Thirty-five years ago Chip Sammons’ dog, Buster, died of cancer; he was only 4 years old. When Sammons asked the veterinarian if Buster’s bagged kibble dog food could have led to the cancer, the vet said, “No, all dog foods are pretty much the same and safe for dogs.”

by: PHOTO COURTESY: HOLISTIC PET CENTER - Chip Sammons has a great love for dogs and cats that will be in evidence as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his pet shop.Sammons was stunned with his own subsequent research into possible links between ingredients in dog food and cancer. In 1988, Chip opened the Holistic Pet Center in Clackamas with the four best dog and cat foods he could find on the market.

His dream was that no one could make a bad choice by finding any suppressive or toxic ingredients in any products that he offered. Harnessing a team of canine and feline nutrition experts, he developed his own proprietary dog and cat vitamins, Vetline Veterinary Vitamins, containing only human-grade ingredients put together in an FDA-certified lab in Oregon.

A few years later, he published his own book on natural flea control so that customers would have the option of killing fleas without having to use toxic pesticides. For the past 20 years, Sammons has been broadcasting the only live, local radio program on pet nutrition and news of the industry from 8 to 9 a.m. every Saturday morning on KPAM AM 860.

His passion, and the positive fruits of his labor, have earned Sammons awards over the years, including, One of 50 Great Leaders in Oregon from Oregon Business magazine, Small Business Person of the Year for the state of Oregon from the National Small Business Administration, and, most recently, the Irwin Adams Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce.

25th Anniversary Parking Lot Party

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10

Where: Holistic Pet Center, 15599 S.E. 82nd Drive, Clackamas

Details: There will be vendors with special promotions and raffle prizes, including a one-year supply of dog or cat food, a $300 gift certificate for dog or cat food or supplies, and many other items. All are invited.

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