Doggy facials all the rage with Gloucester top dogs VIDEO
THERE is nothing quite like getting pampered, with facials, manicures and massages on tap.
It now seems the in thing is for dogs to attend salons which are designed just for them.
And Gloucester pooches are lapping it all up.
Some owners have forked out on treatments including manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, bathing and styling.
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Carol Hutchins, who owns, The Lady & The Tramp Grooming Salon in Bristol Road, has been providing treatments for dogs for 23 years.
She said: "Dog salons are not a new thing, they have always been around. I bought a book in the 60s which was about glamour and collars decorated with diamantes and that is where I got my idea.
"Dogs like to have attention and that is what they get when they come to my salon. The most popular treatment that our customers choose is facials. But the most important thing is all the products we use are animal friendly. We are very careful about the dog's temperament and do not carry out treatments on shy dogs. It would be like putting diamonds on a girl who does not want attention.
"I have got regular customers who have brought in their dogs for 23 years. We moved to Bristol Road two years ago because custom increased and we needed more space."
Carol often has dog owners' travel from as far away as Devon to spend the day in her salon.
Packages include a blow dry, haircut, bubble bath, mini massage and treatment to the paws and extra options involve facials, nail painting and diamantes on ears.
One of her best clients is Dawn Bowser, 62, who lives next to Gloucester Park, with pampered pooch Bugsy.
The six-year-old Lhasa Apso has been getting facials and massages at Carol's salon all his life.
"He absolutely loves it and there's not a day when my husband takes him for a walk that someone doesn't say how good he looks," she said.
"It makes such a difference, not just to how he looks, but how he feels. He comes out of the salon showing off."
Jackie Weir, who runs Nails'n'tails in Hucclecote, is looking to offer more glitz and glamour to her customers.
She said: "It would be nice to add a bit of colour to the dogs, put a bit of pink colour into the fur or put on a love heart, like a temporary tattoo. But the most important thing is to use animal-friendly products."