When I visit Sherri Dechaine at Woof! Woof! Pet Boutique & Biscuit Bar, her Warren boutique, I’m immediately met by her bulldog Bronx, a part-time model that spends his time off welcoming visitors to his mom’s shop. “Bronx has a lot of friends,” says Dechaine, who tells me that weekends at Woof! Woof! are busiest, with neighbors stopping by to say hello and grab a mid-walk treat. While Bronx is the party animal of Dechaine’s four pups, I also get to meet Moose, a Valley Bulldog that Dechaine rescued after he was left abandoned in a barn. It’s Moose’s first trip to the shop, and he is still getting used to being around people thanks to Dechaine’s motherly care and affection. “We’ve worked very hard to build trust,” says Dechaine, who keeps the emphasis at her boutique on pampering for a good cause.
Inspired by Dechaine’s own four rescues, Woof! Woof! participates in bi-monthly fundraisers for local animal welfare leagues, donating supplies of delicious and beautifully-decorated baked goods to raise funds for a cause close to Sherri’s heart. Come the warmer months, Woof! Woof! also hosts Shelter Saturdays at the store, with special discounts and a percentage of sales benefitting local shelters. How about supporting a good cause and pampering yourself in the process? In addition to customizable collars, leashes and a line of puppy sweaters with serious sass, the boutique sells limited edition Coggeshall Jewelers-designed Friends’ Beads that benefit the Bristol Animal Shelter and fit any bead bracelet.
But the real draw into the boutique is the bakery. Woof! Woof! takes the custom baked birthday cakes and the individual sized pupcakes when it comes to carrying decadent pet treats. Of course you can’t forget the side of doggie ice cream. For the canine sweet tooth, Woof! Woof!’s bakery is stocked with everything from whoopie pies to cannoli, and the biscuit bar has a rotating menu of sweet and savory flavors from apple, pumpkin, peanut butter and mint. Of course the bakery case constantly changes with the season, and something tells me the Easter Bunny might be stopping by to fill some special baskets (and bowls).
A former vet-tech and trained nutritionist, Dechaine puts pet health first, and also carries a huge selection of gourmet and specialty pet foods. Whether your feline is a bit finicky or your pup needs a little less of the love handles, Dechaine carries a full range of all natural, US made wet and dry pet foods in flavors that take pampering to the Michelin star standards. Salmon tunalini anyone?