toy offers owners an innovative approach to playtime. This engaging toy works as a reverse puzzle. You hide the squeaky squirrel pieces inside the plush tree trunk; dogs use their problem-solving skills to sniff them out. By encouraging them to seek and stalk the squeaky prey, the Hide-A-Squirrel provides pups with an outlet for their instinctual behaviors.

hide-a-squirrel Dog ToyAnd besides its fun for all the family.

The Hide-A-Squirrel introduces an innovative approach to playtime. The toy works as a reverse puzzle. First, hide the squeaky squirrel pieces in the in the various openings in the plush tree trunk. Then, simply sit back and watch as dogs use their problem solving skills to retrieve them. Dogs love to search, stalk, and capture the small “squeaky” prey. Just one of these toys can result in a full day of play!

  1.   Squeaky squirrels increase pup’s play drive
  2.   Provides hide-and-seek enrichment
  3.   Dogs take squirrels out, you stuff them back in
  4.   Keeps your pup occupied, eliminating boredom
  5.   Develops problem-solving skills

This Hide-A-Squirrel dog toy is one among 100 best sellers at Amazon this year.  And, the price has been reduced by 57%—from $17.99 to $7.79.  You save $10.20.  The shipping could be free too.  The is still time for shipping by Christmas.

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Pet Stress In Companion Dogs & Cats

Pet Stress In Dogs & Cats,
How To Understand It

Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM, Author

Executive Director
of New Product Development & Education
with Life’s Abundance, Jupiter, Florida

pet stress

Over the course of the last decade, there’s been ample evidence to support the idea that chronic stress plays a contributing role in a variety of medical conditions in humans. It may come as no surprise that researchers have similarly determined that long-term stress can be a factor in the medical and compulsive disorders of companion animals. Conditions such as feline lower urinary tract disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome, obesity, gastric dilatation volvulus (bloat), noise phobias and separation anxiety have all been found to have a chronic stress component in both dogs and cats (Luescher, 2003). Even so, compared to humans, relatively little research has been published regarding stress and its effects on companion animals.  

Some presume that the effects of pet stress on dogs and cats are not much different than those on other non-human animals. But, it appears that they’d be wrong.

In the mammalian world, dogs and cats are unique due to the bonds they share with humans, marked by their social interactions and the human homes in which they commonly reside.

As dogs and cats have gradually changed from living in natural settings to co-habitating with humans, one might expect that they would have fewer stressors than their outdoor ancestors. However, the evidence seems to contradict this assumption. Some veterinarians argue that, even though environmental stress is lower for today’s companion animals (i.e., less risk of predation, starvation, etc.), overall stress levels are actually higher. Furthermore, current sources of stress – such as boarding, veterinarian examinations, long-term confinement in a crate, boredom, habitual inactivity and even the sounds of modern life – are ones against which dogs and cats may not have well-developed defenses and are often unavoidable.

Stress has been eloquently described as “the sum of all nonspecific biological phenomena caused by adverse conditions or influences. These include physical, chemical, and/or emotional factors to which an individual fails to make satisfactory adaption and that cause physiological tensions that may contribute to disease” (Campbell et al, 2004).  Bodies manage stress through the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine system (referred to as the “hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis”).  In general, the response of the autonomic nervous system is very rapid and specific, whereas the endocrine system adjusts more gradually and is broader in its effect.

Pet Stress In Dogs & Cats,
How To Deal With It

In order to mount an adequate stress response, both the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine system require nutrients that can only be obtained through dietary intake.  For example, the endocrine messengers (norepinephrine, acetylcholine, and cortisol) are synthesized by the body.  However, in order for the body to create these messengers, it needs to obtain tyrosine, choline and acetate, as well as cholesterol and acetate . . . all from dietary sources. Synthesis of these endocrine messengers is also dependent upon ingesting nutrients such as zinc, copper and manganese, as well as significant amounts of vitamin C.  In the autonomic nervous system, signal transmission is made possible by electrical activity in the nerve cells. Fueling this activity requires dietary intake of sodium, calcium and potassium. All of these elements are vital for normal nervous and endocrine system responses to stress.

As a holistic pet food formulator, I know that the way the body responds to stress and chronic disease might have predisposing nutritional factors, such as a nutrient deficiency, imbalance, or toxicity.  A good formulator must know whether or not supplementation of a given nutrient can help a companion animal manage stress effectively.

In spite of how well you care for your dog or cat, it is still likely that they will encounter daily stressors.  While unavoidable, it is possible to minimize the effects through a combination of exercise, nutrition and holistic treatments.

Substances like valerian, chamomile and inositol can help to soothe the jangled nerves of dogs. Pheromone diffusers and sprays are effective stress reducers for both dogs (D.A.P) and cats (Feliway). If your budget is tight, you can do pet massage at home to help relieve tension. To develop a program of stress reduction that’s uniquely suited to your companion animal’s needs, consider enlisting the help of an alternative-medicine or holistic veterinarian.

Perhaps most importantly, keep in mind that providing proper nutrition is vital for helping companion animals deal with stress and lead long, healthy and happy lives. In addition to feeding a high quality diet, feeding them a daily supplement is a simple way to ensure sufficient nutrients to maintain a healthy endocrine and nervous system, in turn helping to cope with any stress your pet encounters.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals. Each and every one of you has my sincerest wishes for holiday full of joy, and a wonderful new year of health!

Dr Jane Bicks, read more about her   Dr. Jane Bicks, read more about her.


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Stolen War Dog Reunited With Soldier

Stolen War Dog Story
Began in Afghanistan

by Keith Somers,
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Days after it was discovered, the stolen war dog story went national.  This brought to light the military’s wrongful, 16-month-long separation of the two, injured Army Spc. Brent Grommet and his war dog, Matty.  They were finally reunited last Friday, November 14, 2014.

“I’m about the happiest I’ve ever been,” Brent, 23, told reporters.

Brent and Matty, who specialized in detecting IEDs, were injured when one exploded near them in Afghanistan.  Brent came back to the United States, separated from his military dog by the army, in July of 2013.   It would be more than a year before he would see his dog again.   Meanwhile, Brent suffered with PTSD, traumatic brain injury, migraines, severe chronic back pain and breathing problems.  He also missed his dog.

Brent Grommet and Matty, lower right, with their crew in Afghanistan.
Brent Grommet and Matty, lower right, with their crew in Afghanistan.

Under Robby’s Law, signed by President Clinton in 2000, military dog handlers have the first right to adopt their animals if injured together.
While Grommet was in the hospital, he filed papers to adopt Matty, and had it approved.  But then for reasons still unclear, the army allowed someone else to adopt the dog.   Then to make matters worse, the service man in charge of military dog adoptions, ignored Brent’s repeated pleas, refusing to divulge where Matty was or to help with the return of his stolen war dog.

Stolen War Dog,
Story Ends Happily

It was when Fox News did a live interview with Brent Grommet’s father last Thursday night, that everything seemed to turn in Brent and Matty’s favor.  North Carolina congressman, Richard Hudson, who had heard about the story earlier in the week, helped to find the dog in South Carolina.

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Spc. Brent Grommet was reunited with Matty, his U.S. Army trained German Shepherd, after being separated for more than a year.                                                                      — Photo: Robin Rayne Nelson

On Friday, Brent and his parents, Don and Debbie Grommet, drove 17 hours from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to South Carolina, where Matty had been living since 2013.  When Brent got out of the car, he walked toward the kennel where Matty was, wondering if the dog would remember him.

Of course Matty did.

When the kennel door was opened the dog ran as fast as he could to Brent, who had called his name.  He said, “Matty jumped all over me and about tackled me to the ground . . . I couldn’t have asked for a better response.  I knew then that he remembered me, and truly wanted to be with me!”

Brent gets out of the army in two months, but is trying to arrange it so Matty can live with him on base at Fort Campbell, until his army service ends.

The stolen war dog story is nearly over—happily!


Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and the Healthy PetNet Foundation






Scent Detection Dogs Are Amazing

Scent Detection Dogs
Important To Service Dog Industry

by Keith Somers,
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Scent detection dogs are the focal point of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.   The center opened on September 11, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It is the nation’s premier research and educational facility dedicated to harnessing the unique strengths of canine partners.  Their goal is to produce an elite group of scent-detection dogs for public safety and health.  Dogs in the program are named in honor of individuals who lost their lives on 9/11 and canine heroes who served following the attacks.
scent detection dogs
Morgan, a Yellow Lab, in training for Narcotic Detection, New Jersey State Police K-9 Unit

Scent Detection Dogs
Are Core of PVWDC Research & Training

The Penn Vet Working Dog Center:
  • Serves as a consortium to unite programs that employ detection            dogs to benefit society throughout the US and around the               world;
  • Collects and analyzes genetic, behavioral and physical data.   It                 integrates the latest scientific information in order to
    optimize the success and well-being of scent detection dogs;
  • Prepares for future demands and facilitates research by
    developing a detection dog breeding/training program that
    will implement, test, and disseminate the knowledge gained.
scent detection dogs
Thunder, a Chocolate Lab in training for New Jersey Task Force One, Advanced Rescue Team
scent detection dogs
Bretagne, a Golden Retriever with her namesake from NYC 9/11


Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and the Healthy PetNet Foundation