Pincause Does It For The Dogs

Pincause Does It For The Dogs

We are their voice.
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Calling all animal lovers, activists and pup-tivists!

We need your help in the fight against puppy mills. Did you know that pet stores get the majority of the dogs they sell straight from puppy mills?! That means, if you buy your dogs from pet stores you are directly helping to keep puppy mills in business. These puppy mills are large-scale, commercial breeding facilities where profit is much more important than the well-being of the dogs. They keep their breeding dogs in small cages with unsanitary living conditions and an inadequate amount of health care. If you're a lucky survivor, it is likely you will end up with health conditions that can be life altering and anxiety disorders from the mistreatment you endured.

Because of this issue, a company called Pincause (@thepincause on Instagram) has teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States to sell pins that cost ONLY five dollars in an effort to help raise money to shut down puppy mills for good! For each pin sold, two dollars gets donated to the “Stop Puppy Mills” campaign. Dog influencers (and their humans of course) on social media, like Instagram pup star @ellabeanthedog and @hopsthebardog have been actively advertising these pins, sharing their stories and promoting the goodness that can come from purchasing one.

These dogs need our help! After all, we are their voice and together we NEED to make a change. Join me in the fight against puppy mills and remember to spread the word too. Visit pincause.com to purchase a pin!! Myself and the fur babies, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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Customer Service Expert, Gary Brewster of Oneida Provides Tips for Displaying Appreciation to Your Customers

By taking a more direct and proactive approach to managing your customers, you can open up a new avenue of success for your business.

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Customer relationships are a core part of your business success. Many businesses that outperform their competitors are just more responsive in this area. By taking a more direct and proactive approach to managing your customers, you can open up a new avenue of success for your business. How can you display genuine appreciation to them? Here are tips and practices from customer service expert and accomplished entrepreneur, Gary Brewster in Oneida, Tennessee that you can adopt.

Event Sponsorship

There are many small signs of appreciation you can show to customers, but hosting an event provides significant evidence to customers that your business genuinely acknowledges and cares for their support. With these events, you can treat customers as guests - which can be a great way to elevate your relationship with them. After these events, you can follow-up with your customers, build upon that relationship, and gain additional insights into their expectations.

Customized Products and Services

Customers will be pleasantly surprised to see products specifically catered to their preferences. This shows that you do respond to their feedback and are appreciative of the information they provide. Also, you are reinforcing the fact that your business firmly puts a priority on their needs and is committed to elevating their experience. You can personalize your products through a couple of means, including offering them in certain colors, modifications, labels, and more.

Use Handwritten Notes

A handwritten note is one of the best ways to convey authenticity in your messages. When you use this medium for sending messages of appreciation to your customers, it generates a more positive response. In a world saturated with emails, social media messages, and mobile text, a handwritten letter can stand out. You can work with your team in organizing a schedule where customers are sent handwritten notes. These can especially work great for the holiday season as customers are more receptive to goodwill messages during this time.

Develop a Loyalty Program

While your business benefits form loyalty programs, they also make the customer feel more appreciated. For your most consistent customers, you are sending the message to them that their loyalty has not gone unnoticed and that you are truly grateful. When repeat business is rewarded, the long-term benefits will be valuable. Instead of merely creating a loyalty program from scratch, consider doing research and recognize specific purchasing patterns within your customer base. You can then highlight certain products they favor and make that the focal point of your loyalty program.

When it comes to maintaining a high standard of customer service, communication and goodwill are valuable. Showing appreciation to your customers is more than simply communicating with them, but also conveying a general sense of commitment to their needs. Your business stands to gain immensely by developing this unique approach to customer service. Consider adding more of these elements as you build your customer service strategy with your team.


About Gary Brewster:

Gary Brewster in Oneida, Tennessee is an entrepreneur and commercial roofing expert. Driven by building excellent relationships, he takes pride in providing the best customer service possible. As a business owner, his goals include delivering exceptional service, solving complex problems, and giving back to the community. Outside of the office, Gary enjoys spending time on his family farm with his wife, children, and grandchildren.


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I Made A PowerPoint Presentation Of All The Men I've Wasted My Time On And So Should You

Instead of just getting a crush on people, I develop infatuations.

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I have a problem.

You know when you get a crush on someone, and you might check on their instagram a couple times a day, maybe lay in bed and imagine what it would be like in a relationship with them. These are all very normal ways of processing your emotions towards someone you're interested in. Somewhere along the way though, my brain got a little confused.

Instead of just getting a crush on people, I develop infatuations.

My brain then devotes enormous amounts of time and energy towards pining after this person day in and day out. These people usually aren't even that great. They do the bare minimum to and half the time barely even give me the time of day back, and somehow this makes them even more enticing. The catch is, if they ever do start to show interest back in me, it's the biggest turn off in the world.

If they don't like me back, it inevitably ends with them never living up to my ever heightening standards for them.

See when I like them, I don't actually like them, I like a version of them that I've created in my head (cue "In My Head" by Ariana Grande) And when they inevitably cannot fill that role, it breaks the spell, and I suddenly, dramatically, get over them. . .only to shortly find my next victim to prey on.

Now, this is a dramatized retelling of the situation, sometimes I'll be given a free pass by my brain and by some miracle just begin to lose interest after a while. Usually, the person I pine after is not even aware of my affections.

This has gone on for about, I'd say 10 years of my life.

After going through this time after time I began to realize that though I might not be alone, this definitely isn't a normal way to approach my love life. Being infatuated with people is mentally exhausting and occupies a larger part of my brain than is remotely justifiable. So one day, feeling in the mood for a self-psychoanalyzing session, I sat down, and made a powerpoint of every man I've wasted hours and days of my energy on.

Now I'm not saying I sat down and did some serious science, but I put about a good hour and a half of valuable time and effort into it, a considerably larger amount of time than I've put into any class presentation recently.


Graph of the number of men in my life vs the quality of my life Credit: Isabel Umland

Graph of the number of men in my life vs how much of my time is wastedCredit: Isabel Umland

Putting it down into words and figuring out why I liked the people I liked, and why I eventually stopped liking them helped me organize my approach to love. It can be hard to try and think about everything all the time at once, and I've often found that writing down my thoughts can be the best way to work through a problem. My powerpoint allowed me to process my emotions in the healthiest way I knew how. In the process, I also found myself finally moving on and finding closure for many of the unrequited loves I suffered throughout my teenage years.

My problems are far from being solved, and I'm not telling you it's going to magically cure your love life, but sometimes, taking a step back and looking at a situation from a logical point of view can help you process your emotions a lot better than worrying over them. Going forward, I'll be able to use my experiences to make better decisions, make healthier decisions, and understand what my brain is doing, and why. If you're stuck in a hard place, having trouble processing emotions, or looking to organize the messiest part of your life, you might just need to open up Google Slides and do some introspection.

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