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7 Great Nashville Pet Shops
by TJ Anderson
Last week, I talked a little about my commitment to fostering rescue dogs from MACC — something I’ve done for a while, inspired by my love of rescue pups and my own experience with my dog/best friend, Ella.
Being a lover of dogs and a lover of Nashville, I like to keep my eye out for independent local businesses catering to our furry family members — places where I can spoil Ella with something unique while supporting local entrepreneurs.
If you have similar inclinations, this post is worth bookmarking — here, I’ve rounded up some of the great local shops offering toys, treats, food and other stuff for our favorite dogs (and cats, and fish, and birds, etc.).
1006 Fatherland Street #101A, Nashville
East Nashville shop Baxter Bailey & Company’s tagline is “luxury living for the discriminating mutt,” and that includes everything from custom dog beds to cool-looking collars and harnesses. My favorite thing there might be their treats, though — their bakery case is as stocked with delicious-looking cookies and biscuits as any human bakery (see above). Pretty awesome for when your well-behaved pup really deserves something special.
4425 Harding Pike, Belle Meade Plaza, Nashville
Come.Sit.Stay in Belle Meade Plaza focuses on “quality products that will not cost much more than those you could find at the big box retailers, but will be a little more functional, fashionable or just plain fun” — and that includes toys that can withstand the fierce chewers some of us live with. I really like their organic rope toys, like the squirrel above — might distract your pup from barking at actual squirrels for a few minutes. (Though I won’t stretch too far past “few” — all dog owners know the power of squirrels.)
1008 Forrest Avenue, Nashville | 2222 12th Avenue South, Nashville
A longtime fixture in East Nashville, Wags and Whiskers has been supplying EastSiders (and river-crossers) with holistic pet food and more since 2004. They started doing the same in 12 South in 2011, and are working on opening a Sylvan Heights location soon. When you’re focused on eco-friendly toys and holistic food and treats — or want to learn more about why you might want to explore those products — W&W is definitely the place to look.
1013 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville
Run by the folks behind The Dog Spot, Spot’s Pet Supply in East Nashville is a great place to grab dog food, treats, collars and all your other necessaries. Come Christmas time, it’s also a pretty fine place to get your dog’s picture with Santa.
101 Creekside Crossing, Brentwood
Like Wags and Whiskers, Happy reTales in Brentwood offers lots of holistic and natural food and treats. A cool part of the business that I really respect and appreciate: 100 percent of the store's profits are donated to local animal rescue organizations (that’s included Agape Animal Rescue, Snooty Giggles and many other programs).
707 Monroe St., Nashville
In Germantown, Crossroads Pets – Shop & Adopt mixes providing pet needs with social enterprise — the shop is stocked with all the pet-parent necessaries, from leashes and toys to treats and food. But beyond, as a nonprofit, Crossroads provides job training and mentorship for young people, and houses rescue pets that are up for adoption.
2824 Bransford Avenue, Nashville
My passion might be focused on dog rescue, but I appreciate a place that puts real dedication toward cat rescue, too. Over in Berry Hill, the Cat Shoppe & the Dog Store has a broad selection of food, treats and other needs for cats and dogs, but the shop also serves as a place where folks can meet the cats who’ve come in via their non-profit rescue, "Cat Shoppe Rescue, Inc." So cat lovers can find a new buddy and stock up with stuff to spoil him or her, all in one place.
Did I nod to your favorite pet place? Are there other spots I should know about? Drop by our Facebook page and let me know!
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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