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Meet the Owners

Karen and Paul Rowan have been breeding, training and showing champion show dogs along with rescuing dogs for over 18 years. We opened Pet Essentials in 1999 out of a deep passion to hep pet owners give their pets the best care possible. We raise champion show dogs and have rescued many abused and neglected dogs and cats. Love, proper training and good nutritions are key to having a happy and heathy pet.

“A good man is concerned for the welfare of his animals” Proverbs 12:10

Have you ever wondered, what are the owners qualifications?

We are a family owned and operated independent Holistic Dog and Cat food supply store located in Charlotte, North Carolina (not a franchise or a chain). We opened Pet Essentials in September of 1999, I being “Mom” (Karen) and my husband Paul is “Pop” of Pet Essentials, stop in and meet us. W have over 20 years of experience training, showing and competing with our Dalmatians along with our fostering rescue dogs.

We are Ethical and Responsible breeders as we only breed one litter every 4 to 5 years. Before a dog is chosen to be bred, that dog is shown and proven to meet the requirements of the Dalmatian Standards and has earned it’s Championship title. After the dog has earned its championship, the dog then goes through a series of veterinary evaluations and certifications. The dogs hips are evaluated and certified in OFA and Penn Hip, thyroid is tested, eye cerf and Baer Hearing tested. All this is done to help preserve and protect the future of the purebred Dalmatian.

We understand the importance of Responsible and Ethical breeding programs and are very committed to this cause. Our puppies are sold on a mandatory Spay/ Neuter contract and our puppies are NOT sold for profit.

Paul and I are very active and compassionate when it comes to rescue. We have fostered and place countless unwanted dogs and cats over the past 20 years. We have and continue to be huge supporters on CMPD Animal Care and Controls’ adoption events, Micro Chip Clinics and we have raised thousands of dollars for their Spay/ Neuter fund.

Have you ever wondered why we opened a store?

Prior to opening Pet Essentials, on our many journeys to the big box stores to buy food, we were always sharing our knowledge with new puppy owners who were lost in the aisles not knowing what to buy. One day, Paul came home two hours late because he had been helping a family with a new Golden Retriever puppy, who did not know what they needed to buy and their where no employees and big box store to help. That night, the concept of Pet Essentials was born.

OUR MISSION: To provide quality and reasonably priced supplies to dog and cat owners with knowledgeable caring assistance resulting in a educated and satisfying buying decision.

Training at Pet Essentials is very important, not only for the dogs, but for our staff as well. We conduct educational meetings reviewing new products, product uses, nutrition and frequently asked questions by customers. At each meeting, employees are given hypothetical problems that a pet owner could ask. Role playing is an important part of learning and having fun. If you have a question, ask our staff and feel confident that they know the correct answer, and feel reassured that if they happen to not know the best solution to the problem, they will bring us in on a consultation. We have the advice you can trust with the practical experience to back it up!