About Nicole Apostle

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

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6 reasons why kids are the PB to pets’ jelly

If you’re a parent you may be a little wary of the idea of adding two or more feet, claws, or paws to your household. Parenting can keep you busy enough without worrying about cleaning out bird cages or changing the kitty litter. Accepting the responsibility of caring for another life is a big decision, but let’s consider the paw-sitive results of saying yes to the pet! Did you know that having a pet at home could benefit you and your

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The un-fur-tunate dozen: these foods should absolutely not be given to cats

Tomato sauce, cheese, spices… in retrospect, Garfield really shouldn’t have eaten that lasagna. Do you find it hard to sit down to a nice meal without a cat rubbing up against your leg, begging for a morsel? We know it’s tough not to cave to a feline’s request for treats, but cats have specific nutrient requirements that can easily be exceeded when human food is shared with them. Even when giving something you may think is healthy, like fruits and

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Home delivery subscription pet food: as paw-some as it seems?

Subscription-based services have increased in popularity over the past several years. You can sign up for a bevy of things from workout classes to razors to wine, and you’ve likely even seen ads for subscription fresh pet food services. Like human food delivery services such as Hello Fresh or Blue Apron, you sign up for a plan, answer some questions about your pet, and these fresh pet foods are delivered in bulk to your home in large temperature-controlled boxes. Is fresh food something you should consider for your

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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