Backed by an armory of natural shampoos and soaps, the groomers at Shampooches Salon & Spaw untangle and trim coats, leaving pups to strut out in a well-groomed parade with tongues lolling happily. Flea and tick treatments keep pests at bay, and trimming around the ears leaves pooches ready to listen for the sounds of other dogs barking or coaches discovering loopholes that allow canines in the league.
A Stay in the Country Pet Lodging is a paradise for tail-waggers of all shapes and sizes. It has indoor and outdoor doggy dens, heated floors, and room to roam in spacious play yards (dogs play least four times a day, in groups or individually). Pups are fed two meals a day and treated to treats all day long. The facility, a family farm, is dedicated to giving four-legged friends plenty of personal attention and will gladly accommodate any woofer’s specific need, as long as they don’t involve chocolate bones.
While away on vacation, pet owners imagine their four-legged charges wagging their tails contentedly when they are under the care of Paws and Claws Pet Services. The owner-operator draws from 30 years of animal experience when tailoring pet-sitting services to clients’ needs. Besides fulfilling basic pet needs such as food, water, exercise, and allowing them time to watch Face the Nation, sitters bathe pets, escort them to the vet or groomer, and clean up waste in the yard or litter box. They also turn lights on and off and collect mail to give the impression that someone is home. In line with their commitment to animal welfare, the staff donates 5% of the company's income to the Richmond Animal League for homeless dogs and cats.
Like any young member of a family, dogs crave attention and sometimes need supervision. The folks at Pets at Play put together a doggy day care center to keep pooches ensconced in affection while owners go about the necessities of life. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., they host hounds for play and naps while soothing music plays. They also board dogs over night in the event that families leave on a pet-free vacation. Owners can arrange for their canine companions to receive grooming treatments or behavioral training while in attendance. Pets at Play's crew also travels, making the same services available in the privacy of home for those who can't make it to the daycare center or fear that their dog might be the kid who spends all day sniffing others' inappropriately.
Dogs are all sizes are welcome at The Barking Lot, where the trained staff tidies up pets with bathing, grooming, and health treatments. Grooming treatments can include anything from bathing and blow drying to flea baths, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning, allowing owners to ensure their pet is both presentable and happy. Staff are also trained in breed-appropriate hair styling, conforming each pet’s hair to the desired cut or just a Mohawk if he’s starting a garage band with your other pets.
Dogs enjoy many of the same luxuries in life as their bipedal friends, including affection, proper grooming, and ample time to relax. At Animal Motel's Good Doggie Daycare, staff members are present 24/7 to see that pets get top-class treatment. Air-conditioned quarters include 72 cages and sanitized stainless-steel bowls. In the kennel, a refrigerator stocked with prepared meats and canned foods causes more canine salivation than the church bells at Ivan Pavlov's wedding. Music keeps dogs entertained as they roam three playgrounds or hop in the swimming pool. Good Doggie's groomers also bathe, brush, and style pups, preparing them before the nation’s annual dog-yearbook photos are taken.