The goal of National Pet Month is to remind the populous of all the great benefits of pet ownership. Most pet people don’t need any convincing to appreciate their animal companions, in fact, many are looking for just another excuse to go the extra mile to spoil them rotten. If you’re looking to show your four legged friend you care, be sure to check out these few places to put your pet on a pedestal during National Pet Month this year.

(credit: Paint Pub)

(credit: Paint Pub)

The Paint Pub
13607 Grove Drive
Maple Grove, MN 55369
(612) 747-2334

Every other month, The Paint Pub hosts a “paint your pet” event. It’s not as literal as it sounds, no animals are being adorned with pigment. Customers can email a picture of their pets to be sketched on canvas so they can later come in to finish the job with acrylics and the aid of top-notch instructors. You can enjoy making your new work of art all while sipping your favorite beverage among other like-minded pet lovers.

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Posh Pooch
650 Commerce Drive, #115
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 578-7674

Who doesn’t want to be pampered and preened? Want to give your pet the ultimate make over or is it just time for bath?  Posh Pooch Boutique takes it to the next level with stylists that will give your best friend all that deserved attention.  After the clipping and cleaning, be sure to check out the boutique. From couture clothing to healthy treats to food bowls, there’s a variety of great items to gift your pet at Posh Pooch.

(credit: Ruff Start Rescue)

(credit: Ruff Start Rescue)

The Ruff Break
Minneapolis and Rochester, MN

A world full of humans can be tough on a dog. That’s where the Ruff Break comes in. Specialists will give your dog the exercise, adventure, and vacation sometimes needed from daily routine. Not only is it a great break for your pet, it’s a great break for you, too. If you have a pet that is overweight, put them on the path to a healthier lifestyle with The Ruff Break’s exercise program, which includes hiking, biking, weight pulling, and swimming. They also offer pet sitting and obedience classes to help make your dog the best dog it can be.

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Jen Thompson Photography
620 7th Ave. N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 260-9057

It takes a special eye, and a special kind of patience to capture your animals personality. Commemorate National Pet Month correctly by capturing the moment with a photography sitting. Jen Thompson focuses on a simple, straightforward and basic touch to let the personality of your pet show through.

(credit: Walker Art Center)

(credit: Walker Art Center)

Internet Cat Video Festival
St. Paul Saints’ CHS Field
360 N. Broadway St.
St. Paul, MN 55101

Get your feline ready for the festival by posting a video of your cat antics on YouTube. Maybe you’ll make the cut for next year’s Walker Art Center sponsored event. Tickets for the Aug 14th event go on sale June 2nd, which is just after National Pet Month, but hey, who’s counting?

Erik Ritter has a masters of fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and regularly shows his assemblage artwork throughout the Midwest. The South Dakota Art Museum purchased his piece “Bird of Time” for their permanent collection. He facilitates “DeJunked Art” workshops at various locations. He lives in Osseo, Minnesota.