by Margo Callaghan
Any company that has the word “Pet” in its name is bound to know how to throw a party in honor of Pet Week. Pet Food Warehouse (PFW) has planned a big one (a party, that is) this Saturday at both their Shelburne location on Route 7 (next to Subway), and their Williston Road shop (next to Earl’s Cyclery). It is an event they have hosted for at least 20 years, shared Philip Trussel. Trussel’s position with PFW can be found under the heading of “Best Jobs in Chittenden County”- he is the pet accessory buyer for PFW, a position he has held since 1996. And he shares the responsibility for organizing the National Pet Week party with other members of the PFW staff.
It is an event with a long (and enjoyed) history. The First Pet Week celebration at PFW was held in 1992. “It was a good excuse to celebrate our pets,” Trussel explained. “It started off as a party for our customers and their animals, and then we started to include rescue groups.” The event’s continued growth proved so successful for PFW (and such a great time for pets and their owners) that it was the impetus for the much anticipated “Shelburne Museum Goes To The Dogs” day, sponsored by PFW, now held annually every September at Shelburne Museum. Note: this year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept.16…circle it on your calendar!
This Saturday’s special events include plenty of games and giveaways for four legged friends, along with face painting for their young owners. The older members of the pets’ families will appreciate the special sales that are in effect now throughout the weekend. Trussel’s inventory of pet playthings are all marked down 25 percent in honor of the holiday week.
The entire staff gets involved by hosting a bake sale, the proceeds of which are all donated to a local rescue effort. Last year, the bake sale netted a $130 donation to the Collie Rescue League of New England.
Plenty of vendors join in for the day: typically on hand are representatives from the Humane Society, and breed specific rescue organizations. Manufacturers of pet health products and foods will have wares on display. Best of all, there are special sales on many of PFW most popular products and pet accessories.
This year, VCA Brown Animal Hospital which is located behind PFW on Williston Road, is joining in with special events of their own: Police Dog and Supernova Disc Dogs demonstrations, teeth cleaning workshops, product giveaways, and tours of the practice.
Jamie Shaw, of “Ask the Behaviorist” fame will also be on hand.
Closer to home, between 10 am and 3 pm, Shelburne’s PFW will have the Addison County Humane Society on hand, as well as representatives from Gold Star Dog Training, Andy’s Dandys from Richmond, and JB Security pet screens. In short, there is something for everyone, regardless of how many legs it takes you to walk into Pet Food Warehouse this Saturday.