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You bird it here first: Live animals arrive at Haudagain pet store

Budgies, gerbils and guinea pigs now available at Pets & Care in Aberdeen.

Otto pictured with a hamster.
Customers can now see live animals on show at Pets & Care. Graham Fleming/DCT Media.

Live animals have finally made their way to the Haudagain after pet shop owner Otto Varga’s licence was granted.

Pet lovers will now be able to buy birds, gerbils, guinea pigs and more at the Pets & Care store.

Checking back in for the first time after the store opened back in November 23, we were shown a whole new section which houses the cute companions.

Pets & Care
Pets & Care will stock everything you need for your furry friends. Image: Kath Flannery/DC Thomson.

Otto, 40, even laid out his plans for expansion of the live pets section which is sure to excite animal lovers in the city.

He has also added a number of new products which are sure to delight keepers of all different types of animals.

Speaking to the P&J, he claimed that the new department of the store, which is based in the former Blockbuster unit, has gone down a treat.

Budgies a big hit at Haudagain store

He said: “We have birds now, like budgies, finches and canaries.

“We also have small animals like gerbils and hamsters as well – we had guinea pigs but we just recently sold out so we are looking to get more in.

“Eventually we will get fish here as well, we are hoping by the summer we should have them.

The small birds have proved popular with the locals. Image: Graham Fleming/DC Thomson.

“Birds are quite unique in Aberdeen, so we have had large interest in that.

“At Christmas time we had canaries that were singing away in the shop and the customers were loving it – it was crazy.

“Since we sell cages and all accessories like treats and everything, we think it has gone down well.

“It’s not just for new customers looking to take on a new pet, it’s for people who want to come back for anything they might need.”

Gerbils have landed in the store too. Image: Graham Fleming/DC Thomson.

Progress report after three months in Haudagain

After living in Aberdeen for more than nine years after moving from Hungary, Otto along with his wife Agnes has been fulfilling his ‘dream’ of owning his own pet emporium.

He added: “Christmas has been busier, January has been more quiet, so we’d love to see more customers coming through the door.

“We have a lot of new natural treats and food for all different types of animals, and new products most weeks.

“The Haudagain location is great – there’s lots of parking spaces so customers really appreciate that.

“We do spend a lot of time with the customers so I think they like that.

Otto has been living out his dream of owning his own pet store. Image: DC Thomson.

“We like taking pictures with the pets that people bring in and we upload them on our Facebook page.

“So far it’s positive on that front.

“We are looking to put a sign up soon so that customers can better know where we are.

“It’s a shame that the Taco Bell shut down here, I’m not sure what happened but yeah we were serving some of their customers.

“The biggest difficulty is getting customers to see us from the Great Northern Road, but we have signs and banners going up to help direct people to us.”

Otto’s three must-have items

With a number of new additions in the shop since Otto and Agnes opened in November, the owner shared with the P&J three essential buys for any pet owner.

Magnetic dog collar

An easily removable collar which fits dogs of any size, Otto recommends this item to anyone who has difficulty with fiddly clasps and clips.

Otto recommends his magnetic dog collar’s. Image: Graham Fleming/DC Thomson.

Freeze-dried treats 

Available in many different flavours, these bags of treats have proved popular so far with local dogs in the area.

Freeze dried treats are proving popular with dogs all over the city. Image: Graham Fleming/DC Thomson.

Bubble gun toy

Guaranteed to keep dogs “occupied for hours” this toy has been a best seller for Pets & Care since opening in November.

Bubble toys have sold well since being stocked this month. Image: Graham Fleming/DC Thomson.

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