Durty Harry’s is home base for canine-human bonding sessions based on an interspecies passion for four-legged hygiene and flower-scented soap. The grooming specialists and fur refurbishers tend to mutts of all stripes, but today’s Groupon gives you the tools to do the work on your own. Bring your pooch into the store, and you’ll get shampoo and conditioner to restore the breezy shine of a puppy’s fur coat or the paisley patterns common among modest breeds wearing pants. After you've treated your tailed companion to a soothing bath in a pup-size tub, the friendly staff at Durty Harry’s will hook you up with brushes, a blow dryer, and a towel so that you can give your dog the fluffy finish she’s been begging for with her eyes. Durty Harry’s will clean the tub, so you’re free to go until the next under-the-paws scrub down.
Back Bay Dog Walking’s canine caretakers lend a helping hand to busy pet owners within Boston city limits by providing services designed to exercise and entertain four-legged friends seven days a week. Parents of new puppies up to 6 months of age can rest easy knowing their babies are being taken care of during the day with the puppy program, where an experienced sitter provides three walks throughout the day as well as a midday meal. Meanwhile, play groups provide energetic pooches the chance to spend a full hour romping around a fenced-in dog park with like-minded mutts.
Lauded by The Improper Bostonian as 2011’s best pet boutique, The Fish & Bone seeks out high-quality pet essentials to stock the shelves its Newbury Street hub. Handpick a doggie bag of treats from a smorgasbord of pup-approved chewies, such as The Peanut, a nuttily-shaped and flavored chew toy ($16.99), or Moose Antlers ($17.99+), all-natural lobster- or blueberry-flavored long-lasting chew hailing from Maine. Meteorlight balls ($11.99) ensconce an internal light to foster late-night play or help pooches sign secret messages to far-off ancestor Canis Major, and Beba squeaky toys ($14.99) cater to the patriotic pup with an all-in-one treat dispenser made in the USA. The Fish & Bone also stocks collars, jackets, pet beds, strollers, and halters for pets who crave a stylish, safe, and snuggly lifestyle.
All posh dogs love shopping along Newbury Street – or at least their owners do. But when the pooches get dirty, it’s time to book an appointment at Pawsh Dog Boutique & Salon. Located in the Back Bay, just steps from Newbury Street’s glitz, the trained professionals on staff carefully trim each dog’s nails, clean their ears and even brush their teeth following the full-service grooming. This by-appointment-only salon also sells carry-on bags for small pups, haute collars, stylish jackets, comfortable dog beds, conditioning shampoo and a selection of natural foods, which is helpful for owners with finicky or allergic pets. After all that, your dog will still love the doggie treats on the counter most of all.
With multiple locations as well as mobile scanning units, the Animal Rescue League rescues and cares for lost or stray pets with medicine, food, and shelter until owners can be located through the information provided on the animal's microchip. The organization also takes in and scans animals brought in by law enforcement as well as other shelters and rescue programs. As a nonprofit organization, the Animal Rescue League of Boston has only been able to purchase one microchip scanner. With a high volume of intakes and multiple intake locations, animal rescuers frequently face delays in the provision of health and placement services as a result of the equipment shortage. Additional microchip scanners would allow the Animal Rescue League to facilitate more prompt medical and behavioral evaluations, reunions, and adoptions.
Boston Phoenix and Boston Magazine both agree that the off-leash adventures led by Doggie Daytrippers are an upgrade from leaving pups at home. The rationale behind the unique form of doggy daycare? A tired dog is a happy dog. Tiring activities look a bit different for each dog, which is why doggy field trips involve swimming and snowshoeing at local parks and beaches, whereas daycare includes hours of open play at each pooch's pace. Dogs can also pal around with new friends if owners sign them up for a city hike, which means two hours at a nearby dog park, including pickup and drop off at home.