There is nothing like spending time with your loved ones, showering them with surprises and making memories. When the object of your affection is a dog, Connecticut knows how to pamper your pup. From dog parks to pet snacks, treat your fur baby to the perfect day right in your neighborhood.

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Southbury Dog Park
236 Roxbury Rd.
Southbury, CT 06488

Price: free
Hours: daily – dawn to dusk

For a romp in a wide open space, a game of fetch, a trail hike or a swim, Southbury Dog Park offers it all. The larger area of the property is partially fenced in, bordered by running water and woods. The park also provides a smaller, fenced in area for those dogs that aren’t ready for an off-leash experience. Cleanup bags are provided with waste receptacles conveniently located around the property. Southbury dog park promises a picturesque and fun place for Fido to work off that extra energy and make new friends.

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Passage East Boarding Kennels
499 Danbury Rd., Rte. 7
Wilton, Connecticut 06897
(203) 762-7998

Price: $32 a night small to medium off-peak/$37 on-peak/$35 large to extra large off-peak/$40 large to extra large on-peak
Hours: drop off Thurs to Mon – 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

If your pooch needs some real pampering, treat him or her to a day at the spa. Passage East Kennels offers grooming services that include sanitary trims, nail trims, pad shaving and ear cleaning. Your dog will have a warm bath using all-natural products and a face wash with tear-free shampoo. For the fashion conscious, breed-specific custom service is available. Finish off all the spoiling with a teeth brushing and a deep conditioning treatment that reduces shedding.

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John Gagnon’s Pet Resort
227 Upton Rd.
Colchester, CT 06415
(860) 537-3648

Price: $30 per day
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you’re planning on a long day away from home, don’t leave Spot alone to stare out the window at your empty parking space, or worse yet, to dole out some punishment on your prized possessions. Give him a day he won’t soon forget, mingling with other canine companions under the watchful eye of experienced dog trainers. With a variety of activities to fill the day such as retrieving, tug of rope, wrestling and splashing in one of the kiddie pools, Spot will return home a tired and happy camper. Please note that vaccinations for all dogs must be current and those over the age of 6 months must be spayed/neutered.

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Thomaston Feed
141 Watertown Rd
Thomaston, CT 06787
(860) 283-9661

Price: $1 to $39.95
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun -– 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Not much could make your dog happier than getting an extra treat or two. A visit to Thomaston Feed will find you and your canine companion surrounded by the best variety of items in the Northeast, most made right in New England. In addition to more traditional packaged items, Thomaston Feed also offers a selection of bulk treats, gourmet fare and bully sticks. The many types of raw bones available are free of antibiotics, hormones and steroids. For the dog who has it all, try the moose antlers. Should you find yourself needing some guidance to choose the most tail wagging goodie, store owner Mark Poveromo, Sr., an animal nutritionist, is always available to help you find the perfect healthy delight for even the most discerning palate.

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Woodbury Pet Commons
115 Main St. North
Woodbury, CT 06798
(203) 263-5128

Price: from $12.99
Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Whether you live with a four-legged fashionista or a dapper don, there is likely to be something at Middlebury Pet Commons to delight your sense of style. To simply say there are shirts, dresses, sweaters and coats would easily sum up the inventory, but the items on the racks are so much more. Think rhinestones, lace, matching leashes, sneakers and even wedding wear. There are hooded parkas, shearling and leather coats as well as matching Alpaca wool sweaters for you and your bestie. For those with more simple taste, grab T-shirts and rain gear, as well as a variety of bandanas and baubles.

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Theodora DeBarbieri is an animal advocate, columnist and local TV show host residing in Connecticut. She is owned by a number of dogs, cats and birds. Find her work at