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Giving Thanks

Baying Hound has many reasons to be thankful this year:

*great repeat customers who make selling enjoyable

*strong relationships with our manufacturers, particularly Hannah at Peregrine Outfitters and the crew at Guyot Designs

*a growing relationship with local brick and mortar Sprout Soup

*exciting new eco-friendly products

*a business successful enough we can give back

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May you have many reasons to give thanks this year as well.

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The fashion and style guide at New York Times featured fleece and wool gear today.

About the Ibex Shak, the review says ““Gorgeous!” is how Ms. Chism described this pure merino wool hoody. “I felt very posh in it.”…The wool was “breathable and very thin” but cozy. She was surprised at how soft and “not itchy” it was. Ms. Chism also laundered the top in her washing machine, and then placed it flat to dry, per its care instructions. It dried “beautifully,” she said, and “didn’t wrinkle or stink like wet wool.””

Buy a women’s or men’s Shak at BayingHound.com and get free shipping with code freeship50.

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Thanks for all the nominations. We selected 6 charities to benefit from our customer’s purchases this year:

Capital Area Humane Society
– local Columbus OH shelter that housed our two hounds before we adopted them
UNICEF Children’s Fund
Nature Conservancy
4 Paws 4 Amelia – nonprofit organized to provide a trained mixed breed dog for local Ohio girl with autism
Mid-Ohio Food Bank
School for Young Children scholarship fund – nationally accredited preschool in Columbus OH

Some of these charities will benefit from eBay Giving Works auctions listed in our eBay store. Bid and you can get some fantastic green gear while benefiting great charities. We will start more auctions on Thursday of this week.

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Readers, there are 10 hours left until we choose our charity recipients for this year! Please contribute your ideas to our previous thread where our 1% for Good program is detailed.

We are busily working on writing up listings for auctions to benefit these charities. We will make them live on Monday the 24th ending Monday December 1st.

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I just read a post about Charity Add-ons by Tim Berry over at Small Business Trends. It got me thinking about why we give 1% of sales to charity. Here’s what I wrote about our donation program:

I own an online retail store that gives 1% of sales (that’s all incoming revenue, not just profit) to charity. We believe that giving 1% of profits isn’t enough because that number can so easily be manipulated.

We do this to potentially add value in the eyes of the customer and because we believe that success is meant to be shared. We attempt to engage our customer and charities by asking non profit nominations and allowing customers to guide our giving. (We’re actually accepting nominations now, if anyone wants to wander over to http://bayinghound.blogspot.com/2008/11/nominate-your-favorite-charity-for-1.html)

As a micro-business, supporting nonprofits through community leadership or volunteer hours is something I aspire to, but can’t do yet. I just don’t have the time, manpower, or physical resources to donate. As our business grows, I see potential for supporting charities in these ways.

Measuring the ROI of our charity donations is difficult, but I don’t necessarily need to know that number. I operate my business like I operate my life, which is to give back as much and as often as I can.”

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A review of the Nathan Designs bottle from our friend Chris of the Quintessential Quill:

“Nathan, oh Nathan, how do I love ye! Let me count the ways!

  1. Nice wide mouth to put in ice;

  2. Great designs; stylish and nice;

  3. A handy straw; flip up for a sip;

  4. And hook it to your belt with a handy clip!

Bad poetry aside, I love, love, love this stylish bottle. It holds ample amounts of water to see you through an outing; it has an awesome flip straw that lets you drink your fill without tipping the bottle. Its wide mouth lets you clean it easily, as well as add ice to keep your drink cold. The stainless steel means no leaching of harmful chemicals and the designs give it the extra kick that Klean Kanteen is lacking.

Best of all? The clip, oh the clip! Ever overload yourself and need an extra hand to carry the water out to the car? Well, trouble no more! Clip your bottle to your belt, backpack, diaper bag, purse…it can clip to almost anything.

This bottle is all-around awesome. It has replaced my Siggs (sorry Sigg) and is used more than my Klean Kanteen, though it is a toss up there. The Klean Kanteen does come in different sizes; something that Nathan might want to consider. If that happens, it will be only Nathan’s for me!”

BPA free stainless steel Nathan bottles hold 24 ounces and are available for $24.55 from our store in 4 designs and 1 solid.

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You can now reach us at +1.614.388.9022.

That’s all. 🙂

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Over consumption – of energy, raw materials, and land – is the central cause of most environmental problems. Unfortunately it is also the central cultural practice in American winter holiday rituals.

We eat huge feasts on Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. We cut down trees and cover them in baubles to decorate. We hang lights and run them for hours every night. We send cards through the mail to everyone we know. We buy and give material gifts to many people. We party with excess every December 31.

Changing consumption habits is the simplest way to reduce the human environmental impact. The holidays are full of opportunities to do this without losing the meaning and joy of holiday rituals. Here are some things we do in our family to reduce our environmental impact and increase the spirit of the season:

Decorate a potted indoor tree – our Norfolk Island pine has been kept alive for three years running now!
Reuse decorations year to year – they become family heirlooms
Send holiday postcards – to save paper and transportation fuel because they weigh less
Run one strand of lights around the porch and one inside around the tree, both with limited timers
Donate time or money to local food banks for holiday meals
Make gifts at home, purchase green gifts, or skip material gifts in favor of sharing a meal or time with the special people in our lives

What do you do to “green” the holidays?

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We are accepting nominations for charities to benefit from our annual donation program. All you have to do is Email Rachel or leave a comment below for nominations with your suggestion by November 21!

Because this year we will be using eBay Giving Works, your nomination must be on this list of MissionFish eligible nonprofits. If your favorite charity isn’t listed, ask them to register.

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“Health-conscious athletes are choosing alternatives made from stainless steel, aluminum or BPA-free plastics. “Last year at this time we couldn’t pay anyone to take our stainless-steel bottles,” said Sloan Russell, the president of Guyot Designs, in Deer Isle, Maine. Now bottle sales at Guyot are expected to be $3 million this year, up from $60,000 in 2007. ” Check out more of this commentary and slideshow of images from the NY Times.

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