Something to Bark About

The Newport pet boutique caters to lucky pooches and their people


Wag Nation has been open for over eight years and is solely run by Peter, the soon-to-be seven-year-old rescue Pointer from the South. Peter was busy greeting passersby on the patio, so I sat down with his mom, Michelle Shevlin, who helps him run the store.

“When people come to Wag [Nation], I don’t want them to think they’re walking into a regular pet store,” Michelle tells me. “I want them to feel like they’re walking into a home.” The shop definitely has a comfortable, homey feel to it, and Michelle and her husband Tom are more than welcoming. The shop is full of high quality “pawducts” from necessities like food, treats and bedding to gifts and housewares.

Aside from welcoming guests, Peter has been busy expanding Wag’s own brand called Wag & Co. “[Wag & Co.] does accessories for the hound and home,” Michelle explains, showing me their pet carrier. Their newer carriers will be modified to meet Amtrak regulations so you can bring your furry friend on the train. Wag & Co. also features two styles of toy bins: a small, square style and a round version with handles on the side that is coming out this year.

If you’re trying to get rid of the wet dog smell, they have a collection of soy-based candles like “Bark in the Park” or “At the Beach” made with essential oils. They also have beautiful sterling silver charms which could be used as a pet tag or a present.

Wag Nation
92 William Street, Newport