DK Grooming cleanses dirty dogs of all sizes with thorough grooming services. Bring in your pup and a specialist can turn musty, tangled hair into a smooth, dapper fur coat with a bath and brushing. They can also clear up cruddy ears and gently snip down nails that have grown large enough to act as stilts.
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.
Dr. Nina Krajewski went from spiking a volleyball to making sure Spike the bulldog is healthy. A member of an NCAA Division II championship team on the court, she went on to veterinary school. In 2007, the Sarasota native founded Dr. Nina’s Animal Hospital. The veterinary office offers a wide range of animal care, from checkups and dental cleanings to emergency care and dog and cat boarding.
A full-service doggy daycare, Bark Wild supervises and entertains pups of all sizes for half-days, full days, or up to 20 nights of boarding. Canines frolic together within more than 3,000 square feet of indoor playground space and a 3,500-square-foot outdoor area surrounded by secure fencing, avoiding the increases in separation anxiety sometimes associated with caged boarding. Alternatively, dogs that need alone time to edit YouTube videos of themselves skateboarding can relax in a private suite. Bark Wild disinfects the facility daily and treats it each month with organic flea and tick control.
The dogs coming in the door at Pawsh Boutique & Spa look very different from the ones coming out. That’s because every session the pet-pamperers undertake leaves pets both visibly cleaner, sleeker, and more fragrant. The staff groom everything from a pet’s ears to tail, promoting a pet’s overall health while giving coat’s the shampooing needed to allow pets a continue spot on the couch. The staff use one of four shampoos based on customer preference, with options available for itching, smells, and hard to manage hair. All of their bath products contain no soaps, parabens, or salt, and the staff hand-treat pets for a shiny, well-groomed coat. Pets leave grooming treatments end with a bow or bandana, and clients can find more apparel, toys, and treats in the spa’s boutique.
As an International Show Jumping Professional and a Grand Prix rider who holds National Equitation and Hunter titles, Brock Clermont and his staff run the show at Clermark Equestrian. He relies upon his winning ways as he marshals an equine operation that includes grass and sand rings, groomed trails, and the onsite Aguilar Riding Academy. Students of all ages and skill levels glean pointers as they learn to safely and effectively control their mounts, in the hopes of one day competing on the A-level circuit or earning an approving wink from the mayor.
This fur-friendly retreat rejects the image of endless rows of cramped cages that traditional animal boarding usually conjures. Upon entering their pet resort, clients find a 1/2 acre of land, 5,000 square feet of indoor play areas, and spacious doggie suites stocked with toys and soft bedding under skylights. Before each visit begins, canine guests undergo a temperament assessment where caretakers study their play styles, food or toy aggressions, and any fear toward new people in order to gauge their unique personalities. Pooches then join up with peers of a similar size and demeanor in one of eight separate play areas featuring wading pools, digging pits, and a fully stocked shoe store. Dogs looking for some down time can recline on comfy beds and couches while enjoying their regular eating schedules courtesy of a 24 hour staff.
The thoughtful dog-whisperers will also board pets from the same household in a family suite and can administer any medications as directed by the client. Grooming services and photo sessions ensure four-legged friends stay front-page ready. Downtown Doggie Center also specializes in finding homes for orphaned pups with their adoption services.