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Pets at Home growth a cut above

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Animal retailer and grooming salon Pets at Home boasts profits and turnover leap, raising hopes for bumper Christmas

Offering flea and worm treatments and opening more grooming salons in stores helped Pets at Home push up like for like sales last year by 1.3% while turnover jumped 7.1% to £544.3m.

In the year to 29 March, ebitda earnings – before adjustments and exceptional items – at the pet retailer increased 0.5% to £91.7m. The results are the first since new chief executive Nick Wood joined from American Golf this year to replace Matt Davies, now chief executive of Halfords.

Wood said: “In a year of significant capital and revenue investment, and against a challenging economic and retail background, it is extremely pleasing to report further growth in turnover and profit.” The new chief, owner of two bichon frise dogs called Oscar and Louis and a hamster called Snuggles, said there had been a “very strong” takeup of microchipping and flea and worm treatments at stores as well as nutritional services. “We are giving people more reasons to come to us and we want to develop expertise among our colleagues,” said Wood.

The chain, which now has 313 stores, opened 18 grooming salons and 19 Companion Care in-store veterinary practices in the year. It opened 32 stores last year and Wood believes there is “significant opportunity” to continue opening stores at the same rate. The retailer will be hoping it can continue the momentum through to Christmas, after last year it reported pet owners facing squeezed incomes had scaled down their purchases to smaller items, such as Santa stockings for hamsters, and advent calendars for dogs.

Why it Can Be Important to Ensure Your Pet has Regular Vaccinations

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LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire – Oct. 17, 2012) - Britain is undoubtedly a nation of pet lovers, with cats and dogs being some of the most popular domestic animals in the country. This was shown in an Asda survey last year which revealed that 81% of pet owners see their pet as very important to their family.*

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Postal workers’ union to urge government action on dangerous dogs

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The government has been ‘dragging its feet’ despite the rise in savage dog attacks, says CWU

The postal workers’ trade union will today accuse the government of endangering lives by failing to take action on dangerous dogs.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) will tell MPs that laws have been changed in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with legislation planned in Wales later this year.

But, according to the union, the government has been “dragging its feet” in England, despite an increase in savage dog attacks.

The CWU has pointed out that most dog attacks on postal workers take place on private property, where the law does not apply.

Dave Joyce, the union’s safety officer, will tell the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee that urgent action is needed to rescue “failing” laws on dogs.

He said: “We want a package of better laws – extended to private property, judging a dog’s behaviour not just breed, and bringing in compulsory microchipping.

“We also need better enforcement of these laws, by giving more power and support to police and dog wardens. These changes would deal with offences and act as a deterrent, and help to change the behaviour of dog owners.

“Finally, we’re very concerned about changes to the criminal injuries compensation scheme which will exclude dog-attack victims from receiving compensation.

“These most vulnerable people have nowhere else to turn, since the scheme only caters for those who cannot get compensation through prosecution – because the dog owner is insolvent for example – and this cut will leave injured victims struggling to cope.”

The CWU estimated that up to 5,000 postal workers and 400 telecom engineers are attacked by dogs each year.

Officials complained that the government had merely launched a consultation earlier this year on dangerous dogs laws, rather than taking firmer action.

All American Pet Company, Inc. PAWtizer(TM) Brand Products Are on the Shelves of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls With HomeGoods Orders to Immediately Follow

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LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Aug 14, 2012) – All American Pet Company, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: AAPT) announces that its PAWtizerT branded line of 99.9% effective antibacterial wipes and spray for dogs will be found on the shelves of THE TJX Company — the nation’s largest home goods and apparel department store chain with 983 T.J. Maxx and 884 Marshalls stores with orders for the company’s 374 HomeGoods stores on the way. 

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Many Americans have throwback Fourth without power – Fox News

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MOUNT VERNON, Va. – George Washington never had air conditioning, but he knew how to keep cool: a mansion with lots of windows elevated on the banks of a wide, rolling river and lots of ice cream, maybe with a little brandy.
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In California, No Dog Gets a Free Bite at Your Expense

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California law has provisions governing both what happens to dogs who have attacked someone, and also what rights are available to those who are attacked.

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Odd Jobs: Prosthetic Dog-Testicle Maker

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Gregg Miller’s implants offer neutered dogs an emotional Band-Aid for a procedure that “adds insult to injury”

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Taking dog to work ‘cuts stress’

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Bringing pet dogs to work can reduce stress and make the job more satisfying for other employees, a study suggests.

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Dogs take lead in sniffing out Arctic oil

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Shell has been training a dachshund and two border collies to detect oil spills beneath snow and ice

When it comes to drilling for oil in the harsh and unpredictable Arctic, Shell has gone to the dogs, it seems. A dachshund and two border collies to be specific.

The dogs’ ability to sniff out oil spills beneath snow and ice has been tested and paid for by Shell – and other oil companies and government research organisations – in preparation for the industry’s entry into the forbidding Arctic terrain. The company hopes to begin drilling for oil off the north-west coast of Alaska in June.

The project, conducted by independent Norwegian researchers Sintef off the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway in 2009, set out to find a low-tech fix to a nightmare scenario for Arctic drilling: how to clean up a spill in remote waters?

The technology for detecting and tracking spilled oil in the Arctic is still in the early stages. To make clean-up even more challenging, the areas in the Chukchi Sea to be drilled are 1,000 miles from the nearest coastguard base.

As the study itself notes: “Today, no proven operational system exists for detecting oil spill covered by snow and/or ice or hidden under beach sediments.” The remote and challenging Arctic environment made it difficult to rely on sensitive technological equipment, it added.

However, the campaign group Greenpeace said dachshund sniffer dogs were not the answer.

“The idea that small dogs can track leaking oil deep under the Arctic pack ice in the middle of winter is absurd,” said Ben Ayliffe, Arctic campaigner for Greenpeace. “The fact that they are paying good money to seriously use this as an option shows how much they are scrabbling around for a solution.”

Others said the study should be an embarrassment to the industry. “This is another example of how we do not have adequate science and technology yet to drill in the Arctic Ocean – particularly in ice,” Marilyn Heiman, the director of the US Arctic Programme for the Pew Environment Group said in an email.

“It is embarrassing that using dogs to sniff out oil is the best technology we have to track oil under ice. Industry needs to invest in research to determine how to track oil under ice, as well as significantly improve spill response capability in ice, before [being] allowed to drill in ice conditions.”

A spokesman for Shell said the company had done additional research on oil-sniffing dogs since the 2009 study but “nothing major”. Curtis Smith, the spokesman, said Shell has no plans to deploy the dogs in Alaska.

The company’s oil spill response plan, approved by the interior department last month, calls for a fleet of vessels to be on standby at all times, as well as for the construction of a special capping system that would be able to capture and store up to 80,000 barrels of oil a day.

“Shell and others are looking mainly at technology like advanced radars [and] satellite to detect oil under ice,” Smith wrote in an email.

The absence of canine participation is in no way the dogs’ fault. The dogs – border collies Jippi and Blues, and dachshund Tara – were able to pick up the scent of oil up to 5km downwind of a spill, the researchers found.

They held up well to long flights, -40C temperatures, and bumpy snowmobile journeys. They were also able to focus on their mission – and did not go tearing off after polar bear or seals, the study said.

“This gives us future possibilities in using specially trained dogs to search large areas covered with snow and ice to detect possible oil spills,” the study added.

Cambridge Who’s Who Names Martha V. Diehl Professional of the Year in Nonprofit & Community Service

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Martha Diehl oversees the Institute for Canine Studies, which teaches people to train dogs to help people

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