Dog friendly services in Carmel, California

Other websites list all the dog friendly business in cities and towns across America. At Carmel Dog Tales our recommended establishments are more than dog friendly. They are pooch passionate! Pooch-Preferred Purveyors are local businesses we know, patronize and our dogs particularly find Woof-worthy. We work here, live here and want you to feel just as at home.

Each month CDT will add a business from each of four categories: lodging, food/drink, shopping and canine services.

All are uniquely Pawsome!

This Month’s Pooch-Preferred Purveyors…





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Carmel Lamp Lighter Inn

The Lamp Lighter is a classic, cozy, pet friendly Carmel Boutique Inn, tucked into an ancient grove of trees and just steps to the famous Carmel Beach. The lush garden setting of the Inn is a dream of hand-built birdhouses, vibrantly lighted fire pits and secluded gazebos. The Lamp Lighter is comprised of two charming cottages, four delightful guest rooms and the expansive Sunset House Suites. Amenities feature everything you need to fulfill your dreams of a Carmel escape from the world out there. And the Lamplighter is pooch approved by CDT. They even have an outside shower for your pooch to shake out the sand after a romp on the beach, right down the street. And if your furry friend likes company, the shower is big enough for both of you!

Amenities include: Extended Continental Breakfast, Evening Wine & Cheese Reception, Flat Screen Televisions, Some Wood-burning Fireplaces, Mini-Refrigerator, Pet Blankets and Pet Bowls…

For more details…

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Carmel Country Inn

We love this luxurious Bed and Breakfast, nestled in a residential area of Carmel, two blocks from the middle of town. Guests immediately feel like they’re vacationing in one of the cozy homes around them. And what makes a home truly warm and welcoming are the people inside. We love the wonderful folks who operate this establishment. Innkeeper Amy, and her team, adore dogs! Wait till you see the wall of photos of all the furry guests who have stayed and played there. (Maybe even a human or two.) They even have strollers for pooches who need a little help! Simply, if your dog ever runs away from home, you’ll know where to find him.

People accommodations are also first class, with spacious One & Two Bedroom Suites and Romantic Studios, all with Fireplaces and Luxury Baths.

For more details…

Complete dog and room amenities, and a Special Rate for Carmel Dog Tales followers, give Innkeeper Amy a call and check out their website:

Grasing's Restaurant

If you are ready for the best in California locally sourced coastal cuisine (in other words, extraordinarily yummy food!) Grasings is the place for you and your Best Furry Friend Forever. Very warm and super friendly staff make Grasings perfect for special occasions. And they have a lovely patio away from the street where your pooch can enjoy dining with you without interruption from pooch passersby.

Grasings menu features something for everyone. Scrumptious appetizers include: House-made Panko crusted Onion Rings, and Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese! (Which is all l I need to know)

But we’re just getting started. Entrees include: Maple Leaf Duck with fresh Huckleberries, Grilled California Lamb Chops with Moroccan merguez sausage, Mediterranean couscous and coriander sauce, and Sea of Cortez Prawns – who I’m sure were happy to give their all to be served at Grasings! They also have a tantalizing bar menu with Skirt Steak Tacos, adorned with sharp cheddar, caramelized onions, salsa Fresca. And how could I forget Grasings’ Truffle & White Cheddar Popcorn with white truffle oil, white cheddar, and Hawaiian sea salt.  I can’t forget it! I want it now…

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Porta Bella

You and your Best Furry Friend Forever will be transported into an elegant, romantic world of amazing food, wine, and old-world service to delight the most discerning person and pooch.  Not only does Porta Bella have a patio out front where you and your BFFF can sit and watch the passing parade down Ocean Ave, but also an enclosed pooch-perfect patio with heat lamps adjoining the main dining room. People food is epicurean, and your BFFF is in for a special treat. No mere dog biscuits. We’re talking big time YUMMY! Heard on the street, “We‘ve never been to a restaurant that was more accommodating to both us and the dogs. My wife and I have never eaten so well. Neither have Butch and Sundance!”

Owners, Bashar Sneeh, Faisal Nimri, and their amazing staff will see that your lunch or dinner is a highlight of your Carmel adventure.

For more details…

Check out the Porta Bella at:

Raw Connection

This is the place for the best selection of Raw and Healthy Foods for Dogs & Cats. No one has a better selection of Raw and Grain Free Diets, Vitamin Supplements and Natural Treats. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, and the store is clean and organized so you can find everything under the sun to keep your pet healthy and happy.  (Don’t tell your pooch, but they are also really into good stuff for cats! YEOWWWW!)

Carmel Dog Tales shops there for Winifred and Mr. Winston who are more particular than I am about what they put in their bodies. (I know. Don’t say it…)

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Diggidy Dog

Amazing place! All the latest in dog fashion and healthy treats for your BFFF!

Amazing people! Carolyn and her staff love dogs, cats and even humans! And this is not just another dog-friendly boutique. Diggidy Dog caters to just about every need and luxury of man’s best friend and feline. (They even have unique canine and feline friendly fashions for humans!)

Diggidy Dog knows a thing or two about pooches and people! In addition to the top designers of coats, sweaters, halters and “bling”, they even have a “dressing table” where your dog can stand and try on the latest fashions without having to struggle on the floor. (Or you to get down on the floor with them.)

While Carmel is often proclaimed the “dog friendliest town”, it is the two-legged humans who can make a better life for our furry four-legged friends. The folks at Diggidy Dog live that every day.

For more details…

Check out the Diggidy Dog website at

A. Herman - Dog Therapist

Okay, I know what you’re thinking.  But I have to tell you Winifred and I have worked with Adrienne, and she is able to do things, know things, and connect with Winnie in ways that have made us… happier together.

Here’s how Adrienne describes what she does. “I balance dogs (and other four-leggeds) physically, emotionally, and energetically… I translate for humans. It’s a given that you are a person who truly loves your dog. Of course, you only want the best for him or her. We all wish our dogs could talk to us, tell us what hurts, tell us what they want. They give us that look, and we know they’re trying to tell us something. Here is your opportunity to get answers.”

Adrienne was classically trained in human psychology, but very personal life experiences convinced her that the spiritual world is very real, that all animals (including humans) have “guides”.  She says: “To me, it’s just about connecting with the energy of the animal, checking out what’s not flowing properly, and also connecting with my guides and the animal’s guides.”

Here’s how one of Adrienne’s clients put it:

“Since working with Adrienne, Pendo and Tamu have learned how to communicate better with each other, and they’ve become best friends. Even my husband, who was skeptical, credits Adrienne with these big changes. I’ve gained a better understanding of their emotional needs as well.”

For more details…

Check out Adrienne at 


Suds 'n Scissors

Suds ‘N Scissors has been a Carmel tradition for 45 years and serves as the area’s most elegant grooming retreat.  Todd and his staff provide the highest quality grooming for dogs and cats.

No stranger to pet care, Todd is the previous owner of Country Club Kennels, Santa Cruz Animal Care, and Tatoha Trainers, and has been a member of the Del Monte Kennel Club for 20 years, and treasurer for the past 11 years.

And he knows his way around the show ring as a handler and groomer for 15 years.

In addition to expert grooming of all breeds of dogs, cats & exotics, Suds ‘n Scissors offers:

Flea & tick control & foxtail prevention clips…  Hand terrier stripping…  Warm towels, no HOT dryers ever!…  Veterinary technician on staff…  Pick-up and delivery available…  Member National Dog Grooming Association…  Member American Grooming Association.

For more details…

Check out Suds ‘n Scissors at

The above are all special places that pamper and celebrate your BFFF. Next month we’ll add four more businesses that have earned our 4 Woof Rating.


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