Consumer spending is crucial for recovery of the economy. The rising tide isn’t lifting all boats but one of the lucky ones is the pet supplies industry.
High-end pet items drive increase in spending. People like to buy organic dog food, timed cat food dispenses etc
“People are cutting back on themselves more than they’re cutting back on pets,” says Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Association.
“Cheap pet food is selling briskly, reflecting the weak economy, at the same time costly items are thriving,” he says. “It’s the middle of the market that’s shrinking,” he says. Dog Food Blog | Best Dog Food Guide
Just some randomness from an early morning beach walk this morning.
Lacey is happy – even with a nose full of sand.
I keep forgetting to bring a toy! I’m trying not to play fetch so I leave the toys in the car. Then Lacey gets the snot beat out of her. So then I have to find something to keep Coulee occupied. Thankfully sticks are numerous at the beach.
Oh my God – euthanize a dog because she's too shy? If my local shelter had followed that policy, our beautiful little pit bull Gina, the love of our lives, would've been destroyed before we ever had a chance to meet her. And she's now been a cherished family member for 7 years. Sharla Fouquet, Sarasota FL BAD RAP Blog
Look who we met at our baseball game tonight! Bella is a Flat-Coated Retriever, and from what I hear, she’s not terribly excited about having a new little brother. Finnegan is a Yellow Lab, whose original family was unable to keep him, so he’s moved in with Bella and her family. He’s a little crazy, […]
Now that Essley is no longer a newborn and her days of living in nothing but zip-up sleepers are in the past, it’s becoming more and more fun to get her dressed each morning. And with the great weather we’ve (finally!) been having, there’s been a shift from her wearing mostly onesies/legging combos to summertime dresses. Over Memorial Day weekend we stopped in at H&M Kids while visiting my sister in Indianapolis and scored a few of the cutest little baby dresses ever (including #1 above). I have a feeling this will be the summer of dresses for Essley; I plan to scoop up several more, including a couple of the ones you see above. I’m also hoping to find a few gems at kids resale shops, which are truly the goldmines of thrift stores. (One good thing about babies growing so quickly is that there isn’t enough time for them to really wear out their clothing. Thrifted pieces tend to be in pristine condition.)
Are there any other great brands (especially small/independent ones) that I should check out for baby dresses? Which is your favorite from my picks above?
Primitive, bizarre, beautiful: New mite species reveal a lost world awaiting …
The mite Tuckerella japonica is no stranger to hot water. For centuries untold numbers of this tiny arachnid (cousin to spiders and ticks) have ended up in teapots, invisibly steeping alongside the leaves of the tea plant on which it lives Today, this … Read more on Smithsonian Science
Gardening: Insecticides will not kill spider mites
A. Mites are very small pests that can injure many species of plants. They are not insects but actually belong to arachnids or spiders. They have four pair of legs, no antennae and have true jaws that can pierce plant tissue. They suck out sap and cell … Read more on Belleville News Democrat
How to control dust mite allergy
Dust mites are tiny bugs that commonly live on bedding, carpets, soft furnishings, clothing and dead human skin. In people allergic to dust mite, it is often not the mite itself but proteins in their droppings which cause the allergy. Mite is closely … Read more on The Daily Star
I live in Oakland and, for years, I believed that, when finding a stray in Oakland, taking the animal to Oakland Animal Services was the best course of action. In fact, I counseled and assisted several neighbors on this, convincing them to "let our municipal shelter do its job" and "go to the place the owner is likely to go looking", etc, after they were initially not inclined for fear the animal would be killed.
In January, I found a stray cattle dog mix early on a Sunday morning in Oakland. I spent hours walking the dog around the area where I found her and having her privately scanned for a non-existent microchip. Finally, unsuccessful in locating her owner, and unable to bring her home with my dog who is selective, I took her to Oakland Animal Services.
At Oakland Animal Services, the dog was held in "the back" for one month, then killed. During that month I called many times, visited once and even sent one potential adopter down to meet her. I could never get an answer from anyone as to why she was not being made available for adoption or what her options were. She was a nice, sweet dog. I am a long-time shelter volunteer (at a different shelter) and have worked with many dogs. This was a sweet, well-adjusted dog.
The final time I called to ask about the dog, I was told she had been "put to sleep" (hate that expression). The person on the phone read from the file "finder stopped calling – put to sleep". Finder (me) called many times and even visited once. Finder did not "stop calling". Finder was not getting any useful information from calls and was prevented from helping to network the dog. So sad, so avoidable, and one of many similar stories. BAD RAP Blog