This spring is the perfect time to break the cabin fever and bond with your best friend right here in St. Louis. Prepare for an action-packed day for you and your pooch. Check out the local scene and take the time to enjoy the perfect day with your dog. Show your love by indulging your canine buddy with new toys, nature-connecting exercise, rejuvenating treatments, healthy treats and a pampering bath. These area businesses promise the perfect day for your pooch every time.
Wolfgang’s Pet Stop
330 N. Euclid Ave.
St Louis, MO 63108
Price: $8 to $14 jive ball/$13 to $25 chuck it/$8 to $17 zogo flex
Hours: Mon – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Before you head out to the park, stop in to Wolfgang’s Pet Stop in the Central West End for some of the best outdoor dog toys this spring. It offers the American-made, rough and tough jive ball and chuck-it ball launcher perfect for full-on park play, as well as the super durable zogo flex stick, ball or tug. These toys float so no worries if your dog loves to play in the water. Some are even hollow for storing treats and peanut butter.
Canine Country Kennel & Farm
10102 Highway DD
Wentzville, MO 63385
Price: Mon to Fri – $275 a year individual week day/$400 a year individual full/membership required
Hours: daily – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 223 acres of rolling farmland here are the ideal spot to treat your dog to a little dose of nature. Canine Country is the ultimate dog park with an agility course, sheep herding, lakes, creek, walking trails and three fenced in 20-acre sprawls. Here, your best bud may run wild and swim in the lakes or creek. Exhaust your furry friend with fetch, a romp with fellow canine visitors or go for a jog to guarantee a sleepy pup by the day’s end.
Animal Health & Healing
2615 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St Louis, MO 63143
Price: $196.50 classical homeopathy assessment/$70 to $75 sessions
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat – 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rigorous play requires rejuvenation for your dog’s body, and nothing beats classic homeopathy. Using unique and proven energy healing treatments, Animal Health & Healing offers a holistic approach to caring for your pet. Its philosophy and practice encourages your animal’s body to heal itself instead of attempting to force good health through medication. Expect these professionals to assess your pet’s diet and exercise and treat his health needs through the least invasive methods possible, using acupuncture, nutraceuticals and Chinese medicine.
Three Dog Bakery St. Louis
1134 Town & Country Crossing Drive
Town & Country, MO 63017
Price: $1 to $4 pastry treats/buy 12 get one free barkers dozen
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat – 9:30 a.m to 6 p.m.; Tues and Thurs – 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beware: You may be jealous of your dog’s delicious pastry treats at Three Dog Bakery. These all-natural, oven-baked treats boast tons of flavor without the sugar, salt or artificial flavorings of traditional treats. Using only human-quality ingredients to create the baked fresh daily delights, this bakery delights in ways that will make your dog want to stay forever. Popular favorites include the carrot cake, collie cannoli and boxer brownie.
Four Muddy Paws
St. Louis City Lafayette Square
1711 Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
Price: from $40/$14 spaw package upgrade
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
After a long day, it’s time for a relaxing trip to the spa, or “spaw,” as staff says at Four Muddy Paws. With a typical grooming service that includes a bath, hair cut, nail trim, ear cleaning and anal gland expression, upgrade to a spaw package for an all-natural, biodegradable, luxury shampoo and re-moisturizing conditioner, which also helps with shedding, and a teeth brushing. It promises the perfect end to your pup’s ideal day.
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Cara Shrum is a St Louis Family & Parenting Examiner at Examiner.com, creator of the St Louis natural birth and parenting resource site, Birthing411.com, and natural childbirth workshop presenter. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.