On National Pet Day, 5 Ways to Spoil Your Furry Friend

Treat your loyal companion to something special.


National Pet Day is April 11, so it’s the perfect time to show your pets how much you appreciate them. We’ve got a few ideas on how you can spoil them:


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1. Pamper them at a local pet spa.

Marcia Reed of Gallery 37 in Milford, and Misako. //
Photo by Danielle Bouchat-Friedman

New Castle County

Dogtopia | The modern spa facilities are designed to cater to the comfort of your pet. With different options and spa packages, your furry friend is guaranteed to walk out squeaky clean. | 2101-A Concord Pike, Wilmington 414-0561; 319 New Road, Elsmere, 414-0556


The Dirty Dog | Give your dog the ultimate spa experience. Oatmeal, hypoallergenic and medicated baths are available. | 11D Liberty Plaza, Newark, 738-6399 


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Paws and People TOO! | Dogs enjoy an open floor plan and cage-free grooming. | 4390 Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, 376-8234


Kent County

Scruffy to Fluffy | Scruffy to Fluffy specializes in dog and cat grooming. The self-service dog wash is a great amenity. | 17 Village Square, Smyrna, 653-7297 


The Bath House | Spoil your dog with luxurious bath options. | 49 Brenda Lane, Suite E, Camden, 734-9119 

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Bow Wow Petique | This dog-grooming parlor and pet shop offers a cage-free option, so dogs can run around rather than being stuck in a kennel. | 2039 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, 697-8445


Sussex County

Sandy Paws Pet Spa | This small grooming shop is owned and operated by Denise Irwin. She offers different spa packages and therapeutic mud baths for small and medium dogs. | 18594 Ravens Way, Lewes, 684-8576


A Comfy Pet Grooming Salon | Three convenient locations offer both grooming and salon treatment for your pets. | Millsboro, Milton and Georgetown, 945-4645


Fur Baby Boutique | Treat your dog to a nail trim, blow dry and a blueberry facial. | 204 NE Front St., Milford, 725-5078


Claire’s Pet Salon | Grooming is available for dogs, cats and even rabbits. | 29920 John J. Williams Hwy., Millsboro, 934-5010 


2. Go for a dip at the beach.

  • At Bethany Beach, pets are welcomed until May 15.
  • At Dewey Beach, there are no time restrictions for pets from September to mid-May. In summer months, pets are welcome after 5:30 p.m. and before 9:30 a.m. Canines must be licensed (prices range from $5–$35).
  • After May 1 at Delaware Seashore State Park, dogs will no longer be allowed on sunbathing or swimming beaches. They are allowed on non-guarded beaches year-round.
  • At Fenwick Island State Park, dogs are allowed on surf fishing beaches year-round (not swimming beaches).
  • In Lewes, dogs are allowed on the beach year-round; however, during summer months they are only allowed on the beach after 6:30 p.m. and before 8:30 a.m.


3. Stock up on catnip.

Catnip is an herb known for its euphoric effect on cats. According to the ASPCA, the active ingredient in catnip is a substance called nepetalactone, which mimics feline pheromones and causes a euphoric reaction. (In moderation, catnip is harmless to your cat. But be careful—too much fresh catnip can cause cats to vomit or have diarrhea.)


4. Head out for a run at your pup’s favorite dog park.

New Castle County

  • Elsmere Dog Park400 Baltimore Ave., Elsmere         
  • Glasgow Park2199 Pulaski Hwy., Newark
  • Talley Day Park | 1308 Foulk Road, Wilmington
  • Carousel Park | 3700 Limestone Road, Wilmington

Kent County

  • Tidbury Park2233 S. State St., Dover
  • Big Oak Park 417 Big Oak Road, Smyrna 
  • Brecknock County Park | 80 Old Camden Road, Camden 

Sussex County


5. Order a friendship collar.

Get your pet a cool new collar, and yourself a matching bracelet! Check out FriendshipCollar—there are plenty of stylish colors, patterns and charms.

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