There’s not much we wouldn’t do for our four-legged friends. After all, fur babies are an integral part of our families as they provide excellent companionship and, often, an extra sense of security and support. Perhaps that’s why it’s important for paw-parents to pamper their pooches and kitties just as much as they would themselves.

Studies show many advantages to owning pets, as they help reduce stress and anxiety, reduce depression, help with learning in children, teach empathy, provide increased opportunities for exercise, and are a source of unconditional love for their humans. With a list like that, we can all agree that every family pet needs to be pampered just as much as the next, and here to help paw parents pamper their pets in the South Sound community are these awesome local pet stores!

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Even the kitties are welcome to explore Mud Bay, where pampered felines like Henry can spend time picking out the perfect cat tree. Photo courtesy: Mud Bay

Mud Bay

635 Division Ave., Tacoma

What started in 1988 as a tiny farm store run by Elsa Wulff on a hill above Mud Bay has transformed significantly over the decades with the Pacific Northwest pet store Mud Bay. Named after its original location, the popular place now operates over 50 stores throughout Washington and Oregon.

Since those humble beginnings, they’ve been pioneering natural pet care, researching both canine and feline nutrition, all while searching for healthy, natural foods for dogs, cats, and other furry family members. At Mud Bay, it’s all about accurate information, as they want to contribute to the health and well-being of these four-legged best friends across the region.

Stop in anytime at the local, employee-owned pet supply retailer and check out their vast selection of healthy foods, treats, and supplies for your cute pup or kitten. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to discuss your potential pet needs and offer their Off Leash Advice. Don’t forget to bring your canine and get your pooch pampered with the help of their fabulous grooming services.  

South Sound pet stores
Friendly pet staff members like Berlin at Wag Pet Market like to model the clothes so that other pet parents can pick out something perfect for their pooches. Photo courtesy: Wag Pet Market

Wag Pet Market LLC

2616 N Proctor St., Tacoma

Having just celebrated its 20th anniversary of serving pets in the South Sound is Wag Pet Market LLC in Tacoma. Here, the health of their customers’ pets is their number one priority, which is why this boutique pet shop run by local small business owner Danette Knowles offers a wide variety of grain-free items, holistic health options, natural pet foods and treats, organic shampoos, and more!

This local pet shop is perfect for people to visit with their pets. Grab a biscuit from the treat bowl and spend quality time with your pup between the aisles, either by doing some hands-on training in public or letting your good dog pick out a reward from the store’s unique array of toys. While there, check out the store’s handy selection of natural dental care options and grooming aids to give your pet a fresh look. Don’t miss the huge collar selection, ranging from trend-setting to utility, to complete your pet’s new ensemble!

Dog Daze Natural Pet Market

6522 River Rd. E, Puyallup

To help keep your furry friend happy and healthy is Dog Daze Natural Pet Market in Puyallup. This fun shop is dedicated to providing the region and its animals with natural pet supplies such as pet food, treats, and more!

Stop in and make your pup happy with the help of their friendly and knowledgeable staff, who are ready to assist with any and all pet concerns. Their wide selection and great deals also make it easy to stock up on your fur baby’s favorite supplies, including supplements and vitamins that are critical for animal health and wellness. You’ll love Dog Daze Natural Market for helping you take care of your beloved pet, and your pets will love them just as much, but for a different reason! They’ll like their endless variety of entertainment items in stock, from chew toys to the best bones, kongs to interactive food bowls, and everything in between.

South Sound pet stores
Have fun exploring the aisles at Green Cottage Pet, where they also offer periodic nail trimming and dental care for pets. Photo courtesy: Green Cottage Pets

Green Cottage Pets

3028 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor

Before Tom Moodie owned Green Cottage Pets, he was part of the food industry for over 30 years as a chef, restaurant manager, and restaurant owner. When he became concerned about the pet food he was feeding his senior pets, he started researching and discovered the vast differences in the pet foods available today. As he began his search for the highest quality pet foods around, he quickly developed a list of ingredients he did and didn’t want his pets to consume. This search led to the creation of Green Cottage Pets, which opened in Gig Harbor in July 2002.

Since its debut, this holistic pet food store for dogs and cats has stocked its shelves with an extensive line of high-quality pet food and treats. Here you’ll also find some of the very best supplements, nutraceuticals, grooming supplies, and even more quality accessories for your adored pets. The pet shop also periodically offers nail trimming by Sheila’s Pet Nails. As a bonus, they also provide periodic anesthesia-free dental cleanings for dogs and cats by the Pet Dental Company. These visits are always posted on their Events Page, so if you’re pampered pooch is ever in need of a cleaning, be sure to check the calendar. After all, a healthy pet is a happy pet, and Green Cottage Pets has everything you need to make your pets jump for joy or treats!

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Lucky Dog Outfitters makes sure to pamper pet parents too, with a fun selection of items perfect for them. Photo courtesy: Lucky Dog Outfitters

Lucky Dog Outfitters

3411 6th Ave., Tacoma

Cats and dogs of all shapes and sizes are all invited to stop at Lucky Dog Outfitters for what’s sure to be a paw-some time! This independent pet food and outfitters store specializes in healthy options for your darling pets, from treats to food and everything in between — not to mention the store’s fantastic selection of pet accessories. Here you’ll find all kinds of unique pet beds, toys, and tons of dazzling apparel to dress your fur baby in. There’s no way they couldn’t get any cuter yet, and somehow, Lucky Dog Outfitters has outdone themselves with their one-of-kind selection of collars, harnesses, vests, leashes, and more!

Woofers Grooming & Goodies

16219 Pacific Ave. S, Spanaway

Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs along for a fun visit to Woofers Grooming & Goodies in Spanaway, and with 3,500 square feet of dog-gone fun awaiting, it’s easy to understand why! This dog specialty shop with a full-service grooming salon has everything you need to pamper your pooch.

As soon as your pup walks through the doors, they’ll want to head straight to the World’s Longest Biscuit Buffet table, a treat bar stretching 40 feet filled with 30 treat varieties. They’ll be smitten as they sample a treat or two. Of course, pet parents won’t be able to resist the store’s clothing selection, much like their fuzzy friend. Woofers carry everything from warm coats and cute dresses in sizes ranging from teacup Chihuahua to St. Bernard-worthy fittings. Doggos are even welcome to try on the clothing at the bone-shaped dressing table that’s runway ready. For good behavior, don’t forget to reward those good boys and girls with some of the store’s wide variety of treats and chews, as they have water buffalo horns, deer antlers, pig ears, Kongs, and everything in between.

So the next time you want to pamper your pet and make them tail-wagging happy as a thank you for always being man’s best friend, stop on in at any of these paw-some South Sound pet stores and let them help you treat your special furry friend. After all, they’re part of the family!