Getting pet food is as easy as a trip to the supermarket, but perhaps you’d like something a bit more interesting and creative to offer the MBF (“Man’s Best Friend”) in your life? Try these Long Island spots for doggie baked goods:
WHERE 2544 Merrick Rd., Bellmore INFO 516-409-8866, newyorkcupcakery.com THE CHOWDOWN Primarily a bakery for humans, cooking up gourmet cupcakes, cookies, pies, cake pops, specialty cakes, muffins and other baked goods, this shop also makes doggy cakes and cupcakes; call for more details.
WHERE 503 Lake Ave., St James INFO 631-584-9400, garguilosbakery.com THE CHOWDOWN When scoping out all the items this bakery makes for humans, check to the far right of the counter for an open cabinet marked as the "Barkery" to find the dog treats, also made on location.
WHERE 282 Hempstead Ave., West Hempstead INFO 516-481-7636, rbakery.com THE CHOWDOWN Although this bakery is mainly focused on products for people, a selection of soft, chewy, gluten-free dog bones are casually available -- but don't hesitate to ask for something unusual, for not only does Riesterer's bake a variety of doggy items for major holidays, they are very open to fulfilling themed requests for Fido as well.
WHERE 120 Main St., Greenport INFO 631-477-1518, harbor-pet.com THE CHOWDOWN Using human-grade quality ingredients, Harbor Pet bakes its "Life is Grruff" brand of "canine confections" in a kitchen on its premises, located in the back of the shop. Pictured here, a fresh batch of dog treats have just finished baking, and await any final touches to be added by Harbor Pet owner (and baker) Kimberly Loper.
WHERE 3 Hewitt Sq., East Northport INFO 631-651-9292, barkfieldroad.com THE CHOWDOWN The shop carries a large selection of items for cats and dogs, and also hosts gatherings for dog owners. As for the doggie baked goods for sale, owner Carol Andersen hand decorates the offerings herself.
Fetch Doggy Boutique and Bakery
WHERE 301 E Main St., Port Jefferson INFO 631-738-7888, fetchdoggies.com THE CHOWDOWN Carrying a wide selection of all-natural and stylish supplies for pets, the counters also offer several trays of baked dog treats, such as cookies (featured) and cupcakes.
As Clean As A Whisker
WHERE 478 Hawkins Ave., Ronkonkoma INFO 631-738-7888, ascleanasawhisker.com THE CHOWDOWN Primarily a dog grooming business, this family-owned company also serves dog treats, including canine cookies (pictured) and cannolis; cakes can be requested a week in advance.
WHERE 99 Main St., Port Jefferson INFO 631-474-8888, portjeffersonfrigate.com THE CHOWDOWN Selling mainly candy, sweet snacks and treats for humans, the Frigate also bakes and makes dog treats, and even whips up special ice cream cones ($3 each) and cakes ($6 each) for pups, as well as Popsicles ($1 each). Dog owners can also bring their dogs by to hang outside on the venue's porch while indulging in such desserts.
WHERE: All Long Island locations (Garden City: 860 Old Country Rd., 516-620-2880; Lake Grove: 2093 Smith Haven Plaza, 631-246-1096; Melville: 849 Walt Whitman Rd., 631-386-8017; New Hyde Park: 1570 Union Tpke., 516-634-2010) offer a "Woof Menu" with ShackBurger dog biscuits and "Pooch-ini" desserts (Shackburger dog biscuit, vanilla custard, peanut butter sauce). More information at shakeshack.com.