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Maryland passes pet food fee (some call it a tax)
An interesting development in 2013 state legislation was Maryland's passage of SB 820, which imposes a fee on pet food to fund a statewide spay-neuter program aimed at low-income communities. Despite opposition from the pet food industry, the amended bill passed overwhelmingly in both houses of the Maryland legislature. Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the bill into law this summer, effective Oct. 1.
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Pet supply company finds humans want their products too
Lake County News-Sun
Three years ago, Larry Wright was just doing his job when he decided to take on a new project for his venture capital company: funding and running the financial end of The Green Pet Shop, a manufacturer and distributor of eco-friendly pet products. But a hunch about the company intrigued Wright so much that he took a more vested interest and, in 2011, he bought the Deerfield, Ill.-based company he now runs.
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  ProClip Pulse Ion

Andis introduces the convenient, cordless ProClip Pulse Ion clipper. With a rechargeable lithium ion battery that enables up to two hours of clipping, and an adjustable detachable blade, it’s the ultimate tool for grooming on the go. Now also available in pink & purple. To get more information visit our website at

Who cares about 'likes' anyway?
By Jeffrey Dobkin
The answer is no one. Do you have a big "like" button wasting space on your website? Do you send visitors unimportant requests to "like" you, instead of valuable requests such asking for referrals? I guess you see where this is heading. What's the value of a like? Not much, really. When likes started, they seemed to be such a great idea: Google and other data collection sites could measure your popularity. The more likes, the more popular. So what happened?
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Holiday gift ideas sure to please your pet
Imperial Valley News
The holidays are fast approaching, and as wish lists are created and shopping starts, many people will be sure to include their four-legged family members in the process. According to a 2011 PetFinder poll, 63 percent of dog owners and 58 percent of cat owners give their pets gifts.
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Award-Winning Hands- Free Pet Gate!

Richell USA has been awarded by Pet Product News as a winner in the 2013 “Editor’s Choice Awards” for the Hands- Free Pet Gate! MORE
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Beware of these holiday pet toxins
By Ahna G. Brutlag
The holidays are a joyous time to reconnect with loved ones and deck the halls. Fun times, however, can quickly turn to tragedy when pets are exposed to potentially poisonous items. Certain holiday foods and items can be toxic and sometimes even life-threatening to pets. I encourage veterinary professionals to keep this article accessible as a reference, as puzzling poisoning cases are likely to happen during the holidays.
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