Posts in category "Pet Products"

Chicago Pet Store Ban Faces Federal Lawsuit

Chicago Pet Store Ban Faces Federal Lawsuit
Pet store industry couldn’t take it anymore, as community after community has banned sales of dogs and cats (and in some places rabbits) at pet stores. The movement to support the bans began and continues as a grass roots effort because pet lovers have had it with the supply of these animals, which, of course,... Read more »

Custom and Very Fancy Pet Feeders

Custom and Very Fancy Pet Feeders
Q: I’m looking for a special dog feeder, and hoping you can help. I’m having our kitchen re-decorated and want a water dish that matches my decor. I did some Internet surfing but couldn’t find a thing. Any tips? — C.L., San Diego, CA A: Mike Heene, of Des Plaines, IL, had a similar redecorating... Read more »

Cats with Catnip Addiction Problem?

Cats with Catnip Addiction Problem?
Q: I give my cats catnip every day. Can cats really become addicted to catnip? Mine certainly seem to be. — B.H., Chicago, IL A: Thus far, I’ve never heard of a cat visiting the Betty Ford Center to overcome catnip addiction. In fact, many cats offered catnip daily seem to build up a resistance... Read more »
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Black Friday Gifts for Pets

While some dogs manage to tear open the wrapping paper, no one wants the pup to tear apart the gift, as some dogs destroy plush toys in a matter of days, or even in a few hours.  go-dog  plush toys appear to look be like so many others, but they are different, featuring Chew Guard Technology. The seams are also double-stitched. No dog toy is indestructible, but they sure are super tough.  In fact, Quaker Pet Group puts their technology where there mouth is, offering a money back one-time replacement per household.  Available at many places where pet products are sold, $5.99 to $19.99.
More than ever before, that Christmas gift under the tree or Hanukah present might be for barking, purring or even squawking family members. Just over half all of all dogs, and nearly 40 percent of pet cats receive a holiday gift, according to American Pet Product’s Association 2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey. Birds even get... Read more »

Steve Dale at Total Pet Expo: Stop Selling Dogs & Cats

Steve Dale at Total Pet Expo: Stop Selling Dogs & Cats
I was the keynote speaker at the Backer’s Total Pet Expo Awards press luncheon on September 20. My topic:  ’The Importance of the Human/Animal Bond in Pet Retail.’ Backer’s Total Pet Expo TV host Kristen Levine, from Kristen Levine Pet Living,, emceed the awards and gave me kind introduction. Here’s what i said. These weren’t... Read more »

Dog Lover's Guide to Travel

Dog Lover's Guide to Travel
According to one dictionary, the definition of vacation is, “An extended period of recreation with family and/or friends, often away from home.” Since the vast majority of pet owners consider pets members of the family, it’s no surprise that more and more family vacations include dogs and cats. A petrelocation.com Summer Pet Travel survey indicated... Read more »
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Pet Store Limits Are a Start, And Clearly the Public Supports Closing of Puppy Mills

Pet Store Limits Are a Start, And Clearly the Public Supports Closing of Puppy Mills
Standing up against puppy mills is exactly what Cook County has done, becoming the first county in America to do so. Also at least 50 cities have done the same, ranging from Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego and Los Angeles to a mounting list of mid-sized and smaller towns.  And like a runaway train, more cities... Read more »

Kathy Ireland Barks into the Pet Biz

Kathy Ireland Barks into the Pet Biz
Kathy Ireland, entrepreneur superstar, talks about her new line of pet products. Hear my conversation with Kathy, HERE. She talks on Steve Dale’s PetWorld, WGN Radio, about before succeeding (wildly), she too failed. For example, she says herself, check out my acting credits. Before it was trendy, Ireland got into craft beers, another flop. Her... Read more »

Kathy Ireland Loved Ones, Pet Beds and More

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Finding a businesswoman with a track record more impressive than Kathy Ireland may be challenge. Kathy talks about why she entered the pet product world, and about her exacting standards. And about her inspirational mentor, Elizabeth Taylor. I also authored a Tribune Content Agency feature which included a long conversation with Ireland, here.   Type your... Read more »
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Kathy Ireland Dives Into the Pet World

Kathy Ireland Dives Into the Pet World
Kathy Ireland’s Worldwide brand is the 25th most powerful brand in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine, topping $2 billion in licensed products in 2013. When it comes to home decor, the one-time super model is a superstar and more than a tad successful. Announced at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, FL, on March... Read more »