This Industry Loves Dogs!

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

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May 2010

The tanning industry continues to step up and rescue unfortunate animals from owners who did NOT deserve them.

In my April column, I featured the stories of three members of the tanning community who personally took in abused dogs. This month, I’d like to feature Heartland Tanning – a leading industry distributor and saviors of two abandoned Pit Bulls. I’d also like to give a huge shout-out to Keli Miller, owner of Solar Tans salon in Greenville, SC who masterminded a fundraising auction to benefit abused animals … and raised $30,000! Keli, you are an inspiration to us all!  Read on….

Heartland Tanning Rescue dogs

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Working Like Dogs!

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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April 2010

I find folks in the tanning biz to have super big hearts! Chatting with a few pals in the industry, I was thrilled to realize many had rescued dogs from horrible situations. Here’s a heartwarming story from industry veteran, Joe Schuster, of 1st Resource:

“Petey (a mix of Pit Bull, German Shorthair and others) was born in the mountains of North Carolina and lived near my in-laws, chained to a tree outside of a house trailer. It was a brutal life for him with abusive owners. One summer, my father-in-law found him roadside after a vehicle had hit him, and took him to the local vet. After weeks of recovery, Petey was returned to his owners. The next summer, my father-in-law again found him after he had been shot. The vet removed a 9mm pistol slug from his shoulder and he spent many weeks recuperating with his new family – as he would not be returned to his ‘former owners’. Petey now lives with my family and our four other dogs, loves to be petted and scratched, and spends most of his time warming his body in the sun. He can do that with us for as long as he wants!” Read on….


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More “Pats on the Back”

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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November 2009

I’m always thrilled to hear of folks in our industry who are giving back. Like Jenny Bortman of Universal Insurance in Phoenix, AZ. Jenny Bortman loves her little pet pug, Ginger – no different from the rest of the pet owner population, right? Wrong! Jenny had all her friends vote her pug the cutest pug in the Arizona Pug Contest. In doing so, she raised $2,000 to help a no-kill animal shelter!

But Jenny doesn’t stop there – she is also running her first half-marathon to raise funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and has already raised over $3,000 in donations! Read more…

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Test Your “EYE-Q”—Beginner’s Version

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

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July 2009

How would you answer these basic eye protection questions? Read on…

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Save the Earth…Save Your Eyes!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

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May 2009

Did you know that the earth’s ozone layer is what keeps us from burning up? There’s a hole in the ozone layer, and if it continues to grow, the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UVR) that reaches Earth will become less and less filtered. If that happens, it will change the way plants function and reproduce. Plant-eating animals will run out of things to eat. And if plant-eating animals can’t find food, they’ll die –leaving us with less and less to eat.

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How to Get The “Cadillac of CATARACTS!”

Monday, April 6th, 2009

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April 2009

“I was standing in the lobby of a tanning salon recently, when the salon professional asked to see a tanner’s eyewear. The tanner said she didn’t wear goggles. The salon pro replied, “You can get cataracts from tanning without eye protection.” The tanner kind of shrugged and headed back to her tanning room – with no eyewear – clearly believing that cataracts are what happen to her grandma, not to her.”

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