By Kayla Hayes

Dog Gone Holistic is a heavily stocked, nutrition-focused pet shop for dogs and cats on FishHawk Crossing Blvd. in Lithia. The shop is owned by a husband and wife team – Chris and Kim Tom – and is “…dedicated to enhancing the longevity and quality of life for pets by providing the very best in holistic pet nutrition, supplements and treats, as well as fun toys, chews, apparel, beds and many other innovative pet products.”

On Saturday, December 7, Dog Gone Holistic is hosting its sixth annual Healthy Pet Fest from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

“Our goal and mission with each year’s Healthy Pet Fest is to help our customers and prospective ‘new’ customers gain even more knowledge on the foods and products we offer to keep their pets in optimal health,” said Kim. “It is truly amazing that so many health issues pets face today can be reversed by feeding the right foods and giving the right supplements and treats,” she continued.

Chris and Kim have a long history in the pet industry and are crazy about animals, especially dogs and cats.

“We also have a mission to help some homeless pets find ‘fur-ever’ homes. Our goal is to hit $2,000 in donations this year,” said Kim.

Besides a store-wide discount of 15 percent on December 7, the Healthy Pet Fest is bringing in a long list of vendors, including several dog food companies with free samples of holistic pet foods and treats. Some of the vendors include Primal Pet Foods, Nature’s Logic Pet Foods, Ted’s Aloe for Pets, Brandon Lakes Veterinary Clinic and Camp Bow Wow (doggie daycare and boarding). “We will have several dog rescue groups here with adoptable pets and we will have raffles to help raise money for the attending pet rescue groups,” Kim included. Some of the rescue groups attending are Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida, Bay Area Greyhound Rescue and Second Chance Boxer Rescue among several others.  Vendors will be in the store’s parking lot from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. the day of the event, and store sales last from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. People are invited to bring their pets to the event as well, as long as they are on leashes and friendly to other pets and people.

Visit or call 651-0842 for more information.



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