Pet supply store celebrates anniversary

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Green Dog Goods, located at 3421 N. Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a celebration Oct. 20. All are welcome to come enjoy the music, food and fun between the hours of noon and 4 p.m.

Locally owned and operated, Green Dog Goods offers a variety of pet food, chews, treats and supplements. Co-owners Lesley Buckmaster and Jody Norton started the store because they noticed a disconnect between the healthy food choices humans make for themselves and what they choose to feed their pets.

“We just thought there was a niche for that, a need for that,” Norton said.

She said they do extensive research on what dog and cat foods they choose to carry. All of the store’s pet food and treats are made in the U.S.A. or Canada with quality ingredients – no corn, soy, wheat or byproducts.

The store carries a variety of homemade and locally made items and strives to do business with socially responsible companies that care about where and how they source their ingredients and how they manufacture the food they produce for pets.

The store also offers animal grooming, training and behavioral consultation options including small group and private lessons.

Green Dog Goods initially opened on East State Boulevard before relocating to its current home on North Anthony Boulevard. Although the business has had its ups and downs, including a robbery, Norton said the community has always supported the store. Some regular customers have been with them since the beginning.

“We have been tremendously supported by the community, so we really wanted to do something fun for them,” she said.

The 10-year anniversary celebration will feature $3,000 worth of giveaways from a bag of treats to a year’s worth of pet food. For every $20 customers spend in the store, they get a raffle ticket that will go into a drawing on the day of the party.

Customers are welcome to enjoy live music by Mike Conley, The Distractions and Andy Pauquette. Ivy Tech’s food truck, the Grasshopper will be on site, and there will also be food items from Summit City Kettle Corn, Firefly Coffee House and Old Crown Coffee Roasters.

For more information, visit facebook.com/greenDogGoods.