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Best of San Francisco 2015: Cute Toys, Clothes + Ways to Play With Kids and Pets

Ok, so San Francisco may not exactly be known as a place for kids. Except that everyone we know seems to be having them these days. And for those who don't have the human variety, "fur babies" are an actual thing. So listen up, family people: Here are the best things the Bay Area has to offer to have fun with and take care of your little ones, furry or not.

5 New Pet-Friendly Spots in Wine Country

We love our pets so much that, naturally, we want to bring them everywhere. Luckily, since our last roundup of dog-friendly Wine Country locales, even more restaurants and wineries have started catering to Fido too. Here are our favorite news places to grab a beer with man's best friend. 

Pups Strut Their Stuff for the SF SPCA Fashion Show

In true SF SPCA fashion, we're throwing a cocktail party that will make heads turn. You are invited to Dogs on the Catwalk, a fashion show for pets and people, on Friday, May 29.

Whistle Makes a Wireless Device That Monitors Your Dog's Health


Anyone who’s been through the agony of losing a pet to a disease that, had it been diagnosed sooner, might have been treatable, may want to take a close look at Whistle.

Rub-A-Dub Your Dog at Green Pawz

Rub-A-Dub Your Dog at Green Pawz

Dogs get dirty. That’s what they do. And that’s eco-friendly pet boutique, pet wash and full service pet salon Green Pawz’ mantra. Located in the Haight and conveniently near dog friendly Golden Gate Park, owner Julianne Morales Walsh keeps things local by formulating her own grooming products in Marin and sourcing homegrown organic pet food and treats.

The Modern Canine: Reused Fashion For The Dogs (And Cats)

Eco-friendly dog clothes

The term eco-friendly is commonplace, but let's not forget about it's predecessor “reuse.” It may not be as buzzy, but it's just as smart. Reuse is the premise of The Modern Canine, a local petwear company delivering distinguished outerwear and accessories for dogs, and a few fun things for cats, all made from discarded fabrics from the fashion industry.

Yoda, a Two Pound Chihuahua, Crowned The World's Ugliest Dog

They say beauty's on the inside. That's never been more true than at the 23rd annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest, which took place last night at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in Petaluma. 29 dogs, mostly from Northern California, competed for the distinction.

But the winner last night was Yoda, a two-pound Chinese crested-Chihuahua cross, whose owners originally thought she was a rat. Yoda won $1,000 and the 2011 crown as the World's Ugliest Dog. 

Check out photos of some of the other uglies above. 

Ask a Vet with the SF SPCA: Getting A New Puppy, How To Introduce New Pets to Old Pets

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on They've enlisted their Interim Co-President, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer your questions every Thursday. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

Q: I have a three and half year-old Labradoodle, and we are thinking about getting another one -- how old is too old to add a new puppy to our family?  

Art for Little Whiskers

Think of it as fine art china for your cat. The Whisker-Wide Bowl for cats is handcrafted in the USA, using 100 percent recycled glass. The bowls are shallow and wide, so they won’t disrupt your kitty’s whiskers while she is eating, and they are attractive enough that they won’t disturb your décor when she isn’t (if that is your look).

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