Sounds like a bad infomercial, doesn’t it? We had to have a little fun with the headline – it’s so unusual for us to get so excited about a product.
We try to find the absolute best, safest, highest-quality products to carry in the shop.
We don’t carry anything we wouldn’t use for our own pups. This means finding out where every treat is made, how it’s made, where it’s sourced.
It means finding products without toxins, additives, or chemicals that can cause short- or long-term effects for the dogs.
Once in a very great while, we get a surprise. This time – it was a terrific one!
A couple of months ago we started carrying Animal Scents Shampoo. It has none of the chemicals, dyes, or perfumes that could harm dogs. And we brought a bottle home to use for our own dogs.
We don’t often bathe our dogs – but we do wash their faces. Depending on what they’ve gotten into in the backyard, it can be much more often. Tango, Fran’s Brussels Griffon, is rough-coated, with a full beard and mustache. Torque and Teddy, Hope’s French Bulldogs, have skin folds on their faces that must be kept clean. Booker is the tidiest-built of the bunch, but the most adventurous checking out “nasties” he finds. They all get their faces washed frequently.
At first, we noticed the smell of the Animal Scents shampoo. It’s pleasant, but not powerful. The shampoo doesn’t foam up the way we’re used to – there is foam, but not a lot. And it’s highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Fortunately, it also rinses out easily.
None of the dogs seemed to mind it, so the experiment was off to a good start.
Then we started noticing some effects of the new regimen.
The redness between Torque’s toes started to disappear and his fur started growing back!
Then, just this week, we noticed that Booker’s tear stains had vanished.
And we took another look at Tango and realized that the “rust” in his beard and mustache was growing out. I’ve included a picture of Tango from this week. We weren’t expecting the result, so we didn’t take a “before” to go with this “midstream” photo. Can you see the line where we started using the new shampoo? We’ll follow up with an “after” picture in a few weeks when the rust is gone.
We haven’t done anything else differently in our care routine, his food’s the same. The only thing we can attribute this to is the new shampoo – which we not only sell happily, but endorse heartily!
Some may think we’re way too excited about such a small thing.
But when the most popular tear stain treatment contains antibiotics, making it a product we wouldn’t use or sell, our only option was to ignore our dogs’ tear stains. Which was hard for me (Hope). Teddy is the first light-colored dog in the family, and I pretty much hated seeing the staining. The others only had visible staining when they got older and started turning gray. Teddy’s stains are minimal, Tango’s are growing out, and Booker has none! We have a winner!