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A Passion for Pets & People

Mud Bay's focus on doing what is best not only for pets, but also for its employees, has helped it become the Pacific Northwest's premier independent pet retail chain. And Pet Business' 2015 Retailer of the Year.

Green House Effect

Today's green, or eco-friendly, stain and odor products are revolutionizing the way people clean up after their pets in the home.

Form Meets Function

The dog apparel category has become ever more focused on offering functional, yet high-style and fashionable, garments that serve a purpose.

Home Sweet Groom

While quality salon grooming is invaluable, many pet owners need the tools and resources necessary to tackle the job at home from time to time.

JBS USA Launches Copper's Classics Pet Treat Brand

JBS USA has introduced Copper’s Classics, a line of natural, premium and American-made dog chews.

West Paw Design Named Best for the Environment

For the second year in a row, West Paw Design was included on the nonprofit B Lab’s “Best for the Environment” list, which honors businesses that scored in the top 10 percent of more than 1,200 Certified B Corporations on an impact assessment.

Reef Tank Report

Pet specialty retailers can dominate their outside competitors in the reef tank category, as long as they have the right expertise.

Identity Crisis

Just about every pet retailer is trying to devise a winning strategy for engaging Millennials, but will doing so require them to move away from the brand equity they have worked so hard to build with shoppers over the years?

Food Facts

When retailers give small-pet owners great advice on the healthiest food they can buy for their pets, everyone benefits.

Giving David a Bigger Slingshot

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, which has defended the pet trade from attacks by animal-rights activists for more than 40 years, is getting some much-needed support from a new partnership.

Stay on the Side of Safety

Pet gates, pens and crates must keep animals safe, and not just by securing them inside the house or yard.

Cyberspace Invaders

While pet specialty stores undoubtedly face growing competition from online outlets, the right approach can go a long way in protecting a brick-and-mortar retailer's bottom line from this looming threat.

The End of the Boom?

Baby Boomers like me (I am at the tail end of the Baby Boomer generation) have long powered the growth of the pet care category. If many of them are like me and question their future pet ownership, our industry could be in for some hard times ahead.

High and Dry

Getting a handle on the dry goods segment of the store is key to a retailer's bottom line.

Energizing Playtime

With unique product designs that emphasize quality and engagement, ZippyPaws is improving pet owners' quality time with their canine companions, whether it's in the home or outdoors.
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