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8A Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009 Feather River Bulletin Traci Bue Staff Writer "If we don't have it, I can get it," said Michelle Low, co-owner of Pet Country Tack N Feed in Quincy. : It's hard to imagine what more a pet or animal could need than the extensive in- ventory lining the shelves at Pet Country. In business since 1999, Michelle and husband Tim run a well-stocked store, to say the least. Inside the user- friendly mini-warehouse, an- imal lovers will find feed and supply for happy and healthy animals from farm animals to dogs and cats to rats, rabbits and chinchillas to fish, small birds, reptiles and a tarantula. Most of the specialty feed and supplies in Pet Country can't be found in larger chain stores, a preference of both the owners and the sup- pliers, and a smart plan for feed and tack stores still thriving in rural, agricultur- al communities. Business has been moder- ately affected by the econo- my, said Low, but she's man- aged to maintain her regular customer base. "People may change brands to save a dollar, but they're still interested in quality care and nutrition for their pets," she said. Statistics from the Ameri- can Pet Products Association seem to support that asser- tion. Though shelters in some regions have experi- enced an increase in capaci- ty due to the recession, the broader picture indicates pet pampering is alive and well. It appears that pets, for the most part, may be largely re- cession-proof, as many pet owners tighten their own belts, but are reluctant to scrimp on their pets. Accord- ing to the APPA, Americans spent $43 billion on pets last year--S16 billion of that was Pet Country Tack N Feed off Highway 70 is for all your pet nutrition and healthcare Traci Bue a one-stop shop needs. Photo by for food. In good times or bad, pets have become more than im- pulse buys or status sym- bols, but rather a part of our lives and treated much like our children. Brand selection and per- sonal service differentiate the Pet Country Tack N Feed from the urban big-box stores. Pet owners can choose from an array of healthy, top brands in seed and feed, whether feeding poultry or the family dog. Hay cubes, alfalfa pellets and pigeon mix are as abun- dant as pig supplement, lamb food or fish flakes. Canned, dried or specialty freeze-dried raw dog and cat chow never looked so good. Soft, marrow-in beef bones fill the freezer and training treats of every flavor line the shelves. Whether old or young, senior diets to bottle- fed kids can all be served at Pet Country. In addition to feed, the store carries tack, gifts and pet supplies. Bridles, spurs and saddle pads are stocked beside glass cases displaying Western jewelry in belt buckles, horseshoe earrings and silver his-and-her watch- es. Veterinary care, pet sup- plements and grooming products can also be found, as well as cavy habitats, cages of all sizes, aquariums and a substantial selection of pet toys and accessories. One need look no further for decorative flora for the pond or the fish tank, and for the reptile enthusiast, a sun lamp or two is also available. A bay door at the back of the building provides conve- nient pick-up, and in the front of the store customers will find books on every- thing from birds to bugs next to a corkboard advertising sales, pets and pet services. It is a one-stop neighbor- hood shop where pets and people are treated well. Low not only knows almost every customer by name that walks through the door; it's a good bet she knows their pets' names as well. A lifelong pet-lover, she confessed to caring for six dogs among a menagerie of Animal lover and co-owner of Pet Country Tack N Feed in Quincy, Michelle Low said the down- turn in the economy has affected business, but people still want quality care and food for their pets and they don't want to have to drive out of town to get it. "Everything is here. If it's not, I can get it," said Low. Photo by Traci Bue other animals at home, andweeks; five of the 17 puppies was formerly located in East said she relates to the pet- still left rotate viewing shifts Quincy and now sits at the loving customers that visit at the store, opposite end of town on the store. More than a pet supply re-Crescent Street. "I like seeing everybody's taller, the store's owners are pets from time to time and invested in the community,Pet Country Tack N Feed helping them solve a prob- hosting training clinics as Tim and Michelle Low lem," she said. time permits and periodic 362 Crescent St. She recently helped a adoption days for the local 283-9605 breeder from Reno, Nev., sell shelter. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 12 puppies in two and a half Pet Country Tack N Feed p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. surgeon les in race Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Dr. Anton (Tony) Dahlman, chief of surgery at Eastern Plumas Health Care for the past four years, died after suffering a cerebral hemor- rhage during the Laser Mas- ters' U.S. Championship in Monterey on the weekend of Aug. 15-16. He was 61. He was sailing the first ;race of the series whenjhe :was stricken. A saf6t' b h{ rushed him to a waiting am: bulance at the Coast Guard pier in the Monterey harbor. He was transported to the lo- cal hospital, but he died the next day. Laser sailing is physically demanding. The boat is small die doing what we love the and sleek, and holds only one best." sailor. Master's sailing starts Dahlman was hired in late at age 35 and is further bro- 2005 as chief of surgery at ken into age-group categories EPHC, a move that provided because it is so strenuous, patients with a full-time staff The Grand Masters category surgeon, and which allowed is for Dahlman's age-group of for more local surgeries, con- 55-64. tinuity of care and shorter Dahlman was remembered patient wait times. as a real pleasure to work After practicing for 12 with and as very friendly and years at large urban hospi- down to earth. According to tals in Southern California, Dr. Grady Fort, "He was just Dahlman spent the 10 years a good guy, He had a zest for: prior to his post at EPHC in, medicine and a real zest for: rural hospitals, and he appre- life. He was well liked by pc- ciated the slower pace and tients and staff, and he was a friendly atmosphere in East- good family man ... I saw him ern Plumas County. the week before he died. He Dahlman leaves behind his said, 'I just did 33 races in a wife, Maria, who shared with week.' And, while he died him a love of the outdoors, way too young, may we all and two grown children. ] -,a *a Call us for all your Plumbing and Heating needs RESIDENTIAl, * COMMERCIAl, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern Plumas Health Fair Energy Expo through day 10 a.m, a.m. to be held Bin Elks Lunch is to receive Kid's stuff: and more Presc and Scholarship winners 12:30 p.m. Start Annual Meeting for members who can vote If you need a disability-related accommodation to participate in the Plumas- Sierra REC Annum Meeting of Members, please contact the office headquarters in Portola at (530) 832-4261 as soon as possible so that we can make the proper arrangements. 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