Charlotte’s dog owners know how important socialization, health and happiness are for their pets, so when it comes time to take a dog day, options abound. From doggy playdates to the photographers who know how to capture your pup’s je ne sais quoi, these five Charlotte businesses offer ideal luxury services for your furry family members.
616 Springbrook Rd.
Charlotte, NC. 28217
Price: $27/discounts available
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Play days are not just for toddlers. Americans are spending more time and dollars socializing pets as their schedules fill and their dogs get lonely. Dogtopia provides a fun, safe environment in its Romper Room, where buddies may spend the day exhausting themselves. Arrange a day visit, boarding or spa day for your pet to keep his mind engaged and his teeth off the furniture. Use its Internet webcam to check in on your pooch any time.
125 Remount Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Smell the goodness of the treats as you walk through the front door of the Canine Cafe. It prides itself on baking its own treats with no bi-products, fillers or chemicals. For your dog’s special day, purchase a personalized pawty cake, favors and hats. The shop will customize food mixes for any dog’s dietary needs using delicious salmon, beef, lamb, duck and turkey. Ask about treat trays, gift baskets, social activities for your dog and a do-it-yourself dog wash, this doggy health food store has it all.
Nana’s Pet Sitting/Taxi Service
Price: from $20 for one pet’s 30-minute visit
When you can’t make a veterinarian visit or a trip to the pet salon, Nana’s Pet Taxi Service makes it happen. Professionally trained and CPR/first aid certified, sitters will visit your home three times a day if needed to replace water, retrieve mail and trash cans, and conduct potty breaks, gentle strolls or brisk walks. Staff is trained to administer insulin shots and medication. Ask about first aid/CPR classes for owners.
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3100 Griffith St.
Charlotte, NC. 28203
Price: time dependent
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In an industry where anybody can promise services, these groomers strive for internationally recognized, professional levels of service. Shoot for a rock star mohawk, European-flaired legs or AKC-standard grooming, and know each dog will be perfectly sculpted and scissor finished. Ears, face, feet and coat work will be followed by a luxurious bath in the best botanical, organic products. It caters to professional people who want good-looking pets.
Donna Foster Photography
Price: $185 to $1,600
Hours: by appointment
It may bring you to tears seeing how Donna Foster captures the essence and soul of your pet. The boutique home-based business features a fenced-in, landscaped garden studio, indoor backdrops and lighting or a location of your choice. An initial consultation is followed by the photography session. Foster boasts about her ability to flawlessly capture the relation between puppy parent and fur baby. The finished product may be reproduced on a choice of more than 50 accessories, including notecards, archival prints, canvas wraps and totes.
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