Friday, January 28th

When these pupils arrive at school, it's not K-8 but K-9

The dog day-care industry is growing so quickly that the American Boarding Kennels Association, which keeps track of businesses such as Bruckart's, can't keep count.


Lou on 01.28.05 @ 11:52 AM EST [link]

Thursday, January 20th

Exo Terra New Product! - Advanced Reptile Habitat

Advanced Reptile Habitat:

The terrarium is without doubt the most important aspect of successful reptile and amphibian keeping. Many species have different requirements, so a versatile and easy adaptable terrarium is essential.

In order to meet the needs of herpetologists and more importantly, the needs of reptiles and amphibians, Exo Terra developed a wide range of terrariums each with their own specific feature. All our terrariums can be used for several applications and set-ups; from temporary housing to the state-of-the-art natural terrarium.

Exoterra - make you reptiles feel at home
Lou on 01.20.05 @ 11:18 AM EST [link]

Tuesday, January 18th

Central Garden & Pet files $300M shelf offering

Central Garden & Pet Co. said on Thursday that it plans to periodically sell up to $300 million in debt securities, common and preferred stock, guarantees and warrants.

The Walnut Creek-based consumer products maker said in a shelf registration statement that it plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including acquisition, debt repayment, working capital or capital spending.

Stuart Booth, Central Garden's (NASDAQ: CENT) chief financial officer, said in a statement that the filing is a "strategic decision to position the company for internal growth and acquisition initiatives."

Lou on 01.18.05 @ 08:06 PM EST [link]

General Pet Supply has Reached an Agreement to Add Dogswell® to Product Line

Marco Giannini, President & Founder of Dogswell® products is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with General Pet Supply. General Pet Supply, which is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has a distribution which cover pet stores in over 14 states. All Dogswell products are all made from 100% premium, natural chicken breast with absolutely no binders, colorings, preservatives or hormones. Unlike many dog treats on the market, Dogswell treats come in a variety of supplements which are actually healthy for your dog. Product line includes Happy Hips, Happy Heart, Vitality, Mellow Mut and Breathies.

Happy Hips which contains glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate and vitamin E aid in the therapy and prevention for Hip Displaysia which frequently affects mainly large breed dogs. However, these nutrients are extremely effective in helping to promote healthy joints in small, medium as well as large breed dogs.

Happy Heart helps promote just that – a happy, healthy heart! Happy Heart contains the herb Sage. Sage is a natural supplement that acts as an energy and cardiovascular tonic, which not only invigorates blood circulation but also nourishes blood while building immunity and raising resistance. In addition, Sage also promotes excretion of toxins through the skin.

Lou on 01.18.05 @ 07:56 PM EST [link]

Saturday, January 15th

Small animals have large appetite for playing

Small animals have gotten "big" as pets. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association ( survey, there are more than 16.8 million hamsters, gerbils, mice, guinea pigs and other pint-sized critters sharing our homes today. That's almost equal to the entire human population of Florida.

If these perky little pets could talk to us, most of them would say the same thing: "Let's play!"

Lou on 01.15.05 @ 12:55 PM EST [link]

Thursday, January 13th

Animal Planet Goes Around the World

Cicadas, tarantulas and beetles, oh my! Whether you love or loathe bugs, collect them or have the
irresistible urge to squish them on sight, the adventures of Animal Planet's bug man, quirky entomologist Ruud Kleinpaste, offers viewers an eye-opening journey into the fascinating world of insects large and small. His world premiere series, BUGGIN' WITH RUUD, debuts on Animal Planet Wednesday, June
15, at 9 PM (ET) as part of the network's brand-new destination night, WILD WEDNESDAYS.

Lou on 01.13.05 @ 05:14 PM EST [link]

The better aquarium: lights, coral - no cyanide

Swimming in Joe Scavo's basement aquarium are seven brightly colored fish that once swam in the Pacific but now glide past a carefully tended mini-reef. They feed on shrimp and scallops. High-intensity lights mimic the tropical sun.

Nothing is too good for his fish - except, perhaps, how they were caught.

Mr. Scavo and a growing number of hobbyists worry that some of the fish they buy - for $25 to $100 apiece - may have been captured using knockout poisons that damage or destroy ocean reefs. Now, they're getting some help from an unusual alliance. Industry and environmental groups are pressing ahead with a system to ensure that wild ornamental fish are caught and marketed in a sustainable way.

Lou on 01.13.05 @ 05:13 PM EST [link]

Dog show quickly gaining elite status

The American Kennel Club/Eukanuba dog show and performance event is becoming the creme de la creme of canine sporting events.

The venerable Westminster Kennel Club, observing its 129th annual show Feb. 14-15, was the first to require that all competitors be AKC champions. The top five champions of record in each breed, based on number of dogs defeated at shows, are invited to compete at Westminster. When that quota is filled, owners of lesser-ranked champions might try for one of the remaining spots.

Lou on 01.13.05 @ 05:12 PM EST [link]

Tuesday, January 11th

Bronx Zoo to Close Island Preserve

The Bronx Zoo is closing a large animal preserve on a 14,000-acre undeveloped island off the coast of Georgia, where for 30 years zoologists have studied -- among other things -- the mating habits of wildlife, including lemurs, hartebeests, zebras, tortoises, gazelles and several species of exotic


Lou on 01.11.05 @ 03:49 PM EST [link]

Pets could be purr-fect workmates

TAKING the family pet to work could relieve stress and lift productivity, an Australian recruitment company said today.

A survey by Talent2 found 14 per cent of the 1,000 business respondents from around the country believed pets in the workplace were a good idea and 25 per cent said it would reduce their stress levels.

But only 3 per cent of businesses actually allowed pets at work, Talent2 manager of finance accounting Shane Abood said.

Lou on 01.11.05 @ 03:46 PM EST [link]

Monday, January 10th

Python Pete: A little dog on a quest for giant snakes

In the strange-but-true fight against giant pythons that increasingly are roaming the far reaches of the Florida Everglades, park officials have come up with an unlikely weapon: a beagle named Python Pete.

The 6-month-old puppy is being trained to track the snakes that biologists say have invaded Everglades National Park - discarded pets that have grown to science-fiction proportions.

"These are extraordinary times as the park faces a unique issue. We have to do what it takes to find these pythons," said Rick Cook, public affairs officer for the Everglades. "The hope is that the dog will be able to pick up the snakes' scent."

Lou on 01.10.05 @ 11:01 AM EST [link]


Small animals have gotten "big" as pets. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association ( survey, there are more than 16.8 million hamsters, gerbils, mice and other pint-sized critters sharing our homes with us today. That's almost equal to the entire human population of Florida.

If these perky little pets could talk to us, most of them would say the same thing, "Let's play!"

In fact, playing is almost as important to the health and well being of a small animal as food and shelter, believes Jeff San Souci, a spokesperson for the Rolf C. Hagen Corp., which makes the Habitrail line of hamster and mouse habitats.

Lou on 01.10.05 @ 10:59 AM EST [link]

US Air Force Launches Pets Rescue

The US Air Force today helped move some forgotten survivors of the tsunami that wiped out parts of southern Thailand – more than 100 homeless cats and a single dog whose owners are believed to have perished.

The crew of an Air Force transport plane which has been flying relief missions to the region agreed to bring the 122 cats and lone canine passenger to Bangkok after an appeal from a Thai animal protection society whose volunteers had rescued the four-legged survivors.

Lou on 01.10.05 @ 10:58 AM EST [link]

Friday, January 7th

Program offers foster care for soldiers' pets while overseas

For some soldiers, they must leave behind their pets upon deployment and many of the animals end up in the pound. A program in Killeen is changing the situation.

Dexter is a fun-loving miniature schnauzer whose owner had to give him up last March when First Cavalry Specialist Ellen Terry deployed to Iraq. But luckily for Terry and Dexter, they'll be reunited in a couple of months when Terry returns from duty.

Lou on 01.07.05 @ 12:39 PM EST [link]

The art of loving your pets

The Arts Council of Snohomish County stages "Pets on Parade," a show that explores the bond between humans and the critters they love.

"Pets on Parade" offers another look at Americans' love affair with their animals.

The art exhibit, which opens Thursday in Everett, takes a whimsical and affectionate view of the dogs and cats, birds and lizards, chickens and assorted other critters that claim a place in our homes and our hearts.

More than 50 artists are represented in the show, exhibiting photographs, paintings, ceramics, prints, recycled sculpture and more, all in tribute to pets. The exhibit is presented by the Arts Council of Snohomish County.

Lou on 01.07.05 @ 12:38 PM EST [link]

Pets & Stress: The Link

In over 4,500 adults, from 40-64 years of age, pet owners and non-pet owners were found to have similar levels of systolic blood pressure. But pet owners had higher diastolic blood pressure, higher body mass index, were more likely to smoke, and were less active. (As cited in Clinical Pearls Online.)

On the other hand… Research from the University of California has shown that a companion animal or pet can help a person better cope with stressful life events, prevent loneliness, decrease depression, improve activities of daily living and increase social interactions. Pets in nursing homes have been associated with decreased psychotropic medication usage and a greater than 50 percent reduction in healthcare costs.

Lou on 01.07.05 @ 12:37 PM EST [link]

Wednesday, January 5th

Central Garden & Pet Form a Partnership to Find Good Homes for Cats and Dogs

Central Garden & Pet Company (Nasdaq:CENT), a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the pet and lawn and garden supplies markets, has joined forces with Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) to ensure the humane treatment of companion animals and to bring people and animals together to enrich each other's lives.

Central is a sponsor of ARF's 14th annual celebrity fund raising gala "Stars to the Rescue." The charity event helps raise money for all of ARF's life-saving programs. Joining host Tony La Russa on this special evening will be Vince Gill, Amy Grant and other top celebrities and entertainers.

"We are very excited about the new relationship between Central and ARF," said Jim Heim, President of Central's Pet division. "We are committed to help ARF through a variety of initiatives including product donations and event sponsorship. We want to help make a difference, to save and better the lives of rescued animals and promote stronger relationships between companion animals and their guardians."

Lou on 01.05.05 @ 08:17 PM EST [link]

Tuesday, January 4th

Rayovac to Acquire United Industries

Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rayovac Corp. (NYSE: ROV - News), a global consumer products company with a diverse portfolio of world-class brands, announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire United Industries Corporation. The transaction calls for Rayovac to issue 13.75 million shares of its common stock, along with additional consideration of $70 million in cash, to United Industries' current shareholders, for a total value of approximately $1.2 billion including the assumption of approximately $880 million of United Industries debt and a cash tax benefit of $140 million. This acquisition extends Rayovac's household products offerings into the large and growing lawn and garden and specialty pet supply categories, while leveraging the company's operational expertise and existing relationships with global retailers.

Lou on 01.04.05 @ 11:12 PM EST [link]

Cloning Fluffy

Odds are that a lot of people who are reading this are pet lovers. A dog or a cat lives in one out of every three American households, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. That totals 78 million cats and 65 million dogs; I have one of each myself.

Good news, pet lovers. Now, you might be able to keep your pets, or a genetic facsimile thereof, forever.

Just before 2004 came to a close, a tiny, privately held company called Genetic Savings & Clone (GSC) charged $50,000 to clone a cat called Nicky. This is not a one-time event as GSC has several other customers who have also paid this fee to have their cats cloned.


Lou on 01.04.05 @ 11:11 PM EST [link]

Ways To Keep Pets Safe On The Road

Surveys show almost two-thirds of Americans take their pets when they travel. But you don't want to just throw Fido in the back seat with a bone.

It's no secret that unsecured objects, including people, can become hazardous projectiles during a car accident. Recently, manufacturers of pet products have started to make restraints specifically for use in cars.

Lou on 01.04.05 @ 11:10 PM EST [link]

Monday, January 3rd

Dog saved child

Dinakaran credits the dog with saving his life. "That dog grabbed me by the collar of my shirt," he said at Pondicherry University, where the family is waiting for relief. "He dragged me out."

Sangeeta said she wept with joy when she saw her son walking to her, with Selvakumar by his side. She said she believes a special spirit resides in the dog.

"That dog is my God," she said.

Lou on 01.03.05 @ 03:27 PM EST [link]

Pit Bulls in the City

--A Revealing Discussion on Breed Specific Legislation, Surprising Comments from the Director for the Center for the Human Animal Bond--

Part 1
"Pit bulls are different; they're like wild animals," says Alan Beck, director for the Center for the Human Animal Bond at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, IN. "They're not suited for an urban environment. I believe we should open our eyes and take a realistic approach to pit bulls."

Lou on 01.03.05 @ 03:23 PM EST [link]

Illinois voters choose state amphibian, reptile

The Eastern tiger salamander slipped by two other finalists in balloting for the title of state amphibian, while slow and steady was a winning strategy for the painted turtle in the state reptile race, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn said recently.

"We want to commend each of the candidates for a very strong, positive, educational campaign. While the candidates may live in the muck, they didn't sling any mud in this election. Not one of them went negative," Quinn said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Lou on 01.03.05 @ 03:13 PM EST [link]