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18 School St.
Foxboro, MA 02035
Described as “a unique dog boutique” by owner Lori Dunbar, Pawsmopolitan is a local store inspired by Dunbar’s love for her dogs, which she considers to be members of her family. Once upon a time, a pet food recall sparked Dunbar to create a local store where dogs are welcome and human pet parents can purchase organic, natural foods and treats as well as fun toys and other supplies. Pawsmopolitan is well stocked with high-quality, top-of-the-line foods, toys and apparel (including Patriots clothing). Located across from the common in Foxboro, the store is open six days a week and is easy to find.
The Big Biscuit
7 Forge Parkway
Franklin, MA 02038
The Big Biscuit is Franklin’s answer to specialty pet items and baked goods for dogs and cats. Proprietors Mack, Jackson and Manny (that’s two dogs and a cat) opened the bakery in November of 2008 with a little help from their owner/father who had a lot of experience from his environmental career. Four-footed customers can fill out a form on thebigbiscuit.com to get their picture, name and customer profile posted online. The store offers monthly and internet specials (10 percent off for signing up for email notifications and a Treat of the Month Club), as well as occasional in-store photo events. There’s even a small selection of items for humans.
The Bird and Reptile Connection
2245 Providence Highway
Walpole, MA 02081
Boasting the largest selection of exotic pet birds, reptiles and accessories in the area, The Bird and Reptile Connection is a one-of-a-kind shop focusing on pet birds and reptiles. The company has been in Walpole for 14 years and prides itself on educating customers in proper, responsible pet ownership of birds and reptiles. These unique creatures require knowledgeable care and a stimulating life experience. The Bird and Reptile Connection’s quality service aims to teach humans about the finer points of owning these very special pets. Each animal is hand raised and fed a nutritious diet with lots of healthy activity and training.
Coolen’s Aquarium & Pet Supply
Cobb Corner Plaza
35 Washington St.
Canton, MA 02021
Owner Guy Coolen has close to 35 years of experience working in the pet industry, and is the former owner of Coolen’s Cove in Needham. Coolen’s Aquarium and Pet Supply carries everything from products for cats and dogs, to aquarium fish, bait and tackle for fishing enthusiasts, reptiles and even bird food and supplies. The store offers premium, grain-free dog and cat foods, as well as raw-diet foods for cats and dogs, supplements, fish and aquarium supplies and more. New arrivals of fish, pet rodents and reptiles are announced on the store’s website regularly. Bunnies, guinea pigs, chinchillas and reptiles can be adopted from the store for a small fee to cover the cost of their care and raising.
Bark Back Bakery
The Plaza at Bellingham Commons
15 N. Main St
Bellingham, MA 02019
Bark Back Bakery of Bellingham is a family-owned pet supply shop and bakery featuring gluten-free items for pets. The company’s motto is “Real Ingredients for Real Pets.” The shop offers grain-free, corn-free and wheat-free dog treats, grooming supplies, pet-themed decorations for the home, cat and dog toys and pet-friendly cleaning products. Baked goods for pets are made with high-quality, human-grade ingredients normally purchased from local suppliers. Sugar, salt, fillers and by-products are not included. All of the bakery items are made by hand at the Bellingham location, but be sure to check out the online store, too.