Rugrats to Kittycats, BOSB‘06

The Best For Critters and Kids

Pet Sitting Services

Pet Sitters of Santa Barbara


In business now for nine years, the folks at Pet Sitters have taken a variation of the Hippocratic Oath. “We try to disrupt their lives as little as possible,” said Renee Trenholm of the animals left in her care. “Except that their parents are gone, we try to make like nothing is unusual. Why should their lives change?” Pet Sitters cares for almost every kind of domestic animal, drawing the line at horses. They promise also not to steal your pet’s affections.

Finalist The Happy Dog

Toy Store

Kay-Bee Toy & Hobby Shops Inc.

136 S. Hope Ave., 682-6026

Parents know that toy stores hold not products but rather objects of obsession. From the latest schoolyard fad to the collectible action figure or doll your child must have to alleviate the awful stress of contemporary American childhood, it’s nice to know there’s a store stocked reliably with the newest product and the classic plaything. With Japanese electronic pets as well as Duncan Imperial yoyos, Kay-Bee’s here when the terrible need arises.

Finalist Kernohans Toys

Pet Hospital/Clinic

White’s Pet Hospital

532 E. Haley St., 966-1604

“It’s a real honor,” said Bob Blamire, hospital manger at White’s. “We owe it all to our clientele. This place has been here since the 1920s, so people’s grandparents and great-grandparents also came here. We are going to do our best to ensure that their great-grandchildren come here, too.”

Finalist San Roque Pet Hospital


William J. Otto, DVM

585 Walnut Ave., Carpinteria, 684-3617

Dr. William Otto thinks he has the best staff and the best clients, and, of course, great care for the pets in his community. “What really sets us apart is that we try to provide care for the families of the pets who come in here,” said Otto, who has been at his Carpinteria offices for 23 years and been voted the best by readers four times now. “We try to be in tune with the family’s needs, too.”

Finalist David Dawson, DVM

Pet Store


3985 State St., 964-2868; 19 S. Milpas St., 966-7292

Sometimes, only the big chains will do. Cost of living being what it is in this town, it’s nice to know that you can get good prices on pet food, litter, chew toys, and leashes for the ones you love. Maybe it’s not the old neighborhood place where you stop in and get a surrogate thrill looking at baby pets, but it’s a solid place to take careful care of the ones you already own.

Finalist Pet House

Place to Get Children’s Clothes

This Little Piggy Wears Cotton

311 Paseo Nuevo, 899-2570

It’s a tiny chain that really got off the ground here. The concept, which sounds obvious or maybe a little picky depending on your socioeconomic status, plays out in natural fiber fashions that include all-cotton separates that are surprisingly hard to find elsewhere. It’s the place S.B. parents have preferred for at least a decade now.

Finalist Chicken Little

Daycare Facility


591 Santa Rosa Ln., Montecito, 969-3288; 36 Hitchcock Wy., 687-7727; 900 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, 686-2037

Imagine dropping off the kids for care at a place where family values rule and there’s some of the best gym and recreational equipment in town. So many people do imagine this that there’s a waiting list, but don’t let that deter you: the YMCA is affordable and good for your young ’uns on many levels.

Finalist Girls Inc.

Pet Boarding

Camp Canine – Animal Inn

803 E. Montecito St., 962-4790

They used to be known as the Animal Inn, but they’ve officially changed the name. It’s really the same people who started the place in 1984, according to Melanie Robbins, an employee. It’s just for dogs, but that’s where the limitations end. They do overnight, long-term, and daycare — extras include grooming and training. So drop off that old mutt in the morning, and later that day bring home a sophisticated bowser, groomed and polite. Well, at least he’ll be safe and clean.

Finalist The Cat House Hotel

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