Take the weight off your poor pooches paws with a luxury grooming session at the Harrods Pet Spa. It’s the ultimate in personal pet grooming offering everything from facials (never mind the fur, they’ll work around it) to fresh breath treatments and deluxe ‘pawdicures’ which will set you back at least £59.99. Alternatively there’s Victoria Bark near, you’ve guessed it, Victoria Park, Classy Canine in Chingford or Highgate’s own Hair of the Dog. Those groomers like puns more than we do.
For temperamental terriers London boasts a host of doggy boot camps offering the stop drop and roll treatment. Bark Busters in Croydon has a specialist dog therapist and trainer while Bandana Puppies in Southwark offer one-on-one puppy training. Meanwhile, City Dog in Shoreditch claim to get face to snout with your dog- better hope he’s been for a fresh breath treatment first.
Schmoozing and boozing
That’s right, drink with your dog in the city’s canine friendly boozers. There’s The Mucky Pup in Islington, The Pigs Ear in Chelsea and The Dog House in Kennington. Alternatively there’s Miss Amy Grimehouse’s ‘Best In Show’, themed film soirée on the April 19, where dogs are warmly welcomed (and get free entry, the lucky things). It’s always a sell-out, book it quickly.
If the stress of Crufts is getting a little much, it may be time to send your mutt out of town. Halo, the county retreat for urban dogs offers a first rate home boarding service. They’ll do home pickups and are also available for doggy day care and pup sitting. The House of Mutt is another exclusive retreat for ‘dogs of distinction’, giving away bespoke doggy goody bags after a stay.
It’s a dog eat dog world out there. Get pampering. Didi Mae Hand
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