White Center, located on the very south end of West Seattle, has evolved into a funky, family- and dog-friendly neighborhood. From barbecue to breweries to bakeries, you and your pooch will have plenty to do in the ‘hood.
Editor’s Note: Because of Covid-19 and ever-changing protocols, we recommend checking with each establishment’s website for updates before visiting.
Good Dog, Inc. (9064 Delridge Way SW; gooddog-inc.com) Founded by lifelong dog lovers Jeffrey Henderson and Kevin Sonnichsen, Good Dog, Inc. (pictured above) is a doggie daycare and boarding facility conveniently located on Delridge Way. The daycare features two large play areas—one for little dogs and one for big dogs. On our visit, the big dog area was raucous, with lots of play happening. In contrast, the little dog area was totally chill. In addition to boarding, Good Dog, Inc. offers hourly, half-day and full-day rates, with discounts on 10 and 20 day packages.
Fresh Flours Bakery (9410 Delridge Way SW; freshfloursseattle.com) The story of Fresh Flours began with a dream and two business partners, Keiji and Etsuko. Born and raised in Tokyo, Keiji took a keen interest in the world of baking, with his first baking job in New York City. With a passion for developing his own unique recipes, Keiji decided to move out of the big city to start his own baking business. Etsuko, with a vision of evolving Japanese influenced pastries, quickly joined and along with their two dogs, drove 3,000 miles cross-country, landing in Seattle in September 2000. Five years later, the first Fresh Flours Bakery & Cafe opened, with four locations today including White Center (and we couldn’t be happier). Croissants, quiches, scones, cakes, cookies and a rainbow of macarons in every conceivable flavor including Green Tea, Passion Fruit, Chocolate, Raspberry, Earl Grey, Black Currant, Coconut Mango and Yuzu, to name a few. Best of all, dogs are welcome in the outdoor courtyard, where you can enjoy your delicious pastries, coffee and free WiFi.
Kingdom of Basil (9431 17th Ave SW; kingdomofbasil.com) Located accross the street from Fresh Flours, Kingdom of Basil is comprised of a group of wellness practitioners, each specializing in acupunture, reiki, massage, food therapy and herbal medicine for animals. “I believe a holistic approach to healing should be used in stages of sickness and health,” says Dr. Lena McCullough. “I see each animal as an individual. By considering animals as a whole, I am able to use a variety of healing modalities that take into account each animal’s emotional and physical differences. By doing this, the treatments are able to reach the root cause of the illness, helping to bring about lasting health.” The center is also home to a small herbal business, specializing in herbal formulas for animals (as recommended by your holistic vet). All herbs are human grade and all Chinese herbs come from companies that do extensive testing for pesticides and contaminants.
Urban Animal (9610 17th Ave SW; urbananimalnw.com) Dr. Cherri Trusheim is the visionary behind Urban Animal. Built upon the principles of affordable care provided by individuals who are highly trained and experienced, Urban Animal has created a new model of veterinary care. With three clinics—Capitol Hill, downtown and now White Center—the principle is spreading, and we like it! Walk-ins are welcome at all three locations and White Center fits right in with a vintage Roxbury Lanes sign above its reception area (if you live or grew up in White Center, you know Roxbury Lanes)! Urban Animal is focused on you and your dog’s comfort. The exam room walls are lined with black and white, animal-themed vintage photos—there’s even a photo booth available should you want to take a picture of you and your pup. Dr. Trusheim believes that creating a calm environment is standard practice, “At each location, I try to create a place that is inviting and relaxing, a place you’d like to sit for a while. When the dog’s owner is calm the dog will be relaxed.”
Beer Star (9801 16th Ave SW; beerstarusa.com) Beer Star is kid-friendly, dog-friendly and definitely beer-friendly. With 48 beers on tap, and hundreds more in bottles, plus wine and ciders, you won’t go thirsty here. The expansive taproom and outdoor deck are both dog friendly. Saddle up to the bar with Bowzer by your side, order a cold one and chow on a burger from Lil Woody’s or a slice from Southside Pizza—both located adjacent to Beer Star.
Drunky Two Shoes BBQ (9655 16TH Ave SW; drunkytwoshoesbbq.com) If you love barbecue as much as we do, you will love the dog-friendly outdoor patio area at Drunky Two Shoes. The slow-roasted meats come from local, sustainable farms that pride themselves on organic, hormone-free, pasture-raised, free-range, happy animals. The result is mouth-watering pulled pork, beef brisket, juicy pork ribs, smoked chicken, and more. Pair it with a side of baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread with honey butter, and your life will be complete. And, don’t forget to share with your furry friend!
Future Primitive Brewing (9832 14th Ave SW; futureprimitivebeer.com) Future Primitive Brewing is a family- and Fido-friendly taproom with beers brewed on-site and growler fills available to go. Their food trailer, Das Wagon, serves up central European inspired cuisine including bratwurst with grilled onions and stoneground mustard, thin-sliced smoked kielbasa and Louisiana style hotlinks, with jalepenos, grilled onions, house-made beer cheese, and something they call “Danger-Relish,” and ham and Swiss sliders. Yum! But, since it’s a brewery, we must mention the beer and it is definitely worth mentioning. With 11 beers on tap, we limit our tasting to two (this is a work day, afterall), starting with “Sunshine On My Porter.” Several months in the making, Future Primitive collaborated with Middlefork Coffee Roasters in Southpark, Seattle to develop a custom roast with beans from Chiapas Mexico, creating a delicious, light-bodied brown porter. Next, we try the 1889 Smoked Lager, named for the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. Delicious!
Resting Waters (9205 35th Ave SW; restingwaters.com) Deciding what to do after your pet’s passing is never easy, but Resting Waters, a pet funeral home specializing in aquamation, provides pet owners an alternative. Aquamation is a gentle, eco-responsible process, also referred to as alkaline hydrolysis. Using water flow, low temperature and alkali, it is more like the natural decomposition that occurs after burial than any other body disposition method. “With how we perform aquamation, a pet’s family is in control,” explains Resting Waters co-founder Darci Bernard. “We’re able to offer each family a unique experience including a private memorial service with friends to express their love for their pet. We lovingly handle every animal in our care and we allow the owner to stay with their pet as long as they need.” Along with your pet’s remains in an urn of your choice, Resting Waters will also provide a small vial of fur clippings as well as your pet’s ink paw prints to keep as treasured mementos.
A Dog’s Dream (9620 14th Ave SW; adogsdreamseattle.com) Located next door to Zippy’s Giant Burgers, a Dog’s Dream is a natural pet supply store and self-service dog wash that specializes in premium pet foods. With one location in White Center and another one in Georgetown, they only carry domestically made and domestically sourced foods, with protein as the first ingredient (they do not carry any foods that contain wheat, soy, corn, or by-products). Along with food, you’ll find everything your pet will need from bowls to beds to collars, toys, treats, travel gear, and more.
Westcrest Off-leash Area (9000 8th Ave SW; seattle.gov/parks) One of our regular stomping grounds, Westcrest is a mixture of developed park and second growth forest covering 80-plus acres, with plenty of on-leash trails plus an off-leash area featuring a large fenced play area plus a small dog/shy dog play area.
about the author
Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.