Pet’s Delight is a monument to all things animal, outfitting all of man’s best friends with natural, organic food, playthings, and sundry other accoutrements to improve their general well-being. The animalia boutique stocks edible brands such as California Natural wet and dry food for dogs and cats, carefully formulated to keep their adorable digestive tracts running smoothly. Farm feed available in bulk keeps larger livestock hale, and horse blankets fend off the cold without the need to hire an elephant as a snuggle buddy.
The timpani beat of hooves drifts across the 120 acres of rolling hills and green flatland at Windmill Ranch. Glimpses of the Livermore Valley sweep out beneath riders as they practice proper equitation technique. The ranch’s owner and head trainer, Irene Lorimer, hails from a family of passionate horse enthusiasts and has herself been riding since age 4. Her illustrious career has included numerous titles as a youngster and training with an international bronze medalist. Today, she oversees all instruction in the disciplines of hunter-jumper and equitation, ensuring that students pick up proper techniques, whether they want to show on the competitive circuit or simply make convincing neighing noises every time they call a daytime radio show.
Horses graze on the hillsides of the 200-acre valley at Shamrock Ranch, and tail-wagging guests enjoy the coastal breeze during long leash walks. Led by trainer Lisa Nava Rhodes, the Shamrock Ranch team cares for pets while practicing training methods that encourage healthy relationships with owners. The team also hosts overnight stays in their climate-controlled kennels or kitty condos, feeding pets with owner-provided food or Shamrock Ranch's own hypoallergenic treats. Top Performance oatmeal shampoo revives coats during grooming services, and dogs can enjoy brush outs and nail trimmings after getting bathed and listening to gossip about neighborhood squirrels.
Redhound’s friendly, knowledgeable staff helps pet owners and their big ole schweeties navigate an extensive collection of food, toys, and accessories for dogs and cats. Learn healthy, dog-friendly recipes from the Bubba Rose organic cookbook ($14.95), or harness hounds to an OllyDog leash ($24) for a jaunt through the neighborhood, the park, or a rival farmer's pumpkin patch. While pups can chow on Redhound’s array of organic dog food and gnaw on a large natural cow dog toy ($20), feline compatriots can nibble from a dainty PetWare ceramic dish ($22) to refuel from a long day of napping in the windowsill. Furry friends are welcome in the store, and are welcomed with a complimentary treat.
Unable to find a nearby shop to supply their Frankie and Cheeko—a chihuahua and a chihuahua-terrier mix, respectively—with accessories, dog owners Kattya and Patrick took matters into their own hands—they opened their own pet boutique in Union Square. At Cheeko B Pet Boutique, they shelve food and treats alongside gear such as collars, leashes, and grooming supplies, outfitting dog and cat caretakers with tools that rarely sacrifice style for function. For example, designer dog outerwear from brands such as Ruff Ruff Couture and Urban Hund shield pooches from the elements and the judgmental stares of style-savvy squirrels. DailyCandy praised the store in 2008 for its sophisticated tastes in four-legged fashion, deeming it a "Trendynob pet hub" where you can "class up your canine."
Dog boarding without kennels. It may seem like a curious proposition, but the family-run team behind Citipets, run their center based on the philosophy that dogs function best when they're part of a pack—overnights included. Further, the duo believes kennels cause anxiety and provide dogs no comfort from nightmares about cars chasing them. Instead, dogs bunk down in communal sleeping rooms where classical music eases them to sleep.
That's just one way Citipets provides special care for each furry visitor. At daycare, dogs are separated into groups by size and temperament during their full day of play. In the 5,000-square-foot outdoor area, they wrestle on artificial turf and play with one other and the dedicated staff. Indoors, they take over 9,000 square feet, with plenty of nooks for tired dogs to recharge with a nap or curl up with War and Peace.