Global Reach

Two of Oxbow's wonderful sales team members, Lindsay and Fei, are currently in Shanghai for Pet Fair Asia.  It's been wonderful hearing updates about the show and the experience.  Something I learned years ago is that the love for small pets is universal.  Small pets are very popular in China, which is evident by the reception the Oxbow team has received at the show.  Our first international shipment left our farm in 1997, almost twenty years ago.  In the years that have followed, our international business has grown year in and year out.  We take great pride in providing premium nutrition to pets not just domestically, but all over the world.  Some days, it still boggles my mind that products manufactured or packaged in Murdock, Nebraska are enjoyed by pets in Italy, Germany, China, and many other countries.  What a world we live in!  Here's to the love and care of pet onwners all over the planet. 

Global Reach

Two of Oxbow's wonderful sales team members, Lindsay and Fei, are currently in Shanghai for Pet Fair Asia.  It's been wonderful hearing updates about the show and the experience.  Something I learned years ago is that the love for small pets is universal.  Small pets are very popular in China, which is evident by the reception the Oxbow team has received at the show.  Our first international shipment left our farm in 1997, almost twenty years ago.  In the years that have followed, our international business has grown year in and year out.  We take great pride in providing premium nutrition to pets not just domestically, but all over the world.  Some days, it still boggles my mind that products manufactured or packaged in Murdock, Nebraska are enjoyed by pets in Italy, Germany, China, and many other countries.  What a world we live in!  Here's to the love and care of pet onwners all over the planet. 

Bond


I love my job.  I not only get the opportunity to work with passionate people each day at Oxbow, but we all have the distinct honor of serving customers who share our passion, and then some.  Being in the pet industry provides a unique lens into the very special relationship between pet and owner.  We refer to this relationship as the “human animal bond” and I learned years ago about how powerful (and universal) it truly is.  

What every pet owner understands and cherishes is the fact that the love of pets is pure.  Unlike people, animals don’t form judgements.  They love us unconditionally and forgive our imperfections.  They provide us affection, calming, healing, humor, and love, asking for only basic care in return.  Our customers understand how amazing this bond is, and they go above and beyond when it comes to caring for their pets.  The love of our customers for their pets is remarkable and inspiring.  For us, it’s an inspiration to do our jobs the best we can, each and every day.  Like I said, I love my job.  
 

Trigger


Isn’t memory a funny thing?  Some days, I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast.  Then, there are those days when a memory from the distant past comes rushing back, unannounced and unexpected.  For me, these types of memories are usually the product of some sort of trigger.  Sometimes, it’s a piece of music, or maybe an image.  More often than not, it’s a smell.  As a farmer, there’s no more powerful trigger for me than the smell of fresh cut hay.  One smell of a freshly cut field, and I can be taken back to a million different moments.  It might be to the summers of childhood, playing on the farm.  Or, to the two am harvests of my young adulthood.  Whatever it is, the memories are always pleasant, and I’m so happy to have them.  So, what about you?  What are your triggers, and where do they take you?  I hope it’s somewhere as pleasant as a field of freshly cut hay.  

 

Sacrifice, Freedom, and Opportunity


I love basketball, so I took my 95 year old father to a University of Nebraska basketball game last week.  He really enjoys getting out and even though he has macular degeneration and thus can’t see very well.  He really enjoys the noise and cheering and fun of a university game.  He has been a longtime supporter of UNL as he has owned 4 seats for Nebraska football ever since the 40’s when he returned home from the war and settled down to farm and raise his family.  These seats are on the 45 yard line and are 32 rows up.  I can tell you that these are “near” perfect seats and are very coveted in Nebraska.  My sisters and I now enjoy those seats and are benefitting from his commitment and vision that he had those many, many years ago.  He knew it was important to believe, support, work, commit, and sacrifice for these many things that he believed in.  How BLESSED we ALL are for those who have gone before us and sacrificed so much for our freedom and opportunity.  If we all stay committed to what is true, good, pure, and helpful to mankind, we can expect the next generations to prosper as we have. 

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