Operating out of a cute, two-story converted brick rowhome in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood, the Canine Clippers is a complete pet-grooming salon. Owner Ed Foy and his staff service all breeds of dogs and will even tackle shy, scared or otherwise difficult family pets. Cats are welcome too, of course, but it’s mostly about dogs at this namesake clip and primp shop. The business also does pro bono work with local shelters, sprucing up the looks of their shaggy clientele in order to help them find a permanent home. Foy’s knack for working with animals comes through in his simple, dedicated shop and friendly demeanor; making your pooch look perfect is just part of the process at Canine Clippers.
Fairmount Pet Shoppe is so much more than a simple pet supply store. Yes, if it’s a leash or a dog sweater you’re after, Fairmount will have it – but the designs more than basic, with elegant, fun looks that you’ll want to show off. You’ll also find dog biscuits, but in quirky flavors like bacon and cheese or sweet potato, plus assorted kibble treats and pet shampoos in both natural and organic varieties. Pick up cute treats for your favorite canine here, such as chew toys in the shape of a startlingly realistic squirrel, or a cartoonish and squeaky serving of french fries. Most adorably, the store’s front window doesn’t advertise the wares inside, but instead serves as a temporary home for two or three cats up for adoption, each one fostered temporarily by local operation Greenstreet Rescue.
The professional staff at Central Bark draw on extensive training in animal behavior and doggy first aid to entertain, pamper, and groom canine companions. Skilled groomers primp and pamper the worn-out furscapes of canines with shed-reducing Furminator treatments and Barkley Works all-inclusive grooming baths (prices vary based on the dog; call the desired location for pricing). Thorough ear cleanings ($10) and teeth brushings ($10) keep pups in shipshape hygienic fashion and prepare pooches for cuddling or job interviews.
During doggy daycare at Dog School, pets play in harmony with as few restrictions as possible. Dogs are never forced to sleep in crates unless they want to. Little dogs can play with big dogs if they like. The staff—all trained in pet first aid and CPR—attentively watches over the laissez-faire playground, tending to each animal's needs and taking dogs on walks alone or in pairs.
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Dogs trot out of Spot's Spot and Spa stylishly well-groomed, well-rested, or well-fed, depending on their activities in the canine wellness haven. Trained groomers infuse coats with natural shampoos and conditioners before treating dogs to a facial scrub, a nail trim, and a breed-standard or custom cut, each precisely hand-scissored. Overnight stays keep canines in good company with cage-free accommodations, 24-hour supervision, and personal attention from playtime to medicine delivery. In the retail sections, owners peruse a vast array of dog food and treats, including freshly butchered meat (available only at Spot’s 2nd Spot) along with high-quality cat food from Science Diet and Acana. A full stock of doggy wellness aids ranges from vitamins and salves to padded e-collars that prevent dogs from noticing when their chums poke fun at their fashion choices.