When one thinks of a quality control expert, they imagine lab coats and clipboards. But for products to pass muster at the animal lovers marketplace of Come.Sit.Stay Nashville, they must first be approved by the control team of Bodhi and Kai, a charming pair of golden retrievers. Whether it's testing the endurance of play toys, the comfiness of beds, or the tastiness of treats, Bodhi and Kai paws of approval determine which pet products Come.Sit.Stay carries. With watchful eyes and pet-loving hearts, the boutique's human owners ensure safety in their array of accessories, toys, and yum-yums. Come.Sit.Stay also strives to carry only products made in the United States, and all of their food products are US sourced.
In kennel-club circles, Paul Watson could be considered a celebrity stylist?he's groomed and bred shih tzus for more than 20 years, many of whom have competed at the national level. And, though shih tzus are his specialty, his grooming expertise extends to all breeds at VIP Dog Grooming. Paul gussies up pups with baths, haircuts, nail trims, and cologne or perfume. He also offers add-on services for especially matted coats or canines with a flea problem.
Oliver's is named for its chief executive officer, Oliver Cooley, a french bulldog. To counterbalance his spotty managerial resume, Oliver is aided by his human counterpart Brian Cooley, a pet-lover and Iraq War veteran who brings a human's higher cognitive functions to the facility.
With their combined knowledge of what pets want, Brian and Oliver's canine staff board dogs while their owners are away and oversee a spacious daycare and spa. Combined with their outdoor play area, their indoor play area—with quality K9 synthetic grass—gives visiting pups amble space to roam. Additionally, natural bath products from earthbath spruce up canines' coats much better than simply herding dogs through a car wash.
In 1991, Jimmy and Regina Huggins opened a dog-grooming salon. Sensing the duo’s bond with canines, customers began asking if their dogs could stay for the weekend. The Huggins decided to build a mini dog hotel in their backyard, a place where they felt comfortable keeping their own four-legged best friend, Miss Kitty.
Today, in a larger location, caregivers pamper pups with creative grooming services, baked pet treats, and loving overnight or midday boarding. Humans observe from the lobby as nationally certified master groomers comb, cut, and coif coats according to each canine's personal style. Along with their grooming, stylish pets enjoy playtime and a leisurely walk to flaunt their new looks around the area's hottest fire hydrants. Bakers craft wholesome doggy confections, such as homemade pitter-pat cookies, from whole-wheat flour, eggs, carob, peanut butter, honey, and cheese. Jeweled collars and accessories line the elegant boutique for owners to gild pooches in preparation for dog-show red carpets.
During doggy daycare, pet nannies place four-legged wards with compatible canine friends for playtime in a large, tree-filled yard. At the boarding hotel, pups head outdoors for 20 to 30 minutes five times a day, rain or shine, to prance, socialize, and discuss timeless questions, such as, “Who’s a good boy?” Separate wings host dogs of different sizes and temperaments and each canine guest has free run of a cheerful, private room with linoleum floors, eye-level windows, and cloth curtains. Throughout dogs’ stay, caring staffers administer medication, food, and veterinarian-approved levels of tender loving care.