PawZaar Celebrates Global Love of Pets


PawZaar Celebrates Global Love of Pets


When guidebook writers Paris Permenter and John Bigley explored the globe, they often found themselves faced with communication challenges – except when it came to four-legged locals. “Wherever we traveled, we realized that we were already well-versed in the body language of the cat and dog population,” recalls Paris Permenter. “They spoke the same language as our own pets back home.”

After 33 travel guidebooks, the Texas-based couple decided to focus on their other love: pets. The founders of and realized they wanted to go an extra step to be able to give back to the homeless pets waiting in shelters and rescues around the world and set about establishing an import store featuring products for cat and dog lovers.

The husband-wife team founded, an online bazaar of pet-themed products from around the globe. A portion of every sale goes to sponsor the care of a shelter pet.

“Over the years, we have seen such a growth in pet-themed handicrafts, and I think that reflects the more prominent role that pets play in today’s households,” explains Permenter.

PawZaar features everything from artisan pet-themed jewelry to handmade totes, all reflecting the style of the region in which they were made. “We have always loved searching the souks, night markets, and bazaars around the world, often meeting the artists themselves,” says Permenter who, with her husband, carefully curates items from her Austin home. “Now we’re enjoying sniffing out products of special interest to pet lovers like ourselves.”

The couple share their home in Austin, Texas with two mixed breed dogs and three cats—Jetty, Lucky, and Inca, named for Argentina’s Puente del Inca, a location the couple visited on assignment just before Inca’s adoption.

About PawZaar was founded by international guidebook writers (and husband-wife team) Paris Permenter and John Bigley. The online store features jewelry and accessories especially for pet lovers, with a special focus on rescue. Each order helps fund the care of a shelter pet.

About Paris Permenter and John Bigley

Paris Permenter and John Bigley have authored 33 pet and travel guides. They share their home in Austin, Texas with two mixed breed rescue dogs and three cats.