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Puppy Stuff

Puppy Stuff

What’s cute, floppy, and will chew up all of your shoes? Puppies! Puppies make an awesome addition to any household. Whether you’re looking for a loyal companion or an adorable buddy to bring you joy, adding a puppy to your home will make you wonder how you could have ever lived without one. 

We help a lot of puppy parents pick out all the best gear, food, toys, and treats to make sure their pup's first few months are happy and healthy. At Petwell Supply, we have all of the supplies to satisfy every puppy need.

If you're welcoming a puppy to your home, here are some things you'll want to think about and stock up on before your pup arrives: 

1. Food

Puppies need a special diet, just like any developing animal, so having specific puppy food is a must. In general, a puppy's diet should be higher in fat to help brain development. Once your dog reaches 70%-80% of its predicted weight it can transition to an adult diet. (If you're not sure about when to make this transition, be sure to check in with your vet!) We carry a few different kinds of puppy-specific foods at Petwell Supply, each loaded with essential nutrients for a growing dog. Check out all our puppy food here.

2. Toys

Puppies have lots of energy, and we've got a variety of toys to keep them stimulated. We recommend puppy parents take home a few different types of toys to start, including: a heavy-duty Ruffwear toy, a rope toy, and an interactive toy. This will be a great base to add from as your discover your pup's unique tastes and preferences in toys. Check out all our puppy toys here.

3. Treats and Bones

Getting a puppy also means spoiling them, because who can resist a face that cute? While puppies technically can eat almost any treat or bone, we have specific recommendations based on what we've seen work best for our customers. First and foremost, you'll want to go home with training treats, which are smaller and lower in calories, making them the perfect treat to train with. If you're looking for the perfect chew to keep them occupied while teething, we have several options, including: no hide bones, stuffed shin bones, chilly bones, and puppy teething Kongs. Check out all our puppy treats & bones here.

4. Supplies

A new dog means a lot of training, whether that be simple potty training, or teaching them awesome new tricks. We carry lots of different training supplies like treat pouches, clickers, and recall leads for outdoor practice. Have a pup suffering from separation anxiety? Try out the Smart Pet Snuggle Puppy.  Its simulated heartbeat and warmth pack will help calm your puppy as it recreates the feeling of being all snuggled up and warm next to their mom. If your dog continues to chew furniture and clothing, we also have bitter spray to help with that! Check out all our puppy supplies here

5. Gear

Every dog needs some snazzy gear. We carry the Ruffwear Front Range Harness in many different sizes and colors. Mix and match them with our Ruffwear leashes and collars. The Crag Dog leash comes with a reflective strip and can shorten up to 3.5 feet which could be beneficial during training. Or try out our corduroy Hemp leashes and collars that soften over time and are machine washable. Check out our puppy gear here

Treat your new puppy today with all of the great puppy supplies at Petwell Supply. Whether that be the full puppy package, or a tasty treat, come on by to check out all of our puppy goods and get personalized recommendations.

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Doggy Work from Home Boredom Busters

Doggy Work from Home Boredom Busters

We’ve all been living some version of Groundhog Day these last 12 months, and our dogs are feeling it too! We’ve heard from so many of you that the best part about the last year has been all the extra time you have been able to spend with your pets, but also understand that they are feeling the monotony of everything, and with the added winter weather, it’s been even more of a challenge to keep them entertained. 

Have a dog that’s bouncing off the walls? Or need some space during important work calls? Try something new to keep your pet occupied and stimulated with a puzzle toy!

Here are our top recommended boredom busters available at Petwell Supply:

1. Lickimats:

They are awesome feeder bowls with textured surfaces that make it fun to eat any kind of wet food. With rubber backing, these bowls won’t budge so your dog can lick to its heart’s content. 

2. Slow Feeders: Paw5 and slow feeder bowls

Have a dog that likes to scarf down its food? Slow feeder bowls allow you to place a whole meal inside while keeping your pet on its toes. It helps your dog slow down while eating, but also makes meal time fun!

3. Nina Ottoson Puzzle toys

Want to stimulate your dog’s puzzle-solving skills? Nina Ottoson toys are designed to challenge your pup to find the hidden treasure within. With multiple levels rising in difficulty, these puzzle toys will really help to enrich your dog’s mind during any time of the day. 

4. Zippy Paws

These plushy toys have a little surprise in everyone! Super cute small squeaker toys live in every ZippyPaws burrow toy that’ll entice your furry friend into hours of fun as you can place the little toys back inside over and over again!

5. Kong

Kongs are great for heavy chewers and any dog that loves a good puzzle! Made of super durable material, it’ll keep your dog entertained and engaged as they try to figure out how to get the treats inside!

6. Heavy Chewer Bones

Have a restless dog really feeling cabin fever? Give them a heavy chewer bone. It’ll keep them occupied while they enjoy a super tasty treat. Anything from split antlers to femur bones will allow you and your dog to take a break from 

No longer will your pup have to re-live the same day with these boredom busters! Want to try them out? Come on by the store to test drive some of our puzzle toys. We hope to see you soon!

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Come by and see what's new!

Come by and see what's new!

It’s been quite a year, to say the least. At Petwell Supply we have been doing our best to adapt and innovate for the times, and we appreciate your flexibility, understanding, and support throughout this time. We continue to offer curbside pick-up for orders placed online (or by phone) as well as free, local delivery to Somerville and Cambridge every Wednesday. We have also recently fully reopened the store for shopping.

If you would like to come by to shop “regularly”, please be sure to follow our covid-19 safety guidelines to help keep everyone safe. We are allowing two customers (and their dogs!) in the store at a time. Please use the hand sanitizer provided at the front door, as well as around the store, as needed. If you would like any bulk treats, please allow our retail assistant, Madi, to help you with any samples or bags to take home. 

To keep things exciting around here, we’ve added LOTS of fun new products and even rearranged the store.

If you come by to check things out, you can now browse our new cat corner! It’s full of every kitty's dream: All the best toys, treats, litter, grooming supplies and so much more! A few new cat items that have gained popularity in-store include our Cat Sushi Bonito Flakes, Mad Cat Catnip Toys, and Kong grooming brushes, all on prominent display in the cat corner. Come on by to check it out, or browse all our new cat items online here.

Like the rest of us, we recognize that your pups are also suffering from a bit of cabin fever these days. We have added some awesome new products for them, too, including: ZippyPaws burrow toys, Chuckit! ball launchers, and long lasting bones and chews. You can browse all our new dog products on our site here.

Sadly, our groomer will be out for the next few months with a shoulder injury and recovering from surgery, and our grooming service is temporarily on pause. We do, however, have tons of helpful things in store to help you keep your pet nice and spiffy at home! Check out our grooming brushes, from our Furminator to help get that pesky undercoat or our everyday grooming slicker brush. We also have some handy dandy nail clippers and some styptic powder to help with any accidental bleeding. Have a stinky dog? We have Skout's Honor shampoo and conditioner with avocado oil full of antibiotics that are good for getting that shiny, clean coat. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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A Bittersweet Two Year Anniversary Post

A Bittersweet Two Year Anniversary Post

Today marks 2 years since I opened the doors to Petwell Supply. Given the state of the world, and the state of small businesses everywhere, it is a bittersweet moment.

The last two years have been filled with many highs and lows, with the last 6 months being especially challenging.

Since March, I often get the question " are things going?" I can tell the underlying question really is: "are you going to make it?" The answer is: I'm not sure. 

When COVID hit in March, I lost 75% of the business overnight and had to lay off eleven people. Beyond the financial devastation of covid, some of the trauma my team and I faced in the early months is still with me. Most of our tight-knit team of 11 was laid off over zoom, and although I tried to provide closure and ongoing opportunities for us to connect and heal together, it fell short of any type of closure you would need in this situation. When I returned back to the store after a brief closure in early March, I was surrounded by the ghosts of our team: A leftover meal in the fridge, personal photographs in the office, and an extra pair of shoes, among other personal belongings that you would find in a space shared by 11 people. The grief was hard to face, and on top of it, I lost one of my dear friends (39 years old and totally healthy) to COVID the same week.

At first, there was no real plan to move forward. I just showed up every day, filled orders for delivery, and tried to pay the bills. I felt an enormous responsibility to our community (and still do) to keep everyone safe, which is why our store remains mostly closed for "regular" shopping.

This shake up for many, myself included, has provided some really valuable time to ask really important life questions and time to dream about future paths. I'm still navigating my way through this as best I can; listening to my gut about what feels right, and listening carefully to my intuition about next steps, both short and long term. Lately my inspiration has led to me reconnecting with my former love: pet food, and working on producing an online dog food cooking class (sign up here), collaborating with an artist to produce custom embroidered trucker hats with your pets on them (coming soon!) and dabbling in e-commerce analytics and advertising. 

Petwell Supply, in all its forms, has been my love letter to this community (and its pets) for the last two years, and possibly for years to come. I have until November 1st to make a firm decision about renewing the lease for another three years. I go back and forth about it every day, every hour, and sometimes every minute. Sometimes I want to re-sign my lease for another 3 years because it's too heartbreaking to think about not seeing you and your pets all the time. Other times I wonder if there are better ways I can put my skills, interests, and resources towards serving pets near and far. I am hopeful that if I do decide on another path for myself that I will be able to find a buyer for this location, who can continue to provide important and needed services and products in this community. That said, if you know of anyone who would be interested in this opportunity, please let me know. 

In the meantime, I'm grateful to each and every one of you for being with me on this journey. You and your pets make it all worth it.

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