Deep-cleansing facials. Relaxing massages. Feather hair extensions. These are just three of the treatments that await Luxury Pet Spa & Boutique's canine and feline visitors. The spa staff believes that pets deserve the same luxury afforded to their human counterparts, and this is reflected in everything from its hypoallergenic products, to its holistic pet food, to its decor: chocolate-colored walls, cushy armchairs, and the stained wood table Lassie used to write her memoirs. Chandeliers spill light across the treatment rooms, where groomers shampoo fur, trim nails, and cleanse ears. However, these are just the preliminary steps to an animal makeover. The groomers also style fur with the finesse of hairdressers and use airbrushes to paint fur with colorful accents.
Pets roam free in Unleash: Brooklyn's entirely cage-less facility, which features 3,500 square feet of daycare runs and a trained staff that keeps watch 24 hours a day. Dogs play in packs separated by size, temperament, and SAT scores, and at night, they snuggle within private dens or deluxe suites. Cats also get pampered during overnight stays. They leap across whimsical climbing structures that resemble apple trees or koi ponds and curl up next to siblings within spacious condos.
Signature service: Tom Mooney
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Shampoo
Pro Tip: The earlier you bring dog in for grooming the quicker it can be picked up.
Dog owners let out a sigh of relief when they leave their pups in the capable hands of licensed staffers at Harlem Doggie Day Spa. They can rest assured knowing the staff never puts boarding charges in a crate overnight, unless it's by request. Instead, dogs enjoy perks such as multiple trips out in the fresh air and some cuddling while watching TV. Daycare charges spend their time scampering in the indoor or outdoor yards, playing with other dogs and staff members.
And when owners pick up pups and kitties after their grooming sessions, they find pets looking as fresh as they did when they first came of the assembly line—complete with bows, painted nails, and mohawks.
In 1990, John Ziegler hired a dog walker to take his 8-month-old yellow lab Merembe out on regular walks. The plan was to escort the rambunctious pup to Central Park, where she could enjoy fresh air and social time around other dogs and people. Just to make sure he was getting what he paid for, John followed the dog walker—and discovered that Merembe spent the entire hour cooped up in a tiny apartment while the walker went on errands. The indignation that any dog owner would feel at this discovery is what prompted John to found Biscuits & Bath, an all-encompassing dog-care company that strives for transparency, knowledge, and compassion in all they do.
A bounty of doggy knowledge backs every service at Biscuits & Bath, whether it's grouping dogs by size and temperament at daycare to balance safety and fun, or pairing groomers' image-enhancing brush-outs with checks for ticks, ear infections, and unusual basketball ability. True to the company's roots, each dog walker is bonded, insured, and thoroughly trained to take beloved friends on a daily romp. Dogs are kept safe from big-city hazards by donning two slip collars, a climb-spec harness, and a reinforced nylon leash, allowing the company to boast nearly one million incident-free walks in 2011. On-site veterinarian services give pups a checkup incentive with the center's play-filled environment, and overnight boarding services keep timid dogs at ease with constant supervision and flexibility with special requirements.
The many varieties of exotic fish at Pacific Aquarium and Planet, in the Lower East Side, are the focus of the stock and attention of the staff. It’s not unheard of for sales to customers to be denied for lacking the proper equipment to support some of the very sensitive, exotic species. Both fresh and salt water fish are available, including Japanese koi, cichlids, arowanas, praecox rainbows, cardinals and even stingrays. Believing environment is just as important as water quality and filtration systems, the shop sells live coral and aquatic plants like Riccia, Java Moss and Glossostigma. The regular maintenance service is also strongly recommended to newbies of exotic fish collecting.