The chain has 360 stores and a string of veterinary surgeries. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Pets at Home is hoping to cash in on signs of a rise in Keynes’ “animal spirits” among investors by floating on the stock market early next year. A flotation would see Pets at Home join a procession of major UK companies that have listed in London recently. The initial public offering, expected in the first quarter of 2014, would value Britain’s biggest pet retailer at well over 1bn. Pets at Home’s owner, private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), has instructed Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Nomura and its own team to work on the IPO. Royal Mail’s successful privatisation last month added impetus to the previously stagnant market for IPOs. Other recent offerings include Merlin Entertainments, which owns Madame Tussauds, and estate agent Foxtons. KKR bought Pets at Home four years ago for 955m. The pet supplies chain has 360 stores and a string of veterinary surgeries. The chain’s management recently set out a new three-year plan after posting rising annual sales and profits in August. Nick Wood, its chief executive, said he wanted to add new stores and trading formats despite caution over customers’ squeezed incomes. The company declined to comment on the IPO plans, which are said to be at an early stage. Sign up for the Guardian Today Our editors’ picks for the day’s top news and commentary delivered to your inbox each morning.
Pets for vets: Franklin animal shelter picks up adoption costs for veterans
Generally, though, their amoral innocence brings a sense of poignancy unless, as in the case of Pongo and Missis Pongo in Dodie Smiths The Hundred and One Dalmatians (1956), they are more intelligent than their owners. Dickens was persuaded by his children to include their pet raven, Grip, in his great, underrated novel Barnaby Rudge (1841). Grip became simple Barnabys chatty best friend, and inspired Poes famous poem The Raven. Another constant companion is Lady Bertrams lapdog in Mansfield Park (1814), a symbol of her absolute idleness and selfishness: shes much more interested in the pug than her own children, and Jane Austen contrasts its uselessness with the estates working dogs. Obese Count Fosco, the villain in Wilkie Collinss The Woman in White (1859), is made a lot more creepy by his fondness for his frail little pets which include a vicious cockatoo, two singing canaries and a family of white mice who crawl all over his corpulent body as he kisses and fondles them. Related Articles
How to keep pets safe and healthy over the holidays
Make sure you take your food with you, and that the place you are going also has access to the same brand of food,” he advises. If you change food on your pet (especially dogs), they may end up with an upset stomach. Pets and a hectic holiday schedule The holidays are a busy time you’re traveling, there are more people coming in and out of the house, and you’re strapped for time. Forbes notes that the most important thing for pet owners to keep in mind is to keep your pets on their same routine schedule as much as possible. “Change in routines upsets pets,” he says. “During the holidays, people tend to have more house guests or parities, so it is important to make sure your pet is acclimated to those types of situations. If you have a pet who becomes nervous around people, create a quiet place for the pet to relax well in advance of the party or holiday season,” he also suggests. If you will be entertaining a lot this season, start getting your pet ready now. “Gradually start a routine where your pet can have a quiet place, such as a spare bedroom, so that your pet has a positive association with the quiet place,” says Forbes.
The Second Chance for Animals nonprofit volunteer group and the Franklin Township Animal Shelter will reimburse the a portion of the costs of adoption for any new pet adopted by a military veteran, current military personnel, or their families through Saturday. In honor of the sacrifices made by veterans and their families, any veteran who adopts a cat, dog, or other pet from the shelter will receive a reimbursement check to cover up to $60 for adoption costs. The Franklin Township Animal Shelter, in the Municipal Complex at 475 DeMott Lane in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, is open from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Military identification will be needed. All of the shelter’s dogs and cats are healthy, already spayed or neutered, up to date on their shots and waiting for their forever home. Check out photos of Nicky, Skippy, Ogden, Nene or Monet, and their many friends in the gallery above, or at the shelters website .