Sweet smelling balms, cleansers and potions for the conscientious dog owner

By Justine Harman
Updated July 14, 2010 11:45 AM

A few years ago, while trying to alleviate her rescue dog Opie’s flaky, itchy dermatitis, Debbie Guardian was unable to find an all-natural cure.

The L.A.-based scriptwriter wanted to help Opie’s immune system, but what she found on the market was lacking. She decided it was time to create her own healing fix, and, with the help of veterinarians and nutrition experts, Opie + Dixie’s all natural line of supplements, vitamins and all-organic grooming products was born.

We recently got our paws on the line’s new Healing Paw Balm ($14.95 for a 2 oz. tin), Organic Rosehips Dry Shampoo and Conditioning Mist ($14.95 for 8 oz.), and Organic Earwash for both dogs and cats ($12.95 for 4 oz.) and tried them out with a canine tester.

The Healing Paw Balm smelled amazing, but was somewhat of a hassle to apply: Our tester didn’t love having his pads massaged and in the end it sort of felt like wishful thinking that we’d be doling out paw-dicures on a regular basis. But the sweet smelling hints of jasmine were motivation to keep trying.

After carefully following the instructions for the Organic Earwash, we had a cotton ball on hand ready to clean out the refuse. Alas, there really wasn’t any – perhaps our tester just has super clean ears?

Any skepticism we had about the earwash did not apply to the Rosehips Dry Shampoo. A quick mist and our grimy tester turned into a sweet-smelling furball. There was no sticky residue nor did he smell like he was coated in doggy cologne. It’s a perfect hold-over between baths.

Made with real dogs in mind, Opie + Dixie organic products are a thoughtful way to treat your dog – and your senses! They’re available at vendors nationwide and online at http://opieanddixieshop.com/.