© Nathan Liewicki
Ziggy, a cross between a Chihuahua and a Toy Fox Terrier looks around while at the grand re-opening of Pet Valu on Saturday.
Joyce Lafontaine reached down to scoop up the leash clipped to Ziggy’s collar.
Before she could snatch it, however, the two-year-old Chihuahua-Toy Fox Terrier scurried away from her.
Lafontaine tried again, but to no avail.
After chasing the little dog around the Pet Valu cashier’s counter for about a dozen seconds, Lafontaine finally succeeded in catching hold of Ziggy’s leash.
Lafontaine and her daughter, Monique Lafontaine, were two of the many customers who visited Pet Valu on Saturday for its grand re-opening celebration at 493 Thatcher Dr. East.
The store was recently taken over by new ownership – Michelle Erdahl, Marie King and their husbands.
“We both have children that are very interested in pets, so when the opportunity arose it was a great thing for both of our families,” said Erdahl.
King’s family has two dogs, while Erdahl’s family includes four pooches.
They told the Times-Herald that no significant changes have been made to the running of Pet Valu, other than the business is now locally and not corporately owned.
The benefit of Pet Valu being locally owned is that the partnership with the Moose Jaw Humane Society (MJHS) is expected to remain strong.
“We have a satellite adoption centre for them,” Erdahl said in reference to the MJHS. “We will collect food, donations and anything people want to come in and purchase to donate to them.”
Erdahl added that partnering with local organizations like the MJHS is important because they are in a position to help animals in the community.
That includes animals like Ziggy and the Lafontaine’s other dog: Ozzy, a five-year-old Chihuahua mix breed.
They are both animal rescue dogs.
With that in mind, Ziggy and Ozzy are still fearful of things, including hats and toques. They let their voices be heard when they repeatedly barked at other Pet Valu customers who entered the store with headwear.
“Hats and toques just set them off,” said Monique.
For the Lafontaine women, having the city’s Pet Valu open again is important because it helps them look after the needs of Ozzy and Ziggy. It is also more convenient for them because they don’t have to drive to the Regina location anymore.
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