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Have You Ever Wanted To Go Into The Pet Business?

June 30, 2010 12:41 pm

image I know I’ve thought about it, I can’t imagine a better way to spend a day than with my dogs at my sides – working with other animal lovers and pet owners for a living. Now I have no idea what the best franchise to own as far as a pet business goes, but I do know how to search out good information!

I took a look over at entrepreneur.com and they had a lot of great ideas and tips for starting a pet business, such as:

  • Pet Sitting/Dog Walking
  • Dog Training
  • Pet Grooming
  • Pet Food/Treats
  • Upscale Pet Products

I remember going over to Halifax and they had a new franchise called ‘Camp Bow Wow’ which I thought was really innovative and cool. I sort of lost interest when I came back home, but over at entrepreneur.com they list that the pet business is well over a 35 billion dollar (a year!) industry so there is definitely room for new products, services and innovation. The article is one of the best I’ve seen in terms of listing the pros and cons or all things pet!

Take a look at the article over at www.entrepreneur.com

Need Some Extra Cash Doing Something You Love?

May 14, 2010 11:44 am

I don’t have a lot of time today – but I did want to write something that I’ve been thinking about lately. When I think about todays’ youth – I’m  a little troubled by the fact that they spend almost all the time indoors and don’t seem to go out and ‘play’ anymore. I remember as a kid, I wouldn’t want to spend 5 minutes inside let alone every day!

Start a Dog Walking BusinessSo that’s a little off topic, but you know – there’s a lot of people out there that work every day from 8-5 (like myself) that would love to have their dog looked after or a little bit of attention. Why not start a dog walking business? This business doesn’t require a big cash register or a Symbol LS2208 barcode scanner – this is simple.. you need a pair of walking shoes and some free time!

The way I would work it is to simply charge $20 a week or something – and promise to have their dogs walked for say.. an hour every day during the day. Let’s do the math here.

Say you can walk 3 dogs at a time (there’s $60 for that hour), but also say that you were able to do this 4 times a day.. hmm.. now that’s a total of 12 dogs – or $240 a week! Pretty great for a teenager isn’t it??

This is obviously a rough estimate and obviously the price would change, as well as the fact that some dogs can’t be with other dogs, etc, etc.. but I tell ya, there’s some money to be made with dog walking!

A Few Health Alerts For Your Pets I’ve Seen

March 16, 2010 11:41 am

A few alerts which I've come across this week which I'd like to relay to you!

Xylitol Alert – Artificial Sweetner is dangerous to dogs

Found this information over at Bark.com which is a great new site which I've started visiting regularly.

March 14 is the start of Poison Prevention Week, so here at The Bark we've been getting alerts about which household products are toxic to pets. The poisons lists feature pretty much the usual suspects, including, but not limited to, Ibuprofen (such as Advil), Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), antidepressants, chocolate, certain fertilizers, pest control products, and a special Easter-season warning about certain types lilies that are especially toxic for cats. But the folks at the Pet Poison Helpline surprised us with xylitol.

Many sugarless gums, including some Trident, Orbit, and Ice Breaker brands as well as candies contain xylitol, a sweetener which is toxic to dogs. Desserts and baked goods can also be made with xylitol. Even small amounts when ingested can result in a life-threatening drop in blood sugar, or with large amounts of ingestion, liver failure. Signs of low blood sugar include vomiting, weakness, difficulty walking, tremors, and seizures. Treatment includes decontamination, checking a blood glucose/sugar level, treating with IV fluids and glucose, liver monitoring tests, and drugs to protect the liver.

Natures Variety voluntarily recalling all Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula products

And according to http://www.naturesvariety.com/news/33, there's a recall of some of it's food.

Nature's Variety has received new test results from an outside facility that indicate that Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with the "Best If Used By" date of 10/29/10 and Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with the "Best If Used By" date of 11/9/10 may be contaminated with Salmonella. Therefore, we are voluntarily recalling these date codes of product from the marketplace. Also, out of an abundance of caution, we are expanding our voluntary recall to include all Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for dogs and cats with any "Best If Used By" date on or before 2/5/11. We believe taking this action is an important and responsible step in order to reinforce your confidence and trust.

I highly suggest you run over to the site and check it out if you use either products. We can never be too careful! Ironic isn't it how I'd take some of the best diet pills I could find and pop them without so much as a thought – but I'll search high and low for anything related to my hounds. Ha.

Former PetSmart employee fights back after being fired for bringing Dog to Work??

February 1, 2010 12:01 pm

Make sure you read until the end..  god.. how stupid, it's not like the dog was doing his business all over the stores tile flooring or anything.. sheesh.

Who can blame him? Look at that cute pup!!

Eric Favetta was in the doghouse.

A PetSmart employee since July 2008, Favetta was fired from his job at the Secaucus store last month for "theft of service." The alleged "theft" occurred during an overnight shift Favetta worked as a favor to his manager.

Favetta brought his dog, Gizmo, to work with him, and the dog stayed in the store’s doggie day care facility — which at the time was not manned by any other employee — while Favetta prepared the store for a special showing to potential business partners.

"I have always been the type of employee to go the extra mile and make sure that not only the store was taken care of but that the employees were taken care of," said Favetta, 31, of Towaco.

For his deed, at a business that encourages customers to bring pets to the store, he was canned. Here’s how it happened:

PetSmart seemed like a perfect fit to Favetta after his nearly seven-year stint as a dog handler for various military units in Afghanistan and Bahrain. He became operations manager — basically an assistant manager — at the Wayne store.

Favetta said he was charged with helping clean up a messy store where business was suffering.

"We began to get compliments from our customers, telling us how great the store looked and it was a great feeling," he said.

In April 2009, the district manager moved Favetta to the Secaucus store — a high-traffic, high-profile store that was in disarray.

"He explained that the store was not in great shape and there were a lot of issues down there," Favetta said. "He explained I was at that time the number one operations manager in the district and was well on my way to having my own store one day."

Favetta said that as he took steps to make improvements at the Secaucus store, he and the store manager butted heads. More than a few times. Favetta requested a transfer but was denied. He was needed in that store, he was told, so he stayed.

The store started turning around, and Favetta said he tried to make the best of his position, even though he had ongoing conflicts with his manager. Favetta would do favors for the manager, such as coming in at 4 a.m. to work a two-hour shift, even on days off, because the manager didn’t like to work so early, Favetta said.

At 5 p.m. on Dec. 15, Favetta was asked to work a special overnight shift that night to prepare the store for a viewing by representatives for Martha Stewart’s company, which was considering adding its product lines to PetSmart. Favetta said yes.

"I brought my dog with me because I knew if I didn’t, he would have been home alone all day and all night until I returned home at 6 a.m. the next day," Favetta said.

He did the shift, and Gizmo, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, spent the night in the empty store’s doggie day care facility. Favetta said he’d check in on Gizmo every 15 minutes or so, and then go back to work.

Two weeks later, Favetta was asked to meet with his store and district managers, who requested a written account of his overnight shift. He complied. They reviewed it and fired him for "theft of service."

"I was shocked," Favetta said. "It makes me sick that because I brought my dog to work with me when the store was closed to do the company a favor, I was called a thief and terminated."

That’s when he contacted Bamboozled.

Favetta thought his firing was an excuse to get rid of him because he didn’t get along with his manager. He raised some interesting questions: If they fired him because of "theft of service," why did they wait two weeks to question him? Why was Favetta allowed to open and close the store, and handle money every day, if PetSmart thought he was a thief?

We talked to PetSmart about its policies for employees who bring pets to work.

"In our eyes, our services business is huge, with our grooming and training and care. Those are viewed as sale items the same way items on the shelf are," spokeswoman Jessica White said. "To use the facilities and not pay for it — it falls under the same lines."

Hold the dog biscuits. Absolutely, pet care services are an important part of PetSmart’s business, and, yes, employees should pay for any services they receive along those lines. But Favetta brought his dog in when no other employee was in the store. Gizmo didn’t get a manicure. No other employee was being paid, nor was their time being used, to care for Gizmo.

"The use of the facilities is still considered a service," White said.

For argument’s sake, let’s say Favetta was wrong. Did his actions really warrant termination? An employee with a spotless record booted for that? Maybe he should have been given a warning. Or been told to pay for the overnight "service." But don’t take away his job for what amounts to a questionable infraction.

The punishment simply doesn’t fit the crime — if there was a crime, at all. (PetSmart did not call the police or file charges against Favetta for the "theft.")

The next day, Favetta got a phone call from Bob Ruth, PetSmart’s human resources director, and they talked for two hours, Favetta said. Favetta told his story and the director asked lots of questions.

Two days later, Ruth called back, this time with the offer of Favetta’s job, along with a transfer to another store.

"I’m happy," Favetta said. "I definitely think it was the right decision, and once they saw everything that happened, I think they knew it was the right decision."

Favetta accepted his job back, but while he was unemployed, he had some feelers out for new positions. He was offered a job as a dog handler working for a company that uses animals to search for hazards, and he decided to take it rather than return to PetSmart.

"I had to think about everything that happened, why it happened and what the next step for a career would be for me," he said, expressing concerns that because he’d be under the same district manager — whose decision on Favetta’s firing was overturned by corporate — it would hurt his possibility for future promotion.

Favetta wanted to make sure his employment record at PetSmart would reflect that he left the company on good terms, not because of a firing, so we rang the company one more time.

"It will read as a resignation," spokeswoman Jennifer Simmons said.

Best Way To Clean “Dogs Tear?”

January 20, 2010 9:31 pm

So after I headed to the AVC today to say "Good luck tomorrow" to my boy, I decided to head out to the folks place for a bit. They have two approx 8 year old dogs named Turner and Daisy.. and when I was looking at them, I noticed that they had what I think is called 'dog tear'... it looks like they've been crying.

I was wondering if there was a way to get rid of that.. and I noticed some under eye cream such as the following for pets at Pet Privy.

It reads:

"The Bio-Groom Under Eye Stain Cover Cream for dogs and cats with white fur is amazing at lightening stains and imperfections. The cream coating also provides protection from staing tears on skin and hair under the eyews of your cat or dog. The under eye cream for your pet dog or cat is hypoallergenic, 100% fragrance-free, and all-natural. The cream also includes a comb/brush applicator for even distribution.

Bio-Groom Under Eye Stain Cover Cream is available for $8.99 for .7 oz."

Now I clicked on that link above and of course it didn't work... so then I went in search of another answer..

Apparently there is a product called 'Angel Eyes' which does wonders for that tear stain (usually found on lighter colored, smaller dogs).. anyhow.. I found a link.. check it out if you're interested.