About Nicole Apostle

Nicole Apostle is the marketing director at Leo&Lucky's.

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How you can help animals in need

Rescue pets are big on our hearts at Leo&Lucky’s. There are so many lovable pets in need of homes. Unfortunately, the number of potential adopters doesn’t always match the number of animals that come through the shelter system each year. How can you help these pets? Adopt Adopting a rescue pet is an incredible experience! Not only do you get a new family member full of love and affection; you can feel good about providing a home for a pet, and making shelter space

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Show your pet how much you love them this Valentine’s Day and beyond

Our pets hold such a special place in our heart and are an important part of our family. Pets provide us emotional fulfillment, a furry shoulder to cry on or celebrate with, a great motivation to get our daily exercise, and so much more. We know our pets love us, and happily, there are ways we can show them our love in return. Provide them mental stimulation Every pet requires something to do during the day, but every pet’s needs are different. Some pets, like working dogs

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Leo&Lucky’s in the news: Pet supply company starts franchising efforts

Leo&Lucky’s flagship store is in Parrish in Manatee County.  by Grier Ferguson, Business Observer Amid the pandemic, pet-related businesses have flourished, as more people become pet owners and existing pet owners pamper their furry friends. One area business experiencing a boom is Parrish-based Leo&Lucky’s, which offers pet nutrition, supplies and grooming. Business at the flagship Parrish store, in north Manatee County, has been well above average in recent months, and now the

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Leo&Lucky’s 2020 Community Support Year in Review

Thank you for helping us give back to the local community in 2020. Due to your patronage and generosity, we were able to donate to the following organizations/causes this year: Animal NetworkRotary Club’s All Aboard Under the Stars fundraiserImperial Lakes’ Annual Bazaar fundraiserParrish Community High School BaseballBuffalo Creek Little LeagueFamily Life Community SchoolWilliams Elementary SchoolHumane Society of Manatee CountySoutheastern Guide DogsManatee County Search and RescueParrish Community High School’s teachers & staff Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School2nd Chance Ranch’s Golf TournamentPalmetto High Dance TeamManatee School for the

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How to use Leo&Lucky’s Buy 10, Get 1 Free Frequent Buyer Program to feed your pets a rotational diet

Rotational diets can vary in proteins (chicken, beef, bison, etc.) and food forms (raw, frozen, wet/canned, dry/kibble, freeze-dried). Rotational feeding gives your pet a healthy range of essential nutrients and proteins, and flavor variety, that they would not receive on only one type of food. Various components like amino and fatty acids, moisture, vitamins, and minerals will differ based on the food. A variable diet will allow for a more complete nutritional profile, and one that more closely mimics what a canine or feline would experience in

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Pets in Your Life

Unbelievably, it’s that time of year again. While you’re making your holiday list, and checking it twice, don’t forget your furry friends! There are so many options for cute and useful gifts for pets. Fill their stockings with things they’ll love! Dogs Our most faithful companions are usually fairly easy to shop for, since we know the way to their hearts is through food, and fun! Mini treats can be given throughout the day without disrupting a balanced diet, and can

Pet Safety around the Holidays

It’s soon to be the most wonderful time of the year! As a pet owner, nothing can ruin the holiday moment quite like a trip to the emergency vet. Fortunately, there are many precautions you can take to help ensure that your furry friends stay safe during the holidays. The easiest way to avoid these issues is an ounce of prevention. Have your vet’s information handy, as well as the number and location of an emergency vet that will be open

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Microchips and ID Tags are Essential for Pet Safety

Once you’ve decided to give a pet their fur-ever home, it’s important to provide them with everything they’ll need to live their best lives. Food, water, toys, and staying up to date on vaccinations are among key elements to being a pet parent, but it’s also vital to keep their physical safety in mind.  In 2019 the American Humane Association stated that “approximately 10 million pets are lost in the United States, and millions of those end up in the nation’s animal shelters.” Their report detailed

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Study shows dogs forgive one another after conflicts

From Lassie to Old Yeller to Scooby Doo, the proof is in our popular culture: dogs are an integral part of the human experience. A quick search for “dog” on the Internet Movie Database returns 13,989 results. Have you ever thought about why we love dogs so much? When people are asked what they adore most about their dogs, one of the most common responses is that they provide unconditional love. We know that even if we are frazzled or agitated or raise our voice

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Pet Ownership Shows Benefit to Children at Risk of Allergies

We’ve always known that pets are the BEST “medicine,” but now we’ve got the study to back it up. A recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology showed a striking finding when babies from homes with furry pets (dogs, cats, rabbits) were compared with babies in pet-free homes. The babies selected for the study were at-risk for allergies. When they were allergy tested at six months old, 19% of the babies displayed a reaction. NONE of