For the 10th year in a row, The Steve Harvey Morning Show will give away thousands of turkeys as part of the Steve Harvey Morning Show Annual Turkey Give. Affiliates will provide 8,000 turkeys to help those less fortunate celebrate Thanksgiving.
"We consider it an honor and a privilege to help those who are less fortunate during the holiday season," Harvey said during a recent broadcast. Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, nearly 80,000 turkeys have been given to those in need.
Dog Threads, a company that makes matching clothing for dogs and their owners, was awarded a $250,000 investment during an episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
Scott and Gina Davis, founders of the Wayzata, MN-based firm, made a deal with Markk Cuban after their successful pitch, the Star-Tribune reports.
He agreed to invest the quarter-million and take a 25 percent stake in the company.
The episode was filmed in June but did not air until Sunday.
“It was definitely surreal even seeing it now,” Gina Davis said. The couple kept quiet about the results for all these months.
WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT that Walmart will add veterinary clinics to six of its stores in the Dallas area, what will happen to your friendly neighborhood vet clinic? It appears the big box giant – like specialty big-boxer Petco and the vet practice chains – has come to the same conclusion I reached years ago: that the vet business is where the legal, cosmetic surgery, eye surgery dental and now other medical industries were not long ago. That is, on the verge of explosive growth, for those smart enough to seize the day.
I have argued that a handful of veterinary practices will strike it rich, making millions of dollars when they come out of the marketing dark ages and begin to aggressively promote their practices using the same tactics that attorneys, doctors and dentists began using a few decades ago.
Back then, advertising among those so-called professionals was viewed as an unethical taboo by the “old guard.” That was until a few practices started doing it anyway and saw their billings fly off the charts. Others soon followed, and the marketing bug hit other professional practices. Now all kinds of medical practices are jumping on the bandwagon, including specialists in modalities like stem cells, which are either just beginning to garner acceptance by insurance companies.
But vets have been painfully slow to come to the marketing table – far slower than their human practitioner counterparts. As a result, most veterinary practices are stuck at a level of mediocrity and financial stagnation that frustrates the owners. Walmart – of all companies – has seen the light of exceptional opportunity and is piloting a program that, if successful, will undoubtedly spread to many of its stores all over the country.
If successful and expanded, the Walmart experiment could prove disastrous for the neighborhood veterinarian. Some will go out of business. Others will find it difficult to hire associate vets as Walmart brings its attractive pay and benefits package to the table.
Downward pressure on pricing will also hurt practices that do survive in the face of this new competition. Of course, many will argue the Walmarts, Petcos and chains will never be able to provide the level of comprehensive, experienced and expert care to pets that “a real veterinarian” can. And they’ll be right. But what difference will that make as the big boxes rake in the big dollars and “the real vets” starve?
On the upside, perhaps the entrance of Walmart into the vet market will serve as a wake-up call to smart veterinarians who finally see the dormant potential in their own industry and their own practices.
Forward looking vets who see both the pros and cons of this near-future reality and take steps to exploit the opportunity will be able to insulate themselves against the big box invasion, while gaining substantial competitive advantages in the short term. And again, the smart, aggressive vets will literally get rich.
Right now, neither Walmart nor Petco nor the vet chains fully exploit the opportunities inherent in the pet marketplace. Veterinary clinics who decide to aggressively market their practices may see those practices explode, while those who don’t may see theirs implode. --------------------
Landscaping contractors from the tri-state area are converging on Catoctin Wildlife Preserve in Thurmont to complete a new, naturally balanced koi pond. The work is being done as part of a Certified Aquascape Contractors (CAC) Build, which brings water feature contractors and distributors together for real-world training intensives with an experienced instructor.
Aquascape's Ed "The Pond Professor" Beaulieu will lead the construction of a 25,000-gallon water habitat for Japanese Koi and ornamental fish, creating a revitalized centerpiece for the expanding Asian Trail at the Preserve. When complete, the exhibit will replace a 16,000-gallon pond installed in 2007.
Guests will see a naturally-balanced habitat with mechanical and biological filtration, fish and aquatic plants. Tiered waterfalls provide aeration, gravel and stone support beneficial bacteria, and aquatic plants purify the water. The result will be a crystal clear wetland environment.
When the trail opens to Preserve visitors in 2020, new pathways will wind past Snow Leopard, Asian Small-Clawed Otters, a wading bird rookery with Sacred Ibis and Abdim's Stork, and Japanese Red-Crowned Cranes, an endangered species bred at the Preserve.
Beaulieu's work has been featured on the cover of Architectural Digest, has appeared on several HGTV and DIY channel shows, and served as the project manager for the installation of water features at the Flower and Garden Festival "Water Garden Wonders" highlight at Epcot Center.
The build occurs November 19 and 20, and is the result of coordinated community efforts by the Preserve's in-house staff, host CAC Kingdom Landscaping, host Aquascape Distributor Turf Equipment and Supply, and an estimated 50 participating contractors.
Against all odds, this week Seattle woman Sierra Eberly brought her dog, Snow Beau, home after he had disappeared in the Cascades for 28 days. "What does he mean to you?" KIRO 7 reporter Linzi Sheldon asked.
"Everything," Eberly said. "Everything."
She had been trail running on the Mount Washington trail and took Snow Beau off his leash so they could both scramble up a steep section with rocks. But when he got to the top ahead of her, she said, the 11-month-old pup was spooked by a mountain biker and took off running.
"I thought I knew the trail, and even the map that I had didn't have the mountain bike trail that was there," Eberly said. She raced down the mountain and searched for hours, joined by a friend who helped her search until past midnight. No Snow Beau. Eberly continued searching. The days turned into weeks.
"I had people offering to go do search parties," she said. "I kept telling people before I found him, if anything good came from this, even if I didn't ever find him, it was the restored faith in humans. Just how kind people can be."
Eberly and friends put up posters, left food and familiar clothes along the trail, called shelters, and posted about Snow Beau on all the online groups and forums they could think of.
She even set up a trail camera near where Snow Beau had disappeared to automatically send her photos, in case he appeared in one of them. And then, this past Saturday, he did.
"I looked at the cam—and it was a picture of him," she said. Eberly also received two calls from hikers who had spotted him.
She rushed to the trailhead, then camped out with a friend. No Snow Beau, once again. Then on Sunday morning, she received a call from a good Samaritan. "This guy's like, ‘Hey, are you missing your dog?' I said, YES!" she said. The man had used his phone to scan the QR code on Snow Beau's Wag tag to get her phone number. He was in North Bend, 8 miles from where he first disappeared.
"I saw his eyes and his face and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, it's my dog, yes, it's my dog!' I'm so happy," Eberly said.
When Snow Beau disappeared on Oct. 6, he was 42 pounds. When he was found on Nov. 3, he was 28 pounds and severely dehydrated, but otherwise doing well.
Eberly is grateful for the help of so many friends and complete strangers and for the determination of her little dog to come home.
"I don't know how he did it," she said. "Dogs are amazing. Especially this guy."
Russian airline Aeroflot has taken away a traveler’s loyalty miles after smuggling his cat onto the plane.
Mikhail Galin was headed to Vladivostok from Moscow and decided to bring his overweight cat, Viktor, along in the cabin, CNN reports.
The problem: The airline’s weight limit for pets in the cabin is 8 kilograms, or about 17.6 pounds. Viktor tipped the scales at 10 kilograms.
Galin didn’t want his cat to ride in the belly of the plane. He didn’t take the flight.
He wrote a Facebook post about the situation and asked for help finding a similar cat of lower weight. Someone came forward with an appropriate feline, and Galin returned for another try.
When it was time for the cat to be weighed, he presented the thinner substitute, according to CNN. Before boarding, he pulled the old switcheroo.
Galin and Viktor made it to Vladivostok without issue. But Galin’s viral Facebook post caught the attention of the airline, which then stripped him of his air miles.
A rescue cat in Pennsylvania is getting attention for her role in making children feel comfortable with their eyeglasses.
Truffles happily wears brightly colored frames to set a good example for the young patients of A Child’s Eyes in Mechanicsburg, the Daily Mail reports.
“If a child is feeling a bit nervous I ask Truffles if she wants to show them her glasses,” says Danielle Crull, owner of the business. “When they see Truffles wearing them it’s a really good thing and shows that if she can wear hers, they can wear them too.”
Crull says Truffles, who is a family pet, enjoys wearing the frames.