Here at PCI, you know we love the pups. We’re one of the few pet-friendly hotels on the beach, with our current pet policy accepting pets up to 25 lb. with a $50 pet fee. Your four-legged friend is allowed in your room (of course!), the lobby, the garden, and at the picnic tables toward the beach. SPB law prohibits dogs on the beach, but if you need some outdoorsy time with your pooch, head on out to Fort DeSoto Dog Park, about a 15 minute drive away. http://fortdesoto.com/pawplayground.php
Here are some of our fellow fido-friendly faves…
Corey Fresh Market
The Historic Corey Avenue Shopping District hosts a market every Sunday 9AM-2PM October-May (the summers here can get a little too warm for all that fresh goodness). Dogs of every shape and size accompany their humans to peruse produce, jewelry, crafts, snacks, and more. Currently there are TWO seperate dog treat booths. Both stands sell biscuits that are all kinds of delicious (not that we tried the paws-itively decadent smelling coconut clusters for ourselves…). Our resident doggie taste tester, Nassau, also recommends your pup try the lavender treats to calm even the most hyperactive of small breeds.
Gone to the Dogs Boutique
Also on Corey, check out this specialty store. They stock the finest in all-natural food and a wide variety of TOYS! If your four-legged friend is feeling festive, they always have the items to keep them dressed the best. From Christmas to St. Pete Pride, their seasonal get-ups are top notch for your top dog. If a nice bath and cut are needed, this place boasts expert groomers, as well! http://gonetothedogsboutique.com/
Best Buddies Boutique and Bakery
Just two blocks from PCI, also on Gulf Blvd., you can’t miss this absolutely adorable pet shop. The sign has cartoon versions of three of the cutest dogs we’ve ever seen (well… besides our own); the real life versions of these marketing pups belong to the proprieter himself, Alan Ronay. Alan was recently in the news for being called to court for his festive “violation” – an inflatable holiday pooch atop the Best Buddies pink van. Charges were dropped for this holiday merrymaker AND he’s now on the Pet Product News International’s list of 25 Names to Watch for 2012. Awesome job, Alan! We’re glad you turned around that life of crime (if you really count holiday decorations as actual crimes). Go pick up some of his signature Tastybone treats, or if you’re tired out from Fort DeSoto dog park, have them DELIVERED! Oh, and this store has a possibility of franchising, so be on the lookout for one closer to home. http://www.bestbuddiesboutique.com/index.html
Those aren’t fleas. We know you’re itchin’ for more canine information, news, and events. Here are two amazing publications, both locally based!