Pet Mall America was created by three partners who all have the same thing in common: We Love Dogs!
Pet Mall America was founded in 2007, and has been helping pet owners and their pets with quality products for nearly a decade. We are proud to be a US Veteran owned company!
Our mission at Pet Mall America is to provide you and your loving companions with quality pet products with a unique educational experience. Our vision is to help pets and their owners understand one another better, help pet owners find products that match their pet’s individual personality and temperament, and provide world-class training tips and product use suggestions that you will not find anywhere else.
We are dog experts with over 15 years of dog training and animal rescue experience who provide our customers with valuable educational info and training tips while helping you find the best products for your pets! Whether you have a sporting dog, a purebred, a service/assistance dog, or a rescue, we love and support every breed and every owner’s personal mission to care for their dog by providing them with great doggie gear.
We believe in operating our company with integrity, honesty and true customer care. Our goal is to enhance your shopping experience by providing the following:
- Question/Answer How-To guides
- Monthly Newsletters and training tips
- Instructional Videos for hands-on demonstrations
- Stories, updates, and photos of Nubs the Dog
- Donating a portion of your purchase to our charity
Pet Mall America is a Co-Founding partner of CA 501c3 Shelter to Soldier who rescues dogs from an uncertain future and trains them to be psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Pet Mall America donates a portion of every sale to Shelter to Soldier to help their mission to “Save Lives, Two at a Time.”
Read about each of the owners below:
About Graham Bloem
Graham Bloem was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has had an affinity with animals all his life, although his true passion is for dogs. He now resides in sunny San Diego, CA with his family (wife Kyrié, three wonderful children, and dogs Lucy – an American Dingo mix, Toffee – Golden Retriever, and Juno – Bernese Mountain Dog).
In his early career, Graham worked as the manager of a local pet nutrition store and used this opportunity to learn about the nutritional needs of cats and dogs. He later attended Animal Behavior College, and graduated in 2002 with honors as an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT).
After college he joined the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s adoption facility in Rancho Santa Fe, CA working in several roles ending as Senior Dog Trainer. Over the years, he has worked with thousands of dogs, continuing his studies to further his understanding of dog behavior. Graham specializes in behavior modification and helped to save the lives of thousands of dogs from an uncertain future. After the valuable experience at Helen Woodward, Graham established his own dog-training company, West Coast K9. He also accepted a position of Senior Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College, sharing his dog training knowledge and passion with new trainers and certifying them in California.
Graham has participated in several TV interviews and fundraisers, was featured in Dog Fancy Magazine, ran seminars on dog care and training, and appeared on many news and radio shows with NBC, CBS, FOX and CNN. Some of these interviews resulted from his involvement with dogs rescued from the war zone in Iraq. These rescues began with Lava, a puppy rescued during the Battle of Fallujah who was brought to the United States by LtCol Jay Kopelman, the New York Times Best Selling Author of “From Bagdad with Love” and “From Bagdad to America,” in which Graham had honorable mentions. Lava is an amazing, loving dog that made an impression on Graham with his outstanding senses and incredible intelligence. Graham helped to socialize and train Lava for his new life in America, teaching him both basic and advanced obedience commands.
In 2006, Graham served the Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, CA as their contracting trainer for two years, responsible for behavior assessment, evaluation, treatment plans, staff training, creating and running training programs including volunteer based programs, and other training related tasks. In 2007, Graham helped rescue and train Nubs, another famous dog rescued from the war-zone in Iraq by LtCol Brian Dennis of the Marine Corps. LtCol Dennis bonded with Nubs, a stray mix-breed, while serving his country in Iraq. Brian later wrote the NY Times Best Selling Book, “Nubs – The True Story of A Mutt, A Marine and A Miracle,” in which Graham is prominently mentioned.
In 2008, Graham joined the Snug Pet Resort & Absolute K9 Training team, a five star pet resort and training facility co-owned by an all-pro NFL star. Snug Pet Resort & Veterinary Hospital is also a basic and luxury boarding facility, grooming salon, and training facility where Graham has had the privilege of working with many dogs, their owners and families.
Graham stepped down from his position of General Manager and Senior Dog Trainer at Snug Pet Resort in July 2012 to once again pursue his passion of dog training, specializing in behavior cases and service dogs, and to start his non-profit, “Shelter to Soldier.”
The aim of Shelter to Soldier is to train psychiatric service dogs for post 9/11 combat veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and/or other psychological or physical ailments from their service in Iraq, Afghanistan or other active areas. In addition, this program changes the lives of many dogs, rescuing them from their uncertain lives in shelters and instilling in them the meaningful opportunity to become lifetime companions for our struggling service men and women.
Graham is also a proud co-owner owner of the online pet supply company Pet Mall America, which offers professional guidance and product advice to assist pet owners on the use of pet tools and supplies sold through the website.
Additionally, he and his wife Kyrié are the founders of the National Academy of Professional Dog Trainers (NAPDT). NAPDT is an elite dog training academy, partnered with California Miramar University and Man K-9, that teaches students fundamental dog psychology principles, obedience training, behavior counseling and specialized fields of study with working dogs. Our program will blend the most elite, hands-on training with excellent classroom theory.
Graham is an Advisor and Chief Dog Trainer for CleverPet LLC. CleverPet is an innovative dog interaction device that has been created to fill the much-needed gap of time when owners aren’t home or don’t have time to engage with their dogs. CleverPet keeps pups mentally and physically active through an automated process. Not only is this “game” a ton of fun, it truly helps relieve boredom, stress, anxiety and focuses dogs on the positive process of learning and play. CleverPet, “engaging idle paws”. www.getcleverpet.com
- Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer with 15+ years of experience
- Authorized Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College
- ABC 10News Leadership Award recipient
- LEAD San Diego Visionary Award Nominee
- Founder & President of Shelter to Soldier™ – a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from shelters and trains them as psychiatric service dogs for wounded combat veterans diagnosed with PTSD and/or TBI
- Apprenticed with renowned Master Dog Trainer, Rick Klassen
- Dog Trainer to Helen Woodward Animal Center, a world renowned animal shelter in California, for 4 years.
- Dog Trainer & Consultant to Rancho Coastal Humane Society, a pioneer in rescue programs, for 2 years.
- Dog Trainer to Nubs Dennis, the world famous rescue dog from Iraq. Nubs’ children’s book is a NY Times Best Seller and is one of the most successful children’s books of all time. The story is now being produced into a motion film.
- Dog Trainer to Lava Kopelman, another famous rescue dog from Iraq. Lava’s owner, Jay Kopelman, has published two NY Times Best Sellers
- Managed and Directed Snug Pet Resort & Absolute K9 Training for 4 years
- Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
- Behavioral Evaluator & Specialist
- Service Dog Specialist
- Therapy Dog Specialist
- Business & Dog Behavior Consultant to boarding facilities, doggie daycares, veterinary hospitals, animals shelters & rescues
- Featured on local and national radio
- Featured on local and national news – CBS 8, ABC, KUSI, FOX, NBC, CNN
- Mentioned and Praised on Ellen DeGeneres Show, Today Show & Tonight Show
- Featured in Dog Fancy Magazine, Dog’s Life Magazine, Yoga Digest, Homeland Magazine, Ranch & Coast Magazine, FINE Magazine
- Mentor and Trainer to men and women from all branches of our armed forces.
About Brian Dennis:
Brian split his time growing up in St. Pete Beach, Florida and Des Moines, Iowa. He has been in the United States Marine Corps since he was nineteen years old. Brian’s career in the Marines has been quite varied with jobs ranging from Recon Marine to F/A-18 Hornet pilot to Strategic Planner at United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and he has made three combat deployments to Iraq. Brian graduated from the University of South Florida in 1997 majoring in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. His life changed dramatically when he rescued a little earless dog from Iraq named Nubs. With expert dog trainer Graham Bloem’s help, Nubs has adjusted to life in the United States quite well.
In July 2012 Brian was assigned to duty near his hometown in Tampa, Florida. He works at USSOCOM and lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. Now Brian and Nubs live together in St. Petersburg and have all kinds of fun. They love going to the beach and running around Brian’s neighborhood. Brian’s lifelong love of dogs is as strong as ever. After all, he made it his mission to save a wild dog injured in the deserts of Iraq and would do it all over again without even thinking about it. Brian is also a partner of the growing online pet supply company, Pet Mall America and works with Graham on their new non-profit, Shelter to Soldier.
About Alec Bloem
With over 40 years experience in the Heavy Civil Engineering Industry, working on numerous projects in many capacities, Alec has also been in Senior Management for more than 35 years.
Alec was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. After High School, and one year in the army, graduated with a Diploma in Civil Engineering. He completed numerous Management and Business administrative courses at various Graduate Schools and Specialty institutions.
Alec worked as a Site engineer on many projects in and around South Africa, including Power stations, Dams, Nuclear Plants, Railways, Highways and bridges, High rise buildings, Chemical Plants and many more.
He was a site engineer for a large deep foundation company for several years, then Project Manager for a large Dam construction. Alec joined a very large public Company as a site engineer, and over a period of 8 years rose to Managing Director (President) of one of its companies. He received the first ever President’s Award from the South African Society of Civil Engineers for an innovative project for the South Africa Railways.
Alec immigrated to Canada in 1986 as National Project Manager for a large North American Company and became President of this North American Division 6 years later.
In 1993, he decided to relocate to the USA, joining an International Construction Company as its US Chief Operating Officer. Alec later became Senior Vice-President, Concrete Products of a large public Construction Company, and President of three subsidiary companies.
In 2006, Alec decided to leave the corporate world and started an Ace Hardware in San Diego as a sole proprietor. (need update from dad here)
More recently, Alec, (in conjunction with his son, Graham Bloem, and LtCol Brian Dennis), revamped the online pet supply company Pet Mall America into what it is today.