Trilogy & Whispering Pines Farm Newsletter
Issue 5 February 2009
 Janet and Puppies 2006
Welcome to our Trilogy & Whispering Pines newsletter!   We breed labrador retrievers, and provide our Trilogy customers with the best natural, holistic products for People, Pets & the Planet.  Our goal is to share information about pets and their needs.   We welcome your feedback & questions.
In This Issue:
  • Whispering Pines News
  • New Refer-A-Friend Program 
  • 10 Common Signs of Cancer in Animals
  • National Pet Dental Health Month 
  • FDA Peanut Butter Recall for Pet Products 
  • New Twitter website
  • Featured Product - Tasty Rewards Treats

We also want to take this opportunity to thank you for your business - we appreciate you!  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Janet & Bill Roberts
Whispering Pines Farm
Independent Field Reps, Trilogy International 
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Sunny & Jasmine Play TugWhispering Pines News
Our 6-month old Jasmine is growing like a weed and is a terror with the big dogs!  She doesn't go around them, but charges right into them.  She and Liza are best buddies.
We are not planning any puppies for 2009 due to house renovations and the unavoidable dust and construction traffic. 
Bill will be judging Junior & Senior dogs at the Rappahannock River Retriever Club Hunt Test in April in Remington, VA.   
Bill thinks this year's goose and duck hunting season was only fair, the birds seemed to always be somewhere else.  (Smart birds).  But it's always good to be out in the field with good friends and great dogs, so he had a good time anyway.
Follow us on TWITTER, a new social networking website.  It's easy to connect with other people with Twitter.  Twitter asks the question, "What are you doing?" Answers must be under 140 characters in length and can be sent via mobile texting, instant message, or the web. 
CAUTION - it's addicting!
EARN $5 with our new Refer-A-Friend Program
Refer a friend who purchases any 2 products from our website and receive a $5 check in the mail for yourself.  Contact us for details.
Limited Time Offer
10 Common Signs of
Cancer in Animals
Your animal should be seen by a veterinarian if they have any of the signs listed here.  These signs can point to several illnesses, including cancer.  The earlier a diagnosis is made, the better the options may be for treatment.  Just like humans, pets should get regular well-pet check-ups to monitor their health.
1. Abnormal swelling that persists or continues to grow.  Pet your pet. This is the best way to find lumps, bumps, or swellings that could be anywhere.
2.  Sores that do not heal.
3.  Weight loss
4.  Loss of appetite
5.  Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
6.  Offensive odor.  This is a common sign, especially for tumors in the mouth or nose.
7.  Difficulty eating or swallowing.  Common sign of cancers of the mouth and neck region.
8.  Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina.
9.  Persistant lameness.
10.  Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating.
-Facts About Canine Cancer
From the Morris Animal Foundation.
Morris Animal Foundation was established in 1948 and is dedicated to funding animal health research that protects, treats, and cures companion animals and wildlife.
How Often do You Brush Your Pet's Teeth?
Some veterinarians recommend brushing your pet's teeth twice a week to keep them bright and healthy.  Ignoring your dog or cat's teeth can result in pain, periodontal disease, loss of teeth, increased bacteria in the bloodstream, and damage to internal organs, just like in humans.  It only gets worse as time goes by, so start a program now.
  • Brush their teeth regularly
  • Start early if you can so they get used to it 
  • Get regular check-ups
  • Give healthy treats

There are many products on the market designed for pets, such as fingertip brushes, wipes, rinses and toothpaste (be sure to use toothpaste specially made for pets - not the human kind!). 

Chewing helps work away plaque too -we recommend regular marrow bones that you can get at your grocery store's meat department.  And treats like Trilogy's Antioxidant Health Bars and Dental Treats help promote healthy teeth & gums too.  Please be cautious giving rawhide or "greenies" - they are indigestable and may create blockages in the digestive system. 

FDA Recalls Pet Products
We're sure you've heard about the peanut butter recall from the Peanut Corporation of America due to possible Salmonella Typhimurium contamination.  But did you know pet products are also being recalled?  Click here for the latest list of products from the official FDA website, scroll down to "Topics" & click on "Pet Food Product Recalls."  Please note, Trilogy does not use any peanut butter from the Peanut Corporation of America and none of it's products have been recalled.
Excerpts from the FDA website:
The recalled products made by PCA, such as peanut butter and peanut paste, are common ingredients in cookies, crackers, cereal, candy, ice cream, pet treats, and other foods. Consumers are advised to discard and not eat products that have been recalled. To help consumers identify affected products, FDA has initiated a searchable database of recalled products that is updated daily or as additional recalls are identified. To date, more than 2,100 products in 17 categories have been voluntarily recalled by more than 200 companies.  
While the risk of animals contracting salmonellosis is minimal, there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet food products.  It is important for people to wash their hands - and to make sure children wash their hands - with hot water and soap before and, especially, after handling pet-food products and utensils. More information for consumers is available in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this web site. The recalled pet food products are also included in the searchable database of recalled products.
The large number of products and brands recalled already, and the large quantities of some products recalled, makes this one of the largest food recalls ever in the United States.

Trilogy Featured Product
Don't just give your dog any treat!  Good behavior should be rewarded, but often training treats are empty-calories and include undesirable ingredients. Tasty Rewards are wholesome nutritional training treats made from free-range, farm-raised chicken and venison. They're loaded with proteins, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids too.  Our dogs and puppies can't wait to get them!
 4 oz bag
Retail Price: $8.95
Autoship Price: $6.95

16 oz. bag 
Retail Price: $26.95
Autoship Price: $21.95  

Jasmine With Red Ball