A beauty shop meets hotel meets daycare for dogs, The Spaw offers its fun-loving clientele plenty of supervised, yet cage-free space to romp around. The staff babysits daycare dogs as they socialize with one another inside the 2,000 square-foot daycare. As the sun sets, a maximum of 15 dogs can stay the night, ensuring that the night staff can give each pup ample attention.
In the beauty parlor, both short- and long-haired breeds receive baths, nail trimming, and teeth cleaning, while long-haired pooches might also enjoy a haircut to keep fur from growing over their eyes or overshadowing their mustaches. Dog owners can also arrange for extra-special spaw package to ease offensive breath, eliminate fleas, and even sooth sore muscles and dry, itchy skin.
Most spas don’t admit patrons who bark, growl, and prefer eating dinner on the floor. But at The Zuri Pet Spa, they only allow this breed of customer. Owner and seasoned groomer Jenn Harris delights in setting her sometimes-anxious canine clients at ease through grooming and spa services performed in private suites filled with soft music. From stylish, breed-specific haircuts to cleansing blueberry facials and pooch massages, she and an experienced bather soothe and beautify dogs worn out after weeks of rough-and-tumble play. They even decorate pups’ necks with a line of collars encrusted with Swarovski crystals, which make pets easier to identify or hide inside a chandelier shop.
Outfitted with spas and treadmills, Pooch Hotels are nearly the same as human accommodations, with one key difference: your dog might get a tummy-rub with their turndown service. These venues were all designed by dog-lovers whose main priority was canine comfort, regardless of the length of each guest's stay.
Dogs on daycare visits, for example, are sorted by size and temperament before entering one of multiple play areas. Monitored by human "Pack Leaders," they socialize amidst toys, treats, and wading pools at select locations, or run outside if the weather and facilities permit. Those who have booked a room for the night can relax in a private suite, outfitted with a glass door rather than bars. These range from standard to presidential and even palace suites—rooms outfitted with luxury bedding and flat-screen televisions tuned to dog-friendly programming. Customers might also schedule a spa appointment for their pooch, choosing from services such as baths, "pawdicures," and even facials.
The hotels pursue peace of mind for owners as actively as they pamper their dogs. Certain locations have installed web cameras in the play areas and suites, enabling people to check in on their pets and guilt them about the time they napped instead of writing a postcard. Staff remain on-hand at all times to welcome newcomers and care for already-snoozing pups.
At Crown Valley Animal Care, the list of pet-saving services rivals that of any human hospital. In their tireless pursuit to keep pets healthy, dedicated veterinarians use modern technology on furry, fluffy friends. Their laser surgery eschews traditional scalpels for highly precise cuts, while ultrasounds and digital radiology detect any potential inner problems. Professional groomers also comb through matted coats, restoring pooches to pristine condition. In addition to providing dentistry, wellness services, and an in-house laboratory for tests, the center’s staff furnishes warmer, fuzzier facilities as well.
Pet boarding suites provide ample room for dogs to lounge and play. Tiffany lamps, soft beds, and pedestals accommodate visiting cats—be they aristocats, blue-collar cats, or cats with any other color of collar.
One Bark Avenue’s staff of canine cosmeticians bring grooming supplies and dog-charming skills directly to clients’ doorsteps, prettifying dogs from the comfort of their own territory. To further set dogs at ease, the groomers do not use cages, and they perform conventional grooming tasks—baths, brushing, fur trimming—as well as more-specialized beautification, such as blueberry-scented dog facials, dog moisturizing, and deskunk treatments.