Fetch Rover a National Dog Day Treat at These Local Shops
Naysayers will suggest that (1) National Dog Day isn't a real holiday, and (2) even if it was a real holiday, dogs wouldn't understand it. Whether either or both of those statements are true, I'm willing to delude myself into recognizing any day that honors wiggle-bottomed, floppy-eared snuggle bundles of joy. And you should, too! In that holiday spirit, I've rounded up a collection of independent local pet supply stores where you can hook your dog up with treats, organic and raw foods, or a bath. As always, there's a handy map to help you find the closest spot.
The Animal House
157 Fillmore Street
Owner Megan Johnson believes in treating pets like family members and has gone all out to stock this teensy shop with everything your pup needs. Animal House staffers seriously know their kibble and can help you choose the right brand and recipe for your pet.
Best in Show
545 Castro Street
One of the original San Francisco pet boutiques, Best in Show carries food, dog clothes, treats, and toys. House brands include the BiS DOG lines of Hand Puppet dog toys and Mon Bebe French-inspired dog toys.
VIP Scrub Club
1734 Church Street
After a brief hiatus, K9 Scrub Club on Church Street was reborn as VIP Scrub Club. The focus at this location is on the self-service grooming tubs, but the store also offers nail trimming and a selection of post-bath bribes for your pet.
Pawtrero Hill Bathhouse and Feed Company
199 Mississippi Street
While the name alone could be enough to lure you in the door, this 15-year-old shop delivers with healthy, unprocessed foods for your pets, as well as grooming facilities. Pawtrero also hosts events throughout the year to raise money for local animal rescue groups.
509 Cortland Avenue
Your pet supply source with a conscience. A percent of sales at Bernal Beasts goes to non-profit animal rescue groups. The store carries lots of US-made products, and works closely with independent manufactures. If you've just adopted a pet, they'll give you 10 percent off your first round of supplies.
2512 Sacramento Street and 772 Stanyan Street
A “green” pet store and grooming salon specializing in organic and natural products. Green Pawz has two locations—Cole Valley and the Richmond—where you can find healthy foods and treats for your pets.
Jeffrey's Natural Pet Foods
284 Noe Street and 1841 Powell Street
If you want to switch your pup to a raw diet, Jeffrey's makes their own raw, organic and all natural pet foods, and treats. Beyond food, there are toys! So, yeah, the pooch will be happy to accompany you to the shop.
2959 Mission Street
Mission Critter is the little pet store that could. What this spot lacks in size, it makes up for in its thoughtful selection. Tim, the owner, is wildly popular with regulars and newcomers alike for his friendly attitude and expert advice.
Noe Valley Pet Supply
1451 Church Street
Paula Harris and Celia Sack opened Noe Valley Pet Company in 1999. Over the years, it's turned into a neighborhood institution, and a fount of knowledge for dog sitter and puppy social referrals. In addition to the standard dog supply products, they also carry super cute toys for pets.
2220 Chestnut Street
Stop by this Marina shop with your pup for a large selection of food, toys, and more for both dogs and cats. The friendly staffers are happy to help with recommendations and give your dog a snack.
2512 Sacramento Street
Magazines like House & Garden and InStyle rave about George, a pet supply store born of the idea the pet products should be as pleasing to look at as they are to chew, sleep on, wear, and eat from. In addition to adorable beds and collars, they also carry specialty treats for pets.