Did you know a dog has a specific pH balance with their skin that is much different than humans? Depending on a lot of variables with the dog, their pH levels tend to be a lot higher than that of a human. So, if a human shampoo (or something worse) is used on a dog for bath time, the dog's pH level will be thrown off, creating an environment where bacteria, parasites, and viruses can cause a lot of problems.
Unknowingly, many pet owners will wash them repeatedly, trying to fix the problem, but end up making the problem worse as the skin's pH level becomes more imbalanced. Also, if the shampoo makes their skin feel dry (a lot of them have sodium chloride- aka salt, as a thickening agent), your dog will scratch at his/her skin, creating areas for bacteria to attack and it quickly becomes a vicious cycle.
It was with all this in mind we (my soon to be wife and I) started searching for a good, all natural, pH balanced shampoo for our 6 year old Golden Retriever, Max. Unfortunately, we couldn't find anything that met our requirements. Something that had no parabens, sulfates, synthetic perfumes, dyes or other bad 'stuff' in it. So, after a LOT of research we decided to formulate our own and started a business!
We actually fall into a new demographic referred to by the acronym "DONK" - Dog Obsessed, No Kids. We may add some more humans to the world after we're married. Then they can come up with a new acronym for us. Dog Obsessed Now With Kids? Although, DONWK doesn't flow as well.. it would probably never catch on.
We're launching the website in the next few weeks and we would love to connect with any other pet minded people on Facebook or Twitter. If you search for Bobo's Natural Pet Products on either you'll find us. We actually used Max's paw print for our logo if you need any more proof of the DONK thing. Wish us luck, starting a business is stressful and a lot more work than people think!
To any other U.S. Marines past or present reading this- Semper Fi!
In closing, it wouldn't be a Listserve email without a favorite quote or two so here are a few of mine..
You can have anything in the world you want if you'll just help enough other people get what they want. ~ Zig Ziglar
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much! ~ Jim Rohn
A professional is an amateur who didn't quit. ~ Richard Bach
Portland, ME USA