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12 Paws relocates to Red Bank

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12 Paws owner Betty Crawford displays a few of her treats in her new location in Red Bank.

12 Paws Pet Bakery has moved from Signal Mountain to Red Bank, and the store is holding an open house Friday, Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m. Owner Betty Crawford said she moved the store so she could combine it with the 4 Paws Pet Food Pantry she recently helped start.

“It’s a one-stop shop for treats and toys,” Crawford said of 12 Paws, which she opened on Signal Mountain several years ago after having sold her homemade treats successfully through the Chattanooga Market.

Free treats will be available for four- and two-legged family members at the open house event.

“You get to see the store and register for door prizes,” Crawford said in regards to the event. “If you want to bring a donation for the [4 Paws] food bank, that’s always welcomed.”

Her treats range from savory creations such as peanut butter, veggie, cheese and chicken crackers to sweets such as “belly rub brownies,” “cupcakes” and “ice cream cones.”

“I make everything myself, and it’s all-natural,” said Crawford, adding that she can make special treats for diabetic dogs.

For the holidays, she is offering gingerbread house kits that come stocked with already-baked gingerbread plus directions on how to ice and decorate with dog-friendly treats such as Cheerios and dried cranberries.

At the store, customers will also find plenty of toys for their favorite furry friend as well as great pet-related gift ideas, such as local author Ferris Robinson’s book “Dogs and Love: Stories of Fidelity.”

Crawford said she also wants to let customers know about 4 Paws, which provides clients in need with a month’s supply of pet food for up to six months. The pet food bank serves anyone in need in Hamilton County. Clients should apply for assistance by stopping by.

“Dogs must be spayed or neutered,” said Crawford, adding that many of her clients hear about the food bank through Metropolitan Ministries or Channels of Love.

Crawford said she is happy to now be in Red Bank as her original plans were to open her store in Red Bank or Hixson, before she found her location on Signal. She said Red Bank Mayor John Roberts was very supportive in helping her find a place to locate the shop and food bank, which are located at 3906 Dayton Blvd. and can be reached at 475-6342.