How To: Make A Great Experience for You and Your Dog on Public Outings

Most of our readers probably know we are dog people! We treat our dogs like family (maybe even better)! If you have ever encountered us in the real world, or in the virtual world (i.e. Facebook or twitter) you probably know that Marshall, one of our rescue Dalmatians, goes with us everywhere. He is the market mascot at several of the area farmers markets and heaven forbid that we ever go to an event without him….where’s Marshall is all we hear.

It seems obvious for me to say that Marshall is a dog that loves people and other dogs. Without an easy going temperament we could never take him to all the places we do. He relishes being petted by the smallest or the oldest. We are oft amazed at the number of elderly, dressed to the nines, obviously wealthy women who will sit on the ground and be wollered by Marshall. He’s just that kind of personality.

However, a couple of weeks ago we encountered a situation. An off leash dog was walking around a market. While it’s owner shopped at a nearby tent, this dog decided to challenge Marshall in our tent.Marshall Isn’t extremely territorial about the tent, but he does recognize it as his space. When an issue arose, the other owner responded with the typical “my dog is friendly response”.

An uncontrolled friendly dog can be just as much of a menace in public as an aggressive or fearful dog. 

Recently I discovered this great educational graphics by Lili Chin I think they do a great job of explaining animal behaviors to humans.

We keep a yellow ribbon tied to our other rescue, Wrigley’s leash. He is a fearful dog. He is a large dog. He can behave as an aggressive dog because of his fear.

If you are taking your dog in public, even if it’s just as walk around the neighborhood, be aware of not only your own dog and his/her issues or non-issues but also all the dogs around you and how they may interpret you and your dog or any issues they may have.

Alert and Aware

If you stay alert and aware while you and your canine companion enjoy your adventures, you both will come home happier and healthy.

Marshall can’t wait to see you at our next event!

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How to Keep the Fleas Away this Spring

We have had a long cold winter.  There have been jokes, cartoons and grumblings all related to the extraordinary weather.

It seems that things are making a change toward spring.  The weather has been glorious here this week (high 70′s)! The sun is shining, folks are pulling their shorts out of storage (including us – white legs are everywhere) and the beach is calling.  Unfortunately, the warm weather brings with it fleas and all their associated problems.

Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts by biting them.  Aside from being annoying, they also can cause skin irritation, dermatitis, and anemia.  They can also give their hosts tapeworms.  Different pets react differently to the saliva of the flea, and bites can cause severe reactions in some pets.

The bad news is that chemical flea treatments can be worse than the fleas themselves.  Tweet This.

They are full of toxic chemicals that will kill the fleas, but will also damage your pet and possibly your children or yourself.  These treatments kill thousands of pets each year.

It happened to us, and you can read our story here … but to make a long story short, Frontline killed our dog, Franklyn. This is the reason we started Glynne’s Soaps.

In addition, they can have adverse affects on humans, especially children.  Because children are more likely to pet the dog, or touch toys, floors or furniture where there might be residue and then put their hands in their mouths, they are more likely to suffer effects from the toxins.

 So, what can you do to keep the fleas away?

Because of our experience, we have developed an all natural three step process for fighting fleas.

  1. Pesticide-free Flea Treatment

    Use All Natural Soap and Fido Fresh on your dog.   Franklyn’s Soap is a good choice because it contains Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils which are both great at repelling fleas.  The Tea Tree oil has the added benefit of being a natural antiseptic so it will help ease the pain and itching from any flea bites.  Fido Fresh contains a blend of essential oils that can keep the fleas at bay.  Spray it on your dog after they have been outside to keep them (and you) flea free.

  2. Treat your yard with food-grade diatomaceous earth.  We sprinkle it all over the yard.  The small sharp crystals will literally poke holes in the fleas, killing them.  It also works for other crawling bugs – roaches, ticks, bed bugs, beetles and more.
  3. If you get fleas in your house, treat with Borax.   It can be found in the grocery store with the laundry detergent.  We sprinkle the powder on the carpet, sofas, chairs, beds, etc.,  rub it in with a dry broom and let it sit for a few hours.  Then just vacuum it up.  Borax will suck out all the moisture from the fleas and kill them.

By using these all natural methods to fight fleas, you can keep your whole family safe this spring.

To celebrate the coming of spring, we are currently offering a special deal  on our website.  You can purchase a bar of dog soap and a Fido Fresh for $16.  That’s a savings of over 10% off the regular price!  Just use the coupon code SpringIsHere at checkout to get your savings.



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Fresh Breath Day – Kisses for Everyone!

Yesterday was “Fresh Breath Day”  An entire day devoted to nice clean breath!  Fresh breath is important for all of us – people and dogs.  You get more kisses when you have good clean breath.  And we love kisses!

I bet the fuzzy kids at your house love kisses too.  Do they get turned away because of bad breath?  Stinky breath can be a bummer.  Don’t give up hope – there are things you can do.

One way that my family keeps my breath fresh is by feeding me a raw diet.  I eat raw chicken or beef, fresh fruits and veggies and for a snack I get raw meaty bones.  All this chewing and crunching is good for my teeth!  And healthier all around without all the preservatives or other stuff in dog food.  Here is a good website that my mom used to help find the best things for me to eat.

I know that not everyone is cool with feeding raw foods, so another fresh breath idea is to brush your dogs teeth – don’t let them share your toothpaste though, it can upset their stomach!  You can also give them good tough toys to chew on.  We like bones and antlers the best! Glynne’s Soaps also makes a Breath Spray for Dogs (it also has tarter control). You still may need to have your vet do occasional teeth cleaning (your mom or dad can ask at your next doctors visit) but brushing, hard things to chew and other preventative measures can help limit how often you’ll need a teeth cleaning.

Keeping our teeth clean can help our bad breath and then there can be more kisses for everyone!


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How To Tuesday – Control Fleas

As the weather is getting warmer, the flowers and plants are waking from their winter sleep, and so are the bugs.  At our house, the most prevalent crawling thing this season has been spiders.  They seem to be everywhere.

All Natural Flea Treatment

Pesticide Free Flea Treatment

Some of you might be experiencing troubles from other, more obnoxious pests – like fleas.  A flea infestation can be annoying and dangerous.  But the  current treatments are also dangerous because they are full of pesticides.

We have successfully been able to win the war against fleas with all natural products.  Products that are safe for our dogs, ourselves and the environment.  This is what we do:

For the outside (lawn and garden), we use food grade diatomaceous earth.  It is very important to buy the food grade material and not what you find at a pool store.  The diatomaceous earth at the pool store contains silica which makes the dust harmful if inhaled.  We sprinkle it all over the yard.  It also works for other crawling bugs – roaches, ticks, bed bugs, beetles and more.  At our house, it’s kept in an old ketchup bottle, which makes it easier for spreading under the deck and in other hard to reach places.

On our pets , we use an all natural soap to bathe regularly.   Franklyn’s is a good choice for dogs because it contains Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils which are both great at repelling fleas.  The Tea Tree oil has the added benefit of being a natural antiseptic so it will help ease the pain and itching from any flea bites.   Roxy’s is also very effective at fighting fleas and can also be used on cats. For dogs we also make Fido Fresh which can not only be sprayed directly on a dog but can also be sprayed on bedding or other places where your dog likes to hang out.

If we get fleas in the house, we use Borax.  It can be found in the grocery store with the laundry detergent.  To use we recommend this process:

  • Locate carpeted areas where fleas are most likely to nest. Pay particular attention to areas where your pet spends a lot of time.
  • Conduct a spot-test on your carpet by spreading a small amount of borax on a small section of carpet and allowing it to sit for a short period of time. Check the carpet for a change of color or any other damage; if the borax appears to alter your carpet in any way, do not use it.
  • Apply a light layer of borax over the area you would like to treat.
  • Work the borax into the carpet with a broom or brush, making sure it works down between the fibers, where fleas and their eggs are.
  • Allow the borax to sit for at least 3 hours
  • Vacuum the treated area several times and empty the canister or replace the bag.

The Borax process should be repeated in three weeks because this is the gestation period for fleas and any eggs that were missed will be starting to hatch and you don’t want another infestation.

We have been using this approach for the past two years and have had less problems with fleas then ever before.  We encourage you to fight fleas all naturally this year.  You, your pet and your environment will be better off.

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Stop, Drop and Roll

Recently on our facebook page, we commented on how much we love Dalmatian Rescue of Southwest Virginia. One of our friends commented “anyone who doesn’t know how much you love this group has been in a cave or on top of a mountain with no internet!!”

So, in care you didn’t know it, we love dogs! All dogs! Because we love dogs, we want you to know that today is National Pet Fire Safety Day.  So for all of you with fuzzy children – here are some tips to keep them safe from house fires.

Keep Your Dog Safe in Case of Fire

  1. Monitor any open flames.  If your pets are anything like ours, they are incredibly curious about everything.  Keep a close eye on candles or fires to ensure they don’t knock them over.  Keep a very close eye on the stove as well.  And before you leave the house, be very sure that all flames have been completely extinguished.
  2. Practice evacuation routes with your pets. It’s a great idea to have a plan for how you are going to leave the house if there was a fire.  And it’s also important to practice it, so you can leave quickly.  Make sure when you are setting up your plan and practicing it that you include all your pets.  Just knowing who will do what in case of emergency can safe time and lives.
  3. Pet fire proof your home. Take a walk around the house with a critical eye and look for areas where your pet might accidentally start a fire.  Pay close attention to stove knobs, frayed wires or other hazards.
  4. Have your fire alarms monitored. If you aren’t home and a fire breaks out, your pets can’t leave by themselves.  If your smoke detectors are attached to an outside monitoring company, they can alert the fire department.
  5. Get a pet window cling.  Firefighters are trained to look for these and an accurate count will save them time as they locate your pets.  Free window clings are available from the ASPCA.

A few minutes of planning can save you and your pets from disaster.

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Coalman’s All Natural Dog Soap is Itchy Dog Relief (Product Spotlight)

Relieve Dry Itchy Skin

Does your dog have dry itchy skin?Are they in need of a bath, but your unwilling to give them one because it just makes their skin dry out and they feel worse?

If this sounds familiar, try Coalman’s All Natural Dog Soap.  Made with the finest all natural ingredients specially formulated to keep skin feeling soft and smooth, this soap also contains oatmeal and lavender essential oil.  The oatmeal is great at relieving itching and soothing dry irritated skin.  Not only is the lavender oil calming, but it also reduces swelling and has antibacterial properties.  When put together, these ingredients are great at easing dry skin and the itchiness that accompanies it.

So, if your dog is having trouble with dry skin, buy some Coalman’s All Natural Dog Soap today.  It will give relief to everyone.

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Love a Pet Fair – Wrigley’s TV Debut

The entire staff of Glynne’s Soaps was out of the office on Monday to attend the 2nd annual Love A Pet Fair put on by New Hanover County Animal Control.  The purpose of the event was to bring pet lovers together with groups that can help them care for their pets in the best way possible.  And of course we were there warning pet owners of the dangers of topical pesticide flea treatments and offering an all natural alternative.

Without a doubt, Wrigley was a hit.  We enjoyed being able to see him on the news that night in his television debut.  He can also be seen in this video created by Tom Grady who writes the Cape Fear Critters blog for the Wilmington Star News.

It is never to early to start thinking about summer and flea season. This year, protect your pet with Franklyn’s All Natural Dog Soap instead of harmful pesticides. It will be safer for your entire family.

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Too Cute Not to Share

Our good friend ‘E’ posted this photo on facebook. We loved it so much we want to share it with you.

Good day for a bath with some Glynne's it wasn't the Hipp"E" was the Roxy;)

It was just too cute not to share.

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Hipp”E” Soap (Product Spotlight)

We resisted making a soap with patchouli oil for a long time, but a good friend of ours named “E” insisted that it would be worth our while and that she would be it’s biggest fan.  So we gave in, did some research, and Hipp”E” (named after “E”) was born.

Get Your Hipp"E" soap on our website

Patchouli is one of those distinctive odors and while you may love it or not, it has many beneficial properties.  Patchouli oil stimulates the skin’s healing ability and cell regeneration which makes it perfect for healing skin irritations such as acne, athletes foot and eczema.  It is also good for healing certain skin allergies.  It can help heal dry, dehydrated and cracked skin.

Patchouli oil also has antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties, making it the perfect choice when you have a cold or are trying to avoid a cold.

If you are suffering from dry skin or other skin conditions, go to our website and order your Hipp”E” soap today.  Hipp”E” is also available as a lotion with the same great properties of the patchouli oil and the softening natural oils th soften your skin.  You will love how they makes your skin feel.

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Nozes and Tozes Balm (Product Spotlight)

Most people have experienced the pain of having dry chapped skin, but did you know that your dog can experience the same painful dry chapped skin on the pads of his feet, his nose and even his elbows.  Harsh winter conditions can lead to cracking of your dog’s nose, and walking on cold surfaces, or surfaces that have been salted to prevent slipping can damage the pads of his feet.

Glynne’s Soaps created “Nozes and Tozes” balm to help combat the dry skin your dog can experience.  Made with all natural vegetable oils, bees wax and Tea Tree and Lavender Essential Oils, Nozes and Tozes is safe to use everyday.  The conditioning oils will soften and soothe the dry areas.  Tea tree oil is antibacterial, antifungal and antviral.  It will help prevent any infections and fight any that might already be present.  Lavender oil is known for its ability to promote healing.

If your dog is suffering from dry cracked pads, nose or other sensitive areas, buy Glynne’s Nozes and Tozes Balm to give them the relief they need.

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