At Doggie Dips and Chips, porcelain, self-service baths; fresh-baked goodies; and playful accessories help bond bipeds with their four-pawed pals. Redwood panels separate tubs of different heights, inviting breeds of varying stature for a safe, nonslip scrub-down, and nontoxic shampoos, oatmeal-based cream rinse, and available aprons outfit owners with everything they need to lead the lathering or direct an impeccably clean, all-dog reenactment of Das Boot ($15 for one pet; $27 for two). Professional dryers save tails from trembling with cold, and the friendly on-site cleanup crews clean each tub between baths to ensure a safe, sanitary shower for each pup.
Biscuit's Dog Pawlour transports the human comforts of a salon to the canine world. Within private rooms, self-service wash stations let owners use shampoo and brushes to help their pups look like the day they first hatched. Professional groomers can also tag in for more in-depth services. Biscuit's Dog Pawlour's crew also delights furry family members with toys, organic treats, and food.
Farfel’s Farm engages pets and their two-legged parents with a wide range of high-quality, eclectic products. Customers can stock up on the essentials such as premium food and treats, including natural and organic selections. Or feed a furry friend’s kinetic side with challenging and engaging toys such as the Gourdo ($9.95), which offers interactive play, treat dispensing, and gum massaging, perfect for canines or open-minded toddlers. Farfel’s Farm also stocks myriad collars, leashes, bowls, and beds—including eco-friendly options—as well as dog and cat products made locally in Boulder or within Colorado, many of which come with an imprint of the town name and a signed headshot of the mayor’s schnauzer.
Camp Bow Wow's Home Buddies tend to pets of all walks of life, dropping by for a quick visit in the midst of any lengthy workday or weekend away. A free initial in-home consultation, assessing the animals' needs and quirks, prefaces the service and enables Home Buddies to craft an comprehensive plan for each 30-minute visit. The compassionate companion wranglers can handle nearly any species and address swarms of animalian needs, from administering medication to cleaning litter boxes and helping gerbils with their quantum-physics dissertations.
Dog City, a daycare and boarding facility, is managed as a "right livelihood" business, meaning that as much as possible, the staff strives to give back to the community in all of its efforts. Marketing and promotion are funneled primarily through nonprofit organizations, and boarding and daycare are always available pro bono for ill or homeless owners. As pups cavort around the 6,000-square-foot indoor space, they might play fetch with a member of Chinook Clubhouse, which partnered with Dog City to provide employment options for those with special needs, benefitting both them and the dogs. Two outdoor yards mean big dogs can play without fear of smaller dogs trying to hitch a ride on their ears, and overnight guests bunk down in their own private areas.
Muttz Pet Goods & Gifts stores a deep vault of toys, food, and other supplies that help sustain and enhance the relationship between humans and their pet dogs, cats, birds, and fish. A member of the store's staff of animal lovers will help patrons comb through the store's selection of 35 food brands to find the right cuisine for animals with food allergies, sensitive stomachs, or french-toast intolerance. Popular canine fare includes Natural Balance's lamb-flavored dog food ($34.95) and Whole Earth Farms' prairie beef or chicken ($39.95). Keep quadripedal companions safely secured with a resilient Lupine collar ($8–$13) or foster mobile catnaps with a Snoozer pet car seat ($89).