If you love to spoil your pets, welcome to paradise. As home to some of the most pampered pooches and fussed-over felines – think pedicured Pomeranians and buffed-out bull dogs – Palm Springs is loaded with doggie designer wear, cat couture and other must-have furry friend accessories.
Pawz Palm Springs caters to “hip pups and cool cats” as only Palm Springs can – with groovy pet fashions, accessories, beds, furniture, collars, harnesses, carriers and more – all designed in a Hollywood glam meets mid-century modern style. Plus, 20 percent of the profits benefit local humane societies. It’s located in the chic Corridor complex, so your four-legged friend can strut its new look in the Corridor’s grassy, pet-friendly pocket park, while you sip a latte.
Cold Nose Warm Heart features an irresistible collection for pets and their people. Doggie backpacks and ready-to-wear, pet beds, bowls, strollers, kitty trees, and for people breed-themed stationary, mugs, clothing and gifts offer something for everyone. Owner Robert Brugeman specializes in USA-made items – including rhinestone collars. “It’s very unusual to find rhinestone collars made in the USA,” he told me. Top sellers include Bark ‘n Boots Grip Trex dog boots ($64.50), Vermont-made dog-breed socks for people ($9.95) and doggie peanut butter cookies with yogurt frosting ($1.85 each or buy 6 and the 7th is free).
Dog shampoos from France? You’ll find them at Puppy La La. Les Poochs fragrant dog shampoos “use all natural ingredients and leaves your pet’s coat smelling really good,” enthused Michelle Gonzales, Puppy La La manager. Les Poochs (around $20) comes in “female,” “male,” and “puppy tearless.” Not to forget toys. Designer enthusiasts can share the style with flirty pet wear from bikinis to the top-selling “Chewy Vuiton” plush handbag toys ($15). Look for the pink poodle statue in front of the shop. Puppy La La is inside the Shoe La La and Baby La La (people) boutique.
For traditional dog toys and pet supplies, check out the Guide Dog Depot. Its proceeds help fund Guide Dogs of the Desert, a non-profit group that breeds the puppies that grow up to be seeing-eye dogs throughout Palm Springs.
To keep your playmate’s energy level up, high tail it to Bones-n-Scones for some freshly made gourmet (and nutritious) goodies. Liver Kisses and Big Beefy Bones (both 8 oz. bag $5.49 or 12 oz. bag $6.99) are among the popular dog and cat treats baked fresh daily from natural ingredients, no preservatives.
Look forward to seeing you and your furry friend enjoying the sunshine, blue skies and walkable downtown. Famed pet-friendly lodging with pet menus and most restaurants allow pets on the patio.