Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

My dog has been having an identity crisis recently. I blame Grandma’s cat for her split personality. It all started last week when I had Grandma’s cat Ollie for a couple of days while she went away for the weekend.

Ollie is a fat, laidback cat, compared to my lean, high-energy Darby. A spot-on comparison is Garfield and Odie from the comic strip. The initial meeting of Ollie and Darby was rife with hisses and growls, and my leather sofa bears the scars of that first few hours. But after many wary glances, they finally settled down to an uneasy friendship.

The trouble of Darby’s split personality started when they had their first meal together. Darby ate all of Ollie’s food, while Ollie ate all of hers. The next day, Darby still wanted to eat Ollie’s food. In fact, the rest of the week, even after Ollie had gone home, Darby still wanted only cat food. Every effort to tempt her with her regular food was met with an indignant snort. So rather than let her go without a meal, I indulged her finicky palate.

I suspect that her yearning for cat food has to do with the brand that Ollie has been eating. Ollie’s food of choice is Spot’s Stew for Cats made by Halo, Purely For Pets ( It’s an all-natural, homemade recipe that contains no artificial flavors, chemicals or by-products. In fact it has human grade USDA approved chicken, carrots, zucchini and other yummy vegetables. The Cat Stew is also recommended for diabetic dogs.

Halo’s holistic pet care encompasses food for cats, dogs and birds, as well as supplements, treats and grooming aids. Halo, Purely For Pets is run by Andi Brown, who is a strong advocate of quality nutrition for the furry and feathery members of our family. Her interest in quality products began years ago when her own cat developed a digestive disorder that led to infestations and skin problems. Andi discovered that a change to a more nutritional and holistic diet for her cat resulted with a more healthy and beautiful animal.

You can order Spot’s Stew For Cats on their website ( along with the delicious Spot’s Stew for Dogs, and also join their Pets Forum. If you order online Halo, Purely For Pets will donate 20% of Internet sales to Best Friends Animal SocietySt Francis Sanctuary (

Halo products can also be found in leading pet stores around the country or you can call 800-426-4256 to find a store near you. As an added bonus, Andi will give our readers a free Holistic Pet Care Booklet.

As for Darby, I am almost certain I saw her licking herself last night like a cat. I think it’s time to switch to the Spot’s Stew for Dogs today.

Also available at Whiskers 235 West 9th Street New York, NY 10003 (212) 979 2532

Originally published November 2005
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