Maintaining a healthy diet is a canine’s finest good friend

Sparkie was part of Akita and a small part of Shepherd. He came to me from a family whose newborn baby was allergic to him. Like many Akitas, his blond fur was very thick and his head was massive. He settled in with me quickly and was my constant companion.

Akitas can be aggressive – especially with other dogs. But Sparkie was a gentle soul. He loved sitting in the window seat on the second floor and watching the traffic and pedestrians go by. He never missed an opportunity to bark at sidewalk or street movement.

When we went for walks mornings and evenings, Sparkie liked to show up with the people we met. He was such a handsome dog that people were naturally drawn to him. Until they noticed his mouth. With his jaws open, he could pick up a basketball. He’s gone now. I miss him.


PetsPetsPets started a business in Califon in 1977. Over the past few years, this pet shop has grown into an important part of the community. This is where you look for help with your pets – regardless of the breed and the problem.

Here you will find experience and expertise in the care and feeding of all types of animals. In nearly 50 years, there isn’t much this pet store hasn’t seen and handled.

Food for different animals is always in stock. There is a full range of dry and wet foods available. Freshly frozen raw meat is popular with dog and cat owners.

Food supplements and vitamins, toys and clothing and everything else that is needed for the care of your pet – there is a large selection on display.

Dogs seem to be the main focus here, but there is support with almost every other pet as well. Cats, rabbits, gerbils, all kinds of small furry animals, scaly reptiles, and feathered birds – whatever your pet.

A major pet adoption event is scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd, from 10am to 3pm. Most of the time, dogs are expected, but you can also find cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and others.

PetsPetsPets serves a wide area. People come from Long Valley, Tewksbury, Oldwick, Chester, Glen Gardner, the High Bridge, Clinton, Lebanon and beyond.

For more information, please call 908-832-0533 and The store is located at 438 Rt. 513 in Califon.


“We were very busy during the pandemic,” says Julio Vega. And he expects customer activity to continue and increase.

Julio is based in Clinton, which operates the Well Bred Pet Store. Additional stores can be found in Chatham, Chester and Livingston. Madison is in the works.

The well-behaved people are very concerned about nutrition. They carry a wide variety of natural and organic pet foods – including raw and gently cooked foods, natural treats, and chews. A huge selection of pet supplies rounds off the stock.

“We have standard foods as well as raw and frozen ones,” explains Julio. “It’s chicken, pork, beef, and turkey. We also deliver within 15 miles of the store. “

A snow groomer is on site on one Sunday of the month (call for the exact date) from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. You can look at the nails, teeth and ears and have them cleaned.

The Diet Guru Consult program is also available by appointment. This includes an initial consultation with your pet, followed by a 6 week follow-up by phone or email if help is needed. This program costs $ 149.

Well Bred is located on Grayrock Plaza north of Clinton on Route 31. For more information, call 908-894-5597.


Andy Cohen runs perhaps the most famous pet store in Hunterdon. It’s Barkley’s Market Place at 79 Main St., Flemington. Andy recently decided to expand.

Barkley’s has taken over the space previously occupied by PetValu at 3150 Route 22 in Branchburg. The entire month of May has been declared the opening month, and the events take place throughout the month.

Some events have already been held. Here are some of the upcoming ones.

May 15th and 22nd from 11pm to 2pm is cat’s day with Capic Cats. Capic Cats is a cat-adoptable organization based in the central part of the state. These events are where you can meet adoptable cats and celebrate all things feline.

Yappie Hour is on May 13th and 20th from 5pm to 7pm. This is a tasting bar for dogs and their humans. Sign up to win a free dog wash plus special discounts.

Doggie donuts and coffee are available on May 11th and 18th from 10am to 11am. Sign up to win a free dog wash and ask Andy any pet nutrition questions.

The Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting will take place on Thursday, May 20th at 5 p.m. There is a group photo in front of the shop as well as treats for dogs and people.

Follow Barkley’s Marketplace on Facebook and Instagram for more events and information. Barkley’s offers free local delivery, roadside collection, online and in-store shopping.

This new location in Branchburg offers self-service stations for pets. They provide everything needed to wash a pet – shampoo, water, towels, an apron, and a dryer. Appointments are recommended.

For more information, call 908-997-0506 (Branchburg) or 908-448-7215 (Flemington). And visit

Al Warr is a freelance columnist whose weekly business-related column appears in the Hunterdon County Democrat. Al can be reached at 610-253-0432 or [email protected]

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