Salty Paws Ice Cream
If someone says Suzanne Tretowicz’s business is going to the dogs, she takes it as a compliment.
Salty Paws is her new doggy ice cream parlor and bakery in downtown Rehoboth Beach that caters to tailwaggers.
For nearly three weeks, French bulldogs, chihuahuas, standard poodles, Labrador Retrievers and Leonbergers have been lapping up scoops of made-in-house ice creams with flavors like pumpkin, peanut butter, maple bacon, vanilla, blueberry and carob.
Owners also can reach into a freezer case and purchase brand-name frozen doggy delicacies such as Brothsciles (made with bone brew and beef), Bosco and Roxy’s strawberry and banana push pops and The Bear & The Rat bacon and peanut butter yogurt cups.
Looking for more gour-mutt treats? Check out the doggy doughnut bar with flavors such as birthday cake, cinnamon bun and coconut cream.
Salty Paws, open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. until “the last dog goes home,” was unleashed by Tretowicz in late June in the Village By the Sea shops at 149 Rehoboth Ave. It’s next door to Arena’s Deli and Bar.
Customers can sit at four tables inside, or take the ice cream to go at two outdoor tables.
“It’s no-holds barred. The dogs can do whatever they want,” Tretowicz says. “We don’t have rules for the dogs. They can sit on the tables. We always tell people, ‘The dogs are our customers. You’re just paying for them.'”
Prices for the scooped ice cream range from $3.99 for a small cup to $6.99 for a large waffle bowl. Dogs can eat out of stainless steel bowls that are provided or paper cups. Cone flavors include pretzel and cake.
“It’s been so fun,” Tretowicz says. “The reaction of the town has been so supportive. It’s all been word-of-mouth and it’s traveled like wildfire. It’s something different at the beach.”
Frank Cole agrees. The owner of Atlantic Cycles Bike Rentals on Wilmington Avenue, he recently brought his dog, Chelsea.
“This is such a great idea,” he told Tretowicz as his 11-year-old yellow Lab, known as the “Mayor of Wilmington Avenue,” hunched over and chowed down a cup of maple bacon ice cream.
For many dogs, the consumption of dairy and sugar can upset their digestive systems. Salty Paws’ ice cream is made with yogurt and goat’s milk. No sugar is added.
Tretowicz says while owners can eat the doggy ice cream — “everything is human grade” — she doesn’t really recommend it.