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Earth Pets is Having a Giveaway!

We’re Celebrating our FIRST YEAR IN BUSINESS!

And to say ‘Thank You’ to our customers,

WE’RE giving the gifts!

This event is for Saturday July 24th 10am-5pm.  Each customer will receive a free raffle ticket with purchase.  No minimum purchase required.

Raffle prizes will be drawn at 4pm the day of the event.  Winners do not need to be present to win.  We’ll call or email you.

Prizes won through this raffle can only be returned in exchange for store credit.  No cash refunds for prizes.

If you would like more chances to win, extra raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 each.   Any money collected for the raffle will be donated to help homeless pets.

Come by to Win Free Stuff and



Gainesville’s Backyard Chicken Club


Gainesville’s Backyard Chicken Club

Meet & Greet 10am March 6th


Earth Pets Organic Feed & Garden

404 NW 10th Avenue  Gainesville

Speaker from Cognito Farms will Present: Backyard Chickens 101

Everything you ever wanted to know about keeping chickens on the farm or in the city!

Learn About:  Coop Building.  Chick Care.  Organic Feeding.  Egg Production.  Sustainable Practices.  Humane Care.  Local Laws.  Chicken Health and Behavior. And More!

Pet Photos with Santa!

Help Misty find a Home for the Holidays


Misty is a very VERY energetic puppy. She loves to be around people, she is very dependent on human contact and needs attention all the time. She knows how to sit and shake and loves to CUDDLE!  She loves eating ice and treats for her tricks! Misty loves all people and would be great with a big family with lots of kids because she does not like to be left alone. She loves her toys, especially her rope. She loves kisses! She is very gentle and overall she is a great dog with a lot of love to give.

Call or visit Gainesville Pet Rescue

to learn more about how you can Adopt, Foster or Donate to

Help Misty and others like her find a Home for the Holidays!

Found! Do you know these dogs?

Does anyone recognize these dogs?

They were recently found together near Hwy 121 just north of Gainesville.

They are very sweet and seem newly lost.  If you recognize them or have heard of any lost dogs fitting their descriptions, please either respond to this post, email at,  or call 352-375-6779.


H1N1 may be passed to pets |

Created November 19, 2009 at 8:22am

Updated November 19, 2009 at 8:36am

Pet owners who contract H1N1 flu may pass the disease along to their pets, especially if the pet is a cat or ferret.

“A small number of companion animal H1N1 flu cases have been confirmed in the U.S.,” said Dick Hesse, a flu expert and director of virology in Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. “The pets appear to have become ill after being in close contact with their owners and caretakers who were sick with H1N1. There is no evidence of pets passing H1N1 to people at this time.”

The testing of pets for H1N1 is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network, said Gary Anderson, director of the K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The lab is testing samples submitted by veterinarians for H1N1 diagnosis.

Anderson suggests pet owners see their veterinarian about keeping their pets healthy this flu season.

“Although rare, transmission of influenza viruses from people to dogs and cats can occur,” said Ken Harkin, associate professor of small animal internal medicine. “This is true with both H1N1 as well as H3N2, but the magnitude of the H1N1 pandemic dramatically increases the pet population exposure to influenza virus. We don’t think the pet owner should be overly concerned. However, if pet owners are infected with H1N1 they should notify their veterinarian immediately if the pet becomes ill.”

Information about how H1N1 impacts animals is limited because the strain is new. It is possible that any animal may be susceptible to H1N1, but no other cases have yet been documented in companion animals other than cats and ferrets. Dogs and pet birds have been susceptible to other strains of flu.

H1N1 may be passed to pets |

The Rise of the Urban Chicken

rise_of_the_urban_chickenEven before the so-called free-range or organic eggs in the grocery store hit $4 a dozen, thousands of people around the country were discovering the benefits of raising their own backyard chickens.

Besides the obvious benefit of a regular supply of eggs, here are eight benefits of starting your own backyard flock.

Eggs from well-tended backyard chickens are healthier. Factory farmed chickens live their lives without ever touching the soil or being allowed to hunt and peck for bugs. They are fed an unnatural and unvaried diet. These environmental conditions are designed to produce eggs quickly and cheaply in the factory farm. But the result is an egg that is less nutritious than eggs produced by chickens allowed to exercise, peck for bugs and engage in their natural chicken-y behavior.

In contrast to factory farm eggs, eggs from backyard chickens have 25 percent more vitamin E, a third more vitamin A and 75 percent more beta carotene. They also have significantly more omega-3 fatty acids than factory farmed eggs.

Eggs from backyard chickens are tastier. Eggs purchased in the grocery store can be days—even weeks—old. As these eggs age, air seeps into the naturally porous eggshell, degrading not just the nutrition, but also the taste and affecting the consistency of the egg.

Fresh eggs from backyard chickens have firmer whites and bright orange yolks. (That’s the beta carotene). But the real difference is in the taste. Backyard chicken eggs have a more robust taste that is difficult to describe.

Chicken droppings enrich your compost. Chicken droppings are high in nitrogen. Added to the compost bin they add more nitrogen and improve your compost.

Chickens provide natural insect control. As they hunt and peck around the yard, chickens gobble up grubs, earwigs and other bugs, treating our garden pests as tasty, nutritious treats.

Their scratching for bugs is good for the soil. Chickens are enthusiastic foragers and will scratch around in the leaves and soil searching for the tastiest morsels. As they do, they aerate the soil and break down larger pieces of vegetation with their sharp talons, accelerating the decomposition process.

Chickens are a great way to meet people and start conversations. People are naturally curious about folks who raise chickens. From brief conversations with the grocery store clerk curious about why I am buying a case of generic corn to fancy dress ball affairs when I describe my hobbies, chicken-talk is fun. People ask genuinely interested questions. (Most frequent question: Do you have to have roosters to get eggs? Answer: No.)

In addition, an amazing number of people I have met enthusiastically exclaim “I have always wanted to have chickens!” I’m not sure just what primordial urge is calling all of us to gather little feathered flock, but I suspect a yearning for a simpler time when we were more connected with nature and our food is part of it.

Chickens are fun and interesting. Every chicken has a personality—and lots of it. They aren’t particularly smart, but when properly socialized, chickens can be very friendly and even do tricks.

My chickens will come running from the other side of our property when they hear me call “Where are my chickens?” My hens will jump on my lap and let me pet them. The roosters engage in crowing contests. They all make me smile whenever I see them.

Backyard chickens provide lessons for children about responsibility and where food comes from. Tending chickens is pleasurable and even easier than caring for a dog. There is no walking the chickens or even giving them a bath. But chickens do require daily food and fresh water. The coop must be cleaned and the chickens inspected regularly to ensure they are healthy. Children can participate in all of these chicken-related chores.

Of course, the eggs must also be collected daily. The average laying hen will product about 300 eggs a year, but production depends much on the breed and the environment. The happier the hens, the more they will produce. A child’s favorite chicken-related chore is bound to be collecting eggs.

Gardening Examiner Robin Ripley

Urban Chicken Keeping on Niteline News

In this rough economy, city backyards become homes to chickens and their eggs….. Watch the video online

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