Discover LA: Den City Canine Retreat

Picture by Matthew Henry from Burst 


If you happen to’re a canine lover, and crystals and sound baths are proper up your alley, then you have to go to one of the distinctive experiences in Los Angeles: The Den City Canine Retreat. 

Positioned simply over the LA River in Cypress Park, the Den City Canine Retreat presents quite a lot of specialised wellness companies together with reiki, conventional therapeutic massage, and intuitive therapeutic, all centered round integrating wellness practices to profit our four-legged buddies. Sound a bit of too woo-woo for you? Additionally they supply extra conventional companies, like grooming, doggy daycare, and pack hikes.

Picture by Matthew Henry from Burst


As somebody who experiences equally as a lot separation nervousness as my canine, I am extremely cautious relating to selecting a groomer. My canine, Mousse, is a ball of nerves; it does not assist that as a Pomeranian-Chihuahua combine he is genetically vulnerable to separation nervousness. Previous journeys to the groomers have been emotionally draining on each of us. Handing him to a stranger and strolling his little empty harness and leash again to my automobile has at all times felt like a betrayal. 

And to complicate manners, as a “Pom-Chi,” he is vulnerable to matting and rising a shaggy mop of hair extremely quick. If left too lengthy, he begins to resemble a muppet with overgrown paws straight out of a Dr. Suess e-book. Whereas lovely, I can not think about it is too snug (or wholesome) for him. And irrespective of how constant I’m with brushing, over time his hair at all times manages to type little knots all through. 

My Mousse

Los Angeles, a notoriously dog-obsessed metropolis, is jam-packed with canine groomers to select from. And with little regulation and no certification required to turn into a canine groomer, it makes it notably essential to vet (no pun supposed) your groomer earlier than entrusting them together with your pet. rule of thumb is to pay shut consideration to how your canine behaves arriving on the groomers and afterwards; does your canine should be dragged into the groomers, or act overly anxious after they understand the place they’re? Is your canine withdrawn or appearing out of character afterwards? These might be indicators that the groomer isn’t a superb match. 

I found Den City Canine Retreat on Instagram (sure, Mousse has his personal Instagram – we stay in LA, in spite of everything). I used to be instantly drawn to the wellness and thoughts/physique connection on the coronary heart of their enterprise mannequin. As a self-admitted lover of all issues woo-woo, I could not dream of a extra related idea for somebody like me. And extra importantly, I could not think about a greater atmosphere for Mousse and his specific set of wants. 

As you stroll by way of the door into the Den City Canine Retreat, you might be greeted by a bit of canine statue in a seated prayer place. A big canine mural takes up the wall behind it. Potted crops dot the grounds, giving the house an actual spa really feel. Not far away and also you enter their store, which is stuffed with treats, equipment, and crystals for buy. 

Their doggy spa, adjoining to the store and daycare middle, is in contrast to any groomers you’ve got seen. Canines are washed in a giant vintage-style tub with hip graphic tile backsplash. The cage free spa is semi-private, which means your pup will probably be handled with extra consideration. Most significantly, there is no dangerous vibes right here; the giant amethyst crystal geode that sits within the nook makes certain to take away these. 


Mousse earlier than…


…and after!

Choosing up Mousse from the spa, I discover he is not shaking, or hiding his face in my neck as he normally would. He appears rejuvenated, dare I say… relaxed?? His paws have been efficiently de-Suess-ified, and his fur is tender and tangle-free. Accessorized in his new plaid bandana he is trying (and feeling) recent. 

And whereas I believe my Moussie-bear appears to be like stunning each earlier than and after his spa day, if he requires a grooming session I might fairly take him someplace that does not exacerbate or, higher but, reduces his nervousness. Oh, and his subsequent appointment? A forty five minute therapeutic massage for his birthday. 

You’ll be able to go to the Den City Canine Retreat right here and evaluation their wellness companies right here.  

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