Whether your pet has been naughty or nice this year, you can shop locally to find the perfect items for your dog or cat. From treats to toys or special services, you can give a gift to your pet or find something an animal lover will enjoy.
, at 1533 N. Echo Park Boulevard, caters to rugged dogs who are active, outdoorsy and even employed. They have plenty of supplies for working, hunting and service dogs.
You can start by giving the gift of authority. For just $25, participants take a three-hour seminar on Pack Leadership. “It’s all the most important information a dog owner should have,” says owner Barry Hewitt.
When it comes to dog snacks, Hewitt confesses that “we like weird things.” He recommends elk antler and deer hoof chew toys this holiday season. (Sorry, Rudolph.) “We’re the carnivore store,” he laughs. There are gift packs, canine snow boots and more to be found this December.
Catts and Doggs, at 2833 Hyperion Avenue, wants your pet to have healthy snacks. Owner David Aout touts their natural foods for cats and dogs, which are free of corn, wheat and by-products. Herbal supplements are available to round out your pet’s diet. And natural shampoos keep them looking good.
Get your pet ready for the annual holiday photo with a bath and brush. Catts and Doggs offers grooming – not just for dogs but for cats, too. Although you may want to wait until summertime for the feline “lion cut.” This style keeps the cat’s “head and tail fluffy,” says Aout, “but they shave the body.”
You’ll find various holiday-themed treats and toys, too, like “Little Santa Claus shaped treats,” he adds.
, at 2170 West Sunset Boulevard, has products for every budget. “We’re kind of a weird store,” says owner Alex Sabouri, of their wares that run from the super-cheap to the pricey and handmade.
For the curious mutt owner, he suggests the gift of a doggie DNA test. “It’s 98% accurate,” he says. You simply swab Fido’s cheek and mail it in. You get back a breakdown of your dog’s breed history.
For hungry dogs, he suggests their freshly baked treats that are “made with human grade ingredients, just without sugar.” Their different sizes and shapes of bully sticks are always popular. If you plan on being out of town, they offer boarding services, too.
“The most important thing to know is that we match all prices,” Sabouri adds. “And we have a ton of stuff.”
Finally, you can give your pet the gift of life--or at least a better chance to survive the "Big One" with a custom emergency kit from Emergecy Kits 4 All. Silver Lake resident and sometime Echo Park Patch blogger runs the firm, which does kits for dogs and humans.
Check out the site at Emergency Kits 4 All--which is way cool.