Slow and Steady Wins the Race Petco™ Aims to Educate Consumers on Why the Russian Tortoise is a Winning Pet

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Petco™ Aims to Educate Consumers on Why the Russian Tortoise is a Winning Pet

The saying “slow and steady wins the race” was made famous by the fable The Tortoise and the Hare and the Russian tortoise is definitely a “winner” when it comes to being a great pet. Petco™ is highlighting this tortoise during their monthly “Meet the Critters” event November 5-6, 2011 from 1-2 p.m.. Consumers are invited to come in to their local store for the free, educational event that teaches visitors about proper diet, habitat and other fun facts about these slow and steady creatures.

During the two-day, family-friendly Meet the Critters event, attendees can interact with Russian tortoises, as well as learn proper care information from one of Petco’s trained staff members. In addition, certain stores will feature additional activities such as scavenger hunts and getting started seminars. The free, monthly educational event allows guests of all ages to enjoy these hands-on activities while learning important information about responsible pet ownership.

Interesting Russian tortoise facts include:
Russian tortoises are very social and some say they have a personality much like a dog.
Before taking home a Russian tortoise, pet parents need to understand this pet can live up to 50+ years.
Russian tortoises are grazers and enjoy a diet of leaves and flowers, with dandelions being a favorite.
Despite their big, bulky shell, Russian tortoises love to climb and explore all different terrain.
Russian tortoises only grow to about eight to ten inches.
For more information on the event please contact a local Petco or go to

About Petco
Petco is a privately held specialty retailer that provides products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. We operate nearly 1,100 stores in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a leading pet products and information destination at Our nonprofit organization, The Petco Foundation, has raised more than $75 million since its inception in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support approximately 7,000 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 200,000 adoptable animals every year.

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