This is one of our favorite quotes, one that we return to when we are feeling as blessed and proud and grateful as we do this holiday season.
As 2013 is drawing to a close, we want to thank you, our valued customers, friends and partners for all you have given us. Because of your support, we have many past achievements to celebrate, so much to thank you for today, and so much to anticipate tomorrow and beyond – and we do it with infinite gratitude.
This year, we celebrated the greatest milestone of our 16 years in business – the Planet Dog Foundation reached $1 million in giving! As we reflect on the countless people that have been loved and lead, soothed and inspired, located and saved, guided and taught by dogs in PDF-funded programs, we feel enormous pride. It is your purchases, your 2% that makes all of our giving possible – and we thank you!
In addition, 2013 saw many other major accomplishments for Planet Dog:
- We launched our latest interactive puzzle toy, the Orbee-Tuff® Snoop® - which went on to take the Gold Medal for Product Innovation at the 2013 HH Backer Total Pet Expo! Most innovative dog product of 2013? We’re so grateful!
- We became founding members of the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition, joining our peers in starting the drive towards a more actively sustainable pet industry. We are proud to be a part of this effort with our respected friends and partners throughout the industry, and will do so with gratitude!
- After 16 years in business, we were finally awarded our first patent, for the Wood Chuck® bamboo ball tosser! We have always known the Wood Chuck was a unique and innovative take on the standard ball tosser, and we are grateful that the US Patent Office finally agrees with us!
- We welcomed Colleen McCracken as our new Co-CEO, along with several other key employees – strengthening our Pack and creating an unbeatable team. We thank every member of our team for their hard work and dedication.
- We launched a major partnership with the Life is good® company to become the exclusive designer, developer and distributor of their pet care line. They are a brand that is built on optimism, and we gratefully optimistic for a wonderful future together.
Looking ahead to 2014, we gratefully embrace an ambitious future. We are investing in new technologies that will mean more efficient ordering for our customers, a more responsive and modern website and e-commerce platform, and stronger customer service and sales support. We have several exciting new products in development both in the Planet Dog and the Life is Good lines.
We are grateful. We look back on a past full of your support. We feel peace and joy today. We embrace tomorrow and look ahead with tremendous optimism. We thank you for being with us on the ride, and wish you, your staff, your family, friends and animals a happy, safe holiday season and a prosperous New Year!
With wags and thanks,
Stephie, Alex and the entire Planet Dog Pack