Photo Roundup: Camp Wagalot in Cedar Hill, Texas

Since Precise is a Texas-based company, it’s always fun to see some Texas pride in a pet store display. Here’s a photo I took at Precise retailer Camp Wagalot in Cedar Hill, Texas:

If you’re in Texas, stop by the store at 1104 S Highway 67 in Cedar Hill. Thanks, Camp Wagalot!

Jon Burkhardt is the Southern territory sales manager at Precise Pet.

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Upcoming Event: Pookie’s 3rd Annual RescueFest in Winter Park, Fla.

Mark your calendars for Pookie’s 3rd Annual RescueFest! We are proud to participate as a “Dandy Dog Sponsor,” and I will be there passing out canine and feline Precise samples. Here’s the information:

When: Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: 1980 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789

What: A charity event at Pookie’s Pet Nutrition and Bow Wow Bakery that recognizes the importance of adopting animals. The event raises money to donate to local rescue groups and focuses on finding homes for animals in need. There will be food, raffle prizes, grab bags and, of course, donations from local sponsors!

Precise is thrilled to be apart of this event and if you’re in the Winter Park area, we hope to see you there!

Ron Pierle is the Southeast territory sales manager at Precise Pet, and can be reached at rpierle@texasfarm.com. See a photo of Ron and his cat Nala in our Pet Zone image gallery.

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Retailer Spotlight: Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet

In our Retailer Spotlight blog posts, our team will take a closer look into some of the outstanding retailers across the country that sell Precise. We love all of our retailers and the services they bring to our customers!

I always enjoy stopping in at Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet, a 15-store chain in Minnesota’s Twin Cities area. The stores have seen terrific growth over the past few years, and I’m honored to say I’ve been working with the store and its owners since it started out with just two locations. Even as it continues to grow – with a new store opening soon in Denver, Colo. – the name Chuck & Don’s means quality and customer service for pet owners in this area.

After some of our recent snowfall melted away, I stopped by the St. Paul store at Highland Park to take this photo:

The story behind Chuck and Don’s is a good one. Between owning, training and showing German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Schipperkes, Border Collies and mixed breeds, Chuck Anderson and Don Tauer became friends and decided to open the first Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet store in 1990. The pair became a go-to source for pet owners in Minnesota, and opened many more retail locations while staying true to their local area. Don retired in 2000, and Bob Hartzell joined the team.

The stores’ goals stayed the same, however, as described on their website:

Chuck and Bob have a vision to be the local destination home town pet supply store with excellent customer service, a wide and broad selection of products, and competitive pricing. Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet is locally owned and the income generated by our business stays in Minnesota. We look for growth opportunities upwards of twenty stores by 2015, and hope to see you in one of our stores sometime soon, as pets continue to bring us together.

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Why Precise, part two

The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 38 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com.

As you learned from my previous The Dish posts, I believe Precise has been a visionary company in the pet food industry. While at SuperZoo last fall, I was happy to share why I am proud to work with Precise and its staff.

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Pet news roundup – 1/21/11

Here on The Dish, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the pet food industry. We’ll have a mix of articles, statistics, news and fun facts from a variety of pet industry sources and Twitter.

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Photo roundup: Love’s Pets in Agoura Hills, Calif.

I was in California recently, and made sure I stopped in at Love’s Pets store in Agoura Hills, Calif. The store specializes in natural and holistic pet care, and now carries Precise Holistic Complete. Love’s Pets also has locally bred puppies that are already eating our newest formulations for puppies.

If you’re ever in the area, be sure to stop in and see Larry and Mike after you check out its Precise display:

Thanks, Love’s Pets!

Tom Ruha is the Western territory sales manager at Precise Pet, and can be reached at truha@texasfarm.com. See a photo of Tom and his dog Mocha in our Pet Zone image gallery.

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Photo Roundup: Beau’s Bathhouse in Denton, Texas

We are thrilled to have Beau’s Bathhouse in Denton, Texas as a part of the Precise family. I had a fantastic time visiting its store and checking out the new Precise Holistic Complete display:

Thanks, Beau’s Bathhouse!

Jon Burkhardt is the Southern territory sales manager at Precise Pet.

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Ingredient Insight: DHAgold®

We’re very proud of the premium ingredients found in our foods. In our Ingredient Insight series, our in-house vet Dr. Lisa Drapela provides an in-depth look at how these ingredients protect and boost your pets’ health and energy, why we chose them and what makes them unique. Read all of our Ingredient Insight blog posts here.

You may already be familiar with DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a common human food additive found in a range of grocery store items such as infant formulas, juices, tortillas, milk and yogurt. The omega-3 fatty acid is used to promote healthy brain functions, especially in young children.

When developing our new Precise Holistic Complete canine formulas, we wanted to include human-grade ingredients that provide dogs with the most advanced nutrition available. That’s why you’ll find the animal nutrition form of DHA, DHAgold®, in all of our Precise Holistic Complete canine foods. In fact, Precise Holistic Complete is the only dog food with DHAgold®, noted by this logo on our packaging:

What is DHA?
DHA is an unsaturated omega-3 fatty acid critical for healthy brain and eye development and function, that supports heart health throughout all life stages. Omega-3’s are most abundant in neural, retinal and cardiovascular conducting tissues, and help facilitate synaptic transmission. More than 97 percent of all omega-3’s in the brain are DHA.

What is DHAgold®?
DHAgold® is a human-grade supplement that provides DHA, to promote cognitive performance and trainability. It is made straight from the algae that give fish so many healthful fatty acids. Since DHAgold® algae is grown in a closed environment rather than harvested from the ocean, it is also sustainable.

How does DHAgold® help canine development?
While other omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) help only with inflammation and cardiovascular functions, DHAgold® supports a range of health factors:

  • Cognitive development and function
  • Visual development and function
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Supports cardiovascular health

Want to know even more? While we were at SuperZoo earlier this year, we took a moment to speak with Christian Martin, director of animal nutrition at DHAgold’s parent company Martek Biosciences. To learn more about this ingredient, check out the interview below:

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Upcoming Event: Boone County Humane Society fundraiser

I’m very excited about an upcoming event I’m hosting at a local salon in my area. It’s always fun to see how people from all industries can come together to help the dogs and cats that need us. Here’s the information:

When: Feb. 13, 3 to 6 p.m.

Where: “As The Crow Flies” salon in Zionsville, Ind.

What: A fundraising event to support the Boone County Humane Society. Cindy Crowe, the owner of the salon, has invited Precise to be a part of the fun, and I’ll have samples and information on hand. In addition, Faith the Dog and her owner Jude Stringfellow will be there to greet our guests.

If you’re in the Zionsville area and want to help support this great cause, we hope to see you there next month!

Liz Morken is the Midwest territory sales manager at Precise Pet, and can be reached at lmorken@texasfarm.com. See a photo of Liz and her dog in our Pet Zone image gallery.

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Photo Roundup: Pet Supplies “Plus” in Plano, Texas

I recently had the opportunity to visit our friends at Pet Supplies “Plus” in Plano, Texas, and was excited to see its wall of Precise Pet Products. The addition of Precise Holistic Complete is a nice touch to this colorful section.

Thanks, Pet Supplies “Plus”!

Jon Burkhardt is the Southern territory sales manager at Precise Pet.

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