November Newsletter


Leash on Life will be closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 28th and Friday Nov. 29th.


We will be open 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday for Small Business Saturday.

We will have specials on Fromm, Fussie Cat Zignature, Nutrisource & Nulo food. We will also have sales on collars/leashes, kennels/beds, treats, chews and much more. 

Please join us for great sale items all day Saturday November 30th.


Blast From the Past…

We have a limited number of Bushnell’s Turtle cookbooks! If you have lived in Iowa City longer than you care to admit you may remember the best sandwich, soup, or dessert in town was found at Bushnell’s Turtle. It has been twenty five years since the last veggie on whole wheat or carrot cake was made. But never fear, none of those wonderful recipes were lost. As a matter of fact they have been put together in a cook book that is now available at Leash on Life.

Keep Warm and Dry…

Yep, winter in Iowa is approaching. We all need to have our cold weather gear ready to go. We have new doggie coats and sweaters in stock. They are easy to put on, washable and oh so stylish. Warm sweaters, fleece coats and windbreaker jackets should be just what is needed to keep old man winter at bay. Don’t forget about the tender feet. Salt on the sidewalk, snowballs stuck in paws and just the bitter cold can all be painful. Boots are a good way to protect the paws. Come in, take a look and see what you think will work best for your dog.

If you are not bringing your dog in for a “fitting” please take a few measurements. For coats measure around the neck, chest behind the front legs and then length along the back from collar to base of tail. For boots simply ask your dog to stand on a piece of paper and make a paw tracing.

Adoptable Pet of the Month, Priscilla…
Priscilla is about 3 years old. She is currently at our North Liberty Leash on Life store. She loves people attention and is very social. Feel free to stop in and meet her, she will make someone a wonderful companion. Priscilla is available through Paws and More Animal Shelter. Call (319) 653-6713 or visit to learn more about all the animals at the shelter.

September Newsletter

Together We Did It!

 A huge thank you to FROMM Family Foods and all our customers for making our goal of $5,000 toward the new-to-them PAWS & More Transport Van. With Leash on Life and Fromm making donations for each and every bag or can purchased by you during our campaign, we met our goal! That is VAN-TASTIC. After accepting our check, Director Amber Talbot and Board member Terry Woods left to go van shopping.

We couldn't have done this without the generous support of Fromm Family Foods and great customers. Both of you care about the right things in life. 








Doggie Cross…

  If you have never seen a cyclo-cross event, now is your chance. The Jingle Cross World Cup will be at the Johnson County Fair Grounds September 13-15th. This biking event is full out fun…riding, running and more.

In conjunction with the biking event, Doggie Cross will be sponsored by Nulo dog food. During the Doggie Cross you can run a shortened course full of obstacles with your dog. There will be a prize basket for the winner of three dog races, by size. Buy a bag of Nulo with us before September 10th and enter to win free entry tickets to the Doggie Cross. Visit Doggie Cross for full details.


Doggie Health Fair…

Friends of the Animal Center is hosting the 3rd annual Doggie Health Fair.

When: Sunday September 29th, noon-3pm



 Where: Thornberry Off-leash Park on the Peninsula


Join us for this FREE community event designed to provide information on various dog health and lifestyle topics.  The first 100 dogs will get a complimentary goodie bag filled with fun stuff.  Leash on Life and other vendors will be providing helpful information about their services and answering any questions that you might have about your dog.





  Adoptable Pet of the Month, Ian & Kaia…
Ian & Kaia arrived at the Center overweight. Ian is about 5 years old and purrs for chin rubs. Kaia is a sweet 12 years old. She has an old eye injury which does not bother her. These two are very bonded and the Center would like them adopted together.  Both are available through the Iowa City Adoption Center.
Call (319) 356-5295 or visit  to learn more about all the animals at the Center.


August Newsletter

Weighty Issues…

are often asked how to facilitate a dog or cat who is pleasingly plump, to lose weight. Ideal body condition for dogs and cats includes being able to feel their ribs, smooth over the hips and a waistline you can see from above. Here are a few things to remember. The amount of food listed on the bag maybe more than your pet requires. Like us, your pet’s individual metabolism, exercise, age and overall health will determine what is really needed to remain lean and healthy. Remember to think about all sources of calories your pet is getting each day. This includes treats and chews. Come in and check out our 2-3 calorie treats.


Now, how do you get the pounds off when most of our pets ‘lie’ to us and say they need more to eat. Increasing exercise, as your dog will tolerate, is a good place to start. An extra lap around the block for your dog is good for everyone in the house. Now is a great time to do this before old man winter returns.


To increase cat activity a wand toy is always fun. Also, including an active food dispenser is good for any cat or dog. These add activity and the bonus of mental engagement as well!


The next step is to feed fewer calories. Most folks frown when we recommend feeding less. A good place to start is a reduction of 10% in calorie intake for several weeks until your pet achieves the weight you want, and really, your dog or cat will be OK. A guideline to estimate daily calorie intake is this formula… convert your pet’s ideal weight to kilograms (pounds divided by 2.2), take the weight in kg x 30 + 70=Kcalories per day.

A Community of Caring…

Leash on Life cares about our community and so do you! Together we made an impact helping many dogs are cats. Leash on Life had some great partnerships to help several area animal service organizations.

Running from July 12 – August 12 we have partnered with Fromm Family Foods to help Paws & More Animal Shelter fund a much-needed transport van. For every bag or can of Fromm food you buy we will donate

  • money to Paws & More. In the first two weeks we have funded over $2000, with over 15% coming from the addition of your generous donations. We are shooting for $5000 by August 12th to put Paws & More over the top for the van. We are happy to add your donations to get the van rolling.
  • We really made a splash on July 27th with Iowa Humane Alliance, to raise money for spay & neuter programs. Thanks to the all-star efforts of Hills Bank volunteer washers and Lemon Bosses, as well as Heartland kennels providing pooch pedicures. We bathed/nail trimmed 25 dogs and 11 microchips. A nice time was had by all, even with a little bit of rain
  • Best Friends Dog Academy has taken the lead on helping the Friends of the Animals shelter in Tipton, with some desperately needed supplies. Best Friends Dog Academy is donating training time and Leash on Life has sent out Kong toys, leashes and training treats purchased by you at significantly reduced prices. Please check out some of the nice pets at this often-overlooked shelter.

Going to New Heights…

          All the area shelters have an abundance of wonderful cats to adopt.  Our store in North Liberty is now featuring a cat up for adoption from Paws & More Animal Shelter in Washington. We have added a climbing play area for cat enrichment. Stop into North Liberty to meet the current great cat up for adoption.








Adoptable Pet of the Month, Jackson…

Jackson is about 6 years old. He is currently at our North Liberty Leash on Life store. He loves people attention.

Jackson might not be excited about living with a dog or another cat, but he sure likes humans. He has been front declawed and has been doing well on a urinary care dry & wet food. Jackson is available through the Paws & More Animal Shelter. Call (319) 653-6713 or visit to learn more about all the animals at the shelter.


May Newsletter

Kitten Shower…

Picture1Spring flowers and KITTENS are here. Join us in helping fill the bins for the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center Kitten Supply Drive. We have the wish lists here at the store. Special discounts for purchase of donated items…

  • Purchase over $25 receive 10% off
  • Purchase over $50 receive 15% off
  • Purchase over $75 receive 20% off
Visit all the cats and kittens at the Iowa City Adoption Center for the Kitten Shower Saturday May 11th from 11am – 1pm


Two for One…

Picture1May 15th  – June 15th, come in and purchase a bag of Zignature dog food and receive a FREE bottle of Primal Goat’s Milk. Picture2 Primal goat milk is a nice digestive aid containing probiotics, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, protein, and fatty acids.

Check Out the Time…

We are going to add some consistency to our hours between our Iowa City and North Liberty store. Starting in May, our North Liberty weekday hours will be 10am – 6 pm, Monday through Friday, same as in Iowa City. Thanks for stopping in! Picture4

Adoptable Kitten of the Month, Kismet…

Picture3Kismet is a single 6 month old kitten. He would love an active home and maybe another cat to play with. Kismet is available through the Iowa City Adoption Center. Call (319) 356-5295 or visit  to learn more about all the animals at the Center.


Finding Doggie Zen…


Symptoms of situational stress brought on by thunderstorms, fireworks, loud noises, or other environmental stimuli are frustrating and heartbreaking for pets & owners. The good news is there are training techniques, management tools, and holistic products that can help. We’ve teamed up with Best Friends Dog Academy to bring you real-life solutions to reduce your dog’s stress, and give you & them more peace of mind.
What:           Helping your anxious dog find doggie zen

When:          Thursday May 2nd 6:30-8pm

Where:         Best Friends Dog Academy
4852 Sand Road, Building C

Best Part:    This is FREE, but please register on line at…


Beautiful Plants and Landscaping…

Picture2Lilies are a beautiful addition in homes, gardens, and bouquets. Tiger lilies add plentiful color in roadside ditches during the Iowa spring and summer. Unfortunately, several types of lilies can be deadly to cats. Owners should avoid plants of the Liliaceae and Hemerocallis family. Don’t speak Latin? Included in this list are the Easter Lily, the Tiger Lily, the Ornamental Japanese Lily (rubum), and even some species of day lily. Any part of the plant is deadly, and only a small amount can cause toxic effects. Within only a few hours of ingestion of the lily, your cat may vomit, become lethargic, or develop a lack of appetite. These signs continue and worsen as kidney damage progresses. If you suspect your pretty kitty of eating a lily be on the safe side and contact your veterinarian. Kidney failure develops quickly. For a list of safe and unsafe plants visit the ASPCA web site.
One other thing to look for in the garden…Cocoa mulch. When choosing mulch for landscaping your yard, consider your dog’s eating habits as well as neighbors walking their dogs. Don’t select mulch made from cocoa bean shells if your dog is an indiscriminate grazer or if it is readily available to pups passing by. Cocoa mulch contains theobromine, the ingredient in chocolate which is toxic to dogs.


Just Bag It…
In years past we have given away reusable shopping bags in honor of Earth Day. This year, you will see we are transitioning away from plastic bags to paper. We will also use more boxes for dog & cat food cans and other items. The paper bags cost a bit more than plastic, but Mother Earth appreciates the compostable paper and cardboard. Best of all we appreciate it when you bring in your reusable shopping bag.


Adoptable Dog of the Month, Noelle…
Noelle is a 6 month old lab mix. Like all six month old lab mixes she has energy and will want a good amount of exercise and training. Noelle is available through the Iowa City Adoption Center. Call (319) 356-5295 or visit  to learn more


Puzzling Ideas…cat 1

What you feed your cat is important, but have you thought about how you feed them? All cats are carnivores and have a strong hunting instinct. Multiple small meals meet their instinctive needs verse one large meal a day. If you have more than one cat they prefer to eat alone. Even if they will eat together it doesn’t mean they should eat together. Eating together may cause gorging, fighting or anxiety. Cats are pretty good at hiding signs of distress, but stress can lead to medical or behavioral issues.


A few feeding tips include, feed cats separately away from other pets or small children. Do not free feed, this causes weight and cat competition issues. Using puzzle feeders can satisfy the desire to hunt by keeping your cat busy working to get the food to fall out. This method of feeding will provide both mental and physical stimulation. Feeders may vary in complexity, so always start easy and work into more difficult toys. These puzzles do not add stress to your cat, but may help alleviate boredom, anxiety and obesity.



cat 2Perrfect Puree…

New from Nulo are cat Perfect Purees. These tasty lickable treats have been a feline hit. Our dogs seem to want to join in too. The Purees are:

  • High in moisture & rich in flavor to support hydration in a delicious way
  • Supports digestive health with prebiotic fiber from inulin
  • Great as a treat or to assist with medication


We would like to give your cat a great treat this month by offering – a buy four get one free special on the Purees. This way you can try all five flavors for the price of four or pick the one your think your cat will like best. Also, in march we are offering free purees with a purchase of Nulo cat food.




Your Support, Supports the Community…
Leash on Life appreciates all the support we receive from our loyal customers who support shopping local throughout the year. We always remember that we would not be here without you. We do our best to give back to the community that has been so kind to us. During 2018 here are just a few of the organizations we have supported with monetary donations, product donations, or donations of our time.

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*Friends of the Animal Center Foundation *Paws and More Animal Shelter*Safe Heaven of Iowa County*Johnson County Humane Alliance*Johnson County Humane Society*Witty Kitties *Farm Sanctuary*Johnson County Therapy Dogs*Numerous K-12 schools and athletic programs*Crisis Center*Johnson County United Way*DVIP, Cooper’s House*Last Hope Rescue*North Liberty Food Pantry*Fur Fun Rescue*Compeer Program*Mayor’s Youth*Film Scene*Iowa City Quire*Miracles in Motion* Girls on the Run*Hounds Haven Basset Rescue*Bur Oak Land Trust*JC Dog PAC*NAMI*Make a Wish*North Liberty Fire Fighters*Women’s Build Habitat for Humanity*



cat 3Adoptable Cat of the Month, Bella…
Bella is a beautiful 3-6 year old cat. She arrived with bad teeth and has had most removed. She is otherwise healthy and looking for a great home. Bella is available through the Iowa City Adoption Center. Call (319) 356-5295 or visit  to learn more about all the animals at the Center.

February Newsletter

leashonlife1Think Positive about Dog Training…

Dog training… it’s part of being a dog owner, but training methods vary greatly. The techniques and methods used defines the relationship your dog will have with you and others for years to come. Although science based, the dog training profession remains unregulated. Practically anyone can operate as a dog trainer.

Before choosing a dog trainer always ask for their training philosophy. Harmful practices are unfortunately still used by some trainers. The potential for detrimental effects from training techniques such as alpha methods, dominance rolls, prong/choke collars are well documented and include aggression, increased anxiety and fear. No dog deserves to live this way, so listen for these terms. For any pet service, be sure to do thorough investigation. This means more than checking out a business website. Anyone's website will tell you they are successful. Any reputable place will encourage you to come inside. Always beware of any pet service (training, boarding or grooming) which does not allow or encourage you to visit their location.

Positive training should be the only method considered and should be applied consistently. Positive reinforcement (reward based) builds a healthy bond between you and your dog.  Every interaction with your dog is a learning experience. You are training them whether you intend to or not. With a bond of trust your dog will be an eager learner making it possible for them to accomplish far more than you expect! By reinforcing behavior you like and want to continue seeing, you set your dog up for success. Regardless of age and past experience, ethical training techniques give your dog AND you many happy years in a hectic human world.


leashonlife2Which Toy is Indestructible?

Oh my, we get asked this question all the time. The answer…a healthy energetic dog can destroy anything. No dog toy, no matter who makes it, is indestructible, this we can guarantee. If you leave anything for a dog to chew, odds are it will be chewed up. Our moto is: If they are destroying their own thing and not yours it is a good day. Other than causing owner related frustration, chewing is important for healthy teeth as well as state of mind. Dogs chew to relieve stress, boredom as well as for entertainment. The mouth is how dogs explore their world. Basically, a dog’s view of all thinks in her world is ‘can I chew it?’ Having many and varied things for your dog to chew is important. The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson has an entire chapter devoted to chewing entitled “It’s all Chew Toys to Them”. Equally important is redirecting dogs toward items you want them to chew. A stuffed Kong, Benebones, No Hides, West Paw toys and bully sticks are a few examples of great chewing dog babysitters. On a similar note, many dogs LOVE stuffed toys and LOVE tearing them apart. De-stuffing is what makes them fun. To give a dog a stuffed toy and expect it to not be torn is a bit like giving a child a cupcake and telling them they can only look at it, no eating.

Iowa City:

M-F: 10 to 6
Sat: 10 to 4
Sun: noon to 4

North Liberty

M, T, W, F: 10 to 6
Th: 11 to 7
Sat: 10 to 4
Sun: 11 to 2


leashonlife3Jammin’ at JP’s…

Great music, great cause., what more do we need to say?
Come and enjoy Two Bit Maniac at a fundraiser for Paws and More Animal Shelter.  Two Bit Maniac is an Iowa City group playing great covers of classic rock, blues & jazz.

When: Saturday February 2nd, 7pm-9pm (doors open at 6)

Where: JP’s 207 , located at 207 West Main in Washington Iowa

Tickets are $10 available at Leash on Life, Paws & More 319-653-6713 or at the door.


leashonlife4 Adoptable Dog of the Month, Tenny…

Tenny is a busy 3-6 year old Pit mix. She loves to learn and make people happy. Tenny is available through the Iowa City Adoption Center. Call (319) 356-5295 or visit  to learn more about all the animals at the Center.

December Newsletter

Party Time…
Leash on Life would like to thank you for your business throughout the entire year. Back, by popular demand…our customer appreciation party. Store wide sales and door prizes. Stock up for your own pets and help fill the donation boxes for our local shelters. We will have drinks and hors d’oeuvres for you. This can be a busy time and we ask that you leave your four-legged friends home. Plus, you would not want them to see their surprises early! Please join us:

North Liberty…Thursday December 6th, 4pm – 8pm
Iowa City…Sunday December 9th, noon – 4pm

It Takes a Village…
We hope you had a relaxing and safe Thanksgiving. We are thankful throughout the year for our loyal customers. Your support allows us to carry out our goal of providing healthy products for your pets and reinvest in our community. Working together we make this a great place to be a pet and a pet parent. We were reminded of this when we recently found a crew of kittens on our front porch. With great confidence we took them to the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center, knowing they would receive great care and find wonderful homes.

The Iowa City area is fortunate to have several local businesses and veterinarians dedicated to happy healthy pets. If you are unfamiliar with any of these fine businesses, check them out or give us a call.

Training… Spot & Co and Best Friends Dog Academy
While you are away… Pooch Palace, Pet Sitters and Two Sisters Kennel

Save the Dates...
Share the joys of the season with volunteers and animals at area adoptions centers. Enjoy refreshments as you interact with wonderful animals.

PAWS & More Animal Shelter - Holiday Open house
Saturday, December 1st from noon to 4 PM
1004 ½ West Madison Street, Washington, Iowa

Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center -
Holiday with the Hounds
Saturday December 15th 10 am – 2 pm
3910 Napoleon Lane, Iowa City

Johnson County Humane Society, Gift Wrapping at Leash on Life
Saturday December 15th in North Liberty
Sunday December 16th, Iowa City

Last Hope Animal Rescue – Cat Adoption open house
Sundays in December 11 am – 2 pm
1823 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids

Adoptable Cat of the Month, Fish….
Fish is a gorgeous 3-6 year old gal. Fish is available through the Iowa City Adoption Center. Call (319) 356-5295 or visit to learn more about all the animals at the Center.

November Newsletter 2018

1Winter Games Night…
Join Best Friends Dog Academy and Leash on Life
For a night of fun and games!
We all need something to keep the pups busy when the snow flies. Interactive toys and games are a great cabin fever diversion. Ever want to try those dog puzzles before your dog or do you need new ideas for fun and games? Well, now’s your chance! Get ideas and advice at Game Night with plenty of dog games for you to see. Demo dogs will be here to show you how each toy works, please leave your pooch home.


2Where: Best Friends Dog Academy 
4852 Sand Road Building C
(Take the driveway east, follow the signs, turn right after the outdoor kennels)
When: Tuesday November 13th 6-8 PM

Sign up for class at

Puzzles and games will be available for purchase at the class and receive a FREE bag of training treats from Leash on Life with purchase at the class!

Old Man Winter on the Way…
4Yep, it’s heading into winter and we all need to have our cold weather gear ready to go. 3We carry a wide variety of doggie coats and sweaters. How about a stylish puffy vest? New this year is Canada Pooch, the stretch belly panel keeps the cold out and makes for a perfect fit. They are easy to put on, washable and oh so stylish. Want something a bit more light hearted? How about one of our motion activated light up holiday sweaters. Perfect for the “life of the party”.

Don’t forget about their tender feet. Salt on the sidewalk, snow balls stuck in paws and just the bitter cold can all be painful. New, are Wellie boots, they are waterproof, flexible, easy on and stay on.

5Come in, take a look and see what you think will work best for your dog.
If you are not bringing your dog in for a “fitting” please take a few measurements. For coats measure around the neck, chest behind the front legs and length along the back from collar to base of tail. For boots simply ask your dog to stand on a piece of paper and make a paw tracing.

6Yeowww, Calling all Cats!
Yep, Yeowww® catnip toys are here. If your cat has never experienced Yeowww catnip, don’t make them wait any longer. How can you beat organically grown U.S.A. catnip? One note of caution…once your cat has a Yeowww® toy they will be howling for more. We have lots of great cat toys for the new kitten or older cats. As a matter of fact we have so many cat toys it will be hard to decide which ones will please your feline the most.

6Adoptable Cat of the Month, Siri….
Siri is a cute 3-6 year old cat. Siri is available through the Iowa City Adoption Center. Call (319) 356-5295 or visit to learn more about all the animals at the Center.

September Newsletter 2018

Hide & Seek...
Just like hide & seek takes two players, so do our new, fun and unique dog and cat interactive training puzzles. The Trixie puzzles are a great opportunity for you to bond with your dog and cat while teaching them new skills. These are not toys to leave alone with your pet, each puzzles comes with a booklet of helpful training tips for you and your pet to figure out together. Check out the video of pets in action. Mental exercise is important for good health!

Grain Free Dog Food…
In July the FDA issued a public notice of a potential link between the legumes found in most grain free diets and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. Currently their concern is a correlative (not causative) link. Taurine is an amino acid required for heart function. A deficiency of taurine causing heart issues has long been known in cats and you will find it supplemented in cat foods. Several of the dogs with DCM, which prompted the FDA notice, showed low levels of taurine and were eating grain free diets. It is too early in the research to know the cause and effect in these dogs.

What should you do if you are feeding a grain free food? Ask yourself why you are feeding grain free, the fact is very few dogs have actual food allergies. Despite marketing efforts, your dog’s nutritional need is no more like a wolf than we are nutritionally like the great apes.

We have always carried several high quality foods with quality grains. You will also find Fromm food (grain free or whole grains) has been adding supplemental taurine for years, reinforcing their historic and ongoing commitment to your pet’s health. Come in and talk with us about changing your food if you have concerns. We will continue to monitor the findings of the research.

Don’t Stop Now...
This is the time of year we hear pet owners complaining about fleas. Do NOT stop your flea preventive until it is consistently below 40 degrees. A single flea may bite more than 350 times daily! For a sensitive or flea-allergic animal, itching caused by the bites can become severe. Fleas also transmit tapeworms. While adult fleas are wingless, they move fast, leaping up to 16 inches at a time. Add this to their small stature, and fleas become difficult to see. To effectively eliminate fleas from BOTH your pet and your home, you must disrupt the flea’s life cycle. Flea eggs laid in your home can take up to 2 weeks to hatch, so be consistent with preventive. We carry Wondercide, Alzoo and Advanitx, or see your friendly veterinarian for other products.

Adoptable Dog of the Month, Chief….
Chief is a handsome elder statesman of a hound. He is looking for a home with a fenced yard and someone to take him for a nice stroll. Chief is available through the Iowa City Adoption Center. Call (319) 356-5295 or visit to learn more about all the animals at the Center.