Gift Guide: Pets
It’s no secret: New Yorkers are obsessed with their pets. Whether it’s the tabby with a roomful of toys or the terrier wearing a cuter outfit than you, it’s clear human counterparts want only the best for their four-legged companions. These local shops offer treats, supplies and playthings that pets and owners alike won’t be able to keep their paws off this holiday season.
The Jumping Bulldog
28-10 23rd Ave, Astoria
This doggy boutique offers holiday gift baskets on request, which you can personalize just for your pooch. Selections include certified organic toys and treats, handmade sweaters, even pet portraits by a local artist (to immortalize your canine companion). “Pets really are an integral part of the American family,” says owner Tania Firrigno. “People want to spoil them!”
Treats and Tips
45-15 34th Ave, Astoria
“We’re animal lovers. We know a lot about them,” says Thiago Lobato of himself and co-owner Alex Mite. Their passion translates into carefully selected, high-quality food, treats and supplies. “People say, ‘Oh, my dog hates grooming…but not here,’” adds Thiago, crediting their experienced personnel and quality-over-quantity approach.
Whiskers Holistic Pet Care
19-25 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria
“We get a lot of last-minute shoppers, especially on Christmas Eve,” says Assistant Manager Chris Koepfer. The store offers a variety of seasonal merchandise, including holiday-themed plush playthings and catnip-filled Hanukkah toys. For stocking stuffers, try the store’s own smoked Lamb Lung treats. “We call it doggy crack,” says Keopfer.
Super Doggy Wonder Kitty
43-04 43rd St, Sunnyside
Can’t find a good pet supply store in your Sunnyside ‘hood? Super Doggy Wonder Kitty to the rescue! This shop offers grooming services, wholesome food brands and a wide range of toys to keep your furry little hero healthy and happy.