Pop-In@Nordstrom Celebrates Year of the Dog with Skout’s Honor!

We’re excited to announce that Nordstrom has selected three of Skout’s Honor’s Better, Faster, Stronger cleaning products to be featured in their “Pop-In@Nordstrom Celebrates Year of the Dog” pop-up shop from Feb 16-March 25!  If you’re lucky enough to live near one of the 8 locations where the Pop-In@Nordstrom is taking place, we hope you’ll drop in and check it out (see list of locations below).

This exclusive, limited-time shopping experience celebrates all things dog in honor of the Lunar New Year and 2018 being “Year of the Dog.” The shop features a wide assortment of exclusive apparel, accessories, toys, treats and surprises for dogs and the humans who love them. Curated by Olivia Kim, dog aficionado and Nordstrom vice president of Creative Projects, the shop will carry our:

 

Stain & Odor Remover (MSRP: $14.99, 35oz.)

  • For everyday clean up and unexpected accidents
  • Eliminates stains and odors quickly
  • Ideal for removing urine, feces, vomit, blood, mud, grease and even wine!

 Odor Eliminator (MSRP: $14.99, 35oz.)

  • For quick and easy odor elimination
  • Breaks down and destroys surface and airborne odors
  • Ideal for pet bedding, car seats, furniture and upholstery, waste-baskets!

 Cat Urine & Odor Destroyer (MSRP: $14.99, 35oz.)

  • For the worst cat spray stains and odors
  • Quickly eliminates feline pheromones and urine, feces, vomit, hairball, marking scent!

Pop-In@Nordstrom Celebrates Year of the Dog is available in eight Nordstrom locations and online at Nordstrom.com/pop from February 16 to March 25:

  • Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Wash.
  • CF Pacific Centre, Vancouver, B.C. (Canada)
  • CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto, Ont. (Canada)
  • Downtown Seattle, Seattle, Wash.
  • Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
  • NorthPark Center, Dallas, Texas
  • South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • The Grove, Los Angeles, Calif.

About POP-IN@NORDSTROM

Launched in October 2013, Pop-In@Nordstrom is an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops that transitions every four to six weeks to offer a new shopping experience and batch of new, often exclusive merchandise. Pop-In takes two forms: a shop curated around a theme featuring brands across different product categories (fashion, beauty, lifestyle, home/garden, sports/outdoors, etc.), or a partnership with a single brand to bring “the world of” to customers.

Pop-In@Nordstrom partnerships have included: Aesop, Alexander Wang, Converse, Everlane, Gentle Monster, goop, Hanes, HAY, Liberty London’s Flowers of Liberty collection, Nike, Opening Ceremony, Poketo, rag & bone, The Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store, The North Face, Topshop/Topman, the U.S. debut of Hong Kong fashion collective I.T., VANS and Warby Parker. http://www.nordstrom.com

 

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.

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.

Hello, Pacific Northwest…Skout’s Honor is Now Available at Mud Bay!

Skout’s Honor, maker of pet stain and odor solutions, announced that its all-natural, professional-strength products are now available at Mud Bay pet specialty retailer in the Pacific Northwest.

Mud Bay now carries two of Skout’s products: Skout’s Honor Urine Destroyer and Skout’s Honor Cat Urine & Odor Destroyer.

“Whether it’s bringing a new puppy home, adopting a rescue animal, behavioral or health-related issues, urine stains can be a real challenge for pet owners,” said Macon Brock, president of Skout’s Honor. “We’re pleased to be able to offer Mud Bay’s customers two of our best-selling items—these are absolutely the strongest cleaning products on the market that are easy to use and specifically designed to tackle even the worst dog and cat urine problems.”

Skout’s Honor is Better, Faster, Stronger than other leading products in its category, due to a proprietary odor eliminating technology and BioKore™ – a revolutionary green cleaning technology that breaks down and lifts away stains on contact. Both ingredients are biodegradable, bio-renewable and non-toxic – offering the most powerful and easy-to-use cleaning solutions on the market, while still being safe for use around pets, family and home.

The company’s eco-friendly approach to cleaning is coupled with a socially-conscious business model via its Skout’s Paw Pledge – a program that donates a day’s worth of food to a shelter animal with every product sold.

About Mud Bay

Founded in 1988 just outside of Olympia, Washington, Mud Bay is the Pacific Northwest’s largest retailer focused on healthy, natural nutrition for dogs and cats. With more than 40 locations in Washington and Oregon, Mud Bay is focused on providing wonderful shopping experiences for pets and their owners. For more information about Mud Bay, visit MudBay.com

For specific Mud Bay retail locations, please visit the store locator.

Skout's Honor at Mud Bay

Pet Product TV Highlights Green-Cleaning Power of Skout’s Honor Products

Skout’s Honor products were featured on Pet Product TV as a powerful, green-cleaning solution to handle even the worst oet stain and odor problems. Hosts Robert Semrow of Pet World Insider and Pet Expert Sandy Robins spoke about our proprietary BioKore technology and the unique non-enzyme benefits it offers. Watch and learn more about why Skout’s products are Better, Faster and Stronger than the rest!