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Need a pet gift? Try these Tampa Bay pet stores

Downtown Dogs employee Samantha Berk, 25, of Tampa holds up some doggie doughnuts for sale.

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Downtown Dogs employee Samantha Berk, 25, of Tampa holds up some doggie doughnuts for sale.

You might be done buying gifts for all the people on your list this year — if so, we envy you — but that doesn't mean your shopping days are over. If you don't have a gift for Ol' Biscuit this Christmas, don't be surprised when he digs into that summer sausage your uncle has wrapped beneath the tree. Here are five great local stores where you can find a perfect gift for the four-legged friend in your life. — Jay Cridlin, Dalia Colón and Susan Thurston, tbt*

Barks By the Bay

If Milk-Bones and tennis balls just won't cut it for your favorite pooch, then head to Barks by the Bay. This pet boutique sells everything a pampered dog — or cat — might need, from toys and bedding to gourmet food and shampoos. It also does dog grooming in back. Looking for some bling in the New Year? This shop has a large selection of sequined collars and leashes, as well as "baby'' gifts for new puppies and kittens. Keep an eye out for the black cat, which has no trouble choosing a comfy place to sleep amid all the beds. 2414 S MacDill Ave., Tampa; (813) 254-0809;

Fluffy Puppies

This massive homelike boutique offers several rooms, including one dedicated to food, one for human gifts (jewelry, home decor, stationery) and, temporarily, one specifically for pet-themed Christmas ornaments and trinkets. Don't skip the spread of fresh-baked doggie treats, the pup-shaped topiaries outside or the sports-themed doggie costumes for the Bucs, Bulls, Gators, 'Noles or Rays fan in your doghouse. 1447 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. (727) 446-7999,

One Lucky Dog

From its array of gourmet dog shampoos to its selection of doggie sunglasses, harnesses and outfits — all of it stylish and couture, natch — this store feels like a boutique for humans. Don't overlook its small selection of cat-related products, too. 5320 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 527-5825,

Pawsitively Posh Pooch, Classy Cats Too

Your tongue will wag at the selection of designer doggie duds on display at this upscale pet boutique. You want Louis Vuitton for your Shih Tzu? An Ed Hardy-style tee for your Pomeranian? A mini-tuxedo for your terrier? This shop has it all, and much more, as well as a fitting room for your dog. The organic pet treats are nice, too, but the best gift idea might be a gift certificate — the shop doubles as a five-star spa for pets, with massages, facials and even a Dead Sea mineral scrub. Uh ... do they take humans, too? 1425 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-9303,

Downtown Dogs

Posh pooches and their owners flock to this Hyde Park boutique, where dogs are always welcome. Still in Hyde Park but in a slightly larger storefront, Downtown Dogs offers endless ways to spoil man's best friend. There's a barkery case full of treats that will make even you salivate. Then there are the clothing items and toys — a plush "bottle" of "Arfsolut Vodka," a "Fleas Navidad T-shirt." Pawprint ornament kits and Sexy Beast canine cologne make thoughtful gifts for pet parents. Since owner Rene Neff gave birth to a son a few months ago, the store has added a small section of human baby products. 1631 W Snow Circle, Tampa, (813) 250-3647;

Need a pet gift? Try these Tampa Bay pet stores 12/10/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 14, 2009 3:21pm]
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