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Eco-Friendly Pet Haven
by Jialin Luh on Oct 07, 2010
Loving pet owners who care about the environment now have a San Francisco business that supports our furry friends and the green movement: Green Pawz, on Stanyan Street across the street from Golden Gate Park.
Owner Julianne Walsh opened Green Pawz in May after a year of research and business development, and 14 years in the natural products industry selling organic foods and personal care items.
“I noticed the growth in the natural/organic pet segment and wanted to make a career change to incorporate my lifestyle and love of pets,” Julianne says. “I wanted to offer a place of community with other passionate pet owners.”
In addition to offering only all natural, organic and raw pet food, Julianne purchases from local vendors as much as possible to reduce carbon footprint. She stocks environmentally friendly toys and supplies that are safe and non-toxic.
“We offer collars and leads made from more sustainable materials that are non-toxic and readily available, such as bamboo, hemp, and cork,” Julianne says. “I spend a lot of time researching materials and new products that are safe and kind to our pets and planet.”
The most popular service at Green Pawz is the self-service pet washing station. San Francisco pet owners often have limited space and energy to bathe dogs at home, and they have to deal with the aftermath. Green Pawz offers a solution that is convenient and environmentally friendly.
“Our tubs are large enough to fit a Great Dane and [have] ramps for those that need assistance,” Julianne says. “We use EO Pet Shampoo and Conditioner, using all natural and organic ingredients with lavender essential oils to calm, heal, and sooth your pet.”
Of course if you’d like to drop Fido off for full-service grooming, Green Pawz employs a patient, gentle groomer with over 15 years of experience who has worked with animals of all temperaments — dogs and cats alike. Prices start at $35 for bathing of small to mid-sized breeds.
Aside from being able to purchase environmentally friendly food and other products, Green Pawz has partnered with other local service providers to bring convenient on-site dentistry, doggy massage, and dog training to the store.
“Our doggy dentist/dental hygienist comes in the second Friday of each month,” says Julianne. “She is patient, knowledgeable, and very effective. The initial cleaning is $110, and then, if necessary, she recommends a maintenance program and charges significantly less than a veterinarian.”
Maintenance visits run as low as $21 per month.
Is your furry friend suffering from pain, soreness, or stiffness? You might consider canine massage and acupressure. Heather Sanders of Wags ’n Wellness books fifty-minute holistic sessions from time to time at Green Pawz to treat ailments ranging from gastrointestinal issues, musculoskeletal issues (post-surgical recovery), arthritis and more.
Green Pawz hosts a variety of training seminars including dog training with Marissa from Paw and Reward Dog Training, basic manners training courses, and recall seminars for those of you that may have issues getting your dog to come to you when you call. The next two-week recall seminar begins October 27th.
If you have any questions about dog training or behavior, mark your calendar for October 22nd. Marissa will be on hand to answer questions at a wine (for you) and dog treat (for your best friend, of course) tasting. The next four-week Basic Manners Class for dogs seminar commences November 1st.
Julianne chose to take over the space that formerly housed Puppy Haven, a pet retail store and self-service pet wash.
“I wanted to develop and change the concept of an existing pet store rather than open another brand new store,” she says. “I like the location, across the street from Golden Gate Park and a neighborhood that is extremely dog friendly and supports local businesses.”
“For me, eco-friendly is a lifestyle,” Julianne says. “Not only do we have a recycling and composting program, we support local vendors, and we only use non-toxic cleaners and laundry detergent.”
by Jialin Luh on Oct 07, 2010