Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published January 29th 2013
Your Best Friend's Best Friends
'Dad, he followed me home, can we keep him?'
Yes, if you feed him, take him for walks, and bath him and look after him.' ''Sure, dad.'
And so, many fathers and mothers end up with the dog to be fed, and watered, and walked. And walking a dog is fun, at first until you decide you want to stop for a cup of coffee.
Most Cafes and eateries treat you as if you have the plague if you wander in with your furry mate. 'You can't bring a dog in here', they exclaim, as if it was a slavering zombie on its way to an Apocalypse, rather than a friend and companion.
Not so Pet Lovers Cafe, which, despite its name is not a cafe that caters for cats and dogs, rather is it a very superior pet supplies shop that will serve coffee, tea and hot chocolate to its customers, not to mention muffins and home-made biscuits.
But it's function is primarily to offer a very wide range of foods and goods for cats and dogs. Goods that simply are not available from the average supermarket or pet shop.
Here at Pet Lovers Cafe, you can buy dog coats, dog raincoats, halloween costumes for dogs and wedding outfits. Be-jeweled collars, leather collars and a wide range of leads up to hand-stitched leather runner leads at $300.
The emphasis is on quality and the range of treats for dogs come iced in a variety of shapes and tastes, including gluten free and wheat free - all organic, no preservatives.
Pet Lovers carry a range of flea treatments and soaps, shampoos and pampering supplies.
As well as the standard stuff they carry a range of camping equipment for dogs imported from the USA - dog saddle bags so they can carry their own food and water and so on. Having said that, they much prefer to support local suppliers, like the manufacturers of the custom made beds upholstered in a huge range of designs and colours.
Pet Lovers Cafe is a family run business, the brain child of Garry and Natalie, strongly supported by the whole extended family. While it may sound a bit whimsical and expensive the whole enterprise in underpinned with a substratum of good, solid quality, value for money and they have thought issues through.