We've got 99 problems but parking ain't one.
Just kidding. Sort of.
We have officially been open in our new location on Front Street for 11 days now and have been
enjoying every minute! We have met lots of new people and pups and are loving seeing familiar faces trickle in.
Some of the best comments we get about our new location are:
"You guys have an awesome view!"
"Wow, there's so much space in here!"
"I love how open it is!"
"You're so close to the other shops now!"
But the comment we get A LOT is :
"Man, parking is going to be pretty difficult."
This may be true. Coupeville is a small, adorable waterfront town which has limited street parking especially during our beautiful summers. Luckily, we have come up with some tips and solutions to hopefully ease the parking predicament.
Come early! We are open at 9am during the week and the photo above was taken around 9:45 on a Wednesday with LOTS of street parking still available. On the weekends, we open at 10am which is about an hour earlier than many of the other shops. We have noticed that things don't start to pick up down here until about 11-11:30am.
Check the Rec Hall parking lot if street parking is full. The Recreation Hall is located just behind our building and is still a convenient place if you just need to run in and grab a few things. Here is the address: 901 NW Alexander St. Just be mindful of events on the weekends as this may not be a viable option all the time.
If you do end up needing to buy larger items, just stop in, purchase what you need and we will hold your purchases for you to bring your car around to the front or back door. We will meet you outside and load up your car for you! No lugging 25lb bags of food up the hill!
Get some exercise! Those of you with dogs, bring them to shop with us, park in the free lot near the library and enjoy some fresh air on your walk down. It's a great way to bond with your pup and even work on training if need be. We always love seeing you guys bring your furry family in and have plenty of treats to reward with. Plus, it's a beautiful view!
We do offer limited delivery in and around Coupeville. If you are unable to navigate the above parking tips, give us call so we can set something up for you. One time delivery, or something regularly scheduled, we will figure it out!
If this option becomes something frequently requested, we will arrange a more long term solution.
We hope these are helpful in navigating our new store location. If you have any tips and tricks we haven't thought of, feel free to share them with us! As always, we thank you all for your continued support.
Happy Spring. Who else has been soaking up that sunshine? I always feel like a solar sponge this time of year, especially after a winter like this past one. With the warmer weather, I don’t think ANYONE can resist spending time outside. The healthier we and our pets are, the more we can enjoy that intoxicating sunshine.
Although there are many different approaches to improving health, with our dogs and cats, one of the best and easiest ways is to incorporate more FRESH, WHOLE foods into their meals. The following suggestions are foods that most humans keep in their own kitchens for themselves to consume. The only extra step is sharing, and who doesn’t love sharing with their best friend?
Study’s show that animals fed fresh vegetables are less susceptible to certain forms of cancer. Fruits and vegetables provide an amazing array of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and are also an excellent source of fiber. Although beneficial, vegetables are difficult for our carnivorous pets to digest. To help them utilize all the benefits, vegetables should be lightly steamed and mashed, or blended. Two of our favorite ways to feed veggies and fruit is to blend up a mixture and keep in the fridge, adding a spoon or two to meals. Alternately, you can freeze your mixtures in anything from your favorite silicone shape, to a basic ice cube tray for a frozen treat. For an extra special snack, mix some bone broth into your veggie mixture before freezing. Fruit is high in sugar, so a little bit goes a long way. A small handful of blueberries gives the average sized human the daily antioxidants they need.
Here are some easy suggestions that many of us already have on hand.
Kale Spinach Carrot Tops
Celery Zucchini Carrots (high in sugar)
Beets Beet Greens Green Beans
Squash Sweet Potato Peas (high in Sugar)
Broccoli Blueberries Raspberries
Blackberries Apples Pears
It’s so easy to help your pet ‘eat their veggies’ but nobody likes to eat kale all the time. Remember, variety is key!
Although cats are obligate carnivores and don’t need vegetables, cats eating a processed diet will still benefit, and fresh vegetables might help counter some of the health concerns associated with kibble (dry food). Experiment with small amounts and see what your cat likes. I have had a lot of success feeding vegetable and fruit mixtures to my cats, especially when masked with fresh meat.
Being that our cats and dogs are carnivores who evolved catching their food, they are designed to thrive on fresh, raw meat. Everything about them, from their eyesight to their gut tells us this. Cats are such specialized hunters that they rely on their prey for the majority of their hydration. Unlike our carnivorous pets, humans are unique in the sense that we discovered and learned to harness fire, to cook our food.
Raw meat is perhaps one of the nicest gifts you can share with your pet. Meat provides our animals with an excellent source of protein and fat. An array of different amino acids and vitamins. MEAT is the reason our pets are the way they are. Their amazing sense of smell. Their claws and teeth. Their ability to chase, stalk, and pounce. Our pets evolved hunting and catching their dinner. Meat in any form is a welcome addition to your pets diet and a great way to spruce up a primary diet of kibble. Please remember that cooked bones should never be given to pets.
Did you also know that the humble egg is the perfect source of protein? The egg, in it’s little package, provides all the ingredients necessary for the formation of life! And our pets benefit tremendously from eating the whole thing, including the shell: raw, poached, scrambled... chicken eggs, duck eggs, quail eggs (perfectly sized for felines). Although raw eggs contain the most amount of nutrition, the addition of any egg to your pets diet will be a welcome treat. And remember that shell. It is an excellent source of calcium!
When approaching the important daily task of feeding your best friend, keep in mind that NO animal thrives eating a processed diet. Kibble (dry food) is the most processed type of dog food. We ALL benefit from eating a variety of FRESH, WHOLE foods.
written by Sarah of Whidbey Natural Pet - helping you #lovethroughhealth
We have quite a few new products to share this month. Each brand and product in the store is carefully researched, often for weeks or months, before deciding if the quality is in line with what our customers expect from us. Whidbey Natural Pet chooses to partner with companies who are open and honest with their customers about their sourcing, manufacturing and business practices.
This brings us to our first new product: Open Farm dry food for dogs and cats.
Open Farm offers a wide variety of proteins designed to be rotated. These formulas are made with ingredients sourced from small family farms and responsible fisheries who emphasize animal welfare and sustainability above all else. Open Farm's promise is to be fully transparent; you can even find out which farms the ingredients in your bag of food came from! Click the photos above to learn more about Open Farm's dog and cat recipes.
Lastly, Austin and Kat has expanded their CBD line to include a higher dosage biscuit, 10mg/cookie and 3 new, higher strength, coconut oil-based oils. We now have 600mg, 1200mg and 2400mg in addition to the 100mg and 300mg salmon-oil based oils. CBD is a great option for anxious dogs, older dogs for pain management and just an all around multi-use supplement.
Stop by if you have any questions about these new products or current products!
Love Through Health
A campaign to bring awareness to pet owners about a healthy diet for their furry family members.