NO GROOMING 9/12-9/16

We are sending Rebecca and Nina off to a groom conference this week to learn more things to help them take care of your dogs & cats.

So please note there will be NO GROOMING AVAILABLE (including nail trims) Thursday, Sept. 12 through Monday, Sept. 16. Grooming will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Thank you for your understanding.


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Dog Swim ~ Wed. Sept. 18th, 4-7pm

The Dog Swim sponsored by Friendly Paws Pet Supplies & Grooming and the Athens City Pool is always a fun time and this year it benefits hopefully a new program – TBA asap. Bring your dogs of any size to romp and play and swim. Sun, Fun and Dogs – you can’t have a better day than that!

Wed. Sept. 18th, 4-7pm
$5 per dog to enter; larger donations are welcome : )

There is a zero point entry, a section for small dogs only and splash pad fun – bring your cameras!

New guidelines – PLEASE brush your dog prior to coming to the event. Brushing stations will also be set up outside the pool but your dogs will likely not want to stand still for a brushing session. The new pool filtration system is more involved than in the past, please help us be invited back by brushing and also rinsing your dog by the pool prior to them entering the water. Dogs should also be rinsed before leaving the event, as some chlorine will be in the water, although at low levels which are considered safe.

The City of Athens requires that dogs be current with vaccinations and paperwork should be shown at the entrance. Core vaccinations as set forth by AAHA (Distemper Virus, Parvovirus, parainfluenza, Adenovirus-2 – the 5-in-1 vaccination) must have been received within the past three years. Puppy boosters must be up-to-date and is set at every 4 wks until 16wks old and a booster at 1 year of age. Rabies must also be given within the past 3 years for adult dogs and within the year for dogs under 2 years old. Bordetella should have been given in the past year.

The Burrito Buggy will be there for your dining needs and are donating proceeds to the cause! Thank you BB!!

Tennis balls will be supplied. If you bring a toy, it is at your own risk.

Humans are NOT allowed in the water, including the zero entry area due to concerns set forth by the Department of Health.

Please do not force dogs into the water. If they are scared, just let them run around and have fun. Forcing tentative dogs into the pool will not be allowed.

Children must be supervised closely and are not allowed on diving boards, slides or in the water at any time.

Please leave aggressive dogs at home for everyone’s safety.

Dogs in heat are not permitted at the event.


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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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