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Up For Stardom Contest

September 22, 2017

It's time for our Up For Stardom Contest! Enter for the chance to have YOUR dog featured in our 2018 Catalog, a photo session and an Up Country gift basket! Enter here: until 9/29/17 11:59 PM ET. The voting period will take place from 9/30-10/9. Two winners will be selected by the Up Country inc. judges and one winner will be automatically selected based on the most votes. Open to US and Canada entries.

Only one photo entry per person and don't forget to share your entry to get more votes when the voting period begins. Three winners will be announced on or before October 13th. Good luck! #UpForStardom

The Puppy Pantry is Perfection!

September 21, 2017

Brian and Heather Nichols in front of The Puppy Pantry.

In 2012 Betsy Poundstone helped her daughter Heather Nichols make her dream a reality and opened The Puppy Pantry, a one-stop shop for premium pet products, featuring a self-service dog wash, grooming, daycare, boarding, and a fresh treat barkery.

When you step into the neighborhood store, which started out in one small storefront in Buford, Georgia, (and quickly expanded to two storefronts) you will find the highest quality dog foods, US made toys, natural and holistic products, and accessories. Since the opening of the Buford store, Betsy and her family have opened two new locations in Braselton and Flowery Branch. While all three stores exhibit the same warm concept, the Buford location is the only store that offers boarding and daycare and is by far the largest.

Well trained staff help to educate customers on the best for their pet.

“We provide everything you can’t buy at PetSmart or Petco,” Betsy says. “Customers come in who weren't aware of the poor food they were buying and ask questions that our trained staff can answer and assist with. In no time at all, we can find the best-matched products to help their pets thrive. Today people want help, they want to be informed on not only what they are eating, but what their pets are eating too.”

The Puppy Pantry has something for everyone.

During the changing seasons, Betsy supplies the stores with gift items and holiday accessories that are a huge hit with the local customers as well as their friends and family visiting from out of town. “The Up Country holiday collars are always a huge hit, and we carry them in all of our stores. We’ve had Up Country since we opened and all of the collars are hugely popular. Our Florida Gator Fans love the gator pattern, and the Got Bones and Whale collars can't seem to stay on the shelf.”

In addition to being a one-stop shop for everything pet related, the Puppy Pantry is also heavily involved in local rescue and giving back to the community. “Periodically we do adoption Saturdays, we sponsor and participate in local walk/runs for animals, and during the Buford store’s five-year birthday party we added a food donation aspect to benefit the shelter.”

Delicious all natural cookie treats are a treat for the eyes too!

With the Pantry’s success, Betsy and her daughter hope to continue to grow the business and create a successful franchise that will spread their knowledge to other markets. “It is so much fun working with customers, meeting their new puppies, and educating them on what to feed their four-legged friends to live a happy, healthy, long life.

There are plenty of Up Country collars to be found!

If you are in the Gwinnett County area be sure to stop by the pet boutique of your dreams, and buy the best pet food on the market, shop US made accessories, and meet the amazing team behind the Puppy Pantry! Your pup deserves a fully stocked pantry too! #UpCountryRetailer Have a comment or suggestion? Don't make us beg! Email us here!

Rosie and Harper: A Love Story

September 14, 2017

Rosie gets a kiss from Harper.

Harper, a ten-month-old Yellow Labrador and Up Country devotee, brings joy to a family that needs her as much as she needs them.

Rosie Pitts waited five whole years before she was able to move on and consider adopting another pal after losing her beloved Yellow Labrador, Odin. Odin ruled the roost for his full 15 years and hit many milestones with his two legged pack during that time. Losing him was very hard on the entire Pitts Family, but little did they know, their future would be bright with a new yellow furball that would heal them from the heartaches Odin left behind

Harper and Arrow are the best of friends.

“In Winter of 2017 I welcomed Harper into the family,” said Rosie. “When I laid eyes on her it was love at first sight! She’s a very different dog than Odin; where Odin was neurotically goofy, Harper is very mellow and laid back. However, Harper does enjoy tearing about the yard and chasing after her best friend Arrow (my youngest daughter’s German shepherd / rough coated collie mix.) Their hijinks have inspired the nicknames Shrek (Harper) and Donkey (Arrow). If there’s trouble to find, they’ll find it.”

When Harper doesn’t have a case of the zoomies with her furry friends you can find her at the local dog park, practicing recalls, and playing in the creek with Rosie. “She’s a true California girl and loves to be outside in the sunshine! I hope to retire to a coastal community in the next few years and in the interim, I am dreaming of beach days with Harper where we will enjoy the feel of the sand under our feet (and paws!), and maybe even start to train for dog dock diving competitions.”

Harper with one of her almost 15 collar and lead sets from Up Country.

With such an active lifestyle, Rosie has Harper always looking her best. “I’ve been buying Up Country collars for my pets for many years. Initially, I found Up Country collars at Olde Towne School for Dogs in Alexandria, VA when visiting my oldest daughter. The designs of the collars were so cute, and I could not help but snatch one up for Odin. It became a tradition that when I would visit my daughter, I would always return home with a new Up Country collar for Odin who was dubbed the best-dressed dog on the block!”

As you can imagine, Odin’s style has been passed down to Harper whose favorite collars are those with bright pink or blues and of course, anything nautically inspired. But who says you have to choose when you have close to 15 sets?!

While Harper does not have a public personal social media account, you can bet she is bringing smiles to all of her friends, family, and passersby faces on a daily basis.

 We give Harper's ability to lift her family’s spirits, cheerful energy, and fabulous style two paws up!


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