While we may love out pets year-round, August presents a slew of holidays where appreciation for your fur babies get posted all over social media – August 6 is International Cat Day, August 17th is International Black Cat Day and August 26th is National Dog Day.

Here at Alston, we see tons of well-loved dogs and cats move into our community, and we know their owners are always interested in the best ways to take care of them and to improve their lives. With our central location in Ronkonkoma, we’re just a short walk from a few big-box pet stores where you can find everything you need – but we’re also close to a few smaller shops, where you’ll feel the love and special attention you need when shopping for your beloved pet.

Here are some suggestions for some top-notch pet supply stores and groomers not too far from your apartment.


Bark, Bath and Beyond – Just about a ten minute drive away from your Alston apartment is Bark Bath and Beyond, Ronkonkoma’s top-rated pet groomers. Owned by a local couple who love their pets, this local groomers is known for their love of animals and their caring touch. They can handle dogs or cats of any size, and many happy customers refer to owner, joe, as quite the artist when it comes to gives your pup that certain coiffe. Make sure to book your appointments in advance though! As the highest rated groomer in town, Bark Bath and Beyond fills up their schedule pretty quickly.


Around the Collar – What better way to show appreciation for your furry friend than with a custom made collar? Based in Holbrok, Around the Collar is the brainchild of FIT designer Sharon and her husband Lalo, a skilled leather craftsmen. Founded in 2001, Around the Collar has been adorning pets around the country with beuaitful leather collars, rhinestone collars, and other unique designs. Offered in all sorts of colors, patterns and sizes, your cat or dog will look like royalty in one of these custom collars from this local Long Island business. Check out their website for their assortment of collars, leashes, harnesses and other handmade pet accessories.


Around the Collar




Bark Bath and Beyond

2 Warren Ave
Unit 7
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
(631) 737-1117