courtesy of Alexander
all heard the old saying “cats rule
and dogs drool” - but all jokes aside, which type of pet
really is right for
you? Are you a cat person? Perhaps you’re more of a dog
lover? Or are you
better matched to a completely different type of pet altogether?
adopting a pet, any first-time pet
owner should be brutally honest with themselves about their own
personality, lifestyle, level of commitment and time constraints. Spend
talking to friends and family who own pets, and always feel free to
experts here at Sparky’s
of our California
locations: Los Angeles or Beverly Hills. Take the time to do your
research - it
will pay off!
are a few considerations if you’re
thinking of adopting your first pet in the near future:
breed is right for you? You
should never adopt a pet just because you like the way
the breed looks. That adorable pug puppy you saw on television is
high maintenance breed that may not be ideal for a first-time dog
you have time for a pet? This
is one of the most important questions to ask
yourself. You’ll also want to consider how you’ll
make sure your pet is
properly looked after while you’re at work. If you work long
hours or have a
demanding job, you might want to consider hiring assistance from a
dog walker or a boarding service. This is especially helpful during the
adjustment period shortly after you adopt your pet, or during any times
you are out of town on vacation or business travel.
your home pet proof? If
not, you’ll want to consider how to make your home more pet-friendly
- and as
with everything else, this is a consideration that should be taken into
proactively, before you bring your pet home.
you have allergies? Many
people are allergic to pet dander. If you have allergies,
you’re not alone. An
estimated 15% of people are allergic to pets - and that
doesn’t even take
environmental allergens like pollen into consideration. Luckily,
with allergies have some options - including hypoallergenic
you’ve narrowed it down to a
particular type of pet you’d like to adopt, you may benefit
from spending some
time researching the behaviors, body language and communication methods
specific type of pet. Nobody expects a first-time pet owner to be a
failure to understand what your pet is trying to tell you is one of the
common reasons for dog bites, cat scratches, behavioral issues, and
pets having accidents in the house. Children
always be supervised when they are around pets, and should be taught to
respectful of pets at all times. In addition, your own body
and movements send communication signals to your pets - and can even
you have taken some time to think
about what specific type of pet you want, you will find it easier to
down to a breed (or a combination of breeds) that might be right for
you’ve answered all of the questions above and done some
you’ll be ready to go ahead and meet some potential pets
in-person. When you
finally do bring your pet home, you’ll be able to enjoy one
of the most
rewarding relationships life has to offer.
article was published on Beauty News LA.com May 2007
dread getting my hair cut the way some people hate going to the
dentist. For some reason the word trim gets lost in translation and I
end up with much less hair than I bargained for. These fears have been
projected onto my little girl, Sassy. She is a precious apricot toy
poodle who looks adorable with long curly locks, rather than the fancy
dog show cut and bows. Until now, the only place Sassy has ever been
groomed is at my local Petco. I came to the realization though that I
would never go to a place like Supercuts, so why should she?
That’s when I found Sparky’s, a pet salon that
offers everything a pampered pet deserves.
is a refreshing change the minute you and your pet walk in the door.
The salon is remarkably clean and fresh smelling, with all the grooming
conducted in the open so owners have the option of observing. After an
initial consultation with one of the “Trusted
Expert” groomers to determine the best cut for Sassy, her
knots were brushed out for over an hour before she received a pre-bath
trim. Your pet is then bathed with a luxurious shampoo, and for an
extra fee can include a pet massage by a trained therapist, a hot oil
treatment and teeth brushing. After the bath, Sassy was then dried out,
brushed again and styled with two precious bows.
I’m still not a believer in bows, I left them in for the rest
of the day because every little girl deserves to look like a princess
This article was run on 6/18/06 in the
the first pet salon to ever open in Beverly Hills has now opened a
second salon at 11960 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles and pets
couldn’t be happier as everything they do is designed with
the pet’s comfort and safety in mind.
To insure the
best experience, the salon is bright, roomy and spotlessly clean, with
a state-of-the-art air purification system that eliminates air-borne
bacteria and flying pet hair. All grooming is done in plain
view – if the customer likes, their pet need never leave
animal owners themselves, have five years experience and must undergo a
rigorous written and hands-on training program and have mastered
gentle, confident animal care and handling, as well as grooming skills.
specialty is the special-needs pet: animals with physical limitations
such as advanced age or blindness are handled with the greatest of care
prefer to schedule dogs and cats by appointment, they also welcome
walk-ins. Door-to-door locations service is available within
a three-mile radius for $15 round trip.
with the master groomer begins with an evaluation of the
dog’s teeth and gums, which indicate a lot about a
dog’s health. They have over six types of all
natural shampoos including oatmeal, hypo-allergenic, flea, whitening
and others all designed to create a healthy and beautiful dog.
deep muscle massage by licensed therapist, great for older or
special-needs pets, is available for $15, a stimulating hot-oil
treatment that invigorates the pets skin and coat for $20, and nail
polish for that finishing touch is $5.
more than 4 hours are given bottled water and a brief walk.
A pet boutique
carries a selection of clothes and accessories and the gourmet bakery
features all natural pet treats including brownies, churros, cupcakes
and even hamburger and French fries.
leave the salon with a picture of the pet at no charge which can then
be put on a customized t-shirt, mouse pad, plate or mug right there at
original location is 9221 W. Olympic Blvd. in Beverly Hills.
For information on services call 310-274-3647 or 310-571-3191
article was on the front page of 12/4/05
| Posted by Semhar Debessai on Dec
4, 2005, 22:45
– The city’s pets could not be happier –
or better looking – since the emergence of Beverly
Hills’ first licensed pet grooming business,
Sparky’s Pet Salon.
2-month-old business almost did not come to pass due to a longstanding
city ordinance that prevented having a group of four or more dogs
within 50 feet of a residence. “Well, everything in Beverly
Hills is within 50 feet of a residence,” said Pat Clancy, one
of the four owners and managing partner of Sparky’s.
giving up the dream, however, the partners took a shot at appealing to
the City of Beverly Hills for permission to conduct their business in
the city, in spite of the ordinance. With the counsel of Assistant City
Attorney Robert Pittman, who spoke on behalf of the soon-to-be business
and its value to the community, especially considering the number of
Beverly Hills residents who own pets, Sparky’s was granted
It took two
days to overturn a regulation that had kept the pet-servicing industry
out of Beverly Hills for years. “This is a sweeping change,
not just for us, but for other [pet] businesses,” said
Clancy. When considering the possibility for the increased competition
now that the ordinance is no longer an issue, Clancy responds with
confidence that client loyalty will not falter because, simply,
“We’re good at what we do.”
With all four partners possessing a
business background, there has been an extra emphasis on providing an
experience for the clients – both pets and humans –
that exceeds expectations and the typical salon services. Located on
Olympic, Sparky’s hopes to continue its tradition of firsts
(1st city approved salon) and be the first choice of Beverly Hills
residents and beyond when it comes to premier pet care.
This article was run in
Sparky's, the first pet
salon in Beverly Hills is opening its doors. Staffed by knowledgeable
experts in the field, who are also animal owners, Sparky's concept is
based on what they would want for their own pets: the best natural
products, the most comfortable environment, stylists that can groom all
breeds to AKC standards, but also create according to their client's
needs and desires. Sparky's also provides everything from fashions to
pastries and is a pleasant surprise for both pet and owner, reminding
us of the close bond they both share. They are located at 9221 West
Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills 90212.
Open 6 days a week. Call for an appointment (310) 274-3647.