January 30, 2007
If any of you aren't familiar with Carnival of the Capitalists, it's a weekly blog entry that summarizes some of the more interesting blog entries related to business and economics that week but it's hosted by a different blog every time. It's a cool way to see what's going on in the blogosphere and to maybe find some blogs you hadn't come across before.
Well, yesterday, our Top 10 Pet-Related Small Business Trends blog entry over at Small Business Trends was featured in the Carnival, along with some other pretty interesting topics (Brazilian real estate, marketing to women, What would Milton Friedman do? and so on). If you feel like a walk off the beaten path, go check them out.
A big hat tip to Anita Campbell for submitting the piece.
BTW, the blog that's hosting the CotC is pretty fun itself - Long or Short Capital. Must be read with tongue firmly in cheek. You can even sign up for dividends.
January 29, 2007
A friend of mine asked me recently what she should do for a family friend whose dog had just passed away. She isn't a pet parent but she could tell her friend was absolutely distraught at the death of his dog and wanted to do something for him.
I thought that was a good question but couldn't come up with very many options at the time. Here are some ideas. Can you add to this list?
- talk with the pet parent about their pet and share fun memories.
- send a personal handwritten card with some caring words and happy memories if you have them. Include a photo you had taken of the pet if you happen to have one
- if you happen to make a lot of video and recorded the pet in action, make a mini movie to share
- make a donation to a pet-related charity in the name of the deceased pet
- point the pet parent in the direction of grief support services such as those online or near where he/she lives
I'm sure you have some good suggestions you can add to the list. Also, if you have any good suggestions for online grief support websites from personal experience, feel free to post a comment.
January 22, 2007
My mum, Anne Bennett, died on Wednesday, January 17th, 2007, just 2 weeks short of her 65th birthday. She got a very serious bout of pneumonia that got the better of her in the end.
Mum always told me I could do what I want and supported me enthusiastically. She got the biggest kick out of my childhood career plans. I said I was going to be the first female submarine captain in the Royal Navy (my dad was a submariner in the Royal Navy) and marry a farmer so he could stay home with the kids while I traveled around the world (aged 10). She never once discouraged me in anything I wanted to try or do, even if I was taking my holidays in war-torn Sri Lanka or spending a few months in Saudi Arabia while the Americans bombed nearby countries.
My mum was also my biggest blog fan. She avidly read my travels around Latin America before I went to do my MBA, and lived every day with me at Wharton through my Wharton daily diary. Most recently, she was the biggest and most colorful commenter on this blog, which I would set to post before 5:30am most days so she'd have a new entry to read when she got up (she was the ultimate morning person).
My love of animals comes from my mum and she'd always have some insight into Embrace I had never thought about. We grew up in a house full of cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish. I have so many childhood memories about the joy of parenting a menagerie, I could tell stories for hours. We thought it fitting that any donations people wanted to make in rememberance of her would be to the Toronto Humane Society or the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals. She'd be pleased that something good could come of this whole unexpected situation.
So, today is Mum's funeral at 11am in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and a sad day for all. Take a thought for Anne, a wonderful maverick of a mum and so much larger than life. We do miss her so.
January 18, 2007
Once again, Anita Campbell at Small Business Trends kindly posted my predictions for pet-related small business trends 2007 on her blog.
Please take a moment to check it out. Here's an excerpt:
4. Continued steady increase in pet insurance.
The estimated 2006 market size is approximately $200 million, and is estimated to continue to grow by 25% to reach $250 million in 2007, according to the 2005 Packaged Facts “Pet Insurance in North America: The Market and Trends in the U.S. and Canada” report. While our prediction of one of the established companies being acquired in 2006 did not come true, it is only a matter of time before a large insurance company buys its way into the pet insurance arena. More and more employers continue to join the ranks of those who offer pet insurance as a voluntary benefit and at least one pet insurance company plans to start mass media advertising in 2007, increasing consumer awareness of pet insurance.
January 16, 2007
This is a first in a series about the genetic conditions a particular breed might be more prone to than a comparable mixed breed dogs or cat.
- Arthritis: disease that causes inflammation and pain in the joints
- Hip dysplasia: painful condition where the leg bones and hip sockets do not fit well together, causing pain and lameness
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: degeneration of the retina in the eye which progresses to blindness
- Neuronal Ceroid-lipofuscinosis: a degenerative brain disease
- Tricuspid dysplasia: malformed heart valves
- Developmental Bone and Joint Disease
- Retinal dysplasia: abnormal development of the retina in the eye
- Allergic Dermatitis: skin allergies
- Otitis Externa: ear infections
- Hepatitis: inflammation of the liver
- Laryngeal Paralysis: narrowing of the larynx, constricting the ability to breath
Because a breed is more prone to a disease does not mean that any particular dog will get the disease but is more prone overall than a mixed breed dog.
Embrace Pet Insurance covers these conditions provided you do not know if your Labrador has any of them or you've seen symptoms before you get your policy.
When choosing your pet insurer, check to see if the companies you are considering covers these conditions because few others apart from Embrace Pet Insurance do.
How much did you say hip dysplasia surgery cost for my dog?