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Happy Dog Barkery Expands Retail Space

The business was sorely lacking space in the existing location.

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(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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Pet Sitters International Names 2020 Pet Sitter of the Year

Jeanne Crockett, owner of Crockett’s Critter Care in New Bern, NC, has received the professional pet-sitting industry’s highest honor.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Sitters International has named Jeanne Crockett, owner of Crockett’s Critter Care in New Bern, NC, the 2020 Pet Sitter of the Year. PSI, the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, presents this award annually to a pet-sitting business owner who embodies the passion and professionalism of the pet-sitting industry.

“PSI’s membership is comprised of the most professional and educated pet sitters in the industry, so selecting a recipient for this honor is never an easy task for the judges,” said PSI President Patti J. Moran. “With her commitment to continuing education and professionalism, Jeanne epitomizes all that a professional pet-sitting business owner should be, and we know she will be an inspiration to our industry as the 2020 Pet Sitter of the Year.”

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As PSI’s 2020 Pet Sitter of the Year, Crockett will serve as the “face of the professional pet-sitting industry” throughout 2020 and will be officially crowned at PSI’s 2020 Pet Sitter World Educational Conference in October.

“From the beginning, PSI helped me mold my business, and this award will allow me to give back to my colleagues,” said Crockett. “Pet Sitter of the Year is not just an award; it comes with the responsibility to share my knowledge and to support the members of PSI and our industry as we all strive to be respected professionals.”

Crockett joined PSI in 2009, nearly three years before officially opening Crockett’s Critter Care in 2012. Since that time, she has grown her business by leaps and bounds. Her company now employs six staff sitters and serves approximately 115 households. Crockett has also focused on furthering her education in the pet industry — obtaining her Certified Professional Pet Sitter designation from PSI and her Level 3 status in the Fear Free program, as well as completing the Infectious Disease Management Program.

Despite a busy pet-sitting schedule, Crockett is committed to her local pet community. Since 2002 she has been active in the local rescue community, volunteering for Fran’s Felines, Pals for Paws, and Colonial Capital Humane Society. She has served as an officer, board member, fundraiser, event coordinator, grant writer, newsletter editor, foster parent, and more. After Hurricane Florence, Crockett volunteered to walk the dogs stranded at the shelter as they waited to be reunited with their pet parents. Now she continues to support the local rescue groups by posting adoptable pets on her Facebook page, encouraging people to adopt a shelter pet, and promoting the need to donate locally to support the shelters.

The other top-five finalists in the 2020 Pet Sitter of the Year competition were:

  • Caraline Brockman, CPPS; Cara Care LLC; Chicago, IL
  • Shannon Huskins, CPPS; Paws & Purrs Feline Services; Marietta, GA
  • Cynthia Johnson; Copy Cat & Dog Care Pet Sitting; Lebanon, OH
  • Kim Ottone Tank, CPPS; Apronstrings Pet Sitting; Pollock Pines, CA

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Merrick Supports K9s For Warriors on GivingTuesday

It pledges to double the impact of donations made to K9s For Warriors on GivingTuesday.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Merrick Pet Care joined the GivingTuesday movement by matching donations made to its longtime partner, K9s For Warriors. The charitable organization helps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder find the support and comfort they need by pairing them with a service dog that has been rescued from a high-kill shelter.

Merrick will double all donations made to K9s For Warriors on GivingTuesday (up to $50,000). All funds raised will help support K9s for Warriors’ efforts to train rescue dogs and empower veterans to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. Donations can be made on the K9s For Warriors website.

“Our financial supporters save two lives with one act of kindness — a shelter dog that’s running out of time and a warrior struggling with PTSD,” said Rory Diamond, chief executive officer for K9s For Warriors. “And, thanks to the generosity of our partners at Merrick Pet Care, we are able to double the impact of every GivingTuesday donation.”

Since 2015, Merrick has been the exclusive dog food partner for K9s For Warriors, providing each rescued service dog with all their meals and treats while in training. The company has donated more than $1 million in food and monetary donations to K9s For Warriors in support of the programs and clinical research that provide service dogs to help heal veterans.

“Dogs have a special ability to not only understand us, but also help us find strength when we need it most,” said Tim Simonds, chief executive officer for Merrick Pet Care. “We’re honored to partner with K9s For Warriors to help our hardworking veterans find the unconditional love they deserve in a true best friend — a service dog.”

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DOGTV Partners with Dogs on Deployment

DOGTV will give $10 to Dogs on Deployment for every new subscription.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The holiday season can be particularly difficult for military personnel, especially those deployed overseas away from their home and families, including their dogs. DOGTV has partnered with Dogs on Deployment for #GivingTuesday and throughout the month of December to help give peace of mind, concerning their pets, to military members.

This month, DOGTV will give $10 to Dogs on Deployment for every new subscription beginning on #GivingTuesday or you can also give by donating directly to Dogs on Deployment. Visit dogtv.com/givingtuesday and use the code: GivingTuesday to get started. Your donations help Dogs on Deployment achieve their mission to find volunteer boarders willing to care for military pets and promote pet-owner responsibility by providing financial resources for military members to give care for their pets during times of need.

DOGTV also created video greeting cards for several of the dogs in the care of Dogs on Deployment foster homes.

“We’re hoping to brighten the day of our military personnel that can’t make it home to share the holiday this year with their beloved dogs,” stated Beke Lubeach, DOGTV general manager. “We’re excited to partner with Dogs on Deployment this holiday season to help generate awareness and funds for the great work they do all year long.”

Dogs on Deployment is a national nonprofit providing a central network for military members to find volunteers willing to board their pets while they are deployed or have other service commitments, making them unable to temporarily care for their pets. No pet should ever be surrendered to a shelter due to a military commitment. Dogs on Deployment exists to help military members keep their pets by alleviating the need for pet relinquishment from military members due to the hardships of deployments.

DOGTV is the only technology created specifically for dogs to help them relax and to entertain them when their pet parents have to leave the home and leave their dogs home alone. The sights and sounds that DOGTV provides enriches the dogs’ environment and allows them to experience happy stimulation and relaxation. Over 1 million happy dogs love and trust DOGTV every day.

DOGTV is currently available through DIRECTV, DISH, Comcast Xfinity, COX, RCN, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon FireTV, Roku, and as an iOS and Android app.

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