Amazon Prime – Friend or Foe? 

 

Show of hands….who loves Amazon? Yep, me too. It’s an online shopper’s dream. “Oh, I can get this (insert ANYTHING here) in two days?? *add to cart*

I use Prime all.the.time. I buy so many things on Amazon that I could easily run to Target, Home Depot, the Mall for. But that would involve putting real pants on and heading outside. No brainer, Amazon is the way to go.

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Lately I’ve been thinking about how this affects handmade businesses.  When an item is made by a small business, and especially when it is handmade, it takes time. Time to shop for supplies, time to lovingly create items from scratch.  Not to mention small business owners generally do not have a team of people. We are our own creator, supply buyer, marketing person, accountant, website designer, etc.  I could go on and on about that but I’ll get off track.

Amazon keeps asking me if I’d like to add products to seller fulfilled Prime.  While this sounds like a great idea for my customers, it sounds like a stress headache for me. My items are mostly made to order, which is the reason I’m able to offer multiple size/color options. It’s just not feasible for me to have one of EVERYTHING ready to ship the same day. I’d need three studios to hold that inventory instead of one. Not to mention the financial investment necessary to implement that.  While this may be possible or some small business, it isn’t for this one.

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So what do you think? Are we running out of patience due to the increasing ability to get almost anything within 2 days? Is the need for instant gratification affecting the lifeline of small businesses?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

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Games for Dogs

As a follow up to my last post, here are some fun ways to be active with your dog!

We love this post by VetStreet.com . It showcases games you can play with your dog beyond fetch.

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Here’s another idea, how about a fun game of hide and seek?  Tell your dog to Sit, and Stay.  Then hide and quietly call your pooch to come.  See how fast he finds you!  Just make sure he’s not peeking when you hide.

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What games do you play with your dogs?

 

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Is your pet dressing up for Halloween?

Do you plan on dressing up your pets for Halloween?  We’re not sure what Hazel will wear this year.  Here are some ideas to get your started on the Halloween costume hunt!

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For the Superhero dog.

 

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For the Sweet Dog.

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For the Animated Dog.

 

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For the Religious Pup.

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For the Pupuccino Addict.

 

What will your pup be this year?

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Updates Updates Updates

Phew! So much has happened since we last posted!  Here’s a recap and some important information about our t-shirts.

The biggest news is that we moved the business into a commercial center. It had completely taken over my house, and it was time to move on.  The new space is working out so well!

At the end of October we participated in a pet expo in Pittsburgh, PA.  We had a lot of fun setting up our booth and talking to attendees. This was the first large show we did and it was an amazing learning experience!

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The holiday season brought a little bit of a break from work as we spent time with family, friends (and pets of course)!

Hazel even got all dressed up for the occasion…and then promptly fell asleep.

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January saw us right back on track with work!  Lots to do to get the New Year started with a bang!  One of the big things we’ve been working on is setting up our new studio space.  I am overflowing with ideas for this space, and I’m looking forward to continuing to put it all together.  And making the space as efficient for the business as possible.

 

 

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February brought another pet expo, this one in Edison, NJ. What a great time we had!  We even got to meet a few previous customers, who ordered online and then came to say hello.  That was the absolute best part of the whole show! ♥

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And a cute picture of Noah, just because…

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One thing I want to update you on is the t-shirts on our website.  As many of you probably don’t know, American Apparel was acquired by Gildan. During their transitional phase, some AA products won’t be available.  I’m not certain if they will be back in the exact same styles and colors, or if they will completely change.

While the changes are going on we are replacing some of the out of stock items with comparable products.  So what the heck does this mean for you?  We have these items printed on a made to order basis. If you order a tee in the near future, instead of an AA tee you may get a Bella and Canvas tee or Gildan. Rest assured the quality will be the same.  If you have any questions about this please contact me through the website any time!

I’ll leave you with a pic of Hazel for her big day.  Tonight she will be getting a special doggie cake because it’s her birthday! Happy 2 years to my sweet girl!

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Till next time!

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WHO LIKES FREE STUFF?!

You?? Then you’ll want to check out our Instagram @hellohazelco because we’re having a t-shirt giveaway!
See all the details at http://www.instagram.com/hellohazelco

Happy October! 

Michelle 🍂🍁

Can Your Dog Tell Time?

It’s back to school time!  And that means your precious pooch is losing his daytime playmates once again. Our Hazel watches the kids get on the bus through our front window, and always seems to know when they are getting home from school. Not long before they step off the bus she starts pacing around, staring at the front door, staring out the same window. Repeat, repeat, repeat until the kids are back home where they belong (according to Hazel because she hates when any of her people leave).

I found some fun info to explain this phenomenon, although nothing I’ve read seems to be definitive.

Here’s a video where they did an experiment to test the theory that dogs can tell time based on smell:

Most of the information I’ve found talks about episodic memory, which is what humans experience.  A study conducted by Dr. Thomas Zentall of the University of Kentucky argues that dogs have their own form of episodic memory, although not a carbon copy of the human verstion. Here’s an excerpt from his page.

“My research interests focus on cognitive behaviors in animals including memory strategies, concept learning, and social learning. The approach my students and I use is to define a cognitive behavior that is characteristic of humans in a way that clearly distinguishes it from simple associative (SR) learning and then to examine the conditions under which it can be found in animals. This approach not only examines the relatively unexplored repertoire of animal behavior that has been thought to distinguish humans from other animals, but it also develops relatively simple training techniques that may be useful in training developmentally delayed and learning disabled humans to use concepts and strategies.”

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A 2010 study worked on the theory that dogs can recognize the amount of time that has passed. The end result was that the dogs were more reactive when their owners were gone for 2 hours versus 30 minutes.

Another concept to be explored is that dogs are just excellent at reading us. They follow our cues and based on our behavior, they are able to anticipate events. Like a mild version of a doggie psychic. This means they pick up on our routine, and in essence, time.

Our dog Hazel somehow knows the difference between me getting my shoes on to leave the house and just stepping out to grab the mail. She doesn’t budge from her nap when I go toward the steps to get the laundry, but races after me when I’m instead headed down the steps and into the garage to my car.  How does she know? I really couldn’t say but something about my behavior before each event must register with her.

Laundry=All good.

Garage=Panic!

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Are you really leaving me Mom?

 

Does your dog “tell time?” I’d love to hear about it!

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