Small Business Saturday

So, I had never heard of small business Saturday before.  Is this something new we are trying this year because the economy is still…well, you know?  Anyway, this new shopping day is the perfect excuse for my topic (that I’ve actually been planning on writing for a couple of weeks).

So, I am here to recommend two small businesses to you.

First, I now have an independent pet supply retailer and I am in love!  Tails Spin just opened their second location and it’s near me! They sell higher end pet foods (you won’t find corn, soy or wheat here) including frozen premade raw.  They have self wash dog stations in the back so you don’t have to get your bathtub at home all dirty. They also have all sorts of treats, leashes, toys, and dog beds, ect. They love when you bring your pet in. They were even good when I took Bella to get a bath, She was nervous and overwhelmed and they didn’t force her to let them pet her or anything.  They also will match any large chain’s advertised sale prices and there is a 10% discount for buying canned food by the case (what small retailer does this).

Daisy, Grannie, and I went to their grand opening. They had a red carpet for the dogs to walk, lots of great deals, and the fire department showing off their big ladder truck (yes, welcome to small town America, lol)!

Who needs spots anyway?

The other small (and local for me) company I want to highlight is Fluff and Tuff dog toys. I discovered these toys quite by accident and I am sure glad I did! These toys have the softness and fluffiness Daisy loves but her Rocket the Raccoon has been kicking for 2+ months now! I think it’s a new record for a stuffed toy. Even the squeaker is hanging in there.  They *might* seem pricey to some but Daisy just can’t wear hers out. We have played tug with it even and it’s still all in one piece.  You can order them online or look at their ever-growing list of stores that sell the stuffies to see if you can find them nearby. This picture is from their website. I love how the toys look like pretty normal stuffies but are super tough!


I was not asked to review these companies and I received no compensation. I chose to write about them just because I think they are awesome! And that is my own opinion!

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  1. Hi! My friend’s pet supply store sounds a lot like Tails Spin, right down to the dog washes – I love it and she helps my rescues a LOT. Daisy is so right – who needs spots when a black and tan will do?
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  2. I’m thrilled to see small businesses getting their due. After all 45% of your money stays in the community when you spend it at a small business. But only 15% of your money stays local when you spend it in a chain.

    Looks like you found a couple of winners.
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  3. I love, love, LOVE small businesses. I’ve noticed that they actually seem to be cheaper than the big pet stores, and there is so much more variety!

    A red carpet for the dogs… Holly is so jealous!
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  4. How great to support local small businesses. Nice blog. Love your hounds!
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  5. How fun! Never heard of Small Biz Saturday. What a great idea! Those two sound terrific! Luv that they rolled out the red carpet for ya at TailsSpin. Way cool 🙂 And Daisy you have a stuffy that doesn’t de-stuff? Amazing!

    Waggin at ya,

  6. Loved your article and LOVE tailspins & the super tough toys too! Rocket has survived my sister’s GSD puppy’s baby teeth and I got a squirrel for my 3 mth old GSD puppy…it’s the only product that has survived more than a few days!
    Thanks also for supporting local business. As an independent businesswoman, my business depends on support from my community, which in turn gives me the ability to support my community.

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