Don’t Forget Your Pooch This Christmas

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Healthy eating is not just for humans. This Christmas put in a request for Santa to fill your dog’s stocking with some nutritious treats from Fetch, the hot new dog boutique in Huntington Village.

Fetch opened in July 2015 by friends Karen Durka and Susan Levine. They specialize in mainly small to medium dogs, and carry a vast array of dog clothing, dinnerware, collars and treats.

“We focus on locally made products,” says Durka. “We are always trying to find resources either local to New York or Long Island — small businesses that will make a product for the store, to try to set us apart from the other traditional pet stores.”

With regards to their treats, two of their best brands are made right on Long Island, and the other is made in Brooklyn. Talk Treats to Me, in Hampton Bays and owned by husband and wife Bruce and Maggie McDonough, makes dehydrated chicken breast, beef and beef liver, all of which are USDA approved and is restaurant quality. Bruce and Maggie got into the business when their own dog died from eating a tainted dog treat from China. Find them on Saturdays at the indoor Riverhead Farmers Market.

Another best seller are the treats they bring in from Barkfield Road, on Larkfield Road in East Northport, owned by Carol Andersen. Durka had discovered their treats when she was shopping for her own dog. Barkfield Road specializes in dog nutrition, and all of the handcrafted treats are made right in the store, with the exception of some organic dog biscuits Andersen gets in and hand-decorates with yogurt or carob icing. Fetch sells several seasonal and “happy birthday” treats that look like people food. One of the most popular items (and people can eat them too) are their mini peanut butter treats. Shaped liked tiny bones, the only two ingredients are pure peanut butter and yogurt.

Brooklyn-based Bocce Bakery, owned by Andrea Tovar, makes fancy dog treats such as Chicken Cordon Blue, Beef Bourguignon, Peanut Butter and Bacon, Truffle Mac and Cheese (with real truffle oil!). And just in time for Christmas, Holiday Feast made from turkey, cranberries and pumpkin.Tovar became concerned when her dog, Bocce, started packing on the pounds without being overfed. When she looked at the ingredients in her dog’s food and treats, she found nothing but fillers. She made all her own treats swith all natural “human” ingredients including chicken, beef, kale, apples, carrots, peanut butter and more. All of Bocce Bakery products have no artificial ingredients, and they have appeared on the Today Show and on ABC News. Bocce Bakery also makes the Shackburger Doggie Biscuits at Shake Shack.

The dog treats at Fetch range from $6 for the peanut butter treats, to $16 for the dehydrated treats, and up to $22 for a holiday bucket that contains four different treats. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m.