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Bentley’s Pet Stuff – All Natural Pet Store – Helping Pets Thrive, Not Just Survive!

Bentley's PETstuff

Earlier this summer, I had the privilege of meeting a few of the amazing people at Bentley’s Pet Stuff in Overland Park, while coordinating some photo sessions for one of their fun events. They have been some of the nicest people I’ve met in Kansas City, and I have really enjoyed working with them! So much so, that they are an official partner with Melissa McGee Photography for our Dog & Cat Days of Summer event, so if you’ve booked a Dog Days photo session, you’ll see some love from Bentley’s Pet Stuff in your goodie bags!

I was not previously familiar with Bentley’s Pet Stuff, so when I arrived at their Overland Park store to check it out, I was thrilled at what I saw!  Bentley’s currently has three gorgeous new stores in the KC area (Olathe, Overland Park& Shoal Creek) and another coming soon to Tremont Square in KCMO. They recently received the Retailer of the Year award (2016-2017) from Pet Product News!

As you know, I am a BIG pet and animal advocate. When I walked into Bentley’s Pet Stuff I felt like they understood the challenges I’d had trying to find the best food for my pets. I strongly believe that what we eat affects how we feel, and can prevent and sometimes treat health issues that may arise. This is absolutely true for what our pets eat as well, and since they are not able to choose their diets, we must make take responsibility for that choice and do the best we can for them. That can mean research, and not being afraid to ask lots of questions. Once you start looking at what is in standard run-of-the-mill pet food, you can quickly get discouraged by information overwhelm. (Speaking from experience, here!) Their founder describes why she started Bentley’s and how they try to make choosing the best food for your pet easier:

“We at Bentley’s live by the golden rule of treating others how you wish to be treated. As pet parents, that rule naturally extends to our four-legged friends. One of the most important ways to show them how much we care is by feeding them all natural, nutrient-rich foods.

I believe that what we feed ourselves (and our pets) has a direct impact on our health. In 2008, after losing two precious cats to illness, I took a closer look at what was in the food I was feeding my pets day in and day out. I was shocked. The ingredient lists were filled with items I couldn’t pronounce and things I certainly wouldn’t eat myself. I knew immediately that I wanted to do something about it.

I wanted to give my dogs and cats a fighting chance for their immune system and overall health. I wanted other pet parents to be aware of all the great options available so they can make an informed and conscious decision about their pet’s health. We, as Bentley’s Pet Stuff, wanted to create a store fueled by knowledge, where the selection directly reflects the diligent food research done. Customers can walk in assured that any item within our store is a good choice for their pet. We also take the time to train our team members to provide customers with a customized shopping experience because we understand a pet’s needs are specific to them, and they deserve to be treated as so.

We truly appreciate your like-minded dedication to your pet’s health! This is why we partner with our pet parents to help them find the very best for their furry family members.”

Lisa Senafe
Founder and President of Bentley’s Pet Stuff

Every product carried by Bentley’s is selected and approved by Lisa, so a lot of the research is already done for you, as soon as you walk in the door! That saves me valuable time (I have a 16 month old and run two businesses, for goodness sake!) and helps me do the best I can for my beloved furry family members. Win-win!

Ready to head to the store? Bentley’s has their biggest sale of the year coming up September 29- October 1st, their Customer Appreciation Sale. That means up to 60% off food treats, and toys. There will also be door buster deals, raffles, and free dog treats!

Oh, and by the way, if you can’t bring your pet along to the store with you, at least bring a photo of them, because you will not believe how awesome the store associates are. They really love talking with you about your pets, and seeing your cute pet photos! It warms my heart just to visit them!

Thanks Bentley’s, for doing right by pets and their people!

To book your Dog & Cat Days of Summer photo session, click here!

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    Dog & Cat Days of Summer 2017

    Only ONE WEEK to go before our annual Dog & Cat Days of Summer event is here!

    This year, all food donations will benefit Angels Furever Foundation. Angel’s Furever Foundation (AFF)  is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for homeless and shelter dogs, by providing access to necessary medical care through the funds of our donors. AFF also acts as a source of rescue for senior dogs in need of placement. They are a foster-home based rescue, relying solely on volunteers to help as a temporary home until a forever home is found. They believe no dog should be allowed to suffer or be put-down due to lack of medical funds or age. They are committed to giving those in need a second chance.

    Angel's Furever Foundation

    *image from Angel’s Furever Foundation website

    Angel, a four year old German Shepard, is the namesake of and inspiration for Angel’s Furever Foundation. Angel found her way to Great Plains SPCA after her owner could no longer care for her.  After arriving at the shelter, it was discovered that Angel had a life threatening heart murmur that required expensive surgery. Unfortunately, the shelter didn’t have then resources to fund the surgery.

    Wanting to give Angel the chance to have a normal life expectancy, a group of volunteers raised the funds and scheduled her surgery at the University Of Missouri Veterinary Health Center. Because of that surgery, Angel is alive, thriving, and recovering comfortably in a foster home where she gets to live the life of a normal dog.

    Angel’s heart on the foundation’s logo is a reminder of what can be done when someone cares and takes action. When you book a Dog Days of Summer photo session, you are enabling AFF to help care for more of the Angels who need your help.

     

    If you aren’t familiar with our annual Dog & Cat Days of Summer event, here’s the scoop!

    $35 and a large bag (or case) of premium dog or cat food gets you a 15 minute photo session and a free 5×7 print of your pet! (There will be discounted packages you can choose from if you’d like additional prints or products!)

    Sessions will take place on Saturday, September 9th from 11am-4pm, at our studio in the Yellow Barn in Olathe, Kansas. You’ll need to schedule your session ahead of time. Click here to book yours now.

    The studio is located on the third floor of the Yellow Barn: 11272 S. Ridgeview Rd. Olathe, KS 66061

    If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 816-686-4695.

     

    We also have a fantastic group of local partners for this year’s event!

    I am so honored and excited to be partnering with these companies, and the amazing people behind them!

    Bentley's PETstuff

    There are only a few slots left for Dog & Cat Days of Summer sessions! Book yours now at http://bookings.melissamcgeephotography.com.

     

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      Spring 2017 Mini Sessions

      Spring 2017 Mini Sessions-1I’ve had so many calls about Spring 2017 Mini Sessions-I’m so excited that you are excited! You caught me totally off guard, because I didn’t have a date set yet. So, now I do!

      (Side note: I just have to say, I am so blessed and so thankful to have such amazing clients that are excited to work with me. Thank you, you amazing clients, you. Yeah, I’m talking’ to you.) Consider this a blog post hug. 😉

      Spring Minis will be on Friday, May 19th & Saturday, May 20th, 2017, on the grounds of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. $200 gets you a 20-minute session, 10 custom edited digital images, and a custom app to share your portraits for the next six months! Additional digital images are available for $20 each, and other products are available, as well.

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      New this year, we are going to have slots for daytime sessions and nighttime sessions! If you want something totally different for this year’s Spring Mini, book a nighttime mini session! (Example images to come!) Afternoon/evening sessions will be on both the 19th and the 20th, and nighttime sessions will be on Saturday the 20th, only. See the time slots below.

      The daytime sessions are everything you’ve come to expect from a mini session with Melissa McGee Photography. Stress-free, fun, and heart-warming memories made! The nighttime sessions would be perfect for a couple. That’s right-mini sessions can be for couples, too! And yes, if you have kids, you can still do a couple session. Just leave those kiddos with grandma and grandpa for the evening, and make it a date night! Ooo, that’s a fun idea! I would totally do one myself, but it wouldn’t be very nice of me to ask you to jump behind the camera and shoot, now would it? #awkward

      Also, I’ve had a couple people ask about including their pets in their min session, or doing a mini session starring their pet. The answer is YES, and YES! You can absolutely do a mini session with your pet. You know how much I love those furry-faced family members!

      Well, that’s enough jibber-jabber from me; call to book your Spring 2017 Mini Sessions today! Also, please share this post-I would love your referrals! #minisessions #melissamcgeephoto 

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      Time slots:

      Friday May 19th: 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm

      Saturday, May 20th: 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm

      Nighttime sessions – Saturday, May 20th: 8:45pm, 9:15pm

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        Cutest Kid Contest

        2017 MMP Cutest Kid Contest Flyer-webIs your child Kansas City’s Cutest Kid?

        Enter the Cutest Kid Contest to showcase your child!

        Each entry helps raise funds for Little Warrior Princesses, too! Little Warrior Princesses is a local non-profit that provides gas and restaurant gift cards to families with infants in NICU care around Kansas City. We are so excited to be partnering with them! Please visit them on Facebook & Twitter to say hi and show your support!

        Now, let’s talk prizes. We have PACKED these prize packs with so many gorgeous items, and they are all custom to the winners! You’ll have gifts to keep and share!

        1st Place prizes valued at over $500!

        2nd Place prizes valued at over $350!

        3rd Place prizes valued at over $200!

        Here’s how it works:

        1. Call to schedule your mini shoot
        2. Shoots take place on March 26th
        3. Contest entries will be edited and then posted for online voting
        4. You (and everyone you know!) hops online to vote for their favorite
        5. Winners are announced and prizes awarded!

        Call the studio today (816-686-4695) to schedule your mini shoot!

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        Valentine’s Day Minis!

        Valentine's Day Minis

        How sweet can your Valentine’s Day be this year?

        Take the typical sweetness of the day, then add a sweet baby, a giant lollipop, a super cute backdrop set, and some gorgeous portraits, and…well, the cuteness meter just might go right through the roof!
        We are now booking our (very limited!) Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions for kids!

        Call or email to book yours today!

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