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Dog days

By MELISSA McGRAW

 

Geri Ray, owner of Metropawlis, and Judy Kindt, with her dog, know how to pamper their pets.


Love your pup like a member of the family? Go above and beyond for your top dog at local shops that cater to pampered pets.

A chic boutique for VIPs (Very Important Pets), Metropawlis Pet Boutique & Bakery in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward offers high-end accessories, grooming products, toys and pet strollers. Owner Geri Ray recommends dog beer (beef flavor with vitamins and glucosamine) on hot summer days with a Yappy Meal (fries and a hamburger/hot dog) baked fresh by the on-site Three Amigos Pet Bakery.

Healthy dining options for your pooch are found at The Natural Pet in Bay View. "People are finally learning how to keep their animals healthy for their whole lives," says owner Kim Hecker, whose retriever, Murphy, lived 14 1/2 years with holistic treatment. Her premixed raw food features meat, veggies, bones, fruit, vitamins and supplements.

Organic treats are available at Pewaukee’s Petlicious Dog Biscuit Bakery and Pet Spa. Fresh-ground peanuts sweeten muddy paws, cannoli, truffles and dog bones. Sip Stone Creek Coffee and offer Fido doggy biscotti during Thor’s Yappy Hour, social time for old and new friends. For special days, order a custom cake and ice cream. The other half of Dave and Karen Krause’s shop is a pet spa with grooming by appointment or self-service dog washes.

Because not everyone can care for pets themselves, owner Helena Buettner of Madra Professional Pet Styling offers her 13 years of experience. She uses all-natural botanical products and a Whirlpool bathing system for spa packages that include breath freshening, peppermint pawdicures and blueberry facials. Mini grooming focuses on nail trims, ear cleaning and breed standard or custom trims.

Autumglo Pet Boutique and Spa in Cedarburg also offers upscale grooming. Co-owner Stephanie Kirmse provides massages, nail painting, facials and bubble baths for improved coat, skin and well-being. The retail store sells decorated pies and cakes, clothes for dogs and owners, collars and bedding. "We’re here for pets, to make their lives more enjoyable," Kirmse says.

WHERE TO SHOP

Autumglo Pet Boutique & Spa
W63 N633A Washington Ave.,Cedarburg (262) 618-4692
www.autumglopetboutique.com

Madra Pet Styling
1930 E. Park Place, Milwaukee (414) 332-2289

www.madrapetstyling.com

Metropawlis
317 N. Broadway, Milwaukee (414) 273-7387
www.metropawlis.com

The Natural Pet
2532 E. Oklahoma Ave., Bay View (414) 482-7387
www.thenaturalpetllc.com

Petlicious Dog Biscuit Bakery & Pet Spa
2217 Silvernail Road G, Pewaukee (262) 548-0923

www.petlicious.com