For all the unconditional love pets give, they deserve to be pampered and spoiled a bit, too. Blissie’s Bonetique, a new shop specializing in pet treats, toys and grooming opened March 23 due south of Walgreens at 459 W. Washington St.
Touting they offer “bones, biscuits, baths and more,” owner Ryan Mortenson, manager Kelley Furia and professional groomer Shannon Pierson, said they aim to provide pet and owner-friendly services to Sequim’s canines and felines.
Bliss is an ideal state and Blissie was an ideal friend and companion to Mortenson until last year.
“Blissie was my toy poodle and the inspiration for the name and the shop. She passed away on June 8 and the shop keeps her memory going,” Mortenson said. “If it weren’t for the dogs, I don’t know what I’d be doing. I have a degree in computer graphics but that’s not as rewarding as this.”
All of the store’s food, treats, bones and chews are all natural and made in the U.S. or Canada, both known for their strict regulations on pet consumables. Right now, the airy, brightly lit shop carries Evangers and Now dog foods with many more healthy varieties on the way.
“We carry Answers goat milk and a good selection of raw food from Northwest Naturals and Small Batch plus freeze-dried foods and treats,” Mortenson said.
“We also carry supplements and hemp toys, collars, leashes and tug ropes that actually are digestible, and bones from the smallest to the largest,” he noted, heaving one the size of a human calf bone, over his head. “We also have frozen bones with marrow — it’s all higher quality and more health conscious treats and food and it’s all grain-free.”
As word has gotten out about Blissie’s, Mortensen has seen self-service bathing in two ample tubs, complete with variable speed dryers, become highly popular. The shop supplies all natural, non-chemical shampoo and towels; the tubs easily can hold a Great Dane each. Self-service baths are done on a walk-in basis.
It’s dubious whether dogs would call grooming being pampered, but Pierson, with six years of experience, knows how to get the best from them. Charges for grooming vary by breed with shelties, for example, requiring quite a bit more brush work than a sleek lab.
“Grooming includes a bath, brushing, haircut or styling, nail clipping and ears cleaned,” Mortensen said. “We’ve seen a huge response to it. Business has been great and we’ve actually been surprised. Everyone has just been so friendly. We’ve had people from Port Townsend and they send business our way, particularly for the grooming business.”
Mortenson said pets and their humans should give Blissie’s a try because, “We’ve got it all in one place. We’re the only ones who have food, treats and self-service bathing, plus we’re locally owned. I saw a need for the business and a couple of months later we were opening our doors.”
Grooming visits are by appointment only.
459 W. Washington St.
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday;
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday