This pet boutique carries a selection of food,
treats, supplements and homeopathic remedies
selected with pets’ well-being in mind.
Jessica Mowforth, founder and owner
of The Bone Natural Pet Boutique in
Ajax, Ontario, Canada
Type of business:
Years in business: 3
Special services: Grooming and
Pet Product News: What are the
top-selling products in your store right
Jessica Mowforth: Bold Raw and
Mega Dog Raw Food, organic
coconut milk kefir, Dr. Mercola, Smack, PetKind, Green
Therapy essential oils, local
raw bee pollen.
PPN: What are your favorite products
JM: Bold Raw and Mega Dog
Raw Food, organic coconut
milk kefir, Dr. Mercola, Green
Therapy essential oils and
local raw bee pollen.
PPN: What trends have you been keep-
ing your eye on most closely?
JM: Raw pet food, essential oils
and natural supplementation/
treatments. We are following
raw trends closely as they are
on the rise, as well as watching formulas, as not all raw is
PPN: What business challenge are you
currently in the process of tackling?
JM: Getting people out of the
conventional way of looking at
pet foods and treatments.
PPN: What business goal are you
hoping to achieve this year?
JM: Expansion. And we are
always watching out for new
and exciting products.
Jessica Mowforth, founder and owner of The Bone Natural
JEFFERY “JEFF” ALLEN
ARMS TRONG, a leader
in the cricket farming
industry, passed away
peacefully in November
at his home in Glennville, Ga. He was
surrounded by family.
Armstrong was born in Monroe, La.,
in 1956. As a teenager, he worked for his
father, the late William “Bill” Talmadge
Armstrong, in Armstrong’s Cricket Farm
in West Monroe. He later moved to Glennville, Ga., where he owned and operated
the second location of Armstrong’s Cricket
Farm for 21 years.
Armstrong reaped much success from
his hard work expanding and growing
Armstrong’s Cricket Farm. In 2010, he was
named Tattnall County Businessperson of
the Year. The 2014 Glennville Chamber of
Commerce International Business of the
Year Award and the Greater Tattnall Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement
Award honored the Armstrong family as
pioneers in the cricket farm industry.
He is survived by a sister and two
brothers, Jack and Jimmy Armstrong,
both of whom work in the cricket farming
and tackle industry and will continue to
operate the cricket farms.
BH Pet Gear in New York
hired DAKOTA JENNER
as lead graphic designer. Within this role,
Jenner will supervise the
work of other graphic designers. Jenner
comes to BH Pet Gear with six years of
experience in the design field.
PATTI J. MORAN, founder and president of
King, N.C.-based Pet Sitters International
(PSI), has been appointed to the Fear Free
Advisory Group, a movement developed by
“America’s veterinarian” Dr. Marty Becker to
“take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’ and get pets
back into practices,” according to the group.
Becker is expanding the Fear Free initiative with leading board-certified veterinary experts in partnership with additional
industry sponsors, strategic alliances and
an advisory group. The program educates
and certifies veterinary professionals
in the creation and delivery of fear-free
veterinary visits that aim to prevent and
alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets
and the people who care for them. Starting in 2018, entire practices can become
eligible for Fear Free certification.
As a member of the advisory group,
Moran will contribute on behalf of the
professional pet-sitting industry.
Moran is the author of “Pet Sitting for
Profit” and developed pet sitting as a profession after starting her own pet-sitting
business in North Carolina in 1983. She
founded PSI in 1994. PSI is now the largest
association for professional pet sitters in
Three staff members of the American Pet
Products Association (APPA) earned certifications from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE); one
was named to the IAEE’s
20 Under 30 program.
right) associate manger,
industry relations, SARAH
LEE BOPP, (middle right)
manager, booth sales
and operations and,
(bottom right) associate
services, earned IAEE’s
Certified in Exhibition
Management (CEM) designation. Individuals who
earn the CEM designation are recognized as
knowledgeable and dedicated professionals with a long-term commitment to the
exhibitions and events industry, according
to the IAEE. The program is taught by
practicing industry professionals who bring
real-life experiences and years of industry
knowledge to the classroom, according to
In addition to completing the CEM
program, Alexandra Simonfay was named
as one of IAEE’s 20 Under 30 honorees.
This program helps further the honorees’
education and experience in the exhibition
and events industry.
ALAN TSE joined Petco as senior vice
president, general counsel and corporate
secretary, replacing Darragh Davis, who will
retire from the company at the end of Petco’s fiscal year in January. Tse will oversee all
legal, corporate governance and regulatory
affairs matters for Petco.
With more than 20 years of corporate
legal experience, Tse comes to Petco from
Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., where he
served as executive vice president, general
counsel and corporate secretary.
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