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PETS+ Named Finalist for One of B2B Publishing’s Highest Honors

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It’s a contender for ‘Best Single Issue’ in the Neal Awards.

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Though barely over a year old, PETS+ has been named one of the finalists in a key category of the most prestigious awards in business-to-business journalism, the Jesse H. Neal Awards.

PETS+ was honored in what is almost certainly the Neal Awards’ most hotly competed category – Best Single Issue of a Tabloid/Newspaper/Magazine. Other finalists in the revenue category (under $3 million) include Foodservice Equipment Reports, Plate, and Teacher. 

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in New York City on April 5, 2018.

PETS+ was recognized for its July-August 2017 “America’s Coolest Stores” issue. In that issue, Editor-in-Chief Ralf Kircher, Senior Editor Pamela Mitchell and the rest of the PETS+ team solicited dozens of entries from some of the country’s most innovative pet stores and pet service providers, then let a team of industry and expert judges vote on the very best of the best. The competition’s three top winners received in-depth coverage in the July-August issue, with honorable-mention winners featured throughout the rest of the year. The lead feature’s fun, energizing design was provided by SmartWork Media design editor Victor Cantal.

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“To be considered for a ‘best single issue’ award at such an early stage of the magazine’s existence just shows what an amazing publication our team is putting out,” said David Squires, SmartWork Media group editorial director. “I couldn’t be prouder of Ralf, Pamela, Victor and the whole PETS+ team.”

It’s not the first time PETS+ has been lauded for excellence. In 2017, the PETS+ Online Bulletin took first-place honors in Folio’s Eddie & Ozzie Awards for best business-to-business digital newsletter.

“In 35 years in the pet industry, I have never seen a brand-new magazine earn as many awards and nominations as PETS+ has earned in publishing competitions this year,” said Craig Rexford. “It shows that the pet industry finally has a truly great voice that needs to be heard.”

Launched in January 2017, PETS+ has received a wildly enthusiastic reception from 30,000 pet-industry readers around the country. (See dozens of “Reader Raves” about PETS+ here.) 

In addition to the finalist nod for PETS+, SmartWork Media’s oldest publication, INSTORE, received three additional nods. The magazine for jewelry retailers was named a finalist in the categories of best website, best instructional content and best editorial use of data.

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The four honors were SmartWork’s highest number of nominations ever from the Neal Awards.

The company has earned 111 awards since 2004, making the company one of the most highly decorated publishers, per title, in the world.

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Video: Brave Housecat Fends Off 3 Coyotes

This feline showed moxie.

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A cat in the Highland Park neighborhood could have been in serious trouble when three coyotes came along.

But Max, who belongs to Maya Gurrin, showed amazing courage, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Max was surrounded, and the coyotes were nipping at him. But Max showed no fear. He even caused one of the coyotes to back away and jump onto a nearby wall.

“He’s always been crazy,” Gurrin said. “Like, if this were to happen with any cat, it would be him.”

The entire scene was captured on security camera.

As tough as Max may be, his owners have nonetheless decided not to let him roam outdoors anymore.

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Dogs May Be More Perceptive Than We Ever Realized, Study Finds

Even untrained strays can read human gestures.

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Dogs seem to be able to interpret human gestures even when they’ve had no training, a new study has found.

As any dog owner knows, pet canines understand commands and gestures with ease. A group of researchers set out to determine whether these capabilities are innate or require training, according to a report from Frontiers Science News.

The researchers looked specifically at pointing, with Dr. Anindita Bhadra of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India, and colleagues studing stray dogs in several Indian cities.

“The researchers approached solitary stray dogs and placed two covered bowls on the ground near them,” Frontieers Science News reports. “A researcher then pointed to one of the two bowls, either momentarily or repeatedly, and recorded whether the dog approached the indicated bowl.”

About 80 percent of participating dogs successfully followed pointing gestures.

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“We thought it was quite amazing that the dogs could follow a gesture as abstract as momentary pointing,” Bhadra was quoted saying. “This means that they closely observe the human, whom they are meeting for the first time, and they use their understanding of humans to make a decision. This shows their intelligence and adaptability.”

The research was published in Frontiers in Psychology.

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

Read more at the Concord Monitor

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