A Trip to the Pet ( Toy ) Store
I arrived at the Hickory Creek COE Campground outside of Springdale, Arkansas last week and set up for a two week stay to visit with my older brother Bill and his wife Jan. Not having seen each other in many years, there was a lot of catching up to do.
Signs of spring are beginning to appear here in the economically booming northwest corner of the state. Walmart makes it’s corporate headquarters in Bentonville just a few miles north of Springdale and that presence has brought prosperity to this part of Arkansas. New strip malls and housing developments are going up almost everywhere you go in the region.
The Whole Pet
Bill and Jan own The Whole Pet, with three pet stores in the area ( in Springdale, Fayetteville, and Fort Smith ) and Pearl, Sam, and I drove into Springdale to visit their newest operation.
Pearl is now 12 weeks old and continues to amaze me with her fearless, no holds barred attitude. A visit to a store is a new experience for her, and rather than staying by my side and cautiously poking around, she hopped through the door and galloped in to check out what must be a pretty exciting place for a dog to explore.
Only took her a few minutes to wear Sam down, sliding around the slick floors.
I’m sure Bill and Jan know better than I, but I’m not sure I’d leave so many interesting toys at puppy height.
The store offers do-it-yourself dog bathing facilities as well as professional grooming and this twelve week old Golden Retriever had just been groomed. Pearl wasted no time getting acquainted and teasing the him with a game of keep-away.
The action was just too fast and furious for me to keep up with.
They have a few different sized tennis balls for dogs displayed on a floor level shelf, so it didn’t take long for Pearl to find one that was just the right size. She quickly picked on the new game of fetch.
Not having the longest of attention spans, the game of fetch didn’t last all that long. Besides, there was a lot more to explore in this new place.
After the Golden left, it didn’t take long for Pearl to find a new playmate, here chasing this youngster around the shop. Without a doubt, the boldest little pup I have ever been around.
Playing fetch, or more like Keep-away, with her new playmate.
I had to step out to the car to get a different lens for the camera and when I turned around and saw this, just had to take a shot.
Some one foolishly placed stuffed animals on the lower shelf and Pearl found a Clydesdale that seemed to need some attention.
Hope I’m not expected to buy all these toys.
After an hour or so, she finally just had to take a break before resuming her explorations.
If you are ever in this area, don’t miss checking out The Whole Pet.
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