Yipee! Tomorrow is bring your dog to work day

Office Dog Molly

The excitement here at HiLife is mounting, as we eagerly anticipate our favourite day of the year…Bring Your Dog to Work Day!

The initiative was dreamed up in 2014 by cruelty-free dog product manufacturer HOWND, when an office move meant that they were only able to bring their dogs to work for one day of the year.

Spotting an opportunity to raise money for charity, and truly believing in the benefits that having a pooch to pet brings to the workplace, HOWND founders Jo and Mark Amit launched the concept nationally, and it is now being embraced by thousands of businesses across the UK.

We are lucky enough to have Molly the dog as our office companion here at HiLife, so we know first hand how beneficial her presence can be.

There is scientific proof to the benefits of an office dog, too, with various studies showing that bringing a dog to work can improve productivity and reduce stress.

“There is a myriad of benefits to having the presence of dogs in the working environment,” explains Jo.

“Just interacting with these wonderful animals can help reduce stress levels and blood pressure. I’ve never seen an unhappy office dog, only unhappy employees who have to leave their beloveds at home.”

Employees that bring their dog into the office give a small contribution that goes towards the charities that the initiative has chosen to support. This year, Bring Your Dog To Work Day is supporting two organisations.
All Dogs Matter is a rescue charity that rehomes over 300 dogs annually in and around London, whilst international charity Animals Asia is dedicated to reducing harm to dogs and cats in China and Vietnam, and putting an end to the cruel practice of bear bile farming.

If you are planning to bring your dog to work tomorrow, don’t forget to share your pictures with us on Facebook  or Twitter, using #BringYourDogToWorkDay.

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Counting down to the Pedigree Wholesale Pet and Aquatic Show

Pedigree Wholesale Logo

One of the industry’s leading events, the Pedigree Wholesale Pet and Aquatic Show, will get underway this week – and we’ll be going along to showcase some of our newest HiLife products.

The day-long show, held at Peterborough Arena (East of England Showground) on Wednesday 8th June, is possibly the biggest of its kind in the country, with more than 80 manufacturers showing their brands.

Once again, Town & Country Petfoods has its own stand and during the day, the team will be on hand to give retailers the opportunity to find out about our high quality ranges of cat foods and treats.  Not only that but we’re excited to be unveiling our new range of super and ultra premium, natural wet cat foods to the pet trade ahead of the official launch in August. To celebrate, we are offering customers the chance to pre-order with special show deals available at the stand.

We’ll also have exclusive three-for-two case deals on our HiLife Tempt Me! Grain Free and Indulge Me! Treats for cats, helping pet stores capitalise on the latest consumer trends, including grain intolerances and allergies.

The range, launched at the start of 2017, is manufactured in the UK and to give retailers a helping hand, we’ve also made the outer cases as small as possible, enabling them to make maximum use of shelf space.
If you’re coming along to the trade show, don’t forget to stop at Stand E24 to find out all about our products.  The show starts at 9am and runs until 4.30pm, with further information available at http://tradeshow.petproducts.co.uk.

For more details on the HiLife ranges offered by Town & Country Petfoods visit www.hilifepet.co.uk. 

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Spare a thought "fur" mental health

Lady Scratching Dog

Most people are aware of the amazing work that assistance dogs do and the impact they can have on the lives of people with physical disabilities, but did you know that both cats and dogs can help with mental health issues too? As if we needed another reason to love those little, and big, furry friends!

According to the Mental Health Foundation, looking after a cat or dog can help people who suffer from a range of mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety - as well as anyone who is going through a particularly stressful time.

The foundation organises Mental Health Awareness Week, which began yesterday. Events are held throughout the week to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing and you can read more about the event here. If you want to get involved there are some great opportunities for both you and your pet to have a positive impact on someone else’s life.

The Mental Health Foundation says, the responsibility of looking after a cat or dog is a great motivator when people need some purpose in their life, and we all know what good companions they make – great for anyone who is feeling a bit lonely.

Pets also help to combat stress in a multitude of ways. Like a friend, an animal can keep you grounded and be a loyal companion who is there to listen and provide support when you need it most. Exercise is also great for the mind and if you have a dog it is the perfect way to get active by going outside the house for a walk - which all contributes to reducing the amount of stress in our daily lives. Even spending time with them and stroking their soft fur helps to calm the mind. No wonder it’s one of our favourite ways to pass the time!

For those that don’t have a pet of their own, the fantastic charity Pets as Therapy arranges for volunteers and their pets to share some of the support and companionship with those that need it most. A team of over 5,000 volunteers take their beloved pets to visit places like schools, where children can build their confidence by reading to the dogs, care homes and hospitals. This provides much-needed comfort, joy, healing and friendship to thousands of people each year. We have been supporting PAT Dog for over ten years now, and we are always astounded by the difference the volunteers make and the joy that the animals bring.

So, next time you’re feeling down, take a minute to give your four-legged friend an extra cuddle to thank them for all they do! You could also celebrate them on our social media pages. Dog-lovers head to our HiLife Dog Facebook and Twitter pages, and cat-lovers head to our HiLife Cat Facebook and Twitter.

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