Whether they're four-legged or feathered, man's best friend deserves the best treatment. Depending on pet owner income and eccentricity, pet pampering can range anywhere from doggy day spas to gilded bird cages and organic catnip. For the animal-lover looking to spoil their one and only, we've rounded up the 10 best pet stores in metro Phoenix.
Kosmo's Doghouse in Scottsdale offers canine makeovers from the inside out. At Kosmo's, customers can purchase the latest dog toys and accessories as well as talk to the knowledgeable staff about purchasing the right healthy food for your furry friend. Pet owners can also opt to wash their dogs in-house or leave the grooming to the professionals. The shop also offers training courses. You and your unchewed couch can thank us later. Visit scottsdalegrooming.com.
There's no denying that little dogs get lots of love -- especially at Oh My Dog in Old Town Scottsdale. The grooming salon and boutique specializes in petite pooches who live the high-life. Inside you'll find Louis Vuitton knock-off dog toys, plush sports car-shaped dog beds, rhinestone collars, baked goods, and quite a selection of miniature outfits. Visit www.ohmydogboutique.com.
There is no shortage of pet shops that cater to tiny dogs in Scottsdale. Whether you push your pup around in a baby stroller or carry him in your purse, chances are you've paid a visit or two to Mackie's Parlour at the Gainey Village Shopping Center. The small boutique carries frilly dresses and collars as well as a pricey selection of treats, food, and even dog birthday cakes. Dog birthday cakes, people. Visit www.mackiesparlour.com.
Puff and Fluff Grooming in uptown Phoenix may be new to the pet store scene, but it's quickly getting the word out thanks to offering community events like dog yoga, or "doga," as well as pet-sitting, grooming, new merchandise and, pretty soon, pet consignment -- think Buffalo Exchange for pets. Visit puffandfluffspa.com for more information.
Forget the furry and fluffy. Reptile Mogul Exotics offers a more alternative type of animal. Inside this Tempe shop, customers can get their hands on hard-to-find pets like pythons, boas, bearded dragons, anacondas, chameleons, and tarantulas. They also sell all the food and gear you need to give your scaly friend his home away from home. Visit www.reptilesandreefs.com.
Love stinks -- especially when that love has run through the sprinklers and rolled into the mud. At Smelly Dog in central Phoenix, dirty dogs can get spruced up and spoiled with dog treats, food, and accessories, plus professional grooming and daycare. For a full look at service prices, visit www.smellydogaz.com.
Tropic Zone offers one of the largest and loudest selections of colorful birds in the Valley. Inside this north Phoenix store, formerly named Chirp-N-Dales, customers will find everything from parrots to lovebirds, macaws to parakeets. It also offers a large inventory of bird-based goods, such as food, cages, toys, and treats to keep your feathered friend flying high. Should you need to venture out of town for a while, don't forget to check out the store's in-house boarding services, too. Visit tropiczoneparrots.com.
Petique delivers good shopping and a good cause at Biltmore Fashion Park. The pet boutique and adoption center is partnered with Arizona Humane Society (AHS), thus offering not only a great selection of gifts for your pet, but also cats, dogs, and rodents in need of homes. As an added bonus, AHS adopters received a 10 percent discount on merchandise. Visit www.azhumane.org for more information and a full look at all Petique retail locations.
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Whether you do it in the tub or out on the lawn, washing your dog can be a real pain in the butt. Which is why many people prefer to take their pup to Wag N' Wash. The grooming salon offers self-service stations as well as professional care plus a bakery for after-bath rewards and a large selection food, leashes, treats, and toys to keep your cat or dog house well-stocked. Visit www.wagnwash.com for a look at locations and services.
Kind of like a Whole Foods for pets, Noble Beast offers a health-focused approached to pet-rearing. The Phoenix shop features all-natural food, treats, and supplements for cats and dogs as well as toys, training classes, and clinics. You can even choose to leave the pet at home and take one of the human workshops like crafting cat-ear-headbands. For a full look at Noble Beast's products and events, visit www.noblebeastpets.com.