Finding my Best Friends Iconic Paws

Finding My Best Friends

If you’ve read the Our Story page on our website, then you might remember that growing up I was terrified of dogs because I had been bitten by one as a child. When I moved from Georgia to Virginia after the loss of one of my best friends to a car accident, I had to really face my fears and push past that fear. So today I thought I would share with you the longer version of how I went from having a massive fear of dogs to not only loving dogs, but starting Iconic Paws natural products based on my passion for helping dog parents have access to affordable products that can truly make a difference in their lives.

When I moved in with my best friend and her dogs Calli and Jefe, I was going through a really hard period of depression. Those dogs pretty much showed me unconditional love right away and we had an instant connection. I never thought that I would have this sort of love and friendship with an animal, let alone a dog after being attacked by my neighbor’s dog when I was growing up. But Calli and Jefe gave me a new reason to live and were there for me when other people were not there, including people who I had helped through their own struggles.

With dogs, I’ve learned that you find an ear that is always ready to listen. I now truly understand why they say that dogs are man’s best friend. Calli is a rescue dog, and she has become my therapist. If something is wrong, she knows it. She can sense if I am upset and she will sit on my lap and give me high fives. Jefe is more like the protector. He will watch the house and let us know if someone is here, but he also loves to be petted and cuddled.

The dogs are inseparable from each other, too. Calli is the diva of the house and Jefe is more of the elder statesman. I think he loves her more than she loves him, he’s the big brother and she really loves whoever is petting her or giving her food. They are both super well trained and know our daily routine. Of course, I still put my treat shipments out of their reach, because I know one day they would decide to just go for it and eat all of our products!

Hey, we like this business!

So, after watching how my friend cooks for the dogs and after doing a lot of research, I decided to create my own treats and open a dog business. My motivation is not so much about making money, I want to put a great product out there that lets me make a true difference in the lives of dogs and their parents. Right now you have animals who are suffering from health issues, you have pet parents who cannot really afford an expensive vet bill, so I wanted to help provide something that can be affordable, that they can purchase and know it’s a good product and that they can see results in real time.

The reason I started with my hemp chicken sweet potato jerky dog treat is that there is a lack of knowledge about the hemp industry.  When you say hemp, a lot of people don’t really know all of the powerful benefits that it can provide. people always get it mixed up with marijuana, and they don’t really understand all about the plant and how it is processed. When I first started there were not that many hemp products out there and not a lot of information about the benefits of hemp. In fact, you can read more about hemp on this webpage:

To create the treat, I started doing lots and lots of research, I’ve talked to other business owners, I’ve asked questions and done my homework. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management and as a member of the military, I have benefitted from knowledge in a wide variety of areas.

Now that the treats are for sale, people are starting to become a bit more receptive to learning about the health benefits of hemp. We are starting slowly by introducing them to something that they can easily get and I have had people contact me to tell me that their senior dogs are showing the benefits of the hemp.  I’ve also been able to sponsor events and send products.

My own senior dog Jefe is getting around a lot better, he is not as tired on walks, he is more energetic and moves a bit more. Of course, Calli eats them because she loves them, and they both know the bag and instantly sit and wait when we get a bag out for them.

I never thought I would be in this position in my life or have this type of love that I share with them, two years after moving into the home that we all share today. It is a very beautiful friendship that came from a heartbreaking tragedy, and I am happy that I am also able to make a product like our hemp treats that are already helping dogs enjoy better health.

Watch for our next blog when I share with you how we decided to create a Probiotic, new products coming soon, and our thoughts on finding a manufacturer.

Iconic Paws 4th of July

Your Dog’s Gut, Probiotics, and a Happy 4th of July

Your Dog’s Gut, Probiotics, and a Happy 4th of July

Iconic Paws 4th of JulyIt wasn’t that long ago that we only thought about our dog’s gut when we were petting it during tummy rubs or worrying about things that went into it that perhaps should not have, like shoes, sticks, the remote control for the television to name a few. But in recent years the gut has been having much more than a moment in the spotlight, and there are some good reasons why a focus on gut health is here to stay.

The gut is made up of the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. It is full of both good and bad bacteria and when those different types of bacteria are in balance, everything is fabulous. This works the same for humans and dogs. When that balance is thrown off like when your dog eats something she found in a remote corner of your yard that is full of bad bacteria, things can go awry and things like vomiting and diarrhea can occur.

However, it is not just what goes into your dog’s mouth that impacts her gut health, but also what is happening within her brain. Of course, we’ve heard all of the time-honored idiom “Listen to your gut” and perhaps that saying has stuck around because of the existence of what is called the brain-gut axis.

Without getting too deep into the science, the brain-gut axis is an internal connection of the mind and the gut. You see, your gut houses what is called the enteric nervous system, which is essentially like a brain in your stomach. Since this brain-gut axis is a two-way street, not only does stress impact your gut, but many researchers say that an imbalance in your gut can cause the stress in the first place.

Scientists have actually been studying and testing this since 1910 when a man named Dr. George Porter Phillips experimented by giving patients who were suffering from “melancholia” a whey based probiotic and determined that two-thirds of them improved after treatment. Much more recently, a 2016 study using zebrafish also found a link between probiotics and reduced anxiety, “In the present studies, larvae supplemented with L. plantarum showed decreased anxiety-related behavior relative to conventionally-raised fish. These results support previous rodent and human studies suggesting that Lactobacillus reduces anxiety-related behavior. In conclusion, the results of this study strengthen previous findings showing that the microbiota plays a major role in responding to stress and stress-related behavior.”

So why am I telling you all of this?

Two words: Independence Day.

Many dogs are terrified of the loud booms and explosions that occur over the 4th of July holiday, and animal control officers around the country estimate that they see an increase of 30% in numbers of lost dogs coming into their shelters as a result of terrified dogs bolting in a panic from their homes or their owners. Even more heartbreaking than the fear that the dogs feel (first from the fireworks and then from the experience of being lost and alone) is the fact that many dogs never find their way home and are either re-homed or euthanized as an unclaimed stray.

Some dog owners rely on over the counter medicines like Benadryl or prescriptions from their veterinarian to help their dog sleep through the day or face the holiday with reduced stress. However, knowing the connection between a healthy digestive system and a happy, healthy mental state can help you proactively prepare for the holiday through the use of a good quality probiotic like our Iconic Paws Canine Super Probiotic Formula.

Our Canine Super Probiotic Formula is a daily powder that helps balance your dog’s gut bacteria. Created specifically for dogs with 3 canine-specific strains of beneficial bacteria, this powder can be mixed with a little water and given in your dog’s food as part of your daily routine. It has both prebiotics and probiotics, with prebiotics being bacteria that help the probiotics work in a sort of team effort.

By starting your dog on our probiotic powder today, you can help improve your dog’s gut health and get that brain-gut axis running at optimal levels several weeks before the fireworks start booming and terrifying your dog. And although we cannot guarantee that you still will not need additional techniques to get your dog safely through the celebration of our nation’s independence, we believe that your dog will definitely be happier the better his tummy feels. Of course, you might still offer up that tummy rub, because no matter how healthy your dog’s gut is on the inside, those furry puppy tummies on the outside are still our favorite parts of the gut.

The Differences Between Hemp and Regular THC May Just Surprise You

When you hear the words Hemp, and regular THC, often times it may surprise you to learn that there are actual differences between them to be aware of. Therefore, we are going to take a closer look at both of these ingredients, and simplify them to help our readers. That being said, if you have concerns when seeing these types of ingredients within your dogs’ food products, we encourage you to read on to get better informed.

First off, let us start by explaining the main key differences you must be aware of regarding Hemp, and THC, or what it’s longer name is called, which is tetrahydrocannabinol. The key difference is not only in the way that they are used, but that their overall purposes when added into other products too. For example, when it comes to using the medical marijuana, these plants produce different levels of THC within them, and some can be stronger than others.

However, when you see Hemp added into various products, like skin care lines, health supplements, pet foods, and other products out on the market, these are typically not going to produce the same type of results like you would get when using regular THC, like found in medical marijuana. Keep in mind, that THC marijuana serves a completely different aspect for treating health issues with it. On the other hand, Hemp even though it does come from the Cannabis plant family, actually produces more of the form of healthy CBD than the regular THC does, and has many health benefits to using it for both humans, and dogs alike.

With that said, for dogs that have joint issues, anxiety, arthritis, and even cancer, giving them products with Hemp inside of them can easily help to improve these types of health issues. Moreover, the hemp ingredient found in many of these dogs’ products, like the Iconic Paws Hemp, Chicken, & Sweet Potato Jerky Dog Treats, not only has safe levels of hemp within it, but other beneficial key ingredients like Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM, real food products of organic chicken, sweet potato, and turmeric too. In addition, for dogs who have digestive issues, another great product worth mentioning from Iconic Paws, is their daily Prebiotic and Probiotic powder for Dogs.



Global Pet Expo – Orlando, FL

Iconic Paws Natural Products Debuts Healthy Dog Treats at Global Pet Expo, Booth #6157
Game-changing jerky treat and canine probiotic for dogs set to launch at Global Pet Expo on March 20th-23rd at the Orlando Convention Center in Florida.