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Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet is Honored for Retail Excellence by Old Mother Hubbard®, Maker of Wellness® Natural Food for Pets

Tewksbury, Massachusetts (November 10, 2008) - Old Mother Hubbard®, maker of the Wellness® brand, and a leading national provider of natural pet food, supplements and treats, has a history of recognizing those independent pet specialty retailers that aim to set new standards in customer care, innovative business practices and humanitarian contributions. At the H.H. Backer 42nd Annual Pet Industry Christmas Trade Show & Educational Conference in Chicago, Illinois, Wellness presented an award for retail excellence during the company's Annual Valued Partner Appreciation Reception: The 2008 Midwest Retailer of the Year Award was given to Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet of Minnesota.

Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet was chosen for this honor in recognition of their commitment to providing the best possible service and education to their customers. They truly exemplify Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard's mission: to responsibly and passionately provide uncompromising nutrition for the pets that give us their unconditional love, trust and companionship.

With thirteen retail locations in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area and southeastern Minnesota, Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet is dedicated to serving as the local destination home town pet supply store with excellent customer service and a wide and broad selection of unique products, like Wellness.

"Chuck Anderson and Bob Hartzell of Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet are true partners with Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard," said Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard Regional Sales Manager Scott Johnson. "All 13 of their stores are leaders in educating and supporting the pets in their communities through charitable and family events, and their employees are extremely knowledgeable about pet nutrition. Their work ethic and promise to deliver unmatched results reflect the values and standards of the Old Mother Hubbard and Wellness brands."

Representing Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet at this year's Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard Annual Valued Partner Reception were Paula Anderson, Inventory Manager, Wendy Bartz, Hard Goods Buyer, Jim Flipp, Food Buyer, and Wendy Quinell, Manager of the Bloomington Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet location, who accepted the award on the retailers' behalf.

Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard hosts the Annual Valued Partner Appreciation Reception to recognize the exceptional contributions of its retail partners. This reception was held during the evening at H.H. Backer's 42nd Annual Pet Christmas Industry Trade Show, a yearly trade show event for manufacturers from the pet industry and retail buyers from around the world. During the event, retailers have a chance to network and socialize, meet-and-greet Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard sales and executive team members and relax after a long day on the trade show floor.

About Wellness® - Unconditional Love. Uncompromising Nutrition®.

The Wellness brand of Natural Food and Treats for Pets, a proud member of the Old Mother Hubbard pet food family, was founded on the belief that, "You are what you eat!" - and that incorporating a holistic approach to a healthy, nutritious diet is the foundation of wellbeing. Our committed team of vets, nutritionists and animal lovers has spent decades creating the very best in natural nutrition for both dogs and cats. Our Quality Assurance program maintains the most meticulous standards of food safety; we follow the same strict guidelines for our pet food that are applied to food for people. All Wellness food and treat varieties feature recipes using human-quality ingredients without the use of meat by-products, fillers, potential allergens such as wheat (including wheat gluten) or soy, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Wellness is sold through knowledgeable pet specialty retailers and natural food stores in North America, and is now available internationally. For more information visit

About Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet

Founded in 1990, Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet is a Minnesota-based pet food and supplies retailer, with 13 locations in the Twin Cities area. Chuck & Don's was recognized with the 2005 - 2006 Medium-Sized Retailer of the Year Award from Pet Product News magazine. Chuck & Don's is also the winner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2007 Blue Ribbon Business award and the Celebrate Success award from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. To learn more visit: