… and Our 4-legged Fur Friends

Cleveland County is known for its lively arts scene and amazing festivals. But did you know it’s also a great place for raising children—and the fur children—in your life? We have places to pamper pooches and to enthrall children of all ages. Come explore some of these one-of-a-kind endeavors in the area and help support local businesses.

A special note about one of the business featured here: In addition to serving as a pet daycare/boarding shop, Annie’s Ruff House also sponsors a rescue operation. In 2012, Annie’s Rescue Foundation was formed. In addition to rescuing over 400 dogs, they have been able to rescue: “A few cats, a pig, two goats, five ducks, and 40 chickens!” For more information on this organization or to donate, go to AnniesRuffHouse.com.

01. Come in for a smoothie, and then stay for all the latest and greatest in games. Loot and XP is a café with a twist: they have a huge selection of board games for gamers of all ages. Munch on the goodies from Waving Wheat bakery and challenge your pals to a game. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Loot and XP: Board Game Cafe

2228 West Main St., Norman


HOURS: Noon to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday; and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday


02. Our four-legged friends deserve the very best, and when it comes to looking snazzy, you need go no farther than Bark on Main, a full-service dog and cat grooming spa. Let your pooch be pampered and leave with his or her tail wagging. This 2018 Cleveland County Lifestyle Best of Norman-winner knows how to pamper your pooch while providing a kind, caring and laid-back environment.

Bark on Main

2459 W Main St., Norman


HOURS: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday


03. When your little tikes are looking for a play adventure, but the weather just isn’t cooperating, head over to Tot Town, a children’s boutique and play space. Featuring over 1,200 square feet of play, children ages 0-6 can spend the day climbing, building, racing and more. Tot town offers both structured play classes and free play hours to suit any adventurer’s style.

Tot Town

841 SW 119th St., Oklahoma City


HOURS: Vary, see website


04. Annie’s Ruff House, a doggie daycare and boarding studio, located in the heart of beautiful and historic Norman, is located on 3 acres, providing ample space for dogs to run and play. Your pooch will be treated like family in a “stress-free atmosphere with an abundance of CAGE-FREE, OFF-LEASH playtime.” Voted Norman’s Best Pet Boarding Facility multiple years running, this family-run business even offers webcams to check in on your pal throughout their stay.

Annie’s Ruff House

1043 N. University Blvd., Norman


HOURS: Vary; check website