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Pets deserve to be pampered now and then

Happy Monday!

My late mother never stepped foot in a spa.

Instead, her daughters — four of them — tended to her callused feet, plucked her bewhiskered chin, curled her thinning blonde hair, and, when her nails grew long later in her life, cheerfully painted them a deep, glossy red.

Leesa and her mom Corrie. (Supplied)

I, on the other hand, had my first professional manicure weeks before I turned 40; and when I acquired daughters of my own, I rarely asked them to wait on me hand and foot, opting instead to treat us all to an occasional pedicure at one of our neighbourhood nail spas.

As the years passed, the four of us continued to pander to our vanity at a number of local luxurious spas, including Ten Spa in the Fort Garry Hotel, where we once enjoyed extravagant, "European-inspired" pedicures that featured rosemary misting and a soda scrub exfoliation.

At the end of that mid-morning stay, we ordered a round of mimosa cocktails before settling the bill with gift certificates, one won by me at a work Christmas party and the others awarded to my daughters for a modelling gig they did a few years ago.

Now, I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys a bit of pampering every now and then. After all, I hear it can be good for the soul.

And since reading business reporter Gabrielle Piche’s piece on an upscale pet spa that is set to open later this spring, I see that Winnipeg pooches will be able to enjoy a bit of therapeutic respite as well.

Nikki Carruthers and Carly Reimer, co-owners of Neon Dragon, with their dogs Viper and Peep. (Daniel Crump / Winnipeg Free Press)

Neon Dragon on Ness Avenue is set to offer a number of doggy ministrations including grooming, bathing, doggy makeovers, ear plucking, aloe nose treatments and, yes, even berry facials.

Inside the pink-walled studio, entrepreneurs Carly Reimer and Nikki Carruthers have also put in place velvet couches, chandeliers, a wine and beer bar, and a few napping cots for their four-legged patrons.

It sounds very lush. And in all honesty, I think my raggedy, long-haired mutts could benefit from a luxurious berry facial or aloe nose treatment.

That said, I can’t help but wonder what my dear, uncomplicated mother might have to say had she lived long enough to see the day when dogs are being pampered at spas.

Remember to send me your thoughts here.

Have a great week!

Leesa Dahl

Leesa Dahl

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This week in pet news

Dog brought Woodlands human remains home: RCMP

The dog brought back a bone to the farm near the corner of roads 79 North and 11 West, having found it in a nearby ditch. A few days later, the animal brought back more.

On Friday, RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel confirmed the remains were found by a dog that had dug them out of the melting snow.

Read more about it here.



RCMP and forensic unit officers search the ditches and fields around 79 North Rd. off Highway 6 in the Woodlands area for human remains on Friday. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)

Celebrities: Monkeys near Florida airport delight visitors

As departing jetliners roared overhead, an aging vervet monkey moped on a mangrove branch one recent afternoon in the woods he inhabits near a South Florida airport, his ego bruised.

Mikey, as he is called by his human observers, has long been the laid-back alpha male of a troop of monkeys ruling this tract of land, tucked off a busy runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Read more about it here.

Deborah "Missy" Williams, a Lynn University science professor who has been studying the vervet monkey troops near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. (Rebecca Blackwell / Associated Press)

Living and learning with each new day

"For me, every day is a learning day and every day is a teaching day. Some days I learn more than I teach, and those are good days," Jeff McFarlane writes.

"I have grown up in the pet industry. My first retail job was in a pet store and all through my adult life I have consistently been drawn back to working with pets. My 22 years here in Winnipeg serving the fine people of St. Vital and beyond have been a pleasure and when I look back, I cannot believe the changes that have happened, both in the industry and in my own life."

After more than 20 years of doing business, columnist Jeff McFarlane reflects on how much more care and thought people give to making pet food choices.

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