NPR story on mass importation of pet shop puppies

This morning NPR aired a story about a humane society auction of toy breed puppies seized at the LA airport. The puppies, imported from South Korea, were accompanied by forged documents stating the five week old puppies were 5 months old and had had the required innoculations for importation. Of the 30 dogs in the … Read moreNPR story on mass importation of pet shop puppies

Pet Food Industry Trends from Packaged Facts

Packaged Facts continues to churn out pet food industry research with their latest report, “Health, Humanization and High Quality Ingredients” An excerpt from the product description page: “At the same time, one thing marketers and retailers at all levels of the market cannot afford given the faltering U.S. and global economies is complacency. More than … Read morePet Food Industry Trends from Packaged Facts

Jet Blue Announces JetPaw program

Thanks again to MediaPost, JetBlue announces an in-cabin pet policy called JetPaws which is essentially a set of rules for flying with small pets in the cabin.  Total weight of pet and carrier cannot exceed 20 pounds and there is absolutely no mention of whether or not larger pets are accepted on the airline at … Read moreJet Blue Announces JetPaw program

Pup Style Featured on Today Show

Small world department, Rhonda Collins, who I met at a Motor City Connect networking event mentioned she has connections to Dara Foster, originally from Michigan, who writes the PupStyle blog and who recently appeared on the Today show. I missed the show, actually I’m not much of one for dressing my own dogs up, although … Read morePup Style Featured on Today Show

Hotel for Dogs Movie

Interesting article in MediaPost today regarding promotions. One of the featured products was a new movie from Paramount titled “Hotel for Dogs” which was sponsoring on site dog care in the Westfield Century City mall near Los Angeles.  Dog care is provided by a local rescue group and free for 4 hours, afterwards it’s $10 … Read moreHotel for Dogs Movie

Nuance Items in Cafe Press

I love to draw, and I’ve thought about opening a Cafe Press shop for ages. With the help of a friend who digitized my art work, I’ve opened two basic shops that carry my kennel name, Nuance.  The Woof shop features a line drawing of a white Bull Terrier with the caption “What part of … Read moreNuance Items in Cafe Press

US Food Safety Site – What about Pets?

I read a MediaPost article today about consumer package goods (CPG) company recalls which mentioned the US Food Safety website dedicated to food safety and recalls for human foods in the US.  The Pet Connection website was the leader in chronicling the 2007 melamine-related pet food recall, but I don’t think there are any consumer … Read moreUS Food Safety Site – What about Pets?

AdWords Success Story: Happy Hound Day Care

While I was tooling around through Google’s product offerings I checked out AdWords and found an intriguing video on the Success Stories page.  After Happy Hound launched, the owner found herself with a great facility and only a few clients. By optimizing her website and using AdWords to promote it, she got more traffic, more … Read moreAdWords Success Story: Happy Hound Day Care

Natural Products for Pets Report

I just got notice from Packaged Facts about a report on the pet departments of natural food supermarkets.  There’s been strong growth in natural pet foods and this has carried over into expanded pet departments at natural food stores as well. I have noticed that my local favorite health food store, Zerbo’s, has greatly increased … Read moreNatural Products for Pets Report

Web Analytics for Pet Businesses

One of my goals during this period of unemployment is to develop a “Plan B” income stream, so I’m working on developing my web analytics skills. I’ve talked a couple friends into letting me code and analyze their sites with Google Analytics and so far I’m working on the Key-Lore Kennels and Plaza Veterinary Hospital … Read moreWeb Analytics for Pet Businesses