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Dear everybody!

It's been a ramshackle-bamboozling month here at Ethical Pets to say the least, but mostly that involves accounting and stuff, so that's not really newsworthy is it?!

As for exciting things, well mostly we have been deciding which events to attend this year with our stall. Meeting you ladies, gents and pets in person is one of our favourite things to do, so please come and see us if we are attending an event near you (and email us to suggest one if we ain’t!) Our first event will be the Sustainability Spring Fair in Birmingham, this Saturday – so we interviewed the organisers to celebrate!

In other news, Anna has had a book published (and is very excited about it) and both Joey and Anna went to Amsterdam... and saw a heron... checkout our holiday snaps on Facebook and see if you can spot the heron too! Also, now the snow has gone and spring is on its way, we have been going for lots of lovely walks with the dogs too. On that note, it's time to step up the worming and flee combatants – so do take a look at our handy (and good value) spring packs: they are gentle on pets but tough on pests, which is perfect I say :)

Right ho, back to work – slowly overhauling the product pages to make them even more top-notch!

 

Take care, Best wishes

Anna, Joey and the menagerie

 

New: Organic Rabbit and Guinea Pig food.

It isn't easy to getting ethical products for all your pets - especially not for small animals. However, we have managed to get, all the way from the USA (via boat), two exclusive premium quality Oxbow Organic small animal foods. One for “right on” eco Bunnies and one for “groovy” green Guinea Pigs.

Missi Hathaway on Ethical Pet Insurance...

Our pets are part of the family, which is why we should go to great lengths to look after them. If they sadly become ill or have an accident, it is our responsibility to get them the right care. Unfortunately, the cost of taking animals to the vet can be high which is why having... continue

Anna gets published!

Some exiting news! Anna has had a book published! Anna, who loves making videos about Ethical Pets, was recently employed to share her editing skills in a manual for political activists in the Arab speaking world. This has now been published online in English, and Arabic. An English print copy will be available soon!

Herbal flea and worm control offer...

Spring is in the air, and so are the fleas! It's time to stock up on your gentle and natural flea and worm treatments – so to make things simple, we have made up two combo-packs. We have one for all pets, and one just for dogs.

The "all pet's pack" contains a Quassia-Med-Spray to repel fleas and other insects and  4 Seasons, an Anti-parasitic homoeopathic and herbal tincture – a natural wormer.

The "dog pack" has both the spray and the wormer, but also contains two beautiful hand made soaps,  with tea tree lemongrass, eucalyptus oil and green clay, one soap contains lavender oil the other has clove bud. These will remove flea eggs, for extra protection.

The all animals pack is £17.99 (save £4.25) and the dog pack is £23.99 (save £5.25.

Lets meet up sometime...

Here are our diary dates for the coming months, events and campaigns of note etc. Do come and see us, it's always nice to meet our Ethical Pet peeps face to face!

March

9th March Sustainablity Spring Fair, Botanic Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham -10.00a.m. to 4.00p.m.

23rd March Vale of Evesham Cruelty-Free Fair on Saturday, Evesham Town Hall, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

April

13 April Northern Vegan Festival  -  The biggest vegan festival in the north – Manchester,  Sachas Hotel.

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie...

Last month we discussed the tallest animals, but I didn't mention was the world's longest domestic cat, a 48.5in (1.23m) Maine Coon named Stewie. Sadly however Stewie died recently after a year long battled with cancer. May he rest in peace.


So far, we have discussed the tallest, fastest and heaviest creatures… now it's time to look at the other end of the scale: the smallest. You may know that the smallest breed of dog is the Chihuahua (which usually weighs around 1.5 kg and is between 15.2 – 20.3 cm tall) but here are some of the smallest animals you may not known about.


The smallest vertebrate (back-boned animals) was a fish (Paedocypris progenetica 7.9 – 10.4 mm) until January last year when a tiny frog species (Paedophryne amauensis 7.7 mm) was recorded. The smallest bird is the Bee Hummingbird which is only 25.4 – 50.8 mm long and weighs arround 1.4 g. The smallest lizards are the Jaragua Sphaero and the Virgin Island Dwarf Sphaero, which only grow up to 16 mm long. The two smallest snakes are the Barbados Threadsnake and the Brhaminy Blind Snake - only growing up to 10.8 cm long. The smallest insect is the fairyfly which is only 0.21 mm long! The smallest true monkey is the Pygmy Marmoset measuring 14 -16 cm and weighing only 120 g but the smallest primate is the Philippine Tarsier measuring 85 - 160 mm in height – and bizarrely these little guys also hold the record for the largest eyes of any mammal (wow!).

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Sustaibalilty Spring Fair

Read an interview with Barbara Street and Lorraine Cookson, organisers of the Sustainability Spring Fair in Birmingham.


What is the Sustainability Spring Fair about?


The Sustainability Spring Fair is an entertaining, creative, educational and sustainable fun day out to celebrate Climate Week 2013. The Fair is being held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Saturday 9 March from 10.00am – 4.00pm. This year, we're having two stage shows featuring local bands and dancers, magic and fun to keep everyone entertained, a fair-trade and ethical market, Love Food Hate Waste cooking demonstrations and people will have the chance to sign up for the Birmingham Green Deal at the energy road-show. There are plenty of activities for the kids like making things from “scrap,” learning to juggle at the Circus workshop or having a go at sumo wrestling and playing giant games out on the lawn.  And of course there are the beautiful grounds, glass houses and aviaries of the Botanical Gardens for everyone to stroll around and enjoy for free!

Entrance to the Fair and Botanical Gardens is FREE with a printed copy of the flyer available at: www.birmingham.gov.uk/sustainabilityspringfair


Who funds this event?

This event is sponsored by the Botanical Gardens, Carillion, and Co-op Membership with a lot of support from Fair-trade... (continue)
 

 

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