Furry coats get brushed and washed with care at the locally owned Friendly Paws Grooming center. Staffers specialize in a plethora of dog-grooming techniques, including hand stripping overfull coats and restyling puppies’ rebellious mohawks before obedience-school interviews.
When the owners of Smudge Car & Dog Wash set out to create their self-serve dog-wash hubs, they decided to build each cleaning station out of an actual truck bed. This visually combined the shop's two goals: cleaning cars and cleaning dogs, which were the most popular mode of transportation before the 20th century. While dogs freshen up, car owners can take their automobiles through an automated wash tunnel, which recycles 80% of its water. Furry visitors can also play inside two fenced-in dog parks.
When Happy Hounds Pet Grooming owner Barb Berntsen isn’t volunteering as a groomer at the National Mill Dog Rescue or tending to her own pets—five dogs and one rescue cat—she’s pampering her clients’ pooches. For more than 15 years, she’s conditioned and groomed fur, cleansed anal glands and ears, and helped canines combat shedding with FurMinator Shed-Less procedures. Soothing oatmeal baths inspire tail wagging and applications of dip shield dogs against fleas and ticks more effectively than a sweater made out of mosquito net.
At Stubby’s Dog Wash & Grooming Salon, owner and dog-lover Julie welcomes canine caretakers into the salon where they can wash their pups at self-serve baths or let Julie groom them from nose to tail. During self-wash treatments, dogs trot into a private room and clamber up moveable stairs into nonslip tubs—which perch at human-waist height—letting owners stand up straight rather than bending over in a bathroom and letting their spines mold into pool noodles. The salon’s dog shower lets elderly or injured dogs relax more comfortably while getting clean, and an outdoor area with a dryer quickly whisks moisture off of coats.
When Julie presides over a canine’s transformation, she can de-mat and condition coats and trim nails. She also pampers furry visages with blueberry facials and combs pooches who shed enough fur to wig a balding mammoth.
Furry Friends Inc helps keep pets healthy and clean with nutritious pet foods, stimulating toys and accessories, and onsite washing facilities. Nutrition experts consult with pet owners to determine the optimal diet for their pets, and they can recommend a variety of nutrient-rich blends made with free-range lamb and vitamin E and devoid of chemical preservatives. In addition to carrying popular holistic pet-food brands, Furry Friends also sells its own brand of healthy pet food, made in the US without any byproducts or common allergens such as wheat, corn, and soy. Owners may also wash dogs or water their Chia Puppy at the self-wash facility or pamper pets with a blueberry facial or fur butter conditioner.
When people seek a home away from home, it’s usually in a place that offers convenience, creature comforts, and peace. The staff at Canine Design Salon & Country Club strives to provide the same safe, relaxed environment for its canine and feline visitors, whether they come for grooming, daycare, or boarding. Both dog and cat owners can take advantage of a spa day for their pet—which combines several grooming procedures into one package—or choose from a list of à la carte cleanup services. Daycare is available Monday–Friday and gives dogs plenty of exercise and the chance to socialize and gossip with other dogs about who owns which bones. When it comes to boarding, the team gives dogs the luxury treatment in three levels of private suites that come in various sizes and degrees of plush bedding. Cats stay overnight in kitty condos that come with scratching places and comfortable sleeping areas.