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Top 10 holiday items for pets
Pet Age
The holidays are upon us. Manufacturers have made items specifically designed for this time of year. And these items are seasonally adorable. So when scrambling to buy the holiday host a gift, don't forget about their special pets, and pick up these fun toys, collars and more.
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Pet cemetery lets best friends stay together after death
Los Angeles Times
Rhona Levy gazed into the small oak casket and stroked the soft hair lying on the white satin pillow. "I will always be with you," she said, leaning down to kiss the tiny forehead. Then Levy removed a pendant from her neck and clasped it around the throat of her loved one: Twinkie. The 16-year-old tuxedo cat now lies beneath a heart-shaped pink granite headstone at New York's Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, the world's largest burial ground for pets.
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Speedy checkout? Not without a scanner
Merchandising Matters
If you've been running a retail business for any amount of time, you probably already know that quick, efficient checkouts are vital. The faster and more accurately you can process transactions, the more your business benefits — and that's why most retail stores rely on barcode scanners today.
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  WaggWalker® by Bark Busters

Take the Lead and Get Tails Wagging with the WaggWalker® Communication Harness. With a simple "flick and release" of your leash, this revolutionary dog walking harness emits a gentle sound to get your dog's attention by communicating with him through operant conditioning to teach him how to walk at your side.
 


Pet massage gaining popularity
The Associated Press via Tulsa World
Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting. "People call me because their dogs are having problems," said Shelah Barr, a San Francisco dog massage therapist. "The work I do is important for animals so they have a high quality of life."
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Lincoln Bark unveils interactive website
Pet Business
Lincoln Bark has launched a new, more interactive website, lincolnbark.com. The website features a store mapper, blog, social media links and an easier shopping experience for consumers and retailers.
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Bunny ban pending in New York City
ConsumerAffairs
First it was smoking. Then it was jaywalking. Then big sugary drinks. Now New York City wants a bunny ban — specifically, a ban on selling baby rabbits in pet stores. The reason is pretty obvious: rabbits have a very big sexual appetite and they multiply pretty quickly. A bill currently before the City Council would make it illegal for pet shops to "display, offer for sale, deliver, barter, auction, give away, transfer or sell" rabbits.
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  Add pop to your leash wall!
NV Pets Sales and Marketing is the US importer for ROK Straps, the 3 – 1 Stretch leash. ROK Straps are made out of extruded UV stabilized rubber with a unique nylon web cover. ROK Straps comes in 4 leash sizes, 12 colors and has matching adjustable collars. ROK Straps has an unconditional 1 year guarantee. ROK Straps has been sold in the US for over two years with major success. For more info please click here.
 


Spacemaker Cots and Sheets USA introduces pet cot lines
Pet Age
Spacemaker Cots and Sheets USA has introduced two new lines of pet cots. "Pet owners are among the most conscientious people when it comes to the health and well-being of their animals," said Michael Carway, president of RCS Enterprises Georgia LLC, Spacemaker Cots and Sheets USA.
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Sleepypod video highlights pet travel safety
Pet Business
In advance of the holidays, pet travel product manufacturer Sleepypod has released a video with tips and tricks to prepare a pet for travel. In the "Pet Travel Safety Begins With Training," video, dog safety expert Melanie Monteiro provides tips for making a trip with a pet safer and less stressful experience. The video highlights tips on how to acclimate pets to travel, as well as how to choose the right product for pets.
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  Ruff Puppies Collars and Leads

Ruff Puppies is committed to providing a premium leather dog collar to every dog! Whether you want lots of bling or a classic design, every dog can find the perfect style and fit. Through our dedication to quality and service, your dog is guaranteed to find a collar for life!
 


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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the WPA Pet Industry Briefs, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WPA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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