Of course you try to toe the eco-line. Be green. Be organic. Be healthy. At Tabby & Jack's organic pet store, dogs and cats can join in, too.
This mom-and-pop pet shop offers natural food and environmentally friendly supplies to owners who want to ensure that their cats and dogs live healthy lives and eat nutritious foods. Owners Michelle and Ken Lonergan opened Tabby & Jack's about a year ago off Gammon Road, and due to its success, recently moved to its newer, bigger location in Fitchburg.
Tabby & Jack's tries to stay local and accommodate all budgets. Pet owners can find local brands, like Fromm, as well as alternative foods. The store currently sells four different brands of raw frozen foods with natural enzymes, like Northwest Naturals' six-pound bags of beef ($20), bison ($23) and cat chow ($9).
There's plenty for the pooch. Alongside basics, Tabby & Jack's stocks such unique dog-training tools as Katie's Bumpers ($8), made of recycled materials. You can reward your pup with Plato Pet Treats, available in duck or salmon strips ($9), or Meat Shoppe's meat-flavored tennis balls ($3). For extra-special days, try a cup of Yöghund ($2), doggie frozen yogurt. Dog coats and sweaters are especially popular. It's Wisconsin, after all.
Tabby & Jack's also has a paw-full lot of quirky essentials for finicky felines. Traveling cats will appreciate the modern Sleepypod mobile pet bed ($125), a small, dome-shaped tent, while the lounging kitty would dig Savvy Tabby's goldfish-shaped Neptune Napper ($50), a large tube that cats can play in.
The official grand opening of Tabby & Jack's, with giveaways, free haircuts and an appearance by Fitchburg Mayor Tom Clauder, will be Nov. 15. The biggest change for the store is its new grooming service, which uses organic products and no sedation or cage dryers, which can dehydrate pets. It's a holistic approach, and a more humane way to groom, Lonergan says.
Tabby & Jack's
2990 Cahill Main, Fitchburg
10 am-7 pm Mon.-Fri., 9 am-5 pm Sat., noon-5 pm Sun.