Orijen & Acana Kitchen Repair and Supply Update

We love Acana and Orijen pet foods, and we also know how frustrating it can be when you come in to your favorite local pet supply shop and can’t find what you’re looking for. Acana and Orijen supply has been spotty recently due to first a package change, and — most recently — a kitchen fire that occurred in early September. The fire destroyed one of Champion’s custom ovens and reduced the output by half.

Last week, Champion Petfoods (the makers of Orijen and Acana) sent out an email updating us on the progress of its kitchen repairs. The first delivery of custom parts for the oven are scheduled to arrive October 15. The rest of the parts are scheduled to arrive on October 22 and November 5. Champion believes it will be back to its normal production schedule by the second half of November.

Store manager Tricia has put together a substitution suggestion chart in case you run out of your desired food before we can get it on the shelves. These substitutions were selected for their similar ingredients list, which should create an easy temporary switch for your pet.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. One of the reasons Orijen and Acana have the reputations they do is because Champion refuses to outsource its production, ensuring that the food you feed to your pet is subjected to Champion’s high standards for quality control every step of the way.

If we don’t have… We recommend…
Orijen Adult Acana Prairie or Earthborn Primitive Naturals
Orijen 6 Fish Acana Pacifica or Fromm Salmon Tunalini
Orijen Regional Red Acana Ranch or Earthborn Great Plains
Origen Puppy or Orijen Large Puppy Earthborn Primitive Naturals
Orijen Senior Blue Wilderness Turkey
Orijen Cat and Kitten Earthborn Primitive Feline or Wellness Core
Acana Grasslands Lamb-based grain free kibble, such as NutriSource Lamb Meal Formula
Acana Pacifica PureVita Salmon

October at Active Paws Pet Supply

It’s October! And we wouldn’t be the pet supply store we are if we didn’t have pet costumes. Right now, we offer lobster, spider, skunk and skeleton costumes, as well as adorable themed plush toys!

We have several great specials going on, including 15% off of Mutt Nose Best shampoos and conditioners. The scents include Green Tea & Lemon Lime, Fresh Ginger Mint, Rosemary & Peppermint and more. You’ll have the best smelling dog at the dogpark!

Does your dog like canned dog food? Consider purchasing our discontinued lines, which, while perfectly healthy foods, we have decided to discontinue in favor of other yummy canned dog foods. Discounted canned foods include various Wellness canned foods, Innova, Merrick Puppy, Natural Balance, Taste of the Wild, Solid Gold, Canidae, Before Grain and Holistic Select.

Our bargain bin, located to the right of the register on the floor, is a great place to find deals on many discontinued product and canned foods that were dented during shipping. You can get as much as 50% off of our normal price. The bargain bin currently contains dental health items, soft paws, grooming items, food supplements, a toy or two, and more.


We’re also offering 15% off of all cat toys and accessories, so don’t forget Kitty!


Pawtastic Up Coming Events

If we had a bigger store you know Active Paws would be hosting a myriad of rescue events but we are restricted to our tiny location. Don’t worry, plans are in the works to expand but until then, besides hosting events, our favorite charitable past time is to attend them.

Active Paws will be making their rounds at these up coming events. Please feel free to meet up with us or even just find us to say hello. Our very own founding dog Tank will be making his first public event debut in his Eddie’s Wheels cart! He’s got a great license plate and loves to say hello to friends. We will do our best to have baby wipes ready, he’s a very kissy boy ūüôā Hope to see some of you at all or some of these wonderful fall events.

Active Paws will have a booth at The Boxer Rescue‘s Boxer Bash this Sunday September 30th at the Hopkinton State Park from 12-5

Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter 9th Annual Harvest Fest Saturday October 6th at the Attleboro Animal Shelter from 10-3


Buddy Dog Humane Society’s Woofstock Saturday October 14th at the Hudson Elks Pavilion from 11-4¬†

Special Events

Come join in all the fun, bring your well behaved pups, support local rescues and vendors.

Tire Tracks and Paw Prints on My Heart

In the early Spring of 2010 an incredible little Sato dog and his remarkable owner literally rolled into my life. Baxter and Tracey Goodwin proudly came into my pet supply store and it was on that day that my journey in the animal community took a miraculous turn. A turn that would open my heart, my mind and my soul to sharing one’s life with a cart dog.

I am a person that firmly believes things happen for a reason. It had been barely a month since my own 7 year old Boxer Dozer was diagnosed with a paralyzing disease called degenerative myelopathy. I knew Baxter and Tracey entered our world for a reason but I never knew until now how much they would mean to me, an entire community and to many internationally. Continue reading

Sifting through the Sh*t

For the last 9 years I have more often than not been elbow deep in someone’s litter box. I have used all kinds of apparatuses from what looks like someone’s spatula to thousand dollar mechanical litter geniuses that do my job for me. Then when decided to share my life with a cat of my own 4 long years ago, I wondered, what was the best litter scoop out there?

Then at someone’s house in someone’s back closet, or maybe it was beside a toilet, I used the best litter scoop ever, the Litter-lifter. I still don’t understand why the other plastic competitors add cross bars to their scoops but they’re just adding more headache. I have carpal tunnel issues so sitting their trying to shake off 2 pounds of litter from a 4 pound scoop with my wrist wasn’t fun. The litter-lifter allows one scoop and your done. No more shaking litter outside the box or making a crazy mess.

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Introducing: Pounds for Pups!

The opening paragraph of a Paws 2 Care Coalition blog states, “Canine obesity is one of the fastest growing health problems seen in dogs today. As with people, obesity can lead to a variety of diseases, disorders and other complications in dogs. In a 2008 study, the¬†Association for Pet Obesity Prevention¬†estimated that 44% of U.S. dogs were overweight or obese.”

That was in 2008…4 years ago. I can assure you from the pups waddling into our store, that number has not gone down. For those of you that have been with Active Paws over the years you know that I am nothing short of passionate about your pooch’s weight. While I struggle with my own food demons, the¬†svelte¬†waistline of my own dogs and those that I care for, comes first.

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