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The Petropolist

The Petropolist

By Tazz
Hello pet people - Welcome to The Petropolist Podcast.
This podcast is about the pet industry and the people that support it. My goal is to capture the essence of this incredible enterprise from every angle. I will dig deeply into every 'trend' and ‘claim'.
There is no agenda... other than to educate; I am here to ask questions that will give you the information and the confidence to make the best decisions for your pet business, and your pets.
- listen and learn and never be confused again

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EP#8 - Pet Retail Series with Phil Chang - Marketing, Brand Vision, Mom & Pop Brick & Mortar and of course, Chewy.com

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EP#47 - Faz Bashi, MD - The Feel Good Episode
There's something about Faz Bashi that made me happy the moment the conversation started. I actually know exactly what it is... his outlook, the un-common sense and the ease with which he simplifies complex topics so that every person can easily capture the information and use it to confidently make better choices for their pets health.  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to interview Dr. Faz Bashi for this episode of The Petropolist Podcast. We jump right into the microbiome and all that is happening with our pets guts.  This episode helps you understand how to keep yourself and your pets feeling good by choosing the best path and approach with the actions you take and the choices you make. *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast or you tube video series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the host or the employees of The Petropolist. The primary purpose of this show is to educate and inform. This show does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. Please contact a medical professional/veterinarian for all questions regarding the health of your pet.  The Petropolist show and podcast are available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this show.*
39:31
April 25, 2021
EP#46- Cat University - Scaredy Cat with Dr. Rachel Geller
In this episode, we discuss all of the ways you can help your scaredy-cat release the fears and anxieties.  Subjects we touch on: The new cat in a new environment/home hiding from fear The loud family members or visiting guests... Nail Clippings Loud noises  The dreaded Vet visit and getting kitty into the carrier Emergencies Contact Dr. Rachel Geller here If you want to learn more about how to manage your cats' needs and give your cats the best possible life I would love to recommend Rachels book Saving the world, one cat at a time - All proceeds go to save more cats and her consultations are always free so please consider purchasing this amazing and informative book *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the host or the employees of The Petropolist. The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. Please contact a medical professional/veterinarian for all questions regarding the health of your pet. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
39:30
April 16, 2021
EP#45 - Indy Pet Recap: Pet industry expert promotes D2C & Fake News: Petco cancels rawhide?
A few of us independent pet business owners have gotten together to discuss some pet industry news.  This is an honest conversation about pet industry experts and the choices they make. Product partnerships and the cost of these relationships and the marketing power of brands like Petco and some well known direct to consumer pet foods.    *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast or you tube video series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the host or the employees of The Petropolist. The primary purpose of this show is to educate and inform. This show does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. Please contact a medical professional/veterinarian for all questions regarding the health of your pet.  The Petropolist show and podcast are available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this show.*
41:09
April 12, 2021
EP#44 - Moments Away From Being a Stray w/Genevieve Frederick
You can be a moment away from becoming a stray... In July 2008, Feeding Pets of the Homeless, also known as Pets of the Homeless, received nonprofit status as a public charity. Feeding Pets of the Homeless provides various forms of assistance. Sometimes we simply offer an ear to listen to people’s experience of struggle in daily survival. Most frequently, we respond to requests for help: a) identifying where to find our sites that distribute pet food; b) funding and arranging to help an injured or ill pet; or c) sponsoring wellness clinics that provide a basic exam with vaccinations. Many times we are asked where to find a homeless shelter that will allow pets. From 2008 - 2020, Feeding Pets of the Homeless has paid more than $1,665,000 to provide veterinary emergency care and wellness clinic services to over 22,150 pets, and to purchase pet food and sleeping crates. The majority of distributed pet food is collected by our donation sites and volunteers then delivered to food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and sometimes to the streets where the homeless assemble. Our donation sites have provided over 1,459,00 pounds of pet food, which translates into one less worry for a homeless person on any given day and a happy pet. We provide pet sleeping crates to shelters so the homeless can bring their pets in with them and receive the necessary social services that will help support them out of homelessness. Monetary Gifts, Charitable Gifting through Trusts and Bequests, visit Ways to Give for other opportunities.  All gifts are greatly appreciated and allow us to pay veterinary expenses and other costs associated with all our programs. We do not receive government funding and rely fully on private donations. Make a pet food donation near you Volunteer to recruit sites Other ways that you can make a difference for pets that belong to homeless people and help us continue the mission. *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the host or the employees of The Petropolist. The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. Please contact a medical professional/veterinarian for all questions regarding the health of your pet. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
50:44
April 6, 2021
EP#43 - Greg Kean - Wellpet - Innovation & Pet 'Food'
I am honored and grateful that Greg Kean, VP of Innovation and Product development at WELLPET  reached out to me with his perspective of how some mainstream brands, like Wellpet, focus on food safety, innovation, science, compliance and sustainability... he was speaking my language - I had focused more on the smaller brands as those brand owners are the folks that tend to be more willing to speak about the difficult subjects we touch on in this episode - I am not a fan of fluff and Greg's honesty and authenticity was a breath of fresh air as he allowed me to dig deep and push with a few tough questions.  There are so many nuggets of gold in this interview...   If you want to learn more about Greg Kean and the rest of the Wellpet family:  http://www.wellpet.com/index.aspx *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the host or the employees of The Petropolist. The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
01:09:07
March 25, 2021
EP#42 - Cat University - Treating Feline Kidney Disease 'Naturally' with Terri Grow
In todays episode we discuss the various forms of 'natural' treatment to help cats suffering from feline kidney disease.  To learn more about our guest today please go to: Terri Grow *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the host or the employees of The Petropolist. The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. Please contact a medical professional/veterinarian for all questions regarding your pets health.  This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
45:21
March 18, 2021
EP#41 - SOPHIE GAMAND - Blurred Lines of Animal Advocacy
The conversation with photographer and animal advocate Sophie Gamand is a discerning look into the practices of animal rescue,  animal advocacy, and the Pet Industries tug of war in preservation and exploitation of the very beings it claims to protect and champion.   Sophie is able to continue her work with the animal shelters and animal advocacy with your help and support.  Please support the mission of positively impacting and saving countless animal lives:  Support Through: Shopping for beautiful images of animals Support Through: Licensing her beautiful photographs for your business Become a monthly supporter through Patreon Donate to save lives *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the host or the employees of The Petropolist. The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
01:20:48
March 9, 2021
EP#40 - New & Tidbits - The Next Pet Retail Scandal...
Read the article here: The Next Pet Retail Scandal: Unapproved Pet Food Ingredients There will be more of these conversations with my part time side kick Nicci Cammack.  Please send your comments, questions and suggestions to Tazz@petropolist.com - I would love to have you be a part of future episodes.  Thanks for listening.  *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the host or the employees of The Petropolist. The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
26:12
February 26, 2021
EP#39 - Part 2 - DCM Pet Food Recalls & Beyond
Here we are.  As I am evolving with this podcast I'm noticing that the whole conversation about pet food can become seriously intimidating which then creates an uncomfortable and defensive space...So as I  jump into part 2 of the conversation about Pet food and DCM with Dr. Ryan Yamka and Nicci Cammack. I am hopeful the information provided here will help you have an enriched level of understanding of your ability to choose what's best for you without the algorithm, marketing, and opinion traps.  Important articles - Nutrition Exposed: Is your food adequate?  *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
52:06
February 23, 2021
EP#38 - Part 1 of 2- DCM, Pet Food Recalls, Aflatoxins, Melamine, etc...IS IT ALL PREVENTABLE?
This is part 1 of the 2 part conversation with Dr. Ryan Yamka and Nicci Cammack. What started as a perspective and history of the rip-roaring pet industry fiasco about dilated cardiomyopathy naturally transitioned to capturing the pet food sectors disjointed claims of product quality, product integrity, as well as the industry's transactional leadership in pet food manufacturing - If you have listened to any of the previously posted episodes you will hear a continuous theme about pet food & that transparency is essentially non-existent - the constant message presented over multiple episodes focuses on the marketing jargon and promises of integrity that are just empty. It is unfortunate that the information fed to us via SM, bloggers, and some veterinarians are repeatedly based on opinion, therefore, tend to be consistently un-validated.  DCM, Dilated cardiomyopathy started as a blog post by a vet and it took off as if cocaine was introduced to its core - it took off on SM with too many words and practically zero evidence of statistical support and corroboration of claims through peer-reviewed studies. What was being presented by, well, almost anyone involved was making it more than it actually was...yes and this does include the FDA - This should make every pet owner think twice about the choices made when purchasing their pets' next meal. Video and data Dr. Yamka presented at VMX regarding DCM - It's a must-watch if you want the nitty-gritty.    Ryan Yamka, PhD, MS, MBA, FACN, PAS, Dipl. ACAS is the founder and an independent consultant with Luna Science and Nutrition, and co-Founder of Guardian Pet Food Company. He is board-certified in companion animal nutrition by the American College of Animal Sciences and a fellow with the American College of Nutrition. Yamka calls on his extensive background in pet nutrition, and 20+ years developing, formulating, and launching dog and cat foods as a senior executive with leading pet food companies. Yamka has received the 2020 Rogue Pet Science Pet Industry Disruptor Award, the 2019 Pet Age ICON Award, and the 2011 ASAS Corbin Companion Animal Biology Award. Dr. Yamka writes a series of blogs Debunking Pet Food Myths and Misconceptions for Pet Food Industry and has been featured in numerous podcasts and seminars.   Read Dr. Yamka's articles here: Debunking Myths & Misconceptions in Pet Food Nicci Cammack founded NorthPoint Pets & Company to fill a void for pet parents: information and transparency. Nicci understood that, while there are countless pet stores and unending opportunities for buying online, much of the information about pet food and health is incomplete, biased, or misleading. Northpoint Pets & Company holds the belief that each animal is an individual with unique nutritional requirements, and works toward helping animals reach peak health and maintain vitality through old age. Nicci is available by appointment in person and remotely. *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
57:49
February 2, 2021
EP#37 - Single Pet Parents looking for love? Charmr to the Rescue with CEO Manish Methai
Maybe pet owners are looking for love in all the wrong places (as the song sings...) and that's why they're still single... This site is for EVERY pet owner - not dog only or cat only but ALL pets lovers, horses, fish, reptiles, birds, small furry ones, and of course the kitties and puppies.  Charmr is a new all pet lovers singles dating app launched by Manish Methai shortly after Covid shut down the world in 2020.   Listen to this episode to find out the details of how Manish maneuvered & pivoted his plans to get his new company off the ground during these difficult times.   Check out the Valentine's Eve Zoom party (February 14!!!)- Join the party to get a little education from pet industry specialists and a more important treat is the Millenial dating expert who will be there to help you guys cope and connect while you hang out with other pet-loving singles.  You never know, you may meet your future human soul mate.   Want to learn more about the single pet lovers dating app? check out the Geek wire article.  *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify, or re-distribute this podcast.*
21:36
January 30, 2021
EP# 36 Cat University w/ Dr. Rachel Geller - Kids & Cats + Feline Aggression
Thank you for listening to the Cat University series with our Feline Experts.   Episode #36 is about teaching your kids about cats and we will also be covering 2 types of aggression in cats - Aggression can be brought on by a variety of factors such as illness (urinary tract infections, thyroid disorders, elevated blood sugars) or pain & discomfort.  In today's episode, we are discussing 2 specific types of aggression and those are petting/touch aggression (fits well with the kids and cat conversation) and play induced aggression.  If your cat becomes suddenly aggressive please take it seriously and seek the advice of your veterinarian immediately to rule out any physical problems and then reach out to Cat behaviorist Dr. Rachel Geller if you are unable to manage the situation.   If you are a rescue organization, this is the perfect episode to share with all your new cat adopters, fosters, and potential wanna-be cat parents. If any of our listeners are having a behavioral problem with their cats please reach out to Dr. Rachel Geller, cat behaviorist,  who will provide you with free guidance on how to resolve the behavior problem so that you and your cat(s) live a happy and healthy life together. https://drrachelcatbehavior.com/ Email me with your question, comments, or suggestions at:  Tellnotales@petropolist.com  *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
47:11
January 20, 2021
EP#35 - Terri Grow - The end of the Pet Sage
Since 1995, Terri Grow has worked with veterinarians, pet guardians, trainers, shelters, and manufacturers to empower feline and canine health through diet, herbal therapies, supplements, and environmental adjustments.  Terri's journey to animal advocacy began with providing wellness counsel to thousands of clients through her Alexandria, Virginia, pet store, PetSage.  For nearly 25 years she provided solid, fact-based answers to the questions clients presented each day through dogged research and staying abreast of increasing complexities of the global pet products industry.  Her new journey is fueled by a passion for advancing feline health by successfully helping clients employ species-appropriate diets, herbal and nutritional supplements, and nourishing healthy feline lifestyles. Terri is:  Certified in Traditional Chinese Herbology with advanced studies in animal nutrition and complementary therapies for behavioral and chronic health issues. Member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Member College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies Member of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify, or re-distribute this podcast.*
52:44
January 9, 2021
EP#34 - The Pet Indie Perspective: D2C + Brands & Their Evolution
Check out some of Nicci's articles: Is your pet food really holistic?  5 Questions pet owners can ask to improve pet food 5 Questions retailers can ask to improve the pet industry Honest Kitchen goes to Petco - Who PetCares?  *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
59:17
December 29, 2020
EP# 33- Griffin's Heart with actress Reagan Pasternak
I am so uncomfortable talking about death...I don't think I know anyone personally that feels differently. For some reason, I am the first call when a friend's animal is sick or they need guidance with making the choice to euthanize or push ahead to try and hope.  I am grateful some friends pushed forward and didn't give up and other times it was a mistake and the choice to wait caused further anguish for the animal and once their pet passed guilt and regret set in and became disruptive to the process of grieving for the humans.   Unfortunately, I have experienced too many losses - it is inevitable -  yet with the many losses, I am happy to say that I can jump high and give someone up there a high five for giving me the opportunity to open my home and my heart to those beings that are no longer with me in body.     I am not a fan of promoting 'stuff' - I have to believe in and validate the value of that 'thing' before I choose to present it to the people that have put their trust in me.   I have been gifted many books to help me heal and work through the passing of each of my animals (as well as human friends and family members) I was sent a copy of  Griffin's Heart and asked if I would be interested in doing an interview with Reagan. So I read the book (it's short about 120 pages I think) and I did each of the exercises - I wasn't sure if it would be uncomfortable or boring or just cheesy - it was none of these things.  It was mildly cathartic and sweet and I laughed to myself when a few of the prompts triggered some really funny memories of the little beasts that shared their lives with me.  I hope you enjoy this interview.  Here are the links to Griffin's Heart.    https://www.griffinsheart.com/  You can follow Reagan on IG  @reaganjpasternak and tag @griffinsheartbook with your pets' pictures and stories of their beautiful lives.  *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify, or re-distribute this podcast.*
32:03
December 15, 2020
EP#32 - Bryan Heafy - What's Petco's agenda & why your dog shouldn't & doesn't trust you!
This is Bryan Heafy:  "To be physically, mentally, and emotionally present for someone and make them your focus. During this time, it is important to manage judgment while you are present with them. One of the many wonderful things dogs do for us is to hold space for us. They don’t understand what is wrong, but they can simply be there for us in this caring but an otherwise neutral and judgment-free way. It is one of the many reasons we feel such a deep connected bond to them. When it comes to when our dogs having a hard time, many humans have failed to learn how to return the favor for our dogs the same way they do for us. We pet them, console them, provide affection, and unintentionally validate their worries. Like our dogs do for us, it is often better for us to acknowledge that we don’t understand why they are upset but are present, focused on them, and otherwise neutral. We may know that it is a trip to the vet, fireworks, or a thunderstorm that is upsetting them, but we are not worried, so showing our dogs that we don’t understand their worry but support them is a really important way for us to teach them that there is nothing to worry about. It also sets them up to look at us as though we may in fact know a little something about what is worrisome and what is not. The dog across the street, not a problem, the chocolate we dropped on the ground… oh no!!! When it gets right down to it, our dogs seem to know how to support us better than we know how to support them, but they are showing us how they would like us to do it, it’s just on us to master the skill of being present and being neutral. Next time your dog is nervous, skip the petting and try to find a more neutral approach and see how your dog responds… it may just be exactly what they need." Click here to learn more about Bryan Heafy  *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
55:54
December 8, 2020
EP# 31 - Cat University Series-Introducing new cat to resident cat(s)
The Cat university series continues with Dr. Rachel Geller Cat behaviorist and cat retainment specialist.   - This episode is about how to introduce your new kitty to your resident cat(s)  - no, you don't just bring the new guy home and say 'welcome home, kitty, now figure it out..."  If you want a seamless life of quality for your cats and yourself please take the time to properly introduce your cats to one another - you will be glad you did. This episode covers all of the necessary steps for the introductions and how to handle the possible reactions and responses of your new cat and your resident cats.  If you are a rescue organization, this is the perfect episode to share with all your new cat adopters, fosters and potential wanna be cat parents. If any of our listeners are having a behavioral problem with their cats please reach out to Dr. Rachel Geller, cat behaviorist,  who will provide you with free guidance on how to resolve the behavior problem so that you and your cat(s) live a happy and healthy life together. https://drrachelcatbehavior.com/ *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
39:40
November 16, 2020
Ep#30 - Spotlight on the future of Pet business w/ Nicci Cammack
If you want to learn more about Nicci start by reading her articles and if you are in Connecticut make a point of heading to her store in Cheshire.  NorthPoint Pets
47:14
November 10, 2020
Ep#29 - Every 8 minutes...
Every 8 minutes we are inundated with too much information  - the accuracy of that information is dependant upon the accuracy of your questions.  Email your questions, comments, or advice to Tellnotales@petropolist.com Every month I will choose one of your emails as the subject of an upcoming episode - Thank you for being an active participant in your pet's quality of life.   *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
11:36
November 3, 2020
EP#28 - Marcel Blok of Change Stranamics
Marcel Block is the owner of Change Stranamics consultancy company which concentrates on helping small to medium-sized businesses in the pet industry figure out their strategic path. He served as President of Iams pet foods international from 1988 to 1992. He is a speaker and author.  His articles can be found in the Pet Food Industry publication.  There are a lot of nuggets of information about the industry as a whole in this episode...here are a few very generalized quotes that take us into a deep and truthful conversation.  On innovation: "Nothing much has happened in the last 200 years..." About pet food: "The origin of the pet food industry was to get rid of waste..."   "There is no regulation that defines human grade as far as I know. So-called feed grade is nutritionally no better or no worse than so-called human grade" About pet industry marketing:  "Claims made for pet food, or anti-claims were related to instilling fear..."   " What can we claim & how can we claim it without too much proof and still make it palatable" About manufacturers: "we won't forget our independents. Those are the people that helped us in the past, now we are going to help them..." for sure.  Independent retailers: "As soon as the independents fulfill all of these requirements, needs and wants they stop being independent..." *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
01:02:05
October 18, 2020
Ep#27 - Brandon Swenson & Gabe Juarez - The most important assets independent pet businesses should have
These guys just ROCK  - here is a bit of information about NEXTPAW & what is unique about them:  Brandon: Co-Founder of NextPaw  - Brandon has 20 years of experience in e-commerce, SEO, digital marketing, Google My Business  Gabe: Employee Number One at NextPaw  - Primary role is to make sure that the professionals that they work with are happy, and successful with NextPaw and to make sure that their platform is everything that the retailers need it to be. What Makes NextPaw Unique Strictly Pet Industry Focused 100% on Independents Taking care of the customers is their #1 priority We're SEO first - it's absolutely critical that the people we work with are being found and chosen They are also an independent business For the pet brands & manufacturers, NEXTPAW will have an upcoming program for pet product brands being released soon which will help get products in front of more local clients. If you are interested in learning more, email team@nextpaw.com & let them know where you found out about them. 
39:03
October 7, 2020
Ep#26 - Cat University with Dr. Rachel Geller - keeping them indoors and happy
What every cat owner needs to know.   It's our responsibility as our pets' caretakers to make sure they are safe.   This episode is a great quick listen for every cat owner - whether you're a new cat owner or you are a crazy cat guy (yes real men love cats) that thinks he knows everything.   If you are a rescue organization, this is the perfect episode to share with all your new cat adopters.   What to do if your cat is bored and tries to escape.  What to do if your cat gets out  - Act fast and listen to this episode so that you are not misled by the abundance of inaccurate information on the web.  Multispecies household? how to make sure you hire the right trainer to properly help you with behavior and information for your multispecies household.  If any of our listeners are having a behavioral problem with their cats please reach out to Dr. Rachel Geller, cat behaviorist,  who will provide you with free guidance on how to resolve the behavior problem so that you and your cat(s) live a happy and healthy life together.   https://drrachelcatbehavior.com/ *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
30:49
September 26, 2020
EP#25 - Candace D'Agnolo - Success & Pet Retail
Candace D'Agnolo, CEO & founder of Pet Boss Nation graciously allowed me to pick her brain about the pet retail sector.   In this episode, we talk about:  - the ups and downs of owning a retail store during difficult times (yes this includes how to un-Chewy)  - how mindset can make or break you as a business owner.  - what you can do RIGHT NOW to get unstuck and start making money  - how to ask for help and all of the resources you need to get you through the challenges.   If you want to learn more about Candace D'Agnolo and the information covered in this podcast please go to https://www.petbossnation.com/ *The views, information or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
57:47
September 16, 2020
Ep#24 - Dr. Rachel Geller Ed.D. Cat Behavior Counselor / Humane Education Specialist
 Almost any cat behavior problem can be handled if the pet owner is willing to understand the cats' needs.  In this episode, Dr. Rachel Geller Ed.D., Cat behavior counselor, and humane education specialist answers all my questions about kitty behavioral problems.   Our discussion starts with the hated litter box and furniture scratching problems which are two of the main causes of animal abandonment  - many people actually open the door and just throw the cat out.  No animal deserves this and this episode arms you with all of the tools you need to understand and resolve problems that arise because cat owners just don't know where to go and how to handle these sticky situations.  Let's face it, the internet and most pet retail stores are often not the best sources of accurate information especially when the pet owner is in a state of high-level frustration and is unsure how to even verbalize the various aspects of the problems that are occurring.  This episode walks you through the litter box and furniture scratching issues, cat on cat aggression, use of catnip, separation anxiety, and stress. Why laser toys are TERRIBLE and why the fishing pole toys are amazing.   Guess what, your cats are affected by the loss of predictability - you can relate, can't you?  Isn't this something you experienced and perhaps became anxious from when Covid19 first hit home?  For our cats it is real and it's often caused by stressors we do not even realize are stressors.  Listen and learn  - Dr. Geller is a wealth of information for all cat lovers, new cat owners, and those considering adding a kitty to their lives.   If you want to learn more or need help with your cat contact: Dr. Rachel Geller  All proceeds from Dr. Geller's book are donated to animals.  Please help yourself and an animal in need by purchasing this amazing book:  SAVING THE WORLD ONE CAT AT A TIME *The views, information or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
01:07:15
September 7, 2020
Ep#23-Fats Dlamini - Founder of Maneli Pets South Africa
Nhlanhla "Fats" Dlamini is the founder and CEO of Maneli Pets in South Africa and Nandi Pets Inc in the US.  His company was the first African company to export pet food to the US. The company now exports to 12 countries while employing hundreds of people in his native South Africa. Nandi means “delicious” in the Zulu language. Nandi treats are 100% African and this isn’t the only thing that makes them special. Their treats are made from sustainably sourced proteins free from hormones and routine antibiotics. All treats are made without artificial preservatives, added grains, or unnatural fillers.  Each purchase of Nandi treats helps with keeping the South African communities working.  Here is a little more information about Fats:  Prior to founding Maneli Pets, Fats worked for McKinsey & Company for 5 years in their South African and U.S. offices, and also for Morgan Stanley as an investment banker in London. While at McKinsey, Nhlanhla "Fats" established the McKinsey-Golden Key scholarships for top achieving students at Wits University and the University of Cape Town. Mr. Dlamini holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) from Wits University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (with Distinction) from the Wits Business School, an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. His Masters’ thesis on youth unemployment in South Africa earned him a Distinction at Oxford. He is a Goldman Sachs Global Leader and a 2008 Rhodes Scholar. He was also recognized as one of the 100 global Leaders of Tomorrow at the St. Gallen Symposium in 2013.  He has also done a brief stint as a DJ in England and has traveled to over 60 countries...and he is only 36 years old :) Listen to this interview wherever you listen to your podcasts.  *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
37:13
September 1, 2020
EP#22 - Greg Tilford - Founder of Animal Essentials, Author, Lecturer, Teacher in the field of Veterinary Botanical Medicine
Greg Tilford founder of Animal Essentials is an author,  lecturer, and teacher in the field of veterinary botanical medicine. 65 million pet owners used some sort of natural therapies to treat their pets – this # is from statistics gathered in 2006 – wow, 14 years ago. Today, with social media, celebrity pets, celebrity pet foods, celebrity pet health bloggers, documentaries about pet foods, and the most outspoken celebrities in the pet sector, yes, those celebrity holistic vets this number has probably skyrocketed by now.  So do we actually understand what natural means? Or what a holistic approach to health and wellness stands for? This episode truly captures the facts about all of this. As an author, teacher and entrepreneur Greg Tilford, has been in the world of natural health and wellness way before social media and certainly before everybody and their mother became an expert and a celebrity something or other. His knowledge is rooted in the application of using the earth's natural resources to heal. Greg’s insightful wisdom of the fundamentals of health and wellness will guide you to get on the right path for both you and your pets. http://animalessentials.com/ *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
01:00:35
August 18, 2020
Ep#21 - Pharmacy and Raw Cat Food? It's called Fegnion.
I've known the founders of Fegnion for several years.  Alma Dervisevic and Joe Scoleri are both doctors of pharmacy who are working in their filed of pharmacy and they are also manufacturing a truly high quality stand out raw cat food because they LOVE their animals and understand the value of a high-quality diet that is species-appropriate.  It is this simple - I do not use this platform to promote brands - this is not a promo for their brand - this is about providing information for the pet owners so they can make informed choices when they shop for their pets food.  There is just too much misinformation on the web and the pet food consumer seems more confused than informed.  This is for the people that want to be able to choose based on real information - the people providing this information happen to be making raw cat food because of love and joy - that is real.  First-time customers of Fegnion? get 10% off your next delivered order by using the following code when you check out:   TAZZ10 https://fegnion.com/cart/ *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
01:00:35
August 1, 2020
Ep#20 -Part 2- Jim Galovski- Let's Get real about Chewy and Saving Independent Pet retail
Retailers and pet owners: Demand education - ask questions - isn't it time we actually do something about animal health and welfare instead of just pretending?  Pet retail: we cannot outrun a company like Chewy's. How many of you finally have an online store? That cannot be the only thing you're doing to keep your customers coming back - Indy's cannot outrun a company like Chewys if we are not standing out and if we are not being different - it's time to start being great, being informative and innovative - it's time to ask better questions and demand education and ask for support.  We need to keep the independent pet businesses successful for the well being of the customers we are serving  - I am a customer and I want to be able to go to my local store and have the option of buying products that are BETTER - that will help my animals thrive. This way of doing business will allow the brands that are running ahead and are concerned about animal welfare and the environment and the financial well being and growth of their customers - the independent pet retailers (and the consumer),  come out on top.  Here is a great place to start:  Check out Jim's article with the 10 questions to ask when selecting your pet food:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-help-select-right-food-your-dog-jim-galovski/ *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
44:20
July 25, 2020
Ep#19 -Part 1- Jim Galovski- Lets get real about Chewy & Saving the Independent Pet Retailers
Jim Galovski received his bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester in 1992. Over the next quarter-century, Jim worked at Nestle Purina, Mars Pet Care (Royal Canin), and Blue Buffalo in a variety of roles; from territory manager and team leader to Director of Global Supply Chain Solutions and Director of Veterinary Commerce. He also has consulted for a half dozen other pet food companies in various stages ranging from start-ups to established global players. Jim currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Bond Pets, LLC, and PetMio. Here are the Chewyminator and the Is it too late to save the independent pet retailers articles that led me to this interview  - The lessons for the indy's to be able to thrive can be found in both of these articles - Jim lays it out with detailed precision - I hope you read both of these articles and if you are an indy, get the Guardian brand into your stores and learn how to sell it along with other products you have in your freezers and products you cannot get online - start understanding what makes you, the independent retailer different and start playing big - stand out and stand apart from the rest...If you need help let me know ;) & please excuse all of the background noise between Jim's computer and NYC police sirens you get to be in our living rooms for these interviews.  Nothing beats being real.  Guardian Pet Food *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
47:34
July 20, 2020
EP#18 - News & Tidbits w/ Lonnie Schwimmer
I asked Lonnie Schwimmer, CEO & founder of Koha Pet Food & Nootie products to join me in discussing an article just published in Pet Product News by David Lummis who is the lead pet market analyst for Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch.com, and author of Packaged FactsU.S. Pet Market Outlook, 2020-2021: Responding to the COVID-19 Impact:   The title of the article is: What will the Pet Industry Look Like After the COVID 19 Pandemic Subsides?  I read this article a few times hoping to see if there was anything I could take away from it as it pertained to myself and the independent pet retailers that are trying to maneuver and make it through the day-to-day.  You will certainly hear my thoughts but I wanted to also speak to and learn from someone who deals with the independent retailers, the distributors and the on-line platforms like Chewy's - Lonnie provides this perspective  - here are two views of this article and the information it's providing and not providing.  *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this and other sites.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
55:36
July 12, 2020
EP#17 - Paul Allen - Founder & CEO of Woof Gang Bakery
Happy Independence day.  I love this episode - it is the epitome of what independence is about - leadership and teamwork.  This is what Paul and his team at Woof Gang Bakery have created for their franchisees. Yes, it's that simple.  https://woofgangbakery.com/
01:05:22
July 4, 2020
EP# 16 -What the pet world needs now: Chris Roy
Doobert connects volunteers (almost 30,000) with organizations that need them.  These volunteers act as transporters, foster homes, photographers, food suppliers, you name it... and they use Doobert to specify how they are able to help.   We support organizations (almost 5,000) with tools that they need to connect with and manage volunteers.   Some of the organizations Doobert works with are Best Friends Animal Society, Assistance Dogs International, Rescue Transport USA, English Setter Rescue Association, and many more.   Chris's vision for Doobert started as connecting the disparate organizations across the country to safely move animals to where they need to go for adoption or placement to adding fosters, feeders, TNR, adoptions, and more.   The goal is to make it easy for potential adopters to find their perfect new family member online, complete the application and purchase requirements (like food, litter boxes, collars, etc...)  and then safely deliver the animal to their new home.   With more than 800,000 companion animals needlessly killed in the U.S. each year, more and more people are looking to adopt instead of buying through pet stores and breeders and Doobert is making a seamless experience possible by integrating the technology that the organizations need to connect them with the people looking to adopt and volunteer.   Doobert is about supporting the ongoing relationships that volunteers want to have with organizations and the relationships that adopters want to have with organizations that helped save their animals.   Doobert is looking for sponsors that believe in our life-saving work and that want to contribute towards completing our vision including no healthy and treatable animals dying in shelters when there are loving homes in other communities. Animal shelters should be resources to their communities and provide support including low-cost veterinary services, safety nets for families needing food and supplies for their animals, and education and professional support for the care of all animals in their community, owned or wild.  The vision is to create a new revenue model for these shelter and rescue organizations that are not dependent solely on donations or government funding, and that supports how people purchase products and services for their pets.   Technology is not the only piece of the puzzle however technology provides a significant enabler towards reaching these goals and bridging the gaps that exist today.  We know our sponsors want to reach passionate animal lovers, both volunteers & professionals that are focused on helping animals and the people who care for them and we plan to be the company that provides that connection at every capacity.  Want to know more? Connect with Chris at Chris@doobert.com
21:52
July 2, 2020
Ep#15 - Brand Makers - What it takes to get brands to market
Today's episode is all about what it takes to get pet products through the distribution channels, into the hands of retailers, and of course to the consumers.   My interview with Kristy Menner and Kyle Wessels of Legacy Solutions has so much great information for pet brands that want to know what it takes to maneuver the pet sector. Their extensive backgrounds in distribution and manufacturing may help guide those that are interested in entering this sector or for those that don't have the resources to bring on a full sales team to manage the process of getting their brand the recognition it needs to create value for retailers and a place on every store shelf.   *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
56:54
June 26, 2020
EP#14 - News & Tidbits - Sunday in the Store With George Diguido
This is a mini-episode with NYC Pet's George DiGuido sitting in as my side-kick....in this episode we are discussing the shopping habits of the various age groups, Pet Product News publication and how they seem to always be kissing Chewy and Amazon's ass, D2C brands like Farmers Dog, the new online platform option for small retailers and of course George has to talk about his pet peeve...this one is about distributors and their online ordering sites that ahhhhhhh are a mess!?  *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
31:08
June 15, 2020
Ep #13 -Daniel Reitman - Serial Entrepreneur
Dan’s Dog Walking and Pet Sitting is a full-service pet care company that is based on the North Shore of Long Island and will soon be expanding.  This business has well over $1 Million in yearly revenue with a client base of over 1,200.  In addition to Dan's pet services, he is the CEO and co-founder of High-Performance Edibles.   Through the process of building his career as an entrepreneur, Dan earned a double major in Biology and Entrepreneurship at Hofstra University where he won multiple awards for his work in the non-profit space and in the technology startup world. His primary focus is on the digital aspect of building businesses through the use of existing technology and his years of experience. Dan has been able to streamline the process of bootstrapping companies by taking an idea and bringing it to market, all while building a trustworthy brand name that his customers across the board know and love. Dan is also in the process of filming a documentary about CBD in the pet world called 'Pot Dogs' and he seems to be having a great time doing his Podcast called Let's talk about cool animals If you are interested in delving into the pet sitting /pet care business this is the podcast for you.  https://anchor.fm/ltaca *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
43:08
June 13, 2020
EP#12 News & Tidbits: Super Zoo Cancelled w/guest BC Henschen
I am trying out some new things on this podcast - I want to bring my listeners expert opinions of the news within the industry.  Today's guest, maybe I should call him my co-host is BC Henschen an industry expert and speaker.  COO of Platinum Paws salon and specialty food market, an accredited pet trainer and past director of the World Pet Association which is the subject of today's podcast.  I hope you enjoy this episode.  Please subscribe and let me know what you want to hear.  
24:35
June 5, 2020
Ep#11 - Insects as pet food ingredients? Meet Anne Carlson CEO of Jiminy's Sustainable, Humane Dog food
Anne Carlson is the Founder and CEO of Jiminy’s, the industry-leading producer of sustainable dog food & treats using insect protein.  Anne was named 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year in the Food and Beverage category by the American Business Awards for her work on Jiminy’s. Prior to Jiminy’s, Anne was the VP of Market Intelligence at Big Heart Pet Brands where she led Shopper Insights, Market Analytics, and Strategic Projects.  Anne previously founded Secant, which she sold to IRI and has also worked for Accenture, Diageo and Seagram’s.  She holds a BA in Political Science, Economics, and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as an MBA from NYU.  Currently, Anne lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband (Eric), daughter (Boothe), and two pups Tuco (pictured) & Timber (healthy poop donating Great Dane). https://jiminys.com/
44:12
June 3, 2020
Ep #10 - Pet Retail Series with Giovanni Senafe Of Bentley's Pet Stuff
With 65 stores, Bentley's Pet Stuff owner Giovanni Senafe takes me through the no-bullshit view of pet retail. Giovanni and wife Lisa Senafe have had their share of ups and downs and the lessons learned through their many experiences are being shared in this episode.   Here are my favorite takeaways from the interview:  - A lot of people really don't want to sell, they feel they are forced to sell... -94% of the time it doesn't work out, owners don't make good employees... -Our people are our biggest secret weapon -Co-op on steroids  - Own who you are -If you over-promote the curbside and on-line right now you are commoditizing what is unique about the independents... -Your loyalty is to your customers, your employees, and yourself... This episode was brought to you by Doobert  - connecting rescues, volunteers, fosters, animal transport, and pet adopters through technology. Please help by joining the Doobert community through sponsorship and volunteering.  *The views, information or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
55:29
May 26, 2020
EP#9 Intolerance or allergies?
Science has shown that most of our immune system (and our pets) is found in the digestive tract.    The digestive tract is also where much of the inflammatory reactions occur be it flatulence, nausea, vomiting, stomach aches...this happens when the body is trying to defend itself from what it perceives as a threat. This inflammatory reaction is the body's way of protecting and healing but our first reaction to this response is to suppress it by placing a big old band on it. It's hard to watch your pet lick their paws non stop or scratch their bodies into oblivion or have diarrhea every few days - it's hard to witness their discomfort and be stuck in a state of helplessness. Many veterinarians and doctors still have a rigid thought pattern when it comes to the distinction between allergies and intolerances which may lead us to take the wrong path when it comes to choosing what actions to take to help our pets heal.   It's a bit of a tight rope for doctors  - we can't blame them for the missteps or the trials and errors.  This podcast is about avoiding those missteps and hopefully getting to the core of what is causing the discomfort for your pet.   Get 10% off your test or your pet's test by clicking  either of the below links: 5StrandPettest/Tazz/Petropolist  or  https://www.5strands.com/?wpam_id=192   Use Code TAZZ10 at check out *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
51:09
May 18, 2020
EP#8 - Pet Retail Series with Phil Chang - Marketing, Brand Vision, Mom & Pop Brick & Mortar and of course, Chewy.com
Covering all the bases with retail and manufacturing in the time of COVID19  with Phil Chang otherwise know as Retail Phil.  Phil Chang is a strategic marketer that helps with brand vision, messaging, and digital capabilities and content strategy. Phil is also the co-host of This Commerce Life, a podcast that talks to small-medium businesses and all the things they worry about.  Why should you listen to this episode? Because there is a bunch of practical, and usable information to help your business flow and start making money now!      *The views, information or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
49:30
May 13, 2020
EP#7 - Pet Retail Series with George Di Guido of NYC Pet
I was so excited when George agreed to do The Petropolist Podcast - I have admired him as a business owner since I got into pet retail.  I also have to extend my gratitude to George for helping pet owners of Brooklyn's District 38 under Councilman Menchaca during this tumultuous time  - he has donated a great amount of food and supplies to the pet owners that could not afford to feed and properly care for their pets -   Thank you for helping us with this ongoing project.   Please make sure you shop local if you are in Brooklyn, NY:   https://nycpet.com/ ...and check out their new pet services starting this summer: https://constantcarepetservices.com/ *The views, information or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
36:31
May 3, 2020
EP#6 - Dr. Gary Pusillo - Board Certified Animal Nutritionist, Forensic Scientist
Gary Pusillo, BS, MS, PhD, PAS, ACAN, AAFS Dr. Gary Pusillo is one of this industry’s leading animal nutritionists, He has he dedicated his life to animal health and rescue, his formulations are the basis for some of the most successful animal pharmaceutical, nutrition, and natural health care products in the world and his products are used by almost every zoo in the USA. Dr. Gary Pusillo is a certified professional animal scientist, a board-certified member of the American College of Animal Nutrition, a bachelor of science in animal husbandry, his master's degree in animal production, and his Ph.D. is in Animal nutrition. And add to this Dr. Pusillo is a full member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists (AAFS); as he is one of the leading private practice forensic investigators in the animal & feed industry & is regularly called upon to testify as an expert trial witness. He is also the chief science officer for HEMPVET Pet Products I wanted to highlight a few things, Dr. Pusillo said in this interview that stood out for me:  “When consumers speak industry listens” “Know your animal as an individual” “The microbiome of the mouth is the gatekeeper…” “Whatever the pet eats is up to you and unfortunately they have no choice in the matter…” “Quality of life is food, love, environment, microbiome…” “How is your cat & dog genetically programmed to use his foods…” “Don’t let the books interfere with your education” “What makes a product sell? Marketing…What makes a product perform is what’s actually in there…” “Constellation effect takes the best part of the animals' metabolism, organs, and tissues connects them together to make…” These are just a few of the points you should listen for – Dr. Pusillo is engaging informative and brings with him a wealth of knowledge that this industry desperately needs. And please, don't forget to wash your hands.               https://www.hempvet.pet/ *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*                                                                                                       
01:14:48
April 24, 2020
EP#5 - Pet Retail Series with Point Loma Pet Pantry, San Diego, CA
I decided to do a pet retail series because as business owners the challenges we face within each of our regions and within our own minds are so incredibly different.  Although I am in NYC I make choices that are completely different than my counterpart who is located a short few miles away - whether it is because of our beliefs or our business models or just the way we see our worlds evolving and the place we are in our lives... As small business owners, we have the ability to pivot quickly when hit with adversity. The only time I felt I couldn’t pivot and move onward was when I allowed fear to overtake my thoughts. The ‘what if’s’ were nothing short of worthless but fear caused these thoughts to have value hence causing an absolute breakdown of movement and functionality. So much is shifting and so quickly. I feel I am busier now than when my retail store was fully operational… this is because I am pivoting and assessing everything from where I left off on 3/20/2020 to the space I want to be moving toward. Speaking with fellow pet business owners has been enlightening and energizing. It certainly has made me feel less alone. Everyone has their individual stories with many similarities and just as many differences. Most of us have chosen to fast track and pivot by expanding our digital footprints or by taking initiative on social media and engaging with our customers with genuine regard for their pets needs while being present for them and providing them with all of their pets' necessities during this time when they need us most. We have always needed our customers, probably more than they realize. Perhaps, now, they may view our value in the community a little differently …perhaps there will be consistent support for the small businesses in the neighborhoods  - I am foolishly hopeful that the resurgence of this support will continue. Although I am hopeful – I cannot get cocky - the consumers’ menu will always include companies like Chewys and Amazon as options but perhaps pet retail is growing up and catching up and will be a force that will challenge the ‘big’ web guys, as we are the ones consistently here supporting our communities of pets and pet owners. Thank you to Samantha Sarsilmaz of Point Loma Pet Pantry for taking the time to speak with me.  https://pointlomapetpantry.com/ *The views, information or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
23:21
April 20, 2020
EP#4 - Pet Retail Series with Paw Print Pantry - Niantic, CT
I decided to do a pet retail series because as business owners the challenges we face within each of our regions and within our own minds are so incredibly different.  Although I am in NYC I make choices that are completely different than my counterpart who is located a short few miles away - whether it is because of our beliefs or our business models or just the way we see our worlds evolving and the place we are in our lives... As small business owners, we have the ability to pivot quickly when hit with adversity. The only time I felt I couldn’t pivot and move onward was when I allowed fear to overtake my thoughts. The ‘what if’s’ were nothing short of worthless but fear caused these thoughts to have value hence causing an absolute breakdown of movement and functionality. So much is shifting and so quickly. I feel I am busier now than when my retail store was fully operational… this is because I am pivoting and assessing everything from where I left off on 3/20/2020 to the space I want to be moving toward. Speaking with fellow pet business owners has been enlightening and energizing. It certainly has made me feel less alone. Everyone has their individual stories with many similarities and just as many differences. Most of us have chosen to fast track and pivot by expanding our digital footprints or by taking initiative on social media and engaging with our customers with genuine regard for their pets needs while being present for them and providing them with all of their pets' necessities during this time when they need us most. We have always needed our customers, probably more than they realize. Perhaps, now, they may view our value in the community a little differently …perhaps there will be consistent support for the small businesses in the neighborhoods  - I am foolishly hopeful that the resurgence of this support will continue. Although I am hopeful – I cannot get cocky - the consumers’ menu will always include companies like Chewys and Amazon as options but perhaps pet retail is growing up and catching up and will be a force that will challenge the ‘big’ web guys, as we are the ones consistently here supporting our communities of pets and pet owners. Thank you to Jennifer Mohr of Paw Print Pantry of Niantic, CT.  I hope I didn't torture you too much :) https://pawprintpantry.com/ *The views, information or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
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April 20, 2020
EP#3 - Psychotherapy, loneliness and how animals help us during difficult times with Barbara Reichenthal
Barbara Reichenthal, LCSW, BCD is a psychotherapist with 25 years of experience in private practice in NYC. She sees patients for therapy in a conventional setting at her NYC office as well as remotely through telemedicine.  Barbara’s experience includes counseling in schools, hospitals, and mental health settings as well as teaching and supervising other therapists.  Contact: BReichenthal@gmail.com                        Website: https://www.barbarareichenthal.com/ Additional information:   - If you need someone to talk with, and you don’t have a therapist or counselor or cannot afford one, there are no-cost counseling services available through NY State (please check your states available mental health programs for similar services):    OMH Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314 * The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The HelpLine is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling. *The views, information or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
44:12
April 14, 2020
EP#2 - Virtual Trade Show - Eric Najjar
Eric Najjar is a strategist, service designer, and the founder and CEO of ShopKetti.  Eric revels in using his skills to solve complex problems primarily in wholesale, supply chain, and logistics. When not working he can be found cooking and baking up a storm in the kitchen and volunteering as one of the cat room managers for Angelical Cats animal rescue in NYC. For more info go to ericnajjar.com. For additional information regarding Virtual Expo platform: www.petsummitlive.com/register/tazz Spirit Animal: Octopus *The views, information or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*
50:29
April 9, 2020
EP#1 - Emotion Code - Beth Larsen
Beth Larsen is a High Performance and Happiness Coach who helps busy executives and entrepreneurs fulfill their highest business, personal and social potential through mindset and behavior change. After a 20-year career in the retail industry managing store teams, districts, regions and as a VP of Sales, Beth successfully transitioned to the world of entrepreneurship, opening her own coaching and consulting company, Business, Bliss and Balance, LLC in 2013 and has grown it to multiple six figures. Beth knows first hand the value of mentorship and has chosen to surround herself with the best people and the most impactful tools.   She is trained as a Certified High-Performance Coach™, a Certified Happy for No Reason® trainer and  SLII® (Situational Self Leadership).   She additionally holds certifications as an EmotionCode™ practitioner, Higher Brain Living® Facilitator and Brain Stimulated Wellness coach. Schedule a complimentary consultation at www.ConnectwithBeth.com  website:      www.bethlarsencoaching.com Check out Beth's courses: Flourish Monthly courses.   Flourish Annual Membership Plan Beth's Spirit Animal: Deer *The views, information or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of its employees. The Petropolist is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site.  The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services.      This podcast is available for private non-commercial use only. You may not edit, modify or re-distribute this podcast.*  
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