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Career Marine Transitions to Successful Entrepreneur, Shares Secrets

Career Marine Transitions to Successful Entrepreneur, Shares Secrets

One former Marine turned entrepreneur shares his tips on what it takes to build a successful business in any industry

According to the Small Business Administration, 99.7 percent of all businesses are considered small, which is having under 500 employees. While there is a lot of information readily available to explain to would-be entrepreneurs about how to go through the steps to open one of these small businesses, that’s only half the equation. Just opening shop and hanging a sign out won’t be enough to stay in business over the long term or be successful.

How One Small Business Thrives Among the Big Dogs

How One Small Business Thrives Among the Big Dogs

Millions of small businesses around the nation struggle when they are competing with big corporations. Many end up throwing in the towel because they can’t find a way to give themselves an edge in order to survive. One small business, Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation, has found a recipe for thriving among an industry of big dogs.

“Looking at the pet food industry as a whole, most people would shy away from even attempting to enter it,” explains Will Post, founder and CEO, Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation. “But as the big corporations go one way, I tend to go the other, and that’s precisely what has helped me to thrive in this market. It’s all about finding your own way, despite what the big corporations are doing alongside of you.”

The Cat Food Secret that Keeps Them Finicky, Eating Junk Food

The Cat Food Secret that Keeps Them Finicky, Eating Junk Food

As anyone with a cat knows, they can be finicky when it comes to eating. They often even start out liking a particular brand, only to end up turning their nose up to it days or months down the line, when they grow bored of the same thing day in and day out. But there’s a secret in the pet food industry that most people are not aware of, and it’s one that is not only helping to keep millions of cats being picky eaters, but is also leading them down an unhealthy path.

“What people who have picky cats don’t realize is that taste chemicals are put into many commercial pet foods in order to get them to eat it,” explains Will Post, founder and CEO, Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation. “The problem with this is that it may get the cat to eat that particular brand, but it’s essentially junk food. Then the cat becomes accustomed to eating this chemical-laced junk food, so that when they have healthy food in front of them they tend to turn their nose up to it.”

What it Takes to Be Awarded the “Most Trusted Pet Foods” Three Years in Row

What it Takes to Be Awarded the “Most Trusted Pet Foods” Three Years in Row

In 2014, there was over $21 billion spent on pet food sales in the country. Each year, that rate is rising, with people searching for the best foods to feed their pet. One company, Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation, has been awarded “Most Trusted Pet Foods” three years in a row, making many wonder what it is that sets them apart and makes them so trusted in a sea of pet food options.

“Not all pet foods are equal, and the more you know about them the more that becomes apparent,” explains Will Post, founder and CEO, Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation. “Most people are looking to feed their pet, but they don’t realize that a lot of pet junk and unhealthy foods come in nice packaging from companies with large marketing budgets.”

5 Ways to Help Stop Animal Abuse

5 Ways to Help Stop Animal Abuse

One quick Google news search of the term “animal abuse” yields over 53,000 results. Animal abuse is a serious problem that many people are beginning to take notice of due to the horrific news headlines covering the stories. These allegations lately include such heartbreaking stories as animals being slammed, starved, beaten, and more. From undercover investigations taking place at big name food manufacturers to animal cruelty being reported by individuals in communities around the nation, many people are looking for ways to help bring an end to these horrific news stories.

"We have made it our mission to help catch those responsible for animal cruelty and bring them to justice,” says Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “However, it’s a job that we don’t do alone. It is a collaborative effort to make it happen, but we have been quite successful at it.”

Winter Is Coming: Guardians of Rescue Amps Up Rescue Operations and Expands “Gimme Shelter Program”

Winter Is Coming: Guardians of Rescue Amps Up Rescue Operations and Expands “Gimme Shelter Program”

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 36 percent of households in America own dogs and 30 percent own cats. However, not every owner knows the proper procedure for winter pet care; every year thousands of companion and stray animals die from being left out in this extreme weather. These cases are investigated more by police and animal control agencies than any other form of animal abuse. A common misconception is the belief that the fur on animals’ back will insulate them from suffering in the cold winter temperatures or upcoming storm. However, without proper shelter, food and water, these domesticated animals’ chances of survival in frigid temperatures is greatly decreased. Guardians of Rescue, a nation-wide animal rescue organization, is expanding their “Gimme Shelter Program” to avoid the suffering of innocent animals this winter season.

Paws of War Expands to Start Therapy Dog Program to Honor U.S Air Force Veteran

Paws of War Expands to Start Therapy Dog Program to Honor U.S Air Force Veteran

Pairing service dogs with military veterans suffering from PTSD has proven to help the healing process. According to the National Center for Health Research, studies have shown that a dog’s presence, loyalty and love are known to improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and regulating the heart rate during stressful situations. Paws of War, was founded to help those military veterans by training rescued dogs to be service dogs. Now, their mission is expanding to incorporate a Paws of War Therapy program, in honor and memory of US Air Force Veteran Duane Franzone.

“A few years ago, we saved a pitbull mix, Jada. She’d been living under a dirt crawlspace with a broken jaw. Jada was trained to become Duane’s service dog and she meant the world to him,” says Dori Scofield, executive director of Paws of War. “After Duane passed away, his family wanted to carry out his legacy of helping other veterans. That is what inspired us to start a therapy program.”