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Pet Food Maker Reveals ‘Most Pet Friendly Companies of 2019’

A survey says pets are beneficial to morale and can help with recruitment and employee retention.

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A new list from Wellness Natural Pet Food reveals “America’s Most Pet Friendly Companies of 2019.”

The list, being released in celebration of Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 21, is in its third year.

The top five are:

  1. Amazon (Seattle) – Amazon takes the pet-friendly office to a whole new level as there are as many as 6,000 dogs in the Seattle-based headquarters on a given day. The company has been dog-friendly since its creation but has amped up its dog-friendly culture by creating multiple dog parks, including a doggie deck, for pups to stretch their legs and providing treats at every reception desk in their buildings.
  2. Harpoon Brewery (Boston) – Featured for the second consecutive year, Harpoon Brewery welcomes dogs on a daily basis. They they can lounge in the office or explore the Boston Seaport for a walk by the water. In 2018, Harpoon hosted the first-ever “Dogtoberfest,” which allowed Boston pet parents to bring their dogs along for an afternoon of beer tasting – just for the humans, though!
  3. Trupanion (Seattle) – A leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs, Trupanion is all about pet perks for its employees, too. Dogs are frequent visitors in the office, so the company has a team of in-house dog walkers to keep pooches moving as well as a pet program manager and a pet emergency team who work together to ensure that all four-legged friends are safe during the workday. Trupanion also supports pet parents by offering a pet bereavement benefit which includes three days of paid leave should their pet pass away.
  4. Ben & Jerry’s (Burlington, VT) – Employees at Ben & Jerry’s love their dogs almost as much as they love ice cream, and the office is a place where “K9-5ers” are always welcome. The company’s “Canine Culture Committee” works to ensure that the 35-40 office dogs are happy and healthy by inviting veterinarians to speak about behavior and training tips to educate pet parents. Dogs start the work day with a dog treat from the front desk on the way into the office. The only “work” they must do is enjoy plenty of play time and naps.
  5. Contently (New York) – Dogs have a permanent place on the employee roster at Contently, a content marketing platform company. On any given day pups can be found roaming the halls or curled up on conference room floors. Employees are encouraged to bond over pet parenthood through the company’s “Contently-Canines” Slack channel, where pet parents can exchange photos, ask for advice and coordinate dog-sitting when it’s needed. These pet parents have each other’s backs – and Fido’s too!

Click here to see the full list of 10 companies.

Wellness Natural Pet Food also released survey findings suggesting that:

  • 65 percent of American pet parents believe that having pets in the workplace would benefit company culture.
  • 75 percent of respondents believe that pets would diffuse a stressful situation in the workplace.
  • 59 percent feel they would get to know their colleagues better if there were pets present.
  • Nearly half of dog owners say that “pet perks” are important when considering a job offer, with one in five millennial pet parents noting specifically that being able to bring their dog to work is important when considering a job offer.

“Studies have shown how pets can have a positive impact on our own health and wellbeing – from lowering resting blood pressure to reducing stress – but now people are thinking about how those benefits translate to the work environment,” said Dr. Danielle Bernal, staff veterinarian with Wellness Natural Pet Food. “With more companies realizing that pets can improve the working experience, more are going above and beyond to cater to our new furry officemates and make sure they are happy and healthy from 9 to 5.”

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Cosmic Pet Makes an Acquisition

PetFusion is known for its cat scratchers.

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Cosmic Pet has acquired PetFusion, which is best known for its cat scratchers. PetFusion’s products also include pet feeders, dog beds, litter boxes, toys and more. The company was founded in 2010 and sells primarily though e-commerce.

“PetFusion is a very exciting addition to the Cosmic Pet family of leading pet brands,” said Cosmic Pet CEO Tim Blurton. “Their leadership team brings deep, valuable insight into the pet industry and the e-commerce channel that will benefit all Cosmic Pet brands, plus their high-quality, well-designed products are excellent additions to our current offerings. There is a strong cultural fit between the businesses, and we are so excited to have them on the team.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

PetFusion joins the Cosmic Pet roster of leading pet industry brands including: Hyper Pet, Pet Zone, OurPet’s, Aussie Naturals, Wild Eats, Ultra Paws, Mad Cat and many more.

In March 2019, following a series of pet industry acquisitions made by Hyper Pet, Cosmic Pet was established. This corporate brand captures the ambitions of the three primary combined companies, Hyper Pet, R2P Pet and OurPet’s, whose mission is to lead the global pet industry by developing iconic, trend-setting, high-quality products.

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Checking Pets by Camera Is a Fun Obsession for More Americans

Comcast released a survey and announced a new product feature.

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PHILADELPHIA — Americans are becoming increasingly obsessed with watching their pets on security cameras while away from home, according to new survey results.

The research, commissioned by Comcast and conducted by Wakefield Research, included 1,000 U.S. adults who are cat and/or dog owners and use a camera to monitor their pets.

Nearly half (44%) of those surveyed check in on their pets four times a day or more, and nearly 2 in 5 (38%) take a peek during work.

Additionally, 94% say checking in on their pet is one of the best parts of their day.

The survey also found:

  • Pet owners love furry distractions. Nearly 3 in 4 (73%) pet owners who check their cameras do so while on vacation to sneak a peek of their pet(s) whenever possible. Nearly 3 in 5 (59%) have checked while at a party or social event; more than 2 in 5 (44%) have checked during a workout; during a meeting (38%); while talking on the phone (38%); and while out on a date (32%).
  • Pets are more entertaining than family and friends. More than two-thirds (68%) of respondents reported checking in on their pet(s) more than social media to see what their family and friends are up to. More than 4 in 5 surveyed (84%) also reported they have shared video clips of their pet(s) on social media platforms.
  • Pets’ lives are not so secret. Eighty-eight percent of respondents have checked in on their pets and caught them doing something naughty such as sitting in a forbidden place (39%); making excessive noise (36%); eating human food that has been left out (33%); damaging furniture or accessories (30%); hiding or moving objects around the home (30%); relieving him/herself on the floor or on the furniture (26%); vomiting (19%); or getting stuck somewhere (17%).
  • Pet owners want ways to find videos of their pets quickly. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of respondents reported it is a bigger hassle to search hours of video clips of their pet(s) with no way to filter them, than to not have any clips of pets because their camera only has live feed, and they would like a filter feature to help them find clips faster.

Comcast announced that it has launched a new “pet filter” feature on its Xfinity Camera to make it easier for customers to keep tabs on their pets. The filter uses artificial intelligence to sort through hours of footage to identify just those with pets in them out of the more than one hundred motion-triggered video clips a typical camera can generate each day.

“We developed this feature to help our customers quickly filter motion-triggered events by people, vehicles, or pets because we wanted to bring them the video clips that matter most even faster,” said Dennis Mathew, vice president and general manager of Comcast’s Xfinity Home. “It’s an intelligent home security solution that enables our customers to easily check in on their loved ones from anywhere, anytime.”

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$16M Development to Be Among ‘Largest Dog Parks Ever Built’

It will have 50K square feet of off-leash space.

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Austin, TX, is set to get a $16 million indoor dog park.

With over 50,000 square feet of off-leash space, the air-conditioned facility will be called Canine Commons, Statesman.com reports.

The news outlet quoted a press release saying the development will be “among the largest dog parks ever built.”

It will employ as many as 35 people and have retail space, a coffee shop and training areas.

The dog park is being planned by Corbyt and TACKarchitects, both based in Omaha, NE. They’re considering various sites in Austin, according to Statesman.com.

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An opening date has not been announced. Construction is expected to take about a year.

Canine Commons locations are also planned for Omaha and four other yet-to-be-named cities, according to Statesman.com.

Read more at Statesman.com

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