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5 Bentley’s Pet Stuff Stores Acquired

They’re located in the St. Louis and Kansas City markets.

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Treats Unleashed, a local and family-owned all-natural pet food retailer founded by Ian and Teresa Miller in 2002, has announced the acquisition of the five remaining Bentley’s Pet Stuff retail locations in the St. Louis and Kansas City markets. Over the coming months, the five new Treats Unleashed locations will be remodeled to refresh the storefront and will offer a wide array of products and services catering to both dogs and cats, including a new pet bakery, self-wash stations and grooming. The bakeries are expected to be up and running by the end of this year, while grooming and self-wash renovations will take place in 2020.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Bentley’s Pet Stuff, a family-owned, multi-unit healthy pet foods retailer founded by Lisa and Giovanni Senafe, along with entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC’s reality series “The Profit,” expanded into the St. Louis market in 2016, opening eight shops in competition with Treats Unleashed. Five of the St. Louis Bentley’s locations have since closed, and Treats Unleashed recently acquired the remaining three Bentley’s locations in Cottleville, Wildwood and South Kirkwood. Additionally, Treats Unleashed acquired the remaining two Bentley’s locations in the north Kansas City market in Tremont Square and Shoal Creek. For a complete list of Treats Unleashed locations, visit treats-unleashed.com/locations.

Following the acquisition, the local management and sales teams of Bentley’s Pet Stuff have joined Treats Unleashed, as Treats Unleashed plans to continue offering the same friendly service, expertise and quality of natural pet products carried in the store. Many staple brands such as Fromm Family Pet Foods, Primal and Stella & Chewy’s will remain on the shelves, however, Treats Unleashed also plans to vastly expand the product selection by bringing in a wide variety of new products, as well as a bakery to offer fresh-baked pet treats and custom pet cakes. Every product on the shelf will be hand-selected by Teresa Miller, Treats Unleashed’s owner and founder.

“With this acquisition, we are excited to welcome the local Bentley’s teams to Treats Unleashed, and we look forward to introducing many more customers to the Treat Unleashed experience,” said Miller. “This expansion not only allows us to grow our presence in the St. Louis and Kansas City communities, but it also allows us to continue our mission of investing in our local pet communities. We are very excited to show this new group of customers what Treats Unleashed has to offer, and we look forward to becoming a part of the lives of many more pets by helping pet parents make healthy choices for their pets.”

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Treats Unleashed sells all-natural dog and cat food, fresh-baked pet treats, pet care essentials, toys, grooming products and more.

For more information, visit www.treats-unleashed.com

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Feds Consider Cracking Down on Emotional Support Animals on Flights

Under proposed rules, only dogs could be classified as service animals.

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering a set of rules under which emotional support animals would no longer be classified as service animals.

The rules are intended to “ensure that individuals with disabilities can continue using their service animals while also reducing the likelihood that passengers wishing to travel with their pets on aircraft will be able to falsely claim their pets are service animals,” according to a press release from the department.

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The Washington Post notes that the proposed rules “narrow the definition of service animal to dogs that have received individualized training to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.” A psychiatric service animal would be classified as a service animal “and require the same training and treatment of psychiatric service animals as other service animals,” according to the department.

Department of Transportation officials “noted that the proposed rule doesn’t prohibit people from flying with emotional support animals but the decision will be left to the airlines,” according to the Post.

The agency is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to its Air Carrier Access Act regulation on the transportation of service animals by air.

The department proposes to:

  • Define a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability;
  • No longer consider an emotional support animal to be a service animal;
  • Consider a psychiatric service animal to be a service animal and require the same training and treatment of psychiatric service animals as other service animals;
  • Allow airlines to require forms developed by DOT attesting to a service animal’s good behavior, certifying the service animal’s good health, and if taking a long flight attesting that the service animal has the ability to either not relieve itself, or can relieve itself in a sanitary manner;
  • Allow airlines to require passengers with a disability who are traveling with a service animal to check-in at the airport one hour prior to the travel time required for the general public to ensure sufficient time to process the service animal documentation and observe the animal;
  • Require airlines to promptly check-in passengers with service animals who are subject to an advanced check-in process;
  • Allow airlines to limit the number of service animals traveling with a single passenger with a disability to two service animals;
  • Allow airlines to require a service animal to fit within its handler’s foot space on the aircraft;
  • Continue to allow airlines to require that service animals be harnessed, leashed, tethered, or otherwise under the control of its handler;
  • Continue to allow airlines to refuse transportation to service animals that exhibit aggressive behavior and that pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others; and
  • Continue to prohibit airlines from refusing to transport a service animal solely on the basis of breed.

The department’s notice can be found here. Comments must be received within 60 days of the notice, which was issued Jan. 22.

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US Pet Food Spending Falls to $28.9B

The segment accounts for 37% of total US pet spending.

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Pet food spending in the U.S. fell by 7.3 percent in 2018 to $28.85 billion, according to the Pet Business Professor blog.

The $2.27 billion decrease stood in contrast to 2017, when food spending grew by $4.6 billion “due to a deeper market penetration of super premium foods,” the blog’s John Gibbons writes.

A small increase in pet food spending had been anticipated in 2018. The unexpected decrease “was likely due to the reaction to the FDA warning on grain free dog food,” Gibbons explained, noting: “A pattern of over 20 years was broken by 1 statement.”

Pet food spending has been choppy since 1997, with the general pattern being “2 years up then spending goes flat or turns downward for a year,” according to the blog.

Total pet spending in the U.S. climbed by 1.9 percent in 2018 to reach $78.6 billion, according to the blog. The pet food segment accounts for 37 percent of total U.S. pet spending.

 

 

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Video: Brave Housecat Fends Off 3 Coyotes

This feline showed moxie.

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A cat in the Highland Park neighborhood could have been in serious trouble when three coyotes came along.

But Max, who belongs to Maya Gurrin, showed amazing courage, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Max was surrounded, and the coyotes were nipping at him. But Max showed no fear. He even caused one of the coyotes to back away and jump onto a nearby wall.

“He’s always been crazy,” Gurrin said. “Like, if this were to happen with any cat, it would be him.”

The entire scene was captured on security camera.

As tough as Max may be, his owners have nonetheless decided not to let him roam outdoors anymore.

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