Q&A with Wags N Whiskers

When it comes to grooming, the safety and well-being of all pets are essential to Wags N Whiskers. They use only the safest equipment and take great pride in what they do. Because of the open floor plan, pets can easily be seen being bathed, dried and groomed.

Each pet is unique and so is their style! That is why Wags N Whiskers believes having a positive relationship with their customers and their pets is essential to finding their pet’s unique look.

What services do you offer?

We offer full grooming service for dogs and cats, including bath, anal glands, teeth brushing, blow out, ear cleaning, nail trimming, nail grinding, nail caps for both cats and dogs, hair brushing and haircuts. We have special shampoos and conditioners for dogs with all skin types, and offer aroma therapy to create a more relaxed and comfortable experience for the pets.

What inspired you to open a second location?

We continued to be so busy and wanted to be able to better serve our local community’s pets.

WagsNWhiskers-2How long have you been in business?

Wags N Whiskers was established in 1999.

What experience do you have in the pet industry?

Through my 24 years of grooming, I have seen and learned so much. I have a good relationship with local Veterinarians and truly care about the well-being of each animal that comes through our doors.

What types of products do you sell?

We sell holistic and premium pet food for dogs and cats including Earthborn, California Natural, EVO, Nutri Source, Purevita, Taste of the Wild and Fromm. We also have a large variety of treats, leashes, collars, harnesses and grooming supplies.

Do you support local small businesses that create pet items by selling them in your store?

Absolutely! I will always seek a local small business for service first: from office supplies, pet food and products and cleaning services.

Do you offer any services other than grooming?

Our West side location offers a Self-Service bathing area. This allows our customers the convenience of bathing their own dogs.

Features of the Self-Serve area:

  • Hydraulic bathtub allows for you and your dog’s comfort . No lifting and no bending.
  • We supply you and your dog with all necessary tools, brushes, combs, towels, ear wash and an apron to keep you dry.
  • Our professionals will visit with you to help you choose the best shampoo for your pet. This shampoo will go through our professional bathing system, which means no scrubbing your pet’s coat – let the system do the work for you!
  • Last but not least, our high velocity drying system.

Do you need an appointment to use the self-serve station?

You certainly can, but it is not required.

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Do you have any special events or hosting a rescue group coming up?

We’ll have several different retail promotions. You can find those product offers and dates on our website. We also have plans to coordinate a meet and greet and will support other events for our local shelters and rescue groups, so check our website for updates.

Do you and your employees have any pets? If so, do they come to the store with you guys?

Yes, we all have pets. A few of the girls do bring both their cats and dogs to work with them.


Wags N Whiskers

Wags N Whiskers East

3237 S Sycamore Ave  |  Sioux Falls, SD 57110

605-371-3500 Ext 1

Wags N Whiskers West

6805 S Louise Ave  |  Sioux Falls, SD 57108

605-371-3500 Ext 2






Photos by Little White Dog Pet Photography

Russell Madness – an Exciting All-New Family Film!


In celebration of today’s world-renowned pet holiday ‘Dress-Up Your Pet Day,’ Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Air Bud Entertainment, announced that the hilarious and heartwarming pet-filled, family adventure RUSSELL MADNESS, will make its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD debut, on March 10, 2015.

RUSSELL MADNESS is produced by Air Bud Entertainment, the creative force behind the #1 live-action, direct-to-video movies in the family category.  The exciting, action-packed adventure introduces ‘Russell,’ a talking (and costume-wearing) Jack Russell Terrier who accidentally becomes a professional wrestling superstar, on the way to discovering the true power…of family.

The film stars John Ratzenberger (‘Toy Story,’ ‘Cars,’ TV’s Cheers), Fred Willard (TV’s Modern Family) David Milchard (TV’s Convos with my 2-Year Old), Mason Vale Cotton (TV’s Mad Men), McKenna Grace (TV’s Crash and Burn) and John Hennigan (former WWE star) along with the voices of talking animal stars including Will Sasso (TV’s ‘MadTV’ and ‘The Three Stooges’) and Sean Giambrone (TV’s The Goldbergs).  RUSSELL MADNESS is directed by ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Buddies’ veterans Robert Vince, written and produced by Robert Vince and Anna McRoberts.

RUSSELL MADNESS tells the story of Russell, an undersized but big-hearted terrier who dreams of having a family of his own. After running away from his current pet store residence, Russell gets taken in by The Ferraros, a family desperate to revive their grandfather’s pro wrestling arena. That’s when they discover their new pet pooch has incredible wrestling skills. With help from his coach, Hunk, a savvy and hilarious monkey, Russell rockets to the top of the pro wrestling world and becomes a famous sports superstar. But when a dishonest promoter double-crosses the Ferraros, Russell will face his biggest challenge and discover that the strongest tag team is family.

For more Russell Madness, click here.


12 Days of fetch! Christmas

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Official Rules:

Help us create the 12 Days of fetch! Christmas lyrics!

How it works:

1. On fetch! Sioux Falls Pet Magazine’s facebook page, we will start out the song with “On the [first] day of Christmas, my fur kid gave to me…”

2. Comment with alternative pet related lyrics for that day’s verse.

3. If you have a photo to go with your lyric, share that as well!

4. The fetch! team will choose the winning lyric at the conclusion of the contest.

5. Each day we will post a new verse until we have all 12 Days of fetch! Christmas lyrics completed.

6. A final version of all lyrics will be posted on December 25 to kick off the 12 Days of Christmas!

7. Those who commented with the winning lyrics for each day will be entered into a drawing for the GRAND PRIZE!

Terms & Conditions: Lyrics will be chosen based on relativity to pets and the holidays, originality and rhythm to original lyrics. No advertising or promoting of a specific business is allowed – those that do will be deleted. You may only comment once per day. If you comment with a lyric more than once a day, only your first entry will be considered. By commenting or sharing an image, you agree to have the rights to the image and give fetch! Sioux Falls Pet Magazine the rights to use your image and comment as well as crediting the winner by announcing your name.

6 Must-Have Apps for Pet Owners


Our pets are our best friends, and we want to make sure they are getting the best care possible. There are many phone apps that can help make it simple. We’ve compiled a list of apps that make technology your second best friend.


Tagg is a GPS tracking system that attaches to your pet’s collar.  You can create a “safe zone” around your house and receive texts, e-mails and push notifications if your pet goes outside of these boundaries.  You can also use a live GPS tracking map to find your pet when he or she does get loose. It will even give you directions on how to get to their location easily.

Available for iOS and Android. Also available on mobile web if you don’t have either of these.

Cost: $99.95 + service fees ($9.95/month after 2 months)

Pet Phone

Pet Phone allows you to keep track of your pet’s medical history and needs, from vet appointments and the visit reasons, to medication and allergies, to locating a vet near you when you’re out of town.  You can enter multiple pets in the app as well as multiple vets.

Available for iOS

Cost: $2.99


MapMyDogWalk is a fitness tracking app that allows you to track your route, calories burned, time, distance and speed while you’re walking your pup. Map points show you where to find dog-friendly restaurants, dog parks, water fountains, and waste bag dispensers. It will also inform you of dog events happening in your area, and you can share your journey with your friends with the app’s Twitter integration feature.

Available for iOS and Android

Cost: Free


PetMinder is essentially a day planner for your pets. You can set reminders for grooming, play dates, training classes, vaccinations and more, and the app sends you an e-mail an hour before any of these set appointments.

Available for iOS

Cost: Free

Bring Fido

Bring Fido is the app to have if you’re traveling with your pup. It finds pet friendly hotels, restaurants, and other dog-friendly establishments. It’ll even find dog events happening close by. When searching for hotels, it will tell you if there’s a fee for pets and what their policy is, and you can even read customer reviews to choose which establishment is the best fit for you.

Available for iOS

Cost: Free

Pet at Hand

Pet at Hand is basically a database for all information about your pet. The app will reminds you of your pets’ vet appointments and birthdays. It also helps track how much money you spend on your pets.  Storage for phone numbers and addresses is another handy feature of this app.

Available for Windows

Cost: $2.99

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Haylie Duff’s Baked Dog Treat Recipe

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A Belle for Christmas centers around the adoption of the family’s adorable, new dog Belle, and the conniving schemes of the father’s new girlfriend to get rid of the new furry family member. With a little holiday magic and the help of the kind-hearted dog rescue volunteer, Duff, the kids set off on a whirlwind adventure to reunite with their beloved dog, just in time for Christmas.

The film stars Dean Cain (The Dog Who Saved the Holidays and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), Haylie Duff (Material Girls, “7th Heaven”), and Kristy Swanson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Dude, Where’s My Car?), and the DVD is available now!

It’s an uplifting comedy about family, friendship, and a four-legged holiday miracle.

Enjoy Haylie’s Baked Dog Treat recipe!

Call Me Nellie!

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Call me Nellie. Or as my mom calls me: Nellie Bean, Miss Trouble Maker, Snuggle Bug, Honey Bunny and Nellie Belly. For some reason, my dad calls me Stinky. I don’t stink all the time (only when I find something to roll in in the backyard) so I’m not sure why that’s his favorite.

This story is all about ME! I love to sleep and I guess I’ve been caught in some funny sleeping positions. So here’s a photo montage of me and my sleeping or laying positions. Woof!

I like to sleep…


… on top of the couch.


… with my legs spread out long. (look how long & fluffy my hair used to be!)


… on my side.


… on the air conditioning vent.


… snuggled up with Uncle Tucker. (miss you Tucker)


… on top of the chair so I can see everything on the kitchen counter.


… upside down.


… and upside down again.


… and still upside down.


… with my mom after a football game.


… with my legs hanging off.


… curled up in a ball.


… on a pillow.


… as close to my mom as possible.


… in the car after hiking for hours.


… with my head propped up on grandma’s pillow.


… in the warm grass on a beautiful day.


… with my head on my mom’s shoulder.


… with my head on my mom’s shoulder, again.


… half ways under the sheets.


… all the way under the sheets.


… with my tongue sticking out.


… under the bed.


… in my cozy bed.


… half up, half down on the chair.


… half up, half down on the couch.


… in the cool grass on a hot day.


… with my feet out behind me.


… smushed up in my bed.


… in my costume after all day Howloween Doggie Carnival fun!


… sunning myself on the deck.


… with my head up.


… on top of the couch after a birthday fun filled day.


… with my head hanging off the couch.


…in grandma’s lap.


… sideways.


… always as high as I can be so I can see exactly what is going on at all times.

Hope you enjoyed the many sleeping positions of me!

All Things DOG!

The holidays are upon us and we all could use some help with ideas for the dog lover on our lists! We’ve collected some handmade items from members of a great group who have Etsy shops.

Check out these dog related items below and hopefully something will catch your eye that would be a perfect present.


Pampered Pets Board


Dog Booties


Dog Sweater


Dog Bandana


Crochet Fawn Pug Plush Toy or Baby Rattle


Boston Terrier Crochet Hook


Puppy Ornament


Art Print


Post It Holder


Custom Pet Portraits


Gifted Dog


Pug Loaf


Terrier Crochet Pattern


Vintage Poodle Pins


Customized Pet Collar


Handmade Leather Bracelets


Shredded Paper Sculpture


Custom Portriat


Luna’s Luxurious Minty Fresh Dog Soap


Handmade Just Because Dog Card


Needle Felted Miniature Pet Ornament

This Christmas, It’s All About Puppy Love!

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Just in time for the holidays, Anchor Bay Entertainment brings home A Belle for Christmas, an uplifting comedy about family, friendship and a four-legged holiday miracle. The film, starring Dean Cain (The Dog Who Saved the Holidays, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), Kristy Swanson (Big Daddy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jet Jurgensmeyer (The Little Rascals Save the Day), and Haylie Duff (Material Girls,), will be making it’s national retail debut on November 4, 2014.

Dean Cain stars as Glenn Barrows, a recent widower doing his best to raise his young kids Elliot (Jet Jurgensmeyer) and Phoebe (Meyrick Murphy) who really miss their mom. When the Barrows adopt an adorable puppy named Belle during the holiday season, it seems that their healing may have begun. But will Glen’s dog-hating, gold-digging new girlfriend (Kristy Swanson) spoil their newfound happiness, or can Elliott and Phoebe pull off a daring Christmas Eve rescue of their beloved new pet? Haylie Duff co-stars in this fun-filled furry family comedy that will warm hearts just in time for the holidays.

Here’s a sneak peek clip:


Happy Autumn!


With the summer coming to an end and the first day of Autumn coming up, we’re getting in the Fall and Halloween spirit! This is by far our favorite time of year. The weather cools down nicely: nice enough to open the windows, the leaves start changing colors, Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up, and then another one of our favorite parts of every year – Christmas and Winter!

But let’s focus on the next holiday coming up – HALLOWEEN!

We are always out and about, looking for new and unique items to share with our fans. In one unique specialty shop, we found some Halloween decorations perfect for the pet enthusiast. And here’s your chance to win one!



Comment below which one you’d rather have. 1. Hallo-wienie or 2. Franken-dog (comments do need to be approved so please only comment once)

We’ll randomly pick a winner and post in the comments as well as on facebook on October 8th.

Must be able to pick up in Sioux Falls, SD.


*This contest is now closed.

Treat a Shelter!



Dog for Dog has EXTENDED the nomination period one week through Friday August 22nd!

DOG for DOG announces the launch of their nationwide  “Treat a Shelter” giveaway on Tuesday August 6th, 2014. The giveaway is being hosted on the DOG for DOG  Facebook page (www.facebook.com/dogfordog) and the company is directing everyone to nominate their favorite shelter or rescue for a chance to win a combination of their DOGTREATS™ and DOGSBARS™ to be donated to the shelter or rescue for an entire year. Nominations are being accepted from August 4-15, 2014.  DOG for DOG will narrow down the nominations to the top 50 finalists and allow fans to vote for them via Facebook. Final voting is from August 18-24, 2014.  The 20 shelters and rescues to receive the most votes will each receive treats for an entire year.

To engage in a huge nationwide contest like this where every shelter and rescue across the country has a chance at winning, requires major corporate participation and Cathay Bank has agreed to support our cause and cover the costly shipping expenses of the prizes that will be shipped to winners.  Additionally, Walgreens will be carrying DOG for DOG treats in select stores for a limited time, and The Hollywood Reporter helping spread the word by featuring DOG for DOG in their special pet issue in August.

“Having wonderful supporters like Cathay Bank is crucial to DOG for DOG, as it allows us to run these types of contests which gives us the ability to help more dogs in need. Without their commitment, this type of contest wouldn’t be possible,” commented Rocky Kanaka, Founder and President of DOG for DOG.

The “’Treat a Shelter” giveaway follows on the heels of the company’s hugely successful Feed A Shelter contest which ran earlier this summer and selected a deserving shelter to receive a year’s supply of the company’s DOGSFOOD™. Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans, LA was picked as the grand prize winner based on fan votes.

DOG for DOG is a mission based dog food company with the mantra “You Buy One, We Give One.” For every bag of the company’s food or treats you buy one is donated to a shelter or rescue in your area. DOGTREATS™ are all natural, made in the USA and offered in a variety of flavors. In addition to DOGSTREATS™ and DOGSBARS™, the company offers a line of premium grade dry dog food, DOGSFOOD™ as well as DOGSBUTTER™. The company’s product line uses high-quality ingredients. Walgreens will be carrying the DOGSTREAT™ line in their stores for a limited time in support of the contest. The full line of DOG for DOG products can be found  at retailers across the country and on dogfordog.com.

Cathay Bank is a subsidiary of Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ: CATY).  Founded in 1962, Cathay Bank offers a wide range of financial services. It currently operates 32 branches in California, nine branches in New York State, three in the Chicago, Illinois area, three in Washington State, two in Texas, one in Massachusetts, one in Nevada, one in New Jersey, one in Hong Kong, and a representative office in Taipei and in Shanghai. Cathay Bank’s website is found at www.cathaybank.com.

About DOG for DOG

Based in Santa Monica, California, DOG for DOG is an all-natural dog food and treat brand with a mission to help dogs in need.  For every item sold, one is donated to a dog in need. The company’s philosophy is “You buy one, we give one.” For more information go to DOGforDOG.com.