Introducing a New Shipping Option

Over the years, our shipping option has been singular.  We charge our customer just what UPS charges us to ship to them.  A simple passing along of the cost.  Unfortunately, UPS rates can seem a little high when one is only ordering our non raw items.  Certainly, when ordering frozen food as well as treats, we have the option of combining the shipment to keep shipping costs on the dry goods very low.  This doesn’t work, however, when only non raw items are needed.

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Now order all the non raw items that you want for shipment costs of only $7.50 for orders over $25.00 – what a deal!!!

To combat this phenomena we are introducing flat rate shipping on all orders of non raw items over $25.  That’s right – you can order treats, toys, training tools, supplements etc., and have it shipped to you for the low low rate of $7.50!  When ordering in conjunction with our raw frozen products the lowest shipping rate will be applied as always.  In general combining the orders results in a lower ship rate than even the $7.50 but cheapest method will win in the end!

We hope that this will make it more economically feasible for people who simply need non raw items and no food at any given time.  Its our hope that this will ease the burden of shipping and help you to help yourself to our huge array of supplements, treats, toys and training aids!

 

Introducing the NEW and IMPROVED Cooler!

Since A Place For Paws began shipping our raw food to people all over this great land of ours, we have utilized a standard styrofoam cooler that perfectly fit our needs.  Though not exceptionally good for the environment, it was the only thing we found that would keep our food fresh and frozen on its way to you.  The containers fit perfectly and the variety of sizes fit our needs well.  As time passed, the cost of these coolers kept going up and up and UP!

We originally were able to allow people to choose whether they wanted to return our coolers to us – if they responded in the affirmative we wouldn’t charge them expecting that the cooler would be back in our possession to use again on another order.  Unfortunately, while people had good intentions, approximately 60% of those coolers never returned home :-(  This made us sad and led us to search for another option.  With costs rising, we chose to institute a method by which EVERYONE was charged exactly the same amount for the coolers with one caveat – you return it, you get credited right back the amount that you spent.  On the flipside, we didn’t have to incorporate the cost of the cooler into our food prices and seemed to get far more coolers back with the credit incentive than we once did.

Then the saga took a turn…..the prices were STILL going up.  Purchasing those coolers and having them shipped to us was costing FAR more than we were charging for the actual coolers….it seemed that a price increase was imminent….Until…

We discovered a way to keep our costs right where they were without raising ANYTHING as well as a way to be more environmentally friendly – we would make our own!  Its took some research and a little bit of math work and a whole lot of time but the end result made it well worth the struggle and better still?  Our prices could remain the same.

Our new coolers now consist of a cardboard box with foam liners that are easy to assemble and just as easy to

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Our new and improved coolers consist of a standard cardboard box with 1 1/2″ foam panels lining the interior

disassemble.  We simply cut the foam to fit the box and each box is the equivalent of one of our old style coolers.  UPS is happy because they can place these boxes on their conveyor belts at the distribution centers – that means perhaps less tossing and therefore less breakage.  You, the customer, can be happy knowing that your food will get to you in the same shape it always did and that if you choose to not return the cooler, these flat panels are far easier to break down for recycling than the solid coolers ever were or could be.  We now have a way to get your food to you but keep the prices down which we know makes everyone happy!

No worries – the styrofoam used in these boxes is just as thick and reliable as the old style was – there’s really not a difference at all so no need to fear damage or thawing as a result of the change.  They are also just as returnable as our old coolers were.  They contain your name and cooler charge so that we know who to credit when the Post Office brings it back to us.  We reuse them just the same and the beauty is that even if the box is ripped or damaged, the foam panels are not and so can easily be placed in a different cardboard box!

So while you may still receive the occasional “Old Style” cooler (we will use them until they DIE!), you soon will be seeing our fancy new and improved design on your doorstep.  Everything works just the same – its no more expensive and no more of a hassel – just tape that box up and send it on back to us if you choose to do so.  We, and the

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Don’t be surprised when your food arrives in what seems to be an ordinary carboard box – its really a cooler in disguise!

environment, appreciate your thoughtfulness.  If you choose not to return it, no problem!  We won’t even know – its a personal decision and one that you are free to make on your own.

We are eager to hear any feedback that you might have for us – good, bad, ugly – we want to know how this is working out for you as well.  If you love it, hate it, are indifferent – just let us know and we’ll address any and all concerns just as quickly as we can or explain something that seems unclear.  All in all we think that this will be a positive change for everyone involved – you will still be able to receive your pet’s food in great condition AND still be able to enjoy APFP low prices without the addition of hidden costs or surcharges like what so many other companies do.  We want to be upfront with you and in return we promise you the best customer service and personal attention that we can give.

Coolest Toys Ever??

Occasionally we come across something so very cool that we simply can’t resist carrying it and bringing it to our customers.  Such is the case with The Cheerful Pet line of unique handmade toys that not only will thrill your dog BUT

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Totally unique - your dog will LOVE the Ringzee Ball

are also a great way to help people in need far far away.

Cheerful Pet has made it their goal to not only provide great toys for your pet, but also to provide work for women in

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The Tugzee for Two is perfect for a multidog household as well as for human/dog play

need in the country of Nepal.  All of their toys are designed here in the US and then handcrafted in Nepal by local artisans – woman who otherwise, wouldn’t have jobs at all.  In using their talents to craft these amazing items, these women are able to provide for their families, acquire health care for themselves and their children, send their children to school and develop a skill.

There are several varieties of Cheerful Pet toys – and each is absolutely unique because it is handmade.  All toys are made from 100% boiled wool that is imported from New Zealand and is available in a wide array of color combinations.

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Tugzees have a very cool handle and are 6' long to give you plenty of "tug" length!

The Tugzee comes in four varieties.  The original Tugzee consists of a handle to allow you to easily play with your dog. The Tugzee for Two and Mini Tugzee for Two are meant for play between more than one dog BUT its still just as easy for you to play the role of the other dog if you want!  The Snake is….well it’s a snake!  Looks like a snake but a bit safer!  Works just like the different Tugzees for multiple dog play or human dog interaction.

The Fuzzees are just like a regular ball but….FUZZIER!  Easy to throw, easy to grip, fun to play with!  Frizzees are soft pliable frisbees that are soft enough to toss around

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Fuzzees are a ball with a bit of extra "tickle" factor!

the house if you want!

Ringzees are so very simple but tons of fun – easy to throw, catch and carry, these wool rings are great for a good game of tug o’ war.

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Ringzees are so simple yet SO much fun!

They are available in large and small sizes.  The Ringzee Ball is a one of a kind toss and tug toy.  Its design makes it so very easy for any dog to catch and cart around and its softness makes it a safe toy to throw in the house – so long as you take a LITTLE care!  Ringzee Balls are available in large and small sizes.

Let’s face it, we are all on the lookout for the next great toy.  We want something durable BUT it also has to be fun and spark our dog’s interest.  The Cheerful Pet line of toys are just that and more.  Dogs are drawn to the boiled wool material yet its durable enough to last more than one toss or one chew.  Fun and very very cool looking – its just a fantastic toy!