Our Story  •  Our Promise  •  Our Staff

Our Story

Our inspiration to begin this journey came in attempting to find a “fix” for our eight-year-old lab’s chronic allergies. After years of vet visits, medications and bills we decided that our lab, Marley, needed something better than a weekly visit to the doc. We began researching, and to our surprise, found many articles linking allergies to the food dogs ate — who knew?! We changed Marley’s food, and within four weeks Marley’s conditions were much improved; we had a much happier dog. Now all 28 of our extended animal family members enjoy the benefits of natural food.

When we, Steven and Linda Thomas, are not at Thomas’ Tails, you can find us on our farm in Bull Valley, ten minutes north of the store.

Ashley Thomas, our younger daughter, lives here in McHenry County with her dog Zoe, her seven cats, Tia, Leaf, Ava, Sky, Luna, Suni and Violet her three horses Maya, Toby and Lady. Ashley loves riding her horses, playing ball with Zoe and cuddling with her adorable kittens. She also finds plenty of time to find great new treats and toys for all her pets.

Our Promise

“We are devoted to helping people love their companion animals appropriately.  We’re here to educate our community on the essence and interactive behaviors of the magnificent creatures and guide our customers in meeting their specific nutritional needs.  Our mission is to encourage people to become compassionate pack-herd leaders that respect their companion’s natural behaviors in their current environment.  We seek to cultivate relationships that are positive, uplifting, constructive and healing for both the people and their companion animals.

Thomas’ Tails is the avenue where people can come to meet their companion animal’s nutritional needs and to learn intuitive styles and natural techniques based on different holistic and health centered traditions.  We are drivin to educate and offer seminars, sessions, lessons, demonstrations and guest speakers for the better of our community and their companion animals.”

 -Linda Thomas, Owner

Our Staff


Linda spending time on her farm.

Hi, my name is Linda Thomas, co/owner of Thomas’ Tails.  My husband, Steve, and I entered into this journey for the love of our dogs, knowing that what we feed them can make a positive impact on their health and happiness.  We wanted to share this with others who share our love for companion animals.  We began with dogs and cats, but we could not forget our beloved horses.  Thus, the journey began.

Collectively, we have 6 dogs,  7 cats and 15 horses.  With our two daughters, son in law and three  wonderful grandchildren, we enjoy the life and love our pets bring to our family.  All our companion animals are unique, demonstrating their distinctive personalities daily, and we are grateful to be with them and care for them.


Ashley Thomas and her horse, Lady.

Hi my name is Ashley Thomas.  I am Linda’s youngest daughter and manager at Thomas’ Tails.  When we opened our store, I was enrolled at McHenry County College to become an Early Childhood teacher.  In time, however, I realized that I  wanted to be a part of the family business full time.  When I am not at Thomas’ Tails, I can be found at home with our beloved dogs, cats, and horses.



Hello, my name is Lacey Anderson. I am a student at McHenry County College and I have had animals all my life. I currently have cats, dogs, and a horse and I spend as much time as possible with them! I have a passion for learning new things and furthering my knowledge. In my spare time I can be found reading or outside training my horse.


Nick, the really nice guy.


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Hi, my name is Hannah Abraham. I am a student at Crystal Lake Central High School and I will be graduating this year. I have 2 dogs and a fish that I love dearly. When I’m not at Thomas’ Tails working, you can find me drinking coffee or playing music.