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‘Pet Sitter of the Year’ Revealed

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(PRESS RELEASE) KING, NC — Pet Sitters International has named Cathy Vaughan, owner of Cathy’s Critter Care in Schertz, TX, as  2018 Pet Sitter of the Year. PSI, the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, presents this award annually to a pet sitter who embodies the passion and professionalism of the pet-sitting industry.

“PSI has 6,000 member businesses around the globe, and selecting a recipient for this honor is no easy task,” said PSI President Patti J. Moran. “Cathy’s dedication to her business and clients, her focus on continuing education and her commitment to elevating the professionalism of our industry make her a shining example of what a professional pet sitter should be.”

Vaughan holds a degree in biology with a minor in psychology.  She worked as a sea lion trainer at the San Antonio Zoo before leaving to focus on her growing family, and she started Cathy’s Critter Care and began her career as a professional pet sitter in 1998. She soon added employees to her team, and her vision for making her company a true family affair was fulfilled when her husband was able to leave his job to join her in full-time pet sitting in 2006.

“Often words aren’t enough to express emotions and that’s definitely the case here! It’s taken me days for the realization to sink in that I was selected this year’s Pet Sitter of the Year,” said Vaughan. “I am excited, honored and proud to help the industry grow even stronger by highlighting the personal and professional care PSI’s member businesses provide every day.” 

Vaughan credits her success to her commitment to making her individual clients’ needs her top priority and her willingness to change and adapt her business processes to better serve her clients and keep up with the changing industry. She’s also written a book on starting a pet-sitting business and helped create the annual Texas Pet Sitters Conference, now in its third year.

Vaughan will serve as the “face of the professional pet-sitting industry” throughout 2018 and will be officially crowned at PSI’s 2018 Pet Sitter World Educational Conference & Expo in Myrtle Beach, SC, this September. 

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The other top-five finalists in the 2018 Pet Sitter of the Year competition were: 

  • Alice Chau-Ginguene, Maow Care, Dublin, Ireland
  • Anthony Garza, Paws On Durham Pet Sitting, Durham, NC
  • Liz Hyde, Pet Charmers LLC, Gastonia, NC
  • Gail Wunderlin-Beigh, Princess Gentle Paws Pet Sitting and Care LLC, Liberty Township, OH

To learn more, visit www.petsit.com or call 336-983-9222, option 1.PETS pet sitter of the year cathy vaughan

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Gott Pet Products Welcomes New Inside Sales Rep

She brings 15 years of experience to her new role.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Gott Pet Products, manufactures of Charlee Bear dog treats and Hound & Gatos natural food for pets, has announced that Gina Schlueter has joined the team as its inside sales and customer care representative. Schlueter brings 15 years of experience to her new role, which includes managing customer service duties as well as working closely with the supply chain.

Schluter, who holds an associate’s degree in supply chain management from Milwaukee Area Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Green Bay, is a certified continuous improvement manager.

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Prior to joining Gott Pet Products, she served as a special projects manager and supply chain manager for Malteurop, where she was responsible for planning, developing, managing and implementing the department’s standards and operating procedures, in addition to managing the procurement, customer service and logistics team.

At Gott Pet Products, Schlueter hopes to improve the internal processes and provide a better customer experience from order to delivery. When it comes to customer service and supply chain, her goal is to not only set processes in place but also document these processes for future improvement. Schluter is most excited about working with the new product introduction team, including opportunities to grow and launch new products. She is also eager to work closely with the sales team, by providing them with the support and tools they need to hit their markets more aggressively.

“Gina brings with her a great deal of knowledge and experience, and we’re excited to have her join the Gott Pet Products family,” says Patrick McGarry, general manager of Gott Pet Products. “I’m confident she will add a lot of value and make our processes more turnkey thanks to her unique ideas.”

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Pet Product Innovations Features Zen Clipper Precise at SuperZoo

It will be giving demos to show how simple the clippers are to use.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Pet Product Innovations will feature its worry-free nail trimmer, Zen Clipper Precise at SuperZoo and will be giving demos to show how simple the clippers are to use.

PPI’s Zen Clipper Precise is a game-changing product that will give pet parents the confidence and peace of mind they deserve while trimming their pet’s nails thanks to its unique feature that “Clips the Tip, Not the Quick!”

Features of the Zen Clipper Precise include:

  • First and only adjustable nail clipper that’s safe, even when your pet moves.
  • The adjustable blade limits that amount of nail being clipped.
  • Made from high-quality stainless steel for a long-lasting, sharp-clipping edge and blades.
  • The cushioned non-slip handle and stainless steel makes for a comfortable clipper that is durable, attractive and easy to use.
  • Designed in the USA.
  • Zen Clipper is especially helpful for pet owners with limited near vision since it will prevent you from cutting off too much of the nail, even if you cannot see up close.
  • Suitable for any size pet from dogs to cats, birds to reptiles!

Other PPI products that will be showcased at SuperZoo booth 1274 include: Bandana Bowl (portable water/feeding bowl and/or cooling collar), Paw Plunger (the No. 1-selling paw cleaner in America), SmartLeash (the first and only retractable leash that automatically stops your dog when running or lunging), and Venison Joe’s Gourmet Pet Chews.

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SodaPup Launches 4 Nylon Dog Toys

Each design aims to minimize destructive chewing behaviors.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SodaPup founder and CEO Adam Baker has announced that SodaPup is continuing its expansion into durable, American-made, FDA-compliant nylon toys for dogs.

“At SodaPup, we’re dedicated to creating the highest quality, safest, most innovative dog toys in the industry. In the nylon category, we continue to introduce fresh and unexpected designs to a category dominated by bone shapes,” Baker said. “There’s no evidence to suggest that dogs prefer bone shapes, so we focus on designs that will appeal to consumers and trust that dogs will like them too. We’ve also developed a one-size-fits-all design philosophy that has the two-fold benefit of maximizing a retailer’s assortment and also providing greater safety for dogs by reducing the potential choking hazard of smaller toys.”

SodaPup has five brands of dog toys, each focusing on different consumer segments and different channels of distribution. The addition of nylon toys to the current rubber toy assortment helps bring these unique brand stories to life. The latest additions include a shovel toy for the Industrial Dog brand, a paw print and a hot dog for the SodaPup brand, and a Funny Bone for the MuttsKickButt brand. Each new toy is large enough for big dogs yet thin enough for smaller dogs to enjoy. Each design also features interesting shapes and textures designed to hold a dog’s interest and minimize destructive chewing behaviors.

All SodaPup dog toys are made in the USA from FDA-compliant materials.

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