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It was a rough year for Natura Pet Products, makers of California Natural, Evo, Karma, Innova, and other premium, holistic foods. They found some salmonella in one sample of dry Evo dog food and executed a voluntary food recall of all the dry food lines made in the plant. That meant I moved all of it off my shelf and into my bathroom. I was impatient for the new bags, because I only carried Innova. I had replacements on the shelf less than a month before the next voluntary recall. It included dry food and biscuits.

This led me to quit carrying Innova. I needed other food while there wasn’t any Natura available. I spent two weeks reading reviews and ingredient lists and cross-checking with what was available from my various suppliers. I ended up with Fromm Four-Star for the cats and Horizon and Great Life for the dogs. These brands don’t have quite the variety in calorie count that I was used to with Innova. Customers that were pretty regular buyers have tapered off. I might not only be changing food again, but I may be discontinuing dealing with that particular supplier. It’s one of those domino effect things.

Another domino effect seems to have been the cryptosporidium parasite breakout in Baker City. Now, Baker City’s watershed is clear on the other side of the mountain range from Sumpter, but there were people calling Sumpter residents to see how they were faring with the lack of potable water. We had plenty of drinking water, thank you very much. However, a tourism-related state-level organization called Baker County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center and asked if they should tell people not to come to Baker City area. I imagine Halfway and Richland didn’t react any better to this than I did.

Hello! Baker City is not the only thing in Baker County. We have our own events and everything. Last weekend was Sumpter’s 4th Annual Music in the Meadow. The kids had a blast with the games, and we did get some adults to join in, too. Most of the performers were outstanding. Sadly, a lot of people missed out on all the fun. Part of that might have been the crypto scare. Another part might have been all the wildfires in eastern Oregon. Fires tend to cause most people to avoid traveling in affected areas. Fires also call a lot of people away from home to fight them.

So, for all those who’ve had a rough last couple of months, hang in there. We’re thinking of you.
–LeAnne Woolf, owner

Lots of friends, music, and fun at the 4th Annual Music In The Meadow in Sumpter recently.

Here are just a few photos of the fun……

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For more photos and video, and a commentary of the event,  visit the official Music In The Meadow blog here.

Enjoy an awesome breakfast before all the fun begins!

Not as many dogs brought their families to the Independence Day Flea Market this year..presumably because the actual 4th of July holiday fell on an odd day last week…(Thursdays in themselves aren’t necessarily odd..but we think any holiday that occurs on a day other than a weekend to be odd…don’t you?)

Despite the calendar, we thought the show must go on………

We would like to thank all the furry friends who came into the store during the Flea Market!

See you next year!

Does  your four footed furry friend enjoy music…?

Don’t forget Music In The Meadow happens next month….

See details here.

We truly enjoy the flea markets in Sumpter for many reasons….but one thing we look forward to the most about the Sumpter Flea Markets……are the dogs!

It seems every year, more and more dogs are coming to Sumpter…..that in itself is pretty cool…..but we think the best thing about their visits is that they bring their owners with them!

We always love making new furry friends at our store……remember, all dogs that bring their owners into the store get free treats!

Soda Mountain Pet Supplies

Free treats for the dogs….!

Check out some of our favorite pet photos from the flea market……

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See more photos at Facebook.com/sodamountain

Don’t forget our annual Soda Mountain Fur Fun Dog Show at the Independence Day Flea Market  ~  July 7th at 3 pm  learn more.

See more photos of the 2013 Memorial Day Sumpter Flea Market here.

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