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Active Paws is your resource for gear, supplies, and tech for you and your active canine companion. Active Paws Online is the successor to Animal Fair Pet Shop, a full line pet supply shop in Ridgefield Connecticut which operated from 2001 to 2015. Animal Fair was known for searching out and stocking the best supplies -- in terms of quality, design, function, and price -- for our customers and their many pets of different species. Active Paws builds on that reputation to make the best supplies available to active dog owners nationwide. Many of the items offered on our site cannot be found in your everyday pet store, but we've leveraged our knowledge and connections in the industry to make them available to you.
Our customers are active pet owners – hiking, camping, boating, and more with their dogs. They are looking for items designed for their active dog lifestyle. Leashes, collars, and harnesses designed for daily use in the great outdoors. Beds or tents for camping, travel, the backyard, or just wilderness-inspired sleep at home. Our customers are traveling by plane, boat, and automobile as well as by foot. They’re looking for ramps, car seats, restraints, travel bags, soft crates, cargo liners, gear organizers and even strollers for the puppy that can’t walk the whole way yet. Active Paws Online carries a group of products selected for their quality and value.
My name is Connie Packard Kamedulski. I was born on the Feast of Saint Francis -- the Patron Saint of Animals -- and my entire life has been about animals and pets and the human-animal bond. As a child, my own pets included dogs, cats, and rabbits. I started riding horses at age 7 and was a member of the Glastonbury Pony Club. I graduated from the University of Connecticut with an Animal Science degree, taught riding at for several years at stables, camps, and Pony Club.
My first dog in my adult life was a rescue Sheltie from the Connecticut Humane Society. Penny was a cruelty case survivor that had basic obedience training and learned to jump little jump courses in the woods. My next dog was a well bred but oversize Sheltie who introduced me to the world of competitive dog sports. Party loved agility and we competed in trials around New England. Animal Fair began to take over my time, and Party retired in the early 2000s. In 2009 I decided I wanted to compete again, and Adalia Legally Blonde (Belle) joined our family in 2010. Fast forward to 2018. Belle has retired with three Preferred Agility Championships, four appearances at the Westminster Masters Agility Championship, and a perfect three clean rounds at the AKC National Agility Championships in 2017. Two more Shelties, Cooper and Boomer, have joined our family and are in active agility training. Cooper is my hiking partner and current competitive dog running in AKC Masters level and is beginning obedience competition. Boomer dabbled in the breed ring last summer, and is making his agility debut in 2018.