An outlandish dog outfit often includes a miniaturized sweater or a hastily attached pair of felt antlers. But at Diva Dog 2, pups can take their style statements further with swaths of bright-pink dyed hair, mohawks, or feathers. Stylists can shear and dye a pup’s mane into artful and eccentric designs inspired by a favorite film, image, or sports team. Along with artful grooming services, Diva Dog 2 carries posh goods for pampering one’s pup, including holistic foods, studded collars, and scented shampoos and cologne. Staff members can match canines with shiny bling or make personalized ID tags that owners may borrow before setting out on their bimonthly vision quest.
With more than a half-century of experience behind its name, Banfield Pet Hospital practices its brand of attentive pet care at more than 770 hospital locations across the country. The veterinary specialists at Banfield use state-of-the-art equipment and clinical-care guidelines when administering services big and small, from emergency treatment to flea control. To extend and enhance the lives of dogs, cats, and small pets, Banfield also espouses its wellness plans, which include unlimited free office visits and physical exams, as well as early illness screenings and vaccines to ensure pets reach a ripe old age, multiplied by seven.
Ashley Simmons has teased the locks and sculpted the toenails of canines from across the breed spectrum, from playful little terriers to stately black labradors. The seasoned specialist operates out of a tidy grooming parlor where she treats her canine clients to deep-cleansing baths, manicures, and stylish haircuts. She also administers a variety of luxurious spa-style treatments, including massages, facial scrubs, and oatmeal baths. To combat itchy fleas, the expert technician sprays dogs with a soothing formula and applies a powerful shampoo before coaxing out any remaining pests with a magical wooden flute.
Because bathing a dog at home can result in scratched bathtubs, clogged drains, and wet sofa cushions, Puppy Suds has set up a shop designed to eliminate all the hassle. At the grooming facility, pet owners walk their dogs into the self-washing bays before giving them gentle scrub downs. Shampoo, towels, brushes, and dryers are provided, along with knee-high mirrors that allow pets to admire their new looks.
Dogs tussle over a rope during daycare at The Perfect Pooch while staff members look on, reluctant to pull them from play so they can go home. After tying a bow or bandana around each pup—a keepsake given to every visitor—they pick up the toys and ready dinner for their overnight boarders.
In the pumpkin-colored salon, senior groomers with more than 15 years of experience gently stencil designs and weave feathers into coats. Although the decor is utilitarian (there's no pretense that dogs need satin to live as humans do), groomers include a free conditioning treatment with every wash.