The Santa Paws Grotto at Raw Pet Meals Pantry in Shedfield (Image: Raw Dog Food Pantry)
FATHER Christmas isn’t just for the kids!
More than 100 happy pooches met the big man himself at a Santa Paws Grotto at the Raw Pet Foods Pantry in Shedfield.
Whether they’d been naughty or nice, the Christmassy canines got to pose for pictures with Santa claus and picked up a special treat.
It was a memorable day for staff at the pet food retailer, which has been going strong since 2019.
The festive event also included a slot from Pocket Rocket Racing, the husky sled dog racing team based near Wickham, and even a doggy deli!
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Raw Pet Food Pantry, the brainchild of founder Wayne Collins, was set up to help and advise a growing community of pet owners feeding their dogs and cats a raw diet.
It became apparent early on that although it was possible to buy raw food in other shops in the region, no one was specialising in the raw feeding or able to provide professional advice and support.
Advisors with unrivalled knowledge and experience are now on hand both at the Botley Road site, and a second shop in Lee-on-the-Solent, which also incorporates a grooming salon.
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Co-owner Aimee Cross told the Daily Echo: “The business has quickly become the go to for pet owners looking to ensure they feed the best and most appropriate diet.
“Complemented with a vast range of raw options, over 80 different raw and natural treats and a host of retail accessories plus grooming services, Raw Family pet Food Pantry has fast become the go-to pet store.
“The raw pet food market is growing at such a fast rate with more and more pet owners realising that will in order to kept their pet in optimum health, a diet of raw food, just as nature intended, is the only way forward.
“All staff members are highly trained in raw feeding and pet health and can help customers troubleshoot ailments and concerns and can more often than not help to rid their pet of any issues through the right diet plan. ”
Raw Pet Food Pantry is a small family-run business, owned by its founder, Wayne Collins, plus partner and business partner, Aimee Cross. Wayne’s son and niece work for the business, as does Aimee’s daughter.
People and their pets always receive a warm welcome in store, which keeps them coming back.
The pandemic sped up the particular firm’s plans to provide a delivery service. Help and advice was offered over the phone and online and their vet-standard scales were placed outside, which was particularly useful for customers with new puppies.
The particular growing team is now 12 strong and Raw Pet Food Pantry has ambitious plans to extend both stores and launch an online shop, taking the delivery service nationwide.
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