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Our 2018 Tons of Love campaign raised $70,032.67 from Giving Tree gifts and an additional $14,000 in Santa photo donations. In addition to the $15,000 Mud Bay donated, we also received donations from seven manufacturers.
Spring has come, and the annual Dog Gone Easter Egg Hunt is here. This twelve-year tradition attracts dogs, adults and children to Lacey each year who want to spend part of their day hunting for eggs and enjoying plenty of snacks and prizes.
“I’m not trying to grow the pee pad market because disposable items aren’t ideal from an environmental perspective,” explains Petix General Manager Krister Holm. “But for people training puppies or who have older dogs, pee pads are an important tool.”
“Animal welfare organizations are often focused only on animals. But Auburn Valley Humane Society views ourselves as an organization concerned with providing human and animal services. We’ve never had a dog call us to ask if we sell dog licenses. So often it’s people we help, and then by helping people, we’re able to help animals,” says Phil Morgan, Auburn Valley Humane Society’s executive director.
“I have made over 25,000 cat toys for Mud Bay, from my home in Seattle,” said Chris Sweeney, who makes Buddy cat kicker toys. “That’s a lot of happy cats – and hopefully a lot of laughing and cheering.”
Mud Bay talked to our in-house veterinarian, Dr. Katy Patterson-Miller, to get answers to your top seven questions about grain-free dog food, taurine and heart disease (DCM) in dogs. We also included a handout that explains everything we currently know about the FDA investigation, as well as our dietary recommendations for concerned dog owners.
“People sometimes aren’t prepared for the fact that chickens can live for thirteen or fourteen years,” explains Staci Machado. “And hens don’t lay eggs that whole time. Chickens are bred to lay heavily for the first three to five years of their lives. Then, egg production drops significantly and then stops.”
While all our Muddies are proud dog and cat experts, some are talented artists as well. In the moments between have conversations with customers and stocking shelves, these gifted Muddies bring plenty of fun, color and information to the chalkboards in our stores. Click through to see some of our favorite Mud Bay dog and cat chalkboard art displays!
“Find a routine that you can stick with,” advises Shift Lead Alyssa Homan. “If your cat doesn’t like brushing, there are plenty of other options available. Use as many options as your cat will accept; so, don’t be afraid to use diet, chews, supplements and wipes to prevent plaque buildup.”
“Show What You Know sections aren’t about memorizing answers; it’s about learning how to synthesize different information depending on your audience,” explains Learning and Development Specialist Maggie Nelson. “Muddies learn to blend what they learn from senior staff members, training, and evidence-based online sources to formulate solution-based answers to common questions.”