Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Day at the Doggie Spa: Purple Bone Notting Hill

Every doginista must have her day, and in my case, after a lonnng winter of coat-growing, I was seriously due for a trip to the puppy spa. Knots behind my ears, excess bum fuzz facilitating greater messy messy than mommy would like (mmm dingleberries). It was time.

Trouble is, unlike my home town where you can't hardly trot one or two blocks without stumbling across a glorified pawdicure providing, top of the line, doggy spa, London is somewhat lacking in superior Pomeranian care. It's not that the Brits don't love their pups, they just think of them as just that, canines in need of clipping, not diva doginistas on the hunt for triple oxygen puppy facials with at least a team of two working on paw massage and tail straightening. It's not easy being this pretty. DUH

So after my last trip to Mutz Nutz, whence I emerged fully shaven in time for my jaunt to the Amalfi Coast, I was nevertheless a bit apprehensive about a return to a London groomer. You see, due to the precocious nature of my silky undercoat, never is a groomer to take razor to Pomeranian, I must always be sheared the old fashioned way.

Hence my surprise when, one morning, after Mommy got back from Paris, we headed for the Tube at Notting Hill Gate and stumbled upon the Purple Bone, a new pet store which had just opened that day. Lo and behold, one of the men who worked there (perhaps an owner or manager) was a full-fledged small dog owning New Yorker who too tired of the lack of luxury pet offerings on this side of the pond and facilitated the opening of a fully Puppia stocked, organic-food providing emporium for myself and my four-legged Notting Hill neighbors.

So I booked in straight away for the full treatment, a "Glam Session" which only set Mommy back £35, about £35 less than Mutz Nutz and the average rate we've been quoted around this city. This luxe treatment included the following:

Free Consultation, Brush Out
Specialty Bath of Your Choice
Hair Cut and Sanitary Trim (Dogzilian)
Blow dry, Teeth Cleaning
Ear Cleansing and trimming
Gland Expression
Aromatic Finishing Mist

Modelling my new haircut on the street immediately post spa
The Aromantic Finishing Mist was well worth it, I felt like I was back to canine civilization again, where pups are princesses and paws are there for pawdicuring. My groomer was also increibly adept and friendly, slyly whisking me away from Mommy whilst tempting me with treats, so I had barely noticed when she had gone and the ear cleansing began. Purple Bone also offers an express wash, a plethora of bath options and a la carte services such as Dogzilian (Sanitary Trim), of which I must partake before my next beach holiday.  So to all my ex-pat-pups looking for that spring trim, look no further than the Purple Bone. 

95 Notting Hill Gate
London, w11 3JZ
Phone: +44 207 985 0903

Store Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:30am to 7:00pm
Saturdays :9:30am to 6:0pm

Dingleberries Begone! 


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  15. Been to both the Westfield and Notting Hill stores, both had great selection of products and helpful, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Can't wait to treat my pooch to a boutique grooming session there!

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