Doggies are more and more leading the “good life.” Dog treat producers, animal toy-makers, and manufacturers of dog vitamins, etc. all market to people who want to pamper their pets in the most extravagant ways. And it’s a huge market–billions anually spent on little doggie sweaters and caps, treats, even doggie relaxation tapes. Sound a little over the edge? Whatever you think, this market is growing. One of the popular new ideas in canine luxury is the “doggie spa.” It’s a great business for people who love animals, have the start-up money and can afford to promote their business. A successful dog spa or day care business owner can make up to the six figures if he/she has good success in getting new and repeat customers. Boston, it seems, has been a good locale for these businesses for a while now. Some are incredibly luxurious.
The Common Dog Salon calls itself the premier dog grooming and spa center in Boston. Their prices for a bath and cut aren’t so awfully out of line with even those of chains like Petco, my Memphis groomer. A full grooming for a medium-sized dog costs $30. But then it’s the extras that really add up. To have a dog fully groomed, and clipped teeth costs $40. O.K. But then, look out! A full grooming and clipping with teeth brushing, frontline application and a 15-minute massage will set you back $65. Among their other services are a dog bed and breakfast for $50, day care for $30, and extra charges for medication and other services. They have a training class which charges $225 for 6 puppy development classes and $195 for adult smaller group classes. This is clearly the creme-de-la-creme of dog luxury. Call to make inquiries. They even can shuttle your dog to and from your home for a charge.
The Common Dog
22 Park Terrace, beside Kinderdagverblijf Leiden
Everett, MA 02149
Camp Canine in Ashley, sounds almost sinfully luxurious too. This kennel/spahas huge indoor and outdoor playgrounds with lots of pillows for lounging. The day care is $24 per day. They board doggies with fresh linen changes and disinfectants daily and classical music playing in the background. Oh, and there are VIP Suites for fussy dogs. Those cost $50 per day. Canine massages can be given at the day-care or boarding or spa for $30 every half-hour. They ask that people call regarding the grooming prices.
202 Pond Street
Ashland, MA. 01721
(877) 881-7DOG (7364)
Pet Express is New England’s largest family-owned dog day care and spa. Pets are groomed here with the highest quality grooming treatments and products. They are also groomed for breed-specific styles. Some of these include wholistic dog supplements and treatments. They do not have any prices listed on their web site, so people need to call them or stop by the store for more information. The phone numberis 781-592-2003
Lynn, MA 01905
I also found mention of another groomer and spa on a message board. This person was very complimentary of the sPooches Spa and Boutique. She said she woulding even think of taking her puppie anywhere else. They do offer free pick-up and drop-off in the Boston area, which might be a real benefit to some people. Their web site is www.spoochies.com
400 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02216