We love these five places for stylish pet accessories.
CAT CONNECTION. Welcome to kitty cat heaven. A refreshing respite from the ubiquitous dog shops, Cat Connection celebrates all things feline. Once inside, you’re greeted by two lethargic kitties—one with six toes on each paw, possibly descended from Hemingway’s original felines. After you say hi to Six Toes, check out the sweet collars and ceramic food bowls. Then book an appointment for your cat with the grooming department and head out the door knowing that your catnip-addicted critter is the most pampered in town. Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 14233 Inwood Rd. 972-386-6369.
HAUTE DOGS & FAT CATS. This sliver of a store connected to Covin’s in Preston Royal Shopping Center is run by dedicated animal lover Brooke Covin, who stocks the shop with brilliant bits. For the Hamptons summering set, we found grosgrain ribbon collars in a variety of bright colors. For the hound that gets a walk no matter the weather, pick up a raincoat and matching hat to shield him from the elements. If you absolutely love Burberry plaid, imagine your kitty friend in a Burberry carrying case. And if that doesn’t prove your devotion, you can even have Fluffy immortalized with a Warhol-esque digital portrait. Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 114 Preston Royal Village. 214-369-8380.
PERKY POODLE. You know the drill: Lovebug gets a $80 cut and curl at the local groomer, only to smell like dirty socks two days later. What’s an odor-conscious pet owner to do? We have the answer: pet cologne. Perky Poodle has a great selection of fine pet cologne and perfume such as Pucci, Aramutts, Timmy Holedigger, and CK-9. Just a little spritz and Lovebug will smell like a peach—or your high school boyfriend. Add a can of Yip Yap breath fresheners to your purchase so you can enjoy all of those wet kisses. Last but not least, PP will board your precious baby. Mon, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue-Sat, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 2706 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-526-3243.
BOUTIQUE PET SHOP & AQUARIUM. We have a very stylish friend who bought a red toy poodle named Honey Bun and promptly went on a search for the perfect rhinestone-encrusted turquoise collar. Why turquoise? “Honey Bun’s a spring, silly,” she said, giggling. “That’s his color.” Little did she know that finding this color would prove so difficult. After searching high and low, she came across Pet Boutique and walked out with the perfect rhinestone-encrusted turquoise collar. Why turquoise? “Honey Bun’s a spring, silly,” she said, giggling. “That’s his color.” Little did she know that finding this color would prove so difficult. After searching high and low, she came across Pet Boutique and walked out with the perfect rhinestone-encrusted turquoise collar. The moral of this story is that Pet Boutique has, hands down, the best collection of fancy collars—and Honey Bun looks as chic as his mommy. Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun, noon-5 p.m. 9035 Garland Rd. 214-321-1219.
TAILS OF THE CITY. The people who run this joint are so dedicated to their doggies that they have color pictures of the sweeties on their business cards. They take dressing the dog pretty seriously, so it’s no wonder that you can stroll in and find rhinestone barrettes for your Yorkie, gold identification tags for your dachshund, and doggie treats dipped in yogurt for any deserving pooch. But the things that caught our discerning eye were the tiaras—little miniature crowns of rhinestones waiting to be placed perfectly on precious pups. Can’t you see the picture now? Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 6819 Snider Plaza. 214-750-7622.