While Amazon has proven to stay at the top of the list of "Convenient Ways to Shop During the Pandemic", there are many small businesses who offer the exact same product and only require a trip to your local shopping center. Don't get me wrong, I occasionally buy from Petco or Petsmart and I currently shop on Amazon or buy something from Target at least once a week (okay no judgement please, the first step is admitting you have a problem) but Target's life isn't changed and their businesses isn't greatly impacted by my support. This however, is exactly what shopping locally can do for a small business owner and their shop.

So while we are still in this COVID-19 reality, and as a fellow small business, we thought it would be important to highlight a local shop on our blog. And since we're in the business of pups, highlighting a local dog supply store is even better. I hope this little cameo encourages you research your local dog supply store and support them through purchasing, telling your fellow pup parents about them, or even as simple as following them on social media. Any support is helpful in keeping these shops alive and keeping our communities diverse with shopping options that aren't just your average big box experience.

So without further ado, I'd like to share with you Pet Wants of South Orange County.

About Pet Wants OC

Pet Wants is located in Lake Forest (just a short drive north from our Mission Viejo clients and across the 5 freeway from those of you who live in the Irvine or Laguna areas). While this store has multiple locations across Southern California, this one is the only in South Orange County. Shannon, Pet Wants shop owner, is amazing and you can feel her genuine passion for pets and the TLC she has put in her shop from the minute you walk in the door.

While the first wave of the pandemic closed her business doors, she has been able to remain open during this second surge of OC lockdowns since she supplies pet food. She has had to pivot her business and the needs of her customers, even offering food delivery customers in the local area! What I love about this shop is the personalization of the items in her store, even down to the natural calming balm for your pup that Shannon makes herself! While she offers everything a big box store could offer, the personalized touches of natural remedies for your dog, their amazing bulk food area and the fact that her store is locally owned and operated makes it a true gem and a great option to shop at for any pup parent out there!

I toured the store with my dog Kai and here are our Top 5 Favorite Things:

  1. Boredom Busters Lick Mats: I saw these on Amazon originally and they are here too! See guys, who needs to wait for shipping when you can purchase the same exact product locally and support a small business! You can stick these on your wall and smear your dog's favorite treat (we do peanut butter) on them and let the fun begin.

  2. Natural Toy Selection: Although bright and colorful dog toys are super cute, we all love an aesthetically picture perfect toy option for an IG moment, am I right?! (just go with it...) They have multiple brands of dog toys that are made of natural fibers that are neutral in color to appeal to any dog gender, match any style of house decor and are eco-friendly! So you can save the planet and have your house lookin' cute all at the same time.

  3. No Hide Earth Animal Selection: This is Kai's favorite brand of chewies and is the perfect alternative if your pup has a sensitive tummy or digestion issues. I get this brand wherever I can find it and there is th