The stores I frequent are a few, everyone has something that the other doesn’t. I like to support small businesses but its also good for me to offer a client in the right direction if they need to get something.
In the East Bay we often go to
Wags & Whiskers , 1528 Locust Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
They have high quality food including raw, Orijen, Acana, Evangers, among others but best of all they have one of the best selection of unique collars I’ve seen. I’m a fan or Lucky Pup and Hot Dogs all Dressed. If you have a dog or cat that is a rockstar or princess, this place is sure to have something and if you want to create your own, they can help you. Beetle has a few collars from there and I had to stop my addiction for now. Their Walnut Creek store is much bigger and has a get together called Yappy Hour so you can hang out with people, food, drinks, dogs among guest speakers at some events. http://www.wagsandwhiskerspetboutique.com/
Paws on Piedmont,3974 Piedmont Ave, Oakland
A small pet store with cute beds, nice toys, food and treats. They offer dog walking and have a personable sense about their place. We usually go here when I walk Tank (Beetle’s best friend). It’s one of the closest places to us that carries Deer Antlerz, the mineral rich chews that don’t splinter and last long. They have a strong neighborhood following and have fun events from time to time. I loathe parking in the area but thats anywhere in Piedmont.
Holistic Hound, 1510 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA
Great place not only for the store but a few stores into the square there is a cupcake store. Amazing cupcakes displayed in cases and the taste, AMAZING. OK back to Holistic Hound, the owner and staff are very knowledgeable about holistic anything. If you are looking for natural flea products or natural remedies for ailments, they can help you. They too carry Orijen, Raw, Evangers, Tripett, among other great products. Lots of natural pet remedy books too. I’ve gotten a dog immune booster called Transfer Factor, its pricey but I rather pay that than to have my dog getting sick with his low immune system.
Dog Bone Alley, 1342 Park St, Alameda
When I used to work in Alameda, Morgan (the westie mascot), was one of the dog’s I used to groom. He was super sweet and I thought to give his place, Dog Bone Alley, a try. They too carry Deer Antlerz but best of all they carry a chew that I found at the San Ramon dog show called Himalayan Dog Chew. My dog wouldn’t let it go and it lasted for a while. It comes from an ancient recipe of the people of the Himalayas. In the mountains at more than 15,000 feet, it is made using traditional methods with Yak or Cow Milk, all natural products and no chemicals or preservatives. It has the same texture of hard candle wax and totally digestable. A few of my friend’s dogs are fans of them too. I also like their selection of collars especially the Dublin Dog collars. They don’t absorb odor and come in trendy styles. They carry a big selection of Puppia harnesses as well.