Dogs and humans have a lot of the same needs. They both eat several times a day, sleep every night, and prefer to bathe in their home's driveway. That's where So Cal Grooming comes in. The company dispatches eco-friendly trucks direct to doorsteps for onsite pet grooming. Each vehicle is powered by inverters and solar panels and holds up to 40 gallons of clean, warm water. A manually operated hydraulic grooming table raises and lowers to accommodate all sizes and breeds and allow the groomer to work at a comfortable height. Dog facials and flea baths are also available.
A variety of healthy pet food, toys, and bedding stock New Age Pet Supply’s wide aisles—just wide enough, in fact, for a pup to follow behind as his owner sniffs around the shelves. The independent pet store’s staff dispenses advice on animal ownership and helps visitors select the right gear for their pets, from cat strollers and dog bowties to bird feeders and heating pads for reptiles. New Age also keep critters healthy with grooming services, vaccinations, and teeth-cleaning that doesn’t use anesthesia and forges the bonds between man and beast with its own adoption program and an in-house photography studio.
A southerner by birth and Californian by the grace of her accounting career, Bark Williams's owner Deborah Sharp helps pet owners bond with pooches during grooming sessions at her hospitable doggy spa. Clients can clip claws and primp paws at the self-service stations, which come equipped with soaps, shampoos, brushes, and dog-care products. Bark Williams also houses a full-service grooming spa that spruces up pups with full washes, haircuts, nail trims, and teeth and ear treatment delivered without any kenneling, crating, or taunting from neighborhood cats. The shop keeps pups feeling as good as they look with optimum raw pet foods from brands such as Halshan Premium and The Honest Kitchen.
In 1989, a pair of bakers founded the Three Dog Bakery with nothing but a $.59 biscuit cutter and three canine taste-testers. For decades, these humans have committed themselves to creating savory treats for pets with all-natural ingredients and a slow-baked process that locks in flavors and nutrients that dogs crave. Good Morning America profiled the shop in 2011 in a piece about gourmet pet treats, highlighting their personalized cakes made without butter, salt, or artificial colorings of any kind to fit in a healthy pet's diet. The selection includes playful baked goods ranging from snickerpoodle cookies to frosted pupcakes, as well as items they could chew on for days, such as plush toys, elk antlers, and new essays by Malcolm Gladwell. Customers can find healthy eats and helpful accessories at Three Dog's two locations in Pasadena and inside Los Angeles' World Famous Farmer's Market.
During his time as a zookeeper, My Pet Garden owner Joel Tatom learned firsthand that the best way to improve an animal’s life is through nutrition. Because of this, his dog grooming and daycare center offers premium foods in grain-free, organic, or raw varieties. That’s one of the reasons why the center was named the Best Place to Treat Your Pet Like a Prince by LA Weekly in 2011. The other reason is the center’s gentle cleaning sessions, during which staffers de-mat fur with a soft touch and clean teeth without making fun of the dog’s braces. Additionally, the groomers of My Pet Garden run a program in which they work with shelters to groom dogs who lack homes in the hopes that the pooches will find new owners.