If grain-free dog food is bad for my dog, what should I feed?

If grain-free dog food is bad for my dog, what should I feed?

Dog owners are scrambling to find alternatives to the grain-free dog foods that millions have fed their dogs for years. Dire FDA warnings link the sudden increase in canine heart disease and the most popular high-end brands of grain-free dog foods, many of which also have replaced grains with high levels of pea protein, another possible offender. What steps can you take now help your dog if she’s been eating one of the implicated brands?

Agatha Says She Might Have To Take Over The Shipping Department

Agatha's Amazing Peppermint Cleaner

Lately, it seems like it's been raining peppermint cleaner.  

(Agatha says she needs an umbrella.)

In my wild enthusiasm to share Agatha's Peppermint Cleaner with the world, there have been a few missteps.

(Agatha says this is such a vast understatement.)

Agatha's Apothecary Natural Cleaner

The honest to goodness product from a recipe refined in my farmhouse kitchen and finally after years of people begging for bottles (once you smell it and clean with it you'll know why) proudly wearing the Agatha's Apothecary label.

It's my favorite cleaner in the whole wide world. 

(Have I mentioned that before?)

I'll try to restrain myself but it's truly totally amazing.  Peppermint oil and other completely natural ingredients, mean I'm not afraid to use around two or four-footed little people and nor will you.

In my fervor to share it's wonderfulness with the world I neglected (ignored) some key issues that it might have been important to think about before rushing the first shipment out the door...

(Agatha is taking notes for future reference).

#1.  It is not necessary to buy sample bottles by the case. (Since we now have several gigantic cases of second, third and fourth choice bottle rejects stored (hiding from husband) in the basement.

#2.  Finding the perfect trigger sprayer was hard but it's not necessary to buy sample sprayers by the case.  (See #1).

#3. It's a good idea to carefully proofread the labels before ordering in bulk.  For example, special attention should be paid to the number of ounces in the bottle.  (For those kind souls who received the 18-ounce bottle with the 4-ounce labels, please accept Agatha's sincerest apologies, this will be remedied shortly (or as soon as we use up a whole bunch more labels).

#4.  When answering a nice customer's request asking for samples to hand out to friends and family, (hugs to Carolyne).  Be sure to send huge package full of bottles to the CORRECT customer. 

(Agatha sends apologetic wags to bewildered Gail C. in Texas who, instead of finding one bottle of cleaner in her shipment, opened her HUGE box to find 2 dozen additional bottles.


(Agatha is especially embarrassed about this snafu but Gail is really happy : )  

Peppermint Cleaning Spray from Agatha's Apothecary

#5.  It might be a good idea to order takeout if we are going to keep meals on the table.  Dinnertime may be occasionally (often) delayed as we sort out issues in the bottles, sprayers, labels, shipping & free samples departments.  

(Agatha says this area in particular needs improvement sooner rather than later).

#6.  It's probably not really important to obsess over how many bubbles show in the images for the ads on Amazon.  OK, so I adore how it bubbles up when given a shake to activate the peppermint oil, but, counting the bubbles and sending the poor graphic artist multiple pictures of said bubbles (so she can see them REALLY CLOSE is way overthinking the process).


(Agatha say's it's kinda like watching paint dry).

Agatha's Apothecary Natural Peppermint Cleaner

#7.  Check shipping rates carefully before fulfilling orders.  Spending MORE on "Free Shipping" to send the package than you MAKE on the contents is probably not good for business. Especially as Agatha reminds me, the goal is to actually receive $$$ for all this drama and hard work.

(Agatha is especially worried that her allowance for dog biscuits might be adversely affected and asks everyone to:

"Woof Woof!!! (Please buy more stuff").

All kidding aside, we're just so excited about this newest of Agatha's Apothecary products.  It really was created here at the farm with Agatha helpfully napping nearby (while I slaved over the process). 

Sweet Agatha of Agatha's Apothecary

We hope you love it as much as we do.


Agatha says Hello

Welcome to the blog where Agatha & I share stories and coupon codes and other doggie goodness!

Warmest Wags.

terry & agatha

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Get your very own free sample of Agatha's Amazing Peppermint Cleaner with any order from Amazon or Agatha's! 

Just email Agatha at: agathasapothecary@gmail.com

(Write "My Free Bottle"

in the subject line : )

(While supplies last!)

Peppermint Cleaner

Agatha Sends Grateful Wags

Agatha says thanks!

Our AMAZING Customers!!!

We have the most amazing customers. 

Really and truly, some of the most wonderful people who not only love their own dogs but who love Agatha & her products.

Even some raving fans who actually hand out samples and write me letters like the following from Carolyne who is definitely going above the call of duty giving away her own Elixir for samples lol! 

(don't worry, I'm sending her some more to replenish her stash : )

"BTW, I've been handing out samples of Agatha's Elixir to folks out here (New England area) and am getting good feedback -  I think the Elixir and the Fur Freshener are my favorite products but I have them all... ; ) I gotta give you props- the new puppy treats you have in your puppy supply list are amazing. I think I have nearly two of everything so I don’t run out, lol.  You really do have the best products out there.  I save the elixir containers and fill them up to give out to friends that get puppies or talk about dogs with no appetite.  

Just like with children, sometimes it takes a village with our pups too ; )"

I’m such a fan!

Carolyne with Kipper in New England

I'm astonished and thankful every day for every one of you (and I've missed so many names, I'll look at this tomorrow and be so embarrassed to miss people who have been such incredibly kind and sweet customers and friends of Agatha's.  You fill my Inbox with letters and pictures of your four-footed family members, even people from Amazon who I've not met personally who shout; 

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Or What about the incredible lady who left 5 Five Star Reviews today?!?


I'm joining with my sweet Agatha and sending all of you our most grateful and yes,,, 

WARMEST & Fondest WAGS!  WE WUV YOU!!!!!

Agatha says woof!

Twizzler Falls In Puppy Love

Cavapoo Puppy

It's a snowy Saturday evening in Ohio and I'm thinking about how our puppies find their way to their forever homes.  We had a visit this afternoon, a sweet couple from Columbus had brought their little girl Berkley to pick a puppy.  She was over the moon with excitement, her mom said that Berkley had been pleading for a puppy for years and they'd promised she could have one for her 8th birthday.  I love visits like this one.  Berkley was starry-eyed and quietly exuberant about finally getting to have a puppy of her own. 

Twizzler and Viola were the puppies that were available and as the family came into the kitchen and looked oohing and aahing into the puppy playpen, I could tell immediately that Viola and Berkley were meant for each other.  Twizzler could tell too but still began an earnest campaign to convince everyone that he was the puppy they should go home with.  Read More...

Dog Grooming Tips From Agatha (It’s not easy being a doggie CEO).

Agatha of Agatha's Apothecary dog grooming article and tips

Does your canine companion suffer from lackluster locks?  Is her coat dry and flyaway or is does she keep you busy with the Oreck trying to vacuum up all that fur that floats off her body?  Try adding coconut oil to her diet for a rich source of coat building medium chain fatty acids.

Coconut Oil for dogs

CoCo Therapy has one of my favorites with a high percentage of lauric acid but most of us have a jar hiding in the cupboard somewhere, put it out where you can see it and start using it daily.  Pets AND people benefit from this nourishing little product.and as with all dietary changes, introduce slowly (about a 1/4 tsp per day for a week, increase slowly to full dose over two week period).  For every 10 pounds of dog, you can give 1 teaspoon of this health boosting oil.

Remember, as with all dietary changes, introduce slowly (about a 1/4 tsp per day for a week, increase slowly to full dose over two week period).  For every 10 pounds of dog, you can give 1 teaspoon of this health boosting oil.

Coconut Oil packs an amazing punch, not only does it have antibacterial and antiviral properties, it contains anti-fungal agents and helps eliminate eczema, helps reduce shedding and for is beneficial for many skin and coat problems.  Itching, excess shedding, contact dermatitis and more can be reduced or eliminated with this one super simple addition to your pet’s diet.

For a healthier skin and coat we also offer some great dog shampoos, conditioners, and dog probiotics on our online store.

Agatha's Apothecary article on coconut oil for dogs

Agatha's Owner Is Having A Bad Morning

Agatha's Owner Is Having A Bad Morning

We depend on reviews, especially reviews on dog probiotics to help us make informed decisions about the products we buy, that's why it's really important to get it right.  When someone points pet owners towards poor quality supplements for their beloved pets I'm not happy & neither is Agatha : (

Agatha Thinks Ice Cream Is Falling From The Sky

Agatha of Agatha's Apothecary

We've had more than our fair share of snow this winter.  Agatha couldn't be happier. 

My silly little dog loves the fluffy white stuff. 

I mean she realllly loves it.

I'm in the midst of cooking dinner and I see her eyeing the door with a look of happy anticipation. 

Clearly she's asking to go outdoors.


The problem is that she's already been outdoors, a whole bunch of times (about 10 times in the last couple of hours to be honest.


Agatha of Agatha's Apothecary

It's really hard to resist that face. 

It's the snow, she thinks it's ice cream. 

For some reason she's decided that it's the most yummy stuff she's ever tasted and each time she goes outside, she plunges her face deep in the fluffy whiteness and enjoys a few mouthfuls before heading around the yard to see if the squirrels have been at "her" peanut feeder again.

The next problem is that those beautiful long ears of hers are quite efficient at gathering a bit of snow of their own and each time she comes back inside I have to scoot her over onto a big rug to drip dry until her next trip out for a little snack.

Agatha the snow bunny

She's so happy about the snow, I can't be upset at her.  Just look at her, those eyes, how can I be so hard-hearted she asks?

Ever the optimist, she waits. Patiently she watches, staring at me with all of her might, using her secret weapon anytime I glance in her direction.  The ultimate trick in her doggie toolkit, BLINK EYE, she carefully blinks one eye to let me know what a gooood dog she is, how deserving of just one more trip outdoors.

Big brown eyes plead.  I stir the spaghetti sauce with a hard heart and pretend I don't know what she wants.

Agatha loves the snow.


Ten minutes later John wanders in and innocently lets her out again, and sure enough, soon I hear her scratching at the back door this time with about a bushel of snowballs dangling like earrings from her ears.  

It'd be funny but do you know how long it takes her ears to dry when fully saturated by a bushel of snowballs?  Much dripping on floors and mopping will be in my immediate future I promise you.


Agatha loves the snow!

Back inside and in her favorite spot to wait for the next snow opportunity.  One nevers knows when the ice cream truck will make it's next delivery!