By Sandy Meyer
Dog Gone Holistic is sponsoring its 5th Annual Dog Gone Healthy Pet Fest on Saturday December 1. The event will be held in the parking lot in front of the store, which is located in the Publix Plaza in Fishhawk, as well as inside the store. Hours outside are from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and inside the store from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The event began in 2008 when the shop first opened. “We wanted people to know what Dog Gone Holistic is all about. We are all about offering only the healthiest foods, treats and supplements on the market,” states Kim Tom, who co-owns the store with her husband Chris. The Pet Fest has continued to grow and last year Tom estimates over 500 people attended.
There will be several tents set up in the parking lot which will feature pet products, holistic dog food companies, and local pet businesses. Smokey Bones of Brandon and Kona Ice Yum will be on site selling their delicious fares along with music provided by Pure Power Productions. “We also invite several local pet rescue groups to attend the event so they can showcase their adoptable pets and collect much needed donations,” shares Tom. Dog Gone Holistic will also collect donations by selling raffle tickets for dog and cat gift baskets. Customers can also make donations right at the register.
Inside the store, everything will be discounted 15% during the day of the event, including cat and dog food. “Pets are welcome to attend, but must be on a leash and be friendly to other dogs and people,” Tom said.
Dog Gone Holistic is located at 5620 Fishhawk Crossings Blvd in Lithia. More information about the store and the Pet Fest can be found at www.doggoneholistic.biz. “Pet food and products company reps will be on hand to answer questions. It is a great time to try a new food, treats or toys… or to just buy your pet a Christmas gift,” concluded Tom.