by Rita Calvert
Lots of our four-legged brought their masters to the brand-spanking new department of pet accessories and goodies; they had a blast. I also had a great time meeting the fur friends and taking their photos. Quite a few had some good tricks to show.
Brian Riddle was telling me that a Farm Pet Department rewards card is up-and-coming. Also, get on the Facebook list for many offers and discounts!
Our mascot, Ellie Cat, was pooped spent so much time running from the doggie vistiors, she was pooped.
Bonnie Grower, the artist above, is standing with some of her animated four-legged friend photos. I asked Bonnie how she gets her customers and she told me a lot of her clients are a result of the extensive dog volunteer work she does. She gives a lot of time to:
Some of the other informative exhibiters included:
South River Federation with an exhibit to show youngsters (and adults) how detrimental sediment is trapped and flows to the South River.
Anne Arundel Beekeepers Association with an exhibit of some of their honey products along with winning ribbons. Folks from the group were there to tell about the bee colony collapse and what we can do to help revive the bees. One huge thing is forego all pesticides and create a bee-friendly habitat.
Go Fish came in a lively food vendor truck and had some of the tastiest food going. I got to sample the losbter roll!
Within the pet department is a wooden wall stocked with photos of farm and pet animal feed along with the bar code for the product. Here’s how it works: The customer takes the picture with bar code to the register to buy the product. The item is then brought from the warehouse to the customer. Curbside delivery-how nice! If you saw the large pallets of feed in the store over opening weekend, that has now moved to the warehouse for the “courtesy will-call”.
Caring Canines had an informative display table with info on all of the activities they offer. Their mission is to partner with local organizations to provide volunteer pet therapy teams who enrich lives by promoting physical and emotional health, and to comfort and bring happiness to those in need. These registered therapy animals volunteer with their owner as a team..going to schools and libraries as reading companions for children.