Editors Letters Category

Apr 1, 2022

Ukrainian Pets: The Impact of Russia’s Invasion

When Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine in February, the unhinged leader provoked resistance as an historic wave of patriotic fervor has gripped the sovereign nation. This has created a looming humanitarian catastrophe, with bombing of civilian areas fueling a rising death toll and a mass exodus of refugees fleeing the country for […]

Jan 1, 2022

2 Traveling Dogs: Digby Made the World a Better Place

On December 1, I received a gut punch from an Instagram post by 2 Traveling Dogs. The post simply showed a photo of Digby and the following description: Digby loved ALL of you so much. Thank you for loving our little boy.  Digby Pancake was 12 years old when he left this world. Digby and his rescue canine stepbrother Peanut Butter Brickle were adored by more than […]

May 26, 2020

Giving Back to Those in Need

I’ve received countless emails from members of the pet industry regarding their responses to the daily struggles that pet owners and healthcare workers have been experiencing. Countless manufacturers are doing their part, including MiracleCorp, which partnered with Buckeye Vodka and Dayton Freight to produce thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer that were donated to local hospitals, […]

Apr 1, 2020

We Will Overcome COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing the world, as nations struggle to prevent the virus from continuing to spread. As I write this, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States approaches 4,000. There have been more than 6,000 fatalities worldwide. COVID-19 has officially been classified as a pandemic by the World Health […]

Mar 1, 2020

Bringing Home Baby

Rancho Bizarro, the name I’ve given my home for motley creatures, recently accepted a few new residents to the family. The most notable of these is Inspiration, a young LaMancha doe that had great potential as a show goat until it suffered a leg injury. While I’ve been intrigued by the notion of goat competitions, […]

Feb 4, 2020

Plenty to Chew On

Sponsored by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), the 2020 Pet Industry Leadership Summit took place January 13-15 in San Diego, California. The conference brought together heads of manufacturing companies, wholesale distributors and trade organizations to discuss the challenges and issue[...]

Jan 2, 2020

Don’t Forget the Power of Pets

I’m personally relieved to close the door on 2019, as it was not a good year for internet-famous cats. Tardar Sauce, aka Grumpy Cat, passed away in May at the age of 7 following complications from a urinary tract infection. There was more bad news on December 1, when Mike “Dude” Bridavsky made the Instagram […]

Nov 1, 2019

The Age of Philanthropy

November 15 is National Philanthropy Day, formalized by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 as a day to celebrate charitable activities. It’s no secret that we work in a very generous community, and Pet Age celebrates that benevolent nature with a special report on philanthropic companies. It goes without saying that investing in your community is […]

Oct 1, 2019

Power to the Underdog

The music world recently lost Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek, two artists who didn’t truly receive the respect they deserved. With a blue-collar attitude, Money had a voice that was made for classic rock anthems, turning “Baby Hold On,” “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” into hits in the 1970s and ’80s. […]

Sep 1, 2019

For the Love of Pets

During a recent interview for an article on Pet Age’s consumer website, TAiLS & toys, Christopher Meloni—the charismatic actor known for his “tough guy” roles—shared a story about his first dog. It was a memory that Meloni likely will never forget. “I had one dog growing up, and the day before I left for college, […]

Aug 1, 2019

More Questions Than Answers

Once again, the internet is abuzz following the release of more information from the FDA and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN) regarding Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and the potential for it being connected to grain-free diets. And the national media has also jumped into the fray, only adding to the hysteria among pet […]

Jul 1, 2019

The CBD Movement

There’s no question about it—CBD is front and center when it comes to leading trends in the pet industry, and the demand only continues to climb as consumers clamor for more. According to the Brightfield Group, sales of CBD pet products quadrupled last year to $32 million from $8 million in 2017. The popularity of […]