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Officials from Global Pet Expo along with Pet Business proudly announced the first-ever Global Pet Expo Retailer Excellence Awards on March 1 at their annual trade show in Orlando, Florida.

The Retailer Excellence Awards were designed to honor outstanding independent pet stores in a variety of categories. Especially for Pets won the Excellence in Store Design Award.

Press Release

Summary: Got dog? Then grab them this November 5 and "run, walk or wheel your cookies off" in a 5k or 10k event to save homeless animals in New England says local pet supply chain Especially For Pets, upscale grocer, Crosby's Marketplace, and dog cookie maker, Goodness Gracious. All net proceeds from this family-fun event benefit an exceptional group of animal shelters and rescues.

Especially for Pets, a local chain of seven pet supply stores, Crosby's Marketplace, a local group of six grocery stores, and Goodness Gracious, maker of healthy pet treats, are sponsoring 5k and 10k events this November 5th that will benefit homeless animals across New England. For a fee of $30 in advance people and their dogs can run, walk or wheel in the event of their choice beginning and ending in Norton MA’s lovely animal sanctuary and petting farm that’s fun for the whole family.

Sarah Wilson, Master Trainer, presented two 90-minute seminars for pet owners based on positive communication and canine behavior entitled "Getting to Good." All proceeds went directly to Canine Companions for Independence. (CCI). "Let's Have Fun Games Seminar" and "Minding Manners Amid Distractions" were the seminars presented to eager attendees and their canines.

Sarah Wilson has devoted her life to helping people and their pets live with more joy and less confusion; with a focus on making learning fun for both ends of the leash.  Visit her website,

CCI Volunteer Donna Martin said; “Thanks, again, to Sarah Wilson and Especially for Pets for their significant contributions and collaboration that made the day possible, to Debbie Baker, and to all the volunteers who helped in the planning, publicity and execution.” CCI is a non-profit organization that provides highly skilled assistance dogs and ongoing support for people with disabilities.

Especially for Pets is proud to support the first sanctioned K9 Nose Work® NW1 Trial in New England to be held May 14 and 15 in Walpole, MA. We hope all competitors have a great day of fun with her/his dog.

Our best wishes go out to our instructor and trial judge Gail McCarthy CNWI as well as the Especially for Pets K9 Nose Work® students:

  • Kris & Marcus
  • Brian & LouLou
  • Sandi & Alexis
  • Erny & Jake
  • Janice & Bella
  • Natalie & Thorfinn
  • Anne & Rocket
  • Ellen & Bella

If you would like to learn more about our K9 Nose Work® classes in Sudbury, MA with certified Instructor, Gail McCarthy, please contact us at 978/443-7682.

Press Release for Immediate Release
Contact: Amy Kinne, Director of Business Development
1185 Chestnut St, Newton, MA 02464
617-964-0453 x 22(p) 617-243-3982(f)

September 8, 2011 

Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog, Inc. is an independent, all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to provide bullet-protective vests for Massachusetts police dogs. With donations raised this year from their quarterly nail clipping fundraiser, Especially for Pets has helped to provide vests for four canines.