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Pets Guide A to Z


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Pam Biasotti 

Catnip cigars. Check. Dogs that blog. Check. Pet psychic, puppy parties, and papier-mâché clocks made to look just like your favorite furry friend. Check, check, and check.

You’ll find all these and more in Diablo’s A to Z guide to pets, packed full of wonderful rescue programs, fantastic dog parks, and a whole bunch of products to help your birds, bunnies, cats, dogs, horses, and snakes eat well, sleep right, and look fabulous. We’ll even give your dog a shot at being a TV star.



shutterstockAaquariums ›› Do you prefer fins to fur? Check out these aquarium specialists, all of which stock the equipment and fish to put some underwater action in your home. Albany Aquarium, 818 San Pablo Ave., Albany, (510) 525-1166, albanyaquarium.com; All About Fish, 102 Second Ave. #S, Pleasant Hill, (925) 687-7080; Aquarium Concepts, 6920 Amador Plaza Rd., Dublin, (925) 829-0583, aquariumconceptsinc.com.

Bbakeries ›› Most pet shops offer healthy treats, but few sell them freshly baked. Buddy’s Barkery Bakery (422 First St., Benicia, 707-748-7433) features candy-colored goodies that look good enough for people. Pleasanton-based Pans on Fire (310 Main St., Ste. B, 925-600-7267, pansonfire.com) holds an occasional doggie treats class in addition to its regular cooking classes. These colorful goodies pictured are baked special for Nitro Dog (61 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, 925-962-2275, nitrodog.com).

diablo imagingBereavement ›› Will Rogers once said, “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” For those who wish to give their pet a memorable send-off, Danville’s Dog Bone Alley sells pet bereavement kits, complete with scented candles and a memory bag for $30. 1342 Park St., Alameda, (510) 521-5800; 730 Camino Ramon, Danville, (925) 552-0410, dogbonealley.com.

Birthday Cakes ›› If your puppy needs a party, Walnut Creek’s Wags and Whiskers can hook you up with a birthday cake, baked to order by the chefs at the Snoring Pugs in San Francisco. Made from pet-friendly ingredients like applesauce and peanut butter, cakes range from $17 to $27. 1528 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 935-2275, wagsandwhiskerspetboutique.com.

Bling ›› Pleasanton-based Ashley & Co. makes paw-themed gold and silver jewelry that you—or your pet—can wear. (866) 535-0014, ashleyandco.com.

Bunnies ›› For more than 20 years, Richmond-based House Rabbit Society has found homes for homeless bunny rabbits. The nonprofit shelter also sponsors foster homes for at-risk bunnies to get back on their feet again. 148 Broadway, Richmond, (510) 970-7575, rabbit.org.

courtesy of 555 yvrCcondos ›› Looking for a sweet spot for you and Fido? The superchic digs at the new 555 YVR complex in Walnut Creek come with a sky lounge, state-of-the-art fitness center, and an on-site dog run. Prices start at $319,000. 555yvr.com.

 Climbing Trees ›› A cat’s life can go from sedentary to superexciting with a climbing tree. Longtime pet provider Alamo Pet Store has locally made trees for every krazy kat in your household. 170-A Alamo Plaza, Alamo, (925) 838-3828, alamopetstore.com.

Ddoggie blogger ›› Murphy, the golden retriever behind Pleasanton’s Murphy’s Paw dog boutique, writes a blog, er, blawg, telling pet owners about sales and new products. We think Murphy’s owners, Mike and Melanie Sadek, sometimes help him with it. 410 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 600-8925, murphyspaw.com.


Eergonomic ›› Haul your furry friend around—without wrecking your back—in the Fundle pet sling. These easy-to-use carriers range from $105 to $160 and are sold at both of the East Bay Dog Bone Alley stores. 1342 Park St., Alameda, (510) 521-5800; 730 Camino Ramon, Danville, (925) 552-0410; dogbonealley.com.

shutterstockFfeathers ›› Adopt an Amazon. Or a Moluccan cockatoo. Or a Scarlet macaw. Feathered Follies sells exotic birds and finds families for birds that need a home. The Concord-based business also boards and grooms birds, and sells cages, food, and equipment to give your feathered friend a happy nest. Another excellent bird shop is Your Basic Bird, in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood. 1820-N Arnold Industrial Way, Concord, (925) 299-9466, feathered-follies.com. Your Basic Bird, 2940 College Ave., Berkeley, (510) 841-7617.

Gguide dogs ›› Puppy-philes should know about San Rafael–based Guide Dogs for the Blind, which needs volunteers to raise puppies. This is the largest guide dog school in the United States, with 340 graduates per year. (800) 295-4050, guidedogs.com.

Grooming ›› Perennial Diablo Best of the East Bay winner ShamPooches has been making cats and dogs look like movie stars for 16 years. Services include shampoos, dental cleaning, grooming, and even taxi service to and from home. 3151 Crow Canyon Pl., Ste. I, San Ramon, (925) 806-0647, shampooches.us.

Hhorse treats ›› Equine enthusiasts love Uncle Jimmy’s Hangin’ Balls, lickable orbs that hang in the stable and keep horsies happy. Alamo Pet Store, 170-A Alamo Plaza, Alamo, (925) 838-3828, alamopetstore.com.


IINSTANT CELEBRITIES! ›› Everyone in the Bay Area remembers those lovable pooches that introduced reruns of Streets of San Francisco on TV-20 back in the ’80s. Guess what? The KOFY Dogs are back in town. And here’s the best part: Our KOFY pals have offered three starring roles for Diablo dogs—CLICK HERE to tell us why your pooch is ready to be a TV star!

 IDs ›› No one wants to think about natural disasters, but we do happen to live on a pretty big fault line. After more than 600,000 pets were lost in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross and pet websites Dogster and Catster established the Partners in Preparedness program to create an ID tag and recovery system for pets. Togethertag.com.

Jjogging ›› For flat/fun with your four-legged friend, hit the Iron Horse Trail. For steep/scenic, head to the Rim Trail at Lafayette Reservoir.


shutterstockKkitty hedonism ›› Maybe Puss-Puss could use a cigar and a nice Chianti. These feline toys are loaded with superstrength catnip, so they pack a punch. Catnip cigars are sold at Alameda and Danville Dog Bone Alley stores (dogbonealley.com) and Lafayette’s Nitro Dog (nitrodog.com), and kitty Chianti is available from Concord-based Petlane.com.


Llinens ›› Orinda resident Trina Underseth has come up with a great idea for dog beds, which can get a little, uh, stanky, with regular use: stylish, interchangeable pet linens. petLINENS, (503) 616-3992, petlinens.net.

Mmeet and greet ›› Have a puppy that’s kind of shy, or extra yippy? Pride and Pedigree Puppy Socials in Jack London Square provide a safe, clean, and well-monitored place for dogs to socialize. 437 25th St., Oakland, Wednesdays 7–8 p.m., $10, (510) 834-7877, prideandpedigree.com.

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