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.
In a high-ceilinged, sunlight-drenched and fully renovated factory building at the edge of Manayunk’s Main Street business district, Caring for Cats is a multipurpose resource for felines and their owners. Keep your kitty healthy and purring with Caring for Cats’ veterinary services, including on-site radiology capabilities and a maintenance program designed specifically for older animals. You can even untangle and beautify your long-haired feline with their grooming services, or board your buddies here while you’re out of town. Simple point-of-sale pieces at the front of the facility help keep your kitty well groomed with flea combs and toys too, so they’ll quickly forgive you for the bath. Best of all, barking or otherwise curious dogs are never an issue at this cats-only facility.
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.
Poochie's Place pampers dogs with a variety of services in a cage-free environment. Its organic bakery procures all-natural treats from local bakers, who make them free of harmful fillers such as corn, gluten, and grain, and who provide vegan options. The onsite grooming team deep cleans pups with HydroSurge aromatherapy bubble baths and sends them home adorned in bows or bow ties. Dogs also get red-carpet ready with the shop's selection of clothing and leashes.
Zoom Room?s dog training facilities have one cardinal rule: owners must be present during class. This is because humans need just as much training as their canine companions when building confidence and communication, and it?s important that owners learn the best positive-reinforcement techniques from the knowledgeable staff. Group classes cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific needs such as overcoming shyness. Other classes include Urban Herding, where dogs herd exercise balls into soccer goals indoors, Scent Work, where dogs learn to sniff out missing car keys or the TV remote, and Pup-lates, which is geared toward overweight or senior dogs, or those recovering from an injury.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room?s missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted fundraiser events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from their inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility?s selection of solution-oriented training gear, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.
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.