Paw prints are everywhere within Doggtropolis—adorned on the floors, painted onto tables, and covering the feet of canine customers. Within the shop, self-service stations supply everything needed to clean pups, including shampoo and specialized blow-dryers that won't burn dogs' skin or resurrect the '80s perm craze. Onsite groomers can treat pets to express or full-service grooming packages. They trim nails, clean ears, and express glands, with optional services such as haircuts. To complement these makeovers, Doggtropolis can teach dogs basic obedience and how to plot successful coups against cats.
Ashley Simmons has teased the locks and sculpted the toenails of canines from across the breed spectrum, from playful little terriers to stately black labradors. The seasoned specialist operates out of a tidy grooming parlor where she treats her canine clients to deep-cleansing baths, manicures, and stylish haircuts. She also administers a variety of luxurious spa-style treatments, including massages, facial scrubs, and oatmeal baths. To combat itchy fleas, the expert technician sprays dogs with a soothing formula and applies a powerful shampoo before coaxing out any remaining pests with a magical wooden flute.
Showering canines with VIP spa treatments, luxury hotel accommodations, and socially minded play spaces, BrownDog Lodge dotes on dogs with a menu of services steeped in personal attention, finesse, and style. Put up your pooch in the ultimate luxury hotel suite, outfitted with a flat-panel television and webcam for your viewing pleasure ($39 per night). Standard rooms without televisions start at $29 per night, featuring climate-control amenities, raised bedding and feeders, daily meals, and three walks per day, plus plenty of treats and personal attention in BrownDog Lodge’s grassy play area. Board your best friend during daylight hours for $21 per day, or pair up four-legged pals for a double booking rate of $35 per day. For those with busy schedules, BrownDog Lodge’s staff will escort or return pets to your door by way of the BrownDog Shuttle.
The technicians at Invisible Fence of Memphis set dogs free and untethered into the big, uncharted world lying between the front door and the curb. Instead of metal or wooden barriers, a trail of wiring sits out of sight below the ground, communicating with the pets' electric collar thanks to earthworms' built-in radio antennas. Customized for any home and lawn, systems can edge around landscaping to protect plants, weave around long, open acres, or even surround structures to keep dogs out of dangerous areas. To ensure pets, owners, and lightning gods adapt to the new boundary safely, Invisible Fence Brand's trainers host personal play-based sessions after each installation.
At Utopia Animal Hospital, Dr. Clay and her team of professional pet minders keeps furry companions fit and frisky with comfortable amenities and gentle care. Dogs hang their hats and unpack their suitcases for stays that include spacious kennels, exercise two or three times a day, and, for dogs boarding three nights or longer, complimentary baths. Feline vacationers lodge in luxury condos, obligingly enduring healthful and deodorizing baths before batting at toys or practicing serves on the racquetball courts.
As a member and former president of the Association for Veterinary Family Practice, Dr. Clay expertly performs annual exams, testing, and vaccines, a necessary prerequisite for pets looking to stay healthy or run for Congress. If problems arise, her staff can swiftly take action to remedy the issue through surgery, take-home treatments, and expert advice. While owners wait, they can munch on popcorn, sip complimentary beverages, and surf the lobby’s free WiFi.
At Showcase Equestrian Center, instructors work to build solid and long-lasting relationships between students and horses through lessons, camps, and therapeutic riding sessions. Maintaining a focus on both events and safety, they help lead students to victory at championship competitions while also working with beginner through intermediate riders during private lessons that focus on riding and proper horse care. Lessons take place either on Showcase Equestrian Center's outdoor grounds or in its indoor ring, which features custom GGT textile footing—the same surface used during Olympic events such as dressage, jumping, and horse shot put.
Since 1989, Three Dog Bakery's treat chefs have eschewed additive-filled dog treats to forge fresh baked, human-grade, and 100% all-natural canine cuisine. Fidos gleefully dig into oven-baked fare such as the vanilla classic crème cookies ($6.99) or apple oatmeal rollover rewards ($6.99), which can be used to reinforce good behavior or flawless slam-dunks. A handful of peanut wafers ($6.99) or cheese biscuits ($6.99) keep canines' tails wagging. Pet owners can take to Three Dogs' site to browse its hearty list of products and peruse the ingredient information, which includes such elements as apple, molasses, and mailperson shoes.