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Hey Buddy! Vending has gone to the dogs


December 1, 2008
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Hey Buddy! Vending has gone to the dogs
For dogs and their owners across Canada, there's very little that can
spoil a nice walk on a fine day – nothing, that is, until you
discover you're short of those critical canine supplies.

For dogs and their owners across Canada, there's very little that can
spoil a nice walk on a fine day – nothing, that is, until you
discover you're short of those critical canine supplies.

Do you turn around and head home? Jump in the car and drive in search
of your nearest pet superstore? With the recent arrival of the Hey
Buddy! franchise in Canada, dog lovers will soon have a simpler and
better option: buy what you need from a Hey Buddy! pet product
vending machine while you're out walking.
According to Roger Balm, master Canadian franchisee for Hey Buddy!,
this is an idea whose time has come.

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"For many of us, your dog is a member of the family," says Balm. "The
Hey Buddy! concept offers real advantage for both dog lovers and
their dogs. With a Hey Buddy! vending machine in your neighborhood,
you can get the supplies you need, right when you need them, at a
very competitive price." The vending machines can be conveniently
located anywhere dogs – and their owners – roam: the local off-leash,
in an apartment building, veterinary clinics, pet friendly hotels,
doggy day care, malls or even truck stops.

Hey Buddy! started in 1998 when founder Carlotta Lennox noticed
during a rollerblade through a park in Miami that the facility lacked
amenities to serve its canine clientele. Lennox patented the concept
and placed the first vending machine in a Dallas dog park named Bark
Park Central. Balm signed on in 2008 to bring Hey Buddy! to Canada,
and is setting up local franchises across the country.

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