North Oaks Grand Opening Party

Sunny & Judy

Join us September 23 and 24 from 9am-1pm to celebrate our North Oaks Grand Opening with free activities and giveaways. Enjoy a special offer too.

Festivities include (check back, we are adding more!):

  • Free pet photos by KME Photography (donations suggested to local rescues)
  • Sidewalk Dog will be ready to pawty with free Twin Cities dog-friendly info
  • Meet Sunny & Judy, national canine video stars and champions (FB: Sunny & Judy and IG: Sunny & Judy)
  • Register to win free prizes
  • Get product information and demonstrations with free samples
  • Activities for kids
  • Treats for people and pets
  • Meet adoptable pets
  • The first 50 customers on Saturday receive a free PetzLife Herbal Defense Spray sample bottle (anything to help North Oak’s tick efforts!)
Photo by KME Photography

Photo by KME Photography


Pet Apps

It seems like there is an app for everything these days, and that includes pets! Check out these apps that can help out with many of your pet parent-related needs.

  • Pet First Aid by the American Red Cross – Offers step-by-step instructions on pet first aid. It also includes a warning-signs checker and a tool for locating the nearest veterinarian.
  • PawPrint – Stores all of your pets’ vital information in one place, including medical records. It also features a complete pet profile with notes – that can be shared with pet sitters – and a tool for tracking how much your pet weighs.
  • Petoxins – Created by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), this app has many long and detailed lists of plants that you can find both inside the home and in the garden that can be toxic for your pet.
  • Map My Dog Walk – Lets you not only log all the walks you and your dog go on, but also track the calories burned, map your favorite routines via GPS and upload selfies of you and your dog walking.

Shop Online with Home Delivery

Dog and cat shopping online

Chuck & Don’s now offers online shopping + convenient home delivery through Chuck & Don’s Delivers

In addition to being your local destination pet supply store with an outstanding customer experience, a wide selection of products and competitive pricing, Chuck & Don’s is happy to offer online shopping and home delivery through Chuck & Don’s Delivers.

The service area includes Chuck & Don’s Minnesota and Wisconsin locations with Denver store areas starting August 1! So, in addition to shopping Chuck & Don’s convenient locations, customers can select and make purchases online and have those items delivered right to their front door. Delivery is free for orders over $49 otherwise, it’s just $5.50. Additional shipping charges may apply to select locations, check the website for more details.

We’re excited to bring the best in local pet food and supplies to your doorstep! We carry quality brands such as NutriSource, Fromm, Acana and Orijen.

To start shopping online today click on the Shop link above.

If you have questions about Chuck & Don’s, Chuck & Don’s Delivers and online shopping/delivery, please visit our FAQ page.

East, South, West and North Oaks!

Sunny & Judy

We want to cover all points of your great northern compass and our newest is North Oaks, Minnesota!

From careful turtle crossings, a vigilant Tick Task Force and the delightful Radley Place, we are already charmed by the former James J. Hill’s farm-turned-city featuring a quiet woodsy escape surrounding Pleasant Lake in the heart of our Twin Cities.

As our 27th Twin Cities-area store, team members will bring their expert customer service and product knowledge customers have come to expect to North Oaks. Enjoy this special offer with an exclusive sneak peek August 10-20, 2017.

Premium food and treats from Minnesota and Wisconsin will be included in our store selection. We can’t wait to meet our community neighbors and connect with local animal organizations through our events, foster cat program and fundraisers.

Chuck & Don’s customers, champions and national canine stars Sunny & Judy (FB: Sunny & Judy and IG: Sunny & Judy) — Judy’s a unique Australian Terrier — are so excited, they have visited the store, will film signature videos and be there to celebrate our launch.

The store is in North Oaks Village Center across from Kowalski’s off Highway 96 W and Hodgson Rd.

St. Paul Saints Dog Day Surprise July 10

Two dogs at a Saints game.

Hold on to your paws because this one is a doozy.

The St. Paul Saints just announced that Monday, July 10 will be another Dog Day at CHS Field! Just in time for the Dog Days of Summer, man’s best friend is welcome to this special game.

Chuck & Don’s customers can access special  tickets (including a Saints hat and $5 in Chuck’s Bucks) on sale now at (password: dogday2017). Everybody wins with this ticket package because a portion of the proceeds go to Canine Inspired Change, a local therapy dog non-profit organization.

Be sure to check out the Chuck & Don’s Dog Park right next to CHS Field all year long!

During select 2017 home games, Chuck & Don’s is proud to sponsor the Pet of the Game partnering with local rescues to feature an adoptable pet for fans to meet and greet (and, hopefully, find their forever home). Also, select Friend of Chuck games offer special tickets that give back to local rescues!

Celebrating Colorado Day - July 29 thru August 1

Visit any Colorado Chuck & Don’s store from Saturday, July 29 thru Tuesday, August 1 to honor the great state and Celebrate Colorado Day.

We will celebrate all four days! Each day will have a special focus:

  • Saturday, July 29: All Day Yappy Hour! Free treats for people and pets. Receive a FREE Pawsitively Gourmet dog cookie (while supplies last). Information on local products. Rescue meet-and-greets (check store for participation). Enter to win a gift basket.
  • Sunday, July 30: Bond with Your Dog. Receive tips and info on camping and hiking, dog sports, and how to become a therapy team.
  • Monday, July 31: CBD products for pets. Learn about the benefits and receive 15% off any single CBD item.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 1: Happy Colorado Day! 5% off all Colorado sales will be donated to the Colorado Mountain Club.

Show your Colorado pride! Pick up a free pet bandana from July 29-Aug. 1 and receive instructions on how to receive 20% off any single non-food item and be entered to win a special Colorado-themed gift basket or a $250 Chuck & Don’s gift card. While supplies last.

About the Colorado Mountain Club

The Colorado Mountain Club has been delivering conservation, education and recreational opportunities to the Colorado public since 1912. The CMC acts as a gateway to the mountains for novices and experts alike, offering an array of year-round activities, events and schools centered on outdoor recreation. The Club connects thousands of adventure-loving mountaineers and teaches the skills to safely and respectfully maximize living in an outdoor playground.

Pets in Hot Cars: How to Help

On a 78-degree-day, the temperature inside a parked car can climb to 100-120 degrees in just minutes. On a 90-degree-day, it can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

Imagine bundling up in a fur coat then sitting inside a hot car as the sun beats through the windows with no way of getting out. That is what it’s like for a pet to be left in a vehicle in the summer. You may know better than to leave your pet unattended in the car on a hot day, but what if you come across someone else who has left their pet?

In Minnesota, it is against the law to leave a dog or a cat unattended in a standing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the animal’s health or safety.

If you find an animal in an unsafe situation, there are steps to take to help the animal:

  1. Write down the license plate, make and model of the vehicle.
  2. If in a parking lot, ask an employee of the business to page the owner of the vehicle.
  3. If you are unable to find the owner, call the police.
  4. Stay next to the vehicle until help has arrived.

If the animal is in extreme distress, call the police immediately. Under law, only a police officer, humane agent, dog warden, or volunteer/professional fire and rescue individual may use reasonable force to enter a vehicle and remove the animal. Jeff Prehatney from the Elk River Police Department in Minnesota says Community Service Officers use infrared thermometers to get an average vehicle interior temperature. They also use the rule of thumb that “if it would be uncomfortable for you, it would be uncomfortable for an animal.”

Wisconsin passed a law in 2015 that prevents good samaritans from being sued for breaking into a vehicle to rescue a pet, but only if police are contacted before the break-in to make sure the pet is really in danger. Follow the steps above before any attempted break-in.

Though Colorado currently has no laws in place when leaving animals in cars, it is best to seek out help if need be.

Chuck & Don's 2017 Happiest Pet is...


Lucy is owned by Amanda Brady who shops at our Cottage Grove, Minn. store location. Lucy, a dachshund mix, was adopted as a puppy when Amanda and her husband Aaron spotted her at an event. Though they weren’t looking for a dog, after spending time with sweet Lucy they couldn’t help themselves. Lucy has been diagnosed with IVDD (intervertebral disc disease) twice in her four years and has undergone two major back surgeries. Each time, Lucy persevered through the surgeries and rehab, gaining her ability to once again walk.

The winning picture captures a very happy Lucy on her first boat ride. She also loves walks, balls, shredding toys, laying in the sun, and of course, being with her humans.

“Winning the happiest pet honestly brings tears to my eyes because she’s been through so much in the past four years, and despite it all, she IS the happiest pet,” says Amanda.

Congrats Lucy on being named Chuck & Don’s 2017 Happiest Pet!


Additional category winners are below and will be highlighted on our social media in the next few weeks.

Dog Category Winner – Dezzy (Elk River, Minn. store location)

Cat Category Winner – Winnie the Pooh Pooh (Aurora, Colo. store location)

Multi-Pet Category Winner – Peanut and Bo (Blaine, Minn. store location)

Small Animal Category Winner – Dragon (Elk River, Minn. store location)

We received more than 1,700 entries for this year’s Grin to Win contest and though it was a tough choice, we had a lot of fun viewing so much cuteness. Remember, your pet’s photo may still pop up in our marketing materials!

Thank you for entering and we’ll see you again next year!

To view all of this year’s Grin to Win entries, visit:

Wash, rinse, remodel

Elk River Re-Open Party

We just remodeled our Elk River store and added a brand new self-service dog wash! Lots of pets and people came to celebrate — the photos from MK Photography are here. The one-stop wash makes clean up simple (shampoo, hair dryers, grooming tools, aprons and towels are all provided!).

Lexi the Pug, a Chuck & Don’s customer and famous rescue advocate had a blast touring the store in her very own car:

Photo credits: MK Photography

Elk River New Look

Elk River New Look