Thursday, November 22, 2012

Petwerks Turns 17 Today! Celebrate With Us and SAVE!

We have a lot to be thankful for, as Petwerks turns 17 years old today, November 22, 2012.

It's hard to believe that 20 years ago, in 1992, we brought our first house rabbit, Dinkum, into our lives. He was a Dutch/Harlequin mix, quite handsome. He opened our eyes to what awesome creatures rabbits can be. He was spunky, outgoing, fearless, and a sweet lover of cuddles and treats. It was his need for a durable, reliable, and roomy home to call his own that lead us to design the Bunny Abode, and to start Petwerks. Petwerks officially started in 1995, but Scot had been making toys and play stands for parrots under the name of BirdWerks for a year or two. It all started in the corner of a friend's garage! (We had quite the menagerie back then in a two bedroom apartment, seriously: four lovebirds, a blue crown conure, a sun conure, an eclectus parrot, a hamster, a terrarium with tree frogs, two large fish tanks, a German Shepherd named Bijou and the ruler of the house, Dinkum.)

Petwerks has always remained a small, family run company making products in the USA, using materials produced in the USA whenever possible. I won't lie, that's presented its challenges throughout the years. But we feel its worth it. (We asked for a business consultant's input at one point, and his advice: buy the raw lumber, ship it to China in a container, have it milled and assembled there, and have the finished products shipped back to us in a container. Um... no. While that might have been "cheaper," it certainly isn't a good use of resources, creates a load more pollution, and would take the quality control, which is important to us, out of our hands and into those of the lowest bidder. Not acceptable.) We've had our ups and our downs, for sure. But our hard work is rewarded by a slew of dedicated long time customers, and a steady flow of new customers. While we had stronger days while back in Indiana at the old Gosport Opera House where we kept ourselves and two full time employees busy while, we've weathered the storm of the changes in our economy and found ways to do things more efficienty, which helps us keep costs down.

We've been helping bunny slaves for 17 years, and we plan to be around for many more! :-) We continue to have new ideas and can't wait to show them to you!

Petwerks is Scot Leith working full time in our manufacturing facility along with our full time employee Brian in Turner, Oregon. I'm Scot's wife, Amy, and I work part time on marketing, the web site, office tech needs, etc. (I work part time here because I work full time elsewhere.) These days it's just us, our own two buns Lizzie (Butterscotch Dutch) and Bonzai (mini Rex), our dogs Jackson (10 month old Corgi/Border Collie mix), Greta (8 year old all-white German Shepherd, inherited from Scot's mother when she passed away unexpectedly earlier this year) and Winston (14 year old Corgi/Spaniel mix), along with foster buns Indy and Andy.

We are celebrating by giving our customers two great opportunities to save:
  1. We will be on vacation visiting my parents from November 22nd through December 2nd. During that time, any order of $100 or more in product (not including shipping) will receive 10% off if you use the coupon code "THANKS" during your checkout.
  2. Forget "Black Friday" and get a great deal during BLACK BUN DAY on November 23rd! On that day ONLY, order a 48" Double Level Bunny Abode and save 20% by using the coupon code "BLACKBUN" during your checkout. 
Help us AND help your friends by sharing this info. Follow us on Twitter (and retweet the tweets about the sales), mention us in a Facebook post, link to our Facebook posts, etc. THANK YOU! 

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