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Pet Supplies Retailer to Add 3 Stores

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It will soon have 11 locations.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Chow Hound Pet Supplies plans to add three locations over the first half of 2018.

The retailer, which was founded in 1989 with a single Grand Rapids store, will grow to 11 stores in the Grand Rapids metro area, Holland, Grand Haven and Kalamazoo.

Chow Hound kicked off 2018 with the opening of a new location on Burton Street SE in Grand Rapids, next to Fresh Thyme Market. The store marks the latest iteration in Chow Hound’s ongoing brand evolution, featuring an updated color scheme and flooring, new layout, and colorful brand-consistent signage. Chow Hound stores offer premium pet foods, supplies, expert advice and personal service, along with self-serve dog wash rooms for walk-in service and Humane Society cats and kittens available for adoption.

This month, Chow Hound makes its entry into the Kalamazoo market with a store on retail-intensive South Westnedge Avenue in Portage, next to an existing Target location. By mid-2018 the retailer will open another Grand Rapids location at the busy Knapp’s Corner shopping center off the city’s East Beltline.

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“We’re getting great feedback on our new Burton Street location,” said Greg Keane, president and co-founder. “Our customers – both four-legged and two-legged – love the look and feel of the store, and that’s going to be our model going forward.”PETS Chowhound

Greg Keane, co-founder of Chow Hound, at the new Burton Street location with Store Manager Julie Ledger.

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Great Dane Puppy Born With Rare Green Color

The owner said the situation was ‘shocking.’

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A Great Dane puppy was born in Colorado with a highly unusual characteristic: She was green.

The pup, No. 8 in a litter of 9, came into the world on Oct. 14 WTNH-TV reports.

Caddy Williams, owner of the puppy’s mother, Ami, said the situation was “shocking.”

“Luckily, I had recently read an article about a green dog,” she said. “So at least I knew what was going on.”

Green puppies are thought to occur when biliverdin, a green pigment that is part of bile, comes into contact with light-colored fur, WTNH reports.

The resulting dye job lasts a few weeks and is harmless.

Williams named the dog Verdant.

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Dog Daycare Franchise to Serve 750 Employees on a Corporate Campus

It opened at Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford, MI.

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PHOENIX — The Dogtopia pet franchise has announced the unveiling of its first Dogtopia @ Work campus. The dog daycare and spa-only location is exclusive to the employees at Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford, MI, and will bring the company-subsidized dog daycare to its 750 employees.

With more than 100 locations across North America, the brand is “the fastest-growing provider of specialty dog daycare,” according to a press release. The Wolverine Worldwide dog daycare center is operated by franchisee Tim Parker, who also owns Dogtopia of Grand Rapids.

“Wolverine Worldwide’s employees asked, and the leadership team listened. Dog daycare was the top benefit request among its 750 workers. We’re thrilled to directly meet that need conveniently on site,” said Neil Gill, president and CEO of Dogtopia. “The corporate campus model makes perfect sense as companies seek to be pet-friendly without having to manage which dogs are current on vaccinations, remaining respectful to those with allergies and removing the risk associated with dogs of different sizes and temperaments in common areas together. This is a win-win as it provides these employees safe socialization, exercise and education for their dogs while providing Dogtopia a brand-new channel for us to share our quality daycare service.”

“It’s important for us to continue to invest in our workplace environment in a way that aligns with our values as an employer of choice, and enriches the daily experience and quality of life of our workforce,” said Blake W. Kreuger, Wolverine Worldwide Chairman, CEO, and President.

“We’re extremely excited to have Dogtopia’s presence and friendly staff at our global headquarters to provide pristine care for our employees’ pets while they help drive our business forward.”

 

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Holistic Pet Food Firm Acquired by CBD Company

The Halo management team will remain in place.

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NEW YORK — Better Choice Co. Inc., an animal health and wellness CBD company, announced an agreement to acquire holistic pet foods firm Halo, Purely for Pets.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Halo is a well-established, premium brand and falls squarely in line with our goal to build an all-encompassing, global, animal health and wellness consumer product goods company,” said Damian Dalla-Longa, CEO of Better Choice. “Over the last three decades, Halo has built a strong reputation and loyal consumer following, carving out a niche in the industry with high-quality animal products that contain whole food meat and fish and non-GMO ingredients. We look forward to working with their team to close the transaction and integrate their brand into our operating and marketing platform.”

The Halo management team, led by branded consumer food and animal health veteran CEO Werner von Pein, will continue to manage the Halo business. Halo’s name and brands are not expected to change as a result of the transaction.

“Better Choice is the ideal partner for Halo and this combination comes at an exciting time for our company,” said Werner von Pein, CEO of Halo. “As the Better Choice team brings a wealth of experience in animal health and growing consumer brands, we are eager to leverage that expertise and continue to expand our company’s footprint, while maintaining Halo’s unwavering commitment to product quality and to our pet parents’ experience.”

Bruce Linton, special advisor to the company, said: “This is a transformational acquisition for Better Choice that will help accelerate the build out of our animal health platform. The team, market and capital are aligned on the opportunity to create a world class business at BTTR, with responsible revenue growth and an ambitious research, data and analytics strategy.”

Better Choice Co.’s brands include TruPet, TruGold and Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog. Its product lines include ultra-premium, all-natural pet food, treats and supplements, with a focus on freeze dried and dehydrated raw products.

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