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Meet Cesar Millan

Don’t miss the chance to meet Cesar Millan. The star of TV’s Dog Whisperer show will be at the show tomorrow (Thursday) morning and will be autographing copies of Cesar’s Way magazine at the CMI booth (2153) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cesar is at the show to support the launch of his line of Cesar Millan branded products, which include treats and a dog treadmill.

The British Have Landed

PetQuip, the international trade association of pet equipment suppliers, is hosting a delegation of British exhibitors at this year's Global Pet Expo. The delegation includes:

• Animology - booth 4058

• Byotrol Pet Care - booth 4054

• Classic Pet Products - booth 4056

• DOGGEE Waste Bag Holders - booth 4046

• Dog Rocks - booth 3649

• Hing Designs - booth 572

• Hilton Herbs Ltd - booth 4018

• Litter Kwitter - booth 4044

• PetQuip - booth 4050

• Pet Rebellion Ltd - booth 4048

• Profleece Pet & Vet Bedding - booth 4052

• Scruffs - booth 1271

Pictured Below: PetQuip commercial manager Charlie Parker.

Hill's Pet Nutrition Unveils Ideal Balance

Hill's Pet Nutrition is unveiled the Hill’s Ideal Balance brand and line of food for dogs and cats that combines natural ingredients with Hill’s perfectly balanced nutrition. The new Hill’s Ideal Balance will be the first new brand from Hill's since the launch of Science Diet in 1968.

The new Hill’s Ideal Balance dog and cat food formulas feature: 

• Fresh Chicken or Natural Salmon to help keep pets slim and trim (1st ingredient)
• Brown Rice for healthy digestion 
• Fruits and Vegetables for a healthy immune system
• No corn, wheat or soy 
• Grain-free options for dogs and cats 
• Dry foods that are made in the USA in Hill’s own manufacturing facilities
• 100% balanced nutrition, guaranteed or your money back

Varieties were developed for life stage (puppy/kitten, adult and mature), size (small and large breed for dogs) and grain-free.

In addition to the dry food selection, the new Hill’s Ideal Balance line also features 12 new wet food varieties: six each for cat and dog.  To offer pet parents a wide variety of protein sources, Hill’s is also
introducing new ones like Venison, Trout and Salmon.  Like all Hill’s products, Ideal Balance wet foods have been formulated to Association of American Feed Control Officials’ (AAFCO) strict guidelines, as
well as Hill's precise nutrient profiles, to offer perfectly balanced nutrition.

Planet Dog's Cosmos Line

Planet Dog is showcasing the updated  Cosmos line of Orbee-Tuff toys.  The Cosmos collection features three dog balls of different shapes, sizes and colors:  Sol.; Luna.; and Ringo.   They are made in the USA and are doggie-durable, buoyant, bouncy, minty, recyclable, non-toxic and 100% guaranteed.

Designed for bigger dogs and representing the sun, the 5” translucent orange Sol. is the largest ball in the Cosmos collection.  Planet Dog offers the moon to medium and smaller sized dogs with the 4” glow-in-the dark Luna. Any dog will be star struck by the unpredictable bounces of the 3” emerald green Ringo. with its Saturn-style ring.

Because of their shapes and sizes, Planet Dog rates the Sol. and the Luna. toys 4 out of 5 chompers on their Chew-o-Meter Scale meaning they are suitable for “fairly aggressive” chewers.  The Ringo. will suit even the most aggressive chewers, with a 5 out of 5 Durability Rating. Their Treat Spots are perfect for stuffing Planet Dog’s eats, treats made in the USA from healthy, all-natural ingredients.

Woody Joins Multipet

Multipet International has acquired the licensing rights to Woody Woodpecker and has launched a product that resembles the iconic cartoon character. “Woody is joining other nostalgic characters in our dog toy collection,” says Leslie Yellin, executive vice president for the Moonachie, N.J.-based company. “We are offering a plush dog toy that emits that infectious laugh that has made Woody a lovable character for decades.” 

Canidae Updates Packaging

Canidae Natural Pet Food Company redesigned the packaging for its premium line of Life Stages dog foods. CANIDAE All Life Stages, Chicken & Rice, Lamb & Rice and Canidae Platinum bags will all feature a fresh new design that showcases the company’s unique HealthPLUS Solutions in Every Bite.

The new packaging emphasizes eye-catching graphics with easy to read product features and benefits and will be introduced with new, accompanying point-of-sale materials for retailers and consumers to help convey the HealthPLUS Solutions in Every Bite messaging.

Beginning in March, consumers will see the new packaging for Life Stages dry formulas appear on the shelves at their favorite, independent pet food store with new matching labels for the four complementary can formulas following closely behind.

Hi-Tek Unveils Natural Formulas

Hi-Tek Rations (booth 2679) has added two formulas to its Naturals line. Chicken Meal & Barley Fitness Formula with Oatmeal and Tapioca, and Lamb Meal & Barley Formula with Oatmeal and Tapioca are the latest additions. Both formulas feature omegas-3 and -6 fatty acids. The Fitness Formula is rich in DHA.

Pooprageous Waste Bags

PetRageous Designs (booth 2957) has introduced Pooprageous waste pick-up bags. Made with a cornstarch base, the bags are 100-percent degradable. Three packaging sizes are available: a bone-shaped bag holder with four rolls of bags, a set of eight refill rolls totaling 120 pick-up bags, and a set of 12 refill rolls totaling 180 pick-up bags. Each size comes in a red or blue hydrant print.

Walk in the Park

Quaker Pet Group’s (booth 2455) Sherpa Park Tote is a convenient and stylish bag that easily converts from a pet travel carrier to a blanket for the park. Its quilted design features a side window with a roll-down privacy flap, a roll-back mesh sunroof panel and a side pocket for storage. The tote also features a faux lambskin liner. It unzips entirely and transforms into a comfortable blanket. The Park Tote is available in two color combinations: brown with leopard lining and gold hardware, and black with zebra lining and silver hardware. The small size is for pets up to 6 lbs., and the medium size is for pets up to 12 lbs.

Coastal Adds Patterns to Pet Attire Line 

Coastal Pet Products (booth 1967) has added five new full-line pattern options to its Pet Attire Ribbon line. The expanded collection includes Navy Blue Plaid, Orchid Bouquet, Pink Paisley, Red Skulls and Yellow Buttercup. The collection is available in collars, leashes and Designer Wrap harnesses for a complete wardrobe. The collars feature a lightweight aluminum buckle and are available in 5/8 and 1-in. widths, with sizes ranging between 8 and 26 in. The 4- and 6-ft. leashes match the collars. The Designer Wrap Harnesses are available in the same five patterns. The fabric harnesses have adjustable nylon straps and are lined with lightweight, breathable mesh to keep dogs cool and comfortable. The harnesses come in XXS, XSM and SML sizes.

Fluff & Tuff Debuts Characters

Fluff & Tuff (booth 2978) has added three new characters to its toy line. The new toys include Sadie, an 18-in. floppy grizzly bear; Monty, a 40-in. python snake; and Truman, an 8-in. owl. Fluff & Tuff’s original designs range from 7 to 12 inches in length. Sadie is 50-percent bigger than the company’s current large toys and is very floppy. Monty comes with multiple squeakers. Each toy features the plush fabric that has become a hallmark of Fluff & Tuff toys.

Hi-Bio Food

Hi-Bio, from Evanger’s (booth 3606), combines the benefits of raw food and the convenience of kibble. The gentle drying process of 85-percent meat and zero grains or glutens offers dogs higher moisture levels, making it easier to digest while enabling nutritional adsorption. Hi-Bio utilizes AllTech ingredients—SelPex, BioPlex and LactoSacc—to help support healthy digestive and immune systems, and mineral bioavailability. The food is more than 85-percent meat based, using the freshest, whole, unprocessed meats, fruits and vegetables.

Zuke’s Redesigns Grain-Free Treat Packaging

Zuke’s (booth 3835) has redesigned the packaging for its grain-free treat line. The re-branding seeks to honor Zuke’s founder Patrick Meireing’s dog, Zuke. The company’s line of grain-free treats include Z-Filets, Jerky Naturals, Z-Bones, Lil’ Links and G-Zees. The grain-free treats do not have fillers or additives, and are wheat and corn free. Zuke’s products are made in the USA.

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