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How it all began

Vir-Chew-All Enterprizez was born as a natural adjunct to the rapidly burgeoning "Vir-Chew-All Chow Faktree" of the Pets Forum of CompuServe. To introduce our first project, "The Vir-Chew-All Chow Faktree Cook Book" I wrote:

Before the internet became a household word and internet addresses an expected part of most advertising, before the days of lookalike services competing for online members...there was CompuServe and its Special Interest Groups, later known as Forums.

When I first discovered the Cat's Meow section of the CompuServe Pets Forum, I immediately enjoyed chatting with other pet owners about our experiences, problems, solutions and joys of being "owned" by our critters. I quickly realized that this was an incredible group of people, as warm, sharing and entertaining with newcomers as they are with friends they've known for years, both in cyberspace and in the real world. This is the place where the two have successfully merged and improved upon both in the process.

On one of my first days chatting via computer keyboard, my Manx kittie-girl that I had been blathering about received a message from Kathy Jeffries' Tonkinese Kitty, Wobbs. This was my (and Presh's) introduction to Critter Chat, which was still in its infancy.

The Critter Chat messags quickly overcrowded the human talk in that section, and in December 1994 Critter Chat was granted its own permanent message section and libraries in what was CompuServe. These forums (and many of the same wonderful people) are now part of the Vir-Chew-All Community - ThePetsForums ( - the Calling All Critters forums.)

With few exceptions, the Chow Faktree is populated with real critters, displaying their own personalities, likes, dislikes and points of view. Although the critters often discuss their humans, if a person accidentally stumbles into the critters' environment, the walls resound with the alarm "HOOMAN ALLERT!! HOOMAN ALLERT!!". Only by "Speshul Dispensashun" from Prezzadint Presh may a human speak on the Critter Chat message board.

Incredible as it may seem, everything that is Critter Chat - the ChowTesters, the Vir-Chew-All Chow Faktree and their history -- has been created and compiled from actual messages posted publicly by numerous participants with no structure, planning, arranging or manipulation of the story in any way. (the language is mostly phonetic, and reading aloud will usually quickly clarify any confusion).

The Chow Faktree CookBook was an immediate sell out, and featured the very best recipes from forum members, (and their pets!) along with original cartoons by Nancy (Swatek) Kent and photos of the "Chowtesters". That project was followed by the Chow Faktree Special Occasion Calendar - and from there, Vir-Chew-All Enterprizez began the transformation into the Premium Pet Products and Gifts specialty store we are today.

Please feel free to be just a little silly, enjoy our "World of Vir-Chew-All" and visit the ever-expanding gang of critters in Critter Chat.

Barb Salsbury (Presh's Mom)

We love our pets and Vir Chew All is dedicated to delivering only the finest products for your beloved cats and dogs. We have proven that dedication consistently since 1996 and will continue to do so forever.

Your pets will love our cat treats and dog treats by Wildside Salmon, Cat-Man-Doo, Grandma Lucy's and more.

Playtime will be a blast with wonderful feather and wand toys by Cats Claws and Cat Dancer; pure organic catnip & catnip toys, (including the hard-to-find Hot Cats from the Pacific Northwest). Of course your pet's favorite will be our own Vir-Chew-All Original handmade toys, stuffed with pure organic catnip and nothing else! Plus, we have Plush Toys for Dogs that squeak, rattle and grunt, a variety of Premium Dog Treats for your favorite canine.

Prowl around our store and you'll also find a complete line of Super Premium Cat Food and Dog Food from Flint River Ranch and the highest quality herbs from Nature's Sunshine.

And for you and other pet lovers in your life; check out our pawprint totebags, pawprint aprons, and original designs on mousepads, shirts and more!

Already know what you want? You can use our menu on the upper left to view our pet products by category, subcategory, or manufacturer.

FREE GIFT with every order! We'll choose something special from our inventory that you and your pet will be sure to enjoy.

We love our pets and Vir Chew All is dedicated to delivering only the finest products for your beloved cats and dogs. We have proven that dedication consistently since 1996 and will continue to do so forever.

Barbara L. Downing, Proprietor

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