This month at Sleepy Flyers Club, we’re celebrating our four-legged best friends in honor of National Dog Day on August 26th. Traveling in itself is always a worthwhile adventure, but when you get to have your pup with you, it makes things even more fun. More and more people in the United States are gravitating towards road trips nowadays, due to COVID-19, so why not make a pit stop for your pooch at one of these high-quality pet treat meccas.
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Le Marcel Specialty Bakery For Dogs - San Francisco, California
Does your pup have a birthday or “gotcha-day” coming up? Why not treat them to the finest of dog cakes? Le Marcel has the perfect special occasion cake or even just a pretty pastry to celebrate the day, no matter what size. Our favorites include the Pitbull Brownie and the Cheddar “Pet-It-Fours” for something more savory. If you wish to have a full party for your pup, their “Pawtio” with an off-leash area is a great place for dogs and their "hoomans" to commemorate any occasion.
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Roaming Acres - New York City, NY
If your dog is loveably oversized or just has a thing for bones, head to Roaming Acre’s stand at the Union Square Greenmarket on Monday, Friday, and Saturday. The friendly staff will help you pick out the perfect size bone for your dog, whether it is a tendon for your little one or an ostrich femur that will keep your gentle giant happy for days. Our founder’s pitbull, Cincy, loves their pig ears, and we love them because they don’t leave any mess, unlike bones that can splinter. While you’re here, pick up a bison steak for yourself or shop around the market, which has fresh organic produce daily and great options for sweet treats too. Pick up a locally made bread loaf, some jam, and cheese and have a picnic in the nearby Washington Square Park.
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Pet Wants - Cincinnati, Ohio
This chain location can be found at the quaint Findlay Market in Downtown Cincinnati. In addition to stocking helpful supplements, like The Missing Link Original Hip & Joint Supplement, and healing treatments, such as their own brand of Paw Wax for cracked and worn paw pads, we love Pet Wants because they sell their own, premium fresh dog food, and they never include corn, soy, or grains in their ingredient lists, which are often common allergens for dogs. Instead, their kibble is never stored for longer than a month, ensuring its freshness, and includes good-for-Fido ingredients like Chicken, Whitefish, Duck, and Salmon. If your dog ends up taking up a fancy towards this small-batch supplier, you can order online or stop by one of their locations across the country. Why do we like this particular one in Cincinnati? The addition of being able to shop at the eccentric Findlay Market while we’re here is a great bonus. Churchill’s Teas and Harmony Plant Fare are some of our favorite people-friendly points of interest at the market.
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Polka Dog Bakery - Boston, MA
This charming pet bakery began its story as a tribute to a dog named Pearl, who was a one-eyed stray that owners Robert Van Sickle and Deborah Gregg took in. She did a little dance every time she said hello and soon donned the nickname “The Polka Dog”. Gregg and Van Sickle baked treats for their new furry friend using only the finest ingredients, as they only wanted the best for her new life of comfort. Soon, Polka Dog Bakery was born, and they have since expanded to five retail locations throughout the Boston area. Now you can pick up their interesting treat flavors for your own dog! Want a treat that is representative of the Massachusets area? Try their “Clam Chowda” treats, with quahog clam, salmon, potato flour, and brown rice all wrapped up in a stick-shaped treat for your fur baby to fetch.
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Earthwise Pet - Colorado Springs, Colorado
If you only wish to give your pet the best in natural and raw treats, this pet store chain is for you! The staff here has all undergone professional training in Pet Nutrition and Raw Food Feeding and will be sure to guide you in the right direction, even if you are new to the world of raw food.
Not so into the raw stuff? At least pick up one of their unique toys while you’re here! The Cycle Dog Duraplush Bone Colorado Dog Toy has the state’s emblem ribboned around its soft exterior, making it the perfect doggy souvenir and possibly pillow for your road trip.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of our favorite pit stops for our pup. If you’d like a whole trip to honor your four-legged friend, order our Holiday of the Month itinerary and we will cater the trip to your furry friend, no matter if they enjoy hikes in the wilderness or relaxing on your lap on a dining patio - we’ll make sure the whole trip is a treat!