A guide to shopping local for your pets


Photo provided by Yuppie Puppies Pet Boutique

Naomi Thompson

If there’s one sentiment we all share, it’s the love we have for our pets. In a study conducted by OnePoll, it was found that Americans spend an average of $111 a month on their pets. From pet accessories to food to sitting services, this adds up quickly. This also comes with the daunting process of deciding which brands fit your pets’ needs the best. 

If you live in Pensacola, you’re in luck. Not only can you generously support local businesses, but you can find innovative and quality products for your pets of all shapes and sizes. 

Here are a few local businesses dedicated to pleasing your furry friends. 

Yuppie Puppies Pet Boutique 

Frequently found at the Palafox Market, Yuppie Puppies is a vendor that specializes in festive accessories for your dog. Owner Ron Hudson frequently updates the shop with bow ties for every possible theme, from football teams to pride and even Baby Yoda. No doggy photo shoot is complete without a bow tie. 

Stitch by Vic

If you love bandanas, Stitch by Vic is the place for you. You can find her stand at the Palafox Market as well. She offers a wide variety of festive fabrics in sizes for cats and dogs. Not only are these the perfect fashion statement for your pet, but it’s another added layer of warmth during these brisk winter months. 

30a Barks

A unique, veteran-owned business that specializes in homemade dog treats. If you advocate for healthier options for your dog’s diet, this is a fantastic choice. An added bonus is the subscription plan if you automatically want your treats delivered each month. 

Sophia’s Pupcake Pantry

Inspired by their dog’s love for fresh treats, Sophia’s Pupcake Pantry was born. This is another healthier alternative that offers treats without the fear of artificial flavors or harmful preservatives. You can also find festive treats during the holidays. 

For the Birds Realty

For the bird lovers out there, this is a business to look out for. They create one-of-a-kind birdhouses and feeders using recycled materials they find locally. During these cold months, it’s essential for birds to have a warm place to nest and protect against potential predators.

Fetch Fido

A local dog-loving business offers a wide variety of services, from simply walking your pets to sleeping over while you are away. Believe it or not, dogs can get lonely too. When you are gone for long periods, it’s helpful to have someone to spend time with your pup and give them the necessary exercise. 

Pensacola pet lovers can rejoice. As the city continues to flourish, so do options for quality pet products and services. Home to a plethora of non-profit organizations and businesses dedicated to improving the quality of life for our animal friends, it is easier than ever to shop local.