Since the age of 7, Dr. Robert Stonebreaker shared a special affinity with all birds. Wanting to bring people closer to his feathered friends, he lent his passion to Free Flight in 1989, helping evolve the avian boarding-and-breeding center into a sanctuary where visitors could interact with the exotic creatures. Amid open air and emerald palm fronds, guests can let a yellow, orange, and green sun conure perch on their arm or pet a timneh grey while trading info on which local bird store carries the best sunflower seed. The tropical oasis also teems with koi lagoons, where schools of shimmering carp swim under the flaps of eclectus parrots and fluffy white cockatoos soaring through the aviary.
Dr. Stonebraker tragically passed away in 2010, but the team at Free Flight has upheld his tireless work by fostering human-avian relations and furthering visitors' understanding of parrots. Free Flights also encourages involvement through donation, membership, volunteer opportunities, and most notably, education programs.
Dexter's Deli fuels cats and hounds with holistic pet foods and entertains them with a host of toys. A raw-food diet's easy-to-digest mix of antibiotic-free meat and organic veggies is a healthy alternative to your pet's usual meal of rocks ($3.59–$56.95), and dry or canned foods for dogs ($6.95–$70.95) and cats ($10.95–$17.95) serve as a more traditional hunger defeater. After a hearty meal, Fido can drift off in a dog bed or pad ($24.95+), where he'll have dreams about chewing on newspapers or serving on the Supreme Court.
Black and bubblegum hues flow in retro pinstripe patterns throughout Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe, where dedicated groomers carefully cleanse and style dogs of all breeds and sizes. The team treat their canine clients with upscale products such as Apple & Oats conditioner and South Bark blueberry facials. In addition to full-service and do-it-yourself cleansing stations, Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe has an in-store boutique and a pet hotel for small dogs. The boutique features accessories by Juicy Couture, Fluff, Puppia, Merrick, and Gooby, and the pet hotel indulges miniature guests with 400-thread-count pillow beds, a large, fenced backyard, and room service that delivers breakfast along with the morning squeaky newspaper.
At The Original Paw Pleasers, our treats are fresh baked, preservative, wheat, corn free and soy free. Our treats are made with allergy-friendly barley flour or grain-free buckwheat flour. We have been baking for the pets of San Diego since 1997. We welcome special orders!
Operating from a convenient downtown urban oasis, City Dog combines a fully stocked pet supply store with an extra-clean bathhouse for keeping dogs happily healthy and sweet smelling. All self-service dog-wash stations are disinfected after every client and offer a selection of canine-friendly shampoos and conditioners that leave fashionable fur coats silky smooth and shining. Six washes allow pooches to be pampered in individual tubs as their prized collection of sand, dirt, and powdered milk is washed away by water that is constantly maintained at a safe 80 degrees. After the cleansing, pay a visit to the drying station to give your dog, doggie, or doggette a grooming, ear-cleansing, and coat polishing.