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Raise of hands here – how many of you go for winter walks without shoes? How many would agree that ice and snow are not good on bare feet?

Now, have you ever considered that your dog – ever ready as they might be to go for a walk with you – has to walk on freezing snow in their bare feet while you are wearing your warm, dry, comfortable snow boots?

We don’t intend to lay a guilt trip on you here – but we would like to let you know that we have something that would probably make you a hero in your dog’s eyes – not that you aren’t their favorite hero already!  :)

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We have four different brands of dog shoes in sizes that range from extra-extra small to extra large.

Also for your dog’s feet – paw oil. We have a selection of special oils that you can rub into your dog’s feet for extra protection against snow and ice.

Now that we’ve got you thinking about protecting your dog’s feet – why stop there?

We just happen to have a wide variety of products that will keep your dog comfortable all winter ~ here are just a few ideas – stop in the store to see the wide selection of dog clothes we have!

For those of you who might be looking for a Christmas present for your special friend – we offer free gift wrapping in the store!

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If your dog or cat is at the top of your Christmas list, then we suggest you stop at Soda Mountain Pet Supplies while in Sumpter this Christmas season ~

Don’t forget – your furry friend gets a free treat when they bring their owners with them to the store! 🙂

Fur Fun Dog Show at Soda Mountain Pet Supplies in Sumpter Oregon

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Looks like our lovely weather is about to change just a bit. It might be time to review the winter readiness of your animal companions. Does your dog need a coat?  Paw covers or paw oil? Would the rabbit benefit from a heated water bottle? Eastern Oregon’s fullest-line independent pet supply store has you covered.

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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

Coming to Sumpter this weekend for the 2013 Memorial Day Flea Market? Can’t wait to get your mouth around all those tasty snacks the flea market is always famous for…..? Yummy!

But what about your dog………?

Free Snacks for your dog at Soda Mountain!

Free Snacks for your dog at Soda Mountain!

While your furry friend is enjoying a free snack…..you can browse our collection of books and odds – ends……

You never know what you might find at Soda Mountain Pet Supplies!

See you at the Sumpter Flea Market

Okay, so most of us might not spend a lot of time shampooing our cats. The very thought brings up visions of claws out, pupils dilated, tail puffed bigger around than a swim noodle, suds flying all over everywhere action.

Occasions can arise, though, that require more than just the sandpaper and spit approach that is a cat’s tongue. Soda Mountain currently carries two different cat shampoos, and both of them smell wonderful.

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The earthbath brand shampoo is 100% biodegradable. The ingredients include purified water, coconut-based cleansers, aloe vera, and cherry essence. It smells a lot like chocolate-covered Queen Anne cherries. The Sentry brand Natural Defense is a natural flea shampoo for cats and kittens using peppermint, clove, cedar, cinnamon, and rosemary oils. Cedar and peppermint are the predominant odors to my nose. It also includes vitamin E, lecithin, and wheat germ oil for skin soothing and softness. Water is, of course, the main ingredient.

If ever you have to wash your cat, at least both of you can smell good doing it!

If you love your dog enough that you can ignore the holes in the yard or the pillow they recently used as a chew toy…then these Kong Stuff squeeze treats will show them you love them anyway!

Soda Mountain Pet Supplies in Sumpter Oregon

Kong Squeeze Treats for Dogs

 

Pssssssst…..these Kong Stuff Squeezable Treats are a great addition to your emergency bag during the Sumpter Flea Market!

 

 

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An oft-requested product is “that toy you can put your own water bottle in.” Here at Soda Mountain, those are represented by Bottle Buddies, made by Kyjen. Facial features are applied to the plush fabric with satin stitching. As long as the fabric holds up, you keep putting in an empty water bottle for renewed crinkling and crackling.

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