Monthly Archives

November 2017

Best Restaurants in Gilbert to Try With Your Dog

By | General, Gilbert | No Comments

Looking for a new and tasty restaurant to try with your pup? Whether you live in Gilbert, Arizona or are just passing through here are some great eateries to try with your favorite furry friends.

gilbert dog friendly restaurants

Nico Heirloom Kitchen (366 N Gilbert Rd Gilbert, AZ 85234)
This restaurant features a West Coast inspired Italian cuisine revolving around an ever-changing seasonal menu that highlights local and international ingredients. Enjoy such dishes as Chicken Cacciatore or Cannelloni, with your pup at this dog friendly eatery. Or take advantage of their great happy hour prices offered Monday-Friday from 3pm-5pm.

Orginal ChopShop (35 W Boston St Chandler, AZ 85225)
“Swing by, grab a quick, healthful meal and be energized for the rest of your day.” They offer great, tasty meals to support such a powerful slogan, such as Protein Bowls, a variety of salads and Super Fruit Bowls. They are also dog friendly! Enjoy a tasty and healthy meal with your favorite furry friend.

Perfect Pear Bistro (9845 S Priest Dr Tempe, AZ 85284)
This dog friendly bistro offers great rotating drink list choices as well as a seasonal menu that centers around classic American comfort food with a creative, modern twist. Enjoy such meals as Quinoa bowls, signature grilled cheeses, pasta and much more for lunch or dinner. Or bring your pup down during happy hour every day from 11am-6pm.

Grubstak (384 N Gilbert Rd Ste 106 Heritage Marketplace Gilbert, AZ 85234)
This dog friendly restaurant offers “casual food of the highest integrity Stak’d to your perfection.” Create the perfect Stak’d meal for you and your pup, whether your eating healthy or indulging.Make your own Grubstak or choose from chef inspired Grubstaks such as their signature Stak Gold Rush or the Sweet Stak, Sweet as Honey.They also offer craft beer and wine on tap to enjoy with your Grubstak. If your hungry and feeling adventurous try Grubstak with your pup today!

Fresko A Mediterranean Kitchen (5033 E Elliot Rd Phoenix, AZ 85044)
Great healthy, dog-friendly restaurant that offers food inspired by Eastern-Mediterranean Countries and influenced by their Greek heritage chef.  Reasonably priced, with a causal atmosphere, enjoy such dishes as Spanakopita or Avgolemono Soup with your best furry pal.

If your dinning out somewhere your precious pooch cannot go, drop them off for daycare or overnight lodging at any of our facilities, so you can enjoy a late lunch or dinner date. Call us at (480) 371-2054 for more information on day care and lodging.

gilbert dog friendly restaurants

Best Restaurants to Try in San Diego With Your Dog

By | Bay Park, Encinitas, General, Hillcrest | No Comments

Looking for a new and tasty restaurant to try with your pup? Whether you live in near Encinitas, Bay Park or Hillcrest, or are just passing through here are some great eateries to try with your favorite furry friends.

san diego dog friendly restaurants

Native Foods (127 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024)
Native Foods is an ever-growing chain of restaurants that features California-style vegan eatery options, including mock-meat dishes. Enjoy such yummy dishes as the Oklahoma, or their kid friendly chicken tenders. Another aspect both parents and kids will love is that they are pet friendly! This is a great place to try new and interesting food with any of your pets, be it dog, bird or cat.

The Crack Shack (407 Encinitas Blvd Encinitas, CA 92024)
This is a great dog friendly restaurant that offers gourmet sandwiches as well as some new and interesting creative creations to try. Their locations in both Encinitas and San Diego are best known for their all-day menus consisting of chicken and egg-based dishes. Bring your dog in and enjoy a tasty sandwich and salad or try something new such as their Anti-Salad Power Bowl or the Chicken Oysters.

Bay Park Fish Company (4121 Ashton St, San Diego, CA 92110)
Looking for great seafood dishes? Then look no further, Bay Park Fish Company offers several great seafood delights as well as local beers on tap. The restaurant offers a casual bar space, as well as a more upscale dinning area. Enjoy such items as the fresh catch of the day, sushi or even oysters. They also offer a few steak and chicken options as well. Whether you’re looking for a quick bit or it’s date night, this is a great spot in the Bay Park area. They also have a pet friendly patio so your pup can enjoy some tasty food with you.

High Dive Bar and Grill (1801 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110)
Don’t be fooled, this little gem of a place is much more then just a dive bar and restaurant. They offer several local beers on tap as well as daily specials such as Marg’ Monday ($6 margaritas all day!) and have a very dog friendly patio. There food is also quite delectable and affordable with options such as Gorgonzola Cheese Fries and The Kraken Burger. Enjoy a few beers and a burger with your best furry friend!

Fresh Catch Fish and Market Grill (3650 Fifth Ave #103, San Diego, CA 92103)
If you live in Hillcrest and are looking for a great place to eat with your pup, try out this great seafood restaurant. They offer great seafood dishes such as their Fresh Catch Salmon Burger and Grilled Octopus. They offer 9 local draft beers as well as a daily happy hour from 4-6, Taco Tuesday from 5-close and Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-3pm.

Whistling Duck Tavern (1040 University Ave Suite B111, San Diego, CA 92103)
This Asian gastropub and restaurant features Asian fusion dishes such as: Duck Nachos, Kung Pao Ribs, peppery Fried Pig Ears and 24 craft beers on tap. They also offer brunch Saturday and Sunday as well as a $6 happy hour menu Tuesday-Friday from 4pm-7pm. The greatest part about this place is they are dog friendly! Come down and try a new dish and drink with your favorite pup.

If your dinning out somewhere your precious pooch cannot go, drop them off for daycare or overnight lodging at any of our facilities, so you can enjoy a late lunch or dinner date. Call us at (619) 299-2730 for more information on day care and lodging.

Seasonal Safety: Thanksgiving Tips for Pet Owners

By | Dog Tips | No Comments

Turkey Day is right around the corner! Make sure your feast goes off without a hitch—and an emergency trip to the vet—with this guide.

The Food

This holiday is all about the food. Unfortunately, a sudden switch from kibble or canned food to a plate full of turkey and stuffing can wreak havoc on your pet’s digestive system, potentially leading to pancreatitis and gastroenteritis. More than just a tummy ache, these conditions can be very painful and even life-threatening to your pet.

Thanksgiving

Photo Credit: Christopher Schmidt

This does not mean your pet has to be left out of the festivities completely, however. The key is to keep it simple and in moderation. Remember, dogs and cats cannot handle rich, fatty foods like butter, cream and other seasonings the way humans can. It’s best to stick to small portions of plain turkey, mashed potatoes and vegetables like carrots or green beans. Make sure the turkey is well cooked and don’t forget to remove the bones and skin.

Keep in mind that while a little Thanksgiving meal will not harm your pet, there are a few foods that must be avoided. These include onions, grapes, raisins and chocolate, all of which are toxic to animals.

The Decorations

While home décor may not seem dangerous, some items can present a problem for our four-legged friends. Candles, in particular, should be kept out of reach of curious cats and dogs that can burn themselves or start a fire if the candle is knocked over.

Wires and batteries can also be hazardous. If chewed, wires can deliver a serious shock, while batteries can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus.

Cat Candle

Photo Credit: Sarah Ross

Other items, like decorative corn or pumpkins, may cause gastrointestinal upset or even a blockage if ingested.

The Clean-Up

Don’t think your pet is safe just because the food isn’t on the table anymore. One risk that is often overlooked is the disposal of food and wrappings when the big meal is over. It is safest to make sure all trash, including the turkey carcass, is securely tied up and out of reach. Remember that bones can break easily and sharp pieces can be swallowed, causing a blockage or tearing the intestines. All pieces of the carcass should be double-bagged and disposed of properly.

Food wrappings such as aluminum foil, wax paper and turkey strings should also be kept out of reach. Remember, when used to cook with, these items become just as irresistible to your pet as the food itself!

The Wind-Down

Make sure you give your pet a comfortable, quiet space to retreat to should the holiday activity be too much for him/her. Watch your pet for signs of stress, such as vocalizing, panting, pacing or trembling.

Tips to Start Planning Your Dog’s Holiday Lodging Stay in San Diego

By | Dog Boarding, Dog Daycare, Dog Tips, General | No Comments

With Christmas and Thanksgiving quickly approaching, people all over San Diego County and Arizona are beginning to plan out their Holiday vacation. Whether it’s a “staycation” in your hometown or traveling across country, make sure your pets have somewhere safe and fun to stay if they are not going with you. Just as people need to reserve plane tickets and hotel rooms in advance during the holiday seasons, dogs also need advance reservations during these same peak times to ensure they have a room.  In order to avoid the stress and worry of leaving your pet behind we have outlined the basic necessities that pet owners in San Diego should do in order to ensure their dog has everything they need while their parents are away during the holidays.

paw commons holiday dog lodging

Reserve a Room: Once you have chosen a pet resort you like, go ahead and make a reservation. It is always better to have a spot and not need it, then miss a chance to have your pup board with your favorite pet resort. Just ask to make sure there are no cancellation penalties. Pet resorts fill up quickly, sometimes 2–3 months in advance for big holidays, to ensure your pet has a room book it as soon as you know the potential dates you may need lodging.

Vaccines: Once you have the reservation set, make sure that your pup will be up  to date on all their vaccines during their stay. Most pet resorts can call the vet to verify vaccines, pet owners can have their vet fax over the vaccine records, or pet parents can bring the records in themselves. Paw Commons in Encinitas, Bay Park, Hillcrest, and Gilbert require all boarding dogs to be updated on Rabies, DHLPP (Distemper/Parvo), and 6-month Bordetella.

Room and Play Options: At our own pet resorts in San Diego and Arizona we offer two room options: 1) Comfy Standard or the 2) Luxury Suites. Our comfy standard rooms range from 20-40 square feet and offer raised bedding and constant access to fresh water. Our luxury rooms are 40-100 square feet and offer raised bedding, comfy chair, constant access to fresh water and a flat screen television. Pet parents can also choose what play package they would like for their pet. You can choose between all day or half-day play, group play or individual play. Pick the package and the room that fits best with both your and your dogs needs.

Play Evaluations: If the pet resort offers day play, your pup will probably need to be evaluated before they are allowed to stay in the day play yard. A day play evaluation is just to ensure they are happy in that setting and get along well with other dogs. It is recommended to have their evaluation before their stay. If they pass we then recommend letting them enjoy day play for a few days before their stay. This allows them to become accustomed to not only day play but also the pet resort staff and the building. This will usually make them less nervous when you drop them off for their stay because they have become used to and enjoy coming to day play and seeing all the staff they now know and trust.

Emergency Contacts: Whether your cell phone dies or you have no cell service we encourage you to pick 1-2 emergency contacts and inform them of all your dogs needs. This way if the pet resort cannot get a hold of you concerning your dog they can reach out to the emergency contact to ensure all your dogs’ needs are met.

Medications: If your dog is on any medications, whether prescription or holistic, make sure to bring them. Paw Commons has a special medication form we have owners fill out in order to make sure all medications are given at the right time and in the proper manner. If you will be pressed for time at drop off we encourage owners to come in the day before and fill out all the needed paper work. Paw Commons also has the medication sheet available online through their website. You can download and print and fill it in before hand so you don’t have to do that at drop off.

Food: It is always recommend that you bring in your own dogs food. While some pet resorts offer food, make sure you ask about any hidden fees that may be attached. Paw Commons does offer Taste of the Wild dry and wet at no additional fee, but we still encourage owners whose pets are not already eating that brand and flavor of food to bring in their own to avoid upset tummies due to a food change. If you are bringing in their food, make sure you bring enough food for each feeding for the entire stay. Many pet owners will pre-bag the food per day, per feeding, to ensure they bring enough food. If your pet is on a special mediated diet or has food allergies we recommend you bring extra in case you have to extend their stay due to delayed flights or traffic or any other unexpected circumstances.

If you live in Bay Park, Hillcrest, Encinitas, or really anywhere is San Diego County come by Paw Commons, let us give you a tour and answer any questions you have.