Author Archives: Amy Renz

About Amy Renz

Amy is the CEO and Pack Leader of Goodness Gracious, LLC (www.GoodnessGraciousTreats.com) and we save lives. We make healthy 100% human-grade, USDA certified, USA sourced dog and cat treats, and give 51% of our profits to local animal shelters, rescues and spay/neuter programs in communities where our treats are sold. Our products include single-ingredient jerky and gluten free biscuits that pets love, and parents love to give. Amy is a Marathoner, a slalom skier, but first a parent to her pack of three beautiful canines. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/goodnessgracioustreats www.GoodnessGraciousTreats.com www.run4rescue.org Twitter @Goodnssgracious

Quiz! Test your knowledge of human and pet food from USA and China!

Pet parents have legitimate concerns over pet treats from China.  The FDA has been investigating 5600 reports of illness and death related to chicken jerky and yam treats from popular brands.   While China has been in the news recently, … Continue reading

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Life Lesson #2: Be Present. As taught to me by my dogs.

In the past eight years my weight has fluctuated between 112 and 128 pounds. Okay, 130.   My fightin’ weight is somewhere at the low end of that scale. That’s where I – I was about to say – comfortably run … Continue reading

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Life Lesson #1: Is it fair? As taught to me by my dogs.

Is it fair?  For me, that’s a concept best left to children and poker dealers. Kids can bicker over who got the biggest cookie, why everyone did or didn’t get a trophy, and how toys should or shouldn’t be shared. … Continue reading

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Opt for Top Five. Choose Dog Treats that Meet these Criteria

If you’re one of those pet parents with a dog who will do back flips for a cucumber or carrot slice, consider yourself lucky. Very lucky. If your dog is a discerning sniffer then you need to keep it interesting … Continue reading

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4-D, For Shame. How FDA breaks the law and sickens animals.

Driven by multi-billion dollar organizations like Whole Foods, the health food sections of regional chains, independent grocers, and small local co-ops and farm stands, access to and consumer awareness of quality food has grown dramatically.  People increasingly demand organic, all-natural, … Continue reading

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What’s Cookin’? Ever Wonder What Happens to Dead Animals? A Look at Baltimore’s Only Remaining Rendering Plant Explains By Van Smith

NOTE:  What appears below is an electronic version of an article written by Van Smith and appearing in Baltimore’s City Paper on September 15, 1995.  It highlights the practice of rendering roadkill, decayed animal materials, euthanized pets and wildlife from … Continue reading

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Chinese Food: What’s in the chicken jerky that’s poisoning our pets?

In China, over 80% of people worry about food safety. Excessive pesticide use, illegal additives, diseased livestock, and “gutter oil”are their primary concerns.[1]  If one billion people are scared of their country’s human food supply, then this US pet parents … Continue reading

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