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PHOTOS BY NOUSHIN NOURIZADEH & DONNY MICHEL

In today’s world of big box stores and online retailers, it’s refreshing to discover a personable shop where the owners and staff really care about their customers. Cody and Kensey Decker first opened Decker’s Dog + Cat to give people and their pets a top-quality pet supply store that exceeds their expectations. 

“We only stock products we trust and would use on our own pets,” Cody says. He and Kensey own five dogs and two cats in a range of ages and sizes. “Their health is a strong testament to all the great products and lifestyle we promote. It’s our livelihood, and our passion.” 

There are two Decker’s Dog + Cat shops, located in La Jolla and Bay Park. Cody and Kensey say that buying for the stores is one of their favorite things to do. They stock a lot of premium fresh foods and are very selective about where and by whom products are made. “It’s hard to sell something you’re not enthusiastic about,” Kensey says. “We typically partner with manufacturers who back their products with a guarantee. And we are always mindful of who our customers are, their tastes and preferences.”

The Deckers’ most exciting vacations are the trips they take to pet industry tradeshows. In late August, they attended the largest, Superzoo 2022, and found a lot of great new products. “We typically look for hidden gems and cool brands to stock early with the holidays in mind,” Cody says. “This year, we found new accessories, bags and carriers, strollers, treats, toys, and much more. It’s fun to come back and tell our fabulous staff and customers about our discoveries, who are just as excited as we are when new boxes arrive. In our shops, it feels like the holiday season much of the year.”

Owners Cody and Kensey Decker
Owners Cody and Kensey Decker
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1 Nothing But Jerky, $17 2 Calm CBD Bites, $26 3 Tribal leash, $26 (matching collar and harness available) 4 Porky’s Luau frozen dog food, $34 5 Spunky Pup organic cotton dog toys, each $17

Decker’s Dog + Cat | 7928 Ivanhoe Ave, La Jolla & 3055 Clairemont Dr, Bay Park | deckerspets.com