Do you ever have one of those all-in treat yo’self days? They’re necessary, right? Sometimes you have to show yourself some love and buy a new thing or two to brighten your spirits. Have you ever done that for your pup? If not, do it this summer! Here are some highly dog-friendly establishments in Toronto that are fully equipped to love up on your pup, from dressing them to grooming them to serving them next-level treats. Make a point to stop by one of these places for a special occasion of your choosing and put your dog on cloud 9.
Tom and Sawyer (1247 Queen St. E)
This is Toronto’s only true ‘dog cafe,’ serving fresh, homemade meals and treats for dogs. Here, you can get next-level food made with heart and wisdom. Founded by a dog-mom who was less-than impressed with the ingredients in conventional dog foods so she embarked on a mission to learn how make her own, Tom and Sawyer is the local food shop you never knew you needed. Grab a latte for you and a treat for your pup and hang in the pet lounge, then grab some healthy gourmet eats to go.
The Dog Bowl (984 Dundas St. W)
Shop from a selection of eco-friendly foods and treats, toys, and gear – all from trusted North American brands, for your dog’s new summer wardrobe. It’s located (conveniently, for dog owners) right next to Trinity Bellwoods Park, so stop by after your park-visit this weekend and be inspired to green your dog’s lifestyle.
Timmie Doggie Outfitters (867 Queen St. W)
This small shop on Queen West strives to provide the ‘ultimate pooch-tique experience,’ offering grooming services by appointment, and a selection of clothing, designer toys, gourmet food and treats. Owned and operated by two designers, Timmie’s is always an aesthetic experience. There’s much dog-style inspo to be taken in here.
Dogfather and Co. (1007 Yonge St.)
Dogfather and Co is a luxury boutique, spa (with styling and everything) and K9 cafe in Rosedale. Come and browse a selection of custom dog beds, hand-knit clothes and collars and then stop by the cafe to enjoy some house-made doggy gelato or a doggy ‘latte.’ (The cafe is open mid-May to October – there’s a patio). You can also order a doggie cake or cupcakes from here to celebrate your pup’s birthday.
The Bone House (946 Queen St. E)
At this wellness-oriented boutique in Leslieville, you can get eco-friendly clothing and unique accessories (think: designer collars and leashes, bathrobes and bags), natural apothecary items and herbal supplements. If you’re into holistic wellness for yourself, you’ll love The Bone House for your dog. They also have a dog b&b in Loyalist county for boarding, and offer a shuttle to and from Toronto three times per week – keep that in mind!