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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.