Meet One of our Most Popular Brands
At Two Bostons, we like to tell people that out of the tons of choices in pet products stocking our shelves, none of them are wrong! Of course, if our customers still need a bit of guidance (all those amazing choices can be a little overwhelming), we love pointing them towards Zignature. After all, they’re one of our #1 selling brands! But what is it that makes Zignature a step above the rest? The answer lies on the back of the bag in the ingredients section.
The first thing you’ll see is meat. The next thing you’ll see is more meat. And after that? Even more meat! That’s because Zignature knows first and foremost, dogs are carnivores, meaning, like their wolf ancestors they need protein to survive. And we’re talking real meat, not just the artificial flavoring many of the “big box” brands use. That being said, not all protein is good for consumption, especially the stuff lots of other dog food brands use since they’ll get it from unregulated places like China or purchase “4D meat” (dead, dying, diseased, or disabled) from large farms simply because it’s cheaper. Zignature is super picky when it comes to where their ingredients come from. They’re careful to only source from trusted farms who use humane and sustainable practices that fit their high standards, and even going as far as sourcing certain proteins (like salmon) straight from the wild where they thrive the most!
Once Zignature has rounded up all the best of the best in meats, it’s time to add some yummy fruits, veggies, and vitamin boosters like taurine to the mix! Just like the protein, these are also carefully selected based on what can offer your pup the best nutrition, and sourced from farms that are organic and sustainable. They then get shipped to Zignature’s kitchens—all in the USA—where they can join the meat for meal prep.
Right now you might be asking yourself how all these nutritious ingredients can fit in such a bite-sized piece of kibble. It’s simple: they cut out the crud that other brands use, like carb-heavy fillers and byproducts, so they can fill the gaps with yummy things (like veggies and more protein) that are beneficial to your dog’s health! In fact, Zignature has made their recipes so streamlined, that in some varieties the first seven ingredients are meat!
Their wet food takes a similar approach, using all those same amazing ingredients to create yummy, low-cal, moisture-rich pates that are great for puppies and seniors alike. A lot of customers’ dogs love Zignature so much, that sometimes they’ll use their wet food as a topper on their dry food for double the Zignature!
Don’t worry—we haven’t forgotten the treats, either. Ziggy Bars are a newer product from Zignature’s kitchens, and they’ve been an absolute hit from Day 1! They’re designed to be bite-sized, using the same amazing ingredients and formulas found in their food, making them a perfect treat for picky pups, and an even more perfect snack for dogs looking to watch their weight. Since you can easily break apart each biscuit, they’re also an amazing training aid, and great for on the go!
See why Zignature is one of our best-sellers when you shop in-store or right here online at twobostons.com!
Take a Peek at Ziwi Peak
Take a moment to follow us halfway around the world to Mount Maunganui in New Zealand where you’ll see rolling green meadows, pristine oceans, and lots and lots and lots of sheep. It’s here where Ziwi founder Peter Mitchell decided it was time to create a pet food that fit his high standards. His inspiration came from his deer farm, or rather, his disappointment in the way other pet food companies processed the venison they sourced from him. As a way to cut corners, these companies would mix his proteins with cheap carb-heavy fillers, losing all the nutritional value along the way, creating a product that was less than appealing to him and his pets. Now fast forward nearly a decade later where Mitchell’s dream of providing animals all over the world with high-quality food has become a (very popular!) reality.
Every ingredient in Ziwi food is sourced from New Zealand. Many of our customers are curious as to why a brand would go to such lengths to make food from a place so far away, but believe it or not, many of your favorite products are made with ingredients from New Zealand—especially lamb! While the USA excels in raising certain proteins like beef and chicken, certain areas of the world simply have a better climate to accommodate the animals they raise. Thanks to New Zealand’s mild weather (no cold Chicago winters for them!), their animals are able to graze from pastures filled with nutrient-rich grass from volcanic soil 365 days of the year. It also provides them with an especially relaxing environment, which, believe it or not, actually means their meat is more tender and flavorful!
With New Zealand being so close in proximity to the ocean—they are an island, after all—Ziwi is able to source top-notch fish and green-lipped mussels straight from the wild. It doesn’t get more humane than that! But what happens after all the ingredients are gathered and ready to go?
Feeding Ziwi is like feeding raw food without actually feeding raw food, thanks to their unique air-drying process. By using the power of the sun and a bit of hot air, they’re able to create food that is closer to jerky than kibble, meaning the maximum amount of flavor and nutrition are locked in while keeping every bag shelf-stable. It’s like feeding raw but with kibble! Of course, our dogs and cats like it better when we tell them we’re filling their bowls with jerky.
Ziwi isn’t just about air-drying, though. They also have an amazing line of wet pates that are packed with extra moisture and velvety smooth, something that cats in particular LOVE. It’s a great way to get extra water-content in your pet’s routine and works well as a meal or kibble topper. Since the ingredients are so high quality, rotating their proteins is a snap, too.
We can’t forget about treats! If you’re looking for something great for training (or just plain old snacking), you’ll want to give Ziwi’s “Good Dog Rewards” a try. They’re made with the same great ingredients as their food, and perfect for any size mouth. Trachea and tripe chews are another great way to reward your pup for just being them, plus, you can even stuff the trachea with their favorite spreadable treat or food to create a boredom-busting puzzle!
See the Ziwi difference for yourself when you shop these great products and more in-store or right here online at twobostons.com
Fromm Wisconsin to Their Bowl
After celebrating 16 years of Two Bostons, it’s safe to say we know a thing or two about family-owned: something we have in common with one of our most popular brands! The Fromm Family’s roots in great pet products started in 1924, though they weren’t quite making the food we know and love today…they were creating a distemper vaccine for foxes! Over time, they started creating treatments for dogs and cats, too, but it wasn’t until the early 1940’s that they branched out into pet food. After years of working to perfect their recipes, their very first bag of “Fromm Complete Dog Meal” sold in 1949.
There have been a lot of changes to Fromm’s line of products over their 70+ years in the pet food biz, but a few things have stayed consistent: they’re still family-owned, and they’ve stuck to their roots just north of us in Wisconsin! That means every last meal and treat that your pet chows down on is prepped entirely in the USA—close enough to drive there and back in time for your dog’s dinner!
Let’s talk ingredients because we know you’re going to love what’s in their bowls as much as we do. They use protein-first recipes with added fruits, veggies, and natural supplements (like heart-healthy taurine). And yes…there is a bit of Wisconsin cheese in many of their products!
When it comes to options, you have at least a zillion to pick from. Fromm has wet food, dry food, and AMAZING treats (more on those later). What’s extra cool is that they create meals with every pet in mind, meaning that formulas made specifically for puppies, seniors, and weight management are included in their expansive lineup of products.
Since dry food is where they got their start, Fromm especially excels in creating kibble. Like we talked about before, everything is made with a meat-first approach paired with organic superfoods, but they don’t just stop at good ingredients. Fromm is also known for their ability to preserve as many nutrients as possible during prep, along with their testing of each batch to ensure your pet gets the healthiest, most delicious meals every time. It’s no wonder they’re one of our top-selling brands of kibble! Fromm’s moisture-rich wet food is made with a similar philosophy (great ingredients, careful preparation, and regular testing for quality), and comes in stews, shreds, and pates sure to get even the pickiest cat or dog drooling.
While you’re checking out our selection of Fromm food, you might as well grab a few yummy treats while you’re at it! Their crunchy biscuits are perfectly bite-sized and jam-packed with tasty flavors like bacon, chicken, and (of course) Wisconsin cheese!
See for yourself why Fromm is one of our customers’ faves when you shop the line in-store or online right here at twobostons.com!
Feed Them how Nature Intended
With responsible sourcing, quality ingredients, and biologically appropriate meals, it’s no wonder that Primal has been trusted by Pet Parents for the past 20 years! Back in 2000, Luna, founder Matt Koss’s dog, was displaying early signs of renal failure. After trying treatment after treatment with no results, he turned to a holistic vet, who taught him all about feeding raw, and saw positive results almost immediately. Since then, Primal has grown from Matt’s kitchen to a state-of-the-art, USDA-certified facility right here in the United States.
First and foremost, Primal is all about using top-notch ingredients, and since they want to jam pack as many nutritional benefits into every last bite as possible, their recipes don’t have room for hormones or synthetic supplements. In short: if you don’t find it in nature, you don’t find it in your pet’s bowl with Primal! Proteins like chicken and beef are responsibly sourced from trusted farms that use humane practices when raising their livestock (no cages here!), and salmon is entirely wild-caught. Their produce is 100% organic and sourced from the USA, while their unrefined supplements like apple cider vinegar and coconut oil are rich in vitamins are entirely natural.
After working hard to source only the best ingredients, Primal works even harder to keep everything as fresh as possible until it gets to your pet’s bowl. By using carefully refined freezing and freeze-drying methods as well as minimal processing, they’re able to lock in as many nutrients as possible in their protein-rich meals. When they’re all prepped and ready to hit our shelves, Pet Parents can enjoy frozen and freeze-dried options of easy-scoop nuggets or larger portioned patties.
The beauty of Primal is that not only are they a brand that creates great meals, but they also have great ways to boost your pet’s bowls with nutrition and flavor. If you’re unfamiliar with bowl boosting or have never given it a try, now is the perfect time to get started! It’s as easy as rehydrating your pet’s freeze-dried food with collagen-rich bone broth or mixing in any of Primal’s five different varieties of raw goat milk for a quick way to keep their gut happy.
Primal also has a unique line of Butcher’s Blend Raw Toppers to add even more protein to their routine, as well as their Fresh Toppers (formerly Edible Elixirs) made from tasty superfoods like spinach, squash, and mussels.
It’s time to see how feeding your pet’s primal instincts can change their life! Shop Primal in-store or right here online at twobostons.com
Change the way you Walk
No matter how well-behaved your dog is, at one time or another, your arm has probably fallen victim to leash tug syndrome (you know, when your dog decides to suddenly run after a squirrel and takes your arm socket with them). 2 Hounds Design founder, Alisha, felt your pain, too…literally! In 2003, she put her creative skills to good use handmaking the first batch of products with just a small number of raw materials. Flash forward to today, and her one-woman business has grown into a team of over 50 talented folks who work together in their home base of Indian Trail, NC.
Over the past 18 years, 2 Hounds has perfected the craft of making quality harnesses using Lean Manufacturing processes to cut down on waste, shorten production time, and consistently work on new, innovative ways to improve their products. They also put an emphasis on never outsourcing anything, but rather creating jobs and obtaining materials from right here in the USA. But let’s talk about your arm sockets again!
There are a lot of fun, distracting things in the great outdoors that need to be chased immediately, like squirrels, people, cars, shiny things, and other dogs. Unfortunately, since these things can often pop out of nowhere (which is part of what makes them so fun to begin with), that means your pup tends to go bolting off without warning. It goes without saying that’s one of the reasons you need to have your dog on a leash at all times. All that sudden yanking and pulling isn’t great for your pup’s neck, though, which can lead to more serious issues down the road. Luckily, 2 Hounds Designs came up with a unique solution to end stiff necks and pulled muscles forever! Meet: The Freedom No-pull Harness.
The Freedom Harness is a structural masterpiece, designed to keep walks fun while helping train energetic pups and keeping excitable dogs from hurting themselves when it’s time to go chase that bird across the street. It’s made from comfortable, safe material that’s soft enough prevent chafing, but strong enough that the inner webbing has literally been tested by using it to tow cars! The Freedom Harness also comes in a range of sizes (XS – XXL), and is fully adjustable so you can easily customize it to your dog’s unique shape (or stop by any of our store and our Team will give you a complimentary fitting).
Putting the Freedom Harness on is simple – all you need to do is have your dog step into it, then push the snap into place. The soft velvet strap over their chest diverts the pulling pressure away from their neck, giving walks a “leash-less” feeling, while the D-ring on the back helps you keep a firmer grasp on your furry friend. There are even reflective strips on some varieties for safety at night! For even more control, the Freedom Harness comes with a special leash that attaches both to the ring on the back and the additional ring on the front, giving you the option to connect their leash in two different places instead of one – we’ve found that puppy parents especially love this feature!
Keep walks safe and fun when you Shop 2 Hounds Designs products in-store or right here online at twobostons.com.
Shopping Spree 2021: Week 8
We’re in the final week of our Shopping Spree Sweepstakes, and in true Two Bostons fashion, we’re ending it with a bang! Week 8’s featured brands include one of our all-time most popular products, plus a gaggle of other customer faves, all of which are worth 50 extra entries for your chance to win our $1,000 Shopping Spree per item purchased. Seriously – winning has never been so easy! If you’re new to our spree or need a little refresher on the rules, be sure to visit twobostons.com/spree after you learn more about why we can’t get enough of this week’s amazing goodies.
What if your dog’s favorite food was also a treat?? Make your pup’s dreams a reality with Ziggy Bars! They’re made using the same protein-rich formulas as their kibble counterparts and come in over a dozen flavors. These tasty biscuits are the perfect size to munch on as a snack or be broken apart into training treats. They’re also designed for “rotational treating”—it’s just like rotational feeding (rotating your dog’s proteins to add variety to their diet), only with treats!
Not to brag, but our customers’ favorite treat also happens to be our signature treat! Puppy Kisses are the bite-sized morsels that are the perfect way to spoil your dog with a little something indulgent. They’re made with entirely human-grade ingredients and come in different flavors like peanut butter, yogurt, and carob. Check out our trio-blend to get the best of all three, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for our seasonal varieties!
We’re all about feeding our pets as nature intended, and Primal’s line of freeze-dried food makes that easier than ever! Both cats and dogs can enjoy these tasty nutritious recipes as full meals or kibble toppers. Since they’re made up mostly of protein (with the rest of the ingredients being organic fruits and veggies), picky pets will have a tough time resisting Primal’s freeze-dried food, especially after you rehydrate it with their favorite bone broth—though good ole’ fashioned water is just as tasty, too.
Open Farm Gently Cooked
Want to add a little extra love to your pet’s bowl? Open Farm’s line of Gently Cooked meals has got you covered! They’re prepped using a French technique called “Sous Vide”, where raw food is vacuum packed then gently boiled. There are four types available (or 200 entries if you try them all), each made with hormone-free proteins and organic veggies that you can actually see!
KOHA Canned Food
KOHA believes that the key to a happy healthy pet is good food made with simple ingredients. We’d say we have to agree! Their meals are formulated for pets who have food sensitivities, allergies, or are just plain picky, by using minimal moisture-rich ingredients to create wet food that will have them licking their bowls clean every time. Give their slow-cooked stews a try for the pets who can’t get enough gravy, or for dogs and cats who are a bit more particular with what’s for dinner, their protein-packed Pure Shreds are a winner every time!
Earth Animal Herbal Remedies
You might know Earth Animal from our popular No-hide chews, but did you know they also have a line of healthy supplement drops? Not only are they formulated with essential oils made from organic, USA-sourced herbs from trusted farms to tackle common ailments in our furry friends, but they’re also worth 50 extra entries for your chance to win per bottle! Since we’re in the middle of thunderstorm season, our Calmness Drops have been flying off the shelves, as have our Allergy & Skin support with the rise of pollen and ragweed levels. Earth Animal’s Herbal Remedies line also has drops for stinky breath, aches & pain support, urinary health, and more!
It’s time to treat your pet to their best life! Shop these products and more in-store or right here online at twobostons.com.
Why you Need to Stock up on Stella & Chewy's
We have a little ongoing joke at Two Bostons that our pets eat better than we do, and with food like Stella & Chewy’s on our shelves…that just might be true!
The first thing we like to tell people about Stella & Chewy’s is that they’re a brand focused on providing pets with well-balanced, protein-first meals made from the best ingredients in the world. Yes, the entire world! While most everything like beef and pork is sourced from humane, organic farms in the USA, they did a little intercontinental searching to find that fruits & veggies grow better in the rich soil of South America, and duck happens to taste better when it’s from France. They even source lamb and elk all the way on the other side of the world from the gorgeous green pastures of New Zealand.
Once ingredients pass the quality inspection, they get shipped just North of us to Wisconsin where the real magic happens. Since every meal is prepped in their facilities (no outsourcing here!), they’re able to ensure your pet is getting the best food every time.
Stella & Chewy’s is best known for their raw and freeze-dried food. In fact, if a Pet Parent is looking to give fresh feeding a try, Stella’s is one of the first directions we point them in! In addition to their dozen or so recipes to choose from for dogs and cats (all specially formulated to make rotational feeding a breeze), dog Parents also have the option of patties or morsels. Both are made with the same protein-rich, filler-free, meat, bones, and organs approach, so it’s really just a matter of personal preference. We’ve found that dogs with smaller mouths prefer the smaller morsels, while bigger breeds dig the patties!
If you’re not ready to go raw, or just enjoy the convenience of kibble, Stella & Chewy’s has got you covered with their unique “raw blend” recipes—kibble mixed with small pellets of freeze-dried raw food—and their “raw coated” food—kibble coated in a yummy raw slurry before getting gently baked. Their line of Essentials is another customer-fave. There’s no raw food in it, but there is the same protein-first formula as their raw lines with added fruits and veggies for an extra nutritional boost.
Speaking of boosts, Stella’s has got you covered there, too! If you’re not familiar with bowl boosting, then now is a better time than ever to give it a try. All you need to do is fill their bowl with their favorite kibble, then mix in some yummy additives like collagen-rich bone broth, Magic Dust (crumbled freeze-dried food to act as a “seasoning”), or even wet food! Not only will your pet get a huge boost of nutrition, but it also adds variety to their meals, which can keep them interested in their food and less in yours. Bone broth and wet food, like Stella’s Stew, is also a great way to get extra moisture in your pet’s routine.
Of course, there’s also the biggest, most important question…what about treats? Your dogs will be happy to know that Stella & Chewy’s makes some of our all-time favorite goodies! Currently we’re obsessing over their freeze-dried hearts. These single-ingredient snacks are easy to break apart for a training treat as well as a tasty low-cal “just-because” reward. They’re also high in taurine, a crucial nutrient to keep your pet’s heart healthy! Their soft treats are also drool-worthy, especially their newer line of Crav’n Bac’n bites, which are always made with bacon as the first ingredient, and designed for pets of any age to enjoy!
You can stock up on Stella’s in any of our stores, or right here at twobostons.com!
Feed Your Pet Like a Champion
Champion’s humble roots can be traced all the way back to 1979 in Canada, when Reinhard Muhlenfeld started making food for dogs in local ranch and farming communities. Since then, Champion has grown to be widely known as pioneers in what it means to produce quality pet food—and when we say widely known, we mean it! Champion sells food in over 100 different countries worldwide! But success has never clouded them from their core values: to provide only the best for our furry friends. In fact, the next time you hear us talking about food that’s “biologically appropriate”, you can thank Champion! After decades of cheap, unhealthy pet food made with sketchy ingredients (seriously—James Spratt, inventor of commercialized kibble, refused to tell anyone where he sourced his “dried gelatinous parts of Prarie Beef”…we still don’t know to this day!), Champion changed the game by formulating their meals with ingredients that fit animals’ needs rather than using stuff that could be cheaply mass-produced.
Champion acts as an umbrella for two different brands: Orijen and ACANA, who are known for their meat-first recipes that mirror what your pet might eat in the wild. Just like there are different types of healthy diets for humans, each takes different (but equally healthy!) approaches to getting your cats and dogs the nutrition they need to thrive.
Orijen’s meals are all about mirroring exactly what your pet’s ancestors and wild counterparts eat: meat! They take what they refer to as a “wholeprey” approach in their recipes, meaning the entire protein is used, rather than just certain bits. Not only does this offer important vitamins that your pet can’t get from meat alone—bones, for example, are rich in collagen, which is great for joint-support, while organs like the heart are high in taurine—but it cuts down on waste, making it a more sustainable way to prepare food.
Orijen’s kibble recipes contain some of the highest amounts of meat that you can get anywhere in dry food, and their wet meals are a great way to get the same great ingredients as Orijen’s dry and freeze-dried meals while getting extra hydration in your pet’s routine. If freeze-dried is more your thing, then you’ll definitely want to check out their Regional, Tundra, and Original varieties made with humanely sourced, hormone-free proteins made to be shelf-stable to give you the benefits of raw food with the convenience of kibble…and yes! Their treats are just as healthy (and tasty!). Their bite-sized freeze-dried snacks are as high in protein as their meals and appeal to dogs and cats alike.
ACANA takes a similar approach to Orijen—they also formulate their meals using the entire animal—but they also have the added benefit of adding in healthy, organic fruits and veggies. Ingredients like squash and pumpkin provide gut-healthy vitamins that are great for supporting your pet’s digestion system while also being easier on dogs with food sensitivities. Cranberries are also present to keep your pet’s urinary system healthy while apples provide tons of vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber!
Like Orijen, ACANA comes in dry, wet, and freeze-dried varieties, with the added bonus of also having delicious low-cal biscuits! They’re limited-ingredient, packed with protein, and great for snacking or training—plus, pets love their CRUNCH!
Feed your pet like a Champion when you shop Orijen and ACANA in-store or right here online at twobostons.com!
Shopping Spree 2021: Week 7
Lucky Week 7 of our Shopping Spree Sweepstakes is underway, and we can’t wait for you to check out all our featured items! Since we’re near the end of our spree, time is running out to secure your chance to win, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with featured products that will make earning hundreds of entries a breeze.
(PS: If you need a refresher about the rules and ways to enter without purchase, visit twobostons.com/spree to learn more!).
Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried
Try out one of our customers’ favorite foods: Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried! By using their perfected freeze-drying method, Stella & Chewy’s removes moisture in the meat, organs, and bones of their raw, hormone-free proteins. Not only does this lock in every last nutrient, but it also allows for meals to be shelf-stable, making feeding a breeze. All you need to do is rehydrate it with water or your pet’s favorite bone broth! It’s also available as patties or morsels to make the perfect meal or topper for any sized mouth.
Orijen and ACANA Treats
Yes! There is such thing as a guilt-free treat! By using limited-ingredients made from organic, humanely raised proteins, Orijen and ACANA created their lines of yummy treats with a happy, healthy dog in mind. If you’re a newbie to the healthy treat game, we suggest giving Orijen’s Regional Red treats a try – they’re made with 100% freeze-dried protein from beef, lamb, and wild boar, for a savory snack they won’t be able to get enough of. ACANA’s Beef & Pumpkin is another fave of ours. They’re made with just a few simple ingredients, like beef and pumpkin, to create a healthy treat that’s perfect for training or as a “just because” reward!
Barkworthies Beef Cheeks
Why give your dog dangerous rawhides to chew on when they could have something all-natural, way yummier, and fully digestible instead? Our Barkworthies Beef Cheeks are made in the USA with collagen-rich beef to provide an engaging, healthy chew that your dog won’t be able to put down! You can grab them curly, wrapped in chicken, or dipped in peanut butter to earn yourself 50 entries for your chance to win our sweepstakes…or try all three to earn an easy 150 entries!
Pro-tip: Do you have a Pet Parent in their life who is still giving their dog rawhide?? Surprise them with a beef cheek chew to show them there are waaaaay better things for their pups to be sinking their teeth into (plus, you’ll earn extra Shopping Spree entries in the process!).
Most animals don’t drink enough water (especially cats), which can lead to bladder and kidney issues long-term. Weruva specifically formulates their meals with extra hydration to keep your pets—and their urinary tracts—happy and healthy! They also have a great line of gut-friendly pumpkin toppers, as well as yummy dry food. Have a picky pet or one who loves variety? You’re in luck with Weruva as they offer tons of flavors!
BIXBI Mushroom Supplements
Discover the magic of mushrooms with Bixbi’s mushroom supplements! You’ve got four varieties to pick from, each formulated to target specific areas of your pet’s health like joints, skin & coat, immunity, and digestion (and if you try them all, that’s 200 extra entries for your chance to win our $1,000 Shopping Spree!). They’re made from nature’s finest fungi, ranging from shitake to reishi—all organic, all sourced 100% in the USA. Since they’re powdered, all you need to do is add a scoop or two to your pet’s meal, and voila! An easier-than-ever way to get extra nutrients in your pet’s routine!
The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Food
Take “just add water” to the next level with The Honest Kitchen’s nutritious dehydrated meals! By gently using warm air to remove moisture from each ingredient, nutrients are locked in and food processing is minimalized, keeping your pet’s meals healthy and fresh. All you have to do is scoop, rehydrate (we suggest water or bone broth), and serve! It works great as a meal or topper and is one of our favorite ways to sneak extra moisture into our pets’ routines.
Ready to stock up on stuff you love or try something new? Shop with us in-store or online here at twobostons.com!
Fill Their Bowl With Open Farm
Do you know where your pet’s food comes from? The answer might not be as simple as you think. “Big Box” brands commonly found in grocery stores or major pet store chains are notorious for sourcing cheap ingredients from unregulated farms in China that can be harmful to your pet’s health. Even the bargain brands that say they stick to ingredients from the USA need to be looked at a little closer, since it’s likely they’re pulling proteins that fall in one of the four “D” categories (dead, dying, diseased, or disabled), from overcrowded, inhumane farms. Sounds nasty, right? We think so, too, which is why you won’t find any of that stuff anywhere near our shelves! In fact, if a brand isn’t fully upfront with where they’re sourcing their ingredients from, then Two Bostons isn’t interested in carrying it in our stores.
Open Farm passes our standards to fill your pet’s bowl with flying colors! Not only are they upfront with the who, what, and where of their ingredients, but we’re super proud to call them one of our most transparent brands! In fact, they’re so confident in the quality of their ingredients, that you can type the unique code on the back of any of their products into a search bar on their website and see exactly where and when every last ingredient was sourced and prepped, meaning you can pull up your Google maps and virtually visit the chicken farm that just provided your dog or cat with a yummy meal.
But wait! There’s more! Not only is Open Farm transparent with their ingredients, but they’re also all about accountability. They’ve partnered with groups like Ocean Wise, Certified Humane, and Global Animal Partnership to ensure that all their proteins are sourced in an environmentally friendly manner. They even have a unique “Catch of the Season" kibble formula that changes throughout the year to prevent overfishing in vulnerable areas!
Let’s talk nutrition, though, because everything down to their indulgent dehydrated treats are super healthy. If you’re looking to give your pet something well-balanced and totally unique (and maybe become the best Pet Parent EVER in the process), we suggest grabbing a few packs of their Gently Cooked food. By using an immersion boiling technique known as “sous vide”, every meal is cooked to perfection, then frozen to create an easy-to-serve (just let it thaw and your dog will do the rest!) meal that has an extra special touch of home-cooked love.
Frozen not your pet’s thing? No worries! Open Farm’s freeze-dried raw and wet food are great ways to give your pet a well-rounded meal while also getting some ultra-important extra moisture in their diet. Of course, with freeze-dried food, you’ll need to add in something to rehydrate it first, but Open Farm has you covered on that, too, with their yummy line of bowl boosting Bone Broth (made from the very same bones of the meat in your pet’s food to ensure use of the entire animal).
It’s time to feed your pet the quality of food they deserve – shop these amazing products and more in-store or right here at twobostons.com.
Who on Earth is Earth Animal?
In 1979, Dr. Bob and Susan Goldstein opened their very first pet supply store right next to Dr. Bob’s veterinary office. Flash forward over 40 years later, and now they’re one of the top brands in holistic pet products and creators of some of our pets’ favorite stuff, like No-Hide chews (more on those later!). Just like us, they’ve remained family-owned since day one, and share our same values of only giving our dogs and cats the best nature has to offer. But in order to keep producing the best stuff for our furry friends, we need nature to keep producing the best ingredients, which is where Earth Animal truly excels.
By being picky about their partners, Earth Animal has sniffed out some of the best farms in the US to work with. This way, they’re better able to check that their sources continue to produce organic, tasty ingredients that fit both their, and our, standards, and support facilities that use sustainable practices like the utilization of solar power!
They also prefer to be hands-on with prepping their products to help further ensure quality and minimize processing ingredients. Our favorite example of these methods is in our best-selling chew: No-Hides! These rawhide alternatives are rolled by hand before getting covered in one of the many flavors of slurry your dog loves. This helps give each chew a natural feel that your dog will love sinking their teeth into. Since No-Hides are completely digestible, they’re also totally safe for your dog to keep sinking their teeth into again and again until it’s all gone (and trust us when we say they absolutely will!).
If your pet has an ailment, Earth Animal probably has a solution! They also produce a line of supplements that have literally changed the lives of many of our customers’ pets! Each proprietary blend of herbs and essential oils is formulated by veterinarians, using hand-picked, organic ingredients, sourced right here in the USA. They’re made with common health issues in mind like anxiety, aches & pains, urinary support, and more. All you need to do is administer a few drops a day and watch as your pet thrives!
We also can’t get enough of their Flea & Tick protection. Rather than use harsh chemicals that are harmful to your pets, you, and your lawn, Earth Animal takes a natural approach by using essential oils that smell great to you but send pests running for the hills! Their collars have a minty-fresh scent that stays effective for up to three months, and a scoop or two of their internal powders in your pet’s food will make your pet’s blood unappealing to fleas, ticks, and other nasty seasonal bugs. In fact, we can vouch for how effective these products are because they make a human line, too!
Ready to watch your pet thrive using nature’s finest ingredients? Check out our collection of Earth Animal products in-store or online here at twobostons.com!
Shopping Spree 2021: Week 6
We’re not sure about you, but we have a pretty good feeling that 6 could very well be your new lucky number! Yep, that’s right, we’ve officially entered week 6 of our $1,000 Shopping Spree Sweepstakes! If you need a refresher for how it works, visit twobostons.com/spree, otherwise check out this week’s six amazing features (and what makes them so amazing!) below.
Two Bostons Biscuits
You’ve had our Puppy Kisses…but have you had our biscuits?? Now is the perfect time give them a try since you can earn 50 extra entries for your chance to win per pack purchased (not to mention your dog will love you for bringing home yummy new treats)! Like everything on our shelves, every last treat is made with top-notch, human-grade ingredients inspired by flavors dogs everywhere LOVE! Not sure where to start? Our cheddar pretzels pair perfectly with summer cookouts or you can make the most important meal of the day even yummier with our blueberry waffles & toast cookies!
Open Farm Freeze-dried
Fill their bowl with eco-friendly goodness when you grab a bag of freeze-dried Open Farm. They use sustainable practices to source and make their food, which means not only does it taste amazing, but you’re supporting one of our greenest brands! Every ingredient is prepped using minimal processes and freeze-dried fresh, creating convenient, shelf-stable meals that won’t take up any space in your freezer! All you need to do is scoop, rehydrate (we suggest using Open Farm Bone Broth – made from the bones of the same proteins used to make their meals in order to use the entire animal!), and serve.
Fluff & Tuff Toys
If you’re the parent of a power-chewer, don’t skim ahead just yet! Fluff & Tuff toys were made with every dog in mind, especially pups who love to play rough! While nothing out there is indestructible, these plush toys come pretty darn close. The secret is in the double-stitched seams and triple-lining of mesh to keep the fun going for triple the time! What’s even cooler is how many options you have to choose from. When we say Fluff & Tuff took every pup into consideration when designing their toys, we mean it! Their range of animals are designed for every playstyle in mind, from long-necked dinos to toss, floppy octopuses to tug, squirrels to snuggle, and everything in-between!
When we say science meets nature in Farmina food, we aren’t talking about added hormones, preservatives, or chemicals. We mean each recipe is formulated using in-depth studies about the best natural foods to provide pets everything they need to live their best lives. Every organic ingredient is sourced from the beautiful hillside farms of Italy, minimally processed, and then sealed using nitrogen rather than oxygen to keep food naturally fresh for longer. If that isn’t enough to get your pet’s mouth-watering, then let them know each bag is worth 50 extra entries towards your chance of winning our $1,000 Shopping Spree!
The Honest Kitchen Treats
Talk about trendsetters – The Honest Kitchen was the first ever brand to carry human-grade food! Since making their very first meals in 2002, they’ve expanded into tons of other yummy things for dogs and cats like supplements and (most importantly) treats! If you’re looking for an easy 150 extra entries for your chance to win big, then we suggest trying all their varieties of Goat’s Milk N’ Cookies, a yummy snack made with goat’s milk so that even the most sensitive tummies can indulge. If healthy treats are more your pet’s thing, then stock up on any of their Cod Crisps, Bone Broth Bites, or Liver Chips – all made with high-quality, healthy ingredients perfect for training and treating!
Even if you don’t have a picky cat, we’re sure you know someone who does, so why not gift them (or just treat yourself) to Fussiecat…all while you earn 50 extra entries for your chance to win per item purchased! Their dry food is made with high-quality ingredients the feline ruler of your castle will adore, and their extensive line of wet food recipes is literally like feeding them their favorite can of tuna, only waaaaay healthier and mercury-free! And yes – of course they have tasty treats. Grab any of their velvety mousse sticks for an indulgent snack that will have your kitty purring all day!
Ready to win? Shop in-store or online here at twobostons.com!
Rescue Your Shoes With Barkworthies
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about dogs, it’s that they LOVE to chew. This behavior dates back to the very first wolves, who would gnaw on the bones of their latest meal to make sure they got every last bit of meat off of them. Today, it’s more of an instinct thing (after all, our pampered pugs and snuggly corgis tend to hunt in our pantries rather than the wild). It’s also a natural method dogs use for stress relief, boredom-busting, and even teeth cleaning! Needless to say, having quality chews on-hand is a must for every Pet Parent—with an emphasis on the “quality”!
If you haven’t already heard, popular chews like rawhides and pig ears are proved to be incredibly dangerous to pets. They’re made using leftovers from animals falling in the four D categories (dead, dying, diseased, or disabled), and preserved using harsh chemicals like formaldehyde and paint. In fact, they’re so dangerous that a Youtuber boiled a few in water and found that they melted down to be industrial-strength glue! No thanks! Since dogs weren’t made to ingest these sorts of chemicals, their bodies aren’t able to digest them, either, causing thousands to end up at the vet each year due to dangerous blockages.
Fear not, while rawhides need to be tossed in the trash, there are still plenty of other, totally safe options to try, with one of our faves being Barkworthies! This USA-based brand makes a huge variety of natural, preservative-free chews that are fully digestible and made with your dog’s natural instincts in mind. We’ve found that their odor-free bully sticks tend to fly off our shelves since they’re made with premium beef that’s, well, odor-free! They’re long-lasting and melts like a candlestick as your dog chews, which helps prevent choking hazards or blockages. That being said, if you have a power chewer who makes these sticks disappear faster than you can say “Barkworthies”, there are plenty of other natural things to try!
Elk antlers are another favorite of ours since they’re super tough and textured in a way that’s perfect for scraping away plaque. They’re humanely sourced from naturally shed antlers found in the wild then cleaned and triple-checked for quality to ensure your pup is only chewing on the safest stuff nature has to offer.
If you have a dog who goes nuts for peanut butter, bacon, or pumpkin, then Barkworthies Stuffed Shin Bones are a must-have. They’re sourced from pasture-raised beef, then jam-packed with yummy fillings that act as a boredom-busting puzzle to put their brain to the test! These were a game-changer for Pet Parents during their periods working at home, and perfect for keeping your pup occupied while the kids are away at school.
Barkworthies also makes an amazing line of collagen chews—AKA that stuff you see hyped up in all the beauty commercials! Collagen does more than make human skin look beautiful, though. It’s also amazing for keeping your dog’s skin, coat, and joints healthy. By creating a yummy chew packed with important nutrients (and even coated in indulgent peanut butter), your dog will get all the essentials with each nibble! It’s a great way to help prevent joint issues or offer support to dogs who already have them.
Is your dog drooling over your shoulder yet?? Check out our entire line of Barkworthies products in-store or here online at twobostons.com!
Shopping Spree 2021: Week 5
Week 5 of our Shopping Spree staaaaarts….NOW! We’ve got everything you need to know about our featured items and brands down below. Not sure what the heck we’re talking about? Not worries! You can read up about our $1,000 Shopping Spree Sweepstakes at twobostons.com/spree.
One of our favorite brands of food also has a line of tasty, single-ingredient treats. You’ve got three varieties to choose from (which means 150 extra entries for your chance to win if you try them all!), including cod skins, pork liver, and beef lung. Each yummy bite is made using a slow air-drying process, meaning your pet can enjoy perfectly prepared crunchy goodness every time you toss them a snack! Since they’re only made with one ingredient, they’re a guilt-free way to add some extra protein to their diet, and make for an awesome training treat.
Small Batch Freeze-dried
Convenient, healthy, and totally mouth-watering, all you need to do is add water or bone broth to rehydrate these well-balanced meals (your pet can do the rest!). Small Batch sources all their organic ingredients from trusted farms, and prepares them in—you guessed it—small batches, to ensure quality. It’s as if you’re feeding them what they’d eat in the wild without ever leaving your kitchen!
Orijen & ACANA Dry Food
Did you know kibble started out as a treat sailors would feed dogs? They’d mix bits of leftover grain or bread with animal fat and toss them to strays. For some brands, kibble hasn’t changed much from where it began (yuck!), which is why it’s important to always check the ingredients of your pet’s food! If you flip the bag over for Orijen or ACANA dry foods, you’ll be happy to know that there’s not a stale grain in sight, but rather meat-first recipes that use the entire animal as a way to appeal to their natural instincts.
Fromm Canned Food
Did you know that most pets don’t drink enough water? It’s true! Even if your furry friend is constantly at their water bowl, it’s likely they’re splashing more water on the floor than they are intaking it, which is why it’s important to have wet food in their routine. Whether shredded proteins get them drooling or pates are more their thing, we suggest giving canned Fromm a try! Each meal is packed with high-quality ingredients and tons of moisture, plus, it’s all made by our neighbors in Wisconsin!
Barkworthies Bully Sticks
Speaking of feeding your pet’s natural instincts, if you have a dog, then you know they love to chew! It’s a behavior that has been programmed in their DNA since the first wolf ever chased down a rabbit, as well as a natural stress reliever and boredom buster. Like most things, however, not all chews are created equal! Things like rawhides, pig ears, or your shoes can prove to be dangerous to dogs, causing blockages or poisoning from chemical preservatives, which is why natural, digestible chews are a must. Barkworthies Bully Sticks are made entirely of long-lasting beef, made to be totally safe and fully digestible! They’ll also earn you 50 entries for your chance to win big per stick, so now is a better time than ever to stock up on new chews!
Ready to stock up on these awesome products? You can shop everything here and more in-store or online at here at twobostons.com
Shopping Spree 2021: Week 4
We’re at our halfway point for our Shopping Spree so there are still tons of amazing ways to win on the way! We know you’re pros by now, but just in case you need a refresher, each week we’re featuring items you can purchase to earn you entries for your chance to win out $1,000 Two Bostons Shopping Spree! This is a great way to try new things and score big with old favorites.
Learn about this week’s featured items below, and learn about all the other ways you can enter with no purchase necessary at twobostons.com/spree!
Our #1 selling brand of kibble can earn you 50 extra entries for your chance to win…per bag purchased! That means now is a GREAT time to stock up on your dog’s favorite dry food or finally try out that new flavor you’ve been eying (kangaroo, anyone??). Zignature’s meals are all carefully formulated to give your dog a wholesome, healthy meal using a protein-first approach and high-quality ingredients.
We’re all about guilt-free treats that taste delicious, making Bare Bites a must-have! This brand of single and limited-ingredient snacks is one of our faves for training, plus, they’re made by a small business, just like ours! Give their mouth-watering Bare Breasts (made from 100% USA-sourced chicken) a try, or sprinkle some Bare Bits over your pet’s food to add an extra boost of protein and flavor.
Earth Animal No-Hides
The chew that, for many, needs no introduction can earn you 50 extra entries per item purchased for your chance to win! Each No-Hide is hand-rolled and coated in tasty slurries made from things like peanut butter, beef, and pork. They’re fully digestible and made in the USA, making them one of our favorite safe rawhide alternatives.
Feed your pet’s natural instincts with Primal! Each tasty nugget is made from responsibly sourced animal meat, organs, and bones, ground up to create a meal that mirrors would your dog or cat would chow on in the wild. If you haven’t already, we suggest giving their Pronto line a try. It’s designed for easy scooping and serving, making raw feeding easier than ever!
Flavor, flavor, and more flavor! The brand that makes some of our customers’ favorite food also has a yummy line of treats. They’re made with the same high-quality ingredients you know and love, in the same family-owned facilities just North of us in Wisconsin! Use them as a low-cal training treat or tasty “just-because” snack.
Super Snouts Hemp & Supplements
Say goodbye to aches, pains, and anxiety with Super Snouts! They use organic hemp, grown in the USA (and totally THC-free), as well as proprietary blends of nature’s finest herbs to help your pet live their best life. Give their oils a try for potent, holistic anxiety and pain relief, or sprinkle a scoop of carefully made supplement powders over their food to help with everything from urinary health to joint support.
Ready to win? Shop in-store or online to try out these great products and more!
Shopping Spree 2021: Week 3
July 26, 2021