Employee Spotlight: Emily

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Emily with Buckley and his new bed from Chew on This!!

 

 

Each month we will do a spotlight on our fabulous employees, so you can get to know all the faces you see. Enjoy!!

 

Name: Emily Beshansky

Position: Manager

College: Northern Illinois University, B.S. in Psychology

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Buckley and Gabbie

Pets: Gabbie, a 9 year old Lhasa Apso/Poodle Mix and Buckley a 2 year old boxer/pitbull mix.

 

 

Food Fed: “I currently feed Zignature. I have tried many other foods in the store but with Gabbie’s allergies, this seems to work the best and keep her from scratching. Within Zignature I switch through all the flavors monthly. I supplement with raw and canned throughout the week. With that I am currently feeding Weruva cans and Northwest Naturals raw.”

Favorite Non-Food Product in the Store: “That would have to be Ultra Oil. I began using this product about a year ago and have not stopped since. I immediately saw improvement in my dogs’ skin and coat.”

What is on your wish list for you and the store for the next five years? “I hope to continue to expand my knowledge of the products and how to address more health issues to be able to help even more customers. I want to host and be involved in more events within the community such as ice cream socials and yappy hours.”

Fun Fact: “I got my first dog as an 8th grade graduation present.”

Dream Vacation: “Going to Disney”

If you were an animal what would you be?: “I would be a pitbull – eager to please, strong, determined, loving and family oriented.”

 

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What did you want to be growing up?: “I always thought I would be a veterinarian. I eventually realized that I would not be able to perform the medical procedures on animals and that is when I became increasingly interested in finding a way to help animals without having to perform those procedures.”

What would you be doing if you weren’t working for Chew on This?: “I would probably have gone to graduate school to be a clinical counselor.”

What is on your bucket list?: “Travel to Paris”

What three traits define you?: “People pleaser, family oriented and hard worker”

Where is your favorite place to be?: “My favorite place to be is in Downtown Frankfort. I love being there for all the events that go on in town (movies, concerts on the green, girls night out, art shows, the market, etc.). My family and I spend a lot of spend a lot of time participating in these events and bringing the dogs out to walk the trails and eat at the dog friendly restaurants.”

What would you tell 13 year old you?: “Don’t worry about the little things in life. Everything happens for a reason and when you are 23 your life falls completely into place. It’s not always an easy ride but it’s worth every second of it.”

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Emily with her boyfriend, Chris and Buckley at Buckley’s AKC Good Citizen Graduation.

 

Thanks for reading!! Let Emily know you read all about her next time you see her working hard at the store. Check out our blog at the end of August to learn about our assistant manager, Jessica.

Pet Fire Safety Day 2016

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Did you know that 500,000 pets are affected by house fires each year? And that 40,000 pets die each year in house fires? And 1,000 fires are STARTED by pets each year?! (Bad Fido!) This Friday July 15 is Pet Fire Safety Day. So we will talk about how to prevent fires in regards to pets and how to be prepared for an emergency.

PREVENT YOUR PET FROM STARTING FIRES

  • Cover the knobs on your stove. Big pets (and sneaky cats) can bump into or knock the knobs causing the flame to ignite. Knob covers are an inexpensive solution to this problem.
  • Consider open flames, such as candles. Extinguish all flames if you are not in the room. You might want to reconsider candles even if you’re in the room if you have rowdy pets. Even if your pet isn’t too rowdy, one swipe of the tail and that candle can become a fire.
  • Pet-Proof your home. Just as you would for a baby, walk around your home to notice potential hazards and fire starters such as loose wire.
  • Secure young pets. Even with your best efforts, accidents can still happen. Crating your young pets while you are away can prevent tragic accidents from happening.

Fireman, Chew on This customer and friend, John, said he has experienced fires started from all of the above. He also said that dogs tend to try to escape while cats tend to get scared and will hide. Since pets are such vital, loved members of our family, how can you be prepared for an emergency? John stated having a “Fire Rescue Alert” sticker on your window is a great idea. Or even a “Beware of Dog” sign they will notice.

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BE PREPARED FOR AN EMERGENCY

  • Get a “Rescue Alert” sticker. This weekend at Chew on This you can pick up a “Fire Rescue Alert” sticker to take home and hang on your window. We have these year round behind the counter (just ask us) but this weekend they will be out on the counter for all to grab. Firefighters are familiar with these stickers and recommend keeping the number of pets updated.
  • Have an emergency plan. When making your emergency plan have things like a communications plan. Picking a family member who doesn’t live in the home will be a good contact person. Everyone in your home should have this person’s phone numbers (landline and cell phone) and email address. Have a pre-identified meeting place in case people get separated you can all meet up and know who still needs to be helped. Having a place to stay while recovering from an emergency is a good idea as well. Since a lot of hotels and Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets due to health and safety regulations. It’s a good idea to call nearby shelters to see if they will hold your pets in an emergency situation. Some “no pets” policies in hotels/motels may be waived as well in an emergency situation. It will be good to know this information ahead of time.
  • Make an emergency kit. Assemble a portable kit with enough supplies to last seven days. Some things to include are pet medications & medical records, leashes, harnesses, current photos in case they get lost, bowls, poop bags, food, bottled water and emergency contact numbers. Another good thing to have would be the list of places you called (see above) that will accept your pets in emergency situations. Have your kit made and kept in a safe location near the exit for easy access.
  • Use monitored smoke detectors. If the sensor/smoke detector is triggered in your home the 24/7 monitoring system will contact you to make sure it wasn’t just your cooking. If there’s no response (i.e. a fire started while you are away) or if you answer and let them know it’s not just your bad cooking, they will dispatch emergency response services to help you, your home and your family. This is IDEAL for pet owners because pets cannot escape on their own and if a fire starts while you are away, the firefighters can arrive at your home sooner rather than later.
  • Keep identification on your pet. Keep up to date license and contact information on your pet at all times. This can be easily done with a collar and tags. For an extra layer of protection (or if you prefer to have no collar on your pets) get them microchipped as well. Make sure the tags and microchip information are kept up to date.

Thinking about such emergencies can be scary but being prepared will take SOME of the confusion and panic away should disaster strike. Our pets are our babies and it’s always a good idea to be safe rather than sorry!!

As mentioned above, please stop by Chew on This Dog Barkery this weekend to pick up a window “Fire Rescue” sticker. We have these available year round behind the counter but we have them out on the counter this weekend. Stay safe!!

Goat’s Milk for Pets

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Did you know that goat’s milk, not cow’s milk, is the most consumed milk in the world? Goat’s milk is consumed by both people and animals world wide. The composition of milk varies from species to species – so cow’s milk is different from goat’s milk is different from cat’s milk is different from dog’s milk. This is because each species differ in their physiology and dietary needs. The composition of goat’s milk is what makes it a great supplement for our pets.

Goat’s milk can be better tolerated than cow’s milk because of the difference in composition. First, goat’s milk can be digested quicker and with less effort because of it’s smaller fat globules, looser curd formation and higher concentration of small and medium chain fatty acids. Cow’s milk also has three proteins that are common allergens that goat’s milk contains little or none of.

According to the Journal of American Medicine, “Goat milk is the most complete food known.”

Goat’s milk contains a vast amount of vitamins, minerals and probiotics. In fact, some people find they can eliminate probiotics all together if they use goat’s milk. The probiotics in goat’s milk are less likely to be destroyed in the digestive tract compared to probiotics in pill or powder form. In addition to the vitamins, minerals, probiotics, protein and fatty acid, it also contains trace elements, electrolytes and enzymes.

It is important to keep the source of the goat’s milk in consideration. The quality of the goat’s milk will depend on the health of the goat it came from. Grass-fed, pasture raised and less stressed goat’s that are kept away from GMO’s will produce a higher quality and more nutritionally dense milk than the others.

Also, the less processed the milk, the better! Which is why Chew on This offers RAW goat’s milk. If you are interested in providing your pet with this powerhouse treat, talk to a Chew on This associate for more information and recommendations!!

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