Pet Pot-purrr-ri: Cool Pet Stuff in Hawaii
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Services, Splurges and Curiosities for the modern four-legged friend and other creatures. Plus our consult with a pet telepathist! Plus Plus tips and reflections of a master dog trainer!
David Thompson | photos by steve czerniak
Great Spots to Buy Pet Food
The shelves of this hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop feed store in Kalihi are chock-full of chow for a surprising variety of creatures, including goats, turtles, pot-bellied pigs and chinchillas. It’s on the same corner as Helena’s Hawaiian Food, so you can grab a bite, too.
1244 N. School St, 845-2894.
When this place opened as a feedstore about 100 years ago, it was on the outskirts of town. But town has grown, and now it’s an oddball, one-story shack in the heart of the city. The owner, Kyle Nishioka, knows his customers so well he can pull a bag of what they’ve come for off the shelf before they’re even out of the car. Just don’t try to pay with plastic—this place is still old school like that.
1827 S. Beretania St., 949-1457.
Waimanalo Feed Supply
This place has a little something for a wide variety of animals, from pet mice to livestock. For the DIY puppy owner, it’s got parvovirus and leptospirosis vaccine. There’s even a grocery section with Pop Tarts and peanut butter for you know who.
41-1521 Lukanela St., 259-5344.
Aiko the Shiba Inu stocks up on chow.
This boutique pet health-food store specializes in top-of-the-line, filler-free pet foods. Some of the brands it carries aren’t available anywhere else in Hawaii. A wide selection of treats include organic dog cookies, dried venison tongue, and low-cholesterol, low-sodium, no-fat, free-range, grass-fed buffalo chews.
535 Ward Ave., 591-9944.
Your modern four-legged friend is welcome to shop with you at this ecofriendly “pet lifestyle store” in Kapolei. The floor plan imagines the store to be a home, with toys and apparel in the “bedroom,” grooming products and litter bags in the “bathroom,” kennels in the “garage,” and all-natural foods in the “kitchen.”
563 Farrington Highway, 674-2055.
Honolulu has more than 150 veterinarians, but only one of them specializes in treating the diseases and disorders of the animal eye. Maya Yamagata, of Hawaii Veterinary Vision Care, is the sole board-certified veterinary opthamologist in the state. Heaven forbid, but should your canine get cataracts or your kitty get keratitis, Yamagata is the specialist to see. By referral only.
1021 Akala Lane, 593-7777.
Read about our consult with a pet telepathist.
Hawaii Regional Cuisine for Dogs
In the dog world, raw foodism isn’t for paradigm-smashing culinary radicals. It’s for gourmets. Raw Dog Hawaii, which offers complete, fresh-frozen, uncooked canine diets, works with local farmers and ranchers in much the way that restaurant’s like Merriman’s and Alan Wong’s do. Ingredient listings on Raw Dog’s various grinds, which look like hamburger, read almost like menu descriptions: “local grass-fed beef,” “in-season vegetables,” “local eggs,” “pasture-raised lamb ... raised at the Tin Roof Ranch in Haleiwa.” The prices are gourmet too. Using the handy, online Raw Dog Feeding Calculator, we determined the tab for an active, 75-pound labrador on a strict raw food diet: $376 per month.
Available at Cocojor dog Emporium and Spaw, 975 Kapiolani Blvd., and online at rawdoghawaii.com.