Local Gifts Your Pets Will Dig
Whether it’s strolling the sidewalks, pulling a skateboard or dining together at one of the city’s posh restaurant patios, you can see the special relationship Long Beach has with its pets every day, all over the city. Now that the holidays are upon us, there are plenty of places and ways in Long Beach to show our animal pals just how special we think they are. Here’s a few shops offering some very fashionable, deliciously edible ways to make this a very furry Christmas.
THE DOG BAKERY
Judging by all the treats and services offered, it’s clear that this place likes to party. Let’s see, there’s the customized birthday cakes, the special candles and cake toppers, the party hats and bandanas, and let’s not forget the Birthday Club they offer their doggie members. As you’d expect, The Dog Bakery’s (4818 E. Second St.) festive attitude gets turned up during the holidays, when they offer things like Christmas Cookie Ice Cream, Holiday Oatmeal Bones as well as Holiday Dog Cookies. There’s so much more, whether food, snack, dental sticks or toys, to be enjoyed.
PJ’S PET CAFE
The holidays are a time to indulge in some yummy treats and PJ’s (3412 E. Seventh St.) offers a wide array of them, from cupcakes to personalized cakes, cookies made of peanut butter or pumpkin and treats like beef jerky or potato chips and lots, lots more. The difference is all of these treats are actually good for them, healthy snacks made with all-natural ingredients containing no salts or preservatives. PJ’s has a clean, happy French bistro look to it, which is especially nice if you decide to take advantage of its doggie daycare services.
This is a one-stop shop that offers just about anything you’d need for your dog or cat: food, treats, grooming, daycare, they even have nutrition consultants. Healthy Spot (6433 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.) calls this time of year the “Pawlidays” as they offer lots of fun toys for our furry friends to enjoy. There’s snowman toys for cats and Santa hats for dogs. There’s chicken and waffle catnip toys and ultra-cute polar bear and penguin chew toys for dogs. There’s so much more when it comes to supplies and clothes, so be sure and bring a big bag.
DOPEY’S DOG HOUSE
When family dog Dopey passed away after 17 great years, his loved ones decided to open a pet supply kiosk in Shoreline Village to honor his love for the ocean. Dopey’s Dog House (419 Shoreline Dr.) is a charming little spot where you'll find treats, leashes and accessories like food bowls. You’ll also find a terrific, wide selection of great, fun clothes, sweaters, hats and costumes for your dog and cat. If your pet follows a particular sports team, Dopey’s Dog House has plenty of team colors as well as harnesses to walk them as well as carry them close to your heart.
Shopping for your pet at Woofpak (6420 Pacific Coast Hwy. Suite 150) has been likened to going to a gourmet grocery store, chock full of fresh, healthy options that also happened to be delicious. Located in the 2ND & PCH retail center, Woofpak offers all kinds of yummy things to eat, from baked goods to frozen treats to overflowing buckets called Meal Toppers to calming products made with hemp that can help your pet deal with the sometimes stress of going to the groomer or vet.
Hey, we all want to look our best during the holidays, and LaunderPet’s (3429 E. Broadway) highly trained, award-winning groomers give your dog or cat gentle pampering while bathing them in a warm bath with premium shampoo, then blow drying and brushing out their hair. Oh, they also trim their nails and clean their ears. There is a big selection of packaged treats, as well as a wall full of colorful chew toys including stuffed pizza, donuts and French fries. Yum! If you’re bringing in your dog or cat for grooming, reservations are strongly recommended.