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High Cost Pet Pampering

Hotel amenities includes Paw Package
By Karen B. London PhD, October 2010, Updated June 2021

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?

 

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Karen B. London, Ph.D. is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer who specializes in working with dogs with serious behavioral issues, including aggression. Karen writes the animal column for the Arizona Daily Sun and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of six books about canine training and behavior, including her most recent, Treat Everyone Like a Dog: How a Dog Trainer’s World View Can Improve Your Life