Spoil Your Pet
From exclusive social clubs and therapeutic massage sessions to fine art portraits and haute couture, here are a handful (or is it pawful?) of ways to show your love.
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Fish don’t ask for much. But caring for them correctly requires a little more thought and effort than just providing a tank of clean water, says Bob Geren, manager of Fishman Aquarium in Wilmington (658-8265, fishmanaquariumcenter.com). Fishman specializes in advising fin fans to set up, stock and maintain happy, healthful aquariums and ponds for their tropical or freshwater species. Fishman offers in-home installation and follow-up service.
Kids can color the fanciful facade of the cardboard Cat Castle to make it cool enough for Her Royal Kitty-ness. It even has a rug roof to allow her to survey her kingdom in comfort. It’s available at Concord Pet Foods & Supplies (various locations, concordpetfoods.com). Hansel and Gretel may not have liked it, but your hamsters, gerbils, mice or other small pets will love nibbling on their 100 percent edible thatch-roofed Snak Shak Natural Hideaway, also at Concord.
Certified animal massage therapist Diane Mayer’s goal is to build a brick and mortar holistic wellness center, Gentle Spirit Farm, where she can offer therapeutic treatments and pet-owner education programs designed to “transform lives on both sides of the leash.” In the meantime, she provides stress-reducing, immune system-boosting massage therapy ($65) and reiki ($50) treatments in clients’ homes ($65, 428-0809, gentlespiritfarm.com). The treatments are especially beneficial for dogs who suffer from arthritis or other illness-related or post-surgical pain, excessive aggression and traumatic touch experiences. For owners who want to learn to identify their pets’ needs and apply massage techniques at home, Mayer has designed a hands-on workshop ($195 for three sessions). She offers diet- and lifestyle-focused wellness consultations ($95) and teaches two-hour classes on interpreting animal body language, developing stronger owner-pet relationships, designing healthful diets and caring for aging pets ($35 per person). Warm water hydrotherapy swim sessions are also available from April through September to help dogs relieve excess energy or anxiety, lose weight or have fun ($35).
If you don’t have time to go to the vet or have a pet that doesn’t travel well, Animal Haven Veterinary Center of Bear (326-1400, animalhavenvetcenter.com) will make house calls via its medical mobile unit ($69 to $199). At Your Door Mobile Pet Waggin of Middletown (378-6125, petwaggin.org) has been providing salon services for friendly dogs and cats since 1995. Choose from a menu of services that range from HydroSurge therapeutic baths to trims and custom cuts. Prices begin at $80. For basic maintenance and luxurious hydro massage baths, certified grooming professional Chris Gordy will take her Top Dog Styler Mobile Grooming Salon of Smyrna (437-5298) right to your door. (Prices begin at $75.) Whether you want to treat your dog to a hydro bath (prices start at $30), a blueberry facial, trim or another service, Sandy Vanderhoff’s Newark-based Willow Tree Mobile Pet Grooming salon (824-9424, willowtreemobilepetgrooming.com) makes it super-convenient to keep your pet looking great and smelling sweet.
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