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THE HEALTHY ANIMAL, PEMBROKE, MA

A year ago, we introduced you to Diane Dewberry and her amazing shop The Healthy Animal.  We wanted to get Diane’s take on the current climate in the pet retail industry during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as her opinions on the future of the independent pet retailer.  Here, we give you her insights and our original article about Diane which ran in May 2019. [...] Read more »

R&R PET LIFESTYLE & SUPPLY – Simi Valley, CA

Picture this: Two teenage boys working at a pet shop when suddenly a pipe bursts flooding the store.  It is the task of these two young men to clean up this watery mess so the store can reopen.  To pass the time, one decides to crank up the tunes on his iPod mostly to the music of the band Strung Out. [...] Read more »

THE HEALTHY ANIMAL – Robbinsville, NJ

Born and raised in New Jersey, you can say that Robert Walling isn’t one to stray too far from home. He is a man dedicated to the township where he grew up, got married and raised his children.  Part of that dedication was to open a pet food store where his neighbors could get exceptional products, and he, in turn, could support his local community. [...] Read more »

PET SUPPLY SANTA CLARITA – Santa Clarita, CA

Although the third largest city in Los Angeles County, the municipality of Santa Clarita (and its surrounding cities) is populated with citizens who have lived there for generations and have worked hard to maintain a small-town feel. [...] Read more »

PET SUPPLY CAMARILLO – Camarillo, CA

What can you say about a man who is devoted to his community, his customers, and all species of animals? Perhaps he might be Camarillo’s resident Dr. Doolittle! Chris Hoeflich seamlessly cannot only communicate with a variety of animals but has an instinct to help pet parents find exactly what they need. [...] Read more »

PET WORLD – Natick, MA

Some people in this world were destined for their professions.  This certainly seems to be the case for Dan Lavallee, manager of Pet World in Natick, Massachusetts. [...] Read more »

THE WHARF – Ventura, California

For many people, California is a mythical locale of countless celebrity sightings, a place where year-round tanning is a requirement, and the only things predictable are traffic jams and earthquakes. Although those of us fortunate enough to call California our home may see “The Golden State” through polarized sunglasses, it doesn’t mean we are not down-to-earth nor value ties to our neighbors and local communities. [...] Read more »

FUR-EVER GROOMING, WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA

A wise man once said, “do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life” – for Angela Marra, this adage holds - she loves being a groomer and a small business owner.  Although her shop, Fur-ever Grooming, has been at its current location since 1976, Angela bought the business in 2011. [...] Read more »

THE HOLISTIC PET CENTER, CLACKAMAS, OR

While not devoting her time to fiction or felines, you can find Judy managing a pet store in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. The Holistic Pet Center is in Clackamas, a county located on the east side of the Willamette River and situated near a freeway and railroad tracks. The store has been in its strip-mall location since 1988. [...] Read more »

SPIKE’S FEED, SEED, & PET SUPPLY

Outside of the metropolitan area of Minneapolis, there are plenty of small towns which occupy a rich history for the good people of Minnesota.  In these towns, there are plenty of classic buildings that need a little TLC and are brought back to life. Enter Mike “Spike” Persons [...] Read more »