Local pet shop offers wide selection

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 28, 2005

Do you order steak at a pizza place?

Do you order Italian food at a Chinese restaurant?

Do you get your flowers from a convenience store?

Most likely not to all these questions.

So why buy your pet or the supplies you need for it anywhere other than at the pet store.

The Camellia City has a full service pet store, Pat’s Pets, located at 1115 E. Commerce St., just up from Lee Electric.

Owner Patricia Lowery said she is surprised more people aren’t aware that they are there but said word is spreading.

They offer pretty much anything you want in the pet world from birds to reptiles

&uot;We raise a lot of our own cockatiels, hamsters, rats and mice and we also raise a lot of our own puppies,&uot; she said.

&uot;We take our puppies to the vet and have them checked over, so customers have some idea of their good health. I’m not going to sell a sick animal or bird.&uot;

Lowery has some experience in the pet world.

She raised various species of birds for nine years before buying the pet shop.

Also, there are a wide variety of dogs that she has access to.

These aren’t you alley dogs, but full-blooded animals.

&uot;We have all kinds of dogs and can often get what a person wants,&uot; she said.

&uot;We have bulldogs, black labs, poodles, Chihuahuas, but basically what we have available and what we can get.&uot;

On this particular day, Lowery had two miniature border collies as well as two apple head Chihuahuas on display.

The collies were resting quietly but the two little ones were ready to scrap with each other.

A sharp word from Lowery quieted the two Chihuahuas, but for only a moment and it was back to wrestling and tussling in their cage.

&uot;They are just very sweet and smart little dogs,&uot; she said watching them.

Lowery did say she is not able to get certain types of animals because she does not have an exotic animal license.

Pat’s Pets also has just about any type of fish you want and they carry a wide assortment of aquariums and supplies for both your freshwater aquariums and they can even set you up with a salt-water aquarium.

&uot;I prefer the saltwater aquariums to the others,&uot; Scott Coshatt, Lowery’s son said.

&uot;You have a wider variety of fish you can put in and they can be more colorful.&uot;

He went on to say that many people may think a saltwater aquarium is harder to maintain but he believes there is very little difference.

Lowery pointed out that anyone who buys a saltwater tank from them, they they’ll be happy to get it set up.

Also, they’ll service the aquarium after the sale.

In addition to the aquariums, Pat’s Pets is your home for fish for your ornamental garden pools.

Already have an aquarium but having trouble keeping it stabilized?

Well Pat’s Pets can help you there as well.

&uot;We can test people’s water and see what’s going on with it,&uot; she said.

&uot;We then recommend the chemicals needed to correct the problem.&uot;

They also sell guinea pigs, hamsters, snakes, iguanas and much, much more.

They are open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also on Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Call them 382-5540.