To say Laurie Griffith is big into pets is a bit of an understatement. In addition to holding a Master’s in Animal Nutrition, Behavior and Genetics, Griffith has worked as a trainer, breeder, exhibitor, groomer, veterinary assistant and behavior consultant for rescue groups nationally and internationally.
“A pet store just seemed like the logical step,” she says.
Her new, 8,000 square foot Eaton Rapids
facility is just as comprehensive as her resume. All Creatures Great and Small Pet Resort, Spa and Canine Training
not only carries specialty training and exhibition accessories and all the services the name implies, but also has a special focus on education.
“We have a pet education series once a month,” says Griffith, “often with topics suggested by clientele.”
As Griffith’s aim is to educate pet owners, not encourage impulse ownership, no animal are sold at All Creatures. At any given time, however, a variety of visiting pets can be found there, such as her children’s potbelly pig, rats or even a pair of tortoises who are best friends with a pair of bunnies.
“We wanted to open a local business and support the community’s pet needs,” Griffith says. That same impulse has led her to carry many Michigan-made items, such as homemade treats, heating pads and locally made toys.
All Creatures opened in December and celebrated its grand opening in March. The shop currently employs Griffith’s family members and supports an internship program, training two local students in pet care and training.
Source: Laurie Griffith, All Creatures Great and Small Pet Resort, Spa & Canine Training
Writer: Natalie Burg, News Editor
All Photographs © Dave Trumpie