BY WHITNEY RUPP | APRIL 12, 2017
A new store catering to dogs, cats and the people who love them is now open on Main Street.
Lady Moxie’s carries a wide assortment of healthy items for pets. Owner Shawna Higgins previously had a store in Lake Villa and jumped on the opportunity to move her passion closer to home.
All-natural dog and cat foods and treats make up a large part of the inventory. Toys, health care products, and gifts and home decor for the dog and cat lover also add to the lineup. Several large freezers stock frozen raw food and bones for dogs and cats.
Higgins is passionate about the health of her own animals — she shares her Woodstock home with her boyfriend, five dogs and five cats — and it was chronic health issues of her own pet many years ago that led her to the business she runs today. Higgins’ Russian Blue cat, just over a year of age, had recurrent urinary problems. After working for a vet for several years, she was inspired to educate herself on pet nutrition.
“Working at a vet, you start to see all the same dogs and all the same cats coming in with the same problems. Why is the number one reason cats die renal failure? Why do so many male cats come in with urinary tract infections?”
Her research led her to make changes in the way she cared for her own animals, and after seeing the improvement in their health, she knew she was on the right path. Now Higgins is happy to talk to her customers about their own pets and advise them on nutrition.
“There’s nothing in here that I would not feed my own pets. There’s nothing in here that’s not digestible or comes from China,” Higgins said.
The store, named after Higgins’ dog, also carries gifts and home decor suited for dog and cat lovers, curated by Higgins’ business partner, Angela Smith. Smith, also crazy about pets, lives in Streamwood with her husband, son and two adopted dogs.
Well-behaved pets are always welcome.
Lady Moxie’s is at 216 Main St. The store will celebrate with a grand opening event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 15. Representatives from pet food brands the store carries will be on hand to answer questions and provide samples. Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue will be at the event with adoptable dogs.