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American Pet Professionals Welcomes New Members

Record numbers of pet businesses join American Pet Professionals in 2018.




(PRESS RELEASE) BABYLON, NY – A record number of new members have joined American Pet Professionals since early 2018 and have continued to do so throughout the year. New members represent startups in the pet technology and pet app space as well as many new pet product manufacturers, financial services for pet businesses, pet sitters, pet media and pet organizations. Since its inception in 2009, American Pet Professionals has always allowed pet professionals from all areas of the industry to join.

“Our organization has grown tremendously this year, with so many new types and categories of members in the pet industry from all around the country. I absolutely love seeing what our members have created as a businesses and animal educational organizations alike. I am thrilled to announce our new members and encourage everyone to visit their websites on our Membership Directory and learn more about what they do,” said Nancy Hassel, president and founder of American Pet Professionals. “I am excited to welcome each new member, help them with their business goals, referrals, connections, questions and look forward to working with them in 2019!”

New members include:

Pet Technology and Pet App Companies:

  • Jason Hanny of the Pet Connect App, which is a free pet owner app that connects them with pet businesses making it easier to find the resources they need. And it gives pet businesses a way to meaningfully engage current and new clients with easy-to-use targeted marketing, custom-built profiles and more. Jason is based in Arlington, VA, and is VIP member.
  • Siva Marimuthu of RV PetSafety, which is a pet technology and app based product that monitors the pet’s environment and temperature and alerts you when they are in danger. Created for people that travel with their pets in RV’s and cars. Based in Palo Alto, CA and are VIP Members.
  • Casey Isaacson of DigDates, the Dog Person’s Dating app that launched in February of this year and helps connect dog people based on what’s most important to them when it comes to dating. It was built by sisters, Casey and Leigh Isaacson who are based in New York, NY and New Orleans, LA.
  • William Loopesko of PuppTech, which is brand new pet product that detects the temperature and humidity, has a built in microphone, GPS, wireless connectivity and will alert pet parents by text via the app on their smartphone if their pet is in danger. The device can be used in car, boat cabin, anywhere you’re traveling with your pet and even provides a safety feature showing passers by that the pet is safe. Pupptech is based in Denver, Colorado.
  • Lars Rissman of the Groomit App, which is an app that pet parents can get pet grooming on demand with certified pet groomers at the time they request and in their own home. Currently servicing New York City, northern New Jersey, Westchester, Connecticut and San Diego. Groomit is based in New York, NY.
  • Lowell Kaufman of Well Informed Pet app, which is a pet app revolutionizing the pet health industry by offering easy access to a pet’s health information. Based in New York, NY.

Pet Product Manufacturers:

  • Gay Jensen, owner of Golden Wellness Dogs, which makes turmeric products for dogs, which help prevent, join inflammation and provides healthy immune support. Gay is a VIP Member based in Manchester Center, Vermont.
  • Immacula Pierre, CEO of Iconic Paws which is a pet product manufacturing company that offers natural and healthy treats and supplements for dogs. VIP Member based in Woodbridge, VA.
  • Jim Umlauf and Brian Devening of 4KNines who make premium car seat covers built by dog owners for dog owners. Engineered to out perform and outlast other covers on the market. 4KNines donates a percentage of each sale to animal advocacy groups. VIP Members and based in Oklahoma, OK.
  • Zsolt Sapy, COOof Smoke Alarm Monitoring an affordable, wireless solution to monitor your family and pets and property in the event of a fire. Keeping your pets safe even when you are not home! Visit their website to see how this incredible technology works. Zsolt is a VIP Member and based in NY.
  • Zel Crampton the CEO and founder of Diggs which just launched a brand new line of pet products including the ‘best crate ever’ raising the standard of living for dogs everywhere. Based in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Gretchen Mannix of South Fork Pets who make handmade dog treats, with healthy, wholesome and all-natural ingredients that are locally sourced in the Hamptons, NY.
  • Shane Whelan of Pet Containment Systems and PetFenceology, which is a proposal and automation software designed to help pet fence companies grow and harmonize they way they do business. VIP Member based in Milford, MI.
  • Sherri Davis, CPO of Amuse Pooch, wholesome, artisan dog treats made with single ingredients. Made in the USA and based in New York, NY.
  • Michael Caruso of Raptor Shield, which is a armor like vest for dogs to protect against birds of prey picking attacking and picking up a small dog. It is the only product on the market to protect dogs from hawks, raptors and other birds of prey. Based in River Grove, IL.

Veterinarian/Pet Medical Supply:

  • Stella Kim Founder and CFO of MixLabRX, which is a compounding lab that works with pet owner’s veterinarians to make personalized pet meds for their pets. Based in New York, NY.

Pet Retail/Ecommerce:

  • Corey Abramowitz, Founder of BarkYours which is the online destination to by and sell unique and beautiful dog-themed gifts and crafts online. BarkYours just launched this year. Corey is based in New York, NY.
  • Marshall Morris COO of iHeartDogs that is a manufacturer and online distributor of products for pets and the people that love them. They partner with their customers (1 million to date) on every product to make a big impact in shelters. With that support they have provided 10 million meals to shelters, 100,000 toys and much more. Based in Anaheim, California.


  • Lauren Collier of Lauren’s Crazy Pet Show, a media company that travels covering pet news and showcasing pet businesses, animal rescues, pet events and much more. Lauren was a TV anchor for many years on News 12 Connecticut. She is based in Shelton, CT.

Pet Health:

  • Arden Moore of Pet First Aid for You a Pet Health and Safety teaching pet parents and professionals about pet health, safety, first aid, CPR and more. Arden also hosts the popular pet podcast Oh Behave! Arden is based in Houston, Texas.
  • Anastasia Kvyatkovskaya Founder of DogHauz. Anastasia is a K9 Fitness Coach and Nutritionist offering canine wellness coaching for pets using dog training and exercise, healthy eating made at home and much more! Anastasia is based in New York, NY.
  • Lindsey Campbell, Co-Founder and VP of TEEF! Daily Dog Dental Care. TEFF is a plant based prebiotic that outsmarts the bacteria in your dog’s mouth – including the bad bacteria that forms plaque, creates gum disease and attacks teeth. TEEF! uses nontoxic nutrients that wash over their teeth and gums every time they drink their water, creating a healthy and fresher-smelling mouth. Product launching in Q1 in 2019. Based in Minneapolis, MN.

Graphic & Website Design:

  • Kaila Piepkowof Dox Design is a design and development studio that focuses on creating compelling designs for pet-friendly and pet-focused businesses. VIP Member based in Grand Rapids, MI.

Pet Sitting & Dog Walking/Boarding:

  • Liz Freitag Owner of Peninsula Pups Doggie Daycare, the leader in the market of dog daycare for Erie’s canine community. We provide a safe and stimulating environment in which dogs can socialize, exercise and just be dogs in their natural state as a pack. They offer many services and pet products at their location based in Erie, PA.
  • Heather Curatolo of Paws on Pine a five star rated dog walking, pet sitting and concierge servicing lower Manhattan, NY.
  • Florence Dixon Owner of In Home Pet Services of Westhampton Beach that offers pet sitting, dog walking and pet care services. Based in Westhampton Beach, NY.

Pet Event Organizers:

  • Leslie Kennedy, Director of Barking Beauty Pageant– that organizes and hosts one-of-a-kind competition for dogs, and beauty pageants that benefit animal charities & civic organizations. Founded 2006. Leslie is based in Westhampton Beach, NY.
  • Sonali Nigam of PetMinded Co., a pawfriendly concierge business offering pet parents services, pet education and pet-friendly events based in New York, NY.

Pet Friendly Organizations:

  • Beth Miller, Founder & CEO and Tom Everhart, CPO of WagTown. Wagtown sets responsible and genuine standards for the term, “dog friendly.” Our mission is to lead the movement to create a Wagtown® community for everyone. To do this, we advocate for dog-friendliness through research, consulting, leveraging big data, education, marketing, and empowerment. Based in Centerville, Ohio.

Financial Service Companies:

  • Steven Cron and Loren Shuman of Benchmark Payment Networks which provides electronic payments to merchants in all 50 states and many countries. They offer a comprehensive suite of products and services. Tailing credit card processing programs for the special business needs of financial institutions, independent sales organizations and agents and now also helping pet businesses. VIP Members based in Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
  • Jeri Ann Cook, Founder of Sunstone Bookkeeping a bookkeeping company that focuses on the finances for pet businesses so they can focus on their passion, taking care of animals. Based in Stratford, CT.

Non-Profit Organizations:

  • Sass Levine, Founder and Executive Director of DogAbility Center. DogAbilityCenter’s mission is to provide innovative canine-assisted experiences, using certified therapy dogs with skilled handlers, that afford comfort, inspiration, socialization, education and recreation to better the lives of people of all abilities in the community. Based in Syosset, NY.

In 2018, American Pet Professionals offered many new membership benefits to members, including free live learning events monthly on Facebook; accessible downloadable content; hosted events in various locations in the country; and information for pet professionals at every level to help their businesses, animal rescues or non-profit organizations. “In 2019 we have even more new membership benefits to be added, which we cannot wait to announce in the New Year,” said Nancy Hassel.

Membership dues are annual, with different levels to choose from for non-profit animal rescue and organizations, solo-entrepreneurs, and corporate businesses. Membership dues are increasing in 2019, so anyone interested in joining and becoming a membership should do so before Jan. 1.

For more information, go to To contact Nancy Hassel, call (631) 446-1105 or email




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Press Releases Announces Partnership with N-Gage Brand

Both parties are excited with the partnership.




(PRESS RELEASE) has announced retailers will be able to purchase N-Gage Brand products consisting of toys, collars, harnesses, leashes, and travel gear.

“ is very excited to bring N-Gage Brand to our customer base. Retailers are going to love the high-quality, innovative, mixed material and textured surface toys and travel gear. This is a fresh and sharp line that will help differentiate a store from big-box retail. The company gives back to dog rescue non-profits, too, through N-Gage Cares.” says Chris Avery, CEO at

“We are excited about partnering with and the independent pet retailer community to offer a meaningful product line that encourages spending more time with our dogs, an active lifestyle, and the right work life balance, all based on products that are designed for longevity — and fun,” said David Bornstein, head of business development, N-Gage Brand. “We’re confident that consumers will love our uniquely designed, well-built products, which will serve to enhance customer loyalty.” is the leading online buying service connecting pet retailers with more than 350 pet supply vendors. Their vendors carry the highest quality, most innovative, upscale and unique pet products in the market.

N-Gage Brand is a maker of well-built, long lasting and functional pet products including toys, collars, harnesses, leashes and travel gear for dogs and their families. Integrity is the foundation of their organization.

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Happy Dog Barkery Expands Retail Space

The business was sorely lacking space in the existing location.




(PRESS RELEASE) Happy Dog Barkery recently expanded its retail brick-and-mortar location in downtown Downers Grove, IL. The business was sorely lacking space in the existing location, and when a neighboring store relocated, Happy Dog jumped at the opportunity to expand into their space by knocking down the adjoining wall.

Beth Staley, owner of Happy Dog Barkery states, “We’ve been talking to our landlord for a few years about needing more space. Just when we decided to move some of our operation off-site for efficiency’s sake, this opportunity presented itself. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect!”

At a time when many brick-and-mortar retail locations are suffering due to many factors, including increased online shopping, Happy Dog Barkery has enjoyed success over its 15 years. This is the company’s third expansion in the current building it has occupied for the entire life of the business, adding square footage at each expansion. Happy Dog attributes its success to its fresh offerings of dog treats, stews and birthday cakes, which is unique to the area, as well as the experience its canine and human customers get while in the store. Canine customers’ favorite treat is the house specialty: liver cake.

The new space will expand the retail floor by an additional 1,300 square feet, allowing the business to bring in a more diverse mix of specialty products for dogs, cats and humans. The new space also provides more storage area for backstock, a mixed-use room and office space.

Happy Dog Barkery is an independent, pet specialty retailer featuring its own in-house bakery for dogs (and cats, horses, pigs, etc.) Local entrepreneur Staley left her job in corporate America in 2004 with the goal of working with her own pets and owning her own business. She was motivated by her own dog’s allergies. A baker since childhood, her Labrador Retriever, Payton, was suffering from severe food allergies and there seemed to be no existing healthy treats on the market for Payton so Staley created recipes of her own that were safe for Payton to eat. That quickly led to the opening of Happy Dog Barkery in April 2004. Happy Dog Barkery is home to Kale Chips the Dog, an international weight-loss story of the beagle mix who lost half his weight.

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Gus & Boogie Launches Range of CBD Products for Pets

The launch features Gus & Boogie’s Functional CBD Dog Treats and a Bacon Flavored CBD Dog Tincture.




(PRESS RELEASE) Gus & Boogie has announced its launch of operations. The company, which aims to lead the rapidly expanding segment, revealed two core products with the launch of its website,, including an all-natural CBD dog treat and a bacon flavored CBD tincture pet formula.

Gus & Boogie, which is based in Los Angeles and founded by entrepreneurs — and lifetime pet owners — Patrick McMahon and Nathan Pettijohn, is dedicated to providing premium hemp CBD pet products using all-natural ingredients to support healthy and happy best friends.

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“Every day, we’re seeing more and more science backing the benefits of CBD for pets,” said McMahon. “With Gus & Boogie, the furry members of our families will get top-quality CBD products packed with other all natural and whole food ingredients to keep them healthy, happy and light on their paws.”

“With this launch, Gus & Boogie is stepping into the CBD pet product segment at a prime moment for the market,” said Pettijohn. “Pet owners are hungry for these kinds of products but they’re not willing to sacrifice on the kind of quality and care that are at the very heart of Gus & Boogie. We’re excited for this launch, but even more for the chance to help pet owners treat their pets like family.”

The launch features Gus & Boogie’s Functional CBD Dog Treats and a Bacon Flavored CBD Dog Tincture.

The Functional CBD Dog Treats are a soy-free, dairy-free, corn-free and wheat-free soft-chew vegan treat that contains 6mg of hemp CBD per serving. With 15mg of glucosamine per serving, the treats also promote joint health. They contain no (0%) THC and does not produce any high.

The CBD Dog Tincture, which is based in research demonstrating the benefit of CBD for pain, inflammation, nausea and seizures, contain CBD, organic hemp seed oil, and bacon flavor oil. It contains no preservatives and additives, and, like the treat, no (0%) THC.

McMahon, a former Division 1 quarterback turned entrepreneur, is an expert in the California cannabis industry who co-founded one of the first vertically integrated, fully licensed cannabis businesses in the state. A lifelong dog lover, McMahon started researching the benefits of CBD for canines and founded a large hemp farm in Kentucky. He started giving his Chihuahua, Gus, CBD on a daily basis and couldn’t believe the effects it had on his anxiety and skin issues. From that experience, McMahon and Pettijohn decided to launch Gus & Boogie.

Pettijohn is the proud dog parent of a German Shepherd dog named Raphael and Co- Founder of Gus & Boogie. Pettijohn founded digital strategy firm Cordurouy in 2011 where he helps oversee digital strategies for brands and influencers; he is a talent manager, a contributing writer for Forbes on topics relating to what business leaders need to know about innovations in media and digital strategy, and he is the co-author of the No. 1 Amazon bestseller, ZEN AND THE ART OF ADMIN TASKS, a tactical guide to outsourcing your administrative work so that you can focus on driving exponential value in your personal and work life.

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