January Newsletter – Happy New Year!

EVENTS Saturday, January 23, 2-4 pm  Penny Freberg, owner and breeder of champion Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and North American distributor of Laser Lites grooming products will speak on solutions to grooming issues.  Whether you are a pet owner or a competitor, Penny will address your grooming questions. All Dog Rescue Meet and Greet All Dog Rescue ( holds meet-and-greets at Total Dog Company the first Saturday of every month (sorry, this monthly reminder is too late for the January 2 meet-and-greet, so join us Saturday, February 6).  Come meet adoptable dogs from noon-2 pm.  10% discount on purchases made by new adopters the day of the event. NEW PRODUCTS Another grain-free biscuit offering, available in Bison and Chicken.. Built on a mousetrap, this “snaps” the big red paddle when set off by the dog being where you don’t want it.  It startles but doesn’t hurt. Instead of pigs ears (the location of hormone suppository injection—the most unhealthy part of the pig), try smoked pork strips. The latest “superfood” and you don’t have to go through the hours of cooking to make it yourself. Grain-free soft & crunchy treats that are made with natural ingredients. Available in Duck & Cranberry, Peanut Butter & Apple, and Lamb & Blueberry. Looks like a basted rawhide, but it’s made out of chicken and rice flour—more digestible. Available in two sizes: 4” and 7” A grain-free food featuring duck and quail Available in 5, 15, 30 lb. bags. Gray Muzzle's "Senior Friendly" dental chew is a light, airy structure that is easy for a senior dog [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:14:35-05:00January 4th, 2016|Newsletter|0 Comments

November Newsletter – New Products, Bison Food Sourcing, and a Note About Raw Food

All Dog Rescue Meet and Greet All Dog Rescue ( will be holding meet-and-greets at Total Dog Company the first Saturday of every month.  Come meet adoptable dogs on Saturday, November 7, noon-2 pm.  10% discount on purchases made by new adopters the day of the event. NEW PRODUCTS Super soft training treats in Chicken or Peanut Butter flavors. Super soft training treats in Chicken or Peanut Butter flavors. Solid Gold Holistic food in Buffalo, Sweet Potato & Chickpeas grain-free and gluten-free recipe AvoDerm dog food uses quality ingredients with avocado for healthy skin & coat. SPECIALS AvoDerm November Special:  Bring in an empty 4-lb bag and get $10 off a 22-lb bag of any of the AvoDerm Rotating Menu formulas (Duck, Turkey, Trout, or Lamb) Total Dog Company 2016 Wall Calendar It's that time of year again! The Total Dog Company Wall Calendar is in the works. We've received lots of photos, but could use even more! Please visit: to upload and send your high-quality pictures and submit your ideas on our next calendar theme! A neutral party will select the pictures for each month, and one for the cover. Each of those 13 families will receive one free copy of the calendar. Even if your dog is not on a monthly page, he or she will be included in a collage at the back of the calendar, so everybody is a star!  The printed calendars are expected to be in the store around Thanksgiving [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:14:35-05:00November 6th, 2015|Newsletter|0 Comments

October Newsletter – Avocados in Dog Food?

AvoDerm Dog Food and the Truth About Avocados AvoDerm is so-named because it contains avocado - which is great for healthy skin and coat.  But some people have heard that avocados are poisonous. That is only partly true: Avocados are packed with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, including vitamins A, C, E, and B6, and are a rich source of omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. While avocado meal and oil are good for people and dogs, the avocado pit and leaves contain persin, which is dangerous for both people and dogs. AvoDerm pet food contains only avocado meal and avocado oil.  AvoDerm products have been sold and enjoyed for over 25 years without an issue with the avocado meals or oils. Central Life Science in Dallas TX tested AvoDerm’s supplier of avocado meal and avocado oil for presence of persin. The evaluation came back null with NO PERSIN DETECTED in either the food, meal, or oil.  Because Breeder’s Choice knows that your pet is a part of your family, they do continuous random spot checks on their suppliers to verify that no persin is ever included in their supply chain. AvoDerm wants you to try it for 6 weeks and thinks you’ll see improvement if your dog has a dull or weak coat or dry, flaky skin.  They are offering $6 off any size bag during the month of October. OTHER SPECIALS Marked down 20% while supplies last: $3.55/ea These have, at most, 4 ingredients. We’ve got 6 varieties and they’re $1 off per bag while supplies last: $8.55 each In-Store Events [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:14:35-05:00October 2nd, 2015|Newsletter|0 Comments

September Newsletter

Update on NutriSource/Pure Vita Bison Shortage NutriSource has had trouble sourcing bison for its Heartland Select and Pure Vita Bison formulas, and unfortunately this shortage continues. The canned Heartland Select is back in stock, but the dry food and the Pure Vita Bison dry are now said to be available from the distributor around September 21. Natural Balance Bison formula dry is available, as is Earthborn Great Plains Feast, which contains bison. We will be closed, Monday September 7th for Labor Day New Features In-Store We now have a floor-level scale for you to weigh your dog! Show Us Your Total Dog! We're looking for pictures of your "Total Dog"! We'd love to showcase your dog on our website, social media, and in our 2016 Calendar! Please visit: to upload and send your pictures and also for your ideas on our next calendar theme! NEW PRODUCTS Grain free formulas made with red meat Grain free formulas made with red meat Poop bog holder/dispenser that attaches to the leash lengthwise instead of dangling. My favorite dog-related, monthly periodical. Food reviews, training advice, health articles. Single copies on sale at the store; I bet once you read one, you’ll want to subscribe! Special Clearance Prices 25% off selected Wellness, Natural Planet Organic Turkey, and Wild Calling dry food. While supplies last! COMING SOON Within the month, you’ll probably be seeing Victor dog food in the store.  This is a small, family owned company in Texas that has their own manufacturing plant.  They focus on the bioavailability of nutrients, so they choose ingredients that are [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:14:35-05:00September 3rd, 2015|Newsletter|0 Comments

July Newsletter

Bison Shortage NutriSource has notified retailers that they have had trouble sourcing bison to use in their Pure Vita Bison and NutriSource Heartland Select products.  Our distributor estimates that it will be the end of August before we’ll see them return to our shelves. In the meantime, we do have a couple other brands that contain bison (no word on whether they, too, will have trouble with supplies). Or, try rotating to a different protein. Show Us Your Total Dog! We're looking for pictures of your "Total Dog"! We'd love to showcase your dog on our website, social media, and in our 2016 Calendar! Please visit: to upload and send your pictures and also for your ideas on our next calendar theme! Closeouts We are closing out a couple of food lines that haven’t sold well. 25% off Wellness Complete Health foods (NOT including Wellness Simple or Wellness Core) and Wild Calling dry foods (NOT including canned) We’ll still carry Wellness Simple and Core and Wild Calling canned foods. Consignment Corner New puppy?  Growing puppy?  We get quite a few crates in our consignment area – a great way to get a good crate at a GREAT price.  Find what you need, or sell what you don’t. Upcoming Events The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove Saturday, August 8th Wolfe Park in St. Louis Park Sunday, September 13 MN Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen Saturday, October 24  

By |2017-05-18T11:14:35-05:00July 10th, 2015|Newsletter|0 Comments

June Newsletter

The Trouble With Blue Buffalo Last year, Purina sued Blue Buffalo claiming they misrepresent their products as containing no by-products when, in fact, they did—false advertising.  Blue Buffalo denied this and counter-sued for defamation. Later, it was discovered that a supplier to Blue Buffalo did indeed deliver meal that was mislabeled:  chicken by-product meal was labeled chicken meal.  Blue Buffalo has admitted this, sued that supplier, and changed suppliers. I have spoken with a representative of Blue Buffalo to get further information about this, and at this point they either cannot or will not state with certainty which, if any, of the foods on our shelves contain by-product meal.  They know that everything made after May of 2014 does not contain by-product meal, so there are few products left in circulation that are affected.  They have agreed to exchange any product that could possibly have the by-product meal in it based on the expiration date of September 2015. The information coming from Blue Buffalo is scant at this point.  They are in the middle of multiple lawsuits and are tight-lipped about anything related to the quality and purity of their product. If you would like to discuss alternatives to Blue Buffalo, we’d be happy to make suggestions. (If you would like to exchange any product you currently have, it must have a Best By date of September 2015 or earlier, you must have purchased it here, and we must receive what is left IN THE ORIGINAL BAG no later than June 15.) View the Letter We Sent to Blue Buffalo SPECIALS Buy one 4-lb. bag of AvoDerm Revolving Menu grain-free food and get a 4-lb. bag of another flavor for free. [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:14:35-05:00June 5th, 2015|Newsletter|1 Comment

To Blue Buffalo

To Blue Buffalo: Hello.  I am a small, independent brick-and-mortar retailer of high-quality dog food and supplies  in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I have openly stated my philosophy on dog food on my website (  One of the principles is “no by-products.” When I heard of Purina’s opening salvo in the chicken by-product meal controversy, I was sympathetic to Blue Buffalo—if I trust David, I’ll back him in a battle against Goliath any day.  I believed that Purina was probably cooking up something to make people lose trust in you.  Then comes word that, indeed, there has been by-product meal in Blue Buffalo food.  Now I find myself losing trust in you, and it hasn’t been because of anything Purina did:  it’s because of what you HAVEN’T done. You have not communicated directly to the retailers who sell your product (or is it just me who hasn’t seen even a single communication—formal or informal—on this controversy). I don’t know any more than any of my customers about what happened or what is happening or what you are going to do.  We are a very important front-line participant in your marketing and should be kept informed proactively. You have not identified the product(s) that were affected by this snafu. Which products and lot numbers contain by-product meal? You have not voluntarily recalled those products. If you really cared about the customers who buy Blue Buffalo and the dogs (and cats) who eat it, you would want to get the adulterated food out of the food chain. You have described neither the quality assurance procedures that were in place before the by-product meal entered the supply chain, nor the changes you have made to those procedures since the [...]

By |2015-06-04T13:30:18-05:00June 4th, 2015|Recalls & Safety Information|1 Comment

May Newsletter – RSVP to see Katie K-9 In Store!‏

Katie K-9 from myTalk 107.1 - Katie K9 will be in store the evening of Tuesday, May 19th for a presentation on nutrition and supplements. This event is FREE, but space may be limited so please RSVP by calling us 763-432-0861 or by e-mail to About The Event Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 Katie K-9 will be in store from: 5:30-8:00 PM Presentation on Nutrition & Supplements 6:30 - 7:30 PM Bring a notepad and pen! You might want to take notes Who is Katie K-9? Professional dog trainer and coach with over 30 years of experience. Dog owners across the Twin Cities metro area have turned to Katie K-9 to learn how to solve their dogs' health and behavior issues. She is dedicated to educating the everyday family and their dog through classes, clinics, seminars, private lessons, television appearances and a weekly call-in radio show on myTalk 107.1 (Sunday evenings 4-6pm) Memorial Day Holiday The store will be closed on Memorial Day Monday, May 25th.

By |2017-05-18T11:14:35-05:00May 11th, 2015|Events, Newsletter|0 Comments

April Newsletter – Flea and Tick Season and a Guide to Your Aging Dog

We’re stocking up on flea and tick products—most are available now.  (The discounted winter-wear will go away to make room for the warm-weather stuff.)  We will carry “chemical” and “natural” flea and tick products.  See our guide for further information on flea and tick control—make informed choices about what is best for your dog and your situation. Consignment Corner Announcement As we reach the end of the winter season, all who have winter jackets in our Consignment Corner are asked to take them back so we have room for other items.  Thank you! Easter Holiday The store will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 5. New Products Dog Gone Smart Ninja bed—toughest bed around—resists chewing and scratching Cute double-bowl food/water sets Beef scapula chews (a healthier alternative to pig ears—did you know that the ear is where hormone suppositories are injected in pigs? least healthy part of the pig) Rawhide multi-packs NaturVet SOD + Boswellia NaturVet Calming Moments (with melatonin) Your Aging Dog In hopes of assisting your dog to age gracefully, here are some issues aging dogs experience, and ways you can address them. First, let’s bust a couple myths: Don’t consider your dog a “senior” when he hits 7 years of age.  Dogs age at different rates.  There’s no magic number—there are just some age-related or age-exacerbated conditions that the odds of seeing go up after around 7 years of age (bigger dogs may experience them at younger ages, smaller dogs at older ages). You don’t need to change to a “senior” food when your dog gets older.  Dogs need more high-quality protein (rather than less) as they age, in order to maintain muscle mass.  High protein does not cause kidney disease or kidney [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:14:35-05:00April 1st, 2015|Newsletter|0 Comments

March Newsletter – Winter Clearance, New Products, Events & More!

Let's Get Winter Outta Here! Clearance sale on all outerwear—coats, PJs, and boots. 40% off Ruffwear brand items, 30% off other brands. All sales final.   Local Alert If you take your dog to the natural areas around the General Mills Headquarters, be aware that a large and very bold coyote followed a Total Dog customer and her (large) dog on the evening of February 27.  When the dog was temporarily out of sight of the owner, the coyote attacked the dog.  Fortunately, the dog wasn’t injured.  Be careful.  Read up on how to deal with coyotes.  Here’s one source of information: New Products Katie K9 (MyTalk 107.1), bless her heart, has been sending listeners to Total Dog for boswellia—a supplement that helps relieve joint inflammation and pain—and, gulp!, we haven’t had it.  Until now!  Look for NaturVet S.O.D. + Boswellia in our supplement aisle. Greeting Cards Coming Soon! For dogs and the people who love them. They are on order and will be arriving soon! Upcoming Events Suzanne Clothier Seminar Renowned animal behaviorist Suzanne Clothier will be conducting seminars at Cloud Nine Training School for Dogs in New Hope, MN. Friday April 10 - Sunday April 12 Registration Deadline is April 8, 2015 Learn More

By |2017-05-18T11:14:35-05:00March 3rd, 2015|Newsletter|0 Comments