With a degree in fashion and a desire to carry on the name of her recently-deceased shih tzu, Tashi Tai, Christine Gregory started creating a line of fluffy dog collars and selling them under the name of her beloved pet. Over the years, with the help of her mother and a new shih tzu named Myko, Christine expanded her wholesale business into a full-fledged pet boutique and spa. It's here that she not only stocks the shelves with gourmet treats and designer apparel, but also pampers pups with spa treatments such as massage therapy, facials, and a full menu of grooming services. Dogs can even take part in half- or full-day day-play sessions, where they safely socialize and pontificate in groups separated by size and temperament. While her Queen of Paws Boutique & Spa may cater to high-class pets, Christine's heart goes out to canines of all walks of life. She takes care to donate apparel, food, and funds to shelters and rescues that help find homes for abandoned dogs.
A lifelong dog lover and doting owner of two labradoodles, Dan Thompson knew he didn?t want cages at his doggy daycare; he wanted his charges to play together before heading home happy and calm. So, instead of filling Dog Pawz playNstay with bars and locks, Thompson designed outdoor and indoor play areas where pooches exchange opinions on mailman fashions as they chow on natural food. Canines can spend the night, and owners of either boarding or visiting pets can visit the Dog Pawz playNstay website to log in and watch their pups on a live camera feed. The pet haven also grooms coats and trims toenails, outfits furry companions with leashes and toys, and can ferry them to and from home within a 3-mile radius, sparing pooches the need to figure out how much they should tip cab drivers.
Yappy Hour Pet Resort's 11,000-square-foot facility provides a home away from home for pups of all shapes and sizes. The climate-controlled indoor play area is scattered with pet-friendly mats and dishes of cool water but is still large enough for rambunctious canines to romp and play ironic games of Red Rover. During overnight stays, individual kennels can be decorated with your four-legged friend’s favorite bedding or toys, or energetic dogs can relax in an extended 10'x30' room, which features plenty of rolling-over room. Boarded dogs get all-day access to the play area and a complimentary bedtime treat made in Yappy Hour Pet Resort's onsite doggy bakery.
When overcast winter skies and spring storm clouds clear, the roads begin to glisten with freshly washed cars. With 12 locations across Missouri and Kansas, there?s a pretty good chance that many of those vehicles visited a Squeaky Clean Car Wash. Whether it?s a soft-cloth tunnel car wash or a touchless, in-bay spraydown, rides leave dirt-free in a matter of minutes. Every wash comes with complimentary access to a self-serve vacuum, and select locations allow patrons to take matters into their own hands at self-serve washing bays. At their Quick Lube locations, Squeaky Clean flushes out sludgy fluids and also invites pet owners to hose down canines and pet mammoths preserved in tar at self-serve dog washes.
Doggie Style Bowtique keeps four-legged fashionistas prancing with customizable accessories and homemade pet treats. Like finishing school or cautionary Homeward Bound marathons, leashes and harnesses ($32) prepare pups for polite outdoor adventures. Customizable canine collars ($30) come straight from the haute couture hands of more than 20 local designers. Pet owners can pamper pooch's taste sensors with a variety of homemade bakery goods, such as Northern Holistic wild boar treats ($12.95) or Addiction venison treats ($8.95). When canines complain of eco-anxiety, the Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff RecycleBone ($14) eases environmental fears, complements toy collections, and distracts mutts from unearthing time capsules. Fulfill feline fantasies with the upscale Katty Korner, which features enough treats, toys, and collars to make a kitten wake up for more than three hours a day.
Good Pup founder and owner Patty Homer, who touts 20 years' experience in dog training, gets tails wagging with personalized, private lessons for all breeds of canines. Pooches learn to master commands such as sit, down, come, heel, yodel, and stay, and owners learn techniques that ensure results can be re-created outside the vacuum of Good Pup's training facility.
Each of the obedience-training sessions can be scheduled at the owner's convenience, providing dogs ample time between sessions to play tug of war, go for w-a-l-k-s, and upload home videos of their owners chasing squirrels in their sleep.