PetZone was the first pet /pet supply store to open on the street in Rai. Now there are a variety of other pet stores along the street and around Kuwait. PetZone was started by a couple of Kuwaiti friends who had been students in the US. When they returned to Kuwait, they opened a small store and now it has become the largest in Kuwait. It is awesome, animal-friendly, and up to Western quality standards.
Last night, I had to go buy Mikey mo' dogfood. Several people have recommended Royal Canine and I heard I could buy it at PetZone (turns out he LOVES the stuff and almost chew through my arm to get to it). I hadn't been to the new, larger shop they have so it was a good opportunity to visit.
I had to park down the street because there were so many cars parked in front of PetZone. Other pet shops have opened on the same street block (WHY do people in this country DO that? Every type of similar store gravitates to the other. Alas, imitation is the highest form of flattery.) I had to pass another pet store with a mini-horse, tethered, in a very small enclosure (albeit it did have food and water, but it is still a HORSE and should not be in a cage). It was upsetting, even though it appeared to be in good health (as did the number of dogs they had - including a beautiful long-haired GS puppy). The little horse made me sad, so I passed it and went down to PetZone.
I am really proud of what young Kuwaiti entrepreneurs are accomplishing. When I talked to one of the owners (Either Fahad or Fawaz Al-Ajmi - I'm terrible with names, but super nice guy!) in 2010, he mentioned that people thought he was kind of crazy for wanting to open up a pet store, but OMG he proved them wrong! These men dared to open something that had a niche* market and develop it into something wonderful for all pet lovers in Kuwait. What an accomplishment!
The people working at the store have an obvious love for animals and people brought their pets in freely (like you can do at PetSmart in the US). One very large man walked in with a horribly under-nourished Pitbull puppy. 3 of us in the store (maybe more, but we were the ones I was aware of) said something to him about it. "Buy him some FOOD!" The Kuwaiti woman working at the counter was visibly upset by it (one of the 3 of us who said something to him). Although it was a sad display, it revealed the level of compassion that the store has for pets in Kuwait and I found it admirable.
If you haven't been out there to visit yet, GO! They have all kinds of toys, food, grooming and training gadgets, (several items that I didn't think I could find in Kuwait, but they had!) and small pets for sale (in humane, clean, and well-ventilated enclosures). PetZone even has an online shopping site (which I haven't checked out yet - as the store is just still too fun to visit!). They have an enormous grooming center; walk-in/no appointments. I will have to leave Mike in the car and call (as he just goes apeshit around other dogs) Cost for big Mike's grooming: 12KD. Saves me from having my body scratched all over by trying to get him in the shower.
I left feeling all happy (and thankful that they had a nice man to carry the 15k bag of dog food to my car for me!)
Note: That for those of you wishing to import a pet to Kuwait (or export a pet from Kuwait) - questions that I am frequently asked through the blog - they offer this service. Check out their website. You can also order puppies for import through PetZone.
Sidebar: With shops like this, WHY is the Friday Market still allowed to sell animals? Shut it down! Make it illegal.
* Niche = English word. Not Arabic word. Perverts!