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Food Stamps Now For Pets! Five Pampered Pup Spots That Probably Won’t Be Taking Them
From canine cupcakes to doggie martinis, we suspect these local splurges aren’t government approved
USA Today reported this week that food stamps are now available for pets. The new non-government, donation-based Pet Food Stamps program was created to fill a gap in the current FSP that excludes the purchase of pet food. We’re all for helping to feed our furry friends, but what kind of grub are we talking, here? We wonder if it will live up to the discriminating palate of many L.A. pooches—we’re looking at you, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Here are a few swanky L.A. spots that most likely won’t be exchanging doggie treats for food stamps.
Gourmet cupcake shop Sprinkles has generated a lot of buzz this past year with the launch of their cupcake ATM and the addition of ice cream to their menu. A less-talked about treat this joint offers won’t satisfy your sweet tooth – but will certainly please your pooch. Sprinkles’ sugar-free doggie cupcakes are topped with a yogurt “frosting” and a fondant dog bone. » Sprinkles Cupcakes, 9635 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310-274-8765
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
Pups fortunate enough to be members of the Hyatt Gold Pawsport (get it?) frequent pet stay program at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel receive the ultimate star treatment. Canine amenities include a stainless steel serving bowl, an all-natural welcome treat, and a specially designed in-room haute-dog menu. » Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310-228-1234
My Pet… Naturally
This pet shop features a gourmet bakery that boasts all-natural and holistic goodies for your dog or cat—how very L.A. Treat your pooch to a “pup cake,” available in a variety of sizes and flavors like peanut butter, vanilla, and carob. The folks over at My Pet…Naturally encourage curious pet owners to try one of the bakery’s treats for themselves—though we’ll pass on the beef broth flavored cookie. » My Pet…Naturally, 12001 W. Pico Blvd, West L.A., 877-4MY-PET1
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
This luxurious spot features a fancy pet menu with dog-friendly dishes like an eight-ounce New York strip steak and an all-natural beef hot dog. After devouring a meal fit for a king, pups staying at the hotel can wash it down with a ‘Tail Shakin’ Not Stirred’ dog martini, made with low-sodium beef bouillon. » The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310-551-2888
Three Dog Bakery
Pooches will drool over the shop’s dog cookies, which come in flavors like wag-amelon, banana split, and classic vanilla. Can’t pick just one? Try the two-pound “assort-mutt.” For the Seinfeld-loving furball, this bakery offers beg-als, the doggie alternative to bagels. » Three Dog Bakery, 6333 W 3rd St #710, Beverly Grove, 323-935-7512