With three individual chains in its family of stores—Pet Valu, Paulmac's Pet Food, and Bosley's—scattered across Canada and the northeastern United States, Pet Valu claims the title as the largest pet-supply retailer in North America. Inside its well-stocked outlets are more than 7,000 products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and other animals. These include specialty items that range from grain-free dog food and multilevel bird cages to hamster balls that resemble helicopters and neon-colored shells so your hermit crab can achieve success in the online-dating world. Some locations are furnished with grooming facilities where professionals pamper dogs with shampoos, nail trims, and other perks, along with self-serve stations let owners wash their own pets. Stores also partner with local shelters to host regular adoption events.
Dogs frolic freely through Charm City Dogs' 3,600-square-foot facility, traversing while enthusiastically making new pals with the other pups. Indoors, the dogs are divided into two rubber-floored play areas; one space is reserved for smaller and calmer dogs, and one space houses larger, more active ones. Staffers oversee the canine romps, often adding toys and treats into the mix to keep things interesting. Dogs hang out in Charm City Dogs for both day care and overnight boarding; owners can even bring messy pups over for bathing sessions.
With a mission to four-legged best friends lead clean, healthy lives, Scrub a Dub Dog supplies everything pet owners need to take the trepidation out of bath time, including ready-to-use self-service wash tubs. Utilizing only organic bath products in every service, the shop's groomers cater to pups in need of professional pampering or a chic bridal updo. Natural foods and treats share shelf space with toys and the latest furry fashions inside Scrub a Dub Dog's pet bow-tique, waiting to reward mutts who were well behaved during their makeover. And, each month, the shop's turns the tables by rewarding one particularly crud-crusted pup in the Dirty Dog Contest, granting the lucky winner a full head to tail grooming and a signed photo of Bob Barker..
Featured in several top Baltimore publications, dogma pampers pawed pals with convenient, self-serve bathing stations, nutritional pet foods, and a fully stocked pet-supply boutique. Hoist dirty dogs into one of the large stainless-steel tubs situated along the bath wall to suds away mud, grass, and overpowering canine cologne during a 30-minute stretch. Each bathing session equips owners with aprons, towels, and a dryer, but customers must bring their own shampoo or purchase it from the shop's wide selection of all-natural products.
Your wash includes all cleaning supplies: an apron, shampoo, towels, dryer, brushes, and the latest skateboard videos to keep your puppy entertained. SoBo's friendly staff can also help you walk (or push) your pooch up the ramp into one of SoBo's extra-large tub stalls (elevated for ergonomic ease), and can also offer you some useful tips on using the facilities in case you're not house-broken. Like the darkest magic, that mass of matted hair, slobber, toenail gunk, and waggy tails will transform back into your happy, yappy ball of unconditional love right before your eyes.
The Downtown Dog Resort & Spa's diverse 10,000-square-foot facility helps its canine guests sleep, exercise, and stay healthy all in one spot. During daycare sessions, pups are matched with friends of similar sizes and temperaments before they clamber over jungle gyms and dive into pools. Doggie treadmills help pooches jog off extra pounds, and obedience training teaches them to avoid the temptation of biting on a check-raise bluff during a game of poker. At night, boarding pups settle into small and large suites replete with heated floors, elevated beds, and overhead air-conditioning. In addition to creature comforts, the hotel also keeps vets from the adjoining Swan Harbor Animal Hospital close to dole out health screenings and respond to any issues that might arise.