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Business Entrepreneur Anne-Marie Faiola Joins the Pack as Board Member at Holistic Hound

Business Entrepreneur Anne-Marie Faiola Joins the Pack as Board Member at Holistic Hound

BELLINGHAM, WASH. (JAN. 7, 2020) – Anne-Marie Faiola, Founder and CEO of Bramble Berry Handcraft Provisions, was appointed as a Board Member of Holistic Hound, the source of trust and knowledge for organic pet supplements formulated with full spectrum CBD and functional mushrooms. She brings deep and diverse knowledge related to the Direct-to-Consumer channel, product formulation and development, along with a passion for the wellbeing of animals.

“Anne-Marie brings a wide array of expertise to our company,” said Ian Butler, Operations Manager at Holistic Hound. “She’s an in-the-trenches entrepreneur, and her skills and experience building a high-quality brand in a trusted and unique industry will greatly benefit our team as we build out the Holistic Hound Brand.”

Anne-Marie is the founder and CEO of Bramble Berry Handcraft Provisions, which focuses on all things Do-It-Yourself for bath, body, candles, skincare, soap and more. She holds an MBA, graduated from MIT’s Entrepreneurial Master’s program, earned a Nutritional Therapy Degree, is the author of four books and enjoys more than 133 million views as a YouTube Educator.  She is extremely active in her community, serving on several civic boards and networks. Most notably, she was recently appointed to the Finance Committee for Washington State by Governor Inslee, and she currently serves on the Covid Employer Response Task Force for Whatcom County. Anne-Marie also recently attended Chicago Booth School of Business for post-MBA work in finance, mergers and acquisition.

“I am thrilled to join the Board at Holistic Hound,” said Anne-Marie Faiola. “I look forward to sharing my entrepreneurial and nutritional expertise with this deeply committed animal health company run by people who understand the love of pets.” 

Anne-Marie is also the recipient of several notable awards including:

  • Top 50 entrepreneurs in America by President Obama’s Small Business Administration
  • Businesswoman of the Year (Washington State) from the Women’s Business Owners of Washington
  • Best Businessperson and Best Small Business for Whatcom County
  • Forbes Small Businesses
  • One of the Best Bosses in America by Winning Workplaces

Anne-Marie enjoys a full menagerie of animals in her home, wrangled by her seven and nine-year-old children. They love their three snails, two large koi fish, two betta fish and one arboreal tree-climbing gecko. She’s hoping to adopt a dog soon to add to the happy chaos in her life.

Holistic Hound’s premium line of CBD and CBG oils, bites and chews, mushroom powder and balms are designed to provide holistic health and therapeutic wellness throughout all life stages for both cats and dogs. Its USA-made products are USDA Certified Organic and distributed via wholesale to neighborhood pet stores nationwide. Learn more about the company’s history and its full line of products at holistichound.com.

About Holistic Hound

Holistic Hound is dedicated to helping improve the health, wellness and longevity of dogs and cats with an acclaimed line of veterinarian-formulated, full spectrum hemp and mushroom supplements with CBD and CBG. Holistic Hound products contain non-GMO organically grown hemp oil, are third-party tested, and made in the USA to USDA Certified Organic certification levels. Learn more at www.holistichound.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Holistic Hound Recruits Ian Butler as Operations Manager

Holistic Hound Recruits Ian Butler as Operations Manager

BELLINGHAM, WASH. (DEC. 17, 2020) Holistic Hound, the source of trust and knowledge for organic pet supplements formulated with full spectrum CBD and functional mushrooms, has successfully recruited Ian Butler to serve as Operations Manager. Ian will serve as an integral leader of the management team with a focus on advancing innovation, quality, and consumer connection.

“We’re excited to add Ian to our talented team of animal lovers and pet parents,” said Anne-Marie Faiola, Board Member at Holistic Hound. “Ian brings analytical rigor based on his past e-commerce experience, is comfortable leading people in a growth environment, and possesses a relentless focus on quality control, which is paramount to our aspiration to be the source of trust and knowledge in the métier of progressive, functional pet supplements. Plus, he’s really fun to work with!”

Ian has broad management and entrepreneurship experience including e-commerce, logistics and supply chain with an emphasis on prioritizing client relations. He is also a strong analyst, using data to drive company goals and decisions. Together with his wife Teagan, they are proud pet parents to a 2-year-old, 110-pound Golden Retriever Great Pyrenees Mix named Parker that likes to play dress-up, and a sassy 10-year-old cat named Carver, who truly knows who’s boss. 

“This role at Holistic Hound is really a fulfilling one for me,” said Ian Butler, Operations Manager at Holistic Hound. “It offers me the chance to blend my traditional retail experience with new technologies to connect with our consumers and the pets we all love, and my analytical side will put to work innovating and producing the very best progressive health and wellness products for dogs and cats.”

Holistic Hound’s premium line of CBD and CBG oils, bites and chews, mushroom powder and balms are designed to provide holistic health and therapeutic wellness throughout all life stages for both cats and dogs. Its USA-made products are distributed via wholesale to neighborhood pet stores nationwide. Learn more about the company’s history and its full line of products at holistichound.com.

About Holistic Hound

Holistic Hound is dedicated to helping improve the health, wellness and longevity of dogs and cats with an acclaimed line of veterinarian-formulated, full spectrum hemp and mushroom supplements with CBD and CBG. Holistic Hound products contain non-GMO organically grown hemp oil, are third-party tested, and made in the USA. Learn more at www.holistichound.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Prairie Dog Pet Products Investing More Than $20M in Expanding Manufacturing Across Facilities

Prairie Dog Pet Products Investing More Than $20M in Expanding Manufacturing Across Facilities

Increased capacity reflects demand for clean and healthy pet nutrition

ABILENE, TEXAS (Dec. 10, 2020)Prairie Dog Pet Products, a premium manufacturer of freeze dried, smoked and natural pet treats, invested heavily in the second half of 2020, and is allocating another $18 million in 2021 for equipment and facilities. This move will dramatically expand output across its manufactured product lines while increasing food safety and innovation.

“We’re focused on each facility becoming world class in quality, sustainability and efficiency,” said Ted Mischaikov, CEO at Prairie Dog Pet Products. “Each investment is interwoven into the fabric of processes and products we are creating across frozen, freeze dried, air dried and smoked treats and diets. Our goal is to provide large volumes of higher quality and more innovative dried products for our private label and co-pack business partners.”

Areas of expansion center around low temperature, low impact technologies that help retain nutritional profiles in pet food, as well as kitchen upgrades to increase efficiency. These facility enhancements include:

  • Freeze Drying Technology – The Abilene, Texas plant will install 300 percent more freeze dried capacity in 2021 with additional equipment designated solely for research and development.
  • Individual Quick Freeze (IQF) Technology – To support freeze dried volumes and initiate frozen diets, the Abilene facility is installing significant IQF capability.
  • Kitchen Expansions – Both the Abilene and Montrose, Colo. facilities, kitchen expansions are underway including process redundancies and flexibility of forming abilities.
  • Smokehouses and Air Dryers – Facilities in Abilene and Montrose have undergone overhauls from analog to digital controls to optimize yield and allow full visibility of every step of the cooking process in real time. Volume increases are underway with increased air flow commensurate with truck capacity increases, as well as new steam support systems.
  • New Corporate and Research and Development Campus – Prairie Dog is interviewing various municipalities with strong economic development goals as potential locations for new corporate offices and a research and development department, which will co-locate with a new state-of-the-art smoking and air drying production plant aimed at increasing its treat line by 250 percent.
  • New Colorado Facility – Antler production in Montrose has moved into a new facility, which is more than three times larger than the previous facility, due to an increased demand for premium natural chews and strengthened supplier relationships.

“These capital and process initiatives will increase our prowess and capacity to create the clean, healthy nutrition customers expect and their pets absolutely deserve,” said Mischaikov. “We’re advancing aggressively into the future technologies and processes that best serve our brand partners and the pets they feed. It’s an exciting time to work at Prairie Dog!”

Prairie Dog Pet Products is managed by the investment firm Kinderhook Industries LLC with a proven track record in the industry. The company’s premium line of products are made in support of private label customers and retailers, and also available to purchase online or in thousands of retail stores across the country. Prairie Dog also offers wholesale ordering. To learn more about Prairie Dog Pet Products and its offerings, visit prairiedogpetproducts.com.

About Prairie Dog Pet Products

Headquartered in Abilene, TX, Prairie Dog Pet Products is a leading specialty manufacturer and marketer of premium, American-made dog treats, including freeze-dried treats, jerky, natural parts and hand-crafted antlers. The Company markets its products under its own brand as well as via private label relationships with top brands and retailers in the pet industry. The Company operates six manufacturing and distribution facilities in Texas, Colorado and Washington. For more information please visit: www.prairiedogpetproducts.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Kinderhook Industries

Founded in 2003, Kinderhook Industries, LLC is a private investment firm that manages over $3.1 billion of committed capital, with in excess of 225 investments and follow-on acquisitions since inception. Kinderhook’s investment philosophy is predicated on matching unique, growth-oriented investment opportunities with exceptional financial expertise and our proprietary network of operating partners. Their focus is on middle market businesses with defensible niche market positioning in the USA manufacturing, healthcare services, environmental services and automotive sectors. Kinderhook performs in the top tier of private investment with a track record of successfully and consistently building industry leaders. For more information, please visit: www.kinderhook.com.

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Undercollar® Provides Simple Solution to Prevent Lost Pets with Always-on ID Collar

Undercollar® Provides Simple Solution to Prevent Lost Pets with Always-on ID Collar

PetHub® partnership provides added layer of protection with database integration

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Dec 2, 2020) – Five years in the making, undercollar® provides an innovative, yet simple solution to collarless pets. Its new product line helps prevent lost pets with always-on identification collars that are worn by themselves at home and under harnesses and leash collars when exploring the world with their parents. 

“The inspiration for undercollar was actually one of my own dogs named Hattie who escaped from my house and was hit by a car,” said Tracy Young, Founder and CEO at undercollar. “Thankfully, Hattie survived the accident and was wearing a homemade collar made by my sister. Her collar had my phone number on it, so I was contacted by a Good Samaritan who found her. If Hattie had not been wearing this collar, I may have never been reunited with her. Shortly after, I did research on lost pets and according to the American Humane Association, one in three pets will become lost during their lifetime. This motivated me to design the most comfortable 24/7 ID collar to address this serious problem affecting pets.”

undercollar products are thoughtfully designed to ensure identification remains on pets at all times. The collars stretch over the heads of cats and dogs of all sizes without buckles or fasteners, and it can be worn by other pets as well. Made from a soft, durable, pliable, lightweight banding, each collar includes a waterproof sleeve and a permanent marker to add the names of both the pet and the owner, as well as a contact phone number.

“We created a sleek, elegant solution to help prevent lost pets with the world’s most comfortable digital pet identification technology,” said Young. “Our collars are designed to be always-on because pets don’t usually wear their bulky, noisy collars at home and you never know when they’re going to accidentally get free and escape. Our products help ensure that lost pets return safely to their families.”

As an added layer of protection, undercollar has partnered with PetHub® to help reunite lost pets with their parents via on-collar QR codes that integrate with its extensive database. As a leader in modern pet identification, 96 percent of PetHub recovered pets are returned home in less than 24 hours.

Here’s how it works:

  • Create a free pet profile on PetHub.com.
  • Link that profile to the QR code on pet’s undercollar.
  • When your pet is found, the QR code clearly visible making it easy for your pet to be returned home with a simple phone app or by calling the phone number on the tag.

With sizes ranging from XS to XXL, the product is also affordable with a Grand Opening Sale price of only $19.95. Learn more about undercollar at www.undercollar.com.

About undercollar®

Founded in 2018, undercollar® is a comfortable, pliable, and easy to use digital pet ID collar system that is uniquely designed to be worn 24/7. Available in six sizes, products are specifically designed to fit almost any pet imaginable. Whether you have the traditional Husky that just loves digging under the fence and running away, or you have a vivacious potbellied pig that loves to bolt around the neighborhood, undercollar has the world’s most comfortable digital pet identification technology for you. For more information, visit www.undercollar.com. You can also follow undercollar on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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Top Dog Names of 2020: Daisy and Buddy are the Most Popular Names of the Year

Top Dog Names of 2020: Daisy and Buddy are the Most Popular Names of the Year

Minneapolis, Minn. (November 10, 2020) – Daisy and Buddy are the top dog names of 2020 according to My Dog’s Name (mydogsname.com), a leading website for finding the perfect name for a new dog. Their data revealed the following:

  • Daisy is the top female dog name of 2020, taking away the number one spot from Bella for the first time in 10 years.
  • Buddy skyrocketed to first place for male dog names.
  • Dog name searches increased by 33 percent from March-June as dog adoption surged due to the pandemic.

“With people spending more time at home, many have found that they’re finally in a position to get a dog,” said Jessi Larson, co-founder of My Dog’s Name. “Our site had 1.2 million more users search for names for a new dog during that time period compared to 2019. This correlates with shelters reporting unprecedented demand.”

2020 Top Dog Names

The findings are part of My Dog’s Name’s report on the top dog names of 2020. An infographic of the most popular names is available at http://www.mydogsname.com/top-dog-names.

Top 10 Female Dog Names

  1. Daisy
  2. Luna
  3. Lola
  4. Bella
  5. Roxy
  6. Olive
  7. Gigi
  8. Willow
  9. Dixie
  10. Nala

Top 10 Male Dog names

  1. Buddy
  2. Charlie
  3. Milo
  4. Bear
  5. Axel
  6. Duke
  7. Max
  8. Rocky
  9. Cooper
  10. Asher

With Daisy now in the top spot, Bella has moved down to fourth place. It’s also outranked by Luna and Lola, two names that have continued to rise in popularity.

Newcomers in the top 10 female dog names include Olive, Gigi and Dixie.

In comparison to female names, popular male dog names have varied greatly throughout the years. After a dip in popularity, Buddy has made a major comeback to take first place.

Consistently popular names Charlie, Milo and Duke stayed in the top 10, and old favorites Max, Rocky and Cooper reappeared. Axel and Asher are new additions to the list.

About My Dog’s Name

My Dog’s Name provides a fun, interactive experience for new dog owners looking for the right name for their new pet. The site allows users to sort names by preferred styles and interests. Each year more than 9 million people use My Dog’s Name when picking a name for their dog.

In addition to dog names, the site also provides helpful resources and tips and tricks for being the best pup parent possible. For more information visit www.mydogsname.com.

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