Happy National Dog Day! As the proud parent of a new puppy, this day is extra special for me this year. Though, I have to say that every day really is dog day in my home. My puppy lives a pretty good life so far, she has her own space to play all day (and all night as I’m learning) filled with toys, a comfortable bed, and three square meals in a round dish daily. National Dog Day may not be a top holiday on your calendar, but more hotels, resorts, and spas are finding ways to include four-legged furry friends as guests and in healing offerings. There’s ample research proving pups are healing, energizing, and a mood booster so they fit right in with the spa lifestyle.
All month long the Carillon Miami Beach has furry friend festivities. Michelle Alva, PT and energy healer, led informative talks about the powerful benefits pets provide. For spa-goers who want to delve deeper, an Energy Healing session ($135, 50 minutes) teaches them how to connect to their own energy and body and find a deeper state of relaxation alongside their canine companion. Alva assesses both the client and dog’s energetic fields and helps balance the seven chakras through customized touch, massage, and aromatherapy.
The Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa, A Destination Hotel (Kirkland, WA) has its own mascot and director of barking, a beloved black lab. Guest pooches can enjoy the Lap of Luxury Pet Package with food, water bowls, treats, and more. Plus every third Monday during the summer, dogs and owners enjoy Yappier Hour with a canine play date and happy hour specials.
Hotel Derek, A Destination Hotel (Houston) has an in-room puppy menu and a portion of every pet deposit benefits the Houston SPCA.
L'Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel (CA) includes a welcome goodie bag, doggie day care, and access to the Dirty Dogs Dog Park and Dog Beach nearby.
XV Beacon (Boston) goes all out for canines traveling with guests. All dogs receive a personalized plate of peanut butter treats, plus more hotel-made dog biscuits are available as well as turndown service with bottled water, a plush dog bed, and sitting or walking services. The entire suggested $25 pet fee is donated to the MSPCA's Angell Animal Medical Center.
Now every dog and every spa-goer can have their day. Has your spa incorporated pup pampering on the menu?