If you’re looking for a dog facility specializing in a holistic approach, Wagville in Glassell Park is a top choice. Driving by, the storefront is impossible to miss with a colorful orange doorframe, an enormous address above it and a bright green playing dog painted around their windows. It’s a fun space in an industrial part of town, selling all manner of doggy goods and offering daycare, boarding, grooming and training services. Four web cams keep nervous owners connected while boarding their pet at Wagville, and dogs are grouped by their size to make sure everyone plays nice in the large indoor and outdoor spaces.
The beautifiers at Pooch Pawlor make over begrimed best friends with dog and cat grooming services. Inside the boutique space, pets experience the gentle embrace of animal lovers who shampoo out filth and vanquish fleas. Traditional grooming services, such as Pawdicures and teeth brushing, can be complemented by unique offerings that include blueberry facials, molding fur into mohawks, or training canines as chauffeurs. Aside from felines and canines, the staff also spruces up guinea pigs, rabbits, and feathered friends.
In 1989, a pair of bakers founded the Three Dog Bakery with nothing but a $.59 biscuit cutter and three canine taste-testers. For decades, these humans have committed themselves to creating savory treats for pets with all-natural ingredients and a slow-baked process that locks in flavors and nutrients that dogs crave. Good Morning America profiled the shop in 2011 in a piece about gourmet pet treats, highlighting their personalized cakes made without butter, salt, or artificial colorings of any kind to fit in a healthy pet's diet. The selection includes playful baked goods ranging from snickerpoodle cookies to frosted pupcakes, as well as items they could chew on for days, such as plush toys, elk antlers, and new essays by Malcolm Gladwell. Customers can find healthy eats and helpful accessories at Three Dog's two locations in Pasadena and inside Los Angeles' World Famous Farmer's Market.
During his time as a zookeeper, My Pet Garden owner Joel Tatom learned firsthand that the best way to improve an animal’s life is through nutrition. Because of this, his dog grooming and daycare center offers premium foods in grain-free, organic, or raw varieties. That’s one of the reasons why the center was named the Best Place to Treat Your Pet Like a Prince by LA Weekly in 2011. The other reason is the center’s gentle cleaning sessions, during which staffers de-mat fur with a soft touch and clean teeth without making fun of the dog’s braces. Additionally, the groomers of My Pet Garden run a program in which they work with shelters to groom dogs who lack homes in the hopes that the pooches will find new owners.