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Mud Bay recommends a raw diet for dogs because it offers a wide variety of benefits to them. One of the biggest benefits is the amount of moisture that raw food can add to your dog diet. A frozen raw diet contains intercellular moisture locked into every bite, while freeze-dried and air-dried foods can easily […]
While all our Muddies are proud dog and cat experts, some are talented artists as well. In the moments between have conversations with customers and stocking shelves, these gifted Muddies bring plenty of fun, color and information to the chalkboards in our stores. Click through to see some of our favorite Mud Bay dog and cat chalkboard art displays!
In 1997, two women who loved animals founded Mercer Island Orphans and Waifs in a single room in a pet grocery store. Over twenty years later, this shelter—better known as MEOW Cat Rescue—is responsible for saving 800 to 1,000 cats and 30 to 50 dogs each year. And on October 13, MEOW is encouraging everyone to support their work by participating in the CAT Run in Marymoor Park. The CAT run, which actually stands for Covering All-Terrain Running, benefits MEOW and the work that they do all year.
With over 700,000 cats in the Portland metro area, PDX is the place for cat lovers. Walk through any Portland neighborhood and you’ll spot felines sunning themselves in windowsills or enjoying the occasional catio. To celebrate the opening of our twelfth store in the Portland metro area, we talked to feline-loving Muddies to find out exactly where they like to spend their free time.
“People often don’t think about the differences between a carnivore’s body and herbivore’s body. It’s not just about teeth shape,” explains Dr. Katy Patterson-Miller, Director of Dog and Cat Health and Nutrition at Mud Bay. “Herbivores have long digestive tracts that can efficiently break down plant matter so it can be used by their bodies. Carnivores, by comparison, have much shorter digestive tracts. And they don’t make the necessary digestive juices to fully digest plant matter.”
Portland is an incredibly dog-friendly town. Chances are, if there’s a bar or restaurant with an outdoor patio, your dog is welcome to join you for some appetizers during happy hour. There are also over 10,000 acres of parks just within the city limits, and most welcome dogs. But with all the choices available, it can be hard to know the best spots to try with your canine companion.
“I’ve looked at the studies surrounding muscle loss and senior dogs, and if your dog doesn’t have a health condition that requires a low protein food, it’s better to look for a food with at least 24 percent dry matter protein,” advises Dr. Katy Patterson-Miller. “If you look at the back of a can, pouch or bag of dog food that translates to 8% for raw frozen dog food; 5 % for wet food; and 22% for kibble and freeze-dried foods.”
To celebrate our move to our new location in Bellevue, we asked Muddies to share some of the best dog-friendly places in Bellevue and the surrounding areas. These spots are all dog friendly, so whether you want to eat, play or explore with your dog, the Bellevue area has you covered.
“When designing a toy, I always try to start off with a real image of an animal. I go online and look at a lot of different photos of that animal, so I understand exactly what it looks like in the wild,” explains Fluff and Tuff Owner, Ellen Lawson. “Most of all, I want the toy I create to look natural and not look like a caricature. At the same time, I also want to create a toy that’s appealing and attractive to dogs and owners.”
Mud Bay talked to our in-house veterinarian, Dr. Katy Patterson-Miller, to get answers to your top seven questions about grain-free dog food, taurine and heart disease (DCM) in dogs. We also included a handout that explains everything we currently know about the FDA investigation, as well as our dietary recommendations for concerned dog owners.