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Underwhelmed by What’s Offered in a Local Pet Store

When Our Pet Store Lets Us Down

A to Z Challenge – U – Sponsored by Natural Pet Pantry

Today was supposed to be U for Ubbermaid with an R, because I’ve had to stock up on so many storage containers, because it makes it easier to measure out each serving of raw dog food.  But something happened that begged for a blog post…

On my way home from the train station I have 2 options when I need to make a quick stop at the pet store.  Recently, I knew that I should have gone to Pet Pros in Lake Stevens, but I chose do go my normal route and visit another store.

I chose wrong.

On my shopping list were…

Smoked duck feet – a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin.  The store had chicken feet, but not duck feet.  Rodrigo is allergic to chicken.

Cat food – the store did have the cat food, but it took me a while to find it, because they moved everything around and no one was available to help me.

Jones Natural Chews – one of my favorite brands has a new chew that our dogs love and although it’s in all the other stores, it somehow missed the shelves of this one.

So I started looking around and saw that I was underwhelmed by the store in general.  Natural Pet Pantry, Pet Pros and Paddywack have ruined me.

So I grabbed a bag of cat food (we needed it) and some dog treats  (we needed those too) and headed home.

When I looked at the receipt, I realized that I was over charged by $5 on the treats.  I was so busy sulking in my disappointment that I didn’t notice the error when I was at the store.

I’ve gotten used to stores where the employees know me, where they love having chats about their products and pets, and I always walk away having learned something new.  The last time I was at Natural Pet Pantry, I downloaded an app so that I can jot down notes, because I was getting so much great information.

Oh well.  At least I know where NOT to shop, right?

Have you been disappointed by one of your favorite stores?  What let you down?


Yesterday was T for Tripe

Tomorrow is V for Voracious Appetite


  1. I’m the type to stick with what I know I like, so I’m pretty loyal to our neighbhourhood Pet Planet (Canadian – I think – chain where each location is independently owned, focusing on quality foods and products, and doesn’t sell any animals!). They know us there and will even order in stuff for me that they don’t regularly carry.

  2. Clueless about dog food, when I lived at home and we had a dog we bought regular dog food. Seems now people spend more on special dog food then they do food for the family. When did dogs get so unable to eat the regular stuff? I do know people shouldn’t feed them leftovers…though almost all dog people I know do…that’s bad for them. Our dog loved the canned food and dry food equally back in day and she lived a long long happy life.


    • What’s interesting is that dog food didn’t used to be as bad as it is today. I hear people say that they’ve been feeding certain brands for decades, but it would be interesting to see how those brands have changed over the years.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. There is not really a local pet store near where I live… I guess there is, but I refuse to shop there because they sell puppies and have them on wire grates last time I was there. They also have a variety of other exotic pets. It didn’t look like they really had too many pet products actually. So I’m mostly shopping at PetSmart and Petco for now.

    • I don’t blame you. I would be so sad at a store like that.

  4. We usually shop at Global Pet Foods. They have whatever food items we look for. They are kind of short on toys and some other stuff such as harnesses.

  5. Living so rural, there is only one pet store in the nearest town. Never shop there – they sell puppy mill pups (their own). I prefer shopping online :-)

  6. By “grab a bag of cat food” you mean a bag of frozen or dehydrated raw food right? Cats should never eat kibble. My favorite local pet store has stopped selling any kibble for cats. I love them! And I am indeed horrified by any non-boutique/big chain pet store’s selections… Being spoiled is a good thing!

    • Sadly that is NOT what I mean. Our cat’s won’t eat raw. I’ve tried 3 different brands and by day 3, I give up. I had a cat that went off food once and I’m really worries about that happening.

      So they get a quality kibble.

  7. I know what you mean! When we lived in California we had the BEST local pet store. The owner knew us and our dog by names. They had the coolest selection of toys and treats; things you couldn’t find and the big brand stores. Since moving to Montana, we only have large chain stores. So disappointing when I go in there! I do a lot of ordering online now 😉

    • I’m finding that I’m ordering more online too. I do have my favorite stores and I’m excited that I can visit one tomorrow :)

  8. By my fav groomer :(

  9. Don’t use pet stores any more, so I can’t comment on that.

    My cat is old and has lost some of her teeth, so she has to have wet food. Plus she has an over active thyroid, so is on medication. Since my days of managing a pet retail store, things have changed a great deal. But thankfully, due to my training and the exams I passed, I know what is good and what is not good. So she mostly eats chicken and fish.

    Stopping by on the A to Z. :)

    • Thanks for stopping by! Do you give your cat raw chicken and fish, cooked chicken and fish, or is this something you buy from the pet store? We tried raw with our cats and they weren’t interested. I’m wondering if sardines in water might be a nice treat.

  10. I’m so lucky I have The Three Dog Bakery and Muttropolis just a mile and a half from where I live. I love visiting these stores. There is also a Petco, which is also a nice store as far as Petcos go. I feel that I have a lot of options.

    • That’s so fantastic. Our favorite stores are quite the trek away, but once I get there, it was worth it. There is one that is closer and I need to visit there soon :)

  11. I totally understand your pain. Unfortunately, we don’t have really ANY locally owned pet stores here. They are all big name stores, like PetSmart and Petco. I do my shopping at the PetSmart down the street from me because it’s a beautiful clean store and everyone is normally friendly. In the fall I had 2 horrible experiences with the employees there – a couple of girls there were bitching about their manager and job in front of me, then the groomers almost strangled Wynston when he about walked off the table because they weren’t paying attention. I am not one to complain, but I complained both of these times. The manager offered me deep discounts, so I ended up going back. Recently, I went to PetSmart to buy some hay for my guinea pig…they didn’t have ONE bag of hay on their shelves. They had at least 5 empty shelves. Totally unacceptable. That was it for me – I have to shop elsewhere now.

    • That is unfortunate. I wonder if they missed a delivery or something. Or if it was just bad planning.


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