April 30, 2017

Devon Dog receives Unsung Hero award & Forthglade feast

Hero

Forthglade, the Devon based natural pet food company was pleased to be part of an unsung hero award this month. A seven year old Devon based Cockerpoo named Niven was recognized for his hard work and dedication as a Hearing Dog. Niven has won a weekend stay at a luxury pet-friendly hotel as well as three month’s worth of Forthglade’s natural pet food. Niven and his owner Pauline regularly volunteer at the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, enabling deaf students to work with a hearing dog. The duo were nominated through a charity called Room to Reward, an initiative that…

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New survey reveals the expense of owning pets

Cost

Costs such as food, bedding, toys, equipment and insurance can see the typical owner of a cat paying around £2,455 per annum, and dog owners paying £4,791 on average. That said, a horse will see its new owner cough up £12,654, with a fish being considerably more cost-effective at £769 in the first year, even including set-up costs such as a tank and pumps, Keeping a rabbit is also surprisingly expensive, costing £1,802 in the first year, according to the survey, conducted by Nationwide Home Insurance. The insurer also noted the potential for extra animal expense, new figures from the…

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B&M relaunches refurbished Coleraine store

Relaunch

B&M have officially relaunch its Coleraine store today (13 April 2017), after a comprehensive make over. The store, based on Riverside Retail Park, has been undergoing internal and external refurbishment after feedback from regular customers, who had appealed for an even larger store. After closing on Sunday 9th April, the store was opened for business again today – allowing loyal customers a fresh, and much bigger, shopping experience. The sales floor has increased by 55% and also now boasts paint & a wide selection of DIY products, alongside the branded and own label pet, toys and food items on sale…

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Harringtons to sponsor new series of Channel 5’s ‘The Yorkshire Vet’

Sponsor

Leading dog food brand Harringtons is set to sponsor the fourth series of Channel 5’s hit documentary The Yorkshire Vet set which starts on April 19th. This is the first time that brand owner Inspired Pet Nutrition (IPN) has taken up TV sponsorship for either its Harringtons or Wagg brands. The tie-up is a natural fit as Peter Wright – one of the vets who star in the series – regularly visits the brand’s factory at Dalton in North Yorkshire to approve pet products going for export. “Given our link with Peter, the opportunity to sponsor the programme seemed a…

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Award winning Cornwall aquatic shop has new owner

The famous Cornish fishkeeping institution had been on the market since mid-2015 after long term owner Monty Ray decided to retire, but finding the right person to take over such a well known store and continue its 50-year legacy has taken time. The new owner is local businessman Andrew Gill, who picked up the reins earlier this week. While Andrew has plenty of experience in the business world, it’s his son Aaron who is the fish fanatic and had already been working at Tri-Mar under the previous owner. He will now step up to become store manager. The current staff…

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Action Petz launches new indoor play centre for dogs in Newport

Daycare

The Action Petz play centre for dogs was launched at its new location on Nash Mead at the Queensway Meadows Industrial Estate, Newport. As well as an indoor play area, the centre includes a secure outdoor area for dogs to exercise in and train, as well as dog day care, dog training classes, a café and shop. Shelley Redding established the business which are the first of their kind in the UK. She says: “I was walking my dog Rocco in a park in Cardiff and a man ran off with him. I tried to chase them, but couldn’t keep up….

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Global Pet Expo 2017 expands exhibit space and boasts a sold out, record-setting show

Expo

Andrew Darmohraj, executive vice president and COO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) is proud to announce Global Pet Expo 2017 successfully wrapped its thirteenth show with record-setting size across the board during the three-day Premier Industry Event. Global Pet Expo, presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), expanded the Show Floor to 343,700 net square feet of exhibit space (nearly 24,000 feet larger than 2016), to accommodate the growing numbers of exhibiting companies, buyers and booths. The recent Global Pet Expo, dubbed this year as The Show That Means Business, experienced significant growth in total…

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Skinner’s Pet Food announce sponsorship of Gundog Row at the 2017 Game Fair

Sponsorship

Skinner’s Pet Food’s long association with gundogs and Game Fairs is set to continue in 2017, as they’ve just announced their renewed sponsorship of the Gundog Row at next year’s Game Fair. A key event at the heart of fieldsports, shooting and land management, the 2017 Game Fair will take place from the 28 – 30 July 2017 at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. This will be the 59th Game Fair and Gundog Row is a key focus throughout the 3 day event and a popular attraction for many visitors. Skinner’s Petfood have been a major supporter of the Game Fair for…

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Arcadia Reptile opens new Science and Innovation Centre

Reptile

In short order after the acquisition by expert reptile wholesalers Monkfield Nutrition, Arcadia Reptile have now opened their brand new ‘Science and Innovation Centre’ in the heart of the West Sussex countryside. This new centre will allow John Courteney-Smith MRSB and the Arcadia Reptile team to focus on ever improving animal welfare within the Reptile, Bird and Zoo sectors. John Says: “ It is so exciting to be able to move into our new home. We have everything that we need at our fingertips to be able to not only observe animal behaviour but to really get to grips with…

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Local champion dog breeder takes over Otley’s oldest pet shop

Breeder

A Champion dog breeder has taken over ownership of Otley’s oldest pet shop. David Crowther, who was born in the town and raised in Ilkley, has been a customer of Petwise for more than 15 years, and for the past five an employee, too. A breeder of Champion Weimaraners and Gordon Setters, Mr Crowther has received a number of top accolades in the show ring including, on three occasions, a Best of Breed award at Crufts. He has described taking over Petwise, which was set up by Brian and Andrew Parry in 1989, and from 2015 taken on by Tony…

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