Q&A Profiles

Feb 1, 2024

Absorbency is Key: WizSmart Takes Pride in Producing a Better Pee Pad for Pets

Founded in Brazil in 2007, Petix created a zero-waste manufacturing model to produce incredibly absorbent, premium pee pads made from repurposed baby diapers normally disposed by leading companies for minor defects, saving half a billion diapers from landfills annually. In 2017, Petix started its U.S. brand, WizSmart, to bring its earth-friendly product to market and […]

Feb 1, 2024

Five Questions: Meet Nate Thomas, Co-Founder & CEO of BSM Partners

Nate Thomas, CEO and co-founder of BSM Partners, has 30 years of experience in the pet industry. BSM is the leading full-service pet industry research and consulting firm, supporting hundreds of like-minded clients that are committed to improving the lives of pets. Under Nate’s leadership, this purpose-driven company has undertaken several initiatives to help support […]

Oct 1, 2023

Meet Janie Smyser, Founder of PA-Based Treat Brand K9 Granola

When K9 Granola launched its first creation, which was a grain-free dog granola consisting of vitamin-rich rolled oats and honey, the company’s founder, Janie Smyser, wanted its products to be drool-worthy, but packed with high-quality, nutritious ingredients to support pets’ health. Read on to learn more about Smyser and her Pennsylvania-based treat brand. What are […]

Oct 1, 2023

Love The Crunch: Frankly Pet Keeps Treats Fun, Yet Innovative

Treats are one of the most active sectors of the pet industry. Innovative treats are keeping pet parents coming back to retailers for new items to spoil their companion animals. Alan Snyder, chief operating officer for Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Frankly Pet, discusses how his brand is a leader when it comes to pet treats.    What […]

Sep 1, 2023

Meet Joe Roetheli, Entrepreneur & Creator of Greenies, Yummy Combs

Joe Roetheli is the founder of Pets Best Life, maker of Yummy Combs, dog treats that work like dental floss for a more complete cleaning and give dogs a boost of protein. Yummy Combs, he says, address three health concerns for dogs: Dental health, nutrition and safe eating. Pet Age recently spoke with Roetheli to […]

Sep 1, 2023

Treating Responsibly: Natural Farm is Dedicated to Transparency, Social Responsibility

Many pet brands are making it a point to reduce their carbon footprint and support environmental initiatives. Pet Age recently spoke with Madelene Hissom, director of marketing for Natural Farm, to learn how transparency and sustainable sourcing have been a driving force for the treat company that launched in 2018. What are some of the […]

Aug 1, 2023

Meet Cindy Dunston Quirk, Founder of Scout & Zoe’s Pet Food, Treats

  How would you describe the mission statement of Scout & Zoe’s?  Our mission is to do good by the animals, good by the environment and good by the community. We create products that will give pets the longest, healthiest, happiest lives possible with the families who love them.    What impacts do superfoods and […]

Aug 1, 2023

A Better Treat Pet Brand Focuses on Health, Transparency, Quality Ingredients

The freeze-drying process is growing in popularity among consumers who are attracted to how it removes preservatives and additives from the production of their pet’s food and treats. According to A Better Treat, a brand that incorporates freeze drying into its production, the method retains over 61 percent more vitamins and minerals compared to dehydration […]

Jul 1, 2023

Scent-Sational Toys: Playology Pet Brand’s Origin is Rooted in Science 

As pet products in general continue to evolve, toys are one category that is seeing the biggest change in terms of design. Owned by Logical Brands, Playology embeds all-natural scents in the toys that it makes. Pet Age recently spoke with Chris Brown, senior vice president of marketing and e-commerce strategy at Playology, to learn […]

Jun 30, 2023

Meet Rich Kelleman, CEO of Meat Protein Producer Bond Pet Foods

Bond Pet Foods is a Boulder-based company that creates meat proteins through fermentation for pet food applications. The company was founded in 2017 with a mission to create more sustainable, responsible and humane food by reimagining meat, the mainstay of our pets’ diets. Pet Age recently spoke with Rich Kelleman, CEO of Bond Pet, to […]

May 8, 2023

Sophisticated Designs: Hiddin Products Look Attractive, Minimize Pet Anxiety

Hiddin was founded on the idea that pet items don’t need to be unattractive in order to be functional. Designed to elevate a home’s modern look, Hiddin’s line of functional home furnishings that include pet gates, crates, playpens, beds and feeders are made from the highest quality lucite and handcrafted in the U.S.A. Pet Age […]

May 8, 2023

Five Questions: Kevin Duck, Founder of DuckyWorld Cat Products

Minnesota-based DuckyWorld has generated a name for itself by creating a wide range of quirky catnip-stuffed toys, from sardines to cigars to the ever popular ‘Pollock Fish, which is the brand’s interpretation of the Pollock fish in the ocean if painted by Jackson Pollock. Pet Age recently spoke with the company’s founder/owner, Kevin Duck.   […]


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