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Boston's Best Places To Pamper Your Pooch

- By Lauren O'Neill

Consider your pet part of the family? Don't be ashamed, mine is too.  And it's easy to forget sometimes that just like everyone else, they need a special attention too. If you're looking for an extra special way to show your furry friend some extra lovin' why not treat them to a spa day with a massage, shampoos and specialty-baked goods? We have a line up of pup-pampering services that are sure to make you jealous.

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Photo Credit: Geoffrey Gavett

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High maintenance dog on your hands? For a truly luxurious pup pampering take your beloved fuzzy friend to Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa. (Think the Ritz Carlton of the dog world) This brand new, state of the art facility offers a variety of indulgent services that are sure to make you wish you could stay.  Choose from your not so standard grooming techniques like aquatic & hydro-fitness complete with heated pools, to holistic massages, and a dog delivery service. We're not kidding, this pup-paradise for sure.

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Katz & Dogz

Massage appointments & Instructional Sessions
Phone: 617-650-2533

You know how much you love a good massage. Your favorite canine is no exception. Katz & Dogz founder Arnie Katz has perfected holistic animal massage. After 27 years experience dealing with humans, one Golden Retriever named Charlie changed Arnie's life. He has been a practicing pet masseuse ever since. In addition to pet massage, Arnie also teaches instructional sessions so you can treat your dog on the daily!

Polkadog Bakery
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Polkadog Bakery began as a special way to show a stray some extra love and turned into a win-win for dogs and their admirers everywhere. Using the finest ingredients, Polkadog bakers prepare all their canine friendly delicacies by hand and with love. The next time your pooch has a hankering for gourmet goodies, you know where to go.

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Photo Credit: Geoffrey Gavett

$30/day (one dogs)
$45/day (two dogs
$120/weekly rate

If you dream of having a well behaved, meticulously manicured, refined canine to compliment your sophisticated nature; enrolling them in Dog Day Afternoons Country Day Prep is a must. All dogs must go through a highly selective application and evaluation process before being accepted into the elite shaggy society. Dog Day Afternoons seeks to achieve your dogs' maximum potential through play, socialization and stimulation. They even offer a limo service for those superior pups that can't bear to step a pretty paw on the MBTA. Prepare to have one posh pup on your hands; this is one apologetically exclusive clique.


Lauren is a Boston area transplant trying to figure out life in the city after graduating from art school.

Read more of her pursuits on her blog,Packn' Play.

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