A sign on the door boasts that the "Dogfather" will "make your pet problems sleep with the fishes." Indeed, all day long, desperate pet owners who have found that traditional veterinary medicine hasn't worked bring their furry companions to this shop for a session with its owner, who dispenses advice on organic raw foods and homeopathic remedies. Phil Klein and his wife, Randy, started Whiskers Holistic Pet Care in 1988 (there's also an outpost in Astoria) after their dog's fight with bone cancer led them to research alternative pet diets and holistic treatments. Binders full of thank-you notes from customers prove they must be doing something right. A true community for pet owners and their pets, this is the place to find recommendations for dog walkers, cat sitters, and animal psychologists, as well as nontoxic toys and treats (try the talking Three Stooges toys for your pooch or the catnip cigars for your feline). Don't have a pet yet? Take a swing by its cage-free Rescue Cat Ranch with many adorable kitties up for adoption. 235 East 9th Street, 212-979-2532 (10003); 19-25 Ditmars Boulevard, Queens, 718-626-8590, 1800whiskers.com (11105)

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235 E. 9th St.
New York NY 10003


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