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About the Store

Pattie Z and the pupsAnimal Connection has been the premiere source for natural pet food and holistic pet care products for Charlottesville and central Virginia since 2001, thanks to a Chesapeake Bay Retriever called Ernie.

I'm Pattie Zeller, pack leader of Animal Connection. When my dog, Ernie developed cancer at the young age of seven, I decided against traditional chemotherapy and became a raw food chef for my dog. Because I couldn’t find the raw food Ernie needed, I left a fifteen year advertising agency career and used my marketing skills to teach pet parents about better ways to keep their pets healthy. It’s a decision I’ve never regretted and my wonderful dog lived eight more years than the vets predicted. Ernie was my most loyal companion and he ran the store until he died at age 18-1/2 years.

You can still feel Ernie's warm and welcoming presence when you come to visit our store. We've got a great selection of healthy pet foods, cool toys and gear, and unique bakery treats all served up by a knowledgeable, friendly team of "pet foodies!" So come to Charlottesville and give us a try! Find out why we've been called "the most fun pet store in Virginia!" We specialize in Southern hospitality and look forward to meeting you and your pets!

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