Our 12th Anniversary Poochie Love Story

Your dog makes you a better person™
and this month we recognize
LOVE.

It is a theme that is fitting for both Valentine’s Day and our 12th year anniversary here at Poochie-Pets, which was founded on this day in 2005.

12 years ago what started out as a need to communicate with my family dog began its evolution into a business that now employs 10 amazing souls, supports over 3,000 stores, connects to hundreds of vendors and consumes most of my attention every day. I look back over the last decade of this evolution from a single invention; PoochieBells®, to the drive to create a product line to enhance the lives of dog families everywhere.

I am frequently asked: “what is it like to start, grow and live the world of a business owner and entrepreneur, what are your take-aways?”.  Poochie-Pets started as a dream and fun discussion on a car ride home from a friend’s home with my family. Recognizing we needed to quickly figure out how to better communicate with our dog at potty time, evolved into a handcrafted product (originally made in our home’s basement), team of people and company that has created a product segment in the pet industry. Now, Poochie-Pets is driving forward to evolve into a thriving full line pet product company.

Personally, this company has brought excitement, fear, stress, happiness, self-reflection, drive, and tears along with laughs, travel, connections, failures and success. Most of all, though, Poochie-Pets has brought me incredible LOVE.

I love knowing that families everywhere that use our products find that they enhance the relationship between them and their dog. I love that I surround myself with a team that is passionate about what they do and believe in our company. I love that I can continually learn, face challenges and grow. I love that I have given my children an example of how to believe in your dreams and pursue, take risks, challenge yourself. I love that my family and friends constantly rally around me and support my vision, both highs and lows, I love that I have found the most amazing people in my life through this company.

Most of all, though, I love that this small little company was started out of the love within my family and our then, new dog: Oscar. That love and desire to make our lives better by communicating with him created a vision within me and I am so very thankful.

Happy Anniversary Team Poochie-Pets!

A Happier You and a Happier Dog, too!

Five Things You Can Do To Make Your Dog Happier

  1. Rotate Toy Selection – We all love new stuff, keep it interesting for your dog by rotating their toy selection.
  2. Keep Your Dog’s Diet Consistent – Keep your dog on a consistent diet of their dog food. Keeping consistent creates a calm digestive process.
  3. Walk Your Dog – Great for you and your dog. Even a 15 minute stroll adds to your dog’s mental happiness and fitness.
  4. Appreciation and Praise, Both verbal and physical: Talk to your dog and give him a snuggle. Spending a few moments to reconnect with your dog through praise lets your dog know he is loved and in a secure relationship ☺ Don’t we all want that?
  5. Keep Calm. Your dog’s behavior many times is a reflection of your mental state and environment. Try to keep an environment that is calm and peaceful for your pooch.

Five Ways Your Dog Makes You A Happier Person

  1. Your Dog is Always There For You. Doesn’t matter how moody you are, that you haven’t gotten out of your pajamas all day, he’s there by your side to listen and love you.
  2. Your Dog Makes You Laugh. I know there is always something quirky my dog is up to. Most recently a fascination with my daughter’s hair clip, seen by him as an intruder in the home, he made us laugh by his unexpected fierce reaction to it. Spending time each day to observe him consistently gives me joy and a few laughs.
  3. Daily Walks. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t make time for it, our daily walks are a great stress reducer and way for me to reconnect with the outdoors.
  4. Connection with Other Dog Owners & Conversation. I cannot count the number of times I have joyfully talked about my pug with other pug owners. An immediate and fun connection with people I would otherwise not have connected with.
  5. Love. Simply put: Love. He loves me, he needs me each day, makes me feel loved, special and needed.

Snuggle Buddy Blanket for the Holidays

You’ll Always Be Just a Sniff Away with Snuggle Buddy Blanket Under Your Pooch

-Provide comfort and security to your furry friend.­                     

October 31, 2016 – Simsbury, CT – You will never be replaced in your dog’s eyes, but Poochie­-Pets has created the next best thing. Quality­ crafted in the USA and shaped as a girl in pink and boy in blue, Snuggle Buddy Blanket is your four­ legged family member’s security blanket and companion all in one. Dogs are naturally comforted by their owner’s scent, which helps to relieve stress and anxiety. By holding Snuggle Buddy close to your body or sleeping with it for a few days, your scent will be absorbed into the fabric and your pooch will always be just a sniff away from their best friend, you.

Sweet, functional and better than an article of clothing from you that might send the wrong message that your garments are theirs; Snuggle Buddy is your dog’s very own blanket. Place inside your dog’s crate or travel carrying case, Snuggle Buddy becomes their cuddly companion while at doggie daycare or the pet sitter. Let’s face it, we’ve all needed a security blanket at some time in our lives; let Snuggle Buddy Blanket be your dog’s.

Snuggle Buddy is made of supple, minky, 100% polyester, machine­ washable fabric and should not be ironed. Makes a great gift for the dog lover, with a newly reduced price just in time for the holiday season. Made in the USA. Measures 16″ x 23″. MSRP: $19.99 www.poochie­pets.net

For more information, images or product samples contact
Dianne Howles at Poochie-Pets, LLC 860‑408-9003 or dhowles@poochie-pets.net.

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Let’s Make Super-Easy, Poochie Punk-Oat-Nutter Treats!

No Bake Dog Treats

Share a little time and love with your furry best friend with these super-easy, pumpkin base treats for your pooch. Our team of in-house testers gobbled these up. No baking involved and your pooch will think you’re a rock star!
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter (choose a low sodium/low sugar variety)
  • 1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin (canned, or pureed fresh)
  • 3 tbs Honey
  • 2 1/2 cups Oats

Directions:

Combine peanut butter, pumpkin and honey in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Scoop by tablespoon and drudge through oats to coat and shape into bite-sized balls. Consider the size of your lucky pooch when shaping. Place individually on a baking sheet or in a sealable container.

Store in fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks (3 months if frozen).
With very casual sizing ( for a small furkin and a medium) we resulted in 30 treats.

 

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PoochieLife Reason #657

“After adopting a Rescue Cocker Spaniel, Bo, we adopted another Rescue, Ginger. That got me started on Fostering and eventually Rescuing on my own. I’ve Rescued/Fostered 14 Cockers in less than 5 years. I’m definitely better for it, thanks to Bo.”

Vin
and
Bo, Ginger, Milo, and many others

Poochie-Pets Unleashes New Wholesale Website

Poochie-Pets Unleashes New Wholesale Website

-Makers of PoochieBells® provide an easy, safe, online ordering venue for its wholesale customers.-                    

September 28, 2016 – Simsbury, CT – Poochie-Pets’ new wholesale-specific website is up, running and available at wholesale.poochie-pets.net. Designed for ease of ordering, Poochie-Pets’ wholesale website is also a resource center with the latest product information and a complete digital media library with various marketing solutions, so that stores can achieve the optimum sales within Poochie-Pets’ product line.

“The wholesale website is secure and available 24/7, enabling retail venues to shop, check on pricing, and/or see what’s new at their convenience.” Cheryl Pedersen, president of Poochie-Pets said. “Over the years, many of our stores had inquired whether they could place their orders online, so it is with great pleasure that we are able to accommodate this request.”

First-time users are asked to create an account and enter login information at wholesale.poochie-pets.net. Retail venues are also welcome to call the main office at 860.408.9003 should they have any questions regarding the process.

Formed in 2005 in Simsbury, CT, Poochie-Pets created the first-of-its kind, housetraining dog doorbell, PoochieBells®. Handcrafted at their Simsbury facility with USA-made custom metal bells to ensure quality and safety, PoochieBells® are endorsed by dog trainers, breeders, and veterinarians. Focusing on providing innovative products with a nod to our best friend, Poochie-Pets is dedicated to providing excellence in and personalized customer service. Inspired by man’s best friend, the company’s motto is “Your dog makes you a better person.™”

 

For more information, images or product samples contact
Dianne Howles at Poochie-Pets, LLC 860‑408-9003 or dhowles@poochie-pets.net.

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New-Wholesale-Site-blockDownload Printable Press Release
Media Contact: Dianne Howles
Telephone number: 860-408-9003
Fax number: 419-821-6363
E-mail address: dhowles@poochie-pets.net
Website: poochie-pets.net

September 2016 PoochieStar Videos

A lil yoga S-t-r-r-e-t-c-h while he’s at it!

Banjo the Mini Golden-Doodle, knows how to multitask. You can find him on Instagram @banjo.minigoldendoodle.

Just an FYI, my husband and I are SO HAPPY we found PoochieBells! We were struggling with potty training and a friend of ours mentioned trying the bell…I found it at our local pet store here in Des Moines, IA. We started using the bells on a Thursday and by the following Tuesday, Banjo was 100% housebroken and hitting his bell each and every time he needed to go outside (along with his sweet little yoga pose/stretch!)

THANK YOU for helping us make housebreaking a breeze!

The Thompson Family

Hi Poochie-Pets,

I have attached the video below. We just love our bells and think it is the best invention ever!!

Thank you,
The McAtee Family

(the hoomans behind: @gundersonthepug @sernathepug)