Best of Santa Fe 2022 - Pets
Best Dog Training
Since 1995, founder and Program Director Jill Felice’s Assistance Dogs of the West has been all about the service dog. And it’s not just ADW’s focus on placing the perfect pooch with veterans living with PTSD, those with mobility impairments or people with developmental disabilities. ADW also runs several training programs. One teaches people how to hone the service dog’s skills to a sharp point, then send that dog on to serve others. Another teaches you how to train your own service dog.
1590 San Mateo Lane, (505) 986-9748
Heads-up: owner/trainer Erica Beckwith is only offering virtual classes at present, but don’t let that deter you! The series, part of the delightfully titled “Homeschooled Hounds,” is designed to keep your canine pal engaged. Requirements: a solid internet hookup, a quiet spot, a device with camera and microphone, treats (duh), and a dog looking for a little excitement.
96 B Old Las Vegas Hwy., (505) 490-9328
Owner Shelley Bachicha comes to you with decades of experience in helping your dog through separation anxiety (we all know they hate it when we leave), car manners, how to be a well-behaved boss at the dog park and more. But before any of that, during your free initial consultation, Shelley gets into “The Basic Seven:” sit, stay, come, down, off, leave it and loose leash walking.
Best Pet CBD Product
We don’t know about you, but there’s a very good chance that a bag of 5mg Peanut Butter Pumpkin Universal Biscuits (they’re gluten free, folks) from Fruit of the Earth might get eaten by the humans in our house before the dog or cat ever touch them. (It comes in a sweet potato sesame flavor, too.) We’ll pass on the Microbotanica for Furry Friends (300mg of CBD per bottle) but that stuff will have your cat or dog grooving and feeling right.
901 Early St., (505) 310-7917
This company has been in the cannabinoid manufacturing game for years and makes a yummy-looking 2mg CBD dog chew that’s certain to help out the hound with the achy hips or back. Sacred Wellness also sells a line of 1-ounce CBD tinctures in 125mg, 300mg and 600mg strengths.
1300 Rufina Circle, Ste. A1, (505) 551-0503
Proprietor Gyana Basse discovered CBD after a car accident that left her in pain and her nervous system scrambled. It worked for her, and it’s worked for her many clients at Hemp Apotheke, some of whom are pets! Find tinctures and treats for your four-legged friends at the store on Rufina Circle.
1330 Rufina Circle, (505) 231-7775
Best Pet Daycare
The sprawling, 18,000-square-foot facility at Santa Fe Tails means there’s plenty of room for your dog to get his or her play on ‘til nap time. Their philosophy is to create pet groups based on energy level, not size, which, honestly, sounds brilliant. But what if your dog isn’t the play-well-with-others type? No worries. This shop has a social program, with close monitoring and help to develop the skills needed to party with the rest of the pack.
2109 Warner Circle, (505) 820-0731
2. Paws Plaza
Come for the full acre of outdoor space, stay for the heated and air-conditioned indoor chill zone. Folks, there’s a climbing mountain and one of those agility courses that, should your dog happen to master it, could lead to the defeat of some fancy breed at Westminster. The crew at Paws Plaza will even loan your dog a jacket when it’s chilly out.
1416 4th St., (505) 820-7529
No cages here—just a full range of play and relax options for everyone from overly rambunctious pups to lazy old hounds. You may have some strict rules at home about dogs on the furniture, but not so at Zoomies. There are couches, soft dog beds and even futons, perfect for a full-day nap or a place to take a break between good-spirited wrestling matches.
513A Camino De Los Marquez, (505) 954-1473
Best Pet Grooming
Your dog can get the full works at Barks & Bubbles with a trained groomer: the trims, the washes, the brushes and maybe even a little gossip—if this particular dog is into that sort of thing, of course. This client appreciation is a reflection of quality pet care with over 40 years of combined experience.
1311 Calle Nava, (505) 820-2275
Mani-pedis. Toothbrushing. All the washing you could imagine. Even breed-specific haircuts! This shop has deep-washes, de-shedding and lighter-touch options for when your dog just needs a little something.
1624 Cerrillos Road, (505) 930-5909
Pricing for prettying up your pooch at Zoomies is based on size, but the quality of the wash cares not for how big or small. Itchy ears during allergy season? Yeah, that gets taken care of here as well with an ear cleaning. Combine a few services off the menu and get a discount. (As their website says, “Who doesn’t like to save money?”)
513A Camino De Los Marquez, (505) 954-1473
Best Pet Store
It’s not just about the dog at Teca Tu, but rest assured, there is nothing you could possibly want for a proper canine that they don’t have. Beds, clothes, treats and backpacks for the doggy hiking enthusiast in your house are in abundant supply. We promise the cat won’t get jealous, either, because there’s a full slate of toys for them as well.
DeVargas Center, 165 Paseo De Peralta (505) 982-9374
Doing it in Santa Fe since 1998, Critters and Me is your spot for all-natural and organic foods for dogs, cats, birds, horses and more. (You can score high-quality food for your rabbit or hamster, too, if that’s your jam.) There are toys, too, and you can get a counseling session on how to feed your pet better than you feed yourself!
1403 Agua Fría St., (505) 982-5040
The array of feeds for wild birds will catch your eye at Eldorado Country Pet, but there’s plenty more going on here. They sell foods that lead with the protein—that’s the good stuff—and offer all manner of treats, toys and other, ahem, creature comforts to please your pet.
7 Avenida Vista Grande, Ste. B-5, (505) 466-1270
The well-known walk-in vets at Smith are acclaimed because they’ve been operating in Santa Fe since 1946. Their team of 17 vets does it all, from surgeries to preventative care to handling whatever emergency-causing trouble your pet has gotten into. There’s pet dentistry, too, and we can’t overstate how important that can be. And if you need a cat boarded, Smith has your back. (Also, don’t miss the photo on the website of founder Dr. Ed Smith treating Smokey Bear.)
600 Alta Vista St., (505) 982-4418
Let’s just go ahead and start with the veterinary acupuncture on offer at Gruda, then tell you they cover every other type of medical care your pet could ever need. The lab is in-house, and separate dog and cat areas mean no unnecessary mixing of the species. And if it’s required, find an ICU ward as well.
9 Rumble Road, (505) 471-4400
It’s appointment-only at the society’s Clare Eddy Thaw Animal Hospital, which is very much a full-service vet. We also really appreciate the shelter clinic here, which serves injured, homeless and unwanted pets. Find a spay and neuter clinic here, too.
100 Caja Del Rio Road, (505) 983-4309
Best Nonprofit for Animals
This is Northern New Mexico’s largest no-kill, open adoption shelter. It spreads out over 100 acres and makes adopting easy and educational. Most of all, the shelter’s staff are committed to matching pet and human perfectly. Find vet services, training classes and more. Also, shoutout to the shelter’s new CEO, Jack Hagerman, who writes the monthly “Heavy Petting” column for SFR.
100 Caja Del Rio Road, (505) 983-4309
The impeccably dressed, smiling chihuahua on the homepage gets a very enthusiastic thumbs-up from the SFR crew. Beyonds that, you’ll find their unique “GoodPup” training program and, of course, a smooth experience for adoption.
108 Hamm Parkway, Española (505) 753-8662
Up to 50 rescued horses inhabit this altruistic ranch at any given time. They’re cared for, rehabilitated and adopted out to good homes. The real selling point here, in our opinion, anyway, is the Horse Shelter’s work with state agencies to investigate cases of horse abuse. That’s a mission we can all get behind.
100 AB Old Cash Ranch Road, Cerrillos (505) 471-6179