Pets Guide A to Z
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Nnibbles ›› Pet owners were horrified at the illnesses and deaths caused by contaminated pet food two years ago. The bad news: Quality control for pet food in the United States is still shoddy. The good news: There are plenty of healthy options if you shop smart. Check out the Pure Purr Gold and Pure Woof Gold food lines from Concord-based Petlane.com. The food contains no by-products or preservatives. You can even sign up for an auto-ship program so you’ll never run out. Petlane.com.
Ooutfits ›› Georgy Girl doggie clothes—cotton spandex tanks and zip-up hoodies—are absolutely fabulously dripping with crystals. Designed by Walnut Creek resident Carol George, the collection’s Barack Obama–themed Paws for Change outfits have been a big hit in Europe. Georgygirlonline.com.
Outerwear ›› We know how chilly Northern California winters can be. That’s why the dog coats from Newark-based Zoe and Co. are so sweet. Named for a gorgeous Pomeranian, the coats are made in the U.S. from organic and sustainable materials, are cut to allow dogs plenty of movement, and look like something Audrey Hepburn might have worn. If she were a dog. Zoeandco.com.
Ppsychic ›› Is there something wrong with Fluffy, but you can’t tell what? Maybe Barbara Martin can help. The former Walnut Creek resident, now living in Napa, uses telepathy to communicate with and treat animals for anxiety, diet, and health issues. (925) 708-1979, animalcommunicationplus.com.
Puppets for Pets ›› Oakland residents Ian White and Robert Shank created a popular line of Paw Pet toys, made from chewable materials that slip over the pet owner’s hand for interactive fun. Getpawpets.com.
Qquack ›› Draeger’s market in Blackhawk Plaza sells a special-formula food for the ducklings that swim in the plaza’s ponds. The food is just $1.95 per box. It’s nutritious for the ducks, and feeding it to them is a great experience for kids. 4100 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, (925) 648-5800, draegers.com.
Rrescue ›› There’s no love purer than that of an animal that has been rescued. The East Bay has many shelters, from Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) to the Tri-Valley Animal Rescue. For a complete listing, CLICK HERE.
Ransom ›› Debby Brown of Concord paid a $10,000 “reward” for the return of her two-year-old Chihuahua-Yorkie mix in June. The chorkie had been dognapped from Brown’s Cadillac Escalade in the parking lot of Concord’s Elephant Bar. Brown’s hefty price teaches us all an important lesson—keep an eye on your pet!
Raw Food ›› The raw food movement isn’t just for neohippies; dogs and cats can get in on the vitamin-rich eats as well. Primal Raw food out of San Mateo gets rave reviews from many pet shop owners for its antibiotic-free, steroid-free foods that incorporate organic produce and minerals into each formula. Available at local pet shops, Whole Foods Markets, and primalpetfoods.com.
Sitters ›› Going out of town? Big Paw Pet Care in Pleasant Hill offers pet care in your home while you’re gone. (25-A Crescent Dr., Ste. 264, Pleasant Hill, 925-215-4883, bigpawpetcare.com) The East Bay Pet Sitters Association (ebpsa.com) has pet sitters in every corner of Contra Costa and Alameda counties. East Bay Pet Care provides similar services (925-285-8823, eastbaypetcare.com).
Snakes ›› And Iguanas. And anything with scales. East Bay Vivarium is one of the largest specialty stores of its kinds in the nation, and the go-to spot for reptile and amphibian lovers. 1827 Fifth St., Berkeley, (510) 841-1400, eastbayvivarium.com.
Ttoys ›› Orinda-based Lollycadoodle creates adorable pet toys from wool felt so your dog or cat can chew on them safely. Available at lollycadoodle.com.
Training ›› Tired of your puppy chewing up your Manolo Blahniks? Walnut Creek resident and highly recommended dog trainer Stephanie Ross (925-383-9292, pawsitive-reinforcement.com) will whip your alpha dog into shape and let the sweet little guy know who’s boss. Heaps of other local trainers can be contacted via eastbaydogtrainers.com.
TV Show ›› The aforementioned TV 20 is airing a new Dog Adoption Show, featuring segments on training, recreation, and local rescue organizations. Tune in August 28 at 10 p.m. and August 29 at 7 p.m. on KOFY TV 20.Kofytv.com.
Uunderwater rehab ›› The Canine Rehabilitation Center helps dogs get rid of pain via hydrotherapy. 1411 Treat Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 934-8042, thek9rehabcenter.com.
Vvolunteer power ›› Volunteers are the lifeblood of animal rescue facilities. “Without having volunteers, we would have to cut back our programs,” says Bobbe Bartlett, development director at ARF. “We have a volunteer-run food-share program, which delivers 64 tons of donated pet food annually to organizations in Contra Costa County.” For volunteer information, visit arf.net.
Wwall art ›› Can’t stop staring at your puppy’s or kitty’s precious face? The time might be right to have a customized papier-mâché dog or cat face clock made for your wall. Available at Molly’s Pup-Purr-ee in Danville, mollyspup.com, and Nitro Dog in Lafayette, nitrodog.com.
Water Bowls ›› Berkeley-based OllyDog makes easy-to-carry, collapsible water bowls and poop bag carriers, as well as a range of collars, leashes, and toys. Ollydog.com.
Xxl ›› Lots of local parks feature separate areas for supersize pooches. East of the Caldecott, try Danville's Hap Magee Park or Dublin’s Dougherty Hills Dog Park. West siders love the Alameda Dog Park. Look out for a list of the East Bay's best dog-friendly hikes in our Diablo Fit blog on diablomag.com.
Zzzzz ›› Does puppy need to get some shut-eye? Berkeley-based FYDO (bagelbed.com) makes beds available in sizes from mini-doodle to massive Dane, while Emeryville’s Molly Mutt (mollymutt.com) offers nicely priced duvets.