As a kid, my parents owned a small kennel that was ran out of our home, everyone was expected to help. I have countless memories of assisting my parents in caring for our animals. My mother, Florence Thomson, possessed tremendous passion when it came to the kennel. I feel that these philosophies have transpired onto me, especially in my business.
Just Puppies began in 1997, as a family run business. At this time my brother, Tyler Thomson, established the first shop in Orlando, Florida. Upon realizing that there was a need for honest, caring and quality-minded pet shops, I opened my first store in Laurel, Maryland, in 1999. Today we have two locations located in Maryland, one in Rockville and the other in Towson. At Just Puppies we really care about our puppies. This begins with where our puppies come from to their short, comfortable stay at our stores and continues with who purchases the puppies. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff members share in our philosophies of our puppies and their well-being. They are eager to answer your questions and assist in your search for your new family member.
Just Puppies is not likely to ever grow into a large-scale type of chain store, we prefer to be hands-on, interacting with our clientele, and establishing long-term relationships with our breeders. It is our belief that educating people about the care and long-term welfare of their new pets is essential.
Our puppies are purchased directly from either USDA and state licensed breeders or hobby breeders with less than four dogs. The breeders are highly scrutinized by both the USDA and state inspectors. Unlike most pet stores, we do not purchase puppies from large, high volume brokers. Having a direct relationship with our breeders is what sets us apart. Most of our breeders have been working with us for over 10 years. Our strength is in the quality of our puppies and the breeders we work with.
During the purchase process, we always have a veterinarian present, to supervise, and ensure that only healthy animals are selected. The animals are transported in our own climate controlled vehicles, to ensure their maximum comfort and safety.
"When purchasing a puppy, you must be prepared for a long-term commitment. Research the various breed temperaments to suit your needs, and please remember to spay or neuter your animals." - The Thomson Family.