Barkworthies Recalls Dog Chews

Barkworthies has recalled their Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.

According to the company, they were distributed nationwide beginning on May 6, 2014. The company has not received reports of illness in either people or animals.

The affected products are packaged in 16-ounce plastic pouches, with the following information:

  • Barkworthies Chicken Vittles
  • Lot Code: 1254T1
  • Best Used by Date: May 2016
  • UPC: 816807011510

If you have a bag, you can fill out a form and return the unused product in a sealed bag to your place of purchase for a full refund. Call (877) 993-4257 for more info and visit Backworthies recall page.

Routine testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture uncovered the threat, when it discovered the presence of salmonella in a single lot of the product. According to the company, this batch had previously tested negative by a third-party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.

“We understand this is concerning to our customers, and this is why out of abundance of caution, we are voluntarily recalling this product to ensure that no questionable product is left in the marketplace,” said Barkworthies on their Facebook page. “Barkworthies regrets this isolated incident and remains dedicated to providing you and your pets with the finest all natural treats and chews.”

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

Cricket Shortage Has Customers Searching for Food

In Honolulu, an island-wide shortage of crickets has pet owners searching for ways to keep their reptiles from starving. Crickets are a main food source for many reptiles and at the moment, the islands’ major supplier isn’t putting any out on the market.

The company that supplies many of our islands pet stores with crickets said it had a problem with breeding and it has to wait until January before it can sell again. Crickets cannot be brought in from the mainland because of the State Agriculture Department’s regulations.

“We used to sell about 75 a week and now we’re selling that much in a day,” said Ricky Baker, owner of the Pet Hale store in Miliani.

Other stores that used to stock the insects are also out. They’ve been that way for several weeks after the islands’ major supplier ran into production problems. The Pet Hale gets its crickets from a private breeder who hasn’t run out.

“We have probably quadrupled at least our sale of crickets since the shortage so we’ve seen a lot of people come in that haven’t been here before,” said Baker.

As workers sort bottles of crickets, they’ve also been answering a lot of phone calls from pet owners who are out of food and can’t find the insects anywhere else.

“Basically they’re frantic, you know I need to feed my chameleon, I don’t have crickets, do you guys have any and they’re very relieved when they find out we do,” said Baker.

These shop owners say this is the most significant shortage they’ve heard of in years. According to Baker, they’ve been getting customers from Hawaii Kai to Makaha stopping in.

“We’ve got them. If you have a hungry chameleon, we’re here, so we’re not having a shortage so you can come on by,” said Baker.

Sleepypod Introduces Replacement Program

Sleepypod introduced the Sleepypod Crash Replacement Program to extend pet safety after an auto accident.

Sleepypod will replace or provide a replacement discount on any pet carrier or safety harness damaged in an auto accident, regardless of the brand.

“Sleepypod wants to ensure pet safety after an auto accident,” says Michael Leung, Sleepypod co-founder and lead product designer. “The integrity of a pet safety restraint may be compromised during an auto accident, so it is critical to inspect a pet carrier or harness for damage before being reused.”

In this program, Sleepypod products may be eligible for replacement at no charge. Pet safety restraints made by other brands may be eligible for a 30 percent discount on a Sleepypod pet carrier or safety harness.

Inside the Industry: A Career With Dogs: A Chat David Frei

In this episode, Pet Age’s Andrea Fischetti, interviews David Frei of Westminster Kennel Club about his nonprofit group, Angel on a Leash. David draws on his many years of experience in pet industry to share some advice on starting a charity.

Petmate Partners with Dallas Pets Alive

Petmate and Dallas Pets Alive, a Dallas rescue organization, partnered for a special event, Presents for Pups on Dec. 13.

Presents for Pups was held at Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park and promoted pet adoption, safety for pets and featured special appearances by Celebrity Pet Expert Harrison Forbes and Jasmine Sandry from Dallas’ 102.1 The Edge radio station.

Attendees were encouraged to visit the Pup Angel Tree at Klyde Warren in advance of the event to choose an angel and a gift drop off took place during the event.

Dogs were up for adoption and attendees were treated to free family photos with Santa, free micro-chipping for the first 50 dogs with a donation to the Pup Angel Tree, performances by the Dallas Dog & Disc Club and more.

Breaking: PetSmart Has Been Acquired

PetSmart Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium led by UK-based private equity firm BC Partners Inc. The transaction would be valued at approximately $8.7 billion.

The transaction was unanimously approved by the PetSmart Board and is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

BC Partners said the consortium has received fully committed debt financing in connection with the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2015.

Under the deal, BC consortium will acquire PetSmart for $83 per share in cash, representing a premium of approximately 39 percent over PetSmart’s unaffected closing share price on July 2, 2014.

The consortium includes funds advised by BC Partners alongside several of its limited partners, including La Caisse de dpt et placement du Qubec and StepStone.

Longview Asset Management, which owns or manages approximately 9 percent of PetSmart’s outstanding shares said it has committed to vote in favor of the transaction. Longview will participate in the consortium only with respect to approximately one-third of its holdings, with the balance of its holdings receiving the same dollar amount per share cash transaction consideration as PetSmart’s public shareholders will receive.

Bulldog Launches New Services

Bulldog Marketing & Sales Inc. is launching Strategic Consulting Services.

Bulldog is the pet marketing and sales agency formed by industry veteran John Cullen to provide entrepreneurs, start-ups and mid-sized organizations access to top level marketing talent without expensive overhead. Bulldog’s Strategic Consulting Services guides organizations of any size on overall business management, strategy, marketing, sales and more.

“We realized that some companies simply need advice and strategic direction,” said John Cullen, principal at Bulldog. “Our plans start at only $900 with no monthly commitment making our expertise budget friendly.”

For $900, a new or existing company can have a pet marketing and sales expert on tap to answer tough questions like, “Where should I advertise?,” “How do I go-to-market?,” “How do I get an appointment at Petco?” or “How do I produce my products in China?”

Bulldog’s years of expertise in the pet industry make it uniquely qualified to answer these types of questions and more. Simply put, Bulldog can help an organization achieve its objectives faster and cheaper than going it alone.

The award winning Tuggo Dog Toy company and the new Pettag+ Pet Activity Tracker have already signed up for Bulldog’s new services.

“Bulldog’s pet industry expertise has already been a significant asset to my business,” said Adam Harrington, owner of Tuggo Dog Toys. “From pricing and media negotiation to press release writing and finding independent reps, Bulldog’s Strategic Consulting Services really deliver.”

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Virginia Legislation Could Fund Program with Tax on Pet Food

Senate Bill 698 would amend the Code of Virginia to create Section 3.2-6504.1 (“Companion Animal Surgical Sterilization Fund”) and Section 3.2-6504.2 (“Companion Animal Surgical Sterilization Program”).

The newly-created fund would reimburse participating veterinarians for the surgical sterilizations they perform on “eligible” cats or dogs.

The program would be funded by imposing upon every person in the Commonwealth engaged in business as a manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor of pet food products an annual Companion Animal Surgical Sterilization Fund surcharge of $50 for each ton of pet food distributed.

A companion animal would be eligible for surgical sterilization at no or reduced cost to its owner if it is the companion animal of a low-income owner, a feral or free-roaming cat, or in the possession of an animal shelter, pound, other releasing agency, or nonprofit organization and has not been transferred from a jurisdiction outside Virginia into the Commonwealth.

SB 698 was pre-filed for the 2015 legislative session on Nov. 26. The bill will be considered by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation & Natural Resources after the Virginia General Assembly convenes on January 14, 2015.

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The Company of Animals Relaunches Website

The Company of Animals has revamped and remodeled their entire U.S. website.

The new site features a streamlined design that makes it easy for visitors to learn more about The Company of Animals’ extensive selection of solution-based training and behavioral products.

“This newly redesigned website is much easier for pet parents to use,” said Dr. Roger Mugford, founder of The Company of Animals. “It also provides valuable educational and promotional tools for our retail partners.”

One Dog Organic Bakery Launches Partnership

One Dog Organic Bakery LLC (ODOB) has launched a new partnership with Project Blue Collar, Support the Underdog, to provide safe, handcrafted, organic and GMO-free dog treats to shelter dogs.

Project Blue Collar (PBC) is a global grassroots movement to promote dog adoption.

For the holiday season, Project Blue Collar is also teaming up with Jolly Pets to make a difference for shelter dogs awaiting their forever homes.

From Nov. 25 – Dec. 25, every transaction on will trigger a donation of a Jolly Pet toy to a shelter dog in need. Included in each order will be a thank you note listing the dog’s name receiving the Jolly Pet toy and the name of the shelter where the dog is. PBC and Jolly Pets will ask people to post about their purchase by using the #DogGotToy.

“With every Project Blue Collar order, we’re including sample treats from our awesomely generous friend at One Dog Organic Bakery LLC while supplies last,” said PBC Co-founders, Carole Feeny and Kristin Waters. “These delicious treats are made with human-grade organic ingredients and lovingly prepared by another Cincinnati rescue dog lover, Veronica Glynn. Please show some PBC love to her by hopping over to her page and telling her we sent ya!”

“Rescue dogs hold a very special place in our hearts. We have been blessed with three and it thrills us to no end to provide our fellow pet parents with a safe, nutritious treat for their fur monsters,” said Veronica Glynn, owner of ODOB.

One Dog Organic Bakery will be donating a portion of their proceeds to Project Blue Collar and look forward to supporting the Project Blue Collar movement and network of Rescue Foundations.

Pets Celebrate the Holidays in New Video

HooplaHa has released a video of pets celebrating the holidays.

They’ve compiled some of the funniest videos of pets and exotic animals gearing up for the holiday season! From setting up the Christmas tree and opening gifts to putting on Santa hats, these animals are ready to celebrate!


Animal Supply Company Makes New Acquisition

Animal Supply Company has newly acquired PETNET distribution.

In addition to this latest acquisition, ASC will have full scale operations throughout the entire United States during 2015 through new distribution centers to be announced at a later date.

“We welcome the PETNET associates to the ASC team as our first step into the Northeast. The ability to provide service throughout all 50 states and the Caribbean strengthens our commitment to the independent pet retail channel.” said George Ristevski, CEO of Animal Supply Company. “Our mission is not about growing larger; it is about delivering success locally through product line breadth and services that will make the independent pet retailer successful. Animal Supply Company’s value-added services, such as PRISM retail store merchandising and its automated ordering technology Pet Supply Link also differentiate our customer service by providing tools to our customers for their sustainable growth.”

PETNET will operate under the Animal Supply brand and will be a part of the newly formed northeast region. As ASC further expands into the Northeast, new distribution centers will be announced at a later date and will complement PETNET’s distribution coverage to complete ASC’s national distribution.


Wellness Pet Food Donates 35,000 Pounds of Food

Wellness Natural Pet Food has donated upwards of 35,000 pounds of natural cat and dog food via their WellPet Foundation to the Delta Humane Society in Massachusetts.

This donation will be the largest to the humane society, whose supply of pet food was set to run out in one month’s time. With this donation, the Delta Humane Society will be able to provide meals for pets in the shelter for almost a year.

“On behalf of the WellPet Foundation, we’re happy to donate Wellness Natural Pet Food to the pets of the Delta Humane Society,” said Chanda Leary Coutu, senior manager, marketing communications for WellPet. “We’re passionate about backing groups that are dedicated to the wellbeing of dogs and cats, and we support thousands of pets in need in communities across the country each year.”


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