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Wolfgang Man & Beast Join Forces with Coastal Pet Products

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(PRESS RELEASE) After working together for half a decade in a traditional customer/manufacturer relationship, Wolfgang Man & Beast and pet industry veterans Coastal Pet Products have entered into a hybrid sales force arrangement designed to continue positioning Wolfgang with marquee retailers and distributors worldwide.

“What started as an arrangement to have world-class product built in the U.S. by a great factory,” says Todd Finney, Vice President at Wolfgang, “has become a strong business relationship based on mutual respect and an understanding of each party’s strengths. This new arrangement is an opportunity for each of us to maximize those strengths and get more eyes on Wolfgang.”

Under this new arrangement, sales efforts will be divided based on retail channel, territory, and of course customer preferences. “It takes years to build a great customer base, and we’ve done a pretty good job of it,” says Wolfgang founder, Jeremy Murray. “The Coastal sales force has long-term relationships with quality retailers who will extend the reach of the Wolfgang line.”

The 2018 Wolfgang product line will be featured at Global Pet Expo in the Coastal Pet Products booth #1735, and features exciting new product collaborations and prints designed to build interest and connect with discerning consumers.

For its part, Coastal Pet Products, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, brings their five decades of sales and manufacturing experience in the pet industry to the table with a plan to offer Wolfgang Man & Beast to some of their long-established retail partners. The addition of the Wolfgang product line to its existing lineup of world-class products gives Coastal an opportunity to reach new consumer demographics and leverage their manufacturing expertise with a strong, USA-made offering. “Our team is excited to share our craftsmanship and retail relationships in support of the Wolfgang brand,” said Kim Stout, President of Coastal Pet Products. 

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Holistic Care Webinar Replay Available Online

Topics include CBD, herbs, essential oils, and supplements.

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(PRESS RELEASE) On Nov. 2, CBD Dog Health’s founder Angela Ardolino partnered with Gregori Lukas of THEO Pet Grocery to host CBD Sessions. The free educational event featured a panel of holistic veterinarians including Dr. Gerald Buchoff, Dr. Beth Hirsch and Billy Hoekman from Answers Pet Food. The panel and presentation include information on how to holistically care for both cats and dogs with CBD, herbs, essential oils and supplements.

Pet parents who tuned in live can see their questions answered by the panel. Answers include information about Cushing’s disease, endocrine disorders, gut health, diet changes, diarrhea and constipation, what full-spectrum hemp oil means and why it is important.

To see the replay, click here. To learn more about safely caring for your pet with holistic methods, visit angelaardolino.com

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Feeders Supply Opens a Third Location in Lexington, KY

It has 24 locations across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Feeders Supply Company, “The Pet Lovers Store,” has announced the opening of its third location in Lexington, KY, in the Millpond Shopping Center. To celebrate, Feeders Supply is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 13th, followed by a five-day grand opening festivity.

“We are excited to increase Feeders Supply’s presence in Lexington,” said Brannon Dixon, CEO of Feeders Supply Company. “Our third location confirms our commitment to provide premium products to Lexington area pet lovers. Feeders Supply is proud to be Kentucky owned and operate for over 60 years.”

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The newest Lexington location features more than 11,000 square feet of space, with four private self-serve pet wash stations, expansive fish department, obedience training for dogs, plus a community event space to host adoption events with Lexington Humane Society and other local rescue organizations.

To kick-off the grand opening, the first 30 customers each day from Nov. 13 -17 will receive a gift bag filled with premium products, $5 pet washes, and will be able to enter in-store giveaways, such as six months of free dog or cat food. Winners will be announced through Feeders Supply’s Facebook page.

Feeders Supply is dedicated to carrying a great selection of pet food with advances in nutrition and an expanded collection of supplies for pets. Each Feeders Supply associate goes through extensive training to help pet lovers identify the right products for their pets.

Feeders Supply has 24 locations across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

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VA and Pet Partners Combine Efforts to Bring Therapy Animal Services to More Veterans

The partnership will provide veteran communities with volunteer opportunities.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced it is partnering with the nonprofit organization Pet Partners to help improve quality of life, social engagement and health of veterans through increased access of animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy services throughout the VA health care system.

Pet Partners and the VA will train therapy animal teams and encourage VA medical facilities to establish and expand trained therapy animal visitation and AAA and AAT programs to give patients the sense of connection, comfort and joy that comes from spending time with animals.

“This partnership will add to the health care services and programs VA offers to veterans, as emerging research recognizes the positive effects interactions with animals can have on patients,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA’s work with Pet Partners will help veterans support well-being through animal-assisted activities and therapy, which research shows can be very beneficial.”

The partnership will also provide veteran communities with volunteer opportunities and integrate veterans and their families into Pet Partners activities and events.

According to a wide range of research and studies, the human-animal bond can lead to lower blood pressure, reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, and lessened anxiety, pain, and loneliness. Time with therapy animals not only promotes physical and mental health but also supports wellness across variables such as social interaction, rate of recovery and personal motivation.

va.gov/healthpartnerships, petpartners.org

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