"We're very picky about the types of food we bring in," said co-owner Katie Berger.
For the record, the duck heads are safe for dogs to chew: Because they're freeze-dried, the bones don't become brittle the way they do when they're cooked, and aren't a choking hazard. In the cold case, there are hunks of chicken, rabbit, venison and other raw meats, and the small downtown pet supply store is working on an arrangement with Carey, Idaho-based Idahound to supply more.
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- Freeze-dried duck heads are a nutritious treat for pups.
"Six ounces of steak has more of what you need than 6 ounces of potato chips," said Berger, making a comparison.
She got into the business 15 years ago in Southern California, starting at her first job on the day a beloved pet died. She later determined that much of her dog's suffering could have been side-stepped with a better diet. Idaho popped onto her radar when her father hoped to retire here. Now, she has a pet food store guarded by two not-so-ferocious dogs: Sophie, and her mother and the shop's namesake, Molly.
The shop has been open since Dec. 6, and Berger and Curry are already reaching out to other local businesses about partnering on pet-friendly events, like "yappy hours" featuring cat and dog "wine" and "champagne" tastings to go along with adult (human) beverages.