While not 100% local, this pet store has a 100% local feel and 100% Colorado attitude.
Chuck & Don’s is a pet retailer where the staff truly cares about your pet and their unique needs. They are passionate about pets and it’s obvious from the second you walk into the store.
In the hour I was visiting with Jess, the store manager, the store associates recognized the majority of the pets that came through the door and made a point to meet any new furry friends. They knew Philly immediately and even commented on her size in real life vs. blog photos (she’s much smaller in real life than she appears in photographs). They’d done their research and knew we liked running and camping together!
A bit about Chuck and Don
Chuck & Don’s started in Minnesota when when real life friends, Chuck Anderson and Don Tauer, ran a dog kennel and decided to start selling food, too, after many customer requests. The pet food business took off and the pair decided to open retail stores. There are now stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado.
What you can expect when you visit
The entire staff knows their stuff. These are not people who are just looking to make a paycheck; these are passionate people who care about animals and are incredibly knowledgable on all things pet.
With Jess, we started with the various types of food and their benefits while keeping Philly’s health in mind the whole time. As a pup who runs with me a few days a week and loves hiking and camping, I learned that Philly should be eating a food with higher protein. It was truly an ‘ah-ha!’ moment for me…of COURSE my dog needs higher protein food if she’s running around regularly. Just like I eat more protein after a workout, my pup’s body benefits from protein in her food too.
All pet food at Chuck & Don’s is high-quality and full of all natural ingredients. No processed or filler food.
A really cool thing that Chuck & Don’s does regarding food: after learning about your pup’s needs, they’ll recommend a food for you to try. If you take it home and your dog doesn’t like or has negative reactions to the food, Chuck & Don’s will happily swap it out for you until you find a food that works. They care more about your pet being happy and healthy than they do about selling an extra bag of pet food. And all those opened bags of food? They get donated to a local shelter. How cool is that?!
Chuck & Don’s also sources products from local companies to their market like Zuke’s, based out of Durango, CO and making treats designed for the outdoor dog.
We then talked about exercise and play time and pet’s needs during specific seasons (booties for hiking to protect their sensitive pads) and how to best acclimate your dog into running with you. Just like people, pups should gradually add distance to avoid injury.
Jess also reviewed the giant shelving unit of toys, too, as they literally have something for everyone. Have a dog with limited eye sight? There’s a mint-scented toy to help the dog find it. Need a chew toy that keeps a pup interested without the squeaking? There’s a ball with a squeaker in it that only dogs can hear. Literally. They have any and everything your pet’s heart could desire!
So many toys!
As we concluded the walkthrough, Jess told me what we discussed is exactly the orientation she goes through with new customers; she learns about the pet’s health and habits and makes recommendations based on those observations to ensure you and your pet have the best experience both in the store and in your daily lives.
The team at Chuck & Don’s sent me home with a massive basket of food, treats, toys and gear hand-picked for Philly to try; homegirl is loving the special attention!
A puppy donut for breakfast? But of course! Another local brand, Pawsitively Gourmet is based out of the Denver Tech Center and makes these cute donuts + cookies. See also: these adorable summer-themed cookies!
Philly really, really loves the food she’s tried with lamb in it. She’s tried the AvoDerm Lamb and Brown Rice first and gobbled it up first when mixed into to her normal food. This week, I’ve been feeding her NOW FRESH Red Meat Recipe mixed with her normal food and last night, she was spitting out her normal food to eat NOW FRESH first. Duly noted, Philly!
I’ll continue to review and share my thoughts on the other items included once we’ve had a chance to use – like this collapsable water bowl that will certainly come in handy this summer!
One of my personal favorites from the gift basket is this collar that comes with a matching leash. So perfect for a Colorado pup!
I learned so much during my visit with Jess and the Chuck & Don’s staff; I knew just the basics of what is important when caring for my dog so learning about the various food options available and ways to keep my dog healthy (like to give her a dried salmon skin roll for Omega-3s!) was really eye-opening and I’ve definitely changed my thinking about how I feed and care for my pup.
And I’d be remiss to not mention that Chuck & Don’s loves cats and small pets too! So, cat people, don’t think this place isn’t for you too – the team knows just as much about your pets, too.
Chuck & Don’s wants to give you a gift card to experience their store for yourself! I have a $25 gift card for a randomly selected winner. Because they currently are not selling online, this giveaway is open to friends near a store in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado (locations here).
I’m running the giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget below so follow the prompts to enter! Giveaway closes Monday, June 1 at midnight.
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Disclosure: Chuck & Don’s gifted me a very thoughtful basket for Philly however, all opinions are my own.