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Orange Bone, a New Kind of Pet Store

Selling puppies in a pet store, especially since Oprah’s notorious Puppy Mill episode aired last year, can easily alienate members of the dog community, incite protest and boycott and be bad business in today’s climate. The Orange Bone, Melrose Avenue’s newest pet store, is changing its business model and selling puppies from local rescues and shelters. 

Orange Bone, working with Last Chance for Animals, is committed to saving dogs on death row. It all sounds too good to be true so I decided to check out it for myself. Not surprisingly for a store on Melrose Avenue, the place has a sleek, glossy modern look; it resembles a Pinkberry store more than a typical pet store you’d find in a mall. Los Angeles has its fill of nice looking pet boutique so I went straight to the dogs.

On a Tuesday afternoon the store was packed. I eavesdrop as Ray Maldonado, regularly referred to as the store’s dog guy by many patrons and coincidentally the vice president, talks to a couple considering a pit bull puppy. As I stand around and wait for my turn, I noticed the Orange Bone offers financing. Ray says potential buyers have the option to complete a credit application. He says for those who need it and qualify; it helps to get the dog placed a little easier. Wow. Rays reminds me, “It is all about the dogs.”

While Ray excuses himself to answer another customer’s questions, I take a second to review their sales contract. I was very pleased to see the following, “Adopter agrees if for any reason you cannot keep the puppy you will return it to Orange Bone so we may place it in a new home.” People are not guaranteed a refund, but may exchange the dog within specified timelines for another if they’re inclined. I think it says a great deal about the store that their first priority is to make sure puppies are placed in a stable and loving environment and will always accept a dog back.

Ray is still with another customer so I ask the Kennel Supervisor, Joseph Maldonado, Ray’s little brother, about the care of the puppies. He says he and Ray live nearby and are at the store nearly 20 plus hours each day. Joseph says, “I get here every morning at 8 a.m. to walk the dogs before we open at 11.” The dogs are also all supervised by monitors and short circuit camera feeds.

Ray says they only started working with shelters and rescues in December 2008 after getting some negative feedback. He was once an animal control officer for the city so he really wanted to reinvent the system to make it work for everyone. According to Ray’s records, they have placed about 150 dogs since December 2008 and it’s their goal to place a 1,000 dogs by the year’s end. Ray also happily boasts that about 25 percent, if not more, were on death row.

First impressions can say a lot and Ray and Orange Bone left an indelible impression on me and Rufus today. Ray and his team sincerely seem committed to the dogs with a real hands-on approach in their permanently placement. In the short hour that I lingered unannounced at the store I witnessed more than one person come in who had been working closely with Ray to find the perfect furry friend. It’s not hard to imagine since Ray is the kind of guy who immediately becomes everyone’s best friend.

Other notable features about the store include the Three Dog Bakery treats they offer, the wide assortment of doggie apparel, collars, leashes and stylist carriers. They also work with a trainer, Jessica Dragon, so new parents can get started on the right paw.

If you’re looking for a new dog, stop by and visit Ray. Tell him Rufus and Johnny from Examiner.com sent you.

by Johnny Ortez, L.A. Small Dog Examiner

Orange Bone
7574 Melrose Avenue 
Los Angeles, CA 90046

T. 323. 852. 1258 
F. 323. 852. 1299 
Info@orangebone.com

Mon – Sat 11am to 8pm 
Sun 11am to 7pm

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Some of 2008’s Oddest Pet Stories

 

 
Penelope, a Lhasatese (Maltese Llhasa designer breed dog) is the ‘daughter’ of Dr. Margaret LaManna and attorney Manny Levin, who live in West Palm Beach. ‘I take her everyplace here, especially shops,’ says Margaret LaManna. ‘People ooh and ahh because she’s totally cute.’
 

While you were summering on the island, or the Hamptons or Newport, etc., elsewhere throughout the world strange stories were being reported about four-legged creatures — and their weirder two-legged owners.

For example, I found a news story about a man in California who claimed his dog was a victim of a “hate crime” when it was attacked by a cat. It would have been laughable except he called in some legal beagles and sued for $1.5 million.

Then there was the report of the 4-year-old Pennsylvania boy who ended up in the doghouse for frequently meowing at his hated cat-loving neighbor. And if his arrest for harassment over that seemed strange, it was no odder than the story in Northern Florida about someone arrested on animal-cruelty charges for cursing at a police dog in a squad car.

America hardly had a monopoly on pet weirdness. How about the woman in China who tried to get her poodle to drive? The police stopped her care when they saw a dog whose front legs were wrapped around the steering wheel. It turned out his back legs were on his owner’s lap, and she was controlling the foot pedals, trying to “teach” the dog to drive.

The English can often be counted on for eccentricity, and they didn’t disappoint when they came up with a Web site called http://www.marryyourpet.com.

Is this for real? Hard to tell, since the site reads: “So go on, if you really love him and you’re in this for life, isn’t it time you married your pet?”

But if you’re serious about getting serious with your furry one, before you go ahead with your pup-tials, heed their warning: “Please note that by marrying your pet, he/she may entitled to half your house and all your income.”

Those of you who were in New York know that the bizarre pet story of the summer was a “catricide.” The fur flew when a 205-pound ex-baseball player kicked his girlfriend’s 7-pound cat, named Norman, in a moment of rage — and then claimed he murdered the cat in self-defense.

Other strange cat news out of New York: A school was to teach owners to “think like a cat.” The courses, held at the “Meow Mix Academy,” even included scratching workshops.

Strange pet happenings weren’t limited to dogs and cats. In England, it was reported that some parrots could become suicidal and were being treated with liquid Prozac.

An even stranger story came from Australia where a study proved that goldfish can remember “complex concepts” for days.

But the winner for wild pet stories is Singapore, where some people are taught on the Internet how to remotely pet and dress their chickens. It seems that some farmers in Asia make pets out of chickens, outfit them with special dresses … oh the heck with it. You wouldn’t believe it if I explained it!

Special to the Daily News

Source:  PalmBeachDailyNews.com

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