At The Dog Wash, scruffy pups are turned into well-groomed canines by professional groomers or dog owners who use the self-serve facilities to do it themselves. Equipped with the HydroSurge therapeutic bathing system, dog washers spray down dogs in elevated washbasins that prevent back strain. The HydroSurge system mixes warm water with shampoos designed specifically for pups and works like a liquid comb to ferret away dead skin, fleas, and "kick me" signs left by the family cat. To help customers feed their pets a healthy diet, the shop's team shelves dog food from the likes of Innova and California Natural, as well as canine cologne, toys, and doggy accessories.
At A-Round of A-Paws Pet Boarding Resort & Spa, pooches sprawl in the lap of luxury, lounging on hypoallergenic lambskin bedding during resort stays and enjoying mud facials and Swedish massages at the spa. Vacationing owners can rest easy knowing that their canine and feline companions are in safe hands. The resort provides amenities that include K9-themed movies for pups and condos that accommodate pet families with connecting doors. An agility track, doggy day care, and group play sessions keep canines alert, whereas lessons with trainers help get pooches closer to the day when they can fetch Chinese takeout.
The spa, meanwhile, goes above and beyond standard grooming with hair dyeing and styling, as well as pawdicures that pamper canine appendages with paw soaks. The spa’s aroma therapist and massage therapist kneads arthritic and tense muscles in a variety of modalities, employing warm-oil massages and stone massages to banish the stress of dreaming of a world run by squirrels. Over in the bakery, chefs turn out organic treats perfect for rewarding obedient pets, while cakes with low-fat cream-cheese-honey frosting accompany puppy birthday parties hosted at the resort.
At A-V.I.P. Pet Resort, founder, avid dog trainer, and breeder Kurt Williams is never far from his canine boarders. That's because he and his family live on the premises. This enables him to supervise animals beyond business hours, and his four children enjoy giving the critters attention when the professional groomers and behaviorists are in hibernation.
During the day, Williams's crew administers prescription medicine at indicated hours and also follows specific diet requests during meal times. His pet guests reside in private suites with plush bedding and television screens. Twice daily, the trainers bring any social dogs into a large outdoor play arena to sniff, socialize, and discuss articles from the morning edition of the squeaky newspaper. Williams maintains a comfortable temperature at all times at the resort, with air conditioning during the summer and heated floors during winter months.
At Nathalie's Thrifty Pet Salon & Boutique, pet owners can scrub their pooches at do-it-yourself stations equipped with waist-high tubs, shampoo dispensers, and professional grooming tools. Of course, they can also leave the dirty work to Nathalie's team of professionals, who pamper pups of all makes and models—from the smallest chihuahua to the bulkiest St. Bernard. After bathing sessions, owners can visit the boutique section of Nathalie's, which brims with collars and beds, or the food section, which stocks premium eats and treats.
Granite Auto Grooming has been polishing, primping, and preserving autos with homespun Gloss-It products for more than 15 years. Upon rolling into the parking lot, less-than-lustrous cars (a $295 value) and SUVs (a $420 value) are eyed by a crew of highly trained technicians who can evaluate and prescribe a finish befitting its current level of funk. After removing surface impurities, such as tar, bugs, road pitch, and Cheez Whiz with a special Gloss-It clay bar, the crewmembers go to work applying a series of Gloss-It polishes and protectants, restoring its finish and leaving it with a silky, stubble-less texture. Once sheeny, all road boats are covered by a six-month guarantee, ensuring they’ll retain 80% of their mirror-like appearance, or be treated to a complimentary re-application.