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Sunday, November 30, 2008  

GregRobert Pet Says " Hats Off to Holly" Winner of Best In Show- CLICK HERE!






Winner of "Best In Show" in National Dog Show Presented by Purina

It should be a very Holly Jolly Holiday this year for a certain 3 year old English pointer who was recently crowned "Best In Show" at the National Dog Show Presented by Purina. Holly, who hails from Marston Mills, MA, is the beautiful and graceful English Pointer who wowed the crowd and captured the coveted Best In Show award after her incredible performance on the nationally televised dog show.

Just as eating turkey and watching football are Thanksgiving traditions for some people, the National Dog Show Presented by Purina has become a highly anticipated televised event for dog aficionados. Now in it's 7th year, the National Dog Show featured a couple of extra highly anticipated events during its 2 hour broadcast on Thanksgiving Day.
One of these events was the unveiling of The Dogue de Bordeaux, a large sized mastiff that originated in France. The Dogue de Bordeaux made it's debut on this show as the newest breed in dog competition.

Another exciting and fun feature was the appearance of Uno the Beagle. A superstar in his own right, Uno is now retired after becoming the first beagle ever to win the Westminster Kennel Club Show in February. Uno was formally invited as a special guest and was on hand to lend a "paw" for the canine cause by observing the performances with the other spectators.

However, during competition, all eyes were upon Holly the English pointer, who took top honors after performing flawlessly in front of thousands of people. According to the American Kennel Club, "dog shows are a process of elimination, with one dog being named Best in Show at the end of the show. Only the Best of Breed winners can advance to compete in the Group competitions. Each AKC-recognized breed falls into one of seven group classifications.
The seven groups are Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding. Four placements are awarded in each group, but only the first-place winner advances to the Best In Show competition."

The English Pointer is a member of the Sporting breed and is bred to hunt game birds on both land and in the water. Said to be the "aristocrat of dog breeds" the English pointer is a kind and gentle breed with people and children, yet intense and focused in the field. Bred to perform to such high standards, Holly exceeded dog show expectations, and gracefully put on the performance of a lifetime by showing the canine world how a proper English Pointer behaves under pressure.

Training and/or performing for any competition is no easy task, and the pressure can be even greater for a dog show that is nationally televised. However, according to the Cape Cod Times, Holly's hometown newspaper, " The honor is nothing new for the nearly three year old English pointer. Holly has won 95 Best in Show Awards since 2007." In this competition, Holly beat out 1,600 canine contestants for the dog show's top prize.

So GregRobert Pet Supplies would like to say Hip Hip Hooray for Holly........ The English pointer with now 96 Best in Show Award, and congratulations to the other 1599 canines who showed their stuff and gave dog lovers a great start to this holiday season......................

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Thursday, November 27, 2008  

Happy Thanksgiving from the Pet Supplies Blog at Petazon- CLICK HERE!





Gobble gobble Bark and meow.

This Thanksgiving it's time to be thankful for the unconditional love we get from our pets. GregRobert (www.GRpet.com) and Petazon ( www.Petazon.com) would like to extend peace and thanks to all of our pet owner and pet enthusiast friends.

Make this Thanksgiving holiday a great one for y our four-legged friend as well. Make sure that you follow simple guidelines to ensure your furry friend's safety today and throughout the holiday season.There is so much to think about over the holidays, but it is important to be aware of how you are decorating the house, where you place the turkey on the counter and what treats are good for your dogs - just for starters.

When entertaining over this holiday weekend, make sure to keep your pets safe. That includes making sure they don't overindulge. The delicious smells coming from the kitchen during Thanksgiving can be a dog's dream come true, but they can also lead to food dangers. Bones in the turkey can be a real problem.

When the hussle and bussle start on Friday morning ( Black Friday), don't forget about your fish or small pets, not to mention your cats and dogs! Black Friday and all of the deals online can be a bundle of confusion. We hope that you will take advantage of our $10 off $60 at GregRobert when using Google Checkout.

It is truly the closest that you will get to wholesale this entire holiday season. Buy a treat for your dog, or a new hamster home for a child on your list.

May this Thanksgiving be Blessed for your entire family including your pets.

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Monday, November 24, 2008  

Google Checkout and GregRobert Enterprises Announce a Merry Holiday- CLICK HERE!




Google and GregRobert are making the holidays even merrier by helping online shoppers save time and money, stay organized and feel secure.

Millions have already discovered that Google Checkout makes online shopping faster, easier, and more secure by using their Google login. Starting today, Google Checkout buyers (old and new) can take advantage of exclusive discounts at GregRobert stores as they cross items off their holiday and Christmas shopping lists.

GregRobert online stores include GregRobert Pet Supplies ( http://www.grpet.com/ ), Backyard Style ( http://www.backyardstyle.com/ ), Shanes Tack ( http://www.shanestack.com/ ), Rachel's Robin Wild Bird Supplies ( http://www.rachelsrobin.com/ ) and the Rabbit Mart ( http://www.rabbitmart.com/ )

Google Checkout users will be able to take advantage of significant holiday savings from GregRobert Enterprises - a highly rated Google Checkout retailer. GregRobert is offering a $10.00 discount on any order greater than $60.00. Each Google Checkout user can take advantage of the offer one (1) time across all of GregRobert websites.

This promotion begins Monday, November 24, 2008 7:00:00 PM EST and will end Wednesday, December 17, 2008 7:00:00 PM EST. No coupon is necessary.

This holiday season, there’s a plethora of gift ideas for dogs and cats and rabbits and chins ranging from innovative toys and delicious treats to designer pet beds and rabbit hutches and trendy accessories that pet owners will be begging for.
Don't forget to join GregRobert's Facebook Fan Club to enter the $100 2009 Giveaway - more details soon!

The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association predicts that this year 40 million Americans will spend around $100 per pet for a total of nearly $4 billion. Visit GregRobert today to find that perfect gift!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008  

Fat Cat's are not Necessarily Happy Cats- CLICK HERE!






The warnings are there, but as cat owners are we listening? Vets and other professionals within the pet industry are focusing on the health issues associated with feline obesity.

The goal of providing awareness is that more owners will start taking action to control the weight and ultimately the health of thier cats. The desired result is that more cat owners will seek out products to address the problem of sedentary and overweight cats.

The key to weight loss in cats is to control the overall amount that a cat is consuming and at the same time increase his or her activity levels. This is the same concept as in humans. Diets that are higher in protein can be beneficial for cats, but they are not the cureall. High protein diets can help to stimulate a cat’s metabolism. It is important to note that the overall food intake still needs to be controlled.

GregRobert carries a variety of products like the treat dispenser above that can help cats slim down and become more active.

Featured: Pet Promise Healthy Weight & Aging formula has a high percentage of its calories from protein to help maintain lean muscles often lost during weight loss and aging. Plus, it's loaded with natural antioxidants, vitamins E and C, and selenium as well as zinc to promote healthy aging.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008  

Dog Paw Care During the Winter Months- CLICK HERE!





The first substantial snowfall of winter took place here in Michigan today. Somewhat early as far as snow falls go. I could see the neighborhood children outside all bundled up and starting to throw snowballs at each other.
I also was able to see all the neighborhood dogs go running outside with their families, rolling and jumping in the snow, chasing the children as they ran away from the flying snowballs.

As I remember from when my kids were younger, they undoubtedly came inside with chapped lips and faces donning beautiful smiles.

A little bit of Desitin and Chapstick and they were on their way to healing and another play day outside tomorrow. Take note of the poor puppy, though. His pads are completely exposed to the snow and they take a major beating in the cold weather. Paw care is a top priority in winter especially in colder climates where there is ice, snow or freezing weather.

Not only does the cold air and weather cause havoc on a dogs paws, but Rock salt and chemical de-icers are very irritating to pads as well. Salt and de-icers on sidewalks or paths that your dog may walk on, will cause very sore pads, infection and even blistering in some cases.

Not only are the chemicals harmful to paws, but they can be toxic causing intestinal discomfort if ingested. Use pet-friendly deicing salt like Qik Joe Ice Melter on your own driveway and sidewalks.

If your dog does not wear dog booties, wash his paws when he gets back in the house. Dip the entire paw into a bowl of warm water. This washes away any residue and eliminates the possibility for your dog to lick the salt off later. Clean out between the toes and apply Protecta-Pad or Pad Heal on the foot pads. This will help to prevent chapping, cracking, and soreness. Make sure to apply the ointment again before your dog goes back outside.
Be sure to keep your dogs nails trimmed, because long paw nails actually cause the toes on your dog to separate, allowing ice and salt to become trapped between them.


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Thursday, November 13, 2008  

A Heartwarming Story about a Pet Dog Named Peppi- CLICK HERE!





I have heard a couple different versions of the holiday story, but this version is my favorite. I think you are going to like it even if you are not really a pet person. Nicole and her husband, Greg had a dog named 'Peppi'.

Peppi was a real character as far as pets go. Whenever Nicole and Greg had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because
Peppi would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.

Nicole or Greg would go to Peppi's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Peppi's other favorite toys like the Nobbly Wobbly featured above. Peppi always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.

It happened one Christmas season that Nicole found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease ....in fact, she was just sure it was fatal.

She scheduled the double mastectomy exactly 12 days before Christmas day, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Peppi. A thought struck her ...what would happen to Peppi? Although the three-year-old dog liked Greg, he was Nicole's dog through and through.

If I die, Peppi will be abandoned, Nicole thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.

The double mastectomy was harder on Nicole than her doctors had anticipated and Nicole was hospitalized for over two weeks. Greg took Peppi for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.

Finally the day came for Nicole to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Nicole
was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Greg made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap. Peppi stood watching Nicole but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Nicole sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.

When Nicole woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Nicole realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Peppi owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life.

He had covered her with his love. Nicole forgot about dying. Instead she and Peppi began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Nicole is still cancer-free. Peppi? He still steal streasures and stashes them in his toy box but Nicole remains his greatest treasure.

Remember.... live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget.... the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards They are the ones that care for us.

Dear God, I pray for the cure of cancer. Amen

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Monday, November 10, 2008  

The “12 Pet Tips of Christmas” – A safety guide for Pet Owners- CLICK HERE!





The “12 Pet Tips of Christmas” – A safety guide for Pet Owners During the Holiday Season

Let the countdown begin! Here are the ”twelve tips of Christmas” to help keep your dog (or any other pets) safe during the eventful holiday season. Make sure that your Christmas dog toys are safe like the Loofa Holiday dog toy to the right. They will keep your holidays safe, healthy, and happy!

  1. Anticipate your guest's arrivals and confine your dog to prevent it from escaping or worse yet “soiling” your guest’s clothes with an unwanted jump.

  2. Reduce your dog's stress by maintaining its regular feeding and exercise routine. Develop a routine for your dog during holiday parties. A special treat in a special room of your house works well.

  3. Put packages out of reach! Dogs who smell food in a package will rip it open. Food is the number one holiday hazard for dogs. The foods that we eat can cause havoc on an animal's intestines. Put away children's toys after they are opened. Ingested toys can cause choking and may have to be removed through surgery.

  4. Tell guests not to share indulgences with your pet. Poultry skin, fat trimmings, rich gravies, and buttery sauces can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, or even worse, a life threatening inflammation of the pancreas. Also, remember that an ounce of alcoholic beverage can put a small dog into a coma.

  5. Stow chocolate candy or baking ingredients out of reach. Chocolate is the most common toxicity treat during the holidays. Small amounts cause problems. Larger amounts can cause above normal heart rhythms, nervous system malfunctions, and even death. Secure your garbage in bins with tight lids. (This is a good habit to get into all year!) A dog can chew up holiday garbage, which can result in intestinal problems.

  6. Buy only decorating products (tree water preservatives and artificial snow) that are labeled non-toxic.

  7. Secure large trees to the wall to prevent tipping, or consider a smaller tree that can fit on a tabletop.

  8. Remember that stomach problems can be caused by popcorn and gumdrops. Avoid using these strings of edible decorations.

  9. Fasten all your tree decorations securely, with the more fragile ones at the top. Dogs who chew these can suffer cuts in their mouth from broken ornaments.

  10. Return paper and other gift wrapping materials to their storage places after gift wrapping is finished.

  11. Place holiday plants out of reach and vacuum often. Poinsettia can cause drooling, oral pain, and vomiting. Mistletoe causes vomiting, labored breathing, shock, and death from cardiovascular collapse. When animals eat the needles from real or fake trees, they can also get intestinal blockage.

  12. Display candles on high shelves to avoid painful burns and singed Whiskers and make sure that cords are tucked out of reach. Electrocution can put a huge damper on Holiday festivities.

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Pet Puzzle Is Perfect Gift for Holidays- CLICK HERE!






Holiday Pet Puzzler:





Looking for a gift for the dog who has everything???? Look no further. Here it is. The Plush Gingerbread House Puzzle for dogs is a most unique gift idea that can stir up conversation and engage everyone, including our fuzzy friends, in holiday activities.

.As pet lovers, we know that nothing warms the heart of a furry friend and/or it's owner than a great holiday gift for Fido. Along with being a creative gift, the plush Gingerbread House puzzle is an inexpensive way to express your holiday sentiments.

Whether it be a gift for your own dog, or a housewarming gift for a friend's pet, this cute and cuddly puzzle is a fun and interactive toy that is sure to be the center of Fido's attention this holiday season.

As many pet owners will testify, a gift for their pet at Christmas is sometimes even more preferable than a housewarming gift for the pet owner. People with dogs love it when others lavish attention on thier four footed friends. What better way is there to convey the spirit of the season than providing a special gift for a special pet?
The Gingerbread House Pet Puzzle is the perfect gift for dogs and their "peeps" because it can engage everyone in a fun holiday activity. The soft and cuddly puzzle pieces include a gingerbread man, a dog bone, a cube and the Gingerbread house. With this plush toy, everyone can get a piece of the puzzle and try to help Fido to put it back together.

This adorable Holiday Gingerbread House Puzzle for dogs will keep your dog busy and happy for hours. It's a great toy to help develop your dog's puzzle solving skills and mental capacity. After a few tries, your dog can learn how to take apart the puzzle, while you help put it back together

The Holiday Gingerbread House puzzle is only $10.70 at http://www.grpet.com/.
Size is 6 in. x 6 in. x 6 in.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008  

GregRobert on YouTube in a Christmas Spoof!- CLICK HERE!





Youtube and pets - the perfect pairing. Youtube videos remind me of the old show "America's Funniest Home Videos" - I think that at one time they had a pet version of the show that was hilarious.
Hilarious as in "fall off the couch hilarious".
Get your video cameras out because Petazon in a partnership with GregRobert is shortly announcing "The Funniest Christmas 2008 Pet Video" submitted to Youtube from November 24th to December 25th. When submitting the video, make sure that you mention http://www.petazon.com/ and the reference this contest. Submit a link to the video to info@petazon.com
More details coming soon - but checkout the prize choices over at CafePress.com.
We will be formally announcing this on the 10th of November .. but as our loyal Petazon readers, we wanted to let you know first!



Great Pet Lover Gifts at Zazzle

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Monday, November 3, 2008  

Pinching pennies? Not these proud pet parents- CLICK HERE!





This article by Ashley Heher will probably bring a smile to the average pet industry professional. I am not 100% convinced that all is as warm and fuzzy as the article portraits, but there are signs that the pet industry has not been hit as hard as other verticals in our unstable economy.
Greater trends toward humanization, an aging population and greater innovation has caused the pet industry to weather the economic bumps in a more hearty fashion.

The American Pet Products Association estimates Americans will spend $43.4 billion this year on their pets despite the huge slowdown in discretionary spending among most Americans. This number includes grooming, healthcare, products, food, pet sitting, boarding etc. Pampering pet owners flock to impulse items like the Flashing dog collar charm pictured above. (approx. $5.00)

As a small pet industry business owner, the bigger players in the industry like Petsmart and Petco, as well as the mass merchandisers that are expanding thier pet offerings are a double edge sword. In one way, they are bringing more attention to pet products in general, but on the other hand - it is increasingly more difficult for the smaller player to compete - both online and offline.
Specialty pet stores have to counteract this competition from the big box stores with selection, style, and unique shopping experiences. For example - pet specific stores like http://www.rabbitmart.com/ offers well researched and proven rabbit supplies to disconcerning owners.

The pet industry is expanding it's services also. Now you can find groomers, doggie daycares, pet hotels, pet insurance companies, lawyers providing pet trusts, and funeral homes in almost every US metropolitan area.

Petazon is dedicated to helping you market your pet business with innovative ways to gain exposure on the Internet. Sign up for your free pet business listing and get started marketing your local or online pet business.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008  

Chinchilla Care - Basic Facts for New Chinchilla Owners- CLICK HERE!




Chinchillas are a small rodent that are becoming increasingly more popular as pets in the United States. They are native to South America and can be found in the wild in rocky, arid areas in the mountains. They have beautiful fur that is soft and extremely thick. This fur protects them in the wild from the elements, but in your home a chinchilla can get too hot and overheat.

A cooling pad like the Chinchilla Cooler pictured to the right is more practical for a chinchilla in comparison to a heating pad.

Chinchilla's prefer cooler, quiet areas in a home. The basement is sometimes the best location for your pet chinchilla, as long as it is frequented often. Chinchilla's need socialization and daily care.

Wheels can provide your pet chinchilla with an excellent means of exercising - but make sure that your chinchilla also has time outside of his cage, especially if his cage is not too large. Make sure that you introduce a exercise wheel to your chinchilla at a young age. We have heard about chinchilla's that do not take to an exercise wheel if introduced later in life.

The larger the cage that you can afford to purchase your chinchilla, the better. Make sure that your chinchilla has at least a 18 by 18 inch floor space. A tall chinchilla cage is best. We like this cage: Medium Clean Living Cage for Chinchillas the best.

It is a tall cage and has shelves and ladders that allow the chinchilla to climb. Wire is the best cage material. Avoid plastic cages or accessories because chinchillas chew and destroy plastic pretty easily.

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