The staffers at Doggie World Grooming and Boarding radiate a level of playfulness that suits their canine clients to a tee. With good humor and an apt amount of gentleness, they coax dogs into elevated tubs before meticulously grooming them. Their beautification services range from a Basic Bubbles bath to the Fluff Up and Total Bow Wow packages, which can include an ear cleaning and flattering trim. Using specialized shampoos, they reduce shedding, ward off fleas, and brighten coats, and can administer add-ons such as nail polishing, teeth brushing, or lipstick for female bichons primping for a big date. Haircare is not their only specialty, however-they also host pooches for extended stays in their boarding facilities and keep tongues wagging with housemade bacon-flavored dog treats.
A low-cost clinic for cats, dogs, and rabbits, Spay/Houston promotes animal wellness by spaying or neutering animals and administering vaccinations and other medical treatments. Veterinarians and volunteers work together to ensure the comfort of the pet patients, separating the kennels to keep stress down, operating quickly––as many as 50 spay or neuter services a day––to lower anesthesia risks, and closely monitoring animals' recovery. The clinic also strives toward improving the well-being of the feral-cat population through low-cost total-treatment packages and arrangements with sanctuaries for cats unfit for wild living. Although the not-for-profit's services are already low-cost, it also works with pet owners to help make the price of services as affordable as possible.
"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who?s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that?s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
Until dogs evolve the thumbs needed to turn faucets or apply pomade, it’ll be up to their human owners to keep them groomed. To this end, Hot Dog Grooming’s staff welcomes clients into its canine salon with bathing stations that can accommodate dogs up to 130 pounds. The friendly, dog-loving stylists ply their expertise with clippers and shampoo to return fur back to its original sleekness, volume, and puppy-fresh scent. And since no spa would be complete without its matching hotel, the groomers also offer boarding and daycare services, along with a doggie taxi program that picks up and drops off four-legged guests at their homes.
The inspiration behind the doggy-sitting business For The Love of Dogs lies, simply, in its name. Its owners always owned and cared for dogs, discussing the shortcomings or successes of other pet-care services. Finally, they decided to do dog-sitting right, so they got their own facility and haven’t stopped having friends over to play since.
The owners outfit their play space with rubber floors—easy on joints young and old—and provide nontoxic toys for the pups to chew on. They watch over canines in owners’ stead from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, even sitting from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. They reward well-mannered visitors with treats from The Barkery, a line of dog treats made from organic ingredients. Each visit includes grooming—a service that the staff offers separately—along with training services and professional waste removal for yards and doghouses due to be rented out to misbehaving spouses.
The traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, pho—pronounced "fuh"—is the centerpiece of Pho & Grill's menu, which lists more than 15 MSG-free varieties. Cooks prepare savory 32-ounce bowls of soup full of meatballs, flank, or other options, accompanied by a side plate of jalapeños, basil, and bean sprouts. Spoons dip and noodles twirl around forks amid the restaurant's calming mint-green walls and potted palms that softly high-five each other. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they also unfurl spools of Vietnamese vermicelli with salmon and grill up marinated pork for sandwiches served on flaky french bread.