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Friday, April 4, 2014


Dog Rescued by The Humane Society Naples Benefits

from Generosity of Local Pet Business

Ark Naturals steps up to pay for life-saving heart surgery for "Peanut"


Naples, FL - When Peanut, a four month-old Chihuahua mix dog arrived at The Humane Society Naples, he was just like any other of the thousands of pets the no-kill shelter rescues each year. During his veterinary exam, it was discovered that the dog exhibited a loud heart murmur.  Fearing the worst, Dr. Rob Fox, Medical Director at the Humane Society, ordered an echocardiogram of the dog in order to make a complete diagnosis.

Upon consultation with specialists and review of the diagnosis, it was determined that Peanut's long-term prognosis was poor. The dog was determined to be at risk for heart failure or even a sudden death. However, balloon valvuloplasty (an expensive heart surgery) was an option if the needed funds to pay for the procedure could be found. 

The Humane Society Naples contacted veterinary professionals at Specialized Veterinary Services and arranged for a discounted surgery fee for Peanut.  At that same time, the shelter reached out to Ark Naturals, a Naples-based leading manufacturer of health, remedy and lifestyle solutions for pets. The company has been a supporter of the no-kill shelter for many years.

Susan and Jay Weiss, owners of Ark Naturals, had just recently lost their own precious pooch named "Lily Perez." The Havanese was a special needs rescue herself, and the Weiss Family was still in grief over the loss of their beloved pet. It was when they learned that they could help another rescued pet overcome its own special need they made the generous offer to pay the cost of the surgery for Peanut.

He underwent a very successful surgery and initial recovery, and volunteers and staff at The Humane Society Naples are helping to continue his care until he will be adopted by a forever family. The dog is currently meeting many potential adopting families at the HSN Satellite Adoption Center at the Coastland Center Mall.

The shelter is currently accepting donations to help continue to provide veterinary care for other rescued pets that require significant veterinary care before adoption to the general public.  To donate, please contact Andy Reed, Director of Development at (239) 643-1555 Ext. 21 or visit www.hsnaples.org. 

Peanut now awaits his forver home.

Organized in 1960, The Humane Society Naples is a private local non-profit animal welfare organization. Its mission is to provide animals shelter in times of need, locate lifelong homes and promote responsible pet ownership through education, legislation and sterilization. Located at 370 Airport-Pulling Road in Naples, The Humane Society's Adoption Center hours are: Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 7pm and Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. A Satellite Adoption Site located at the Coastland Center Mall in Naples is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sunday from noon until 6pm. For additional information, visit The Humane Society Naples online at www.HSNaples.org or call (239) 643-1555.

 

ABOUT ARK NATURALS

Ark Naturals Products for Pets was incorporated in Florida in 1996. Ark Naturals® is dedicated to provide pet guardians with natural options, and an opportunity to be proactive when caring for their pets.  All Ark® products are premium and of course human grade. Part of our mission is to educate the consumer. Ark ® provides pet owners with scientific information that is clear and easy to understand. Our belief is that pet owners will choose natural alternatives when they understand the choice between natural and chemically adulterated products. Our goal is to not only develop products that allow our family of pets to enjoy a better quality of life, but also to allow their owners to rest assured that they have cared for their pets in the best possible way. For a list of our products please visit: www.arknaturals.com

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"New to the market is Ark Natural’s BREATH-LESS Brushless Toothpaste and Fizzy Plaque Zapper.

Brushless Toothpaste chews are filled with the company’s patented StayC50 toothpaste. The chews also contain breath-freshening ingredients like cinnamon, vanilla, clove and chlorophyll. The Plaque-Zapper contains enzymes that are activated by mouth saliva, which changes the pH level and deters the growth of oral bacteria.

“Pet owners simply empty a packet of Plaque-Zapper into a pet’s drinking water to help prevent dental decay, plaque, tartar and bad breath,” Susan Weiss, CEO of Ark Naturals, said. “It is odorless, tasteless and colorless and will not change a pet’s drinking or eating habits.”

Article from Pet Age Magazine Read more: http://www.petage.com/dental-hygiene-pays-dividends/

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Remembering Lily Perez.. Ark Naturals Official Bark Person

Written by: Susan Weiss

Somewhere in 2002 a severely abused rescue dog came into our life.  She came into our life via Pet Finder who connected us with Pekes and Pals Rescue, Fort Myers FL - They really didn’t know too much about her.  We decided to build her a ‘biography’.   They called her Sara but we changed her name to Lily Perez… as Perez in Cuba is like Smith in the USA –We decided to give her a first name and a last name.  We also gave her a birthday .

When we filled out the application to adopt her, Pekes and Pals shared some info about his dog.  She was abused. She was a fear biter.  She could be aggressive if frightened.  She had a low threshold for anxiety….. and she was extremely pretty,  a Havanese (maybe  Havanese with a little something else) and would we be interested in meeting her.

A few years earlier I had fallen in love with the Havanese breed – and even with all the problematic information I was given,  I was off and running to Pekes and Pals to meet her. 

The rescue organization carefully told me – she was a handful…. beginning with the simplest task of putting a collar on her and attaching a leash.  Lily and I went home that night, I introduced her to her dad (Jay) and we became a family of 3.

Lily was never the perfect dog.   But with patience and a real understanding of what she must have gone through we were able to love her, respect her boundaries and have a great life.

About 2 years ago her kidneys began to fail.  Additionally she had symptoms of hypertension.  With excellent veterinary care (Dr Victor Brown, DVM Brown Veterinary Clinic,  Naples, FL) and following his instructions to the letter we were able to get her into a holding pattern.   Life with Lily was pretty OK until about a month ago – Dr Brown did some more tests and told us her kidneys were in very bad shape.  We were prepared to do whatever it took to help her.  We did acupuncture, aquapuncture, IV fluids daily, Chinese herbs and a new special diet.

Despite all our efforts we were not able to stabilize her and she continued to go downhill. At the end Lily was not Lily- She didn’t care who held her (BTW she also hated being touched by strangers). We realized we had to think of her and let her cross the Rainbow Bridge.

With us at her side till the last minute, Lily Perez crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday January 28th 2014.

Our home is weird without her. I’ve washed her bed and bowls.  I went through her toys and decided which ones to keep and together Jayand I made a decision that the best way to honor Lily is to rescue another dog – so we are now focused on bringing another Havanese rescue into our life.

Why am I writing all this?  Part of this is to honor Lily and part of this is to let you know that rescuing an abused dog is not an easy trick.  However, if you have patience, an open heart and financial resources it is very doable.  Would I adopt Lily again knowing that Lily was a difficult dog with very special needs?  Definitely!

I hope when you consider adding a dog or a cat to your life you will always think RESCUE! 

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Brand New from Ark Naturals® – Brush-Less Toothpaste for the Larger Breeds; You asked and we responded. Due to popular demand, Ark has introduced Brushless-Toothpaste for larger dogs.  The new large size chewable measures 4 inches in length, now all 4 sizes: mini, small-medium, medium-large and now large contain proven breath freshening ingredients and Ark’s patented toothpaste center to control plaque, tartar and bacteria causing bad breath.

“Being proactive with dental care is one of the most important steps for your pet to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Nancy Scanlan, DVM, the executive director of American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) and formulator for Ark Naturals Products for Pets.

Brushless provides all the benefits of brushing without the hassle. Brushless-Toothpaste is easy to use, all natural and we can’t stress this enough, highly digestible. Unlike most mold injected pet dental product, Ark’s Brushless Toothpaste is extruded.  Extruded products insure easy digestibility while at the same time increase viability of the active ingredients.

Ark Naturals products are always made in the USA. 

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Friday, December 13, 2013

In the December 2013 issue of Pet Business Magazine, Pet Business announced their 2013 Industry Recognition Award Winners. We are proud to announce that Ark Naturals very own Gray Muzzle, an Ark Naturals Company, product line took home the 2013 Industry Recognition Award for the Supplement Category!

"It was another banner year for the pet care industry, which was expected to surpass the $55-billion mark by the end of 2013, according to the American Pet Products Association. While much of this success can, ofcourse, be attributed to pet owners’ continued commitment to caring for their animals as valued members of the family, it would be a mistake to overlook the role that product manufacturers have played in keeping the pet care category vibrant and engaging for consumers. These companies are using innovation to make pet ownership easier and more fulfi lling for shoppers, thus adding to the momentum behind the public’s love affair with pets. Many of these manufacturers play a vital role in giving pet stores the ability to differentiate themselves in what has become an extremely competitive retail landscape. For these pet specialty retailers, tapping into the steady stream of ground-breaking new products coming into the market has proven invaluable in keeping assortments fresh and functional to stay one step ahead of the other retail channels that have climbed into the pet care ring. With this in mind, each year Pet Business honors the industry’s biggest standout products with our Industry Recognition Awards (IRA). Now in their 12th year, the IRAs are selected by the Pet Business editors after scouring the industry for the best and brightest products on the market. This year, in addition to feting products, we have added two new categories to the program— best packaging redesign and best vendor website. Both categories honor elements of pet product marketing that are essential in today’s marketplace, and
the winners in each have done an exemplary job in their respective categories.
And the 2013 Industry Recognition Award winners are…" - Pet Business Magazine, Dec. 2013

To read the full digital verison of this publication visit: www.petbusiness.com

Here at Gray Muzzle we are beyond honored to be chosen for this award. Since the launch of Gray Muzzle, just this last year, we've had one goal in mind, help our senior dogs in their third act. We're glad Gray Muzzle is effectively touching so many lives. 

To find out more information about our Gray Muzzle products, visit: www.gray-muzzle.com for product overviews and purchasing information.


Article and Graphics provided by: www.petbusiness.com

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Olde Dogge Inn

Albion, New York

After introducing Gray Muzzle for Senior Dogs, We challenged our retailers to create their own "Best in Show" Senior Department! We’re proud to announce that our November Winner is Olde Dogge Inn in Albion, NY! Check out their fabulous Senior Department below and if you’re in the Albion, NY area, stop in and take a browse around their store!

Olde Dogge Inn

14472 Ridge Road

Albion, NY 14411

Ph: 585-589-5004

www.oldedoggeinn.com


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Friday, November 15, 2013

In the November 2013 Issue of Pet Business featured Ark Naturals Breath-Less Brushless-Toothpaste and our Breath-Less Fizzy Plaque Zapper in the Product Round Up for Oral Care!

View the full article here:

Brushless Toothpaste and Fizzy Plaque Zapper, from Ark Naturals (arknaturals.com) provide the benefits of brushing without the hassle. Brushless-Toothpaste chews are filled with the company’s patented STAY-CTM Toothpaste. The chews also have breath-freshening ingredients like cinnamon, vanilla, clove and chlorophyll. They are free of wheat, gluten, soy, corn, and artificial colors and flavors. Brushless-Toothpaste comes in mini, small/medium, medium/large sizes. Fizzy Plaque Zapper helps maintain saliva’s natural pH. Pet owners simply empty a packet into a pet’s drinking water to help prevent dental decay, plaque, tartar and bad breath. It contains natural enzymes including lysozyme, lactoferrin, and petizyme. It is odorless, tasteless and colorless and will not change a pet’s drinking or eating habits.


Article and Images courtesy of Pet Business.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Concord Pet Foods & Supplies

Elkton, Maryland 21921

After introducing Gray Muzzle for Senior Dogs, We challenged our retailers to create their own "Best in Show" Senior Department! We’re proud to announce that our October Winner is Concord Pet Foods & Supplies #15 in Elkton, MD! Check out their fabulous Senior Department below and if you’re in the Elkton, MD area, stop in and take a browse around their store!

Concord Pet Foods & Supplies

303 Augustine Herman Highway

Elkton, Maryland 21921

Ph: 410-398-5554

www.concordpetfoods.com

 

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Just yesterday, (10/31/2013) Florida Weekly published an article to help share Hansa Rose's story with Southwest Florida in hope of finding Hansa Rose her forver home.

Please share this story on your social media sites and with friends to help join the efforts!

Wanted: A home for Hansa Rose

Hansa Rose has been in foster care with Brooke’s Legacy Animal Rescue for almost two years. She’s been a favorite canine in the animal-assisted play therapy program at PACE Center for Girls-Collier at Immokalee, but now she’s ready for a permanent place.

Karen Hill of Brooke’s Legacy suspects Hansa Rose was a “bait dog,” one that is chained or otherwise confined and set against another dog for sport. The right side of her face doesn’t match the left (the right eye is there, but it’s set way back), and she has very few teeth. Ms. Hill estimates the lovable boxer/Labrador mix is about 3 years old. She has been spayed.

Whatever mistreatment she suffered in the past has not damaged Hansa Rose’s disposition, however, she loves people and is OK with cats (other dogs tend to upset her).

Brooke’s Legacy thanks Ark Naturals Products for Pets for sponsoring the effort to place Hansa Rose in a permanent home. For more information call: (239) 434-7480 or e-mail Admin@BrookesLegacyAnimalRescue.org or visit www.brookeslegacyanimalrescue.com

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! FROM ARK NATURALS

Over this past weekend, Ark Naturals' own Rocco Monaco participated Doggie Door Costume Contest that was held in Winter Park, Florida!

"Ark Naturals donated a gift basket. There were 54 large dogs entries and more than 100 small pet entries for the contest. The event was a huge success put together by the Doggie Door benefiting the Sebastian Haul Fund (sebastianhaulfund.org) Helping greyhounds reach their forever homes. The Early estimates indicate there were enough funds raised to help another 75 plus greyhounds reach their new families through this event alone." said Rocco

Below you'll find photos from the event!

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