Thursday Business Spotlight – GripNGroom


thursdayI had the pleasure of getting an interview filled out by Randy from Mercury Innovations. He has created an amazing product called the GripNGroom. He is doing a kickstarter campaign to get funding to produce a nationwide commercial to showcase his new product.

With being a dog mom of a GSD x Husky who actually has thick husky like hair, I do a lot of brushing and with a lot of brushing comes sore hands. This product rocks just by watching the video! I actually think about Rolo being a pet therapy dog and being able to visit the rotary house & continuing care center in our city. This product sparks my interest because people we visit would be able to interact not just by petting Rolo but by carefully slipping the brush on their hands and allowing them to brush him. Read all about Randy below!

Here is the link to his Kickstarter Campaign:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/995744409/grip-n-groom-pet-grooming-brush-for-dogs-and-cats

*What is the name of your business?

Mercury Innovations, LLC

*Who is filling out this interview?
Randy Jack
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 *How long have you been with the company for?
I have been an inventor for 22yrs

*How long has your business been around for?
I have been in business for myself for over 34 yrs.

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*Why was it started?
I am an inventor, I always have been since very young childhood, building tree houses, go-carts etc. When I was a Humane Officer I worked with a lot of Groomers and Vets and listened to their complaints about wrist and hand fatigue on handle brushes. It led me to inventing GripnGroom Pet Brushes.
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*Do you have any animals?
If so, name, breed and something interesting about them? We have had Siberian Huskies, we just put down Nikita after 15 1/2 beautiful years with him in our life. We have not completed the grieving period as of yet.

*What do you specialize in?
I love animals, I was a County Humane Officer rescuing dogs, cats, but also large animals, wildlife of all kinds. I have worked with all small pets, horses, cattle, hawks, eagles, snakes, skunks, and just about everything you can name. We still rescue strays and will pay forward for spay or neuter if somebody is interested in adopting them from a shelter.
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*What types of services do you offer?
In my invention business, I help all inventors to work through all of the craziness of the process of taking new products to retail.

*What is the approx. cost?
N/A
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*If someone wanted to book an appointment with you how do they get a hold of you?
I am always available to discuss inventions, pet care and humane causes and can be contacted through Twitter, Facebook or my email.

*Any special events coming up this year for you?
I hope to be shooting a national commercial for my grooming brushes.}

*What inspires you?
Actually I was inspired by a hobo, who was in his 60s that use to ride a bicycle on the train tracks, his name was Reuben Lindstrom. I spoke with him a few times when I was maybe in 1st grade as he rode by our home. I think that sent me on this path of inventing. As far as pet brushes and pet products, When I was young my a neighbor shot two dogs I loved that he owned because he did not want them any longer. I later in life became a Humane Officer, The amount of abuse I saw and prosecuted forever was burned in my soul, Walking into barns full of dead cattle, because the owner just did not want to feed them, Homes will with 80 plus very sick and diseased cats, and on and on. You have to help all animals, it is just the thing to do….I have stories that still touch my heart after all these years
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*What do you plan to accomplish with your business in 2014?
I am doing a Kickstarter Campaign, it is a crowdfunding company. Inventors, and others look for donations or pledges from people and we give away very cool rewards for their support. I am running a campaign right now for my pet brushes. It ends on I believe the 14th of November. People pledge and if we don’t reach the goal we are asking for we get nothing and the money is never withdrawn by Amazon where the pledge is made. If we reach our funding, we will use that to produce a national tv campaign. We are asking people for help, if they watch my video and see in my eyes and hear in my words I am sincere, then they can click the green button and pledge, even 5.00 helps us so much. The Kickstarter link is this

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/995744409/grip-n-groom-pet-grooming-brush-for-dogs-and-cats

Please go there and watch and listen it is a very short video, pledge if you feel I deserve it and share the link with friends. I do need help from my pet family. Please just watch the video before your decide.
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*Do you do any charity work?
I give at our church, I help people in need, if we hear of a person who is down for whatever reason, we will help if we can. You have to, God put us here to help others and we do when we can.
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*Social Media Contacts:
Randy Jack at Mercury Innovations, LLC 870-710-1779
Email: Inventioninnovation@gmail.com
Website:www.mercuryinnovationsllc.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GripnGroom
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GRIPnGROOM
KickStarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/995744409/grip-n-groom-pet-grooming-brush-for-dogs-and-cats

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Tuesday Animal Spotlight – Frank the Frenchie


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*Your name?

Ashley

*Where are you from?
Kelowna, BC

*Animal (s) ( Age, breed, name)?
Frank the French Bulldog. He is 2!
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*Interesting facts about your animal(s) ?
Frank has two rows of teeth on the bottom like a shark. Haha!

* Animal(s) favourite treat?
He loves his turkey treats and zucchini

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*Animal(s) favourite trick?
We are still working on some cool tricks. As of right now he likes to sit and stay.

* Where is your pet(s) favourite place to go?
He loves coming to work with me, as I work at a kennel. That has also helped him with some issues he had.

*Perspective on adopting a rescue?
I think a lot more people should rescue instead of going through breeders. There are so many animals out there without homes and they all deserve a chance. Just like their humans

*What’s your favourite thing to do with your animal ( walks, going to a park, playing games)?
We enjoy going for walks down along the lake.

* Do your animal(s) love to go for car rides?
YES! He loves it when his big bat ears flap in the wind.10717554_10154620893195147_167624880_n

*Anything extra you would like to add?
Adopting a rescue is so rewarding. It is exciting to see the changes from when you first bring them home to even a few months later. For example, Frank was in 6 different homes in 2 months before he came to us. He was unsure of people and didn’t like when we got close to his face. He would get anxious and protective in a group of dogs when I was out with him. He now gets excited around people and can go outside with the rest of the dogs and has so much fun! He still needs work but we have made progress.

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Adopt Me Monday – October 20th Edition


mondayI hope everyone had a great weekend! I did a lot of hanging out at the Fort McMurray SPCA this Weekend. On Saturday I went up there to visit all the animals as well as gather all the items I would need to Sunday. Sunday I was running the Fort McMurray SPCA booth at the Mommylicious trade show. It was very Halloween inspired! Wish I sold some t-shirts as they are super nice( I have about 5 of them!) but we did get donations from very amazing people! (Thank-YOU!)

Below is what my booth looked like. Very halloweenish don’t you all think!IMG_5897I went to hang out at the shelter again on Sunday after the trade show as I had to return all of the items I had borrowed for the event. I also wanted to spend some time with Mr Toby; Who is the shelters longest resident. Toby has some good news that I seen on a bull terrier rescue facebook page… He will be heading there in hopes of getting placed in an amazing home with an amazing family.  I think Toby will be dearly missed at the shelter as he has a special place in everyone’s heart there! I will miss our sunday smooch sessions Toby! You can probably follow his journey here: http://www.ebtrc.com
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Well here are all the doggies I got to see on Saturday & Sunday. I even got to meet  Bongo from Kennel 2!
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Top Left: Cinderella
Top Right: Maybelline (I call her Jellybean!)
Bottom Left: Wilma
Bottom Right: WillowIMG_5953 *NEW FEATURE* Click on their names to bring you to their FMSPCA profiles!
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Right: BongoIMG_5950 *NEW FEATURE* Click on their names to bring you to their FMSPCA profiles!
Top Left: Grover
Top Right: Luna (no profile on her yet)
Bottom Left: Buddy
Bottom Right: Deliah

The Fort McMurray SPCA is located at 155 MacAlpine Crescent.
http://www.fortmcmurrayspca.ca 1-780-743-8997

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Fundraise Friday – Mommylicious Trade Fair


fridayDo you all have any plans for this weekend? Saturday I think is going to be a lazy day in our household but Sunday will be a busy one! I always run the Fort McMurray SPCA booth at the MommyLicious Trade Show when they come to town so thats that I will be doing. If you are in Fort McMurray, the Mommylicious trade shows are by far the best and don’t let the name get to you, it’s for everyone you don’t have to be a mom to attend. Men! This is the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping for your ladies, kids or both!

The event takes place at the Sawridge Inn located on the corner of Mackenzie Blvd, Hwy 63 and Gregoire Drive. You can’t miss it! (Map Below)
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The event starts at 10:00am and goes until 4:00pm and let me tell you this trade show rocks! Your kids can dress up in their Halloween costumes and trick or treat at each of the vendors tables! How sweet is that!
mommylicious oct 19There is a huge lineup of fabulous vendors with everything from dog products, to kids, to ladies & mens stuff. You are not going to want to miss this event!  Be sure to stop by the Fort McMurray SPCA booth and say hi!

If you aren’t in Fort McMurray, AB they also have trade shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, & Saskatoon!

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Thursday Book Spotlight – Let’s Go Fido


thursdayThis Thursday Spotlight happens to be a book interview with Mary, the author of Let’s Go Fido! Learn all about this informative book below!

*What is the name of the book?

Let’s Go Fido
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*Who is filling out this interview?
Mary Oquendo

*What is your involvement with this book?
Author

*How was the book started and what was your inspiration?
I travel across the country to speak at pet educational conferences with my dogs. I began to notice the other dogs traveling and thinking how unsafe they were. These were pet owners who loved their pets, just didn’t have a resource on safe traveling with them.

*When was it released?
The first version in 2009

*What is the cost of the book?
$2.99

*Who was it published by?
Self published

*Who was it written by?
Mary Oquendo

*Who was it illustrated by?
Amanda Cosman and Spencer Thompson

*Where can someone get a copy of this book?

*What is the book about?
Its divided into four parts. The first is boarding/house sitter.The second is preparing to travel with dogs. The third is traveling with dogs, and 4. Specific vacation type destinations.

*How many pages is the book?
About 30

*What age group is the book targeted to?
All ages

*Social Media Contacts:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HandsAndPawsReikiForAll
Email: mary@handsandpawsreiki.com
Website: http://www.handsandpawsreiki.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryOquendo2
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/maryoquendo/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+HandsAndPawsReikiForAllNewMilford/posts

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Wagging Wednesday – #petproductreview for Milkbone Canada


wednesdayRolo and I are so excited for this pet product review as it’s a product line we use all of the time and I am sure you do too! If I was to head out on the street and ask the public, “When you think of pet treats, what brand name do you think of?” I bet most will answer with Milkbone!

Company: Milkbone Canada
 Item: Milkbone Brushing Chews
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MilkBoneCanada
Website: http://www.milkbone-canada.com
Twitter: @MilkBoneCanada

Did you know that the first “Milk-Bone” was created in New York City in 1908! That means they have been creating delicious treats for over 100 years!

Meet our ever so handsome pet product reviewer; Rolo
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Appearance & Design
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Comments:
These came in individual wrappers but normally they come in a toothpaste looking box with a whole bunch of them in one bag. I love that these aren’t messy treats, you hands stay clean and don’t reek of an over powering smell. I normally just give one to Rolo in the morning before I go to work to keep him occupied as I leave out the door.

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Taste Test by Rolo (if applicable)
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Comments:
Here is Rolo enjoying his Brushing Chew on his “Doga Mat”. The sounds his mouth was making as he was chewing this was hilarious. If I could describe it, it would sound like he was lip/gum smacking. He was chewing it into smithereens! Unsure of why his eyes were closed in most of the photos but he must have been focusing on chewing.
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Creativity of Product
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If I could give the creativity of this product a higher number then 5, I truly would. When I adopted my dog his teeth were horrible, roots hanging out of his front teeth, broken tooth in the back. Rolo went to the dentist for a scraping and to pull out those 4 bad teeth. After a $900 vet bill I have been trying to keep them as nice as I could.

I am proud to say no plaque/tartar build up at all! Ok he does have some wicked hot breath but I dont mind. Hubby on the other hand can’t stand it. I do have a toothbrush and toothpaste for Rolo in which I do use sometimes but If I can lesser the amount of times I do that with just giving a simple treat in the morning, You know I will!
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Final Thoughts:
If you have not tried the Milkbone Brushing Chews, Rolo and I reccomend them! Keep your dogs teeth healthy and your dog happy!

Disclaimer: Confessions of a Rescue Mom received a bunch of brushing chews for being a “bark of director” for Milkbone, we asked Milkbone Canada if it was ok to do a review on the Brushing Chews we recieved.  The opinions expressed in this review are our own and were not influenced in any way. There was no monetary compensation.

If you have any products you would like us to try please check out our media kit page for more information: www.confessionsofarescuemom.com/media-kit and contact us to get started: confessionsofarescuemom@gmail.com

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Tuesday Blogger Interview – Mary Oquendo


tuesday*Who is filling out this Interview?
Mary Oquendo

*Where are you from?
Danbury, CT
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*Tell me a little about yourself?
I have always been involved with animals. I initially wanted to be a vet, but became a dog groomer instead. From there felt it was important to educate others in pet safety, and moved into alternate therapies when my dog Marcus was very ill and not responding to modern vet care. With alternate therapies and modern med, we not only stabilized him, but he lived a long life. Owner of Pawsitively Pretty Mobile Grooming and Hands and Paws-reiki For All. /Certified Master Pet Tech Pet First Aid Instructor (one of 11 worldwide)/Columnist for Groomer To Groomer/ Fairfield County Natural Awakenings/ contributor to Dog and Cat Channel/ recipient of the 2012 David Salzberg Award for Outstanding Achievement In The Pet Industry. National Speaker at Pet Industry Educational Conferences/Reiki Master/ Advanced Crystal Master

*What is your blog called?
Pet First Aid and Safety   and   Hands And Paws-Reiki For All

*When did you start blogging?
2009

*Why did you start blogging?
Initially to share safety tips for pet groomers and pet owners.

*How often do you blog? Is it a set schedule or random posts?
1. Pet first aid is twice a month.
2. Hands and Paws is weekly

*What is your blog about?
1. Is all things safety and pets.
2. Is all things metaphysical and pets and people.

*Do you have any animals?
3 dogs and two birds

*What do you hope to achieve with your blog in 2014?
To improve the lives of pets over the world.

*Have you ever attended any Blog Conferences? If so what ones and how was it?:
No

*What do you get inspiration from?
My own pets and day to day life

*Any advice for someone wanting to start their own Animal Blog?
Go to wordpress, set one up, and be consistent with your content.

*What are some of your favorite pet blogs to read?
Keep The Tail Wagging
Slim Doggy

*Social Media Contact Info:
Website: http://www.handsandpawsreiki.com Email:mary@handsandpawsreiki.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HandsAndPawsReikiForAll
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryOquendo2
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/maryoquendo/ Google+:https://plus.google.com/+HandsAndPawsReikiForAllNewMilford/posts

*Do I have permission to copy this to my blog? yes
*Do I have permission to use the photos you provided me with? yes

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