Outside Suite 403 at 289 East Ellendale Ave. in Dallas, a white sign hangs.
This could mean that a year ago, Gabrielle Bumpus had only one idea of one day opening a pet store. Or, the white space awaiting text could represent the months residents were left without an independent store in Dallas to meet the needs of their furry family members after Pets Unleashed closed in March.
In fact, it turns out that it just takes a while for new signs to be created with the current supply chain issues. Unfazed, Bumpus and her fiancé Krystle Sanchez opened The Jungle Pet Supply on June 6 with everything they needed to make a dream come true.
When the two met a little over a year ago, they each had “their own thing,” and as fate would have it, that didn’t scare the other off.
Bumpus owned a fish farming business about three years ago by the name of The Jungle.
“The idea was to open a fish store in town, and then that idea expanded to open a full-service pet store instead,” Bumpus, 22, explained.
Sanchez, 33, was attending Western Oregon University to study equine chiropractic,
“I thought I was going to scare him with a horse,” Sanchez recalled. “She has never been with a horse. I put her on a horse for the first time, and she stayed. She still wants to ride.
Then her studies widened to become a veterinary technician, to take care of other small animals and their two interests crossed at the right time for their dreams.
“When the other store closed, she said, ‘I want to do this,'” Sanchez recalled. “It happened so fast. I was like, ‘Wow, we own a pet store. Wow. We did it.’ I’m glad I was able to be there for the ride, to support her. Watch her dream come true.
The community response has been outstanding, Bumpus said.
“It was amazing. There was this demand, people missed the other pet store in town closing,” Bumpus said. “We were kind of like the saviors of the city. People are really in favor of that.
The online buzz was immediate after announcing their opening plans.
“The number of comments online, people were really excited,” Shanchez said. “On opening day, so many community members came to see us. It was really awesome to see. We are here. Now they don’t have to drive very far. Before, you had to drive 20 to 30 minutes to get to the nearest pet store.
Jungle only carries small animals, never dogs or cats, unless it’s for an adoption event, Bumpus said. Right now they have two guinea pigs given to them (which have been quarantined and vet checked), a rabbit, a variety of tropical fish, birds, hamsters and even a leopard gecko.
“Everything we have here is raised locally, so no shipping. We have dog and cat treats, small animal food, everything you would expect from a retail pet store,” she said. added.
And they have something unusual – a self-washing station too, which Bumpus says is handy for pet owners who have trouble bathing their cats or dogs at home in the shower or bathroom. bathtub.
One item they continued by popular demand after Pets Unleashed closed is the line of CBD products containing cannabinoid extracts designed to help relieve anxiety in pets.
“A lot of people use it to comfort their pets. Many people don’t like going to the vet and paying expensive medications for anxiety. CBD is completely herbal, safe,” Bumpus said. “Plus, we’re open in time for the 4th of July fireworks.”
So far, Sanchez is handling social media – just Facebook so far, no website – and Bumpus is the supply chain expert. Together they search for the best way to meet their customers’ needs, whether in stock or on their growing wish list.
“I usually tell them everything I know, but don’t just rely on my information,” Bumpus said. “Go online and watch as many videos as you can. Don’t get all the information from one source. I like to say that I know everything, but I certainly don’t know everything. I continue to learn. The pet industry is constantly growing.
And Sanchez develops his breeding at WOU. Although she is not a veterinarian, as a veterinary technician she learns a lot about small animals, how to handle them (“there is another way to take a rabbit than a guinea pig”) down to the ability to spot when they are sick.
“It’s good to know when something is wrong and to catch it,” Sanchez said. “We can keep them healthy. You don’t want to sell sick animals.
So far the best part being open seven days a week, it’s right on the main strip across town off Ellendale Avenue. The bad part is that there is no sign indicating their location. Fortunately, Bumpus said they describe to potential customers that they are between two colorful Mexican restaurants. And they can leave the front door open to provide more direction inside.