Dog and cat owners love their pets. So much so that sometimes, rather than taking their pet to the local groomer, owners instead choose to give their pets a taste of luxury, by sending them to a luxury spa for some rest in relaxation. Some of these resorts, however, can go a bit overboard. Every pet spa that you visit will be willing to provide your furry friend with the necessary vitamins and medications, if needed, whether it’s a treatment for a bad tooth for your feline soul mate or giving a dry skin dog supplement to man’s best friend and everything in between, and these resorts know what they are doing. Some spas aren’t content with the bare minimum and take luxury to an extreme.
The Grand Pet Resort & Spa in Ft. Worth, TX offers pets three different size rooms for those that will be making a vacation, of their trip. The spa boasts some great services such as pedicures, a full brush out and expert grooming services. On top of that, they offer some of the best puppy treats that money can buy. And, they will be happy to cater a pet birthday party, for your furry friend and all their special friends.
From the aquatic massage to the “Pampered Pet Sessions” that include playtime, catch, and even a dip in the pool, the Morris Animal Inn in New Jersey really takes their job seriously. They want your pet to have a great time, relax, and be as pampered as possible and offer plenty of services to make sure that the pampering is every bit as luxurious, as you would want it. While your treasured friend is on “petcation” you can rest assured that they will be cared for better than in your own home. They will even tuck your pet in at night and read a bedtime story. They are that good.
Amber’s Luxury Pet Hotel offers pet owners, in South Corona, CA, a luxurious spa for their pets. Among the amenities in this hotel, you will find plush beds, room service and group playtime, for their overnight guests. Pets are definitely pampered at this hotel and may not want to leave!
There is no question that when Disney does something, they go all out. Best Friends, located at the Walt Disney World Resort, is the perfect place to take your pet, if you are taking a trip to the Magic Kingdom. They offer suites at different levels of luxury and services, and there is no doubt, whichever package you choose, your pet is in for a fun, luxurious trip to this hotel and spa.
The Barkley is the pinnacle of luxury and your pet will feel like a canine King and a feline Queen, when they stay at this wonderful location. This all inclusive spa offers more options than your pet will ever need, to provide the maximum relaxation. They boast massage, bedtime stories with tummy rubs and room service. If you are crunched for time, The Barkley provides “transpawtation” to and from your home.
Spending money on your pet to have a nice day, or even a nice vacation, at the spa isn’t always affordable, but when you have the chance, your unconditional friend truly deserves to be showered, in luxury at least once in their life.
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So, you will be attending this year’s Halloween party. Perfect. You’re thinking about what to dress up as, when suddenly it occurs to you: if your dog has no pressing plans for the evening you might consider the idea that you and your pet can dress alike! In this case you may want to alter your search to include ideas for pet costumes. Your first decision will of course be whether you are going to go as a larger edition of your dog or if your dog is going to go as a smaller mirror image of you.
I suppose now you need some ideas as to how to dress up? Grab that iPad or your smart phone and visit an online custom shop or two. With this kind of assistance you can find fancy dress ideas, retro costumes, plus size costumes, inexpensive costumes, costumes for men and costume ideas for women. You can get the kids involved with costumes for boys or for girls, baby costumes (which might actually fit a small dog) and costumes for your toddler… and of course good old-fashioned Halloween themed costumes (yawn).
There have been any number of famous dogs throughout history and/or stars who wouldn’t be seen on the street, without their dogs. Ozzy Osbourne’s wife Sharon is big on dogs. Stars like Paris Hilton seem to gravitate toward the little teacup dogs, that can fit inside a bag or purse. There are cartoon favorites, such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Astro and any one of the Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, or TV characters like Lassie and Timmy, Eddie and Fraser, Brian and any one of the Griffins from ‘Family Guy’ (most likely however would be Stewie), or movie celebrities, such as a dalmation and Cruella Deville, Toto and Dorothy from the ‘Wizard of Oz’, Lady and The Tramp, but you’d both have to be dogs… or best of all Spuds McKenzie and a can of Bud.
Ultimately you may want to switch roles with your pet. There are dog costumes online for humans and you can dress your little friend up as a human. Don’t forget – you have to wear the collar and leash! (Just a little cautionary note here – if there is a costumed dominatrix at the party and you show up in that dog collar and leash… oh boy… hmm, then again.)
The hero always has a faithful sidekick. The Lone Ranger and Tonto, Batman and Robin, Green Hornet and Kato, Shaggy and Scooby. Then again, great pairs go great together – peanut butter and jelly, ketchup and mustard, football players and cheerleaders, cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, even angels and demons.
So, when dog owners want to get their pooches into the act, as the occasion arises, the natural tendency is to create a fun pairing of costumes, between dog and owner. And, with the popularity of matching outfits on the rise, stopping by Kigurumionesies.co.uk will give you so many insights on how you and your pet can be the life of the party in matching costumes.
Okay….And Why Dress Up Your Dog?
Sure, there are the skeptics who say that dressing a dog up in a costume is humiliating. However, when you see how popular the dog becomes at the parties, how humiliating is that? Suddenly they are the center of attention and the star of the show! Often times people are taking pictures of you dog. Of course, there are always those people who no matter what you do, can’t seem to enjoy anything and are the living embodiment of the Grumpy Cat.
Dog Costumes Have Become Innovative
Not so long ago, if a pet owner wanted to dress up their dog in any kind of costume, they had only two real choices. Have a costume custom made or purchase a children’s costume that would fit their dog. Custom making a costume will certainly get you what you want, but the expense can often be very high if you are not doing it yourself. Purchasing a kids costume works okay, if your dog is built like a kid.
Many times these costumes would not fit properly, not matter how they were pinned and tied to the dog. Proper fit is important to prevent cutting off circulation, if any part of the garment fits too tightly. Companies now are seeing the niche market in creating all kinds of costumes for dogs that are fun, fit properly and do not clean out your wallet, when you purchase them. Many are well made and can also be used as extra coating, during the winter months, to keep your canine extra warm, when the temperatures start dropping.
As a caution, never leave your dog unattended in their costume. Some dogs may try to either remove it if it feels uncomfortable to them and/or may try to chew on parts they can reach.
A good thing to keep in mind for a pet friendly home plan is the fact that pets, just like their people, get old and can have problems navigating stairs eventually. That is why, if you are taking into consideration the family pets, while planning your new dream home, you may want to go with something on the lines of ranch house plans. No stairs for you as you get older or your fuzzy friend either. (Some individuals have opted for a sunken living room which only consists of about two steps, just to shake things up a bit.)
Pet Friendly On The Inside
The following are some tips from pet owners and interior designers that take pets into consideration:
Pet Friendly On The Outside
Outside considerations can mean anything from a dog house built to match the outer design of your house, all the way to pet doors installed in the door most frequently used by your pet, entering into the room discussed above. Particularly if you have small animals, that like to jump up and lay in the window, you want to make sure that your screens and storm windows are exceedingly secure and will not allow the pet to fall, especially in the case of a multiple floor home.
If you live in an area that has frequent inclement weather, you may want to build some type of system whereby you don’t have to get wet or full of snow, in order to let Spot out to do his duty. Either an entry into an outdoor kennel area or a leash that reaches all the way to the door are both systems that will keep you warm and dry, while Spot has to endure the elements to do his business.