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Teca Tu: A Place for Pets in Santa Fe

By Christian Burney

Teca Tu, which calls itself a "paws-worthy pet emporium," started 20 years ago as a small work-from-home business. As it succeeded, it became apparent that a traditional brick-and-mortar building was required to keep up with business. Ten years in, current Owner Laurie Wilson purchased the pet store, and since then Teca Tu has doubled in size, formed sturdy bonds with the local pet shelters and increased its activity online with a newly designed website and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Other than pet food, treats, and the like, what services can a pet store really offer? According to Wilson, walk-in clinics and fundraisers are more than welcome by the store's visitors. "We try to hold 4-6 times a year what I call Saturday Clinics," Wilson says. "I invite an expert on some pet related topic to come to the store and speak to our customers or do a demonstration." Some topics covered at the weekend clinic are pet physical therapy, dental talks and cancer talks, and even an occasional pet CPR course.

Teca Tu supports its local community by providing an outlet for pet fashion designers to promote their work. Doggie Vestido coats and vests, which are bestsellers for Teca Tu, are cut from Pendleton wool trade blankets and hand sewn in Santa Fe. Another popular item are the Bowser Pet Product pet beds, which are beautifully crafted in Canada. "Of course, our toys and treats are always popular," says Wilson. "We try to bring in new products all the time so our customers can have the latest and greatest pet-related items."

Teca Tu is always willing to lend a helping hand - or paw - to local charities, but their main attention is focused on assisting the animal shelters of Santa Fe. "We hold dog adoptions nearly every Saturday in front of the store," Wilson says. "We donate treats each year to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society's Barkin' Ball as well as an auction item. We also try to hold some kind of big event every year that benefits one of the shelters."

This December, Teca Tu will be hosting a party to celebrate its 20th year in business. Wilson says she hopes to collaborate with the Santa Fe Shelter to raise funds at the event for the animals housed there. "We did a fun event a few years ago where local architects and builders built dog houses that were auctioned off to benefit the Santa Fe Shelter."

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