The ultimate dog essentials for summer fun in the sun

Summer is finally here! We are ready for barbecues, beach days, and of course, adventures with our furry little friends. Even though both hounds and humans love the warm weather the summer months brings, it’s imperative to keep your pooch hydrated as well as adorned in the fiercest summer fashion pieces and equipped with the coolest gear. We’ve rounded up some great summer pet essentials from local pet stores that we know Fido will love, whether they’re hanging at the dog beach, the dog park or lounging in the backyard. 

Muttropolis La Jolla 

7755 Girard Ave., La Jolla, California, 858.459.9663,

Muttropolis is the ultimate destination in La Jolla for those who love their four-legged friends. Providing top-quality products that are both functional and fun, Muttropolis has it all — from all-natural dog food and treats to cute doggy sundresses, cool pool chew toys and everything in between. Their selection of apparel, leashes, bowls and beds are innovative as well as creative, and you will want to buy everything in the entire store for your pooch this summer. 

Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe

4219 Park Blvd., San Diego, California, 619.692.0962,

If you’re looking for fashionable and quality pet apparel, harnesses, leashes and accessories, then Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe located in Hillcrest has you covered.  From treats to humorous plush toys and chic dog carrier bags, this dog boutique has every and anything you can think of. Your four-legged friend will be all ready for summer with adorable outfits and swanky chew toys like a “starpups” coffee cup and accessories like dog goggles that will protect their cute eyes from harmful UV rays. 

All About Animals 

5622 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, California, 858.459.4583,

In the heart of Bird Rock, La Jolla is the quaint family pet shop that provides customers with everyday pet supplies. They’ve served the community for more than 20 years through their pet boarding and pet care, and it is a great place to stop in for all of your canine’s summer toys. They offer cool pool toys like a surfboard and lighthouse chew toy as well as footballs and frisbees.