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Best pet spa: Shampooch, Inc.

Winner in 2017's Best of Tacoma

Located on 6th Ave, Shampooch, Inc. is the first and only self-service dog grooming business in Tacoma. Photo credit: Shampooch, Inc.

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Shampooch, Inc. Self-Service Dog Wash, located in Tacoma, is winner of Best Pet Spa. Their business is based on their tagline, "Because your dog's favorite groomer is You!"

Have you ever had to wash your dog at home and created a huge mess? That was what owner, Jenni Friel faced one day. "It started as a joke really. It was Thanksgiving time and I had cleaned the whole house and the last thing I wanted to do was wash the dogs in a clean house," she laughed. "And once I get something in my mind, I just go with it," she continued.

Started in 2004, Shampooch is a self-serve business and allows customers to conveniently wash their dogs without having to bend over the tub or clean up a filthy mess. At Shampooch, they welcome you and your pet and pets don't experience separation anxiety from their owners.

According to Jenni, it is a bonding experience, costs a fraction of the cost of grooming, you leave the mess there ..."and it's the first of its kind in Tacoma," she added. No bending over the tub! No clogged drains at home. They only use professional products and equipment that ensure the health and well-being of your dog.

If you need help, they are staffed to provide quality service. They sell grooming tools, treats and toys for your convenience.

No appointment is necessary and includes a tub, shampoo, conditioner, ear cleaner, face wash, scrubber, fresh towels, apron, brushes, nail clippers, blow dryer and 45 minutes of table time. All prices include tax and depend on the size of the pet.

Call for an appointment if you want them to service your pet instead where they will wash, brush and dry for you.

Shampooch, Inc., 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 3219 6th Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.5450,

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