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Doggy Style Pet Shop

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2023 W. Division

773-235-9663

When corporate litigator Paige Ormond adopted her cat two years ago, she says he was the ugliest one in the whole place--he smelled bad and was missing half his fur. But, she says, "I'm a sucker for the animal that nobody will take." After about a year of visits to a vet and a dermatologist, she figured out what was wrong: Oscar had a food allergy. "I had such a hard time trying to feed him," she says. "I thought, 'There's got to be a place for people that have cats or dogs with food allergies or other problems.'"

A month ago she opened Doggy Style, a pet store that carries a surprisingly wide range of high-end dog and cat food, all of it free of chemical preservatives. One brand comes from a USDA-inspected plant and is infused with probiotics; another coats each kibble with freeze-dried raw meat. She even stocks nuggets and patties of raw meat, veggies, and fruit--anything high protein and low grain. "Animals don't eat corn," says Ormond.

Special treats include organic ice cream in six flavors by local doggie bakery KC Goodies ($1.75 for a tiny cup); baked goods by another local outfit, Galloping Gourmutts, in flavors such as peanut butter cup and s'mores (75 cents to $2); and frozen raw bones--literally hunks of meat on a bone, so dogs get the marrow too ($4 to $28). Doggy Style also carries hemp collars and rope chews, organic cotton toys, squeakers outfitted with dog whistles so that the noise doesn't drive you crazy, and little outfits, including rocker tees. For cats she has toys made of hemp fabric and twine filled with organic catnip and litter made from corncobs and herbs.

In the back of the gigantic space there's a self-wash spa--two large tiled tubs each with a showerhead that has half a dozen settings. For $12 to $20 (depending on the dog's weight), Ormond provides combs and brushes, fluffy bright green towels, and products (shampoo, conditioner, ear wipes and drops, breath spray, and aromatherapeutic spray intended to calm the animal down) for you to wash and groom your furry buddy yourself. My high-strung pup actually seemed to like it.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Marty Perez.

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