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Forbes magazine calls it the MEN-aissance. For the first time ever, males have surpassed females in US retail spending, now accounting for 13% more dollar sales. Research shows that there are clear differences in the way men and women make purchasing decisions and buy items. To attract the growing body of male shoppers, retailers should be aware of these gender differences and incorporate them into their store's marketing strategy.

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Get In-Line Online

Men are twice as likely to shop online as women. But research shows that 40% of people will abandon a website if it takes more than 3 seconds to load. Having a fast loading website is a must for retailers who hope to engage and hold the interest of internet-oriented male shoppers.

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With last year's 1-2-3 punch of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, it's not surprising that 2017 set a record for natural disasters. Nearly 8% of the US population was affected by such catastrophic events, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Seeing these disasters unfold, more Americans have realized the value of having an emergency plan in place for their family. By helping pet parents include four-legged family members in their disaster preparedness plans, you can provide a valuable service, while generating added business for your store.

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Hailed for its remarkable healing powers, Manuka Honey has become one of today's fastest-growing ingredients in human personal care products. This special high-quality honey from New Zealand is turning up in everything from shampoos and facial masks, to lip balms and adhesive bandages. Now Cardinal Pet Care brings the restorative benefits of Natural Manuka Honey to your customers' pets in its new EcoBath™ line - the only pet grooming products with Honey Hygiene™

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What Is Manuka Honey?

Manuka Honey is produced in New Zealand by bees foraging on the Manuka Tree, a scrub plant that grows exclusively in the region. When bees pollinate from this plant, their honey is much more potent than ordinary honey. It has a higher concentration of methylgloxal (MGO), which heals wounds and attacks germs. It also contains four times the vitamins and minerals of regular honey, (Vitamins B & C, zinc, iron, magnesium, copper and potassium), making it a powerful natural healer and restorative.

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Although it's been gone for at least eleven years, Sony is bringing their robot dog AIBO back with major improvements in January - in JAPAN. With 22 movements, the legs let it walk, shake hands, sit, play with a ball, scratch a digital itch, and do "hundreds" of other dog things. The tail wags, the ears move, the mouth opens, and the head turns and tilts, making it seem rather expressive in the videos. It has a camera do the dog can take pictures. And there's an App. Adoption Fee, $1,700! It's cute, but there's NOTHING like snuggling with your real life dog! See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u567bp1tww4

November quiets down after a busy October of special pet days, but they are important days none the less. It's Pet Cancer Awareness month, Pet Diabetes month (did you know there are estimates that over a third of dogs have diabetes?!), Adopt a Senior Pet month and National Pet Awareness month! Pet stores around the country will be planning events around these themes.

Next week, the 5th through the 11th is National Animal Shelter Appreciation week. One of the best ways that we can help them celebrate is to stop by our nearest animal shelter with a couple of old but clean blankets, or a pile of old but clean towels we can spare. They never run out of need for those two things. You can also call ahead or check their website to see if ther...

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Our family favorite, our Whippet's Taco costume, sadly did not even make the list of the TOP TEN dog costumes for 2017. And Halloween's on a Tuesday! (Taco Tuesday, anyone?) Remember, if you have dogs coming to your door, be sure to give them a real dog treat or a tennis ball, not candy!

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Thanks to the National Retail Federation, that tracks everything retail stores do, we now know the TOP TEN Halloween costumes for dogs this year. Has your dog got one of the favorites?! We still have 13 days to shop! From last to first here are the favorites this year:
• Star Wars Character
• Witch
• Cat
• Ghost
• Batman character
• Devil
• Bumble bee
• Dog, Lion or Pirate (tied!)
• Hot Dog
• and Ta, Dah - the #1 FAVORITE costume for dogs: A PUMPKIN!

This little pup does make a pretty cute PUMPKIN!

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10-12-17 The wildfires in Northern California rage on! The Somona Humane Society in Santa Rosa is doing a great job of sheltering and identifying pets lost in the fire regions, resourcing needed supplies and directing locals how to locate lost pets. They post their supply needs daily. Go to their website to be informed and help out if you can. This precious cat with smoke-filled fur and singed whiskers was found hiding under a car in the hospital parking lot. Luckily Sonoma Humane identified it through a chip scan and will shelter the cat until his family retrieves him.

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Today is the Official First Annual "American Humane Lois Pope K-9 Medal of Courage Award" Ceremony for four courageous military dogs! The ceremony took place this morning on Capitol Hill in Washington DC with Congress and Top Military Leaders attending. Ranger, Cappa, Alphie and Coffee were honored for Exceptional Valor and Lifesaving Contributions when supporting our troops on the battlefield. These dogs are really heroes, and the award is quite an honor since there are presently over 1,600 K-9 military troops around the world.

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Congratulations and Thanks To All These Wonderful Dogs!!

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'Tis the season - to join dog walks across the country raising money for rescues, shelters and hurricane victims! Coming up next: Sunday, Oct 1, 2017 is National Walk Your Dog Day! For more info: https://www.facebook.com/WalkYourDogWeek. Did you know that 73% of us walk our dogs every day! Why not support your local rescue or shelter and join a local dog walk - you'll meet some new friends and friendly dogs! Take along some of our Walkies Fit Bites dog treats - the treats that support heart health, joints and weight control, all important for the long term health of your dog. Look for the little foot shaped treats made by Crazy Dog at Petco!