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Inbox: Letters From Our Readers for February 2018




Vacation Reading

I absolutely love your magazine! In fact, I took it all the way to Barbados to read on vacation. Social media marketing ideas are great. I get so much from your magazine! —  Trish Elliott, Town & Country Pet Resort, Valley Springs, CA

Name Recognition

The last issue was as great as always. I get awesome new product information as well as insight from experts in their fields. I would love to read about how to “get your name out” for businesses that are starting up or are having a hard time letting people know you exist. —  Samantha Youngblood, Youngblood’s Natural Animal Care Center and Massage, Greenfield, IN

Mom and Pop

Honestly, PETS+ is one of the better trade magazines that I’ve seen. It actually is useful in that the information is geared toward the every day “mom and pop” real-life situations. —  Matt Spivey-Bevington, 2Guyz Boutique for Pets, Elwood, IN

Pets of the Month

I liked the most recent issue, I felt like it was a lot more interesting and had some new articles that definitely grabbed my attention! Have you ever thought about doing a few “Pets of the Month” so readers could send in a picture and quick bio about their pet along with their Pet’s favorite toys and treats to share with other readers? How about NEW and upcoming product launches? PETS+ should be the first to tell us! —  Cassandra Powers, The Pet Firm, Phoenix, AZ

Support Through Pages

I’m enjoying your magazine so much more than some other trade mags. There is one in particular where every article is really an advertisement for someone else’s business. You guys are fresh, and fun. The spin is positive, and in an industry where I feel the glare of the competition as a newbie owner, I feel support through the pages. I have more profit centers within my facility to develop! Some things are really tanking. I would love to hear more about dog training, bakeries and retail development. You guys are spot on! —  Angela Pantalone, Wag Central, Stratford, CT


I love your magazine. The information is more useful than any others I get. I bookmark info in every issue. Good job! —  Jan Guin, All Pet Supplies, Springfield, MO


Paws, Thumbs Up

It’s PAWtastic! Four paws up! I love how you focus more on the small boutique businesses, and not the big box retailers. —  Keith Miller, Bubbly Paws, Minneapolis, MN

Two thumbs up! —  Kris Clawson, Bridger Animal Nutrition, Bozeman, MT


  • It’s awesome! Thank you! Can’t wait for the next issue! —  Jessica Ellis, The Green Spot, Omaha, NE
  • We are loving PETS+ magazine. Great articles and suggestions for pet businesses. —  Kelly Ison, Einstein Pets, Sarasota, FL
  • Loved it. Like the mix of tips, ideas and lessons. —  Missie Mattei, MissDoolittles, Pottsville, PA
  • I love the issues. Always find something to relate to! —  Rachel Diller, The Poodle Shop, Littleton, CO
  • I like it. I think it’s inclusive, has interesting product recommendations and has its pulse on the industry. Good luck to you, this is a great publication. —  Jacqueline Levy, Cross Keys K9, Williamstown, NJ
  • Each issue really is useful and I look forward to the next. —  Dawn Taylor, Central Florida Pub Rescue, Vero Beach, FL

… and a couple people who didn’t think that much of our January issue but whose support for the mag hasn’t wavered:

  • I thought it was a little less interesting than the previous ones have been, but it is still the only trade magazine that I keep filed in its entirety for future reference. —  Wendy Megyese, K9s and Coffee, Emerald Isle, NC
  • It was OK. I didn’t find as much beneficial information for my business, but others very well may have. Nonetheless, it is the ONLY magazine I read regularly, whether I have time or not! —  Alli McDonough, Fido & Stitch, Grand Rapids, MI



P.L.A.Y. Media Spotlight

At P.L.A.Y. — Pet Lifestyle & You — toy design is definitely a team effort! Watch PETS+ interviewer Chloe DiVita and P.L.A.Y.’s Director of Sales Lisa Hisamune as they talk about the toy design process, the fine-tuning that makes each toy so special and why every P.L.A.Y. collection is made with independent retailers top of mind.

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