INVISION headlines of the yearYour favorites, based on web traffic.

At the end of the  year, it's always fun to look back at which stories have attracted the most reader interest.

Below are the 10 most popular Pets+ stories of 2017 based on web clicks. Note that there may have been further developments in these stories since they were published.

1. PetSmart CEO Resigns. PetSmart Inc. announced in August that Michael J. Massey had decided to step down from his roles as CEO, president and board member.

2. Petco Buys Company That Appeared on Shark Tank. Petco announced in November that it has acquired PupBox, a subscription service company that delivers customized products and training information to new puppy and dog parents.

3. Major Pet Food Maker to Add Target, Other Chains to Distribution Network. In August, we learned that certain products from Wilton, CT-based Blue Buffalo Pet Products would soon be available at Target, Publix, Kroger and Meijer.

4. Animal Supplement Maker Acquired. Manna Pro Products LLC, a Missouri-based manufacturer and marketer of animal nutrition and care products, acquired Corta-Flx Inc., a supplier of equine and canine health supplements.

5. Top Dog Names of 2017 Revealed. My Dog’s Name, an online resource for finding dog monikers, announced the top dog names of 2017. It also revealed an interesting trend: a sharp increase in Star Wars-themed names.

6. A Major Trend Could Soon Take Hold in Pet Food, Report Says. Ten years ago, organic pet foods appeared ready to become the next big thing in the pet world, but the trend never quite materialized. But it soon may, Packaged Facts reported.

7. Pet Food Company Announces $38M Expansion. Simmons Pet Food Inc., a supplier of custom and private label pet food solutions in the U.S. and Canada, broke ground on a facility expansion at its Flexible Packaging Facility in Emporia, KS.

8. 4 Crucial Things to Know About Millennial Pet Owners. Younger pet owners could set the pet industry on a "new course," according to market research firm Packaged Facts.

9. Here's the Most Pet-Friendly City in America. A new list from WalletHub examines the "most pet-friendly" cities in the U.S., ranking Scottsdale, AZ, at No. 1.

10. How Will Pets React to the Eclipse? As the Aug. 21 eclipse drew near, many pet owners wondered what the event might mean for their beloved companions. Fortunately, eye damage from the eclipse was not much of a risk for pets.

 

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