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.
A magazine about canine culture, The Bark melds readable articles about animal behavior and health with the pooch-related ponderings of writers including Augusten Burroughs, Ann Patchett, and Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Mary Oliver. Subscribers who read the current issue out loud to their bibliophilic bichon frise can absorb an article by Camille Ward and Barbara Smuts, which focuses on how dogs resolve conflicts, or snicker at Rex and the City author Lee Harrington's sly skewering of a dog lover's foibles in "The Chloe Chronicles."
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.
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.
You won’t see cages line the walls at K9 Playtime. Instead, you’ll notice an open indoor environment where dogs can romp, sip from fountains burbling with fresh water, and socialize with other canines and friendly staffers. To make their stay even more accommodating, the facility installed certain zones with K9 grass, a durable artificial sod specifically designed for dogs to aid in proper outdoor potty training. In addition to keeping them happy and active, this social environment makes dogs more receptive to behavior training. Using positive methods, K9's pet experts can correct issues such as separation anxiety and fear- and insecurity-based aggression toward strangers, as well as help potty train them.
At the end of the day, furry visitors either go home or stay overnight for boarding, sleeping on comfortable beds. Staff members are always present to ensure safety and security.