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Deadly Pet Treats

By: GardenGrrl , 4:04 PM GMT on October 24, 2013

In case you haven't been to Ylee's blog and saw Wab's post about poison pet treats here is the scoop.

From China (Again. Before it was pet food.) are tainted jerky treats for dogs and cats. There have been hundreds of pets killed by these so called treats. The common denominator of tainted pet food is that it was processed in China under many different brand names.

Be safe. Check the product label for your pets food, toys and treats. If it is not made in America do not buy it.

Now I'm just going to be political. The reason we don't have a large choice of safe American made goods is because Americans are not buying the more expensive American made products.

If you want jobs in America and lower taxes it is not who you vote for on a ballot. It is the product you vote for with your pocket book.

If you are crying and whining about taxes, jobs, small business opportunities and have not been actively supporting small business and actively looking for and buying American Made Products, then you are just some poser that is part of the problem.
Shut up and buy American Products.

Here is a link to American Made Products.

If you can't find what you want, google the product and add "made in America"

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26. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:11 PM GMT on October 31, 2013
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25. WatchinTheSky
3:13 AM GMT on October 31, 2013
Our tour director in Ireland made a big effort to support local business people and shops that sold locally made items while choosing the route and stops. A country is in danger of losing its soul if it gives away manufacturing. I think it enhanced the trip, I didn't go to see shelves stocked with items from china.
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24. sandiquiz
9:35 PM GMT on October 30, 2013
Hi there,

Nearly the end of your week....

Yes, you are right, there is another deep low coming our way, with more rain and 60mph winds. Friday into Saturday.
I have friends coming to visit at the weekend, so hope the weaher is not too bad.

The three folks who died on Monday, whilst sleeping in their beds, were not killed by trees falling on the houses as such. One young girl died whilst sleeping in a mobile home out on the drive, and the couple were killed by a gas explosion, caused by a falling tree, so actually, the homes were not crushed by the trees.
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23. GardenGrrl
10:08 AM GMT on October 30, 2013
Good Morning, looks like rain off and on through day.
It's my Friday! Hooray I get to sleep in tomorrow!

Hi Jane, Are the trees amazing colors up there in Michigan? Our trees are getting their seasonal yellows but I remember how wonderful the autumn colors are up north.

Hi Tony, Canadian products are also welcome here. I think we should support our friends and allies too.

Hi Prose, Oh, I just want to cuddle the puppy. She is soooo adorable. You are definitely right about it costs more to get them safe products, but the key word here is safe.

Hi Ylee, now that is important. Never, ever eat food from China. If they have tainted their own baby formulas I cannot imagine they will be careful about exported food. So tickled to know we still are producing some metals here.
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22. Ylee
10:25 PM GMT on October 29, 2013
First, since Halloween is only a couple of days away, check the kids' halloween candy, and if it's made in China, throw it away! I've seen Chinese candy, and I've immediately tossed it in the trash, and have done so for the past few years. I don't think very few people would buy Chinese candy, if they knew what they were getting.

I always try to buy American, because it helps out people like me, who are in manufacturing. Our stuff(aluminum sheet) is used in hundreds of items, some big, some small, and every little bit helps! Once, in one of ycd's photos, there was a tool box that was made with aluminum that came from our plant, maybe aluminum that I had a hand in making, so you can make a difference!
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21. Proserpina
2:03 PM GMT on October 29, 2013
Amen to your blog!

I am tired of China poisoning our pets and us! I am tired of America allowing China to destroy us and our pets in the name of the mighty $!

Buy USA made products!

Mimi is getting only USA made products. Yes, they cost more but she is safe, our economy is helped, our safety and that of our pets is insured (for the most part)!

And here is the American made and bred and fed MIMI:

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20. plapman
11:38 AM GMT on October 29, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
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19. JanesVacation
11:37 AM GMT on October 29, 2013
Good reminders to buy stuff Made in the USA. I have gotten so I always look to see where products are made. Our food supply is another example: I always look to see where a product is made. Products grown or made in Canada are OK for me. Michigan and Canada are neighbors and my daughter lives there!
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18. GardenGrrl
10:14 AM GMT on October 29, 2013
Hi Sandi, wow that was some kind of system that came through. Looks like a bit more is coming as well. Hard to imagine with the way most of your homes are built that a tree could fall into one and hurt somebody. So glad they did the tree cutting by your house earlier.

Can you imagine that is 71f and very humid this morning. Our weather can't decide what season it is.
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17. sandiquiz
9:19 AM GMT on October 29, 2013

Thanks for checking in on me yesterday... I survived, but there are still over 75,000 without power, although things on the trains are getting back to normal:)

Unfortunately, 15 folk died, five here and ten in Europe as it swept though later yesterday! It certainly was some fast moving storm!!

Hope your long week is going well :)
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16. GardenGrrl
10:15 AM GMT on October 28, 2013
Good Morning, it is a bit chilly with a few stars peeking from the clouds. Orion has moved a bit farther south as he hunts the sky.

Hi Bug, it's funny how it all just started gradually. Yes Sam Walton would be kind of po'ed at what happened to his store. He was definitely an American pull yourself up by the bootstraps kind of guy.

Hi Calpoppy, yes I think Shell Oil gets the sulpher award for most evil oil company. A while back there were some articles linking them to hiring thugs to kill tribes that opposed drilling on their land in Africa. How do these people sleep at night?

On a happy note, isn't someone getting the Minnie Winnie today? :-)
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15. calpoppy
9:40 PM GMT on October 27, 2013
It's all about corporate profits and reporting to the stockholders. Which is all well and good BUT at the cost of taking jobs away from US workers, and exploiting 3rd world countries, it then becomes down right rotten!!!

I just saw a documentary on the Niger Delta women's movement over the horrid destruction of the Niger Deltas water and air from Shell Oil Company (Chevron). Here is a little bit about the movement Link

Oh, and I heard about this a few years ago. The problem with having only one kind of production plant, in this case the Cavendish banana. Which may not be around to much longer. Link

One more thing, a neat app to have on your phone is the National Geographic App, it is free and has great pics, stories and well, just neat things!!

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14. palmettobug53
3:17 PM GMT on October 27, 2013
Hi, GG. I do like to buy American but it's not always possible. Or affordable.

I know Sam Walton is probably rolling over in his grave, as his big, big thing when he started Walmart was stocking as much Made in the U.S products as possible.

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13. GardenGrrl
5:44 PM GMT on October 26, 2013
Good Morning. Overcast and windy. They are calling for rain but watered the flower beds anyways as tomorrow starts the long work week.

Hi Briar, the thing about Walmart is that while a lot of people dis it as the demise of small business's they really are not to blame. People blame Walmart for all the toxic imports from China. If so many people were not buying these things from Walmart, Walmart would not be selling them. It is not Walmart who is the villan but the community that votes with their dollars. At this point we really have no choice but to shop there thanks to the community that has voted in mass to shut down local stores and US made goods.
They have sold their country out for cheap toxic trinkets and we are paying the price by not having local alternatives. I bet they blame the politicians they didn't vote for.

Hi Jus, I had lurked through your blog at work (where I can't comment) and saw that Meatloaf had become terribly ill. That is a frightening thing especially when you don't know the reason. The again these guys are like hoovers and no telling what he got into.
Funny that the new home buyers are also getting a cute new corgi puppy at the same time. Boy are they going to have their hands full of cuteness and work.

Hi Tony, yeah it is hard to find things exclusively made in our countries besides food. A lot of places get the parts from China and assemble them here to call it American made. Well, that's some kind of progress I guess.
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12. plapman
11:07 AM GMT on October 26, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
Thanks for the info on the pet food. it's hard to find anything that isn't made in China today. You have to be careful even when reading the label. I recently bought a lamp switch that said it was made in the US on the label but when I opened it China was stamped on the brass.

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11. juslivn
3:32 AM GMT on October 26, 2013
Hello! Thanks for all the information here on the blog. Meatloaf was very, very sick. We don't exactly know why and probably never will. Having 2 acres, he could have got into a dead animal? Or being a Lab, he ate something goofy (they eat almost everything,lol) But...at eight years old, he usually should know better, so I'm really thinking hard what could have made him that sick. The bank gave him a treat? Maybe??? Mostly I regulate all their food and there were no jerky treats given. Even the bank treat was just a biscuit? Rabies shot? New brand of heartworm pill? Wow.
But glad everyone is on top of this food scare and recalling the products.

By the way, my last closing the new couple was picking up their new Corgi puppy just the evening the moved into their new home!!! I think we were all more excited about the new puppy more than the home, lol! Will ask for pics :)
Hope you are doing well! In and out as you know...but stopping by when possible :) Take care!
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10. BriarCraft
9:37 PM GMT on October 25, 2013
At least Crayola crayons and Sharpies are made here! Don't know what I'd do without 'em!

Good info in #6 and #7. Thanks for that.

As to Walmart, I admit I have been in one. As recently as a year ago, as a matter of fact. I needed new blankets for the bed and couldn't find any decent ones at Target or Fred Meyer (a PNW chain that sells groceries and all the stuff that a Super Walmart does, except better quality) for less than $60 each. So I crept into Walmart with my head down and came out with two blankets made in Mexico for $30 each. At least they came from this continent.
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9. GardenGrrl
4:12 PM GMT on October 25, 2013
Okay, what about shopping at Walmart? It's a sad fact that sometimes it is the only option within reasonable driving range. Try to buy made in USA goods avoid made in China as much as possible so your dollar vote will count at Walmart.
I admit I do go there to buy my Lindor Chocolates they sucked me in on the cheap price factor for that one.

Buying On-line. Small brick and mortar stores are being swallowed up by the big box stores. Purchasing goods from online sources is becoming the new indie market place (Amazon excluded.)

Most American Made goods can only be purchased online unless you live near the distributor. If it's American Made, there is nothing wrong with buying it from Amazon. Better if you can buy it from a little guy.

Hi Briar, that is a great contribution. Pet products get very little regulation so it's important to have reliable manufactures. Personally, I like Purina products all my dogs have eaten Purina. Well except Roxie, she came with a 40lb bag of Science Diet and we haven't changed. The deciding factor was that it is made in the USA.

Hi Sandi, okay, you are exempt from actively seeking American Made products. As I understand it, most Western Europe goods are very high quality and easy to purchase if you live in Europe.

Hi Calpoppy, nothing wrong with buying online. Do hope you video the peacocks displaying to the ravens. That has to be hilarious!!!

Hi Shore, oh, most trinkets come from China. Of course they will be in the White House, our government has promoted out sourcing to them. Kind of like we surrendered in some unspoken war...
On a bright note, Happy Birthday again! Sounds like you are having a wonderful adventure :)
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7. GardenGrrl
3:47 PM GMT on October 25, 2013
Here is some cookware made in the USA from a company called ManPans. I haven't tried them so don't know how good they are.

Corning Ware USA makes great dish sets in many patterns. Almost all my glass kitchen ware is either Pyrex or Corning Ware.

Flatware Knifes, Forks, Spoons; LibertyTableTop

For flashlights Pelican makes some good products. It is an American Multinational company so it's not all made here. The thing with these flashlights are they are light, waterproof and most can be used in explosive gas conditions.

Binoculars; I have a Leupold Rogue binocular and it is really nice. LeupoldBinoculars

And of course as Briar mentioned, Purina, an American Classic.
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6. GardenGrrl
3:13 PM GMT on October 25, 2013
The following is from an article from Consumer Reports.
There is a link to the entire article below.

These are companies that make all or at least most of their products in the United States.


Apparel and accessories
• Allen Edmonds shoes
• American Apparel
• Chippewa boots
• Filson apparel
• Kepner Scott children’s shoes
• Pendleton woolens (the Portland Collection and wool blankets and throws)
• Stetson hats
• True Religion and Texas jeans
• Wigwam socks


• All-Clad, Lodge, and Nordic Ware cookware
• Bunn coffeemakers
• Dacor
• Harden Furniture
• Kirby and Oreck vacuum cleaners
• Lasko (mostly fans)
• Pyrex glassware
• Sub-Zero refrigerators
• Viking and Wolf ranges

Tools and home equipment

• Briggs & Stratton mower and tractor engines
• Channellock and Moody hand tools
• Maglite flashlights
• Purdy paintbrushes and rollers
• Shop-Vac wet-and-dry vacuum cleaners
• Stihl gasoline-powered equipment

• Airstream trailers
• Annin flags
• Crayola crayons
• Gibson and Martin guitars
• Hillerich & Bradsby (Louisville Slugger wooden bats)
• Little Tikes and K’Nex toys
• Sharpie markers
• Steinway pianos
• Wilson sporting goods (NFL footballs)
Consumer Reports Article

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5. shoreacres
1:31 PM GMT on October 25, 2013
Thanks for the birthday greetings! I was a good day. Mother Nature gave me a turkey feather, a snail shell and a perfect (and very unusual) cicada shell as gifts, along with a whole bag of black walnuts. I had to put the walnuts in the bag, but that was ok.

I haven't been purchasing anything from China since the pet food and toothpaste scares of some years ago. I can't remember now what was going into the toothpaste, but it wasn't good.
As for buying local? You bet. Did you happen to read the story some months ago of the trinkets in the White House gift shop being made in China? Amazing.

I'm off to Dodge City today, then southwest to the Cimarron Grasslands. With luck, the bad weather will stay to the north and east. It's been gorgeous - although it is 30F this a.m. Hence, a little dallying before I pack up the car. :)
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4. sandiquiz
7:49 AM GMT on October 25, 2013
I am sorry, but I will not be buying, "Made in America"! lol

This is the reply I posted in my own blog when Wabit informed me of the problem.

Wabit - thanks for the warning. I buy all Max's food on-line from a company called Zooplus, who stock all the healthy pet foods made either in this country or in Germany. About 40% of his diet is cooked chicken, cheese or scrambled egg, topped with Applaws Biscuits.

it is much easier for me to buy local than it is for you, as we are a much smaller country. I never buy prepared foods, either dried, tinned or frozen....I prefer to make my own and then I know what has gone into it! I like to know what I am eating!!

The only treats that Max has are something called 'Feringa', again handmade in Germany, where their food policy is even tighter than our own.
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3. calpoppy
2:54 AM GMT on October 25, 2013
I had heard about this several months ago. We actually did buy it for our dogs at Costco. They loved it, but as soon as we found out we quit.

I wish I could say I buy local but I don't always. The majority of things we buy are on line. So I guess I am contributing to the demise of brick and mortar stores. We just prefer not to go into stores if we can help it. Now buying American I am all over that!!! Just look at our Minnie Winnie!!

I need to make a video of our peacocks displaying to the ravens. It is hysterically funny!! I guess they may have to make do with no peahens about!!! They ravens look at them like they are totally crazy.
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2. BriarCraft
9:22 PM GMT on October 24, 2013
Did a bit of research and found that:

99% of all Purina-branded pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities. Source: http://www.catchow.com/Home/FAQ

I believe there is a reason that my veterinary doctor carries only Purina products for pets with special dietary needs.

I buy pet food locally, but this page http://www.petfooddirect.com/Category/Made-In-The -USA/USA-Food
lists 1203 items of Made-in-the-USA bird, cat, dog, and small animal foods.

This means, you can avoid Made-in-China pet poisons and buy American.

I will enthusiastically add to your Made in America theme with a pet peeve of mine: the people who lost their jobs to people in Bangladesh or China and then shop at Walmart, which just encourages more out-sourcing of American jobs. They are feeding the very destructive cycle that they complain about every chance they get. And they say they have to shop there because they can't afford not to. Baloney! Too many people have turned into consumers of disposable stuff that they either have to replace in a short time or that they don't really need in the first place. Dollar stores. Walmart. Con artists. We don't need any of them.

Buy less. Buy better. Buy American. Buy local when you can. If you can't buy Made in the U.S., at least buy from North or South America to help our neighbors' economy. Vote with your pocketbook. In these days of corporations and rich people buying elections and politicians, how you use what's in your pocketbook is the only thing that will make a difference.

Glad you brought in a soap box big enough for two, GardenGrrl!
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1. GardenGrrl
4:20 PM GMT on October 24, 2013

Looks Like Roxie Has Been Watching Fox News Again ;)

Feel free to post pictures and videos of your pets.
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