Pet Trick-AND-Treat

Tuesday, Oct. 29
4-7PM at Friendly Paws

Bring your dogs and cats for some Trick AND Treat open house fun. Show off your costumes and best trick – everyone gets a treat, or two, or three….

Contests this year for the following categories:
Most Creative
Funniest Costume
Scariest Costume
Best Owner/Dog Combo

Photos will be taken throughout the evening and winners will be announced within a week after the event by FB and phone call.

$5 NAIL TRIMS available for donations to the Athens County Humane Society.

Treats for the humans too!

Please help us make this an enjoyable evening by following these guidelines:
PET FRIENDLY DOGS ONLY and no dogs in heat please.
Pets must be altered to avoid marking merchandise and reduce fighting.
ALL PETS MUST BE LEASHED. We would prefer no Flexi leashes, if that is what you have, please lock them at a short setting. Thank you!

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DCM 101

We just want to take a moment to address the headlines making the rounds about grain free foods for dogs and its relevance to DCM (Dilated cardiomyopathy). Please don’t panic.

1. The FDA report says that grain free foods MAY be linked to DCM. Headlines are suggesting that it IS grain free food. Out of 77 million dogs in this country this is about 560 cases of DCM (115 deaths out of those 560) since 2014, of which a good chunk are breeds of dogs that are already genetically pre-disposed to the disease.

2. The dogs must have a necropsy to diagnosis DCM. It seems sensible that those who can afford such testing wouldn’t be feeding Ol’ Roy or most Purina products. Therefore, those foods are not included in this report.

3. Not to put too fine a point on this, but the 12 cases of taurine-deficiency DCM described in the 2001 paper were collected between 1997 and 2001, years before grain-free dog foods had arrived on the pet food scene.

4. For example: regarding Taste of the Wild, there were 53 cases out of 72 million bags of food sold. If you break this down to percentages – you can’t even get to 1%.

Having said all of this, we sell grain free because the public demanded it. I (Shelley) have long told people, when asked, their dogs did not NEED to be on grain free food. Cats SHOULD be on grain free food, dogs can be vegetarians and we have had a few people over the years feed a vegetarian kibble. Though dogs do love your steak and chicken scraps!

When customers have been trying to solve skin issues, ear issues and the such – we do and have suggested trying a grain free fish based food. We have had many many successful cases of dogs being miserable and having those issues solved with a change to this diet.

We definitely need more research done on this, and we are here to help you switch to a QUALITY food with grain if you would like to do so. We love Dr. Gary’s Best Breed and have this veterinarian researched food in stock in salmon, chicken and lamb. Please do not panic and switch over to a food full of corn and by-products – there are plenty of quality foods with grain we can recommend.

Long story short, please come talk to us about your concerns. We are here to help. Your pets are our priority and have always been so. ❤️

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Found Kittens?

KITTENS. Everyone is finding kittens. Local rescues are full. There are not enough fosters.

Options: 1. Foster the kittens for a rescue 2. Use your network of people to find a foster for the kittens 3. Get on waiting lists with a rescue 4. (our favorite) Foster/find a foster and re-home the kittens – please make sure they get spayed/neutered. Yes, we know they aren’t your cats – but not ensuring they get fixed will increase the likelihood that you will find more kittens in a month, 4 months, a year… The Athens County Humane Society holds low cost clinics all year round. They serve everyone, regardless of income. Charge a re-homing fee to cover your costs.

Our networks are saturated. You have different contacts than we or the rescues have. Please use them to your advantage.

Visit our website for SAFE ways to re-home pets.

THANK YOU for caring and trying to help the helpless.

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Experienced Groomer Needed


We are so busy we need another groomer! We are looking for an experienced, patient, friendly, hardworking, dedicated, nice, people friendly, pet friendly, cooperative, willing to work with others, love what you do, dependable, groomer to come work with us in our busy shop. Opportunity for full or part-time hours and every other Saturday.  Willingness to step in and help out with other hours if other groomers are ill or need time off.

Must be able to lift large dogs 60lbs+. We do have hydraulic tables. Must have reliable transportation. Please be fun to work with and love animals.

Cat grooming a plus but not required.

Please drop off resume and references at the shop or email. Excellent store discounts and pay is based on experience and very generous. Apply at Friendly Paws Pet Supplies & Grooming, 940 E. State Street, Athens OH 45701/Email:

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Rate your Pet Food/Recall Notifications

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Have you signed up to get email notifications about recalls for your pet food? Dog Food Advisor and Truth About Pet Food are valuable resources. Visit these websites and sign up. While you are there, check out how your pet food rates. If you don’t buy it at Friendly Paws, you may be surprised by what you find.

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In Case You Haven’t Heard…

we love puppies

We will never sell ANY live animal for profit. All pets who come from chain pet stores are coming from unsavory conditions and dealers. Use your voice, don’t shop in chains who support misery. Looking for a cat or dog? Adopt through Looking for fish or a pocket pet? Our local pet shop Fish N’ Stuff is an ethical shop which carries reptiles and fish. We love Athens because Athens loves LOCALLY OWNED!

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What Are You Feeding Your Pet?

Beneful – such a pretty bag! Look at all those veggies and meats! And the price, you would think you are feeding your dog a good-for-him diet right? Unfortunately you would be wrong. Most grocery store foods are not made from quality ingredients. Feed your pets better for LESS at Friendly Paws!

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