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Posted at 6:03 PM ET, 04/ 6/2005

'Woof' -- There It Is


It's been open for about two weeks as the shelves are stocked, but the grand opening of The Big Bad Woof comes this weekend. Targeted to the "socially consious pet," the boutique offers organic and fresh food, toys made from recycled materials and many products from small or women-owned businesses, says Julie Paez, who owns the store with Pennye Jones-Naiper. The shop is big on style, too. In the old corner Arise space in Takoma, D.C., you'll find Swarovski crystal-studded collars, portable nylon bowls in a lime daisy print and (coming soon) high heel-shaped treats from "Manolo Barknik." Soft toys swim in a red clawfoot tub, and a line of beauty products tagged "every dog has his day spa" fill a side wall. I especially like the tactfully named "between baths spritz" in lavender or peppermint, the oblong toy storage baskets with a bungee closure (ideal for bathroom storage too) and the cannoli-shaped treats. There are also small stuffed toys in the likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Bush.

In preparation for the grand opening, you can enter a free drawing for several products or buy a $2 raffle ticket for a $100 shopping spree, benefiting the Washington Animal Rescue League. Winners will be named Sunday at 5.

-- Anne

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This place has the charm of some Italian bistro and the product line of a Home Depot. This is sure to be a DC favorite for years to come.

I took the Metro today from Dupont. Get off at Takoma Park on the red line and walk one block. It's worth the trip.

Posted by: Jenny | April 8, 2005 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Many pet food stores in the area now offer these "natural" foods, but I get the 40 yard stare when I inquire about the specific nutritional needs of my 16 year old cat, who suffers from CRF. There's plenty of fluff at The Big Bad Woof, but not enough nutritional education about the foods they sell.. at least that was my experience. If you want less bells and whistles and more actual feline (or canine for that matter) nutrition help, visit Pet Sage or Paws to Wonder.

Posted by: Shirley M. | April 13, 2005 11:43 AM | Report abuse

We do have a great deal of nutritional material on all of our foods, and will be happy to give any customers the information we have on hand and a contact person for the actual food they are interested in for the asking.

We are here to try to be of service to the community and will do our best to help, as I am sure the folks at Pet Sage and Paws to Wonder do also.

Thank you,

Pennye JN

Posted by: Pennye JN | April 14, 2005 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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