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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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Dr. Laura Catena, DVM - Safety in Veterinary Medicine for the Vet & the Pet - Ep#77
Dr. Laura Catena, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, a Pet Age 2021 Women of Influence Award Recipient, Ambassador for Animal Health & Wellness...and the founder of ArmOR Hand Glove.  In episode #77, we find out why Dr. Catena created the ArmOR Hand glove and how that led her to become a Fear Free Certified practitioner.  We also discuss pet owner responsibilities, what is happening with our veterinarians, and my favorite subject PET FOOD :) Interested in purchasing the ArmOR Hand for your business?  You are in luck, you will get $10 off your purchase of each set of gloves when you use Coupon Code TAZZ10 good until June 1, 2022.  Dr. Laura Catena is the Founder and President of The ArmOR Hand Glove®. She graduated from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine and is a small animal veterinarian. Dr. Catena developed The ArmOR Hand Animal Handling Gloves after a potentially career-ending injury she endured while working in emergency medicine. ArmOR Hand is a compassionate glove, designed to allow for proper and safe restraint techniques, without the use of force. The glove is used to safely handle animals, reduce injuries to humans, improve animal welfare, and advance the cause of wildlife and pets. ArmOR Hand is a reusable, vegan glove, ensuring a low impact on the environment. The glove decreases infectious disease transmission, supporting the One Health Initiative as well as increasing pet owner compliance for at-home medical care and recommendations. Dr. Catena achieved a Fear Free Preferred Product certification for ArmOR Hand. She is a recipient of the Pet Age 2021 Women of Influence Award. This award celebrates individuals who set industry benchmarks for excellence. The award acknowledges high-performance leaders who have made a notable impact on the field while inspiring a new generation of women to make an impact on the pet care community and the pets we serve. This award recognizes the accomplishments and successes of women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership to bring positive changes to the pet care community. Dr. Catena worked with The Paw Project to ban declaw surgery in the City of Pittsburgh. Dr. Catena is a contributing author to an award-winning pet advocacy site with 500M+ views and shares. She is a data-driven animal doctor known for deriving unique insights from complex information. She is a self-motivated leader translating personal experiences into relatable stories and products. Dr. Catena has been featured on veterinary podcasts and has been published in veterinary journals. Dr. Catena's interests include spirituality, self-care, fitness, The Paw Project, and human and pet nutrition. Follow ArmOR Hand & Dr. Catena on Facebook(Meta) & Instagram Please share this episode :)
34:51
May 06, 2022
Author Neha Taneja Talks About How the Veterinary Industry is Poised to Transform & Pet Owner Responsibility #76
I recently got a chance to connect with author of A Paw Partnership, Neha Taneja, MBA, MSHCM, CSM, LVT .   It was a casual conversation about pet ownership, pet owner responsibilities when it comes to health and veterinary care and of course we spoke about her book https://www.apawpartnership.com/ which delves into the veterinary profession and what she thinks needs to happen to save it from it self.  Buy the book here! *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast or youtube 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.*
01:03:52
April 16, 2022
EP#75 - Cats and Punishment - Cat University w/Dr. Rachel Geller
Here we are again at Cat University with Feline behaviorist and retainment specialist Dr. Rachel Geller.  What our cats clearly perceive as punishment may not be so obvious to us...Listen & Learn.    In today's episode, we learn about how the human-cat bond can become severed by actions cat owners take for granted as being minor and even considered 'normal' when disciplining their cats.  You will learn how the use of a popular behavior modification product on the market can in fact lead to your cat eliminating outside of the litter box which is one of the main reasons why cats are dumped/abandoned or given up for adoption.  You will learn why your sweet ways of showing affection and love feel very different for your cat than they do for you. The cat parents' actions may be the cause of anxiety and distrust instead of love and trust... *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast or youtube 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.*
47:37
March 26, 2022
EP#74- Raw Pet Food Formulation & Safety
Sophie Lavallée, M.Sc., Agronomist Sophie has a Master's degree in Animal Science / Monogastric nutrition and B.Sc Animal Science at McGill University  She is an innovative pet nutrition expert with proven skills in research and development with more than 22 years of experience with the last 8 years dedicated exclusively to developing new complete and balanced diets for cats and dogs. Sophie's business focus is on launching new products and participating in the improvement of existing brands. David Primrose A food technologist by training, Synergy Petfood Managing Director David Primrose also has an MSc in Food Safety Management and over 40 years experience in the global pet food industry. This has enabled him to develop an extensive knowledge of pet food science and technology combined with food safety management. In a 27-year career in Mars Petcare, he worked in diverse areas including Research and Development, materials quality and development, and process development. Through global supplier quality assurance responsibilities, he developed an extensive knowledge of petfood raw materials quality, safety, and functionality. *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast or youtube 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.*
56:28
March 15, 2022
EP#73 - Jim Scott, Pet Industry Legend - Truth about Kibble
I am going to start with, I don't get paid to promote brands nor do I accept payment to feature them on my podcast  - in fact, when I started this podcast I didn't want to discuss brands. Unfortunately, I found that this is absolutely impossible mostly because every day I am asked which brand is best and which brand will help an animal that is unwell become well...it's a tough ask by pet owners mainly because of the amount of banter on the web. The big dollars spent on ads and the big number of brands entering the marketplace because pet food and pet products consistently create big revenue with low upfront investment requirements committed to ingredient quality has made the pet food segment a place of havoc and chaos for the pet owners.  I want pet owners and independent pet retailers to know that there is more out there than what comes up on the first 2 pages of a Google search for BEST pet food.  Where the big brands have the upper hand and power is the money they spend on the advertisements and brand recognition all over the web and the veterinary clinics (a big share owned by pet food manufacturers). These foods being advertised have been consistently the foods that cause all of my clients to be clients !!!  The advertising dollars pushing the unsubstantiated claims won't get any of our pets eating quality products but will lead the masses into thinking whatever the brands want them to think  - my purpose with my food episodes is to introduce and open up the conversation about those brands that commit to bringing quality and some sort of moral code to a very unregulated and ethically devoid industry.   Want to learn more about RAWZ and the Scott Family?  Check out RAWZ here:  https://rawznaturalpetfood.com/ *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast or youtube 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.*
43:42
March 04, 2022
EP#72 - Entrepreneurship, Franchising, Happy Cats = Chris Raimo
Remember that movie Field of Dreams? The one where that voice keeps saying "If you build it, they will come..." Well, that's sort of what founders Chris and Meg Raimo felt was happening to them shortly before they conceived the idea for the Happy Cat Hotel & Spa. The couple had owned and operated their original business venture, Home Sweet Home Pet Care, a house-call pet care service that provided dog walking, pet sitting when they heard that voice whisper to them.  At that time it was widely accepted that it was better to leave your pets home than to put them in a kennel - especially cats. When it came to visiting those same cats, however, Chris, Meg, and their team began to notice that their feline friends were not doing so well. Cats that were typically withdrawn or aloof began pining for affection while others would regress and develop a stir-crazy mentality that would bring about fits of destruction, urinating, and hunger strikes. Entrepreneurs that they are, Chris and Meg started asking questions. What does it matter that a cat is at home in its 'normal' environment, if the home is barren of contact and socialization? What does the place matter to a truly social creature? From there, the founders started answering the questions and developing a solution. What if the cat didn't stay home but went instead to a place that provided enrichment all day long? Would they adapt?    Behavioral research shows they will. Give them places to climb, hide, run, and rest, offer them physical touch and affection, as well as interactive replications of play and hunting, and they, will not only adapt but THRIVE. In other words, create a place just for cats.  Check out the Happy Cat Hotel *The views, information, or opinions expressed during The Petropolist podcast or youtube 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.*
59:50
February 22, 2022
EP#71 - 'Til Death Do Us Part
Til Death do us part...for me, this is where I think, God, I hope a long life and an easy pain free death is the only thing in life that will separate me from my pets. I am not alone in feeling the value and importance of the human animal bond. So often, the death of a pet is just not acknowledged the same way a loss of a human would be.  As pet owners, pet parents, animal lover... however you choose to identify your relationship with your pet  - I would bet that you have felt the disconnect from people that just didn't understand the relationship you shared with the pets in your life.  Who knew there are people out there called Pet chaplains that can help when you are grieving the loss of a pet. I hope this episode helps you or someone you care about get through a difficult time with just a little more ease and knowing that we don't need to be alone or ashamed of the way we feel. Ask for help - there are lots of us that understand. Love, Tazz.
42:54
February 10, 2022
EP#70 - Dr. Judy Morgan - Pet Foods, Pet Insurance, Pet Longevity
This episode is about Pet Food, pet health, pet insurance and definitely a lot about how we can help our pets have a long healthy life...hopefully.  Dr. Judy Morgan is a best-selling author of four books, hundreds of online and print magazine articles, and has hosted her own Naturally Healthy Pets radio show on DreamVisions7 Radio network for two years. She has been featured on Fox News, local cable television, CNN, PBS, ABC, CBS, and as a guest on over 200 radio shows. Her goal is to change the lives of over ten million pets by educating and empowering pet owners worldwide in the use of natural healing therapies, minimizing the use of chemicals, vaccinations, and poor quality processed food. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Morgans' insightful courses please go to: https://www.drjudyu.com/ *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.*
01:04:01
January 28, 2022
EP#69 - Let's Not Kick The Can Down The Road w/Lonnie Schwimmer of Koha Pet Food
Ahhhh easy listening about canned pet food - the facts, the fakes and the information that will matter to pet owners when trying to sift through all the claims and advertisements during a pet food search. What makes one brand of canned pet food better than another? It all seems to resemble meat or chunks of meat.  Where is the food made and why are so many shredded canned pet foods made in Thailand?  Is human grade meat really used in pet food ? What does it all mean? Your questions about canned pet foods will be answered here in a relaxed easy going conversation with Koha Pet Food CEO Lonnie Schwimmer.    *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.*
41:22
January 20, 2022
EP#68 - Everything you need to know about adopting Cats & Dogs
The title says it!! Everything you need to know about adopting cats and dogs is in this episode.  Dr. Rachel Geller, my go to Cat Behaviorist for the Cat University series and Tracie Koehnlein, Dog Trainer & Writer answer questions about the adopting cats and dogs.  Learn more about Dr. Rachel Geller by checking out her site and get a copy of her amazing book Saving the World One Cat at a time - All proceeds are donated to saving cat lives!!! Learn more about Tracie Koehnlein by following her IG page @tracielovesdogs or find some of her dog articles here: barkbuildings.com *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.*
48:45
January 08, 2022
EP# 67 - What is the BEST Dog Training Method - Billie Groom UPwardDogology
What is Canine Cognitive Behavior Therapy ? Listen to Episode 67 to find out what it is as I annoy the hell out of my dear calm guest, Bille Groom with questions that get the listener to the core of what this type of training is all about.   Billie Groom is an expert in Canine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She works exclusively with dogs over the age of six months because this is when cognitive skills develop causing change in behaviors. This is an unheard of area of expertise because there is no other formula grounded in C.B.T. that effectively addresses behaviors associated with aggression, anxiety, rescued dogs, adolescent dogs and change in behaviors. For more information about this method of dog training please go to Upward Dogology.  Listen to Billie's Podcast Dog Training Disrupted *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.*
58:51
December 22, 2021
EP#66 - Canned Pet Food - Bonus episode with Jeremy Petersen
What's the "BEST" pet food?   God, I hate this question - and for those people (especially pet store employers and employees) that actually try to answer this question without ASKING a shit load of questions - you are out of your minds.  There is no "Best" pet food... we can learn more about this in my upcoming series about the vast varieties of pet foods in the market place...Check out the first of the series with Identity Pet Nutrition CEO Jeremy Petersen. *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.*
12:58
December 12, 2021
EP#65 - Is your Pet Food Safe - Pet Food Safety Series #2 w/ David Primrose
Do you know if your pet food is safe? What happened in 2007 with food fraud and the economically motivated adulteration of pet food that killed 4000 pets can happen again...What can each of us do to mitigate the risks and the vulnerability associated with food fraud and risky food practices. David Primrose - Expert in pet food safety discusses where we have the opportunity to create change in food safety.  Here are a few important take-aways from the episode: Traceability study...ask your pet food brand to provide this information for your specific batch of pet food and see what they tell you. Do they have this data? if not, then be wary.  When it comes to Salmonella is a zero tolerance policy for salmonella realistic, especially with the large number of raw foods in the commercial pet food sector?  David delves into this question.  David is adamant that HACCP needs to be applied to the pet food supply chain and with that  a greater sharing of data between all manufacturers in order for brands and manufacturers to create a state of prevention as opposed to constantly being in a reactive response mode.  Education of all stakeholders in the pet food supply chain including the pet owners is incredibly important - in general we need more transparency and the pet owner needs to show a high standard of hygiene from feeding to cleaning up/picking up feces... Listen & learn  *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.*  
01:08:47
December 04, 2021
EP#64 - What to Know Before You Get Your Dog with Margrit Strohmaier
Kids & Pets and your responsibility as the adult is what is being discussed in episode #64 with animal lover and first time author Margrit Strohmaier.  Don't get a pet for your kids for the holidays until you and your kids have read this book  Links: Learn more:  https://www.margritstrohmaier.com/  https://www.instagram.com/margrit_strohmaier/ What to Know Before You Get Your Dog is available on online and at bookstores: https://www.amazon.com/What-Know-Before-Your-Book-ebook/dp/B095JDGX7K https://www.bookdepository.com https://www.barnesandnoble.com https://www.target.com *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.*
35:03
November 25, 2021
EP#63 - Pet Food Safety: An Independent Pet Retail Roundtable
The Independent pet roundtable is made up of:  BC Henschen of Platinum Paws, Carmel, Indiana Diana Farrar of Fifi & Fidos, San Antonio Texas Quincy Zikmund of Give a Dog a Bone, Evansville, Indiana Our host for this episode:  David Primrose - Pet Food Safety expert Synergy Pet Food *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.*
01:15:35
November 17, 2021
EP#62 - Pet Food Safety Series #1 with David Primrose
David Primrose: Founder of Synergy Pet Food.  David has worked in the global pet food industry for over 40 years. He has a Master's degree in Food Safety Management (MSc with Distinction - Food Safety Management) and more than 30 years expertise in technical risk management, including pet food raw material risk assessment for food safety, quality and authenticity, and has worked on pet food ingredient food fraud identification and control. Through SPF, David provides a comprehensive confidential service to clients in person and on a “remote” working basis in areas of auditing, quality and food safety management systems development, raw materials specifications and raw materials risk assessment (HACCP and VACCP). Contact information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidprimrose/?originalSubdomain=uk Read David's articles here: https://www.petfoodindustry.com/authors/21-david-primrose *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.*
21:57
October 20, 2021
EP#61 - Training Service Dogs, D.A.D's & ADA Laws With Barbara Phillips
Episode 61 is all about service dogs.  In this episode I speak with Barbara Phillips service dog trainer specializing in diabetic alert dogs.   I wanted to shine a light on Diabetic Alert Dogs as well as the misinformation about service dog certifications and how the use of 'fake' certifications cause harm for the people with real disabilities that need service dogs to help get them through each day.   If you have questions for Barbara Phillips schedule an appointment with her here: Free Consultation Follow her on her FB page or check out her website: https://www.access4servicedogs.com/ *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.*
55:49
October 11, 2021
EP#60 - Cat University: Nightclubs & Litter Box Problems ?
If you are having a problem with your cats bathroom habits start by listening to episode #60 of The Petropolist podcast with my guest, cat behaviorist and retainment specialist Dr. Rachel Geller. https://drrachelcatbehavior.com/ *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.*
47:30
September 30, 2021
EP#59 - Tia Salmon, Content Creator talks about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Pet Industry
Tia is the dog mom to Crimson the Cavapoo (check out IG @Crimsonthecavapoo), she is a content creator, an influencer and she is outspoken about diversity, equity and inclusion in the pet industry.  I am grateful that she was able to take the time to speak with me about perception, race and inequity in the pet industry and what we can do about it.  Check out some of Tia's favorite pet brands  *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.*
47:48
September 17, 2021
EP#58 - One-Eyed Leo with Ciaran Walsh
What is it?: ‘One-Eyed Leo’ is an e-book designed for parents to read to children. Age group is the 6 to 10-year old who request/demand to have a puppy or dog in the family home. This is the trigger for up to 80% of adoptions (the other 20% being elderly people living alone). More often than not the decision to adopt is spontaneous, ill-informed, with no plan, nor post adoption schedule. This book aims to reverse this trend. Who is selling it? The authors of One-Eyed Leo are seeking Rescues, Veterinary practices, microchipping sites and businesses directly involved in pet welfare services, to sell via their online shops. Using an affiliate marketing system, the promoter will receive a 20% remuneration on each sale at the end of each calendar month. Furthermore, distribution will be limited to just a few outlets in each country or state, and the e-book will NOT be made available via Amazon or similar websites. The intention is that this book will only be available directly from pet service providers. Commercial details: E-Book Link: https:/www.doginternetofthings.ie/ RRP:E-Book$12.50/€10.00 Please forward any questions to: Ciaran@doginternetofthings.com This e-book is presently available to purchase from the web site: www.doginternetofthings.ie Learn more here: This article is about the economics of rescue shelters and puppy mills: The problem in numbers. While this article focuses on the Irish situation, the dynamics are similar or worse in most of the world. https://www.woofadvisor.com/blog/dog-welfare-in-ireland-the-pending-crisis/ A few reviews:  Dr. Alyssun Grant, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD. Certified Canine First Aid Responder, Canine Remedial Massage & Rehabilitation Practitioner. “This book is excellent, it's detail may make families think twice, which is good for the poor dogs who may be taken into homes only to be cast aside after a year /2/3 or so. It's perfect for assisting people's research about the responsibilities, time and cost of owning a dog and will help to ensure only the most committed to the job will become dog owners - meaning lots of happier dogs in their forever homes. I love the colour prints, the drawings are lovely. “ Debra Vey Voda Hamilton, Hamilton Law and Mediation. Bestselling author. Esq./Mediator/Conflict Coach: “This book is, without a doubt, the best pre-puppy purchase you can give your child, grandchild, or friend. It should be required reading for everyone contemplating bringing a pet into their lives.” Rosy Romero, Radio Host, Author. Mexico City:   “I love this colourful book. A beautiful love story. Everything you need to understand before and after you adopt a dog. This sets the standard for what dog care should be in every civilized country and in every home. The best way to prevent dogs from being abandoned.” Brigitte Barton, CAB, A.Dip.CBM, FISAP, MICB, MICAN. Executive Director, International Society of Animal Professionals: “Every parent has faced the question of “can we have a dog” and this book will help to ensure that every family member knows their roles in welcoming a dog into the house and in looking after him to ensure a happy life together.”
48:36
September 05, 2021
EP#57 - "This Being Human..." Cat University
I love talking about cats with Dr. Rachel Geller - We both want cats to be in loving and healthy homes for their full life cycles and this is why we are both incredibly committed to providing our listeners with information that will keep both the humans and the cats happy.  The key take away from this episode is that it ALL starts with the choices made by the human. Every action leads to a reaction, response or consequence...so in this episode we discover why your cat does certain things and why it may be you and not your cat (most of the time:) The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. by Rumi  (Taken from SELECTED POEMS by Rumi, Translated by Coleman Barks - Penguin Classics, 2004). *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.*
49:24
August 17, 2021
EP#56 - REBOUNDOG
Spencer Hodgetts, the founder of Reboundog believes that every person can bring about goodness. He created the social group Reboundog to bring together the people that practice what they preach in the world of animal welfare and human welfare.   A little about who Spencer is...in his own words:  "I believe that undesirable dogs & disadvantaged people have the right to belong in society! So I help pet advocacy & therapy professionals create the social-impact they desire. About four years ago someone on social media in the US shared a video about a “prison dog program”.  That video touched something deep down in me about listening, real deep listening….without pre-judgement. I’ve been in too many situations from very young childhood on where I or others around me have not been listened to. When I went to secondary school in Holyhead, N.Wales in ‘68 I was one of only half a dozen English kids in a school of 1900+ so one learnt pretty quick to fight your ground. An old school friend, now in Norway who has kept in loose contact with a cousin, commented recently that she remembered me as standing up to speak his mind on environmental issues. I’d grown up there on a beach with a rescue English collie as my friend. So I’ve been standing up with my head above the parapet for over half a century!  My working life falls into two blocks of landscaping big stuff such as motorways & logistics truck driving which included union representation of 7k UK employees with the Global Board in Europe. So working with real people who don’t give a proverbial. Oh! 3 years in the middle for a national group for small business owners which lobbied MPs & MEPs based on referendum surveys (great for developing listening skills without your own opinion). I’ve spent the previous two decades+ since the passing of my brother learning about personal development (not the happy clappy crap), so could see this thing about people & dogs that have never been listened to. In 2015 after the completion of a Medicine Walk my business coach concluded “you have a deeply relational gift of listening to and learning from a living sensate world. That is who you are. Go use it well in service” So when this video popped up it made so much sense and about which I could see so much potential not just in the prison sector, but in all situations where we have disadvantaged people from the homeless & those who belong to gangs, the lonely, the elderly to veterans with PTSD. Rather than just have ordinary people train therapy dogs which are given to the disadvantaged let’s train the disadvantaged to be the trainers! Plus surely such collaborations must create a regular solution to a lot of the rescued dogs that aren’t cute….the underdogs. Of which we’ve rescued several over the last four decades+. Now I use my listening & networking skills to bring people together who can make social-impact happen locally, nationally & internationally. From my earlier botanical background I see networks as potential symbiotic relationships rather than a social hierarchy." Spencer Hodgetts *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.*
54:39
August 06, 2021
EP#55 - Jeni Mather - Superwoman & Creator of PLAYtrain® Doggie Daycare at JM Pet Resort
Jeni Mather stands out - She is wildly brilliant, she is methodical in her actions and an innovator in the pet space. God, I like her!! She has created and trademarked PLAYtrain® Doggie Daycare which is a structured daycare program that integrates each dog into specialized playgroups based on several evaluation (size, temperament etc.) factors, which allows them to have fun, exercise, practice basic obedience and release energy in a safe environment!  If you want to learn more about Jeni, listen to this episode and check out JM Pet Resort in Brockton, Mass.  *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.*
54:44
July 23, 2021
EP#54 - Cat University - HAIRBALLS w/Terri Grow
There's more to hairballs than the gross yakitty yak and discomfort your poor cat has to experience.  There are lots of things cat owners can do to eliminate the problem with hairballs.  If you have any questions about this episode or any other episodes you can email me at tazz@petropolist.com *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.*
57:36
July 13, 2021
EP#53 - Your Pet's Health Starts At Home w/Laura Cerrano
Laura Cerrano is a second generation of Certified Feng Shui Masters and first-generation Certified Usui Reiki Master within her family. She is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a double Bachelor's Degree in Art Education and Fine Arts. She began her Feng Shui training in 1997. During her early years and throughout college, Laura simultaneously studied with some of the finest Masters in Feng Shui and Shamanism while obtaining her foundational Feng Shui teachings under the guidance of her mother and mentor, Certified Feng Shui Master, Carole Provenzale.  Laura received her Feng Shui Certification in 2000. Her mother Carole, was one of the first accredited Feng Shui consultants in America, certified and blessed by his High Holiness Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun, through The Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design in 1997. This mother-daughter team established Feng Shui Manhattan in 1997. Laura, like her mom, also teaches at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in NY and offers monthly workshops in-person and virtually throughout the country, monthly empowerment groups, weekly reiki healing circles, and yearly Feng Shui Certification Classes through The Feng Shui Manhattan School. She contributes to and has been featured in Oprah Magazine, BBC Radio, The New York Times, PBS, Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” At Home Podcast with Linda and Drew Scott, HGTV Forever Home - Property Brothers: Season 5 - Go With The Flow, The 98.3 K-JOY Morning Show, CBC Television Documentary called "Superstitious Minds," and News China Television.  Laura advises and helps thousands on issues of personal, professional, and spiritual transformation. Her unique approach to Feng Shui has been credited with reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and has helped improve focus, sleep, and the betterment of overall health and well-being. Laura’s services are also requested during chemotherapy and fertility treatments for complimentary healing. She is currently conducting research for her upcoming book that focuses on bridging the gap between the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui and the psychology, neurological, and physiological health benefits it provides. The intention for these collaborative studies is to establish the practice of Feng Shui as a credible form of preventive and general health care.  *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.*
51:45
July 06, 2021
EP#52 - The Hungry Puppy Speaks w/ Frank Frattini
Yes he did, he calls himself the lion...and many of the other independent pet businesses he calls gazelles - But it's not what you think - so listen to with an open mind...Frank can teach us all a few things.  Check out the Hungry Puppy here!
01:24:08
June 27, 2021
EP# 51 - Jeremy Petersen of Identity Pet Nutrition
It was a blast speaking with Jeremy Petersen of Identity Pet Nutrition for this episode.  In one part of this episode we discuss the the cost of food and what goes into the processing of meats and this statement that Jeremy made was, for me, representative of the mindless approach many, if not most humans take when it comes to eating...so when you hear the part where Jeremy says "if you like eating sports & watching chicken wings..." think about how little thought is put into choosing what you put into your mouths then connect that with the disengaged choices most make when buying their pet foods and how little thought is put into the health of our pets and the connection of how the choices we make affects them.  *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.*
01:02:50
June 16, 2021
EP#50 - Cat University - The Do's & Don'ts of Pets & Work
There’s information floating around about taking pets to our offices or to work once 'things' start opening back up. *Statistics on Petco's website from a 2021 Petco Consumer Survey of 2,001 US pet parents indicates the following: *44% of Pet Parents want their employers to adopt a pet friendly workplace *69% of pet parents are stressed about how going back to work will impact their pet. * 83% of pet parents had minimized stress levels due to working from home in close contact with their pets . I have to comments about that 83% reduction in stress levels due to working from home …shouldn’t we factor in the reduced stress from not having to commute, being able to wake up later than normal, or the fact that we can roll out of bed get our coffee and start work in our underwear! *This survey, this information about how we benefit is laid out on Petco's website. Will taking our pets to work benefit them? I did a not so technical survey of 12 trainers and 3 vets & 100% of them agreed that we may be doing more harm than good by not providing space, rest and alone time for our pets – Anxiety & further emotional agitation can ensue which may even lead to physical health problems, said 1 vet. So HOW is this take your pet to work trend that Petco is leading healthy for the pets? Perhaps it’s another crutch or the humans’ toxic way of using our pets for the wrong reasons. Is it entitlement for the pet owner or are they misinformed by these very campaign claims which are at best set forth based on the trivial self-interest of this company pushing this as the comeback solution post pandemic? ...I’m curious about this survey of 2001 participants in the midst of a pandemic where many, if not most people, are working from home offices & business travel has been exorbitantly reduced – I am curious what part of this survey takes into consideration the emotional and physical health of our dogs and cats? am I missing the point am I the only one that finds it appalling that companies like Petco want us to juxtapose our pets into a human stress relief mental health tool box as if they have no emotional needs ? we have so many available resources to help us handle stresses and anxieties but to add our pets to the mix along with the hammer and nail...(read more). *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.*
44:16
June 03, 2021
EP# 49 Pet Business Roundtable - Giving The Dog A Bone
I am listing a few of the businesses and brands we, George DiGuido Of NYC Pet and Quincy Zikmund of Give A Dog A Bone (Dog bone market for those who are special :) mention or talk about in depth in episode #49 of The Petropolist Podcast.   Phillips Pet, Pet Food Experts, Nulo, Natures Variety, Pet Smart, Chewy, Petco, Skout's Honor, Aartvark, Weruva...and many more.  It may seem this episode is for pet business owners only...au contraire...the pet owner/pet product buyer should really listen to this one - It's a tool for those of us that love our animals and believe an industry should put their money where their mouth is.  What do you believe?  *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.*
55:27
May 20, 2021
EP#48 - Dogs I Meet with Mindy Dutka
The last year has been filled with days of twists and turns and pivots and falls - Every conversation I've had during most of 2020 and now 2021 was with folks that have had the honor of sharing their homes with pets - The conversations had been mainly about the sense of calm and hope these animals consistently provided even during the most confusing and disturbing moments.  In this episode I talk with Mindy Dutka about the animals and the people they are supporting during this historic year.   There has also been an influx of new pet ownership and the stories that go along with both of these scenarios is what Mindy Dutka used as inspiration to create Tales of Support -  If you are interested in sharing the story of how your pet helped you through the pandemic please reach out to Mindy Dutka at: Hello@DogsIMeet.com or go to DogsImeet.com for more information.  *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.*
23:52
May 13, 2021
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 06, 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 09, 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 02, 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 09, 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 08, 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 03, 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 07, 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 07, 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 01, 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 01, 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 04, 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 02, 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 05, 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 03, 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 03, 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.*
11:22
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 09, 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.*  
41:26
March 29, 2020
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March 28, 2020