Monday, September 19, 2011

We're Moving Our Blog

We've migrated our blog over to WordPress and hope you'll come with us. Click here to take a look and get a sneak peak at the general design of the new website.

Be sure to follow us on the new blog. This will be our last post here and this blog will be coming down as soon as the website goes live.

From the Way Back Machine

If you haven't heard, we are hard at work on a brand new website. We know, it's about time. But don't worry, it's going to be great — well worth the wait.

While picking through the material on the old site to see what is worth reposting on our beautiful new site, we came across this beauty shot from the Way Back Machine. With humble apologies to Becky (a truly beautiful woman) for reposting what is probably not her favorite picture, we did think you would get a big kick out of seeing Kenn with a full head of jet-black hair. This was taken a little before his youngest son, Seth, was born. Is the grey hair that's happened in the 13 years since his birth a coincidence? We think not.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Craftsman Experience

Today, at 2:30 p.m., The Animal Store will be featured live on SCREW*D: Where Survival Comes Down to the Right Tools — The Craftsman Experience. The crew visited the store and one of our most exotic animals will be making an appearance. Don't miss it.

This was a live stream that is not currently available. As soon as they post the video on YouTube, we'll add the link here.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Help Local No-kill Shelter with Your Vote

Our friends at the Buddy Foundation, a nonprofit foundation no-kill shelter, is looking for your vote. The shelter has a has a chance to win a $25,000 grant from EMC Insurance Company. $25,000 will help them provide food, shelter, and medical care for hundreds of homeless and abandoned animals.

Show your support.

Click here, then click on the round purple kitty button on the right to vote.

Vote daily through October 8th.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Pixie Frogs New at The Animal Store

When you hear the word "pixie", the first thing that comes to mind is probably a tiny, fairy-like creature with wings, making magic and causing mischief — not a giant bullfrog. The African Bullfrog, pictured here, is also known as a Pixie Frog and it gets its common name from its scientific name, Pyxicephalus adspersus.

This frog is brand new to The Animal Store and is already bigger than a baseball. Young Pixies are bright green in color, but they become duller as they age, and adult males have a yellow/orange neck, while the females will have a creamy white one. These animals are native to sub-Saharan Africa and are the second largest amphibian in the world. Adult males can grow to nine inches long and weigh more than four pounds. They have been known to live as long as 40 years.

Stop in soon an meet the newest addition to our amphibian collection.

Friday, July 08, 2011

We're Havin' a Party

This weekend we're throwing Spur a big welcome home party, and around these parts that means big savings for you. Kenn's so happy to have her back that he's offering 25% off everything* in the store. Yep, everything.

And just so the fish department doesn't get jealous of all the attention being lavished on Spur, we're also offering buy 2 get 1 free on all fish**. Plus, don't miss our sidewalk sale savings, with discounts up to 60% off of select merchandise.

And see that groovy button featuring Spur's famous photo? Our good friends at Busy Beaver Button Co. made them up in a hurry just for the party. Saturday and Sunday, we're giving a free "I found Spur …" button to the first 200 customers.

Bring Spur a leafy green or two to welcome her back. Get great deals and a free button. And join the party:

Saturday July 10 — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday July 11 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Good on white tag prices only.
**Of equal or lesser value.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Big Weekend at The Animal Store

If you have been following along on Facebook or Twitter, you already know that the 4th of July weekend brought a lot of excitement to us here at The Animal Store. In the end, the news was good: Spur, our beloved Sulcata tortoise was returned safe and sound. Thanks so much to everyone who showed concern and helped to spread the word. We feel very lucky to have her back.

Stay tuned for even more fireworks next weekend, when we plan to celebrate Spur's return with a big Tortoise Welcome Home Party for our whole community.

When we say Spur is famous, we're not kidding. She's been featured on the radio, in newspapers, on TV, on blogs, and in humor columns, from Chicago to Seattle to Missouri to Florida to Croatia to Australia. You know your news is big when the Internet begins to mock you. Here's the latest roundup; some posts helped bring her home, some were pretty funny, and some were just plain outrageous.

Detective Shaved Longc*** (some material on this blog may be offensive to some readers) "Update: 70-pound tortoise stolen from pet store returned 'with only a few minor dings'" - 31 comments (some material on this site may be offensive to some readers) "M..i..s..s..i..n..g.....t.o.r.t.o.i.s.e.....r.e..t...u.nn..e.d.......t.o......w..o...r...r..i..e..d...o.w.n.e.r."