Featured pet business: Smiley Dog

Smiley Dog Criag Weindling 513As part of My Edmonds News’ Pet Month feature, Craig Weindling of Smiley Dog recently provided an update:

“Smiley Dog offers dependable, free, delivery of healthy pet foods, toys and supplies in the greater Seattle area. Smiley Dog began out of a desire to share fun toys and healthy food with pet loving parents. Since 1992, Smiley Dog clients have enjoyed dependable delivery of their pet’s favorite goodies without ever having to leave home.

“More than two dozen brands of healthy foods are available, including the best raw, freeze dried, dehydrated, canned and dry formulas. Special requests are always welcome, and make up a large portion of the foods delivered. The emphasis is always on finding the right food for each client, depending on individual circumstance. Auto-delivery service makes running out of pet food a thing of the past.

“The most gratifying moments come from seeing and hearing the improvements which result from feeding a high quality diet. A close second is enabling clients to reclaim a bit of their time each month and avoid the frustrations of shopping, driving, and carrying heavy bags. Shoreline residents first saw Smiley Dog operating as a home based business which eventually moved to a warehouse in Lake Forest Park. The current warehouse is a 5000 square facility in Edmonds.

“Our favorite products are raw food and TOYS! The business got its start with toys, and we believe every dog’s life can be enhanced with toys. Good dog toys don’t have to be expensive, but they do have to be available and durable. There are hundreds of toys introduced each year, most of which disappear soon thereafter. A small selection of toys has stood the test of time and belong in every dog’s home (or yard). We regularly attend Trade Shows to seek out the latest and greatest in hopes of adding to the list of worthy offerings.

“We began offering raw food in 1998 when it was considered an intriguing fad. Raw food makes up a small portion of our total food sales, but remains a passion of mine and we continue to educate clients about its benefits. Every pet owner should be aware of this healthy, natural feeding approach. Although it may not be right for every pet, it has exploded in popularity.

“Our favorite service is auto-delivery. Auto-delivery enable clients to have their food magically appear at their door without even having to think about it. Schedules are prepared based on a particular pet’s needs. This is easily determined and a scheduled prepared which can be adjusted at any time. Auto-delivery has been a huge time saver and favorite offering for hundreds of clients over the years.

“I’m happy to say that I’ve never held a ‘real’ job. I’m fortunate to have spent 20 wonderful years in theater touring the world and the country as a professional stage manager. The last half of my stage management career was spent mainly in Seattle working with ACT, Intiman and Seattle Rep. With a new puppy, the inspiration for Smiley Dog grew stronger and a hard choice had to be made. All good things must come to an end, and I chose to leave theater to start a new career playing with pets.

“We started out, and remain, a low cost source for dog toys. Pricing on healthy foods are competitive, particularly when factoring in the cost of your time. Our philosophy has always been to provide old fashioned customer service based on respect, integrity and courtesy. It’s our preference to educate rather than sell. The more informed our clients are, the better decisions they can make. It’s an honor to be a trusted part of that process.

“Smiley Dog is simply the most dependable way to get healthy pet food to the door without lifting a finger. There may be better prices on some products, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a better value. Free delivery, close and immediate contact during recalls, product knowledge and access by phone, email or web make the service well worth the price of delivery. That price again? Free.”

For more information, or to place an order, see the Smiley Dog website.

  1. I began enjoying Smiley Dog’s service when I had 3 big dogs and lived at the bottom of a steep set of steps. Craig is always helpful and knowledgeable about the right food for your pet. I’ve Smiley Dog grow over the years and seen the work and passion Craig puts into the business. A huge thanks to Smiley Dog and a 5 star recommendation from me!

  2. We loved using Smiley Dog services! Craig is amazing to work with and his products are top of the line. When our beloved pooch passed we received the most genuine sympathy from Craig. He even went on to support our fundraising to find a cure for Jacobsens Syndrome by donating generously to our Holiday Hope for 11q auction. So if the above doesn’t convince you to use Smiley Dog services then the savings and prices definitely will!

  3. Smiley Dog is the best! Craig bends over backwards to find products for me that he doesn’t usually carry. And he’s a huge supporter of rescue. I can’t say enough good things about Craig and Smiley Dog!

  4. Our two dogs mark the calendar every month for Smiley Dog’s delivery! You rock Smiley Dog. This is a small biz with a soul. AND it’s so easy to set up the home delivery.

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