Part I 

Natural: (adjective) nat•u•ral \ˈna-chə-rəl, ˈnach-rəl\

Definition of NATURAL

1: based on an inherent sense of right and wrong- natural justice.

2a: being in accordance with or determined by nature- natural impulses.

2b: having or constituting a classification based on feature existing in nature

3a (1): begotten as distinguished from adopted- their natural son; also: legitimate (2): being a relation by actual consanguinity as distinguished from adoption- natural parents.

3b: illegitimate- a natural child.

4: having an essential relation with someone or something: following from the nature of the one in question his guilt is a natural deduction from the evidence.

5: implanted or being as if implanted by nature: seemingly inborn- a natural talent for art.

6: of or relating to nature as an object of study and research- natural observations.

7: having a specified character by nature – a natural athlete- a natural leader.

8a: occurring in conformity with the ordinary course of nature: not marvelous or supernatural-natural causes- died a natural death.

8b: formulated by human reason alone rather than revelation- natural religion- natural rights.

8c: having a normal or usual character -events followed their natural course.

9: possessing or exhibiting the higher qualities (such as kindliness and affection) of human nature- a noble … brother … ever most kind and natural—William Shakespeare.

10a: growing without human care; also: not cultivated- natural prairie unbroken by the plow.

10b: existing in or produced by nature: not artificial- natural turf- natural curiosities.

10c: relating to or being natural food.

11a: being in a state of nature without spiritual enlightenment: unregenerate- natural man.

11b: living in or as if in a state of nature untouched by the influences of civilization and society.

12a: having a physical or real existence as contrasted with one that is spiritual, intellectual, or fictitious- a corporation is a legal but not a natural person.

12b: of, relating to, or operating in the physical as opposed to the spiritual world- natural laws describe phenomena of the physical universe.

13a: closely resembling an original: true to nature.

13b: marked by easy simplicity and freedom from artificiality, affectation, or constraint-Successful people are genuine and natural rather than synthetic and imitative—Gilbert Seldes.

13c: having a form or appearance found in nature- natural hair.

14a: having neither flats nor sharps- the natural scale of C major.

14b: being neither sharp nor flat- natural musical notes.

14c: having the pitch modified by the natural sign.

15: of an off-white or beige color.

Naturalness: (noun) \ˈna-chə-rəl-nəs, ˈnach-rəl\

Origin and Etymology of NATURAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French naturel, from Latin naturalis of nature, from naturanature.

First Known Use: 14th century in the meaning defined at sense 1.

Natural: (noun)

1: one born without the usual powers of reason and understanding.

2a: a sign placed on any degree of the musical staff to nullify the effect of a preceding sharp or flat.

2b: a note or tone affected by the natural sign.

3: a result or combination that immediately wins the stake in a game: such as (a) a throw of 7 or 11 on the first cast in craps (b) BLACKJACK 1b.

4a: one having natural skills, talents, or abilities.

4b: something that is likely to become an immediate success.

4c: one that is obviously suitable for a specific purpose.

5: AFRO.

Part II 

People nowadays use the term “natural” to determine that some products are clean, without chemicals or artificial ingredients. It means the products are made from natural ingredients such as coconut oil, fruit juice color or pea starch. For example, when I’m planning to buy shampoo or food for my dogs, the first thing I would prefer to see are the words “All Natural” on a package. In addition, people also use the term “natural” to let people know one’s innate ability. It means a person has a special talent which very few people can imitate. For instance, I have a friend who can write letters with his toes and another friend that can remember a phone number within twenty seconds.

Part III 

Boris & Horton is the first coffee shop in NYC welcoming dogs. My dogs get so happy about visiting there every week. Because I visit this place regularly , I gradually became a part of the dog lover community. The dog lover community within Boris & Horton, both employees and customers, focuses on keeping our dogs healthy. The members of this community are usually discussing and sharing useful tips to help each other choose dog foods, treats, and healthcare supplies. They have determined natural ingredients are the best for their pets. Therefore, the term “natural” became essential to this community because pet owners can save time while looking for food for their pets, natural products help their best friends live longer, and they use the term “natural” to select pets’ toys.

Dog food companies usually label their products as “natural”, so people can save time while seeking food for their dogs. For example, the first day I adopted my dogs, I went to Petco and selected food and treats for my two dogs. There were so many dog food companies that made it difficult for me to choose good quality food for my pets. I was stuck in the store for more than an hour; then another customer told me, “You should find some brands that have the word ‘natural’ on a package and try to read its ingredients thoroughly.” After this suggestion, I totally relied on the term “natural.” It’s so helpful and saved my time while I was overwhelmed by a ton of brands.

Quality products can help pets live longer. Some brands that provide products for healthy lives for pet are Merrick Fresh Kisses (dog treats), The Honest Kitchen (dehydrated food), VetriScience (vitamin supplements), Espree (shampoo), and Burt’s Bees (ear and eyes washes). These brands use packaging clearly labeled “natural”. The community uses the term “natural” to analyze the ingredients in dog products. Today, harmful elements similar to artificial colors, artificial fragrance, Cocamide-MEA, mineral oil, butylated hydroxyanisole, ethoxyquin, monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium nitrite or corn syrup are rarely present in dog products. However, there are some brands like ALPO and Purina Dog Chow still containing these ingredients. Hence, to avoid those unhealthy elements, pet owners of the community usually depend on the term “natural” to select the best pet food company. For instance, one of the dog lover community members named Betty says, “I often prefer natural ingredients on foods that are made from real meats, fruits, and vegetables for my Rosie. I’m also choosing the dental treat that contains rosemary oil, fruit juice color only, and peppermint oil for her.” Betty even created a list of products that she likes; it’s called “Natural Dog Products.”

Moreover, the community not only uses the term “natural” to determine dogs’ diets, but they also use it to select dogs’ toys. There’s a little difference between natural foods and natural toys. People can see the list of ingredients easily on food products, but it’s difficult to know if toys have toxins. For this reason, the members of the group have spent more time researching non-toxic, plastic free, synthetic free, and dye free toys. That’s why they created a second list of safe products called “Natural Dog Toys.”

The term “natural” is so essential to all pet communities. Pets can’t talk, and not all humans can completely comprehend them. Most people are not trainers or veterinarians, so it’s hard for us to understand our pets. The best thing we can do is provide them with natural products. Therefore, giving a better life for a pet isn’t easy. The term natural is so important and useful for humans to choose healthy products for their best friends.

Part IV

These are some examples of pet products which have the term “natural” on the package. These products have a list of natural and non-harmful ingredients. The shampoo is made from 100% organically grown Aloe Vera, and dental treats are made from coconut and botanical oils.