The canine caretakers at Lucky Dog Daycare & Resort of South Tampa act as dog-sitting concierges during a pup's private or social boarding. During private stays, shy, aggressive, or hypoallergenic pets pair with a kennel counselor for individual playtime, four to six walks a day, and free use of the outdoor romping grounds. Pets can carouse with packs of friendly canines during a social stay, frolicking with like-sized pals in the grassy play area, relaxing in the expansive Astroturf sunning spots, or swan-diving into the heat-beating water park complete with pools and mist sprayers. The air-conditioned interior offers a weather-friendly alternative to the outdoors, with a team of dog enthusiasts constantly supervising the pet playtime. Owners can virtually check-in with best friends over the live feed that streams across the Internet from 16 cameras on constant alert. Lucky Dog’s boarding aficionados hire sheep barbershop quartets to softly bleat lullabies, ensuring all pups snooze comfortably, either in a single room for the private stay or in a softly snoring dog pile.
A private, women-only gym, American Woman Fitness Center encompasses workout warriors with strength and conditioning equipment. There’s also fun fitness technology such as the Jump-Q, a semicircle of steps where members can compete against their own time or each other. For boxing and kickboxing, there’s the score-keeping 3 Kick that lights up areas to be kicked and punched. Rounding out the trio of workout toys is Heavy Ball, which challenges exercisers to maneuver and move medicine balls into a series of lit-up slots while being timed. American Woman Fitness also takes surveys from their members to customize fitness classes to their desires.
As groomers with more than 20 years of experience and proud "pet parents" of four dogs, husband-and-wife team Mike and Tammy Vasquez strive to provide a comfortable, cage-free environment for animal lovers and their four-legged companions. Their lengthy menu of grooming options ranges from full-service scrub-downs to a simple bath and brushing, and teeth cleaning and breath-freshening treatments cater to pups with an insatiable appetite for french onion soup. After grooming appointments, owners can stock up on their pup's favorite holistic food and treats in Bark Life's fully stocked shop while Fido fetches a specialty collar to complement his new 'do.
Crowned with a bright pink pompadour and sporting stenciled spots on its legs, another "creative grooming” client emerges from Beach Groomers Pet Salon & Boutique. Some of these sessions are inspired by trends in Japan, and they’re not for the meek—they give dogs and cats a look as bold as football jerseys with comic sans font. The groomings are a special endeavor for owner Danielle Moyse, a dog owner herself whose core competency is traditional grooming services. Danielle can perform a standard bath and trim hair and nails, and she can add a spritz of cologne and tie a jaunty bandana around her canine or feline client’s neck. She and her staff also pamper pets with spa treatments, such as facials that lift dirt and cupcake sprinkles embedded around mouths and sugar scrubs that exfoliate.
The staff members at Cattitude by Unleashed Pet Spa specialize in cat care services. Certified feline master groomer, Lisa, wields feline-specific grooming tools and products for each full grooming session of nail trimming, ear cleaning, and bathing. For overnight boarding, the staff members place each cat in a clean, private room outfitted with cat-sized ledges for lounging and napping.
Anybody who's tried to bathe, shave, or trim their furry best friend knows that it's a daunting task. Even the mellowest of pooches and coolest of cats can become an adorable tyrannosaur when owners attempt to do their own grooming. It takes experience, a magic touch, and a love of pets to convince the little critters that it's time to get the mud out of the paws and shed the breath of last month's ham. Fortunately, keeping fur-balls fresh-faced is a passion for Jamie, owner of All Around Petcare and a graduate of the Academy of Animal Arts. With her stable of certified groomers, all of whom boast more than 10 years experience, she restores the animals' new-pet smell in a pampering environment with no cages or indoor thunderstorms to stress them out.