For most of us, our four-legged friends are more than just pets, they’re family! With this in mind and the fact that National Dog Day is next month on August 26th, we wanted to take a minute to shine a light on Furry Fanatics and Dapper Dogs located in Gulf Place. This locally owned pet-focused store and grooming salon nestled on 30A offers healthy food, treats, toys, grooming services and more with your pet in mind! It’s with a love for animals that they operate their daily business. This is proven to be true when you enter the store and notice the photo wall adorned with pets near and far that love Furry Fanatics and Dapper Dogs. We sat down with the owner Monica to get an inside look at the heart behind her store, here’s what she had to say:
What inspired you to open Furry Fanatics?
Julie and Tim Brown opened Furry Fanatics in 2011 with the thought of providing a hub where people can access better diets for animals than you can get at the big box stores or even your veterinarian. I brought my company, Dapper Dogs, in with them and over the years I saw the changes that a focus on implementing a great diet can make. When they sold Furry Fanatics last October it was the perfect fit for me to step in and take over. Healthy nutrition is a largely over -looked and misunderstood part of owning a pet. I, along with my staff, are hoping to change that. The right food throughout a pet’s lifetime can make a huge difference. We carry an array of options including: Fromm, Nulo, Nutri Source, Natures Variety and many more.
What sets your store apart from other pet-focused stores?
We are a small boutique pet shop that offers great customer service. With the limited space do the research and carry only the best foods on the market today. That is an ever-changing challenge. We also offer full service dog grooming and spa days at Dapper Dogs. It is a stress-free daycare environment for the fur babies.
What’s your favorite part about being a part of the Gulf Place community?
The location is awesome. Situated right next to the beach on 30A, Gulf Place caters to great local businesses that we love to shop and eat at ourselves.
What do you want people who’ve never shopped for their pets with you before to know?
We are here out of love for pets. We have been working with animals for 20 years. We study the products we sell and consult with Veterinarians and pet nutritionist to choose what is the best for your pet. However, with limited space in our storefront if you don’t see it on the shelves, just ask, we can special order what you need.
What’s the best part about living and working on 30A?
The people. You never meet a stranger living on 30A. Locals stop by to tell a story about their fur baby and pick up food and treats. The visitors stop every time they are here just to get something special for the fur baby at home or they bring them in for a visit and treat.
Whether you live locally or are on 30A to visit, your four-legged family member will feel right at home at Furry Fanatics and Dapper Dogs. Be sure to “paw”p by and pick up some items to spoil your dog before August 26th. Furry Fanatics and Dapper Dogs is located at 56 Spires Ln, Unit 12, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459 and can be contacted at (850) 278-6902.