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Somewhere deep in the dusty stacks of the City basement is lost video documentation of me as a 17-year-old kid being pulled (literally) down a parade route by two large wolf dogs as they bolted towards the safety of the car. Easily twice my weight, they were in a complete panic after I stupidly took them to a street parade in the wild west and many began shooting their pistols in the air.

Let’s just say I learned a hard lesson about having quality equipment and well-trained, socialized dogs. 

I told you that story so I can tell you this one: I haven’t always known a lot about dogs. Some of what I learned is from experience, other things I learned through school, research and the vastly different approaches from trainers around the world. All of my interest stems from a deep and abiding love of animals - along with a willingness to learn all I could about them. 

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After being in the pet industry for many years, I feel comfortable saying that while I still have a lot to learn about animals, I do know a lot about the products we use on our pets. As a result, I have higher expectations for manufacturers and retailers. Beyond providing great quality product at prices I can afford, I also expect them to have a social awareness and an interest in giving back to their community. It’s not always easy to find a retailer who offers both.

This week, I’m really excited to tell you about the launch of a new store called Zoopar. It’s a place you can order some of the best dog and cat equipment (from a variety of vendors) at discounted prices. If you have an active dog or cat, this is a store you should check out. 

Zoopar carries a wide selection of all the brands I love: high-quality Mendota leashes, Cycle Dog collars and leashes made from recycled tires, Insect Shield blankets and beds, and even Helios dog coats. They have tons of products for active dogs and cats of any size!   

Each month, they choose a charity to donate a percentage of their proceeds. This month, they are donating 20% of all sales to Freedom Service Dogs - an important rescue organization that is near and dear to my heart. 

Freedom Service Dogs is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs and custom training them for individual client needs. Clients include children, veterans and active duty military, and other physically and mentally challenged people. 

Howard Liu, Zoopar CEO learned of the organization and the work it does with children, veterans, active duty military and other adults and reached out to offer a partnership with them during the month of May. May, designated National Pet Month, was a natural fit for the partnership and for Zoopar to donate 20% of the profits throughout the month of May from all their online sales . “We embrace the fact that Freedom Service Dogs of America works with shelter dogs, who are so deserving of a second chance and a forever home and that it matches those specially-trained dogs up with those individuals who may desperately require the support only a dog can provide,” Liu said.

We all have higher expectations in our digital age. We’re smarter, savvier consumers. The days of cheap plastic products and contaminated food and selfish corporations are over. This is the age of high quality, reliable products, environmental responsibility, and social awareness.  

Check out Zoopar.com this month and know that 20% of all of your purchases in May will be donated to Freedom Service Dogs. It’s a fun site with some great name brands at affordable pricing! 

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Author: stacymantle
About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.

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