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  • Writer's pictureStacy Wood

Retailer Highlight: Petagogy

As Neighborhood Pet Store Day approaches, communities throughout North America are gearing up to celebrate the heart and soul of local pet care—the independent pet stores. Today, we are sharing the story of Petagogy, a beloved independent pet store with two locations serving the pets and people of Pittsburgh, PA. With a rich history spanning 13 years in the community, Petagogy has woven itself into the fabric of local pet care, offering unparalleled service and expertise that big box and online retailers can't match.

Here is a recap of our insightful discussion with Heather Blum, the owner of Petagogy, to understand their value in the community they serve and how they're preparing to make this Neighborhood Pet Store Day even better than the last.

Petagogy, which has served the communities of Pittsburgh, PA for over 13 years, offers their customers the best selection of premium and natural pet foods and supplies.


What value do you believe indie pet stores offer to the pets and people of their communities?

Independent pet stores like ours do more than sell pet products; we foster a sense of community and provide tailored experiences you won't find elsewhere. Our knowledgeable staff is passionate about helping each pet and pet owner, offering personalized recommendations that make every visit a delightful experience. We pride ourselves on creating a vibrant, welcoming environment for pet parents and their beloved animals.

Why is it important to celebrate and support independent pet retailers with an event like Neighborhood Pet Store Day?

Events like Neighborhood Pet Store Day highlight indie pet stores' crucial role in our communities. We offer more than just products; we provide pet health, wellness, and training expertise. Our dedication to positively impacting the lives of pets and their families sets us apart. This special day allows us to showcase our unique contributions and strengthen the bonds within our pet-loving community.

How did you celebrate last year's event? What did you offer shoppers?

Last year's Neighborhood Pet Store Day at Petagogy was packed with exciting events. We featured local animal rescues, offered store-wide discounts, and spotlighted local pet product companies, creating a festive atmosphere. We even had homemade doggie ice cream that was a hit among our canine guests, sparking lots of tail-wagging joy.

Additionally, every customer enjoyed spinning our prize wheel, adding excitement to their shopping experience. The enthusiastic responses and smiles we received underlined how much our customers felt valued and appreciated, enhancing the community spirit that makes Neighborhood Pet Store Day so special.

What was the most memorable part of last year's event?

Without a doubt, the most touching moment was when two senior dogs found their forever homes thanks to Senior Hearts Rescue and Renewal. It was a beautiful reminder of the difference our events can make in the lives of pets and people alike.

Working with a local rescue, like Petagogy did with Senior Hearts, bring more attention to a good cause and helps to find forever homes for animals in need.

How do you plan to celebrate Neighborhood Pet Store Day this year?

This year, we're going even bigger with more substantial discounts, a wider range of products on sale, and interactive activities like a pet caricaturist and grooming services. We're also collaborating with local vendors and rescues to create an even more vibrant, community-focused event. On top of all that, the first 50 customers at each location will receive a special giveaway bag, making it an unmissable celebration.


Show Your Support for Independent Pet Stores!

As we anticipate another exciting Neighborhood Pet Store Day with Petagogy, it's clear that such occasions are not just about shopping; they're about coming together as a community, celebrating our furry, feathered, and scaled companions, and recognizing the stores that go the extra mile for their wellbeing. Petagogy exemplifies the essence of indie pet retail—passionate service, community engagement, and heartfelt care for pets.

Take advantage of the opportunity to support your local indie pet store on Saturday, September 28. By shopping locally at places like Petagogy, you're not just getting quality products and personalized service; you're contributing to the vibrancy and health of your community. Let's make this Neighborhood Pet Store Day one to remember by celebrating the incredible bond between pets and people and the stores that support them every step of the way.

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