Four Paws Salon and Spa pampers four-legged family members with a range of services including baths, fur trims, daycare, and overnight stays. Caring staff members scrub pooches with shampoos and conditioners to make fur coats shine and remove any traces of pets' graffiti exploits. When pup parents are busy during the day or overnight, Fours Paws' attentive watchers keep canines busy with fun activities and a variety of toys, and match them with dogs of similar sizes for play time, saving owners the hassle of having to teach pets to play solitaire.
Vienna all-beef hot dogs, stacked sandwiches, and ice-cream desserts form the menu at Cape Dog & Deli. The Detroit Coney Island hot dog harnesses a collaboration of chili, mustard, and onions to foster mouth mirth ($3), while a tight-knit group of Vienna beef, tomato, dill pickle, green relish, sport peppers, and onions comes together to form the Chicago hot dog ($3.50). The Italian Beef floods the senses with flavor and the hands with incorporating thinly sliced Vienna beef, soaked in au jus and delivered to the palate on a vehicle of dry, wet, or dipped gonnella bun ($5.95). Cape Dog & Deli also assuages sweet teeth, stirring up a cache of milk shakes ($4.49+) and ice cream ($1.99+) that, like the human calendar, come in 12 delicious flavors, such as butter pecan, Naples vanilla, and mango sorbet. Daily lunch specials are always available as well.
The Gigi in Gigi’s Pet Spa comes from owner Collette Ritums’ mother, who taught her everything she knows about grooming. Collette channeled that knowledge into her own full-service pet spa, where she and staffer Christina Sexton revivify all breeds of dogs with traditional or sassy cuts—including colorful mohawks. In addition to baths and haircuts, they dole out pampering extras such as blueberry facials, mud wraps, and hot oil treatments.
A specialty pet boutique committed to wholesome foods, For Footed Friends supplies pooches and tomcats with natural grub as well as toys and accessories. The shop boasts an extensive stock of natural foods made with high-quality ingredients and minimal processing. A variety of pet-indulging products range from Primal raw venison marrow bones ($19.99) to all-natural Love Bites dog biscuits ($7.99), made in the U.S. without wheat or corn. Canine foodies can also dine on Fromm grain-free surf and turf dog food, available in 4-pound bags ($17.99), or pick up 12-inch Red Barn braided bully sticks ($13.99) to leisurely gnaw during Rin Tin Tin marathons.
As she tried to determine a career path, Kathy Lopes couldn't shake her love for animals. Though she pursued business and psychology in college, her fondness for four-legged creatures prompted her to further her education in veterinary medicine. Her affinity for dogs led her to open Love My Dog Resort & Spa, a daycare, boarding, and grooming resort for dogs with cage-less day care and roomy, private suites. While their owners are away, dogs socialize and bark in harmony in playgroups and get exercise in a large indoor and outdoor play area. Inside the salon and spa, dogs receive baths and haircuts from master stylists. The spa offers an array of services, including a "pawdicure" nail-polish treatment and blueberry facials.
Mark and Sheryl McEachern, owners of the Woof Gang Bakery location in Lutz, opened their shop in hopes it would become a place where pet owners enjoy visiting with their furry friends. "We plan on knowing all the neighborhood dogs by name," Mark says. Bubblegum-pink walls and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling give the shop the feel of a clothing boutique, though displayed trays of dog biscuits and homemade canine cakes leave no doubt as to the store's intended clientele. Helping pet owners provide holistic food for their animals is a priority at the shop, with plentiful dog- and cat-food choices in natural and grain-free varieties. The McEacherns also stock their shelves with chew toys and accessories, perfect for doggy birthday gifts or house-training recognition ceremonies.