Skout’s Honor Odor Eliminator Featured in The Hobson

The Hobson magazine has “puppy love” with July/August 2017 issue!


Skout’s Honor Odor Eliminator was recognized as one of the best pet accessories in The Magpie section of the magazine and we are honored!

Our Odor Eliminator is a safe, biodegradable, daily-use deodorizer, perfect for pet bedding, upholstery, clothing and other porous and non-porous surfaces. It is quick and easy to use with lasting results. It also works great to get rid of ANY unpleasant odor including diaper pails, garbage cans, stinky shoes, gym clothes, sports gear and more!

View and read more of the The Hobson July/August 2017 digital edition here.

The Hobson magazine is a community magazine with style, depth of content and outstanding design. It serves the inner-eastern Auckland neighbourhoods of Parnell, Remuera, Newmarket, Meadowbank and Orakei and has the simple editorial tenet that everything should be of “local interest”.

Great Ways to Help Your Kids Adapt to Living With a New Pet

by Amber Kingsley

If you’ve been a parent for a while already, you know that having kids is a great responsibility. You have to take care of their health, appearance, psychological well-being, social comfort, and so on. And if you’ve ever lived with a pet, you know that’s a big portion of responsibility too. You need to ensure that your four-legged friend is healthy, happy, and not hungry.

Both kids and four-legged friends require love, care, and attention. Each one is challenging in its own right, and double-challenging when rolled into one. Below are some great ways to help your kids and newly adopted pets make friends with one another.


Make Sure Your Kids and New Pet Are Introduced to Each Other
Although it sounds like an obvious thing to do, you should make sure to introduce your kids and pets to one another. Both kids and pets are vulnerable creatures, and it takes time for them to adjust to the new circumstances and start feeling comfortable. So your goal is to take things slow and make sure the stage of the first encounter is not skipped. Give your kids and new pet some time to get to know each other. Follow the best practices of introducing pets to children, and soon enough you’ll see how great they pull together.

Teach Your Kids the Basics of Pet-Friendly Etiquette
The least you can do is to teach your kids to treat pets respectfully. It might sound a little bit overdramatized, but your goal is to make sure your kids understand that they should treat pets the way they’d like to be treated. It’s not polite to come play with a pet when it’s sleeping or eating. It’s also not a good idea to try to pull pet’s fur or jab fingers in pet’s face. All these rules of treating pets are about common sense, and they are necessary to follow. Not only will these tips help your kid and pet make friends faster, but it is also a way to ensure your kids are safe when pets are around.

Ask Your Kids to Help Take Care of Your New Pet
Another great approach to follow is to encourage your kids to take part in pet-caring activities such as washing, feeding, walking, and so forth. This way, your kids will gradually develop the feeling of responsibility regarding your new pet. And the benefit of this idea is twofold. On the one hand, you’ll be able to relax and be sure that your kids are safe when your pet is around. On the other hand, you’ll get a great deal of help. After all, who wouldn’t want a helping hand when it comes to taking care of fluffy friends?

And What’s the Bottom Line?
When it comes to introducing pets and kids, time is key. Just like making new friends with people, making new friends with pets consists of many stages. Don’t rush it, and your loved ones will make a great team before you even know it.


About The Author
Travel junkie, Amber Kingsley, is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA. Her art history background helps her hone in on topics that are of interest to readers. She is a dog enthusiast and loves spending time with her pomeranian, Agatha.

Summer Safety for Your Pup

by Samantha Grant, Pet Specialty Expert & Retail Associate

The days are noticeably longer, which means summer has swiftly approached. We’re all thinking about vacations and tan lines, but if you have a dog, now is also the time to be thinking about steps you can take to help your pooch keep cool in the dog days of summer.


While everyone knows a hot car is no place for a pet, one of the most significant, yet underrated threats to a dog’s well-being is pavement. Asphalt and concrete are typically much hotter than the surrounding air temperature. A comfortable 75-degree day means that the asphalt your dog’s bare paws are touching is over 120 degrees! A good way to tell if a surface is safe for your dog is to place your own hands, palm down, against the ground for 5 seconds. If that’s uncomfortable for you, the ground is too hot for your dog. Also, realize that asphalt especially stays warm for hours, even after the heat of the day has passed. Try to take your longest walks early in the morning or late in the evening. However, if you still need to take your pup for a walk in the hotter parts of the day, try to get him or her to “do their business” in a shady spot close to home, or consider purchasing protective socks or booties to spare them burns or blisters.

Don’t forget the sunscreen! You hear it all the time – from doctors to newscasters – sunburns and skin cancer are on the rise, and sunscreen, applied frequently, is a great defense against these preventable conditions. You may even already be putting sunscreen on your dog’s nose and face, but be careful! Human sunblock is not safe for dogs – even those labeled for babies. Your best defense is to use a sunblock designed just for animals. I personally use My Pony Sunblock for faces, and Healthy Hair Care brand Sunflower Suncoat for the body. My Dog Nose It is also a great travel-size sunblock for dogs.

Stay hydrated! No hot-weather excursion is safe without adequate water. Keeping a collapsible bowl with you is a great, but most pet stores now carry dog water bottles that allow you to freeze water or add ice cubes to keep your pet’s water cool. Many pet water bottles also come with features that allow you to keep unused water, rather than pouring out what your dog can’t finish. One of my favorites is the Dog Is Good canteen with a ball and nipple (like a mouse or rabbit water bottle). Dogs adapt to these kinds of bottles easily, and the high-quality stainless steel water bottles are easy to use, stay cooler longer, and are top-rack dishwasher safe.

Cooling pads, vests, and bandannas are great for dogs who have an especially difficult time cooling themselves by panting alone, such as elderly or ill dogs, short-faced breeds, or heavy-coated breeds. Some cooling products require a soak, other use ice or gel – be sure to pick the product that best suits your pup and lifestyle. Because this category covers so many different types of items, your best bet is to visit a local independent pet retailer. Chances are you’ll be able to talk with a knowledgeable salesperson who can help you identify and fit the right kind of cooling product for your dog.

Summer is a time of fun and adventure. Stay safe and enjoy all this season has to offer!

Every Day Should Be Earth Day!

by Samantha Grant, Pet Specialty Expert & Retail Associate

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April 22nd is Earth Day – a time to celebrate the beauty of nature by bringing awareness to environmental issues and advocating for positive changes in our lifestyles, our society, and our government in order to help protect our world’s most vulnerable natural resources. Many people choose to do so by volunteering to help clean up wildlife habitats, fundraising for environmental causes, or participating in educational events. Even if you seek to be as “green” as possible in your own home, there may be an angle to eco-friendly living you might not have considered – your pet!


Chances are you already seek out the best, most natural products you can find to take care of your beloved animals, but we’ve selected five of our favorite environmentally responsible pet products to share with you in honor of Earth Day:

Lumino Pure Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth can be tricky to pronounce, but it’s easy to use! Not made of “earth” at all, DE as it’s commonly called, is the fossilized remains of tiny prehistoric aquatic plants called Diatoms. While this white substance seems soft and powdery, it’s actually made up of tiny shards sharp enough to pierce the exoskeletons of many common parasites including intestinal worms, fleas, and mites – causing them to dry out and fall off or be harmlessly excreted. Lumino brand DE is “food grade” and thus is pure enough to be safely ingested by pets, or used externally, even for animals that groom themselves or other animals in the household. The silica in DE is also known to help digestion by binding to toxins. Lumino brand DE is safe for use on all animals and is OMRI certified. Learn more about Lumino and DE at http://luminofoodgradede.com and about OMRI certified products at https://www.omri.org.

Shelley Says! Fly Away!
This safe, effective fly spray is specially formulated using all natural ingredients, including apple cider vinegar and a unique blend of essential oils. Not just for horses, Shelley Says! Fly Away! is good for use on humans, dogs, and around your kennel, dog run, or chicken coop. The owner, Shelley, felt like many of us do – she was tired of exposing her family, pets, and home to potentially hazardous chemical fly sprays and bug repellents. She took her knowledge of essential oils and started experimenting, and it wasn’t long until Shelley Says! Fly Away! Was making waves as the brand to trust. Want to try it for yourself? Check it out at https://shelley-says.com.

Skout’s Honor®
Of course Skout’s Honor holds a well-deserved place on this list. The team here at Skout’s Honor takes both environmental and social responsibility very seriously. Our products are as green as it gets! Unlike harsh synthetic chemical cleaners and mainstream deodorizers, Skout’s Honor bottles carry no dire warning labels because all of the stain and odor removing formulas are plant-derived, making them safe for use around even the most sensitive animals and humans without sacrificing cleaning power. We strive to use only environmentally responsible manufacturing processes in order to minimize impact on the earth. We also find it very important to give back to the community, and so we developed the Skout’s Paw Pledge™ – for every purchase of a Skout’s Honor product, we donate a day’s worth of meals to a shelter animal in need.

The Original Poop Bags™
“Everybody Poops” as the saying goes. Whether you walk your dog or scoop out a litter box, chances are you are in need of a bag to hold the poop when it goes in the trash. But have you ever stopped to think about just how many little bags your pup fills over the course of his or her lifetime and just how much that may impact the environment? One man did back in 2003, and so he developed the first line of compostable poop bags! Made from plant-based plastics or post-consumer recycled plastics, the Original Poop Bags company has you covered with affordable alternatives to conventional plastic pet waste bags. Find out more at www.poopbags.com.

Open Farm™
We all love our pets and want them to live full, healthy lives. Part of that comes from feeding them high quality foods. While more and more pet owners are switching to whole, raw, or freeze-dried foods, dry kibble remains the mainstay of many pet’s diets out of necessity or preference. Open Farm is a quality kibble that sources all of its meat, fish, and produce from humanely raised or ethically sourced farms and fisheries that are antibiotic, hormone, and pesticide free, and are often organically raised. Best of all, Open Farm partners with independent growers and producers in order to meet the highest standards of safety and care, while also subjecting their sources to independent, third-party organizations that certify and guarantee that their foods are indeed humanely raised. Find out more by going to www.openfarmpet.com.

Whether you celebrate Earth Day by taking your pet for a hike, or helping to clean up a beach or park, or by reevaluating how eco-friendly your pet-related purchases are, we here at Skout’s Honor want to thank you for your interest in keeping our beautiful planet healthy and safe for all.

Happy Earth Day!

Skout’s Honor Featured as a Safe Cleaning Solution in Pet Age’s “The Green Issue.”

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Pet Age has served the pet industry for 45 years, so we are honored to be featured as a safe and natural cleaning solution in their April 2017 issue.


The article, “Cleaning Solutions” by Eric Stenson, covers the top products that will help remove pet messes safely. He speaks with Jenny Gilcrest, Skout’s Honor’s Director of Marketing about Skout’s Honor and the growth of natural, or “green” products in the market.

Karl Gerstner, co-owner of Beowoof, an independent pet supply store in New Jersey who stocks Skout’s Honor, says, “Everyone wants something pet safe, child safe-organic, natural solutions. They want something that works really well.” Whether it be through government regulation or customer demand, natural products are on the rise in the industry and we are happy to see it!

View and read more of the Pet Age April 2017 digital edition here.

Pet Age serves the pet retail industry by delivering timely and practical news and information about the products, trends and events that impact retailers, groomers, manufacturers and other related businesses.

5 Common Questions Pet Parents Ask at their Local Pet Store

by Samantha Grant, Pet Specialty Expert & Retail Associate

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Pet specialty stores, especially high-quality independent pet stores, are growing increasingly more popular. Pet parents know that businesses that specialize in pet products are the most likely places to find the best foods, toys, and supplies for their animals. As a veteran of the independent pet retail industry, I’ve just about seen it all – and that said, here are the five most commonly asked questions people ask:

1. What’s the best pet food? This seems like an easy question, but it’s actually one of the hardest to answer honestly. Most pet store salespeople have their favorite foods to recommend; best-sellers or foods that have the highest ratings on sites like Amazon, Chewy.com, or DogFoodAdvisor.com. But the truth is that there’s no one “best” food. Some dogs do great on a kibble with quality ingredients, others thrive on a combination of canned and dry foods, while others require a diet reliant on whole or raw foods. A good pet store employee will take the time to ask you questions about your animal, their health history, your preferences and budget in order to help you determine what food is best for your pet.

2. Which food did I get last time? Many small pet specialty stores offer customer loyalty programs, and these can include helping you keep track of the foods you buy. If you have a hard time remembering what food your pet eats but don’t want to risk upset tummies due to a sudden switch, selecting a pet retailer who can help you keep track of your purchases is a great choice. Dogs and cats often benefit from rotating flavors (for example: beef one month, fish the next), but generally only when you’re sticking within the same brand for consistent quality, and comparable protein, fat, and carbohydrate levels.

3. Can you recommend a good…? Veterinarian? Groomer? Pet Hotel? Trainer? Dog Walker? Pet specialty stores are a perfect place to ask about related pet professionals and services. Most independent stores will keep the business cards of people or services they recommend, or else employees may have had experiences with the kinds of businesses you’re interested in.

4. What treats or toys do you recommend? Whether your dog is a power chewer, or your feline is fussy, there are a plethora of fantastic toys and treats in today’s pet specialty stores. Be sure to read labels and select chew toys or treats according to your pet’s size, life stage, and chewing or play preferences. Pet store employees usually have their own animals and can tell you what their pets have enjoyed and which treats or toys may not be appropriate for your fur-children.

5. What’s the best product for…? Flea control? De-shedding? Deodorizing? The answer to the last one is easy (hint: It’s Skout’s Honor!). Just as with food, treats, and toys, pet specialty retailers hear all about what is (and isn’t) working for their customers. Best-selling items are usually best-sellers for a good reason; even if a product is cheaper than the competition, people tend not to repeatedly purchase items that don’t meet their expectations. Finding out what the store’s employees use, and what their customers rave about is the easiest way to determine if a product is likely to meet your needs.

Five Things to Look for When Choosing a Veterinarian

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Even if your animal is healthy, it’s important to develop a good relationship with a veterinarian that you trust. Emergencies happen when you least expect them, and even generally low-maintenance animals can develop an illness or be injured. You may have a vet you’ve used for years, but if you’re a new pet parent or you’ve recently moved, you may be on the hunt for a new vet.


Here are some tips for finding the right doctor for the animals in your life:

-Be a detective! The first thing to do when looking for a veterinarian is to ask for recommendations. Start by asking friends and neighbors, and be sure to talk to the employees at your local pet store; find out where they take their own pets and which vets their customers speak highly of (and potentially, who to avoid). Once you have a few names, do a little online research. Google the veterinarians you’re interested in, and read any Yelp! reviews for the business. Even though people are more likely to write a negative review than a positive one, what you find online can add to a well-rounded view of the business you’re investigating.

Make a visit. Once you’ve picked out a few likely candidates, make some calls. Ask about the office’s on-staff veterinarians, their procedures, office hours, and prices. If you own an exotic animal (even certain common pets, such as rabbits or birds are often classified as “exotic”) or a specialized breed (for example, a Sphynx cat), be sure to ask if they treat the kind of animal you own and if there are additional charges that apply to specialty animals. Chances are you’ll be able to pare down your options pretty easily. Once you do, schedule a time to go visit the office and add your pet to the office’s patient files and fill out any new-client paperwork.

Check out the facilities. An office doesn’t have to be ultra-modern, or feature a plethora of high-end diagnostic equipment; although if you have a pet with a chronic condition or illness, those things may be important to you. However, any vet’s office should be clean, uncluttered, and well organized. Ask for a tour of the facility if possible (not all offices will allow this for various good reasons, but if you’re concerned, it never hurts to make the request).

Meet the Staff. Both the veterinarians and the office staff should be friendly, confident, and communicate in a clear and professional manner. You want to feel comfortable with the people you’ll be entrusting your pet’s health to. A veterinarian can have a long list of qualifications, but ultimately, you want to feel that he or she, and the staff as a whole, truly cares about the animals in their care.

Wellness Check. Now that you’ve chosen the veterinarian you want to use, be sure to make an appointment for a wellness check. A wellness check is similar to a human’s routine physical. A veterinarian will observe your pet’s vital signs, as well as discuss their health history, diet, and exercise with you. In some cases, a veterinarian may encourage you to do a few routine tests, such as a fecal exam or a blood panel. These tests can offer valuable insight into your pet’s health, and can provide a “healthy baseline” a veterinarian can use later on in diagnosing whether a future test result is typical or abnormal for a particular animal.

Do you have any more tips you’d like to share? Want to sing the praises of your favorite veterinarian? We welcome your comments!


About the Author
Samantha Grant is a life-long animal lover. She has been a horse trainer, PATH, INT. certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor, animal nutritionist, and writer. Samantha, or “Sam” to her friends enjoys spending her free time playing with her animals, working around the ranch, and reading.

Skout’s Honor Cat Urine & Odor Destroyer: A Great NY Resolution Product!

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“Play more, travel, get fit, eat healthier, live cleaner – let’s tackle those New Year Resolutions!” -moderncat.com


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This month, moderncat.com, a lifestyle magazine for modern cats and their companions, is featuring a great list of products that will “help enrich you and your cat’s life and meet your resolutions too.” We are proud to say that Skout’s Honor’s Cat Urine & Odor Destroyer made the list!

Skout’s Honor Urine & Odor Destroyer quickly removes cat urine, vomit, hairball, feces, marking scent, spray stains & odors! Whether your resolutions are to be cleaner, be greener, or even give back more, Skout’s Honor is here to make them easier to attain!

Click HERE to see the full list of products, and thanks again to Modern Cat for the feature!

Barking in the New Year

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In the spirit of hope for a positive and prosperous New Year, it’s not uncommon for humans to make resolutions for themselves; in fact, according to www.statisticbrain.com 45% of people make New Year’s resolutions on a regular basis. But have you ever considered making resolutions for your pets?


More than half of all New Year’s resolutions are aimed at improving a person’s health and fitness, and it may be the same for your pet. According to Banfield Pet Hospitals, obesity is the #2 most common diagnosis for companion animals and obesity has a significant link to the rapid rise of Type 2 diabetes in the pet population. Helping your pet stay fit can greatly improve their quality of life.

For best results, be sure to follow the feeding guidelines on your pet’s food and use a measuring cup or scale to ensure accuracy.
Be conscientious of how many treats you offer, and investigate lower-calorie options if necessary. Many pet stores now offer a variety of specialty diets and treats to help you achieve this goal.
Take longer or more frequent walks with your dog or play fetch as often as you can. If your dog is significantly arthritic or otherwise has trouble walking, explore opportunities to swim your dog or enroll in a pet physical therapy program that utilizes underwater treadmills for low-impact exercise.
Encourage your felines to jump, climb, and chase by providing them with different play structures and cat trees, and tempting them with exciting toys. Even little changes can have a big impact on your pet’s health over time.

If you have any questions on helping your pet lose weight or concerns about improving their fitness, be sure to talk to your veterinarian.

Another popular resolution is to spend more time with the people (and pets!) who matter to you. We all get busy and bogged-down with day-to-day routines, but spontaneity is the spice of life! Find creative ways to include your furry friends in your activities.

Invite friends with compatible animals over for play dates, or meet up at animal-friendly venues such as a dog parks or restaurants that offer a menu for the pups.
At home, take little breaks from your routine to initiate play or even just relax with your pet. Petting an animal has been proven to lower your blood pressure and slow breathing, which is just as good for you as it is for them.

Whatever your resolutions for you and your pet may be, www.statisticsbrain.com says that, “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.” Don’t be afraid to write your resolutions down, even if that just means scheduling a block of time once a week to do something positive with your animal.

“It is amazing how much love and laughter [our pets] bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” ― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

Happy New Year, friends!


About the Author
Samantha Grant is a life-long animal lover. She has been a horse trainer, PATH, INT. certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor, animal nutritionist, and writer. Samantha, or “Sam” to her friends enjoys spending her free time playing with her animals, working around the ranch, and reading.

Skout’s Honor COO Pete Stirling Recognized in Pet Age Magazine’s “Forty Under 40” Awards

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We are proud to announce that our Chief Operating Officer (COO) Pete Stirling has been recognized by Pet Age Magazine in their 2016 “Forty Under 40” Awards.

The intent of the Forty Under 40 awards is to honor today’s up-and coming pet industry leaders. These are individuals who have shown their devotion to the success of the pet industry and a commitment to professional excellence. To be nominated, an individual had to meet criteria that included being 39 years old or younger at the time of the nomination and possessing significant authority for decision making within a pet-related company or organization.

“We’re excited that Pet Age is honoring Pete for his leadership, community service and dedication to the pet industry – we are proud to have him as a critical member of our team,” said Macon Brock, CEO and founder of Skout’s Honor. “His passion for building Skout’s Honor as a disruptive pet specialty brand and his rock-solid integrity are characteristics that continue to drive success for the company and also motivates our team on a daily basis. Congrats, Pete!”

Pete started his career in retail marketing and developed an aptitude for customer development and excellent service has always been a natural talent and key driver for the success he has accomplished in a variety of roles. In 2007, he co-founded and launched Waterman’s Sunscreen, where he organized the sales and operations platforms and helped the company grow into a national brand in less than a year. Further, his consulting expertise was also instrumental in the unprecedented growth of the Stand Up paddleboard industry across the USA.

Pete has always had a passion for animal rights and has been a pet parent for most of his life. His ability to quickly engage and motivate his colleagues, as well as educate and inspire industry partners (distributors, retailers, customers) is an undeniable quality that has greatly contributed to the fast growth and success of Skout’s Honor as an international brand in the pet specialty marketplace.

The Forty Under 40 award recipients will be recognized and profiled in the December 2016 issue of Pet Age magazine and the full list of winners can be found here.

Read the digital version here.