By Terry Rogers
On Sunday, June 25, Fur-Baby Boutique, Daycare, Hotel & Spa celebrated their sixth anniversary with “Yappy Hour” on the patio at Abbott’s Grill. Leashed four-legged family members were welcome on the patio as their two-legged family members enjoyed Happy Hour specials. Pets were also provided with food specials as Fur-Baby offered Primal Raw Food samples and Goat’s Milk cocktails.
Primal Pet Food is based out of San Francisco, CA, and has been committed to elevating the health of pets since 2001. The company offers fully-prepared, human-grade raw foods and treats for dogs and cats. The company believes that it is critical to offer an alternative type of pet food with so many pets diagnosed with diet-related diseases. All foods are manufactured using the highest quality raw ingredients, providing pets with highly digestible amino acids as well as vitamins and minerals that are the building block of every animal’s biological function.
“Our pets continue to suffer from chronic health issues like ear infections, itchy skin, diabetes, kidney and liver diseases, dental diseases, obesity, and cancer. These are often poor nutrition related symptoms because pet parents don’t realize that the commercially available foods marketed to them can be causing harm and long term issues,” said Fur-Baby Owner Sherry Shupe. “Our goal is to help our customers choose foods that provide quality ingredients, that create a species appropriate diet to help their Fur Baby have a happy and healthy life. We have many options to fit many nutritional needs that are budget friendly as well.”
Fur-Baby opened on South Walnut Street six years ago as an upscale cat and dog boutique, offering eco-friendly, rescue-friendly, organic and handmade items for pets. A year later, they expanded their offerings and moved to a location on SW Front Street. It was at this location they began offering doggy daycare and grooming. In 2015, the boutique moved to 204 Northeast Front Street, next to Arena’s, now offering boutique items, doggie daycare and hotel services as well as a spa for grooming.
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Shupe states that helping raise awareness and funds for local rescue is a core value that has been with the business from the beginning. Volunteering for a local rescue in her spare time, Shupe originally created the boutique on Walnut Street as a store that would provide much needed funding for animal rescue and adoption. Shupe decided to leave her job in the Pharmaceutical Industry and become a retail business owner. The commitment and focus to rescue has never wavered.
“I had to take a leap of faith,” Ms. Shupe said in an earlier interview. “I just had to follow my heart and interests and trust that with hard work and the support of my family and community, I would be alright. I had no idea it would take off as quickly as it has.”
Fur-Baby Boutique focuses on healthy, organic grocery and items while their Spa offers daily services where pets can be pampered. Fur-Baby’s Daycare offers an indoor, cage-free park for dogs of all sizes while their Hotel is a kennel-free facility for overnight stays for dogs and cats. Registered with the the State of Delaware as an official location to receive Delaware Dog Licenses, Fur-baby also offers Discount Vaccination events twice a month where pets can receive vaccinations as well as microchips. For more information on Fur-Baby Doggie Daycare, Hotel & Spa, pet lovers can call 302- 725-5078, visit their downtown Milford location at 204 NE Front Street or online at https://furbabyboutique.com.