Soulpup delivers the best pet info to help you and your dog enjoy a long and happy life together.

Heavy Rains and Mushrooms Pose Toxic Threat to Dogs

Most of the country has dealt with heavy rainfall this year, which poses a toxic threat to dogs as potentially poisonous mushrooms sprout on lawns. Be careful when allowing dogs to roam outdoors in the early fall. Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared a sad, cautionary tale when Brutus, one of his French Bulldog puppies, died from consuming a toxic mushroom.


Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed. At approximately 11:15pm last night myself and @laurenhashianofficial had to make the painful decision to end Brutus’ suffering by taking him off of life support and sending his soul to pup heaven. I held his lil’ paw as he was finally at peace. As all puppies and dogs do, he ate a mushroom while playing outside with his brother Hobbs. This mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying his liver and immune system to the point of no return. I encourage all of you out there to be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. What looks innocent, can be deadly to your lil’ family members. Thank you Dr. Deckelbaum and Dr. West and the incredibly caring nurses and staff at The Animal Medical Center At Cooper City. We’ll always love you Brutus.. and you’ll always be my lil’ main man and rough housing Brute. #RIPBrutus #WishICouldHaveSavedYouOneMoreTime #TheresPickUpTrucksInHeavenYouCanPeeIn

A photo posted by therock (@therock) on

When in doubt, err on the side of caution. In it’s excellent list of Autumn Safety Tips the ASPCA warns:

While 99% of mushrooms have little or no toxicity, the 1% that are highly toxic can cause life-threatening problems in pets. Unfortunately, most of the highly toxic mushrooms are difficult to distinguish from the nontoxic ones, so the best way to keep pets from ingesting poisonous mushrooms is to keep them away from areas where any mushrooms are growing.

Regularly scour your lawn for new ‘shrooms, particularly after big storms. I found quite a few new mushroom varieties in the yard this weekend. Better safe than sorry. Bookmark the ASPCA Poison Control site and store their 24-hour hotline number (1-888-426-4435)  in your phone. A fee may apply, but it’s a small price to pay during an emergency. It also helps to review lifesaving commands such as, “Leave it!”

The Write Stuff at SoulPup #MyWritingProcessTour

Photo by Scott C. King

Photo by Scott C. King Morieka and the late, great Lulu Johnson.

I’m joining the writing process blog tour! This chain letter for bloggers allows us to answer the same three questions and then pass along the torch to a few more bloggers.

SoulPup was tagged by our pet pals Diane and the adorable Rocco Havanese of To Dog With Love, a super fun and colorful site that offers great tips and treats on dog life at home and on the road. Diane has been a great resource and I love seeing her at Atlanta pet events with sweet Rocco. Her newly designed blog always makes me smile. Take a look — and follow little Rocco on Vine!

Without further ado, I offer my answers to the questions!


For the past few years, I’ve had the honor of writing pet stories for (Mother Nature Network). I’m now taking all of that “pet wisdom” from dog trainers, groomers and veterinarians, and compiling it into a book — Strategies for a Happy, Healthy Pup. It will be out later this year and I’m very excited about the project.


My stories are all inspired by my sweet pit bull Lulu. When she first came into my life, I had no knowledge of how to properly care for a puppy, particularly a very active pit bull. I was willing to accept advice from anyone and everyone who offered. At the time, I also was working as an editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, so it was natural to ask experts for input. So many dogs are returned to shelters simply because owners don’t have the information to make better decisions.

Over time, I decided to pay it forward by sharing the advice that helped me and Lulu form a lasting bond. The stories and this blog are my efforts to help more dogs have forever homes. I focus on behavioral issues, money-saving tips, food and great gear. Although my Lulu passed in February, our mission lives on right here!


I collect all of my information and then noodle it for quite some time to find the right flow. Like Diane, I like to compose stories during walks or lengthy Atlanta commutes! When I finally sit down in front of the computer to start crafting a story, it feels more like a writhing process than a writing process! Since life with a dog is often filled with levity, I also try to incorporate a little humor. Lulu truly inspired me to seize the joy in every day, so I focus on the all the benefits of having a happy, healthy dog in the home. That fuels me to write something that will make us both smile.

Passing the torch…

I’d like to tag an excellent author and trainer for The Writing Process Blog tour:  Sarah Wilson of My Smart Puppy.


Sarah has been a great resource for me, and her forums offers a judgment-free zone for dog owners to seek advice on training issues. I highly recommend it!

SoulPup Recall Alert: Pro-Pet LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

SoulPup Recall: Hubbard Life Happy Hound

SoulPup Recall Alert: Pro-Pet LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Type of Recall: Voluntary

Initial FDA Recall Announcement Date: Feb. 5, 2014

Products: Pro-Pet LLC has recalled a limited number of dry dog and cat foods for possible Salmonella contamination. Brands included:  Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food, Hubbard Life Maintenance dog food, Hubbard Life Cat Start Cat Food, Joy Combo Cat Food and QC Plus Adult dog food,

Reason for recall: Potential contamination of Salmonella — bacteria that can affect animals eating the products. There also is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any exposed surfaces.

Distribution areas: Select retailers, distributors and on-line consumer purchases in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

What to do: Stop feeding your pet these products. Call Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190 for more info. Representatives will be available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT on Monday through Friday. Company website:

More info: Visit the FDA website for regular updates on recalls, or simply bookmark!

Product Best By Lot Code UPC Number
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food                                               05 06 14                                 096 13 SM L2 2A                                1219033878
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033878
18 lb Hubbard Life Cat Stars Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033873
40 lb Hubbard Life Maintenance Dog Food                                                           05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033875
15 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407721
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407713
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 7065407713
20 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780103
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780104
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 1A 2351780104