Written by Adam Jenkins
For the Love of Dog opened at 17 West Market Street on August 5th. What seemed like an overnight opening for most of us in Marietta, however, was actually a plan that was eight years in the making. Owner Tammy Weidman began dreaming of the store when she made a Black Labrador part of her family years ago. A Millersville resident, Tammy chose Marietta as the location for her store, stating that she has “always loved Marietta” and noticed that there was “nothing pet oriented” nearby.
For the Love of Dog occupies a “little space”. Tammy gets the most out of the little store, though. Dog food, treats, grooming supplies, and toys are stacked literally to the ceiling in some parts of the store. Despite the store name, cat supplies can be purchased at For the Love of Dog, as well. Cat food, treats, and litter are among the offering for felines.
The inventory of the store remains a work-in-progress, with new items arriving all the time. On the day I stopped by to talk with Tammy, a fashionable selection of dog collars arrived at the store. Weidman takes pride in researching products to find the “best stuff” for your pets. Whenever possible, she tries to stock products that are made in the USA. Tammy also wants her customers to help shape the inventory going forward- “if there’s something you wish to see at the store, just ask” she said.
Tammy has plenty ideas for the future of For the Love of Dog. Some possible additions include delivery, classes, and social events- “Yappy Hours where people get together and hang out with their pooches”.
For the Love of Dog is currently open from 10-6 Wednesday through Friday and 10-3 on Saturdays. As with the inventory, Tammy plans on being responsive to customer feedback for the store hours stressing that those are the “starting hours” and might change if customer demand dictates. The store also has a Facebook page, available at facebook.com/lovesdogsPA, where you can find out store information and enjoy some pet-related content