For those of you dropping in for your first newsletter, welcome, to those of you who regularly open these up and read them, welcome back.
It’s 2016, fast approaching 2017, and when I reflect back it’s been an extremely quick quarter of a century to get to this point - this point being I’m 25 years in the business and still loving it. By profession I’m a packer, producer and purveyor of pet protein but most people just call me Dave.
Anyhooo, we attended the Pet and Animal Expo in Auckland the other weekend and after all this time there are still a lot of the same faces in the pet world that have been there for decades, and then there are a whole lot of new pet owners. The common theme of everyone who visited our stand is: they all love their pets, care about what they feed them and there is a genuine interest in people getting back to natural pet foods. The common theme from those coming into the category is that raw feeding's something new and cutting edge - the reality: we have been producing and advocating raw pet food for almost 50 years.
The pet food industry has changed significantly in my 25 years to a point where you can now buy a dog food for a three-legged Great Dane Chihuahua cross with a hair lip, sensitive stomach and inflammatory toe nail disorder. Whilst I’m not knocking this I do see it has gone a little too far one way, and now the pendulum is swinging back to more simple options. Life goes in cycles they say. On that note, we stumbled across a TED Talk that is of a similar vein - well worth the watch so sometime when you have a quarter hour free, brew a cuppa, fire up the old intergoogle and have a wee watch (click here to check it out). Thanks for reading.
This month is Save Kiwi Month, and we have another exciting event coming up in Auckland to honour it - The Great Dog Morning Tea, in partnership with Kiwis For Kiwi. On Friday 21st October at the Waiatarua Reserve in Remuera your dogs can join us for a scrummy morning tea between 10am-12pm. Along with yummy food there will be spot prizes AND the chance to win free Jimbo's Pet Food for a year! Check out the Facebook event page for more details.
Come along to support our national icon, and let the Jimbo's team spoil your canine companions!
Happy Birthday to Your Pets!
We want to say "Happy Birthday!" to your pets when it is their special day, and send them a little birthday treat. Pop your pets in our database by clicking on the orange button below, and when their birthdays roll around we will send you an email with a Jimbo's Pet Food coupon inside to spoil them with.
If you also update your details to tell us what kind of pets you have and which region of the country you are in, you will go in the draw to win a Jimbo's Pet Food merchandise pack worth over $40!
Jimbo's Chicken Sausages are one of the products we took to the Auckland Pet & Animal Expo this year - and they simply flew out the door! It's no wonder why; this is one of our most nutritionally-packed products, with chicken and lamb, a range of offal (green tripe, heart, liver and kidney to be exact) and a grain-free herbal muesli for added fibre. These Sausages are also 100% preservative-free, with no fillers or artificial anythings! Dogs love them, and some cats quite fancy them too!
Thank you, again, to everyone who joined us at the Auckland Pet & Animal Expo this year - we had a great time meeting you all, and hope that your pets enjoyed their goodies!
HUGE congratulations to Lorna van Rensberg for winning three months of free Jimbo's Pet Food!
Not in Auckland? Good news! The Wellington Pet Expo is happening at the end of the month, and the Jimbo's team will be there with another chance to win three months of free pet food - check out the event details at the bottom of this newsletter. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Jimbo's Gallery
We love to see your favourite pet pictures! Send in your fur family photos to our online Gallery and share their stories with us and the rest of the world. Every entry goes in the monthly draw to WIN $30 of Jimbo's vouchers!
Congratulations toKate from Whakatanefor winning September's draw with the above photo of Silver who was a bit of a surprise adoption after a trip to the local pet store for a goldfish!
Jimbo's Wackiest Pet Names
Last month we asked you to tell us about your creatively-named pets, and we were definitely introduced to some pets who have interesting names! Without further ado, here are our Jimbo's Wackiest Pet Names - first place winners earned a Jimbo's goody pack, and our runners up will also receive some spot prizes. Thanks to all who entered!
This is Derek (just Derek) on the left, and Chairman Meow (who can be a bit of a dictator)on the right. Congratulations on being voted the dog and cat with the wackiest names by the Jimbo's team - goody packs are coming your way!
Special mention to our runners up:
Dogs-Mollie Munchkin Malone, Wallace Wobbly Wombat, Chico Weeko Pudding & Pie, and Billy Connolly. Cats - Fairy Nuff, El Presidente, Meowilyn Monroe, and Itchy & Scratchy.
The Wellington Pet & Animal Expo is coming up! If you are in Wellington make sure you come along and say "gidday" to our team at the Jimbo's stand (#41) - we'll have giveaways, competitions and more! See below for details.
The Great Dog Morning Tea
Date: Friday 21st October Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm Venue: Waiatarua Park, Remuera, Auckland Parking: Park on Grand Drive
Bring your dogs along to support our national icon with a scrummy morning tea, and be in to WIN free Jimbo's for a whole year!
The Wellington Pet & Animal Expo!
Date: Sat 29th-Sun 30th October Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm daily Venue: Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua, Wellington Be in to WIN three months of free Jimbo's Pet Food!
NZ Weiner Dog Derby @ Oktoberfest
Date: Saturday 15th October Time: 11:00am Venue: The Flying Moa Gastrobar, Mount Wellington, Auckland