Friday, November 28, 2008

MBP's 4-Day Gobble Gobble Sale!

As the CEO of Merlin's Bark Products I am pleased to announce that I have taken an additional 10% off the original purchase price of all of my in stock items from November 28th thru December 1st! That means all of our:

elevated dog bowls,

elevated cat bowls,

pet toy boxes,

and birdhouses, bird feeders, and squirrel feeders can now be purchased for 10% less. Sounds like a great deal to me!

I'll be barking to you later!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Yappy Happy Pups for the Holidays!

Recently, I blogged that I would be barking about some of my top Etsy gift recommendations for pets, pet lovers, and pet owners for this holiday season. The first item I would like to bark about is this custom made indoor doghouse from YappyHappy

Made for the smaller pup (up to 15lbs), this doghouse can even be ordered with a battery operated chandelier ready to switch on and off. Talk about living the pampered life!

Don't think you have time to get a custom order done and under the tree by the holidays? Never fear, YappyHappy has a mini Starbarks house for your small yapper ready to go out the door upon order!

While I might be a tad over the weight limit for either one of these houses, I think they would make the perfect gift for some lucky pup this holiday season. YappyHappy also has custom dog tags, pet mats, and other cool items available too - so take a couple minutes and check out their shop. You might just find that "must have" gift item for this holiday season.

Well, I need to get back to planning Merlin's Bark Products 1st after Thanksgiving Day sale. I'll be barking to you later!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Dog Reunion Story!

I just had to share with everyone this wonderful story from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about a pup lost for 5 long years finding his way home. You can also check out the video of the heartwarming family reunion. It sure is going to be a great Thanksgiving this year for Tootsie!

Toot-toot Tootsie, don't cry: Dog found after 5 years
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
By Tracie Mauriello, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette

HARRISBURG -- Tootsie, the adventuresome dachshund who went missing more than five years ago, is back home in Pleasantville, N.J.

Tootsie was found two weeks ago wandering around Wilkinsburg, 350 miles away from where he went missing in 2003. He was taken to the Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania and was traced back to his owners using information on a microchip implanted under the skin on the back of his neck.

"Donde estaba?" -- Where have you been? -- his owner Elda Arguello said yesterday as she wrapped Tootsie in her scarf outside a television studio in Harrisburg -- the halfway point between Pleasantville and Wilkinsburg. Tifanie Tibero of the rescue league delivered Tootsie to her there. The dog was shivering from the cold but appeared content in Mrs. Arguello's arms.

"He was my baby. Now he's coming home," she said, grinning.

The family believes the dog had been taken from their gated yard.

"I looked for him for many, many days," said Mrs. Arguello, 53, who brought two of her five children -- Edna Colon, 18, and Daniel Colon Jr., 16 -- with her to pick up Tootsie yesterday.

So much time had passed that when the rescue league sent her a letter several days ago she hadn't remembered losing a dog.

Daniel did, though.

"I said, 'What about Tootsie?,' " Daniel remembered. "I just put that out there, but I didn't really think they could have really found her 5 1/2 years later."

Edna remembered he had an extra toe on one of his back paws. When the shelter said the dog found in Wilkinsburg did, too, she knew it was the same 6-month-old puppy she had when she was 13.

"He got longer," Edna said.

"He's got [some] gray hair now," her brother remarked.

The shelter used a scanner on Tootsie to find a similar microchip that the family had a veterinarian place in the dachshund's neck when he was a puppy. Information gleaned from the chip was run through a national database.

"Without a microchip, the reunion would have been completely, unequivocally and undeniably impossible," said Janice Barnard, the rescue league's director of special programs.

The family is keenly aware of that.

"Now we're going to put another one in the other dog we have back home, just in case," Daniel said.

The microchips have been in use since 1989 and cost between $20 and $100, depending on whether they are inserted at shelters or veterinary clinics. They are useful in reuniting owners of dogs and cats, such as George, a brown short-haired feline who was returned earlier this month to his owner in California after 13 years.

Tootsie's whereabouts for the last five years remain a mystery, although it is clear he has been well-fed and cared for, Ms. Tibero said.

"We have no idea where Tootsie has been or what he's been up to ... but he obviously needed to get back to the right place," she said. "I'm just glad to be able to carry out the rescue league's mission of reuniting lost pets and their owners ... It's something that very rarely, if ever, happens. It's a one-in-a-million kind of thing."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Turkey Day Sale!

I'm so excited that my little bunny butt can't stop shaking! Merlin's Bark Products is preparing for their very first after Thanksgiving sale extravaganza! I haven't worked out all the final details yet, but Merlin's Bark Products will be offering a discount on all our in stock items! That is very exciting news if you ask me. Make sure you check back in a couple of days for more details. Also, I will be blogging during the next couple of weeks on some totally awesome holiday gifts (like the elevated dog bowl pictured below) that you should be buying on Etsy.

I'll be barking to you later!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Being the CEO of a major corporation isn't that much different than being the CEO of an up and coming company like Merlin's Bark Products. No matter what the size of the business it is very important that the CEO gets out there and spends some serious time networking. One of the ways a CEO can do some networking is by particapating in charity orgazinations - like Etsy for Animals which I am a member of - and by joining other social organizations. Recently I joined and Dogster hoping to meet some like minded CEO pups and also spread the word about MBP's awesome elevated dog bowls, pet toy boxes and elevated cat bowls. Sure networking is a tough job, but I'm just the CEO pup to do the job. Well, I guess I better get busy networking - I got a lot of butt sniffing to do.

I'll be barking to you later!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Corgi Creek Crossing

Check out this cool video my employees took of me at Merlin's Bark Products 1st company retreat last weekend:

I'll be barking to you later!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Elevated Cat Bowl Feeders!

Sure, I'm not a huge fan of cats, but I think that they should have cool products just like us pups - which is why Merlin's Bark Products also offers a full line of elevated cat bowls in a number of paint colors and stains. Now the littlest pup (or kitty) in the world will be able to feel larger than life eating out of their own elevated feeder made especially for them. Measuring 3 inches in height, these extra small elevated bowls are the perfect height for kitties and also those teeny tiny pups like chihuahuas, malteses, pekingeses, and dachshunds.

3-Inch Tall 1-Pint Elevated Cat Bowl Feeder (Painted - Antique Green)

3-Inch Tall 1-Pint Raised Cat Bowl Feeder (Stained - Dark Walnut)

3-Inch Tall 3-Bowl 1-Pint Elevated Cat Bowl Feeder (Painted - Creamy White)

3-Inch Tall 1-Pint Raised Cat Bowl Feeder (Painted - Granite)

I am very happy that Merlin's Bark Products is able to offer elevated feeders to cats and pups of all sizes. I'll be barking to you later!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Custom Made 3-Bowl Elevated Dog Feeders!

Got multiple pups? Why not let them eat in style out of a beautiful elevated dog bowl feeder stained the color of your choice. Merlin's Bark Products is now offering 12" high custom multiple bowl feeders for purchase! Measuring 12 inches high it will be perfect fit for the large sized pups. Constructed in a Shaker table style, and stained whatever color you choose to go with your kitchen, the look will be completed with three 2 quart stainless steel dog bowls (with your choice of either plain bowls or bowls with an embossed puppy paw motif).

This elevated dog bowl feeder pictured was a custom order created for a customer and stained in traditional cherry. Check out a Merlin's Bark Products selection of available stain colors to find the perfect match for your home.

Did you know that elevated feeders are a great thing for a pup to have. Not only do they look nicer than just a plain old bowl setting on the floor, but elevated feeders are very beneficial for pets too. Veterinarians recommend elevated feeders because they help ease digestion problems, and are easier for pets that have problems with arthritis, neck or back problems to eat out of. Also, using raised feeding bowls help provide pet owners with a more hygienic and cleaner house. How great is that?!

I'll be barking to you later!