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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In Case of Emergency
If your dog or cat is involved in an accident or other medical emergency, you may need to administer first aid or CPR until you can get to the vet. The American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula (800-777-6620, redcrossdelmarva.org) offers four-hour classes ($40) to help you prepare to handle situations such as choking, bleeding, broken bones, heat- or cold-related issues and, using a pet-size mannequin, CPR.
Who wouldn’t want a fine reproduction of Socks hanging above the mantel? Fine art photographer Rob Nicholson of Lewes will immortalize the face you love either in your home or at your selected location. His da Corsa Photography (743-1444, dacorsaphotography.com) accepts local commissions beginning at $300. Delaware artist Leslie Apple will paint a portrait of your pet from your photos or ones that she will take in your home. For a quote, contact Apple through her Blue Zephyr Studios Website (bluezstudios.net).
Give your dog a Day of Beauty ($35 to $40), including a soothing massage from a certified therapist and a blueberry vanilla facial at Muddy Paws Pet Salon in Wilmington (477-6995, muddypawspetsalon.com). Muddy Paws also accommodates special-needs and elderly dogs. P.U.P.S. of Lewes (645-9010, pupsoflewes.com) carries a selection of 100 percent natural goodies, including Waggiolis—pizza-flavored ravioli shaped like bones and stuffed with Italian cheeses—and yummies flavored like Philly cheesesteaks and catnip cigars.
A Swarovski crystal collar (starting at $65) and gem-studded tiara ($25) from Critter Beach in Rehoboth Beach (226-2690, critterbeach.com) would make glamorous gifts for your furry fashionista. Practical pooches would probably appreciate a sun-shielding visor ($14.95), also available at Critter Beach. Give Spot a chance to show his team spirit with a Delaware Blue Hens Dog Treat Bag full of snacks in school colors ($6.95) from the University of Delaware Bookstore (udel.bncollege.com). K&K Parrots of Wilmington (593-0999 kandkparrots.com) provides a nutritious, quick- and easy-to-make, veggie-packed birdie bread recipe at concordpetfoods.com.
Local jewelry designer Andrea Levine may be better known for designing charms of animals, but she has also launched a line of haute dog collars in mock crock, python and other exotic faux materials, as well as doggie T-shirts and polos. Check them out at andrealevinedesigns.com. Locally owned whiskazzandpawzz.com offers great collars, as well as toys and treats, but the big find is luxury bedding by Jax and Bones, which comes in all-natural wide-wale corduroy and other eco-friendly coverings.
You love your pet, but, let’s face it, cleaning up after it is not a chore to cherish. Give yourself a break. Let Delaware Pooper Scoopers of Wilmington (322-4522, delawarepooperscoopers.com) do the dirty work for you ($12.50 weekly for one dog, $35 to $75 for one-time visit).