Monday, June 11, 2012

Does your dog like blueberry facials? Yes, there are condo buildings that offer them.

The Wall Street Journal reports that later this summer, 20 buildings in New York will offer dog services via a partnership with the Spot Experience, a dog services provider. 

For a $500 annual membership fee, if you live in any of these buildings your dog will get 10 emergency walks, 24-hour access to the facilities, pickup and drop-off, home training and various other things including anesthesia-free dental work. 

Some buildings already offer pet services.  Dog groups say there are 1,400,000 dogs in New York and developers figure they've all got to live some place.  Take that, dog-free co-ops!

The Journal tells us that, ”On a recent evening, Dee Maxfield faced a situation dreaded by dog-owners across the city. The 35-year-old mother was at home, her six-week-old daughter had just fallen asleep and her husband called to say he was running late and couldn't pick up their dog from the day-care center.

“But instead of panicking, she picked up the phone and called downstairs. Two minutes later, Paisley, the couple's labradoodle, stood at the door—complete with a report card detailing her day, and glowing from an earlier bath, full brush-out and blueberry facial.*
“That is because the dog spa and day-care center, Wag Club, was located on the first floor of her Brooklyn apartment building, One Brooklyn Bridge Park. ‘The convenience is paramount,’ Ms. Maxfield said. ‘It's great.’”
Anesthesia-free dental work doesn’t sound like much fun for the dog, but there are risks with anesthesia.  One of my dearest friends, a long-haired German Shepherd named M’Liss, died of over-anesthesia while being treated for a broken leg, a huge loss to me and her owners.
However, M’Liss would have turned up her pedigreed nose at a blueberry facial.  She was beautiful just the way she was.
Here’s the link:

 *Yeah, I didn't know either, so I googled.  Turns out a blueberry facial is, according to®, an "All-natural SPA™ Fresh Facial Scrub [that] pampers pets with beauty-enhancing, botanical formulas. Gentle formula contains vanilla and blueberry to remove stains without irritating eyes or sensitive skin."  The site doesn't say anything about paraffin wraps.

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