April 2014
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The cash register is central to the day-to-day operations of every retail establishment—and working that cash register has oft been…
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Fans of Batman and The Dark Knight Trilogy have become accustomed to their favorite villains being spoofed. The most recent film in the series, The Dark Knight Rises, featured actor Tom Hardy as the villain Bane, and his take on the character has launched more than a few parodies. Even…
  British humor may be an acquired taste for some, but one thing that's always funny are animals doing human activities. I recently saw a very funny British commercial for Freeview, a free television service, featuring a cat and a bird singing "You're All I Need to Get By." My…
While I've always suspected that Lauren Conrad is basically a human Pinterest board, this adorable picture of her and her pup in matching Panama Hats confirms it. Conrad rose to fame on MTV shows Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Hills. The sweet starlet managed to parlay her…
American Eagle recently announced that it is launching a new line for their customers’ furry friends. American Beagle Outfitters is a line of laid-back fashion items for dogs whose owners love the lifestyle brand. The video accompanying the announcement seems more like a mockumentary than a "dogumentary," as it's being…
Last week, I began a blog about the presentation I gave—along with Steve King, president of the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)—at Pet Food Forum in Chicago. Part one discussed the size and scope of the pet specialty distribution channel, the consolidation activity within the channel, and the dependence of…
I just got back from a great experience at Pet Food Forum in Chicago, where I—along with Steve King, president of the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)—gave a presentation on distributor consolidation and its impact on the pet specialty channel. The session, which was fairly well attended, incorporated a 30-minute…
  Want to see a magic trick? Check out “Taikuutta koirille - Magic for dogs” featuring magician and mentalist Jose Ahonen performing what may very well be the most adorable magic trick ever–all because of Ahonen’s cute canine assistants. The YouTube video shows Ahonen offering a variety of dogs a…
  They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There aren’t too many people who can look into a pile of trash and find something of value, but the folks at the Quebec Society for the Protection of Animals did just that. The Canadian group found a…
  “First Kiss” is one of the latest viral videos to invade our newsfeeds. The short video by Filmmaker Tatia Pilieva shows 20 strangers meeting and kissing. Since it was first posted on March 10, the video has received almost 62 million views.A few days after Pilieva’s video went viral…
  Not all residents of New York City are lucky enough to live in a pet-friendly building, so shopping and style website Racked had been running a regular video feature called “Store Sidekicks” in which they “profile the fuzzy wuzzy creatures who inhabit shops around the city.” Recently, they were…
  Just when you thought you were getting sick of Pharrell’s catchy single, “Happy,” the folks over at The Pet Collective had to go and get a bunch of adorable dogs involved. The Pet Collective YouTube channel is a pretty happy place to begin with so this version of the…
  The Internet was introduced to Baltimore police offer John Boyer a few months ago, when a picture of him with a kitten he rescued was posted to the BARCS Animal Shelter Facebook page. Officer Boyer can be seen here cuddling the kitten, which he not only rescued, but adopted…

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Industry Calendar

April 23-24, 2014: Pet Industry’s Top2Top Conference

Amelia Island Plantation

Amelia Island, Fla.

Phone: (202) 452-1525 x1020


April 25-27, 2014: America’s Family Pet Expo

OC Fair & Event Center

Costa Mesa, Calif.

Phone: (800) 999-7295


April 26-27, 2014: Calgary Pet Expo

Spruce Meadows

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Phone: (403) 242-0859


May 2- 4, 2014: The Reading Pet Expo

Reading Fairgrounds

Leesport, Pa.

Phone: (631) 423-0620


May 2- 4, 2014: Groom Classic 2014

Holiday Inn SE – Water Park Hotel

Kansas City, Mo.

Phone: (800) 705-5175


May 20-23, 2014: Animal Care Expo 2014

Ocean Center

Daytona Beach, Fla.

Phone: (202) 452-1100


May 24-25, 2014: Vancouver Island Pet Expo

Pearkes Arena

Victoria, BC, Canada

Phone: (778) 433-5201


May 29-June 1, 2014: Interzoo 2014

Exhibition Centre Nuremberg

Nürnberg, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 9 11. 86 06-0


June 3, 2014: LADS Pet Supplies 2014 Open House

Holiday Valley Resort

Ellicottville, N.Y.

Phone: (716) 549-8800


June 19-22, 2014: Pacific Veterinary Conference

Hilton San Francisco Union Square

San Francisco, Calif.

Phone: (800) 655-2862


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