Our modern Thanksgiving holiday was first declared by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 in the hope of bringing unity between the northern and southern states, who were fighting a very uncivil war. It was 1941 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt decreed the last Thursday of November to officially be Thanksgiving Day.
In truth, Thanksgiving shouldn’t be a one-day affair dedicated to what we are grateful for in life. We might be busy and distracted by a world that is beset by division, heartache, hatred and fear, but we need to give thanks—all day, each and every day.
I am grateful for many things, starting with my family—human, canine and feathered. I’ve also been blessed with a wonderful staff at Pet Age, both editorial and advertising. But I’d be remiss not to mention you, the reader, as well as the countless members of the pet industry who help us gather the content that comprises what we publish in Pet Age.
Throughout the year, we have the honor of attending many industry events, most recently the Tickners Open House, Aquatic Experience and the Natural Animal Nutrition Open House. These shows enable us to meet retailers, distributors and manufacturers, who inform us of their exciting developments or new products they’ve recently launched or are planning to unveil. You can find examples of this in the Stockroom, Industry Briefs and Roundup sections, plus check out a sampling of photos from two other events—Pet Connections Expo and Groom Expo—in this month’s Community section. There are plenty of additional images from these and other events in the Photo Galleries section on the Pet Age website.
This issue also includes all the fascinating and educational content you’ve come to expect from Pet Age, like our cover story on how manufacturers and retailers help pet owners to extend their companion animals’ high quality of life. This month’s three profiles—What’s In Store, Five Questions and Back Story—shine the spotlight on Bill Trufant of B&B Pet Stop, Robert Downey of Annamaet Petfoods and Ian Quinn of Phyto Animal Health, who all have turned their passion for animals into successful businesses that are committed to improving the lives of pets and strengthening the human-animal bond.
I close by urging you to give thanks to and for your beloved friends and family, both near and far, and to be grateful for all your blessings. We hope you enjoy this, and every, issue of Pet Age.
Glenn A. Polyn