At Hair of the Dog, nail clipping, premium shampoos, coat conditioners, and massage are just a few services that help ensure pups emerge with their newly cleaned tails wagging. A full-service doggy spa and boutique, Hair of the Dog employs professional groomers highly trained in haircuts, tints, and styles that accentuate each pup?s coat. They also specialize in luxe treatments such as fur blowouts, ?Paw-D-Cure,? and blueberry facials.
Different from the average pet-boarding facility, Paradise 4 Paws has a bone-shaped pool surrounded by more than 20,000 square feet of indoor play area, plush accommodations, and comfy boarding suites. Staff members roam the facility 24/7, playing with animals during the day, tucking them in at night, and performing ? la carte services such as grooming, obedience training, health checkups, and canine massage therapy. Cats can lounge in a bungalow complete with cat perches, views of an aquarium, and access to climbing trees in the facility?s Adventure Jungle. Paradise 4 Paws has its own training academy, and its pet-care professionals have received pet-first-aid certification from the American Red Cross.
The pet-minded staff cares about pet owners, as well, granting access to the play area?s real-time webcams and offering airport parking and transportation.
Though lifelong animal lovers, owners Jennifer and Chris Stavrianos' passion for dogs and cats reached a new level of dedication when they began caring for strays around their Westside Chicago neighborhood. The experience inspired them to open Pet Care Plus in 1998. In the 13,000-square-foot facility, pups can scamper across an expansive rubber-surface playground, enjoy training and grooming services, and, in the summer months, head outdoors to frolic in the in-ground swimming pool. Some dogs stay only during the day while their people are at work, but Pet Care Plus also hosts overnight guests of both canine and feline persuasions. Training classes for dogs of all ages are available to keep behavior in check when pets return home. Grooming packages range from simple baths with brushing to a full-service mane makeover complete with nail polish or custom conditioners.
The expert staff at Animal Lovers Pet Salon gently tends to four-legged clients with services designed to help maintain healthy-looking coats and comfort. Head stylist and three-time Westminster competitor Chip Francis has more than 20 years of scissor-cutting and hand-fluff-drying experience. Chip's methods help to ensure a shed-free undercoat that keeps canine clients sleek and aerodynamic when chasing rabbits in their dreams. Full grooming services ($50+ for small dogs, $60+ for medium dogs, $70+ for large dogs, and $85+ for extra-large dogs) begin with a natural oatmeal shampoo and conditioner, followed by a sanitary clip of tender areas and a thorough deshedding and brush out. After a complete blow-dry by hand, a stylist will trim dogs' nails, express their glands, and clean their ears. Animal Lovers Pet Salon also offers dogs a simple bath and nail trimming ($20+ depending on dog size), as well as cat-grooming services ($25+), inviting customers to observe or stand with their pets to offer comfort through the grooming process and listen in on gossip concerning neighborhood squirrels.
Inspired by a search for quality dog care for their own dog, the owners of Furtastik—finding no options that satisfied their wants—decided to create a 3.000-square-foot, climate-controlled space themselves. Now, they operate a hands-on, cheerful, and intimate facility for dogs and dog services. Licensed and accredited groomers sculpt away excess piles of fur after they clean, wash, and buff dogs into bright new existence, and organic food products line the front room for canine perusal. Meanwhile, daycare and boarding enrollments are limited to 20 and 10 dogs at a time, respectively, allowing for individual attention and care during the cage-free services.