Just about everybody knows what the letters "SOS" means - basically, send help! In doing a little research, it apparently was originally an abbreviation for "save our ship" or "save our souls," and was something that could easily be sent out in Morse code. While we try to always be upbeat in these weekly emails, there are some things going on in the world of dogs and dog-related businesses that might justify the use of an "SOS."
Keeping with the SOS theme, we were very pleased to receive a new book entitled SOS Dog, The Purebred Dog Hobby Re-Examined by Johan and Edith Gallant. This is a very interesting and important book that takes a hard look at the purebred dog movement that has evolved over the past several decades and asks several very fundamental questions: Has this movement indeed improved the breeds under manipulation? How do we balance the needs of purebred dogs in terms of their health and temperament vs. our desire for ornamental achievement? And finally, can the situation be remedied? Fortunately, the authors do provide solutions and recommendations although many readers may find them controversial. One added bonus in this book includes very interesting details on "primeval" AfriCanis dogs, dogs living in southern Africa with minimal intervention on the part of humans.
Another dog related SOS has to do with the demise of many independent pet supply retailers, obviously something that concerns anyone in this business. The rise of the big chains and the current economic mess is making it hard for many businesses to stay afloat. This week we had someone here in town who had just closed a pet store stop by looking to dispose of inventory. He sold us a large supply of Miraclecorp brushes, combs, and rakes. We were able to make a good buy on these and can pass significant savings on to you. These will be available on a first-come basis, only while supplies last.
The current tough environment has also brought about a rise in thefts from dog show vendors around the country. As you may know, we had a truck and trailer stolen last winter (both since recovered). This past week, our very good friends at BB Unlimited who create and sell wonderful gold jewelery at dog shows around the country were the victims of a major theft in Syracuse, New York. Someone broke into their vehicle and stole their inventory after the end of the show. Several other gold jewelery vendors have also suffered thefts recently, all in the north-east. If you have any information about this or witnessed anything at the show in Syracuse, please call BB Unlimited at (940)-497-5887.
OK, enough gloom! Our staff product pick this week is a line of freeze-dried liver treats from Ettasays! These are a tempting training treat or something fun for being such a great dog. Comes in beef, chicken or lamb, cut into 1/2 inch cubes inside a resealable 3 oz. pouch. Contains no additives, fillers, or preservatives. No bad news with this!
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