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A visit to Treats Unleashed

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End   One can’t help but notice the abundance of dogs in the CWE, a neighborhood where not having a 4-legged companion seems to be the exception. There are pets strapped to owners’ chests, or riding in strollers while perfectly coiffed and decked out for the weather. Further evidence of the importance of pets in city-dwellers’ lives is what could be called “take your dog to work day,” except that now it’s an everyday occurrence. So it was inevitable that a 2nd pet shop (Wolfgang’s on Euclid being the 1st) opened last July in the CWE.

Treats Unleashed at 22 N. Euclid, above, is the 7th St. Louis area location for the Chesterfield-based company. (There’s a shop in Colombia, MO and Leawood, KS too.) What became obvious during my visit is that the days of simply opening a generic can of pet food are so over. For particular people with particular pets, Treats Unleashed should be on your list.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

The shop smells like a bakery, since all doggie treats are baked on site and made of human-grade ingredients. Every bit of dog food Treats Unleashed stocks is free of ingredients that cause allergies, which means they are poultry, wheat, corn, and soy-free.  Feline owners will find plenty of healthy food choices for their pets too.

Sign up for the “frequent barker” program and earn points for discounts, and a free birthday bone too, see top photo. There are trays of seasonally-decorated cookies and cakes for special occasions, above—or I suppose, for Santa to bury under the tree.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End   Top photo: A shelf filled with unique treats for the holidays include dinners for Christmas Eve and for that New Year’s Pawty too, $2.99.

Bottom photo: And don’t forget to pick up the latest in seasonal neckwear or a jaunty kerchief, right, for those fashionable strolls around the neighborhood.Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

Top photo: Most of the house-made treats are 95 cents each, and each month a portion of  sales of the “spotlight treat” goes to a different pet charity.

Bottom photo: Treats Unleashed carries a large selection of chew toys, pet bedding, $39.99 to $250, and cat toys too.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

Top photo: All-natural Fromm cat food comes in flavors such as Game Bird Recipe, Hasen Duckenpfeffer, Chicken au Fromage, and Salmon Tunachovy, 2 lbs. for $11.00, 5 lbs. for $20.00.

Bottom photo: All natural Zignature dog food is $11.99 to $18.99. After purchasing 12 bags of either Fromm or Zignature food, the next bag is free.Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

One of the best stories to come out of my visit to Treats Unleashed is the business model of St. Louis-based Fresh Start brand of dog treats. “Fresh Start” means fresh ingredients for pets, but also a fresh start for everyone else. The company hires the homeless to work in its facility, and once they get established Fresh Starts finds housing for them.

Fresh Start beef and lamb treats range from $12.99 to $24.99.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

Don’t want to mess up your bathtub washing your pooch at home? For $19 you can use Treats Unleashed’s self-wash, above. Everything’s provided: an apron, shampoo, lotions, and the best part is, they’ll clean up after you. Schedule bath time at least an hour before closing.

Treats Unleashed, 22 N. Euclid, (314) 899-6966, Mon. – Sat. 9 to 8 p.m., Sun. 9 to 6 p.m.

Many dogs, a cat, and 1 lizard

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Many creatures great and small attended a blessing of the pets  at Trinity Church on Saturday, October 28. Whether pets need a blessing is debatable, but my hunch is that Pastor Jon Stratton (shown below with his young family) engages the community in whatever clever ways he can. Witness the well-attended blessing of the bicycles (look here) last summer.

The smallest creature to receive a blessing was also the most exotic, an Uromastyk lizard from Mali, above. The lizard also had the distinction of possessing the most fearsome tail—ouch!Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Father Jon Stratton with his wife Susie and their children, Alice and Frank.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Approximately 20 dogs were ushered onto the church pews where they seemed perfectly at home, above and below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles   Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

More pets with their owners in attendance at the morning service, above.

And last but not least among them, blessed be the lone feline tucked as far back in its carrier as it could get. No photographs please.Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Socializing and refreshments followed the service, above and below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Trinity Church, 600 N. Euclid, (314) 361-4655.

2017 Canine Costume Contest Part II

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For Children  Trish Bush Tommy Holloran Central West End Canine Costume Contest

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For Children  Trish Bush Tommy Holloran Central West End Canine Costume Contest

At parade’s end there was a “doggie sit” game and a “best trick” contest before prizes for best costumes were announced. Emcee for the afternoon, radio personality Trish Bush, above right, kept spectators entertained with her dry sense of humor.Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For Children  Trish Bush Tommy Holloran Central West End Canine Costume Contest

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For Children  Trish Bush Tommy Holloran Central West End Canine Costume Contest

2017 Canine Costume Contest judges, above, are listed as Aundrea Gonzaque of Wolfgang’s Pet Stop, Julie Birkemeier of Mutton Chops Pet Services, Mary Kraemer of MK Accounting & CWEnder Ken Jones. As soon as I get clarification of who’s who and who’s missing in the photo above, I’ll edit this section.

In the meantime, here are photos of the fantastically imaginative costumes the judges chose for top prizes.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For Children  Trish Bush Tommy Holloran Central West End Canine Costume Contest   Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings For Children  Trish Bush Tommy Holloran Central West End Canine Costume Contest

This little dachshund’s owner, below, disguised her pet’s handicap by turning its usual mode of transportation (wheels) into a winning costume, Wieners on Wheels.

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