For people who still find their bank accounts overflowing in these troubled times, here is one way to deal with the “problem”: Spend money on your dog. In this story in the Palm Beach Daily News, the author tells of her adventures with her Jack Russell Terrier getting spa treatments together at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota.
For $130, Maggie the Jack Russell received an hour-long massage from a certified massage therapist. Options include Swedish, full-body relaxation, sports or senior massage, all in the guest’s room to comply with health laws. Maggie’s guardian later had her own massage and reflexology treatment at the hotel spa.
The complete Paw Package at the hotel consists of one of the massages, a canine manicure, a walk to an area full of shops, galleries and outdoor cafes, room service with organic pet stew, bottled water and a gourmet dog biscuit, and a souvenir photo. The cost for these luxuries is $350.
What would you do with and for your dog if you had unlimited financial resources?
Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 17 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs, especially aggression. Karen has been writing the behavior column for The Bark since 2012 and wrote The Bark’s training column and various other articles for eight years before that. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and teaches a tropical field biology course in Costa Rica. Karen writes an animal column, The London Zoo, which appear in The Arizona Daily Sun and is the author of five books on canine training and behavior. She is working on her next book, which she expects to be published in 2017.