Best pet stores
Forget Petco: These indie boutiques offer personalized service and one-of-a-kind goods for four-legged friends.
Mon Jun 14 2010
The Jumping Bulldog
Tania Firrigno's chic, inviting boutique is dedicated to her French bulldog Oskar, who "in reality, is the one who runs the show," says Firrigno. Pick up luxury products typical of Manhattan pet stores, sans the inflated prices. No time to give Fido a bath? Pat him down with Earthbath Green Tea wipes (100 for $15), infused with Hawaiian awapuhi extract, aloe vera and vitamin E. If he's good, reward him with a locally baked Robbie Dawg organic biscuit ($7) in flavors like Brooklyn pizza and honey BBQ chicken. Entertainment comes easy with a Simply Fido plush lamb toy ($15), which is Chinese-made and certified organic. 28-10 23rd Ave between 28th and 29th Sts, Astoria (718-274-2510, jumpingbulldog.com)
Whiskers Holistic Petcare
Think of Randy Klein's holistic shop as a Whole Foods for dogs, cats, birds and other small animals, complete with organic skin-care products and high-quality munchies. But it's not just the comestibles that are socially conscious: Whiskers donates a portion of its proceeds to local shelters and offers in-store cat adoptions. Calm Fluffy's nerves by following the instructions on a Whiskers pet reflexology chart ($1) and make bathtime chemical-free with Dr. Shawn's organic itch-relief shampoo ($23). And if a certain kitty is obsessed with treats, she'll go wild for Kookamunga catnip blowing bubbles ($6). 19-25 Ditmars Blvd between 19th and 21st Sts, Astoria (718-626-8590) * 235 E 9th St at Second Ave (212-979-2532) * 1800whiskers.com