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Crickets, A Slow-Feeder, and Bug Dope

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Bay Woof’s pals at Jiminy’s, the sustainable cricket dog treat company in the East Bay, dropped off new snacks recently, and test dog Wiley is giving them four paws up. She likes the chewy cricket treats, which combine the bugs with sweet potato, peas, and oats in a 6-ounce package for $7.50. These treats are tiny little squares that can be broken into smaller pieces, so Wiley can get itsy-bitsy rewards for splooting on command, sitting, waiting, getting her toy, or whatever. Surprisingly, they are robustly fragrant, which I’m guessing comes from the added “natural smoke flavor.” Hard to believe they are crickets.

Jiminy’s recently updated its packaging, so there’s a window allowing curious pet parents to see what the cricket “cookies” and “training treats” inside actually look like. There are three kinds of cookies in 5-ounce packages for $9.95: crickets, lentils, pumpkin puree, flax seed, and peanut butter; peanut butter, crickets, flax seed, lentils, and blueberries; and crickets, lentils, sweet potato, flax seed, peanut butter, and apple. You can also get a four-pack sampler in .5-ounce pages for $6.50. Learn more at There is an interesting packaging note that warns that people who are allergic to shellfish may be allergic to crickets.



Does your dog gulp her food down? Test dog Wiley loves her breakfast and dinner chow, but she isn’t a really a gulper or scarfer.

Lately she has been eating out of the Magisso Happy Pet Project Bowl ($32). It is a small ceramic bowl with a bone-shaped protuberance in the bottom that requires your pup to work a little harder to get all the kibble or fresh food tucked around it. There’s a cat bowl but a fish-shaped mass diffuses the food. Designed in Finland for Smart Pet Parents by Simon Stevebs, the bowl is also meant to be submerged in water for 60 seconds “and it will become cool even for hours.”

With fresh food all the rage, this idea might be a clever one that catches on. It has become Wiley’s normal feeding bowl.



Proven spray and lotion white back

I hate ticks, and the Bay Area is chock full of the hateful buggers this season, thanks to the rain, rain, rain that keeps coming down, down, down. Wiley takes medicine for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention, which seems to be working. To guard against flies and ticks, I use equine bug repellent on my horse who often parades through copious amounts of tick-rich brush, bushes, and grasses on the East Bay trails near his barn.

What should I be using for tick protection as I log miles hiking with my canine, riding my horse, or running long distances?

Enter Proven Insect Repellent. So far, I have not picked up ticks in Marin County, the East Bay, or even Lake County is some very ticky-looking places. I chose the odorless lotion (regular size, 6 ounces, $10.95) to sample rather than scented lotion or the scented or unscented spray. Proven doesn’t contain DEET and the lotion offers 14 hours of protection against mosquitoes, ticks, black flies, no-see-ums, and other bugs, including chiggers.

The active ingredient in Proven is saltidin, also known as pircaridin and icaridin, which also happen to be the active ingredient in some Cutter and Skin So Soft products. The lotion doesn’t have much of a smell, but after application, be sure to wash your hands because it tastes terrible.

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