There is nothing quite like coming home to a dog at the end of a hard day and being met enthusiastically by a friend who loves you unconditionally. As a way to say thank you, turn the tables and spoil your dog a little. Treat your pampered pooch to a little bit of luxury with five awesome options in Atlanta.
Piedmont Dog Park
1320 Monroe Dr. Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
Hours: Sun to Sat – 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Unleash and let your dog run free at the Piedmont Park Dog Park in midtown Atlanta, one of the city’s most beautiful parks. The 187-acre urban oasis features miles of walking trails, sports fields, a fully stocked lake for fishing and a fenced, recently renovated dog park. Your pup is sure to love the 3-acre dog run, separate enclosures for small and large dogs, new trails and landscaping, and benches and restrooms for loyal owners.
Atlanta Dog Spa
707 Edgehill Ave. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A clean dog is a healthy and happy dog. The experts at Atlanta Dog Spa cater completely to their canine clients. The luxurious doggie spa is spacious facility that provides everything a discerning canine could need. From bathing and grooming services to cage-free boarding and daycare, Atlanta Dog Spa is a full service facility. They’ll even throw a birthday party for your cuddly canine! Services include grooming, bathing, nail dremmel, ear and teeth cleaning, and a fancy bandana or hair bows. Cologne is available upon request.
501 Amsterdam Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Price: $22 full day/$17 half day/$5 per hour
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Piedmont Bark caters 100 percent to making dogs happy and active in its ample playrooms. If your pooch is bored, stressed or lonely, the loving professionals at Piedmont Bark will give it lots of human and canine interaction. All dogs are grouped by size and temperament and assigned to one of four play areas. Each features a bright and cheery park-like setting. When indoor playtime is over, all dogs are walked outside. Naptime is then followed by even more playtime.
Inman Park Pet Works
914A Austin Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
From funky to fancy and everything in between, you’ll find the latest styles of canine couture at Inman Park Pet Works. This locally owned and operated pet shop caters to fashionable cats and dogs and their discerning owners. Not only will you find designer duds, collars and leashes, but you’ll also be amazed by the wide selection of natural food and treats, and grooming products galore. Take advantage of a self-wash doggie salon, an urban dog spa to keep your canine looking its best. The next time you’re near Inman Park, be sure to check it out.
Newtown Dog Park
3150 Old Alabama Rd.
Johns Creek, GA 30022
Hours: Sun to Sat – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Newtown Dog Park in Johns Creek was recently redesigned, due to a $500,000 grant from Beneful. The 1-acre, fenced-in dog park at Newtown is a puppy paradise that includes separate areas for small and large dogs, sprinklers and even a spraying hydrant. A bridge, hoops and tunnels provide canines with plenty of fun and exercise. Their humans are sure to appreciate the drinking station for people and pups, and the extensive walking trail.
Jackie Kass is a freelance writer from Atlanta with more than twenty years of writing experience. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.