Saturday, November 30, 2013

Yet another year of holidays

Hi all,

Here we find ourselves rapidly approaching holiday season again and once again, we'd like to thank you for your continued support of our store.

In early December, though it's hard to believe, we will be celebrating our 10th year in business. In an economy that is particularly tough on small businesses, all of you have helped us stay open and vital - for this we are eternally grateful.

We promise to continue to learn so that we can keep you informed and your pets healthy.

We promise to do our best to keep the finest foods, treats, supplements, and remedies in the store.

We also promise to figure out some fun things to do for our 10th anniversary month and we will let you kids know about that stuff as well.

Thanks again for continuing to come to The Pet Cabaret and other small local businesses. Your trust and support fill our hearts with joy.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Yappy Hour at The Pet Cabaret

Boston City Councilor at Large, Ayanna Pressley will be hosting a Yappy Hour event at The Pet Cabaret this Saturday, September 28.

All are welcome to attend with their leashed and well behaved pooches beginning at 3:00 PM and continuing until approximately 4:00 PM.

Bring your thoughts and concerns with you and have a good time!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pre Season Coat Sale

It's that time of the year kids - a slight nip in the morning air. Pups shiver during their walks. Maybe time to think about a sweater or coat for your pal.

Take advantage of our urge to organize and drop by the store for our pre-season coat sale.

We have a good, but limited selection, of some of last season's sweaters and coats. They are all first quality. We just want to make room for some new stuff.

They are all 30% off while they last. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Pet Cabaret - a Decade Later

You know, it's been almost ten years since we first opened The Pet Cabaret. Some of you may remember the tiny store on Washington Street that we crammed full of pet food and supplies.

The first day we opened, in December of 2003, the city was experiencing a significant snowfall. People stayed home from work and toddled onto the snowy streets. Some even stumbled into our store. We maybe did $200 - $300 worth of business that first day - just enough to keep us coming back. Actually, we had to keep coming back because there were no other options for us. We had put everything on the line to open the store.

We made a promise to ourselves in those early days to only sell products that we were comfortable with and that we would use on our own dogs and cats. I am sure that Harvard Business School would not have agreed with our business model then or now.

But it seems enough people did agree. Enough people agreed so that we eventually had to move to a larger storefront "up the street" on Washington Street. We put in a self serve dog wash and some dog training too. Everyone seemed to like that. Thankfully, you kids just keep coming in.

During the years that we have been open we have tried to constantly learn about foods and remedies and to keep up to date on new products and techniques. The more we learn the more convinced we are that a careful combination of good food, good veterinary care, good training, and good ole' fashioned love are what keeps a pet healthy and a family happy.

We realize the important and special place that animals occupy in the lives of many people and we take very seriously our promise to help feed them well and keep them healthy in the gentlest way possible. We thank you for your business over the last decade, but even more importantly, we thank you for the trust you've placed in us. We feel truly honored and blessed.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Pooch-A- Palooza

Pooch-A-Palooza will be happening at Prowse Farm in Canton this weekend June 22 and June 23.

Prowse Farm is located at 5 Blue Hill Road in Canton and is a lovely place.

The festivities will run from 10 AM to 7 PM and include a variety of events including a Pooch Pavillion, a kids activity zone, a food court, a beer garden, a market place and more.

With the weekend weather looking marvelous, Pooch-A-Palooza could be a great way to spend your day.

One extra note of enticement - we have a limited number of FREE tickets to Pooch-A-Palooza for Saturday admission. This is a $15 value so come by the store to pick up your free tickets to fun.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer classes at Side Show

Our dandy trainer Trisha Forsythe has some summer activities planned at our training facility Side Show.

She's got these classes starting soon:

"I'm a Big Dog Now" (Basic Obedience) (Level 1 class) - 6 weeks - $200
Next start dates:
Saturdays, July 13 - August 17 at 11:45 AM
Wednesdays, July 10 - August 14 at 6:30 PM 
A secondary puppy class teaching further socialization and correct behavior to puppies. For older dogs too as a brush up course. Especially appropriate for "new to you" rescue dogs.Basic obedience will be emphasized in this course. We'll introduce focus and control. A definite  building block class. Pups 6 months and older. This really is a great class for dogs of any age!

"Come Back Little Sheba" - Recall Clinic - 3 Sessions - $100
Saturdays, July 13 - July 27, 1:00 PM
OK, so you're taking a walk on a lovely day and your dog is off leash. He goes out of sight and you call him to come back to you. You wait. You call him again. And wait. You call louder this time and the veins in your neck begin to bulge. The faint smell of skunk wafts in the get the picture. Sign up for this 3 session clinic. Get poochie back next time and every time thereafter.

Call the shop at 617-323-7387 if you're interested.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Small Business Saturday at The Pet Cabaret

Hi all,

Just a reminder that Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, November 24.
Please SHOP SMALL and locally that day. Many stores in Roslindale, JP, Dedham, and the surrounding areas are offering cool deals on cool things.
They all offer you personalized service from real human beings all the time.
Shop smart, shop local.

We are calling our Pet Cabaret specials -
"Small is the New Big Sale"

All Beds and Mats - 10% off
All Crates and Carriers - 10% off
All Bowls and Feeders - 10% off
All Treats and Toys - 30% off
All Car Booster Seats - 40% off

Training Class Discount - 10% off class fee for any class registered for and paid for on Nov. 24, 2012

We'll also have food demos from lovely, small pet food companies making real food.

So please stop by and join us and as always, we thank you for your continued trust and support.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back to School for Puppy too!

Hi All!

We just want to let you know that we are truly happy with the way that training is going at Side Show. Trainer Trisha Dunphy is wonderful and best of all, is getting real, repeatable results.

We can help start your puppy out the right way with our Puppy Play and Learn A Lot class and keep her pursuing her canine scholarly career with our basic and more advanced classes.

Try out some training at The Pet Cabaret - you'll be glad you did!

To get the right start we recommend that you first do a "20/20 Look" with our trainer, Trisha Dunphy. The "20/20" consults are private 20 minute evaluation sessions for the tiny cost of $20.00. Trisha is also available for private sessions and home-based lessons.

"Puppy Play and Learn A Lot" (A Pre-School Level Class) - 4 weeks - $150
New classes beginning - ongoing  - Saturdays, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
This introductory class is all about your pup (to 6 months of age) and the information you need as a puppy parent. The sessions will emphasize socialization and new experiences in an appropriate atmosphere. You'll learn about reading your pup's body language along with such basic cues as sit, down, and to come when called. Other behaviors such as chewing and jumping will be addressed as will house training. A great time to bond with your pup and get your family involved! Classes do NOT have to be used consecutively.

"I'm a Big Dog Now" (Basic Obedience) (Level 1 class) - 7 weeks - $200
Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM, starting Sept.13
Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM, starting Sept.29
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM, starting Oct.3
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM, starting Oct.24

A secondary puppy class teaching further socialization and correct behavior to puppies. For older dogs too as a brush up course. Especially appropriate for "new to you" rescue dogs. Basic obedience will be emphasized in this course. We'll introduce focus and control. A definite building block class. For pups 6 months and older. This really is a great class for dogs of any age!

"I Used to be a Good Dog" (Revisiting Obedience) (Level 1 class) - 7 weeks - $200
Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM, starting Sept.13
Saturdays, 1:30 - 2:30 PM, starting Sept.15

Our most popular class, this is for the adolescent or older dog who just isn't  what s/he used to be, or maybe never quite was. Perhaps she's stopped listening to you or perhaps he gets back to you at some point when you call him. Focus, control, distractions, discipline, and fun will be emphasized in this class. Get your dog back on track with this fun and educational class.

"But Wait, There’s More"- Advanced Obedience (Level 2 class) - 6 weeks - $200
Saturdays, 1:30 - 2:30 PM, starting Oct.20

So you and your dog have completed a basic obedience class, now what? This class is a natural progression from your first basic obedience experience. In this class we’ll introduce distractions, mastering existing cues and learning new advanced cues. In other words we’ll make sure your dog will listen to you “in the real world”.This will be a fun and creative learning experience for you and your graduate dog!
Your dog must have completed either a Basic Obedience or a Refresher Obedience course at The Pet Cabaret or receive permission of the trainer to enroll.

Specialty Clinics

"Come Back Little Sheba" - Recall Clinic - 3 Sessions - $100
Sundays, 9 - 10 AM - Sept.16, 23, and 30

OK, so you're taking a walk on a lovely day and your dog is off leash. He goes out of sight and you call him to come back to you. You wait. You call him again. And wait. You call louder this time and the veins in your neck begin to bulge. The faint smell of skunk wafts in the get the picture. Sign up for this 3-session clinic.Get poochie back next time and every time thereafter.

"Whoa, Big Fella!" - Leash Walking Clinic - 3 Sessions - 7:00 - 8:00 PM - $100
Sundays, 10 - 11 AM - Sept.16, 23, and 30
Does walking your dog cause you more pain than pleasure? Do you avoid walks because of the aggravation and embarrassment they cause? If your dog - small or large - is controlling walk time then sign up for this clinic.
Learn how to enjoy walking your pal again.

Puppy classes are 4 weeks in length and cost $150.00
Most classes are 6 weeks in length (except where noted) and cost $200.00
Clinics are 3 sessions and cost $100.00

Call The Pet Cabaret at 617-323-7387 to sign up for or
ask about any of these classes.

Graduate puppy Gatsby displaying his diploma.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

The "Best" Food For Your Dog

Pretty much every day at the store we get asked the question, "What is the best food for my dog?"
Most people want a simple answer to this question and have us recommend "XYZ" brand and be done with it. But the truth is that there is no "best" food for dogs. That's because dogs (and all other animals) are individuals just like all of us. A food that one dog might do beautifully on may not work at all for another. We have to be willing to try different foods for our pets to see what suits them and helps them thrive.

Now just because there is no "best" brand of food for all dogs, it doesn't mean that you should feed your dog some cheap kibble filled with chemicals from a big box store. We should instead look at categories of food and decide how best to feed our pets based on what is most biologically appropriate for them.

The following information is from Dr. Karen Becker, a holistic vet from Illinois. We utterly agree with Dr. Becker and can provide you with the supplements you need to create a complete homemade diet or any type of prepared food that will maintain 
your pet's good health.

Food Can Either Heal or Harm

As a proactive veterinarian interested in sustaining the natural good health of my pet patients, I always encourage pet owners to evaluate their animal's diet, because food is the foundation upon which good or ill health is built.
It's important to understand that food has the ability to heal or harm your pet, depending on the type and quality of nutrition you provide.
The first factor you should evaluate is the species-appropriateness of what your dog or cat is eating.
A species-appropriate diet contains lots of good quality protein as well as moisture. The protein is necessary because both dogs and cats are carnivores.
High moisture content is required in order to prevent organ dysfunction, including kidney failure. Dogs and cats are designed to eat food that is about 70 percent moisture, which is what a diet of mice and rabbits would provide if your pet hunted his own food.
If you feed your pet dry food only, he's getting only about 12 percent moisture instead of the 70 percent his body demands. This is especially unhealthy for cats, because they don't supplement their moisture intake by drinking large amounts of water like dogs do.
Pets on dry food diets (kibble or pelleted) live in a state of chronic, mild dehydration that over time can cause significant stress to their organs.
Species-appropriate nutrition does not contain much starch, also known as grains or carbohydrates. Corn, wheat, rice and soy are found in most commercial processed pet foods, but your dog or cat has no biological need for them.
I recommend you follow the laws of nature when it comes to your pet's diet, which is to feed everything his body needs and eliminate ingredients that provide no nourishment.
In addition to the species-appropriateness of your pet's diet, it also needs to be balanced. By balanced I mean food that contains all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your dog or cat needs.
This isn't something you can guess at – it should be guaranteed through testing.
Nutritional balance is vitally important because deficiencies will develop much faster in your dog or cat than they will in you. A poorly nourished puppy or kitten can end up with obvious signs of skeletal problems and organ degeneration before she's six months old.
An older animal can develop life-threatening organ degeneration, among many other not-so-obvious symptoms, over a one  to three year period of eating an unbalanced, nutrient-deficient diet.

The List of Best-to-Worst Foods

  1. A balanced, raw, homemade diet is the best food you can feed your dog or cat. It will be nutritionally balanced because you're following recipes like those found in the cookbook I co-authored, Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats.
  2. Raw means the food is unadulterated and still contains all the enzymes and nutrients that are typically destroyed during cooking or other types of processing.
    Homemade is the best option because you are in complete control of the quality of ingredients in your pet's diet.
    I recommend pets get plenty of nutritional variety, and another great thing about serving homemade is you can buy seasonal fruits and veggies on sale, as well as protein sources (meats), and use them in rotation.
  3. The next best thing you can feed your pet is a commercially available raw diet. This is a raw food diet that someone else has done the heavy lifting to prepare.
  4. It's important that the diet is balanced, and you should be aware that there are raw food pet diets entering the market that are not yet proven to be nutritionally complete. These foods often say "For supplementation or intermittent feeding" on the label.
    You'll know if the raw food you've selected is balanced because it will say it right on the packaging: "This food has been proven to be nutritionally complete or adequate for all life stages."
    At the present time, these diets are found only in the freezer section of small/privately owned stores (like The Pet Cabaret) or upscale pet boutiques – not in the big box pet stores.
  5. Cooked, balanced homemade diet. It's the same diet found in number 1, above, except that it's cooked. This means some of the nutrient composition has been diminished through processing.
  6. Human-grade canned food. If the label doesn't say the ingredients are human grade, they're not. Pet food made with human-grade ingredients is also a great deal more expensive, so that's another way to tell what you're getting.
  7. This type of diet is the most expensive you can feed your pet. What I tell my clients is, "If you have more money than time, you can purchase human-grade canned food for your dog or cat. But if you have more time than money, I recommend you make a balanced, homemade diet right in your own kitchen for a fraction of the cost."
  8. Human-grade dry food. As I discussed earlier, dry food is not as species-appropriate as a moisture-dense diet. Human grade is very important because the food is approved, in theory, for human consumption, which means it doesn't contain low quality rendered by-products.
  9. Super premium canned food which can be found at big box pet supply stores.
  10. Super premium dry food.
  11. Veterinary-recommended canned food. Vet recommended canned foods are purchased at your vet's office or clinic. Typical brands are Science Diet, the Purina veterinary lines, Royal Canin and Waltham.
  12. Veterinary-recommended dry food.
  13. Grocery store brand canned food.
  14. Grocery store brand dry food.
  15. Semi-most pouched food.
  16. The reason this type of pet food is so far down the list is because in order for the food to remain "semi-moist," an ingredient called propylene glycol is added. This is a scary preservative that is a second cousin to ethylene glycol, which is antifreeze. And while propylene glycol is approved for use in pet foods, it is unhealthy for dogs and cats. I do not recommend feeding any food that contains this additive.
  17. Dead last on the list and the worst thing you can feed your pet is an unbalanced, homemade diet – raw or cooked. I'm seeing an increasing number of misguided pet owners in my practice who think they're doing the right thing by serving their pet, say, a chicken breast and some veggies and calling it a day.
  18. Yes, the food is homemade, but it's nutritionally unbalanced. Pets being fed this way are showing up at my clinic with endocrine abnormalities, skeletal issues and organ degeneration as a result of deficiencies in calcium, trace minerals and omega fatty acids.

From Worst to Best in a Heartbeat

For those of you who now know you're feeding your pet an unbalanced, homemade diet, there's an extremely quick and easy way to soar to the top of the list.
All you need to do is add ingredients to balance out the nutrition in the diet you're already serving your dog or cat. This is a fast, simple fix you can apply to turn an unbalanced homemade diet into a balanced one.
So there you have it – the entire list of my recommendations for best-to-worst pet diets.
If you've discovered your pet's food is on the lower half of the list, set a goal to work your way up the list.
If you're already at the top end of the list, congratulations! You're doing the best thing possible by providing species-appropriate nutrition for the animals in your care