Due to their curious nature, dogs often come home dirty, whether from chasing squirrels through muddy fields or disassembling your car's transmission. Community Bark Dog Wash & Coffee Bar's dual locations provide specially designed stations for washing dogs of all sizes, whether for self-service sudsing or full-service washing by friendly groomers. The cleaners furnish all the tools needed to groom pups to perfection, including shampoos, conditioners, brushes, combs, and high-velocity hair dryers.
Whether returning from a walk or waiting for their pooch to dry, pet lovers can hang out in the dog-friendly Barker Lounge, where they can sip Alterra coffee and munch on pastries. The café also supplies treats for canine customers and free WiFi service for laptops and bark-activated phones.
Though she's a relatively recent inductee to the club of "dog people"—adopting the first of her two canine kids in 2009—Kate de Felice has quickly attuned herself to pooches’ needs. With an arsenal of organic shampoos, she cleanses each pet’s skin and coat before toweling them dry by hand, keeping the bath time as gentle as possible. Kate's subsequent grooming sessions include a variety of localized spruce-ups—including nail trimming, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, and elegant beehive hairdos—each of which she also offers à la carte.
Spirit of Massage kneads horses and their riders in relaxing massage therapy for either species. Equissage sessions use hands-on techniques similar to human massage to relieve the aches of athletic quadrupeds, delivered by a licensed equine-sports-massage therapist. Greedy humans can use their advanced thumbs and prehensile tails to distract therapists with their own muscular tension, choosing from options that include a traditional Swedish massage to awaken the lymphatic systems. An Earth Bones hot-stone massage relaxes the tension acquired from trying to one-up leaping horses, and the Reiki massage employs the palm to unlock tight muscles, freeing up therapist fingers to craft complex cat's cradles.
While pet owners are away, The Dog House cares for cats and dogs in an indoor/outdoor kennel that's enclosed in an atrium. Pets get all the attention they can stand; that might mean hours of playing in the grass or a few minutes of cat-to-human staring contests. Whether pets are visiting for daycare or an overnight stay, they can also have their fur cleaned and their pet worries put at ease during grooming sessions, facials, and aromatherapy treatments.
At Playtime Doggy Daycare, dogs bound across 18,000 square feet of rubber flooring, clasping toys in their mouths and scurrying through playhouses. Owner Jody Pawelski has cultivated an experienced, animal-loving staff of both trainers and vets to oversee pups at all times.
In warmer months, canines frolic outdoors in swimming pools. At night, boarding dogs settle down in 25-square-foot temperature-controlled kennels, snuggling up to familiar pillows or lifelike mannequins of their owners brought from home.
When hours of play ruffle up dogs' coats, Playtime's groomers bathe dogs, brush out their fur, and send them on their way scented with the same doggy cologne Lassie wore in her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.