Small Business Saturday Profile: Pet Pangaea

Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells, left, and co-worker/pet specialist Caitlyn LeClaire Rupprecht. Courtesy photo

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Two once-in-a-lifetime canines were the inspiration for Pet Pangaea LLC – the hub of all things pet-related in Los Alamos County. Former Chief Canine Officers Hana and Jasper served from 2005 until 2009 and 2012, respectively.

And, although they have both crossed the rainbow bridge to that great dog store in the sky, their passion for great toys, food, treats, chews, grooming products and much more still inspires the daily operations at Pet Pangaea.

Like her former canine product-testers, store owner Cyndi Wells is dedicated to bringing Los Alamos and its surrounding communities the very best the pet world has to offer. Wells and her staff of dedicated pet-product specialists work tirelessly to find and stock a wide variety of quality supplies to meet the needs of all types of pets, from dogs and cats to reptiles, small animals, birds, fish, and even horses and poultry, and their pet owners.

Wells opened Pet Pangaea in 2005 after the only existing pet store in the county closed its doors and she grew weary of making the hour-long trek to Santa Fe to buy dog food. Knowing that the Los Alamos community deserved a place to buy quality supplies at good prices, she began the process of making her vision a reality.

Wells planned the store from the perspective of what would make her happy as a customer. The result is a store that not only serves as a place for the citizens of Los Alamos County to purchase their pet supplies, but also serves as a hub of the local pet community, hosting events in support of the local animal shelter, pony club and other animal-related organizations. A walking group, Downtown Dogs, meets weekly at Pet Pangaea for fun, friendship and exercise.

“Two of my favorite annual events are approaching – Small Business Saturday and Santa Paws. Definitely stop by on Small Business Saturday! Ten percent of purchases at Pet Pangaea that day will go to Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter,” Wells said. “You will have fun at the store with all the giveaways. One person, whose invoice number is randomly selected at the end of the day, will even get their purchases for free with a gift card in the amount of their invoice. We’ll also have yummy cupcakes for the humans from Ruby Ks.

We also have a big surprise planned for that day! On Sunday, Dec. 7, you can get photos of your pets with Santa. Donations to Friends of the Shelter for the photo shoot are appreciated – every dime goes directly to Friends of the Shelter. Last year, we raised about $800 during Santa Paws! I really appreciate how the community has come out and supported this event over the years.”

As a Ph.D. chemist and former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, Wells is especially interested in the field of pet nutrition and enjoys taking a good, hard look at the ingredients that go into any bag of food Pet Pangaea stocks. Pet Pangaea LLC also employs a great crew of friendly folks, who receive extensive training before graduating to the store floor. They are eager to help you and your pet.

The store is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday., 362 days a year, only closing on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Pet Pangaea is always coming up with new ideas and ways to serve the community. You can keep up with Pet Pangaea at www.petpangaea.com or talk to them at 505.661.1010

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