Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some thoughts for the Day

I just returned from the Governor’s Conference on Small Business. It was an opportunity to hear from small business experts about what we at Pet Camp need to do better. There wasn’t much input as to how we love and care for dogs and cats, but there were plenty of suggestions on how we can use “new media” to better communicate with our campers (or at least their parents). So I’m going to give it a try. I’ll be posting (I guess the term is blogging) every few days about the comings and goings at Pet Camp and ask you to let us know what you think – both about the blog and Pet Camp in general.

One of the big issues with using new media was the way it can be used to reach out to folks – which is how I’m using it now. But the more I heard them all talk about new media, blogging, twitter, social networking (all things I admit I’m going to try), the more I was thinking that none of that matters if you’re not any good at your core business or if your just writing to fill up space. I’m confident that our counselors are great at their core mission and I’ll do my best not to just put up idle words.

So for today, here’s what’s happening at Pet Camp. We spent the day with Mark Rogers ( taking new pictures for our web site. I have no idea how professional photographers like Mark make it happen. He’s in the middle of playgroup snapping away, getting great shots of dogs playing, somehow juggling a camera that costs who knows how much with a bunch of bouncing dogs.

On the medical side, I was reading DVM Magazine (I really know how to have a good time) and there was a short article about a newly discovered gene mutation that it only know to affect wire-hired Dachshunds, miniature long-haired Dachshunds and Pit Bull Terriers (and it turns out humans) that causes early onset of the retinal degenerative disorder. If you have one of these breeds give us a call or shoot us an email and we’d be happy to send you a copy of the article.

We, of course, are getting ready for Thanksgiving. This year we are having a really great Thanksgiving treat for the campers -- a Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, pumpkin & veggies!! If your pet is spending the holiday with us consider this as an extra special treat

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