Bubbly Paws / St. Louis Park, MN
This upscale doggie spa pampers pups, but it also takes excellent care of its employees and animals in need. Staffers can win the “Extra Bubbly” customer service award, complete with a gift card, and fundraisers throughout the year help a variety of causes — Bubbly Paws donated $15,000 to pet rescues alone in 2016.
Maxwell and Molly’s Closet / Newton, NJ
The Paw Club at this store and grooming salon helps make it a standout. The program tracks each pet member’s health and behavioral issues to make customized product recommendations. There’s even a Platinum status after $200 in purchases, which earns the pet parent a 5 percent discount for life.
Camp Canine / New York, NY
To make up for its limited space in the heart of Manhattan, the luxury grooming salon, doggie daycare and pet boarding facility gets creative. Dogs and cats can go for walks in nearby Central Park, and kitties have their own 73rd Street viewing window. There’s even a room just for fetch! Camp Canine also regularly fosters rescue dogs.
Dee-O-Gee / Bozeman, MT
Dee-O-Gee owners Josh and Holly Allen believe in recycling. Holly uses her vet tech experience to advise customers on a variety of topics, including pet nutrition. The store, grooming salon and daycare carry products made of recycled materials. And don’t forget shop dog Jericho, who the Allens joke is recycled, too.
Odyssey Pets / Dallas, TX
Everything is bigger in Texas, and Odyssey Pets is no exception. It spans 10,365 square feet and offers only the highest-quality supplies for dogs, cats and fish, as well as boarding, training and grooming. There’s even a walk-in shower for larger pups and a big outdoor run for playtime. Smaller creatures are welcome, too, with an adoptable cat always serving as the store pet.
Shop Dog Boutique / Sioux Falls, SD
Customers are often surprised at how long they spend at this pet store. The welcoming atmosphere, regular arrival of new products (including items handmade by artisans) and ever-changing merchandising keep them shopping. They also don’t want to leave without having their pup pose for a Cute Customer Alert on Shop Dog’s Instagram page.
The Feed Bag Pet Supply / Mequon, WI
Owner Mark Haslam believes that proper nutrition, grooming, play and training are the foundations for a healthy pet, and his store offers them all. Named Small Business of the Year, The Feed Bag Pet Supply also places a priority on helping those in need — it’s Fairy Dog-Mother Project keeps the local pet food pantry stocked, delivering 600-plus pounds each month.
WOOF! WOOF! Pet Boutique & Biscuit Bar / Bristol, RI
Dogs love to visit this treat destination. There are 50 different kinds of locally made goodies, including biscuits, cakes and cookies. Natural chews and bones are a hit, as are frozen treats in the summer, which pups can enjoy on the shady deck out back. Not to worry, Woof! Woof! also caters to kitties with catnip and other feline treats.