About Nutzy Mutz & Crazy Catz
Liz Perry opened Nutzy Mutz & Crazy Catz in 2007, but if you ask her, she’ll tell you she was always going to work for the animals, one way or another.
Even as a child, not yet in control of her own pocket book, Liz would stubbornly insist that her parents buy her the special needs stuffed animal, the one with only one eye or a missing limb.
Later in life, Liz worked for Trek Bicycles in Waterloo, WI, for 13 years, traveling the country selling bikes and clothing, and living on and off in Madison and Chicago. Yet, her affinity for animals remained strong: during that time, she rescued and re-homed dozens of dogs and adopted her own small herd of cats and dogs. In fact, she founded a dog rescue group that is still active in Chicago today.
While in Chicago, Liz would help out in her neighborhood natural pet products store when its owners went out of town. There she realized what an incredible venue the store was for re-homing animals and sharing pet health information and training tips. Bikes were fun, but she began to dream of owning a natural pet products store ― it was not a matter of what she would do, but a matter of when she would do it.
It took eight years, but here it is!
Today, Liz is still very committed to animal rescue. Her menagerie of family pets includes some special needs critters ― a chicken, a cat and three dogs ― most of whom she was told to “put down.” But Liz refuses to rescue an animal to have it killed: “They put their trust in me to get them out of their terrible situation, and I commit to their safety and happiness. If that means that I have to have a “management” program for them their entire life, I sign up for it.”
Management for Liz includes ongoing training ― her favorite activity, as she loves to watch the dogs learn and interact ― and holistic healing. While she does not underestimate the value of Western medicine, she will always try the natural route first. Time and again, she has seen a simple change of diet eliminate pet ailments.
Holistic practitioners have been very helpful with Vinny the Shop Cat, who receives acupuncture and chiropractic treatments to help lessen his epileptic seizures.
So how’s he doing? Come see for yourself! Vinny is a happy boy, and loves, loves, loves, visitors. He’s got a fan club a mile long!
Liz and Garret Perry live in Waterloo, Wisconsin, with their cats Vinny, Vera, Vivi, and Midge; three dogs Lula, Bea, and Posey; and chickens Consuela and Cosette, and a horse named Dobbs (the horse doesn’t live at the house; he has a nice big pasture with eight other pals).
You won’t see Garret in the shop too often, but he’s the guy who built all the displays, using recycled fixtures and building supplies, and helped set up the shop with tables reclaimed from the side of the road.
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