Letter from the Editor: Pet-care business is nothing to sneeze at | July 2009

Our cover story this month focuses on holistic pet care, a method of care that allows pet owners to treat their animals naturally and build on that special pet-owner bond.

I am allergic to this issue of About. Cute as they can be, our furry friends and my ability to breathe don’t mix very well.

Even so, it’s hard not to fall in love with the many four-legged animals we found to feature in the magazine this month. See for yourself. The pictures make clear the special bond between pets and their owners.

Our cover story this month focuses on holistic pet care, a method of care that allows pet owners to treat their animals naturally and build on that special pet-owner bond.

Pamela Fisher, a holistic veterinarian in Jackson Township, said her philosophy is to treat the animal as a whole, rather than to treat only its current ailment. It must be working out well: Fisher’s practice is booked months in advance and she has patients coming from around the state.

She is one of only a handful of holistic veterinarians in Ohio.

“The reason I lay low is because it’s so different,” Fisher told me. “But it’s becoming better accepted these days.”

It seems business is booming throughout the pet industry.

“Business is phenomenal,” said Howard Perlmuter, owner of the Barkley Pet Hotel and Day Spa near Cleveland.

He told reporter Lisa Reicosky that the pet industry is nearly recession-proof. People will continue to spend money on their pets because they are considered part of the family.

I believe it. A local search for interesting pet products on the market turned up everything from pet seat belts to fur-styling products. An Internet search turns up pet strollers, designer clothing, jewelry and more. We love our pets.

Event snapshots

One of our most popular features in About is our Snapshot pages. This month we packed in eight full pages of pictures — 60 of them, featuring nearly 150 people!

People often are surprised when I ask them to send us their photos for publication in the magazine. We welcome photos from all events across the county, large or small. I think it’s important to highlight all of the great people and events we have going on right here in Stark County, and the snapshots are a perfect way to do that. We get most of these photos by submission.

I’d love to work with you to get your event featured in these pages.

Blessings,
Darla A. Brown