Happy Howl'oween!

Greetings from The OC Dogumentary!

We hope this October issue finds you enjoying a fabulous Fall day.

Here we've included valuable information on how to grade your dog's food and some great fun-filled events to celebrate the upcoming fall holidays :)

Grade your Dog's Food

How to grade your dog's food:

Start with a grade of 100:

1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points

2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points

3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points

4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points

5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewers rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points

6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points

7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points

8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points

9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points

10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points

11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points

12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points

13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points

14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to beef), subtract 1 point

15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

Extra Credit:

1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points

2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points

3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points

4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points

5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points

6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points

7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points

8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points

9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points

10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point

11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point

12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "lamb" as 2 different sources), add 1 point

13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point

14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

94-100+ = A
86-93 = B
78-85 = C
70-77 = D
<70 = F
Here are some foods that have already been scored.

Dog Food Scores

Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C

Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114 A+

Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+

Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93 B

Beowulf Back to Basics / Score 101 A+

Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F

Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score 83 C

Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106 A+

Burns Chicken and Brown Rice / Score 107 A+

Canidae / Score 112 A+

Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+

Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F

Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B

Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A

Diamond Performance / Score 85 C

Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+

Dick Van Patten?Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice / Score 106 A+

Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+

EaglePack Holistic / Score 102 A+

Eukanuba Adult / Score 81 C

Eukanuba Puppy / Score 79 C

Flint River Senior / Score 101 A+

Foundations / Score 106 A+

Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B

Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D

Innova Dog / Score 114 A+

Innova Evo / Score 114 A+

Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score 122 A+

Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+

Member Mark Chicken and Rice / Score 84 C

Merrick Wilderness Blend / Score 127 A+

Nature Recipe / Score 100 A

Nature Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice / Score 116 A+

Nature Variety Raw Instinct / Score 122 A+

Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice / Score 81 C

Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy / Score 101 A+

Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B

Nutro Max Adult / Score 93 B

Nutro Natural Choice Oatmeal / Score 101 A+

Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice / Score 98 A

Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B

Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Lamb and Rice Puppy / Score 98 A

Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free / Score 86 B

Nutro Natural Choice Senior / Score 95 A

Nutro Ultra Adult / Score 104 A+

Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F

Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry / Score 109 A+

Pro Nature Puppy / Score 80 C

Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94 A

Purina Beneful / Score 17 F

Purina Dog / Score 62 F

Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F

Purina One Large Breed Puppy / Score 62 F

Royal Canin Boxer / Score 103 A+

Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+

Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+

Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F

Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F

Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A

Solid Gold / Score 99 A

Summit / Score 99 A

Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+

Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+

Dog Friendly
Feature Spotlight

Dawg~Ma Companion Care

Dawg~Ma Companion Care
Paige Strayer
Dog Walker, Pet and House Sitter
Health, Happiness & Harmony for your pals while you are away
(949) 683-4970
Dawg~Ma Companion Care

Bonded and Insured, Pet Sitters Associates LLC Member, Animal CPR & First Aid Certified

Coverage Area:

Laguna Beach & surrounding areas

My own pet sitting service...where your pals are treated like my own :)

Tails a Wag Inn

Tails a Wag Inn
Bed and Breakfast for Dogs Anaheim Hills, CA
(714) 336-9869


Conveniently located in Anaheim Hills near Disneyland, with clients all over Orange and Los Angeles Counties & beyond.

“Give your dog a vacation while you take your own.”

Our pets are our family. They deserve a loving home while you are away. Their daily routine is kept as close as possible and their special needs are taken care of.

This is not your typical pet sitting or pet boarding environment. This is my home and I am here with them 80% of the time. Your dog is allowed the run of the house, furniture and yard, CAGE FREE. The only time I crate is when the owners ask me to do so as their "kid" has been trained that way and finds it soothing.

We love all of our doggie guests. And they will too!

Tails A Wag Inn

October/November Dog Friendly Events

Sunday, October 11th

Surf City Surf Dog

7:00am to 2:00pm

Huntington Dog Beach
Goldenwest & PCH
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

The Inaugural Surf City Surf Dog Event benefiting local animal charities

Surfing, doggie expo, contests, 40+ exhibitors...grab your surfboard, pup and join in the fun!



Sunday, October 11th

22nd Annual San Clemente Seafest

Come to beautiful San Clemente and enjoy a day at the beach and the cool waters of the exquisite Pacific Ocean at our Annual San Clemente Seafest held on the Sunday, following the first Wednesday in October.

The Seafest is a pet friendly event featuring a Chowder Cook-off, Fisherman’s Lobster, Killer Dana Surf Contest, Business Exposition, Arts & Craft Show, Entertainment provided by the Gemtones and a U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Operation all taking place at the historic San Clemente Pier area.

Follow this link for more information


Saturday, October 17th

The Walk to Defeat ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

Aldrich Park
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92612

5k Walk, Registration Opens at 8:30 a.m., the walk starts at 10:00a.m.

Best Dressed Dog Contest...Walk with your pup at this pet friendly event!

Call 714.285.1088 or visit www.alsaoc.org


Saturday, October 24th

Second Annual Old Town Tustin Artwalk

10:00am to 4:00pm

The Tustin Preservation Conservancy, the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts and the City of Tustin Parks and Recreation Department will co-sponsor the Second Annual Art Walk in Old Town Tustin.

This pet friendly event will feature artists displaying and selling their work along El Camino Real and Main Streets. There will be live music along the route and a wine bar from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Sunday, October 25th

2009 Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade & Pet Adoption Fair (Long Beach)

This is the World's largest Halloween pet event!

LONG BEACH - parade on 2nd St. Livingston Park vendor & adoption fair starting at 2:30pm: $10 per dog to be in the parade benefits local animals, environmental and youth projects. 600+ costumed dogs in last year's parade! Vendors and rescue groups still sought. Contact JustinRudd@aol.com for details. 12 rescue groups and 53 vendors, so far! Entry forms are now online:


Sunday, November 1st

Barks of Love “Home for the Holidays” Boutique & Adoption Event

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Dragonfly Shops and Gardens
260 N Glassell Street
Old Town Orange, CA 92866

The event will include activities for dogs and their owners, including raffles, holiday pet photos and readings by an animal communicator. Barks of Love will host contests for the smallest dog, the biggest dog, best dog costume and best doggie trick. Prizes for the contests and raffles will be donated by participating vendors.

We anticipate 25 diverse vendors selling gifts for pets and people, from handcrafted dog collars to fashion jewelry, holiday crafts, original art and even homemade dog treats.

Proceeds will be used to facilitate rescues and continue the efforts of placing local homeless dogs in their forever homes.



Thursday, November 5th

Laguna Beach's First Thursdays Artwalk

Join member galleries throughout Laguna Beach on the First Thursday of EVERY month from 6 - 9 p.m. for a festive cultural evening.

Many galleries allow your pooch to peruse their artwork, making this a great pet friendly event!


Saturday, November 7th

Friends of Lake Forest Animal's Pet Extravaganza

The Orchard Plaza
23602 El Toro Blvd
Lake Forest, CA 92630

11:00am to 3:00pm

Free goodie bags for the first 350 guests

• Great gift ideas for pets and pet lovers
• Police K9 demonstration
• Face painting
• Pet contests
• Live Band
• On Site Pet ID Tags
• Animal Adoptions
• Pet Bakery
• Pet Sitters
• Pet Communicator
• Bird & Reptile Booths

Collection bins will be available to accept pet food for FOLFA's on-going pet drive. Old cell phones (working or not) also accepted. Each donation will earn a raffle ticket. The more you bring will increase your chances of winning a fabulous door prize!



Saturday, November 14th

The K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk

10:00 am start

Shoreline Village Lighthouse Peninsula
320 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802

You and your furry best friend will love this pet friendly event. Come out to beautiful Long Beach (Shoreline Village and Catalina Landing Areas) for this unique event. This walk around the harbor will thrill both you and your pet. Participate in our 3K (1.8 miles) walk and your entire registration fee will be donated to the Animal Cancer Foundation to help fund cancer prevention and treatment research. Bring your friends and family to cheer you on, or participate in the walk themselves!

$25 before Nov. 1. $30 after


Thursday, November 26th

R.U.F.F. Thanksgiving Dinner

11am to 2pm

A pet friendly event benefiting RUFF (Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends) serving abandoned, ill and injured animals in Orange County for over 15 years

Tivoli Terrace
650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Call for reservations (949) 340-2239

Pets Best Insurance

Spotlight Photo

Pretty pup at the Laguna Beach Pet Parade last month

Quotes from the Dog Pound

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The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be

Konrad Lorenz
Animal Psychologist

Thank you for reading our October issue of The OC Dogumentary...we wish you and your pals a very Happy Howl'oween!

Paige & Marley
The OC Dogumentary

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