At Bark Street, the cheery interior features easy-wipe checkered floors, white and pink walls, and three self-service dog-wash stations separated by curtains for the modest pet. All the necessary supplies are provided by Bark Street, including waist-high, disinfected tubs; waterproof aprons; herbal shampoo and conditioner; brushes and combs; towels; a dryer; and natural cologne for especially malodorous under-areas. The water is even provided at a pre-set temperature, so you needn't worry about scalding or freezing your furry friend. A full staff is on hand at all times, available to help any customers struggling with their wriggling bag of barks. A 5-pound bag of organic dog food ($10) is also included in today's deal, with a choice between California Natural or Innova brands.
Along the main promenade in Sam's Town, a row of lush lawns borders one another, cordoned off from the pavement by a white picket fence lined with potted mums. When a hand pushes open the front door of a gable-roof ranch house or cottage, it's attached not to the body of Donna Reed but to that of a yelping canine, one of the overnight guests staying in each of The Dog Knowledge's miniature homes. When pooches aren't watching G-rated films on flat-screen TVs or lounging beneath ceiling fans in their private or bunk-bed abodes, they can venture out to play in a 2-acre facility or relax in a homey lounge filled with couches, tables, and framed photos of Roosevelt's scottish terrier signing The New Deal into law. The Dog Knowledge also grooms dogs' unkempt coats and chips away at unruly behaviors with one-on-one behavioral training, boot camps, and a therapy dog-training program.
At K9 Hangout Charlotte, a licensed dog-boarding and doggy-daycare center, experienced trainers care for dogs throughout the day and night. There are never more than 25 dogs between the boarding and daycare programs, which allows more attention to be devoted to each pup. The trainers also teach dogs basic commands and improve behavioral issues during obedience camps.