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Come Visit Ernie the Giant Gourami

Woe is me, your pal Ernie. I’ve been temporarily displaced while Kenn and the good folks here at The Animal Store do a little renovating on my real home—the 1500-hundred-gallon tank at the back of the store. Like all home improvement projects, it seems like a better idea before you start. Check out the video below and you’ll see what I mean.

During the reno, I’m staying in a tiny (relatively) apartment of aquarium, but even though it’s a little small, there are some advantages. First of all, I’m right up at the front of the store. I get to greet all the customers as they come in, and I get to look out the window. Also, in this small place, there’s not competition for food and I get to meet people up close and personal. So stop by and say high. You can’t miss me. I’m the 27-year old gourami (the handsome one). Ask Kenn if you can feed me a cricket or grape—I love treats.


When to Take Your Pet to the Vet

It’s important to find a good veterinarian as soon as (or even before) you buy a new pet. Some veterinarians specialize in pets categorized as “exotic”. If  you choose a pet other than a cat or dog, be sure your vet is equipped to care for and treat your animal. A simple phone can save time and trouble.

We recommend that you make an appointment with a vet as soon as you can when you bring a new animal into your home. The vet will discuss general healthcare tips for your pets, as well as specifics about vaccinations and when to spay or neuter. Click here for more information on what you need to know and do for that first visit, and here to learn more about building your relationship with your vet.

But aside from well-care, when should visit the vet? Our finned, furry and feathered friends can’t tell us how they feel or when something is wrong. Should you call as soon as you notice something is a little off? According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, chances are if you are asking the question, the answer is probably yes. Here’s a great video from the AVMA that answers the question “Is this normal?” and common signs to look for that indicate it’s time to visit the vet.


Weekend Fish Deal: Buy 2 get 1 Free

Fish buy 2 get 1

Nothing fishy about this deal. Today and tomorrow only (Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2), buy two fish and get a third of equal or lesser value absolutely free. That’s more than 33% savings, so come stock your aquarium in style. We’re open until 6:00 p.m. Saturday and from 9-5 on Sunday. Tell ’em Ernie sent you.


Order Your Animal Store Alphabet Book

Our ProductsKenn’s wife Susan, and sister-in-law, Rebecca Hamlin, have created a gorgeous picture book based on The Animal Store. The book will be available in mid-December. We are already selling posters in the store and taking orders for 12″x12″ canvas prints. They have also created a companion coloring book and custom embroidered book bag. Order today.

Come Celebrate our 20th Anniversary with Savings

Things are seriously hopping around here. Kenn and Yussel were busy decorating the store and stocking the shelves for our big 20th anniversary sale this weekend. There are all kinds of new animals and products around, and lots of fun stuff planned for the whole family.

Saturday November 10 & Sunday November 11 only

20% off Everything in the Store

Magic and Balloon Animals

Saturday only from 10-noon, Magician J-Magic will delight us with some closeup magic and balloon animals, so bring the kids.

Hourly Drawings

Just look at all this cool stuff we’re giving away.

Specials in Every Department

  • Buy any 4 bird toys and get 30% off each item.
  • Buy any 4 dog items and get 30% off each item.
  • Buy any 4 cat items and get 30% off each item.
  • Buy any 4 small animal chews or treats and get 30% off each item.
  • Buy any 4 items of reptile cage decor or bedding and get 30% off each item.

Many, many more birds and animals on sale throughout the store.

*discounts taken on white tags only
**groups cannot be combined

Blue and Gold Macaw and Umbrella Cockatoo still available

Two of our three baby Blue and Gold macaws have gone home to new owners this week, and we have one left in the store. We also have a gorgeous Umbrella cockatoo. Come in and visit soon.


We’ve Got Baby Birds

Some brand new baby birds flew into the store yesterday and are ready to go home with you. Come in and see our:

  • Umbrella Cockatoo
  • Sun Conure
  • Quaker Parakeet (aka Monk Parrot)
  • Black-headed Caique

Our baby birds tend to fly out of the store to new homes almost as soon as they get here, so come visit soon.

Quaker Parrots

Best First Pets/Bird Category

Parakeets (Budgerigars or Budgies, as they are sometimes called) make great first pets for families. There are more than 120 species of parakeets and they come in a rainbow of colors. The word “parakeet” means long tail, and these small members of the parrot family can live 15-25 years.

Parakeets are lively pets with big personalities. They are also good talkers and do best at mimicking the higher pitched voices of women and children, which delights little ones.

~read more on the Garanimals blog~

Photo credit: Bedroom Eyes by PuppiesAreProzac via a Creative Commons license.

Houdini: A story of love and rescue

HoudiniWe don’t sell dogs here at that the animal store, although we do offer all the supplies you need to care for your favorite canine. One of the primary reasons we don’t carry dogs is that we strongly believe adopting a shelter or rescue dog is a great choice for many families.

Not all rescued dogs come with troubled pasts, but some do. Here’s a story of our friend’s rescued Hungarian Vizsla, Houdini, and how he become a beloved member of their family.

In 2009, our friend Angela and her family adopted a nine-month-old Vizsla from the Chicago Canine Rescue. “We had had a Viszla before and loved the breed,” said Angela. “This dog needed a home.”

Houdini had been neglected and then abandoned. “He was about 20 pounds underweight,” Angela told me. “And he had been given the name ‘Houdini’ for a reason. He could not be crated (he would tear the crate apart) and could jump a six-foot fence.” The family and shelter were afraid he would run away.

~read more on the Garanimals blog~

photo credit: Houdini by Matt Dinerstein

Julia Child was a Cat Fancier

Animals play such an important role in our lives, and it’s always fun to hear about celebrity pets.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Julia Child, the beloved French Chef. But did you know that Julia was also a cat fancier?

Authors Patricia Barey and Therese Burson have written about this life-long love affair in their new book, Julia’s Cats: Julia Child’s Life in the Company of Cats.

“About six years ago, I read a biography on Julia Child and was intrigued by a black and white photo of her in Paris with a kitten in her lap,” said Burson. That curiosity spawned a whole book. ~read more on the Garanimals blog~