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.
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.
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.
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.
The roomy pet grooming salon and spa Chez Bow Wow in Northern Liberties aims to make your dog or cat look spiffy without rankling them during the often-unhappy treatment process. The shampoos, cuts, nail clipping and teeth brushing happen on three tables fully visible behind the counter, and all services are done with eco-friendly products. Before and after their sessions, dogs can hang out in a roomy waiting area and cats get large interconnected cages that allow for roaming. Chez Bow Wow welcomes temperamental and special-needs animals as well, and they partner with the local Street Tails Animal Rescue organization to make homeless critters look their best. A selection of grooming tools, shampoos and accessories like pet-odor-eliminating candles are for sale.