Dogs choose only the finest substances in which to roll: camembert coated in eel roe, Fabergé egg yolk, and yachts captained by dead cats. Trade fancy scents for the fashionable scent of shampoo with today's Groupon: for $15, you get three do-it-yourself dog washes at Bark Williams (a $45 value) in Santa Monica.
Bark Williams, a veritable spa for dogs, just installed new, custom-designed washing tubs at its self-service grooming stations. Each comes with everything you need to spick, span, and poof your poochasaurus. There are three varieties of all-natural shampoo (including a no-tears blend), conditioner, towels, ear wipes, and tooth wipes. There's no time limit, so make it a day with your dog and reconnect to get over the squirrel that came between you. Because Bark handles all the mess, you won't have to clean suds off the ceiling or shovel sand out of the bathtub.
A typical hound has the same hygiene problems as a person—mouth slobber, toenail gunk, and drain-clogging hair—along with a waggy tail that knocks all the upright things disupright every time you wrestle him or her into a tub, Jacuzzi tub, or fine porcelain bathtub. Yet baths are vital for these cuddlesome critters, and baths save smaller dogs from sticking to a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog's chewing-gum-flecked scruff. You want a dog to smell nice, just like you'd want your kids or your friends to smell nice. And sometimes the only way to make a friend or four-pawed bud presentable is to get him naked and lather him up yourself.
- The set up makes it so easy to wash our pets. The owner has the best of the best products for sale. They are extremely nice and helpful. – Jolynn, CityVoter
- Debra is a warm and wonderful dog lover, who makes the place feel like home for the doggies as well as their owners. – Joellen W, CityVoter
- I searched for a groomer closeby who could take care of my pups without having to drive very far..I really lucked out with this one! Nice people, great work! – Kate H, Insider Pages
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.