Note from the Founder – July 2011

For many of us, our pets are a big part of our daily routines; they travel, dine, shop, work, and play right along with our hectic schedules. Animals take center stage in movies, books, music, art, and theater. They are an integral part of our culture, and honestly, we couldn’t live without them.

So, of course, it makes sense that one of America’s favorite pastimes—baseball—also celebrates our passion and love for pets.

Professional athletes are paid to do what they love most. But with that comes specific expectations, such as being a role model. Unfortunately, athletes get caught up in scandals and unscrupulous activities, just as people do in every profession. It is comforting to know that there are many athletes that stand up and do the right thing, and do it from their heart.

Chicago White Sox player, Mark Buehrle, and his wife Jamie, are great examples of how people are using their fame and notoriety to create a positive impact. From lending their time, to helping out financially, their commitment to the animals shows up on and off the field. Read more of the interview on page 10.

Summertime means more than just baseball. It’s the time for you and your pets to kickback, relax, and soak up the summer fun. Check out our suggestions for the ultimate dining experiences for you and your dogs, as well as a few “don’t miss” festivals that the whole family, four-legged included, can enjoy (pg. 12).

Hot weather also means hot pets. You will love our ideas for sure-to-please summer soirees, all for your furry kids! Check out pg. 14 for fun ways to keep your party-animals cool and happy.

And for those days when it’s just too hot to do anything but hang out in the air-conditioning, be sure to visit TailsInc.com to keep up on all the latest news and information. Join our community to win cool prizes, talk to other TAILS fans and supporters, and learn about fun activities and products for your furry family. We love to hear from you and see photos of your pets!

Here’s to sunny beach days and cool summer nights…

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