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Adopting Older Dogs

4/17/14 1:36 PM

Older dogs are often overlooked at animal shelters. People see the adorable puppies and want to get one! Which is great, and totally understandable. But, for some people, adopting an older dog can be a great option! Older dogs are a little more predictable because by the time you adopt them, they have outgrown their puppy stage and are who they will be for the duration of their life. They also come with a wisdom and experience that puppies don't. This can be great for some people looking to adopt. For one, older dogs are better at reading humans and they are less eager, this can make training them easier for you! The bond can be instantaneous too! Older dogs settle in quickly and are appreciative of their new forever home. This lifestyle may be a little easier for some owners too, it allows them to live a more normal existence than would be doable if they had a puppy.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Friday, April 11th, is National Pet Day! Let's celebrate! For details about National Pet Day, check out their website. If you have been looking at adopting a pet, this is a great day to do it! There are many events around the country and if you are looking to adopt, you may be able to find an event at your local shelter. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for details on our contest coming up on Friday, you could win a LeashLocket for you or a friend!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Dogs and Children

3/27/14 6:45 AM

Dogs and kids can be the best of friends, but sometimes it takes some training to get there. Particularly if you have a dog first and they are used to getting all your love! Luckily, there are some things you can do to help ease the transition, or to help teach children how to behave around a dog that you bring home for the first time! There are often stories about dogs biting children, but usually there are warning signs before this happens. Paying attention to the signals that your pet is giving you is important as that's their mode of communication.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Here at LeashLocket, we recently came across this article about a dog saved from a death of poisoning by vodka! Say what? Sadly, many dogs lick up coolant from garage floors because it is very sweet tasting. This can cause severe kidney problems and death; luckily this particular vet realized the problem and from past experience knew that giving the dog vodka intravenously could be life-saving by changing the chemical reaction. Giving vodka to the dog resulted in what many would expect: vomiting, stumbling and even a hangover. But, given that his life was saved, it sure was worth it!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Dog Allergies

3/10/14 7:41 AM

With Spring just around the corner, sometimes our allergies can begin to crop up, not just for us, but also for our dogs. Dogs can have allergies just like we can, but often they are harder to diagnose and can take on many forms. The most likely symptom will have to do with the skin, if you notice your dog rubbing a certain area a lot, or licking or chewing that area, it may be due to allergies. They also may have hair loss, vomiting or diarrhea. If any of these symptoms are happening, it's important to get in to see your vet.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Leash Laws

2/26/14 10:05 AM

Are you confused by leash laws? You’re not the only one! Leash laws vary by state, as well as by municipality. Some states require dogs to be on a leash at all times, others are more lenient and still others only require certain breeds to be on leashes. Some laws dictate the length of the leash, others the type of leash. No wonder we are all confused! But, the bottom line is, leash laws are there to protect you and your pooch and hopefully accidents are avoided when the laws are obeyed. They also protect dog owners and non-owners alike. Even though most dogs don’t mean any harm by jumping on others (they’re just excited!) there is still the possibility that an injury can occur, which isn’t good for anyone involved.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Rescuing Dogs

1/3/14 2:51 PM

Have you adopted a dog from a shelter before? If you have, you probably realize what a rewarding experience it can be! There are many benefits to rescuing dogs, perhaps the biggest being that you potentially saved a dog from being euthanized. Fortunately there are many no-kill shelters out there that don't euthanize animals that aren't adopted, but unfortunately some shelters don't have the space or other resources to be no-kill. Either way, saving an animal's life is wonderful not only for the pet, but for you too!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Employee Spotlight: Taryn

11/1/13 11:35 AM

This month we have a very special employee spotlight on our Social Media director, Taryn. This is extra special because Taryn is getting married later this month! Taryn has been with LeashLocket since its inception in 2009. Taryn is incredibly creative and talented and we have counted on her to design and print many of our t-shirts, all of our bandanas and she is the one we go to when we need some creativity! She is therefore the perfect person to handle the social media. She is adept at keeping up with trends and making sure LeashLocket is doing all we need to do to have a presence in the social media world.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

How to help Animal Shelters

10/30/13 2:36 PM

We are happy to say that many of the animals at the LeashLocket headquarters are rescued. Rescuing animals is not only rewarding for the animal, but also incredibly rewarding for you knowing that you helped save a precious life! Do you not have the time or resources to rescue a puppy or a kitten but still want to help? Then read on for some other, non-traditional, ways to help!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Most of our employee spotlights are done individually, but it is too hard to separate our fabulous fearless leaders and company owners, Dave and Val! So for this wonderful husband-and-wife team, we are doing a special double employee spotlight this month!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Dog Communication

9/18/13 8:43 AM

Do you feel like you're in touch with your dog's feelings? Can you tell what they want and what they are trying to tell you? Many people are so in-tune with their pets that they can anticipate their wants and needs, which is fabulous! But sometimes this is a little more difficult and it can also vary by breed and by individual dog. So if you recently got a new dog and you're finding that the signals and things that worked with your previous dog aren't working, read on! We have some tips to help you communicate with your pet and vice-versa.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Prison-Trained Dogs

9/12/13 10:43 AM

Have you been considering adopting a dog but haven't ever had one and don't know where to begin with training? That is something many people who are first-time dog owners struggle with. One fabulous option is to adopt a prison-trained dog. These dogs spend many weeks being trained by prisoners and the benefits are plentiful. First and foremost, many prison programs save dogs from being put down, whether they are at a shelter or donated by individuals or families that just don't have time for dogs, their lives are quite often spared by these programs.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Employee Spotlight: Rhonda

8/30/13 7:05 AM

Starting this month we are going to spotlight our employees once a month. We sure think we have a fun office and are happy to share some of this with our fans! Our first employee featured is our Sales Director, Rhonda Schirado. Rhonda has been with LeashLocket from the beginning and has been a huge asset in so many ways. Rhonda has been in sales for most of her life and the opportunity to have the challenge of a start-up company was too exciting for her to resist! Rhonda has incredible enthusiasm for LeashLocket and having been here from the beginning, she knows just about everything there is to know about the product and the company!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Bringing your dog to work

8/16/13 7:19 AM

Many companies are beginning to allow different types of working environments which can include anything from telecommuting, working four 10-hour days or even bringing your dog to work! Having an animal at work can have many benefits including lowering stress, increasing employee morale and even allowing owners to get up from their desks to enjoy a few minutes of sunshine when they take their dogs to the bathroom. However, bringing dogs to work isn't without potential complications, but by being aware and proactive it should be easy to get yourself, your dog and your co-workers acclimated so that it's an enjoyable experience for all!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Hi fans! It has been a crazy couple of weeks getting caught up after SuperZoo! The show went really well, and in case you missed it, we launched our NEW product the Pocket LeashLocket! We have taken all the fabulous features from our original LeashLocket and made it truly pocket-sized. The leash is still nearly 6 feet long and holds dogs up to 55 lbs. The difference is that there isn’t a magnet, so all of our fans with really small dogs can enjoy the safety, convenience and size of the original without the magnet feature! It’s time to put down the big and bulky retractable leash and pick up the sleek and sturdy Pocket LeashLocket! Check out our video. We are also part of Walmart’s Get in on the Shelf competition; we would love it if you could vote for us!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

This year SuperZoo was moved from September to July, so we are getting ready to head to Las Vegas next week for the show. We are extra excited this year because we will be debuting a NEW product! This product has been in the works for several months now and we think it will be a big hit! Can you guess what it is? We have several hints on our Facebook page so check it out and see if you can guess what it might be! Aside from that we will also have our original LeashLocket as well as a new POP display for our retailers. Things are really picking up around here and just in time for the big show!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Hiking with your Dog

7/9/13 10:25 AM

Summertime is the perfect time to hike with your dog; whether it’s in the mountains, around a lake, or through the woods, it can be a great experience for you and your furry friend! Dog parks are great for dogs in the city, but sometimes it feels great to hit the open trail and let your dog roam a little! LeashLocket is the perfect accessory for your hiking pooch, it allows you to let your dog free, but without the worry that you can’t grab them if you come across any wildlife. Make sure to check leash laws in your area before letting your pooch off leash though!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Summer Events!

6/6/13 10:02 AM

Hello fans! As we are approaching summer we are getting excited to participate in several events! We just finished the Taggin’ Waggin’ event in Lakewood which was a big success! We will also be at the Dogs in the Park event in Northglenn at E.B. Rains, Jr. Memorial Park on June 22nd; we would love to see any of our local fans there!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Traveling with Pets

5/21/13 7:28 AM

Do you want to bring your furry friends with you on vacation? You’re not the only one! Right now is prime travel time for many families. School is almost out for the summer which means many people will be hitting the roads, or the skies, to go on vacation! Luckily, there are many resources for those who want to bring their cat or dog on trips with them.  One fabulous website is: www.tripswithpets.com. This site gives many great travel tips, but also helps you to find pet-friendly hotels, airline policies for pet travel and more! The most important thing is the safety of your animal. With a little research and some planning ahead, you can ensure that your pet will be safe and the trip will be enjoyable for all of you!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Hey LeashLocket fans! We have an exciting announcement to make! During the month of May if you buy a LeashLocket you get a FREE bandana (an $8.99 value)!! If you have already purchased a LeashLocket and just want a bandana, you can buy it separately as well.

For those of you who are local, we will have a booth at the Furry Scurry this weekend, so come check us out! We will offer the free bandana with purchase at this event as well. We hope to see some of you there!

 

Posted in News By Leah Overton

Hi fans! We are excited to be participating in several upcoming local events. If any of you are in or around the Denver or Colorado Springs area, come see us!

Our first event is the Colorado Springs Pet Expo at the Colorado Springs Event Center that is happening this weekend, April 27-28. On Saturday the show runs from 10-5 and on Sunday it is from 11-4. We will be in the Mutt Masters Booth (#132) selling our LeashLockets.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Dog Intelligence

3/29/13 10:22 AM

Most of us know how smart our dogs are; now there is further proof! A group of researchers in France recently proved that dogs have an innate ability to discriminate between dogs, humans and other species. In this study, nine dogs were shown 144 pairs of pictures and needed to pick out their species. The number of dog breeds is huge; over 400 pure breeds of dogs exist. These dogs were able to pick out dogs even among the vast variation of breeds. They grouped dogs into a different category than humans and other animals.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Discount Code and Dog Life Expectancy

Hello, friends! Good news, we are running a spring special! If you or any of your friends want to order a LeashLocket, enter the code BEST at checkout to get 10% off! You can order on our website or give us a call at 303-698-2000. Also remember if any of you are in the DC area over the weekend stop by the Super Pet Expo in Chantilly, VA and visit us at booth #619, we are looking forward to a good show!

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Posted in News By Nancy Steffens

Is Your Dog Overweight?

3/11/13 2:53 PM

Does your dog spend the whole day looking forward to meal time? Or begging for treats or table scraps? Many dogs love their food and if they lack exercise that can sometimes lead to weight problems. An astonishing 53% of adult dogs are considered overweight. This can lead to a slew of problems, including: heart problems, infections, heat exhaustion, osteoarthritis and in some cases cancer. Therefore, it’s imperative that we help our dogs maintain a healthy weight.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Hi everyone! We are gearing up for another pet expo, this time in Chantilly, VA. For any of our fans around the Washington DC area, we would love to see you! The show is open March 15-17 at the Dulles Expo Center. If you are going to the show you can use the following link to get $3 off your ticket purchase.

http://www.tixonlinenow.com/superpetexpova/tickets.asp?type=leashlocket

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Global Pet Expo 2013 Update

2/27/13 12:58 PM

Hello, fans! We are back from sunny Orlando and the Global Pet Expo. We had a great show and enjoyed the small amount of sunshine we got at the end of the day! The show was busy, as usual. We are always impressed by how many inventive pet products there are at these shows. There sure are some creative types in the pet industry! It definitely goes to show how much we all love our pets and want to make them as comfortable and happy as possible.

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

LEASHLOCKET HAS AN ICY GOOD TIME AT THE POLAR PLUNGE: 

This past Saturday, February 23rd, LeashLocket had the privilege of being one of the vendors at the 2013 Polar Plunge in Aurora, Colorado.

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Posted in News By Nancy Steffens

Global Pet Expo 2013

2/15/13 9:44 AM

Hi all! We are getting excited to head to the Global Pet Expo next week in Orlando, FL. The show runs from February 20-22nd. Are any of you going to be there? We would love if you stopped by our booth if you are there. We will be in booth #681. We sure are looking forward to seeing some familiar faces from last year and enjoying a little bit of the Florida sunshine!

The Global Pet Expo proved to be a huge show for us last year. Held at the Orange County Convention Center, it is the pet industry’s largest annual trade show. Last year there were over 2,400 booths, and it is expected to be the same this year.

We look forward to seeing some of you there! If you are one of the first five people to stop by our booth and mention this blog you will win a free t-shirt! Time-permitting we will check in from Florida and let you all know how the show is going.

Posted in News By Leah Overton

Talkin' Pets Radio Show

1/29/13 11:19 AM

Talkin’ Pets Radio Show

Hello fans! Our Communications Director, Leah Overton, was recently on Talkin’ Pets Radio with Jon Patch. Here is the link; Leah comes on at minute 36. Three lucky listeners won LeashLockets for their canine pals.

http://archives.warpradio.com/btr/TalkinPets/011918.mp3

We will keep you posted on any future radio shows that we do. Hope you are all having a great week!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Happy New Year!

1/23/13 8:56 AM

Hello, fans! Happy New Year to you all, albeit a little late. We hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season. It sure is fun to spoil our furry friends during the holidays! The dogs at the LeashLocket office definitely enjoyed some fun holiday treats! Did any of you do anything special for your dogs over the holidays? Hopefully some of them got a LeashLocket in their stocking!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Paying for Pets

11/9/12 11:18 AM

It’s no secret that our furry little friends often come with a big price tag. The initial cost of buying a puppy (or the usually-lower adoption fee) is just the beginning of the many costs associated with pets. There are the normal, everyday costs of food, treats and supplies. There are also occasional expenses such as toys, collars and leashes. The vet bills are what can get really expensive. Our little friends need shots, spaying or neutering and basic care which we can usually prepare for. However, when something unexpected happens, the costs start adding up. A freak accident can happen and the vet bill might be significantly more than we want to pay or can afford to pay. We love our dogs, but we still wish they were a LITTLE bit more careful!

So, what are the options to help get the costs under control? Some things can be done, by us, at home. For example, some dogs are easily groomed. Dogs with longer fur may be harder to groom at home, but brushing and bathing them regularly can help increase the time between groomer visits. Pet insurance is another option to help keep costs down. Pet insurance can be relatively inexpensive, and when animals have a big vet bill, it sure is appreciated! Many pet insurance companies offer varying levels of care, so depending on your finances you can choose what is best for you, and your furry friend. Another suggestion would be to have a pet savings account. By setting aside a certain amount of money each month, you can assure that you won’t have to choose between your finances and your dog. If your pet is lucky enough to live a life free of accidents, then you have some extra money for either yourself or perhaps another pet!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Hello to all of our fellow dog lovers!  Here at LeashLocket we are gearing up to head to two different shows next week. We will be attending SuperZoo in Las Vegas for the second year in a row, which we are very much looking forward to! If any of you are headed there this year please feel free to stop by our booth (#3268), we would love to see you! Our Sales Director, Rhonda Schirado, will be the resident expert as she is returning to the show for the second year in a row. Our President, Valerie Marshall, and Communications Director, Leah Overton, will both be attending the show for the first time and are ready for the chaos and fun that is sure to ensue. We are not sure how much we’ll be able to soak up the desert heat, but we hope to sneak outside for at least a few minutes of sunshine! Who knows, maybe we will try our luck at the tables too!

While these ladies are working the SuperZoo show, our Director of Customer Support and Fulfillment, Nancy Steffens, will head to Spokane, WA for the Jensen Marketplace 2012 show. This will be our first year at the show and Nancy is looking forward to meeting some new customers and distributors! The Jensen show is a retail hardware show, which is a bit of a new market for us, but so far we have had lots of interest!

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Posted in News By Leah Overton

Greetings from Nuremberg, where LeashLocket is attending Interzoo for the first time! Yes, we’re among more than 1,500 pet product vendors sharing 90,000 square meters of display area at this event, billed as the leading international exhibition for the pet industry.

For LeashLocket Director of Communications, Margaret Rankin the trip is proving to be old home week. Having spent eight years of her life in German-speaking countries, Margaret got right into the swing of things when it comes to outlining all of LeashLocket’s many advantages. But while the language proved to be no problem, the highways are another matter. It’s hard to go 100 miles an hour, particularly if it makes other passengers in the car nauseous. It’s even more disappointing to find out that one has gone 100 miles an hour in the wrong direction, over and over again!

LeashLocket is getting a fantastic reception from Germany and Europe at large, and once again the team has been unable to leave the display floor for more than a few minutes a day, as Europe has been eager to hear about this innovative invention in retractable leashes that makes every walk with your pet safer, more convenient, and always in control.

We’ve only been here for two days of the four-day convention, and we already sold out of all of the stock we brought. Luckily our host, Altranet distributor Willem Stam, has put his stash of LeashLockets at our disposal and we’re busy selling them too!

 Thanks, Willem, for teaming us up with fantastic booth mates BooBooLoon, H204K9, Litter Spinner and Pet Cooler. We hope everyone enjoys it here as much as we have been doing, and wish you all a very successful Interzoo 2012!

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Posted in News By Margaret Rankin

Summer will soon be upon us, and if your puppy doesn’t yet know how to swim, maybe it’s a good time to look at some of the options.

Our friends at Life With Dogs, http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2011/08/teach-your-dog-to-swim/ want you to be sure to remember that not all dogs can swim – it has to be learned: 

“Check with your vet. Swimming while great exercise, is a job for the fit and not for all dogs. Be extra careful with short snouted dogs who cannot breathe well, and keep in mind that deep chested muscular dogs are going to have a harder time and may likely sink!”

But Life With Dogs goes on to give a step by step set of instructions on your dog’s first encounter with the drink, including a section on “some common sense things you may not have thought of, like avoiding getting scratched while swimming with your dog and keeping an eye on how much he or she drinks, as water overdoses can be fatal!

Over at PetMD, http://www.petmd.com/dog/training/evr_dg_how_to_teach_your_dog_how_to_swim,  the doggie swim instructors also recommend safety first: “Never (ever!) leave a dog unattended in the water, not even for a minute. And for goodness sake, don’t throw your dog into the water for her first swim. It’ll only frighten her to the point that she’ll never want to swim again.”

They then go on to encourage starting slow, rather than rushing your pooch, and developing a post-swim ritual such as a final rinse with fresh water and lots of verbal and physical praise.

At the American Kennel Club, “Ask AKC” Columnist Lisa Peterson talks specifically about dogs and chlorinated pools, as well as some important safety rules at http://www.akc.org/press_center/akc_syndicate/ask_AKC/0606.cfm .

When it comes to LeashLocket and swimming, dog owners are always asking us whether it’s okay to get LeashLocket wet, and what to do when that happens. The answer is sure, it’s perfectly fine – LeashLocket is water resistant and designed to allow water to drain freely from the locket holding the leash.

LeashLocket does, however, need to be dry to move as freely as possible in and out of the locket, and if you’ve got a beach dog or one who loves to hike through streams, here are a few tips that will help your LeashLocket stay in perfect working order.

If your dog goes swimming while wearing LeashLocket, just remove LeashLocket from your dog’s collar or harness and extend the leash all the way, locking it at its full length. Rinse the leash thoroughly with clean, fresh water, and then allow it to dry fully extended and flat. Once your leash is dry, simply release the lock button and retract the leash into the locket – your LeashLocket is ready to use again!

If you live at the beach, sand can get into your LeashLocket. As LeashLocket inventor Dave Marshall notes, “Sand is like sandpaper, it’s abrasive. Sand and pretty much anything mechanical don’t mix well.” Sand that makes its way into the inner workings of LeashLocket could prevent the moving parts from functioning optimally, so Dave suggests that pet owners at the beach detach LeashLocket from their dog’s collar or harness and carry it in their pocket or another receptacle until they are ready to leave the beach. If sand does get into your LeashLocket, however, simply follow the instructions above, extending and locking the leash and rinsing it in clear, fresh water before allowing it to lie flat to dry.

Mud can also keep your LeashLocket from functioning optimally, so if your dog gets into some, again, please follow the instructions above.

We would love to hear your experiences with using LeashLockets with your dogs who like to swim and otherwise get wet. Please send them to mrankin@leashlocket.com!

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Posted in News By Margaret Rankin

It used to be that people were very particular about the kind of dog they wanted. If it was their first dog, they spent months researching the attributes and drawbacks of various breeds. Once they had chosen the breed, depending on their resources, they sought a purebred puppy, with a pedigree if possible. For those who had already had a dog, the next dog was likely to be the same breed as the first.

In my family, growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, we had three successive German Shorthaired Pointers. We were living in West Berlin when we bought the first one in a small, East German village, driving our Peugeot station wagon through Checkpoint Charlie and the empty countryside to the home of a renowned Shorthair breeder. He ushered us around to the back of his farm, where the latest litter of puppies was tearing through troughs filled with cow eyeballs and guts. Gina von Hasenkamp, as her papers identified her, was one of them.

My father was pleased with his choice. Gina was so beautiful, so smart, with perfect markings and a majestic and powerful build, he said. But that was as effusive as he got. She was a dog, and he and the rest of us treated Gina the way dogs were treated back then. She lived in the yard for most of the day, coming in when we got home from school if she felt like it - and sometimes she didn’t. She ate the apples, plums and pears that grew in the yard, and once a day we fed her a bowl of dog food, nothing else. She was an animal, after all.

Gina did her part by behaving the way dogs did back then. She bit the mailman, many times, even somehow jumping over the 5-foot fence once to knock him off his bicycle. She barked raucously at passersby, and occasionally escaped our yard to roam the streets, menacing our neighbors and letting any other dog she encountered know she was boss. My Dad was careful to train her well, but she answered only to him, seeming to regard male humans outside our family as prey. She was big for a German Shorthair. She killed creatures that crossed her path and loved to roll in any carcass she found. She was an expert retriever of everything my father shot while hunting, both in the water and on land. In short, she was fierce and she knew it. She slept in what we called the “dog room”, and regarded it as her territory.

In 1976 we moved back to Rockville, Maryland. A year or so later, when I was 13, my father insisted I take a paper route, delivering 70 copies of the Washington Post each day at 4 a.m. One dark morning I realized a man was following me on the route. Gina was at my side, and began to growl deep in her throat. I picked up my speed and so did the man. When I broke into a run, I heard Gina’s growl wax into a nasty snarl. She left my side and I heard her run towards him. I turned around just in time to see her launch through the air onto his chest. She bit into his throat in mid-air. I ran all the way home and my parents called the police. They were unable to find the man, so Gina must not have killed him. But she turned up almost an hour later, radiant with pride. She seemed to know she had fulfilled her function in accompanying me on my morning rounds.

Gina lived until 1982, a total of 13 years. LeashLocket didn’t exist then, but it wouldn’t have mattered if it did. Gina didn’t wear a leash most of the time. My Dad felt it was unfair to curtail her freedom that way, even though it meant she got hit by cars several times. At the very end, she became so ill that my parents decided there was no choice but to put her to sleep. Back then we either didn’t know or didn’t acknowledge that chocolate was not healthy for dogs, and as Gina’s last supper my mother made her a rare treat – her very own chocolate cake, a present she’d never had before.

The next Pointer to come to us was Lola, bought outside Ellicott City near Baltimore from a breeder who wasn’t anything fancy. We knew we couldn’t expect a breeder of the caliber we encountered in Germany. During Lola’s life, the distinction between human and dog in my family got very blurry. My Dad regularly called her by both my mother’s name and mine, and she slept in the bed with my younger brother. Unlike Gina, she was privileged to enjoy scraps from the table, though she was required to stay out of the dining room during meals.

Lola was smaller than Gina, and sweeter. She didn’t bite anyone, and was wholly indifferent to other dogs. Lola was easily controllable on any kind of a leash, because she didn’t really care about being controlled. She was no good as a hunting dog, crunching up the birds before dropping them at my father’s feet. But rather than hunt or walk, she much preferred to lie in the sawdust in my Dad’s wood shop, just happy to be by his side as he built one piece of shaker furniture after another.

Lola lived 13 years as well, and then my parents got Bridget. Bridget was probably the runt of the litter – tiny, and a total mush. She had no interest whatsoever in the icky sport of hunting. My brother went to college, and when my parents made the concession of getting her a dog bed of her own to go in their room, Bridget made it clear that was unacceptable – she would be sleeping in their bed with them, thank you very much.

It was a good thing my brothers and I were grown and out of the house by this time, because it meant there was now room for Bridget at the table during all meals, complete with her own placemat and Blue Willow pattern china. Bridget also made herself part of the conversation, barking and whining at my parents when she found the tone unpleasant, or when she felt she had been shafted on her portion of the meal.

When it comes to LeashLocket, Bridget was the ideal candidate. She never went anywhere without my Dad, so it always stayed in place right on her collar, keeping my Dad from being fined for not having a leash. LeashLocket is also small and light enough to stay completely out of the way when Bridget was doing what she liked best – lying on top of my Dad in his LazyBoy, watching TV.

Bridget died this year in January, yep, also at the age of 13. Having had three German Shorthaired Pointers named Gina, Lola and Bridget, the joke has always been that my parents would get a fourth – and last – pointer puppy and name it “Uh”, making her the final syllable in the name of Gina Lollobrigida, an Italian actress from the ‘50s my Dad admired. But it was not to be. Now, see, dogs are not the same thing they were when I was a kid. They’re full-fledged members of the family, and if the internet is to be believed, most people in America who send Christmas cards also sign the card for their dog, right next to their names and those of their children.

These days, people no longer need good hunting or guard dogs. What they’re looking for is some doggie to love, and one who loves them in return. Accordingly, people are increasingly turning to shelters to adopt unwanted dogs. My own parents are among them. When my parents get over losing Bridget, they will go to a local shelter in Rockville and choose themselves a new dog. “I don’t want a puppy, I want it to be older because we are too,” my mother says. “And I don’t want a purebred, I want a mutt, something small that I can handle better now on walks.”

In this choice, my parents are bang on trend. According to a recent APPA survey, small dogs under 25 pounds increased from 38% of the dogs owned in 2006 to 47% in 2010. Medium dogs, from 25-40 pounds, are on the decrease, having waned from 33% of dogs owned in 1998 to 26% in 2010. Ownership of large dogs is still increasing, but not as quickly as that of small dogs: Large dogs comprised 45% of those owned in 1998, and 47% in 2010.

Jim Furlong, a real estate agent in Santa Cruz, last week described a recent night out with his buddies: “At a dinner meeting on Tuesday the guys got into this conversation about how most of us no longer have the big Labs and Shepherds . We now have little ‘Pound Dogs’ that we treat like kids. They sleep on the bed, they have toys. (They) can do no wrong. We love these little stinkers.”

Do you love your little stinker too? Tell us about it!

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Mouthfuls Pet Boutique owners Deb Dempsey and Tonya Payne have been friends for 30 years and went into business together in 1999. That’s when, while on a trip to Las Vegas, they came up with the idea for Doggone Fresh Breath Mints to cure doggie halitosis. The invention went big quickly, Deb recalls, but she always knew she wanted to open a retail shop as well.

“We were on QVC, and all of a sudden we were filling all these huge orders. I thought, well, if we can handle this, we can certainly handle a store.”

So one day in 2004, the two friends went cruising together in Denver, where they had met as high school students back in 1982. “We’ve always done everything by feel,” Deb recalls. “We drove around, and we said ‘this feels right.’ We got lucky, we were right.”

Deb and Tonya had chosen a shop front in the Berkeley neighborhood of North Denver. On March 1, 2005, they opened it as Mouthfuls, a pet store and community mainstay that has won numerous local awards, including “5280” magazine’s Top of the Town awards, and “Westword” weekly’s Best of Denver awards. On Monday at the shop, Deb was happy to share some of the tips that helped her and Tonya to make Mouthfuls a success.

Tip #1: Running a pet store is a lot more physical than you think it might be.

“It’s basically like running a grocery store,” says Deb, so get ready for the heavy lifting! Deb takes nine deliveries a week to the storage units behind the shop, and she’s not happy until everything is put away. “We have a real cozy feel up front, but there’s a lot of product in the back, and that’s how we like to keep it,” she says. “I hate to go into a place that has lots of boxes lying around. We like to keep our chaos to the back!”

Tip #2: When setting up your store, don’t buy anything new!

“I’ve seen people who have spent $100,000 on just the fixtures in their store,” Deb says, noting that such an amount could well exceed annual profits for a pet store just starting out. Deb and Tonya did it differently. “We looked at each other and said, ‘what do I have at my house, what do you have at your house? What do we have at [the dog breath mint] warehouse?’” The two went to estate sales, dug through dumpsters, and looked for any way they could to reduce their opening costs. They bought two bakery cases off Craigslist for $250, then sold one of them for $200. They even recycled their trade show booth, turning it into the boutique’s checkout counter. The result? The shop has a vibrant, colorful and homey feel that makes all who enter comfortable, and like staying a while.

Tip #3: Turn adversity into advantage, or, PR will get you much farther than advertising.

“When we started out, we did all of this advertising, but it really just doesn’t work,” Deb notes. Instead, Deb began to write press releases and send them out. Then the pet food recall of 2007 gave them a real windfall. “When that happened, Petco and Petsmart wouldn’t let [the media] in, and so they all came here. We became a real media horse,” Deb says. Mouthfuls got so much exposure from that recall that everyone in Denver suddenly knew who they were.

Shortly thereafter, Tonya had some tenants vacate a rental property she owned, and the tenants left their cat behind. The cat got stuck in between the walls, and so Deb went to work on the internet, sending out queries on how to get a cat out of such a predicament. Almost immediately the situation became the story of Freddy the Cat. Deb says it won Chris van der Veen from Denver’s Channel 9 an Emmy, all while putting Mouthfuls even more firmly on the map.

So the idea is to look for opportunities that can act as a showcase for your products, even if, at first glance, they look like a situation you might want to avoid.

Tip #4: It’s an absolute necessity that a pet store be owner-operated in the beginning stages.

“You have to be passionate about it yourself,” Deb says, noting that many people buy a store and then leave it to others to run. “You’ve got to remember that you’re going to be selling the same things as everyone else, and you have to figure out how to differentiate yourself – you’ve got to pick a niche.”

For Deb and Tonya, the best niche was service and knowledge in an atmosphere that makes the customer comfortable.

“People say they come in just to feel better,” Deb says, noting that the store has a very social and loyal clientele, many of whom stop in every day to have a chat and pick up a treat for their pet.

Getting that niche right, of course, means having the right people, which brings us to Deb’s last tip:

Tip #5: Empower your employees!

“We’ve been really fortunate in that we have very little turnover, but that’s because we empower every one of our employees. There’s nothing anyone can’t get out of my 18-year-old son that they can get out of me,” she says of her son Travis, who has been interested in the business since he was 13 and now works there. “Then there are no cameras in the store and no time clock. Tonya and I clean the bathroom and the store, you know, we just wouldn’t ask anyone to do something we wouldn’t do ourselves.

“We might not have the benefits of large corporate companies, but we make up for it in other ways,” she says. “It just goes back to treating people the way they want to be treated.”

About Mouthfuls: If you and your pet want to be treated well, make sure to stop off for your own chat and a treat at Mouthfuls!

Address: 4224 Tennyson Street (North Denver) Between 38th and 44th Avenues / Between Sheridan and Federal Phone: 720-855-7505

Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Social Media:

Website: http://www.mouthfuls.net/index.htm

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mouthfuls-Pet-Boutique/62583053909?ref=ts

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Hi All, hope you've got some fab Easter weekend plans! Here are the answers to our Dog Trivia Quiz: Watch for our announcement of the winner later today at www.facebook.com/leashlocket.
  1. Scooby Doo may be the most famous Great Dane in the world. But there’s one thing that differentiates him from all other well-known Great Danes. What is it?

Answer: Scooby Doo is a cartoon! http://www.danelinks.com/famous-great-danes

  1. What’s a good way to get chewing gum off my dog’s feet and out of his fur?

Answer: Peanut butter – it really works and it’s safe for your dog, who will enjoy licking off any remnants you miss! http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080109103456AA3YnPL

  1. What was the name of the dog on the Little Rascals, and what breed was he?

Answer: Pete the Pitbull!

  1. Terry is the Cairn Terrier who played Toto in “The Wizard of Oz”. How much was her salary during the filming?

Answer: Terry earned $125 per week during the filming of the 1939 movie, according to fortheloveofthedogblog.  This is amazing, considering the average American salary that year was $1,730 – per year! The pup was so popular in her role that her owner eventually changed her name to Toto. For more on her, go to http://dogblog.dogster.com/2011/07/26/the-riveting-rea-story-of-toto/

  1. The word lassie can be defined as a girl or young woman who is unmarried. Yet in the long-running series featuring the dog of the same name, all the dogs who played Lassie were male. Why is this?

Answer:  All the dogs who played Lassie were male because males have thicker coats, which was thought to look better on camera. http://www.lassieweb.org/lassfact.htm

  1. The world’s oldest known dog passed away on December 5, 2011. What was his name and how old was he?

Answer: Pusuke, who lived with his owner in Sakura, Japan, and was 26 years and eight months old when he died on December 5, which made him about 125 years old in human years! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/worlds-oldest-dog-dies_n_1132675.html

  1. What are dewclaws and why do dogs have them?

Answer: Dewclaws are vestigial claws higher up on a dog’s legs so they don’t touch the ground when the dog is standing. They allow dogs to better grip and hold something they might be chewing on, like a bone. Dewclaws are often removed on dogs who run through brush on a regular basis, as they can become easily torn and infected.

  1. Where and when did LeashLocket debut?

Answer: LeashLocket debuted at SuperZoo pet product convention in Las Vegas in September 2011.

  1. Can dogs learn to dance like humans?

Answer: Of course they can! Just take a look at this fantastic video, “Dancing Merengue Dog”! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc9xq-TVyHI

  1. What is the most popular name for a dog?

Answer:  Max, like the dog in “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” http://www.petvr.com/index.php/pages/TopDogNames.html

 

  1. Who is the dog governor of New Mexico?

Answer: Travelin’ Jack, who received 798 votes. For more of his story, please visit his website, Travelin’ Jack’s Dog Blog, http://travelinjacksdog-blog.blogspot.com/

  1. What is the only dog breed in the world that does not have a pink tongue?

Answer: The Chow has a black tongue. http://www.factsaboutanimals.net/strange-animal-facts.htm

  1. Who is the most popular “First Dog” in history?

Answer: Millie, the English Springer Spaniel brought to the White House by George H.W. Bush and his Barbara Bush is the most popular “First Dog”. Barbara Bush’s book about Millie was on the bestseller list for 29 weeks.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millie_(dog)

  1. What is the world’s biggest dog breed?

Answer: According to workingdogweb, “the Irish Wolfhound is considered the world’s tallest breed of dog, based on its official breed standard. A male should be at least 32 to 34 inches tall, according to the breed standard, while a female should be at least 30 inches tall.” For more on this entry, please see http://www.workingdogweb.com/DogFacts.htm

  1. Where did the poodle breed originate?

Answer: According to Petyak (http://www.petyak.com/dogs/general/dog-trivia.aspx) “Contrary to popular belief, the Poodle did not originate in France.It was originally a German breed used for hunting, water retrieving and even herding.You can see the breed’s similarity to other curly-coated herding breeds such as the Puli.Poodle coats will curl and even cord if allowed to grow out.”

  1. What is the average body temperature of a dog?

Answer: 101.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. http://dogs.about.com/od/faqs/f/normal_temp.htm

  1. Before Tugg the Bull Terrier Puppy went to live with Blake Ovard and became a super hero, how was he found?

Answer: Tugg was very sick as a puppy, so his owners took him to a busy roadway, wrapped him him a blanket and staked the blanket to the ground. The put a sign next to it that said “dog”. Someone saw him and called the police and animal control. For more on Tugg’s story, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZncahUJdRs

  1. Where was LeashLocket inventor Dave Marshall when he first came up with the idea for LeashLocket?

Answer: Dave was camping with his family in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

  1. Which raw fish can cause poisoning in dogs?

Answer: Salmon http://www.funtrivia.com/submitquiz.cfm?quiz=197844

  1. What is the top grossing dog film of all time?

Answer: The top grossing dog film of all time is "Marley and Me" (2008) $142,992,475. http://www.webvet.com/main/2012/02/06/dogs-10-trivia-treats

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LeashLocket Trivia Blog!

3/23/12 12:10 PM

For this week’s blog we’re running a dog trivia contest. For a chance to win your own large, red LeashLocket and wrist strap, simply go to https://www.facebook.com/LeashLocket#!/LeashLocket?sk=app_156233146501 and answer the 20 questions. We’ll pick a winner in two weeks on Friday, April 6!

  1. Scooby Doo may be the most famous Great Dane in the world. But there’s one thing that

differentiates him from all other well-known Great Danes. What is it?

a)      Scooby Doo is the biggest Great Dane ever.

b)      Scooby Doo is afraid of ghosts.

c)       Scooby Doo is a cartoon.

  1. What’s a good way to get chewing gum off my dog’s fur?

a)      Roll your dog in sand until the gum falls off.

b)      Cut the gum out with scissors.

c)       Use peanut butter to slide it off the fur.

  1. What was the name of the dog on the Little Rascals, and what breed was he?

a)      Rover the Rottweiler

b)      Pete the Pitbull

c)       Lisa the Lhasa apso

  1. Terry is the Cairn Terrier who played Toto in “The Wizard of Oz”. How much was her salary during the filming in 1939?

a)      $125 per week

b)      $12.50 per week

c)       $1.25 per week

  1. The word lassie can be defined as a girl or young woman who is unmarried. Yet in the long-running series featuring the dog of the same name, all the dogs who played Lassie were male. Why is this?

a)      Male collies have thicker coats.

b)      Male collies are smarter.

c)       Male collies remember scripts better.

  1. The world’s oldest known dog passed away on December 5, 2011. What was his name and how old was he?

a)      Sugar, 24 years.

b)      Bluey, 29 years.

c)       Pusuke, 26 years.

  1. What are dewclaws and why do dogs have them?

a)      Dewclaws are little hooks that help dogs walk on wet grass.

b)      They are vestigial claws that help dogs to hold things.

c)       Dewclaws are the part of the paws dogs use to bury their waste.

  1. Where and when did LeashLocket debut?

a)      At the Superbowl in Dallas-Fort Worth on Feb. 6, 2011

b)      At the Super Heavyweight World Title in Oakland on Feb. 19, 2012

c)       At SuperZoo in Las Vegas, Sept. 13, 2011

  1. Can dogs learn to dance like humans?

a)      Yes

b)      No

c)       I can’t remember

  1. What is the most popular name for a dog?

a)      Bowser

b)      King

c)       Max

  1. Who is the dog governor of New Mexico?

a)      Maundering Minnie

b)      Travelin’ Jack

c)       John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

  1. What is the only dog breed in the world that does not have a pink tongue?

a)      An Opossum

b)      A Corgie

c)       A Chow

  1. Who is the most popular “First Dog” in history?

a)      Millie the Springer Spaniel

b)      Buddy the Chocolate Lab

c)       Abraham Lincoln’s mutt Fido

  1. What is the world’s biggest dog breed?

a)      The Irish Wolfhound

b)      The Gigantonormous Chihuagator

c)       The English Mastiff

  1. Where did the poodle breed originate?

a)      In the cotton fields of Alabama

b)      In the vineyards of France

c)       In the hunting grounds of Germany

  1. What is the average body temperature of a dog?

a)      101.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

b)      98.6 to 100.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

c)       82.2 to 84.6 degrees Farhrenheit

  1. Before Tugg the Bull Terrier Puppy went to live with Blake Ovard and became a super hero, how was he found?

a)      He was wrapped in a blanket that was staked to the ground near a busy intersection and labeled with a piece of paper that said “dog”.

b)      He was discovered at Berlin’s Tierpark Friedrichsfelde Zoo, living amongst a litter of dingos

c)       He followed a family of ostriches home to their farm in South Africa one day in 2010.

  1. Where was LeashLocket inventor Dave Marshall when he first came up with the idea for LeashLocket?

a)      He was at Oktoberfest in Munich

b)      He was at a Guy Fawkes bonfire in England’s West Midlands

c)       He was camping in the Colorado Rockies

  1. Which raw fish can cause poisoning in dogs?

a)      A California Roll

b)      Salmon

c)       Orange Roughy

  1. What is the top grossing dog film of all time?

a)      “Lady and the Tramp”

b)      “101 Dalmatians”

c)       “Marley & Me”

 

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Here at LeashLocket we were disappointed last month when Punxsutawney Phil caught a glimpse of his shadow on Groundhog Day, February 2nd.  Enough of this winter stuff, we said, we wanna get outside and play! But you know what? When Phil sees his shadow, all it means is six more weeks of winter from February 2nd. Today’s already March 9th, so if there’s any truth to the Groundhog Day tradition, we can look forward to more summery weather as early as the end of next week. That's right on schedule with the spring-forward clock change this weekend!

If you think you’re ready for spring, imagine how your pup feels. It’s finally time to get outside again – much more fun than tv! There all sorts of fun smells to smell, old friends to greet at the dog park and new ones to make. And every day it’ll be lighter for just a bit longer, which means that window for walkies after work is only getting bigger!

There are some things to keep in mind when you and your dog start spending more time outside, however. Phyllis Geroux, of Ask a Veterinarian (http://www.askaveterinarian.org/2011/03/02/get-your-dog-ready-for-spring/), has this to say:

“If you feel your dog needs a quick check-up – not a bad idea if there hasn’t been much opportunity for exercising in the winter – make an appointment with your veterinarian for a clean bill of health. A trip to the groomers for a weather appropriate trim may also be in order, followed by a trip to your favorite pet supplies shop for a new ball or toy to take to the dog park.

With more exposure to the outdoors, this brings with it the higher risk for fleas and ticks. Before you make regular trips to the dog park a habit, be sure you have protection in order – be it a special collar or medication to keep the nasty pests away. Also when outdoors, note that some plants and fertilizers are toxic to dogs when swallowed. Since you are likely to see neighbors preparing their lawns for the warmer months, you may wish to do a survey of the area to see if there are spots your dog should avoid for his safety.”

The experts over at the American Kennel Club also had some good advice. They concurred on the idea of a spring check-up but also had some further tips at http://www.akc.org/press_center/ready_for_spring.cfm :

  • Drop the winter weight. Many of us pack on a few pounds during the cold winter months, and chances are our dogs have too. If your dog is looking a little fuller these days it's time to talk to your veterinarian about a safe weight loss regimen for Fido. Try cutting back on treats that add calories to your dog's diet. Instead, try giving him baby carrots.
  • Play outside. Now that the weather is warming up, take the opportunity to get outside with your dog. Start slowly if your dog hasn't exercised much over the winter. Try taking a walk to the local dog park, or playing fetch in your yard. You can even begin training for agility by teaching your dog navigate through weave poles, run through tunnels and over jumps!
  • Beware of the grass. Your dog will finally be able to run and play on the grass, but be careful where you let Fido go. The chemicals used on lawns don't belong on your dog's paws. Make sure you clean his pads after playing on grass.
  • Groom the coat. Shedding increases in the springtime as dogs lose their winter coats. Make sure to brush your dog regularly. This will help keep the shedding under control, as brushing loosens and removes dead hair and dandruff from Fido's coat.

Over at Trupanion, blogger Stacy Kowalchuk has the following to add:

  • Prevent Heartworm . Heartworm is a dangerous condition that can eventually lead to death if left untreated. During the spring, more mosquitos, which are the carriers of heartworm, are out and about. Get your pet tested and be sure to keep him (or her) on a regular heartworm preventative. But Trupanion recommends that you keep recommends you keep your pet up to date on heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives, not only during the spring, but year-round to keep your pet healthy.
  • Treat allergies. If your pet develops hot spots, more frequent itching, scratching, licking or hari loss, he may be allergic to something. Make a trip to the vet to learn about how to deal with these symptoms.
  • Watch out for poisonous plants and other toxins. If you allow your pet to roam free, be sure there are no poisonous plants that may cause harm. Also be sure to keep them away from fertilized and pesticide sprayed gardens.

For more helpful tips on getting fido ready for more outside fun, check out these other spring-oriented dog blogs:

Leslie Bishop’s video tips on spring fun with your dog: http://www.watchmojo.com/index.php?id=6930

Over at Doggies.com they had this to say: http://www.doggies.com/articles/180-gearing-up-for-spring-activities-with-your-dog.html

And at Smart Living Today, http://www.smartlivingtoday.com/?p=382, the emphasis is on spring care and bathing for your dog.

And, as always, make sure your spring fun includes LeashLocket, right there on your dog’s collar or harness, ready to grab and go when you need it!

 

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LeashLocket Goes Global!

2/26/12 4:57 PM

On Sunday nearly the entire LeashLocket team will be headed for Orlando and the Global Pet Expo, and they’re telling us that this year’s convention will be the largest Global Pet Expo ever!

"We are thrilled at the consistent and impressive growth Global Pet Expo has enjoyed over the years. With more exhibitors and booths than ever, and an expectation for high attendance numbers, 2012 is shaping up to be our largest Show to date on many fronts," says Andrew Darmohraj, senior vice president of the American Pet Products Association (APPA), which hosts the Expo. "As the pet industry continues to expand, Global Pet Expo offers buyers the opportunity to see more new product launches than any other industry show. Global Pet Expo is the must-attend pet industry show of the year."

So LeashLocket will be rubbing shoulders for the first time with 890 pet product exhibitors and 2,452 booths during the three-day event, which takes place February 29 - March 2, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information on what’s there, take a look at the APPA’s press release at https://globalpetexpo.org/press/pressrelease_detail.asp?id=104

For LeashLocket, the Global Pet Expo represents a chance to meet with buyers and distributors from around the world. We’re already starting to have great success with our distributors in the UK and China, whom we met at the 2011 SuperZoo and H.H. Backer shows in the fall. Now it’s time to let the rest of the world know about LeashLocket!

If you’ve only just become aware of LeashLocket, it’s not so surprising. We’ve only been on the market since September of last year, and, in that time, have proven to be the strongest retractable dog leash, ounce for ounce, on the market. Colorado inventor Dave Marshall came up with the idea for LeashLocket while on a camping trip to Glenwood Springs over the 4th of July, 2009. He then spent two years perfecting LeashLocket’s design with a team of 10 engineers and leading pet product experts. Dave and his wife Val, LeashLocket’s president and marketing director, took delivery of their first shipment of leashes in July of 2011.

That first shipment meant LeashLocket could debut at SuperZoo in Las Vegas last September, and since then we’ve been working to build relationships with retailers throughout the US and Canada. You can find the retailer nearest you at the store locator feature at the top of each page here on our website.

The Global Pet Expo also gives us a chance to meet members of the media in pet journalism throughout the world, letting them know about the first retractable leash in a locket that lets your dog carry the leash for a change. If you know any members of the media who might like to review a complimentary LeashLocket, we’ll be happy to send them one. Just write to Margaret Rankin at mrankin@leashlocket.com, and she’ll set it up.

We look forward to seeing our fellow pet product manufacturers, buyers and distributors at this year’s Global Pet Expo. Hey, it’s Florida in the springtime, not bad! A bunch of the LeashLocket kids are coming too, to hang out at the pool while we’re working and for a group trip to Disneyworld – can’t wait!

If, however, you won’t be attending Global this year yourselves and would like more information of any kind on LeashLocket, just let us know at info@Leashlocket.com. We’re happy to help!

 

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Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away and it's a day that can strike terror into the hearts of many. Did you get the right gift? Will he bring you roses? Does the object of your desire even know you're alive?

One thing’s for sure: When it comes to you, your dog thinks every day of the year is Valentine’s Day. Most of us would be hard pressed to find a human who thinks about us even a smidgen of the time our dogs do. Heck, even our mothers might not like us that much – if you’ve got a dog for competition in showing someone they’re the most wonderful person in the world, well, you’ve got your work cut out for you.

We know there's no end to a dog's love, so this Valentine’s Day we’re asking you to share that amazing bounty. Today marks the start of our facebook contest to find out who is the lovey-est of them all. Send us in your most loved-up photos of you and your best friend together, and we’ll send the winner a free LeashLocket! Just go to the LeashLocket facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/LeashLocket and click the "Contests" tab to submit your photo of you and your pooch. We'll let our fans choose the winner!

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In recent years support has been growing across America for banning long leashes. People are tired of getting tangled up in their own dog’s leash, and of watching passersby get tangled in the leash of owners who are unable to control their dogs at the end of a very long leash. Super long leashes are increasingly seen as irresponsible and dangerous, and LeashLocket agrees – how can anyone control their pet at the end of 30 feet of unpredictability?

More and more, states and municipalities are taking the initiative to pass leash laws that limit lead length to 6 or 7 feet. Areas that recently put such laws in place or currently are implementing them include the following:

San Jose, CA: http://www.adoa.org/legislation-by-state/california/3658; Marin County, CA:
http://library.municode.com/HTML/16476/level2/TIT8AN_CH8.04ANCO.html#TIT8AN_CH8.04ANCO_8.04.175DOCOREPE;Livermore, CA: http://www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/police/ops/animal/ordinance/leashlaw.asp;

Erie, CO: http://www.erieco.gov/index.aspx?NID=264; Southmont Borough Johnstown, PA: 
http://www.southmontborough.com/leash-law.php; Kitty Hawk & Cape Hattaras (Outer Banks Leash Laws):http://www.outerbanksvacations.com/outer-banks-leash-laws.htm
Cambridge, MA (several others listed at 7 feet): http://www.massdog.org/2009/06/leash-laws/; and 
Dracut, MA: http://www.dracutpolice.com/animalC/LeashLaw.html

The focus has been on retractable leashes as they are seen as the primary offender. But the world of retractable leashes is changing as well.

Take LeashLocket, for instance. The large LeashLocket, meant for dogs up to 90 pounds, extends to just 6 feet. The small LeashLocket, for dogs up to 55 pounds, is just under 6 feet in length when fully extended. Then LeashLocket also features a super smooth locking mechanism that allows you to set the durable tape lead to your length of choice.

So LeashLocket is a perfect example of why retractable leashes deserve a second look these days, even for people who may not have been fans in the past. LeashLocket provides a retractable option that meets most new legislative guidelines and still gives your dog the freedom to play, yet have the leash available at a moment's notice.

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LeashLocket’s First Christmas

Win a Free LeashLocket with Your Own Funny Christmas Pet Story!

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LeashLocket Holiday Special Rolls Out To Public at Denver Holiday Food & Gift Festival

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Get Your Dogs Barking at Puppy Up! Walks Nationwide to Fight Canine Cancer This Sunday, Nov. 6

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The LeashLocket team has been traveling like mad lately: First it was to Tyson’s Corner, Virginia for BlogPaws in August, and then to Las Vegas for our SuperZoo debut in September. After that it was Atlanta for BarkWorld and then on to the H.H. Backer Christmas show in Chicago last week. Now we’re headed to the St. Louis Pet Lover’s Expo on the 29th, and everywhere we go we’re seeing dogs, dogs, dogs. So we asked our friend Jill Lane - blogger extraordinaire and mom to Travelin’ Jack at http://travelinjacksdog-blog.blogspot.com/ - for her favorite travel tips for dogs. Here’s what she sent us:

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LeashLocket retractable dog leash launches to the public and media in September.

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LeashLocket™ Launches Internet Sales!

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The idea for LeashLocket leash was born on the 4th of July 2009 when Dave and Val Marshall went camping in the Colorado Rockies with their kids, Dirk and Aly, and their favorite neighbor family....

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