Founded on the belief that dogs, like people, deserve a bit of pampering, Dee's Sanctuary Grooming and Spa aims to spoil canines with doting affection and care. A standard visit begins with a relaxing hydro-massage bathing ritual, relaxing muscles stressed from long walks and playdates with dematerializing Cheshire cats. Following all grooming rituals—which can include basics such as nail trims and combing or more involved skin and coat treatments—dogs are escorted to their own serene zen den outfitted with soft bedding, toys, water, and a comforting view of the entire spa interior.
Diane Dolphin, a 12-year veteran groomer and graduate of the elite Nash Academy, tends to haute couture grooming duties. Like all other dog stylists at Dee’s Sanctuary, she is happy to offer free consultations concerning potential fur makeovers and the latest in bandanna-tying fashions. The combination grooming spa and day-care center also sells toys, grooming supplies, and Good Dog bakery treats.
Animal Planet’s Most Outrageous Pet Digs dubbed Chateau Poochie the “world’s most decadent hotel for dogs” for the lavish care with which the staff treats its canine guests. Tiny nails click on the white marble floors of the lobby, where overnight guests check in at a mirrored front desk beneath a crystal chandelier before a staff member escorts them to one of the suites. Each suite is appointed with raised beds and fleece bedding, access to filtered water, and classical music, while most bear flat-screen televisions so guests can keep an eye on their investments in squeaky toy futures. At mealtime, pet owners choose from a freshly prepared menu of roasted meat accompanied by steamed vegetables and brown rice.
During the day, both overnight and daycare charges enjoy playtime at the Social Lounge, where pups are separated by size so they can romp safely on impact-resistant floors as they dive through hoops, clamber up steps, or challenge their tails to a winner-take-all battle royale. They can also enjoy the fresh air in the outdoor garden or schedule individual playtime with someone from the staff.
Chateau Poochie also houses a luxe salon and spa where grooming sessions can be supplemented by facials and pedicures. Therapeutic massages help whisk away tension, and training sessions teach pups better manners. Cats can get in on the overnight luxury in their own three-tiered abodes, and pet parents keep an eye on their furry friends via 24-hour streaming Web cam.
Pets leave Shampoodles Pet Grooming with an extra shimmy in their step after being cared for by the staff's expert groomers from tub to trim. The trained and courteous groomers are assisted by professional-grade stainless-steel tubs and adjustable tables, plus high-quality shampoos and conditioners. A typical grooming service includes cleaning and plucking ears, clipping nails, sanitary and pad cleaning, anal gland expression, bath, blowout, and haircut. A spray of cologne and a bow or bandana provide the final pampering touch. For the pets who need a little extra help to look and feel their best, the staff also offers dematting, deticking, flea baths, and teeth brushing.