Top Dog Winner - Holistic Wellness Merchant
GREEN DOG PET SUPPLY
Proprietors: Christine and Mike Mallar
4327 NE Fremont St. Portland, OR
Philosophy/Mission: Green Dog Pet Supply specializes in environmentally-friendly pet supplies and gifts for dogs, cats and their people.
Claim to Fame/Signature Product or Service: We carry a variety of products that include locally-made items that don’t travel as far, using fewer fossil fuels and supporting the local economy, as well as products made from sustainable, recycled materials, and extra durable goods less likely to be land-filled. Products made from organic materials and ingredients and handmade and fair trade products. Nutrition is also vitally important to us, and we are constantly reading, researching and discussing food-related health issues. We love helping customers support their pets’ health and longevity from the inside, and to help them to connect with holistic health practitioners in the community. Christine’s New Year’s resolutions are to do more nutrition lectures and provide more articles on various topics for our customers.
Community Involvement: We try to support as many local businesses as we can, as well as raise funds for and donate products to local charities. For example, for the past 5 years we’ve donated to Meals on Wheels about 200 lbs of dog and cat kibble each month. We also coordinated a food drive for Pongo Fund (96 bags!) Our customers donated 66 bags, we donated 10, and we got our distributor and food company to donate 10 bags each — thanks, Great Life!). We organized a Christmas photo shoot to benefit Fences for Fido, and we regularly raise money at our counter for Fences for Fido and The Feral Cat Coalition. Currently we are gathering money for a neighboring store that recently lost everything in a fire.