Personally, Tracy has been an animal lover but more specifically a dog lover ever since she can remember. Currently she has 3 rescued dogs of her own; Doby & Cady - Miniature Pinschers, and Olivia - a Boxer mix. More often than not, you will also find in her home a foster dog looking for his or her forever family.
Her love of dogs doesn't stop there. Tracy's tattoos largely represent her dedication to man's best friend and the 'sleeve' on her left arm is fully allocated to her dogs and dogs that have passed through her life. Anchored by two swallows holding a banner that reads, "Puppy Love Forever" the sleeve consists of symbols that represent, among other things, her Golden Retriever that passed away from cancer and catapulted her research into canine health and nutrition. And paw prints, of course, lots of paw prints!
"Tracy Werner has been a miracle for our group. I first met Tracy when she adopted her dog Dave from me 9 years ago. Not only has she been an AMAZING mom to Dave, she has proven invaluable as the years have gone by. She has volunteered countless hours of her time fostering many dogs, networking to find homes for dogs, giving advice to many adopters on dog/cat food and nutrition and healthcare, fundraising, and more. She is always positive and upbeat and consistently goes above and beyond to help as many animals and rescue groups that she can." -Catherine Hedges, Founder, Don't Bully My Breed
"My whole life I've lived with animals, mostly dogs and cats, but there always seemed to be the house parakeet or hamster to mix things up. For as long as I can remember I was always in the companionship with a canine buddy. My first dog as an adult was a Golden Retriever named AJ. He was a friend to all and everyone who met him fell in love immediately. At the age of 7 he began to have serious difficulties walking up and down the stairs. I contacted a canine massage therapist who gave AJ some relief but suggested that I change his diet and put him on a few supplements. After a short conversation where she patiently answered all my questions, I decided to give it a try.
Since I couldn't find any of the products I was looking for locally I had to find them online. No one, at that time, had everything I needed in one convenient place and I had to shop at multiple web sites to get all I needed for AJ's care. When everything arrived and AJ had been eating his fresh food diet with a quality joint supplement for about two weeks I noticed that he was almost effortlessly cruising up and down the stairs. It was at that time that I also noticed his teeth were brighter, breath fresher, and he no longer had that "doggy smell" anymore. I was sold on the idea that food can make a huge difference in achieving a healthy state and started to learn all that I could about how quality, species-appropriate foods could help dogs live healthier lives.
2 years later my heart was shattered when I learned that AJ was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma. There must have been something that I could have done better to help prevent this sort of horrible disease, I thought to myself. I delved even deeper into learning what makes and keeps dogs healthy. I learned that nutrition is just one part of a holistic health plan - we need to reduce, as much as possible, the toxic load from their lives by limiting their exposure to vaccines*, household/yard chemicals, artificial preservatives, toxic toys, chemical pesticides, second hand smoke, conventional pharmaceuticals* and increasing their mental & physical stimulation in a positive way.
The idea for a health food store for pets came to me during the 5 short months that I cared for AJ with his cancer. In August 2002 Natural Pet Market was born and ever since it has been my personal goal to offer the highest quality products, support the animal rescue community, and be a trusted resource for dog and cats."
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Tracy Werner, President
*Always consult with your holistic veterinarian when deciding on a treatment/health plan for your individual animals.
outside her comfort zone as she posed for the Pinups for Pitbulls 2010 and 2011 calendars. Recently Tracy was appointed as Shelter Nutritional Advisor for Young at Heart Senior Cat and Dog Rescue and has studied nutrition and diet formulation under Jean Dodds, DVM.
Dogs are not only Tracy's career but also her passion. She has completed numerous canine behavior courses, attended continuing education seminars about health and nutrition, and competed successfully in canine sports.
Tracy Werner founded Natural Pet Market after dealing with numerous health issues in her dogs such as allergies, arthritis, and cancer as a result of commercial dog food, chemical-laden treats, toxic cleaning supplies, pharmaceuticals with too many side-effects, and grooming products loaded with unhealthy preservatives. After searching out only the finest species appropriate products with only the highest quality ingredients for her crew she starting sharing her new finds with other concerned pet owners.
Tracy has owned Natural Pet Market - a Health Food Store for Cats and Dogs in Wheaton, IL since its inception in 2002. Her dedication to the quality of life of our companion animals is evident in not only the healthy choices and knowledgeable and friendly sales staff at the store but also in her passion for animal rescue work. She regularly volunteers as a foster home, as well as organizes fundraisers, donates money, food, and supplies to numerous local and national rescue groups. Her love of helping dogs even encouraged her to step
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