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Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 6:00 am

Summit Hut named retailer of the year

 Local outdoor outfitter Summit Hut was recently recognized as the retailer of the year in the Conservation category by SNEWS — a leader in outdoor industry news — and Backpacker Magazine.

Voting was conducted first among SNEWS and Backpacker magazine readers, followed by a final vote from a panel of judges.

Summit Hut was recognized for its efforts to sustain the outdoors in Tucson. With 100 Days of Service, Summit Hut donated 100 days of its staff’s time to volunteer with such local nonprofit organizations as Sky Island Alliance, Pima Trails Association and Tucson Audubon Society.

The Decline-A-Bag program allows Summit Hut customers to be a part of the community efforts. If a customer declines a bag for their purchases, Summit Hut donates the cost of the bag to an outdoor-oriented charity. Since going into effect about two years ago, the program has saved more than 70,000 bags and donated more than $3,500 to local charities, including the local chapter of Inner City Outings, Sky Island Alliance and Pima Trails Association.

Haas joins Positive Paws health center

 Northwest Pet Clinic has expanded its services to include animal training and behavior management. Carey Haas, a certified pet dog trainer, has joined the staff to operate the Positive Paws Canine Behavioral Health Center, located above the Northwest Pet Clinic at 252 W. Ina Road.

Haas has 15 years experience in the field of animal behavior and training. She is one of only 2,000 certified animal trainers in the country.

Positive Paws Center offers a variety of classes and private sessions to meet the behavioral needs of pets. The Pup Start™ program is designed to prepare puppies for the real world, teaching basic commands to help puppies not only in the classroom but also on walks, when guests come over, and other challenging situations.

Haas also offers private sessions to help resolve problem behaviors.

For more information, call 742-4148 or visit NWPetclinic.com.

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