From state-of-the-art grooming techniques to expert trainers, these South Shore businesses cater to discerning dog owners and their four-legged friends.By Adam Tokarz | Photography by Jack Foley
A Doggie Spa Day
Thanks to the grooming team at Buddies Pet Spa and Boutique in Marshfield, washing your dog doesn’t have to be a messy proposition. Owner Donna Sheehey, who has operated the mobile pet grooming business Zoomin Groomin for the past TK years, decided to open a brick and mortar pet spa in 2015. The pet spa offers all-natural eco-friendly dog grooming and a range of specialty pet products such as grain-free food, natural flea and tick treatments, healthy supplements and bakery-style pet treats.
A state-of-the-art ZipWash cleansing system is one of the signature treatments at Buddies. The tub-free technique is both safe and effective. As the groomer gently glides a special washing nozzle over their canine client, an environmentally-friendly Pure Oxygen cleansing solution is dispensed and penetrates through the hair and down to the skin. At the same time, a vacuum whisks away liquid, dirt and debris. Pets can also have their teeth cleaned and their nails trimmed, leaving them fresh from head to toe.
“We have dogs that come in every week for grooming,” says Sheehey. “Owners want to cut down on the dander in their homes and we help accomplish that.” Creative clients can also request more trendy services like colored stencils and glitter tattoos (these services prove most popular during the holidays).
A go-green mentality is woven into every aspect of the business. “We use organic, antibacterial and antifungal products,” says Sheehey. “We also use water-saving technology. We can clean a large dog with just a gallon of water, which equals a huge water savings.” Sheehey makes a point to treat each of her furry clients like family. Her daughter, Tess, manages the day-to-day operations at the pet spa and boutique. “We couldn’t do any of this without her,” says Sheehey.
The Buddies and Zoomin Groomin team strive to be active in the South Shore community. Last year, the business donated over 500 pounds of pet food to local animal shelters and food pantries. In 2017, Sheehey plans to host more themed events and pet wellness workshops at Buddies.
Buddies Pet Spa and Boutique
1899 Ocean Street, Marshfield
Unleashing Your Pet’s Potential
Whether you’re getting a new puppy or you have an older dog with a few bad habits, the key to enhancing and improving your relationship with your pet, says trainer Karen Lanoue-Lambrecht, is having clear communication. The owner and head instructor at PAWS-itively Obedient in Pembroke, Lanoue-Lambrecht has spent over 22 years teaching dogs (and their people) how to behave. She and her team of certified professional dog trainers offer private, in-home behavior-modification sessions as well as group training classes at South Paws Doggie Daycare in Pembroke. Dogs as young as 7 or 8 weeks old come to “puppy kindergarten” to learn socialization skills while older dogs practice obedience or take a fun-based class like agility or “Sniff it” scent tracking.
Prior to becoming a dog trainer, Lanoue-Lambrech worked as a veterinary technician at Angell Memorial Hospital for seven years. She developed a passion for dog training after adopting an untrained 9-month-old American Eskimo puppy and was inspired to learn more about the field. She now has multiple dog training certifications to her credit, including being a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Associate Certified Behavior Consultant and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is also a Family Paws Presenter and offers specific presentations about dog safety with young children.
Lanoue-Lambrecht spends the majority of her time working one-on-one with clients that have dogs with behavioral issues such as over-reactive aggressive behavior towards people or other animals, fear-based aggression and anxiety.
“I always tell people to define the behavior they want ,” says Lanoue-Lambrecht. “You can’t just say, ‘Don’t Jump.’ You have to be specific about what it is you want the animal to do and then break that down into steps.” She and the other trainers at PAWS-itively Obedient use positive reinforcement techniques to motivate their canine clients. “You can’t be stingy with your rewards,” she says.
A Dog Park Dream in the Making
Gina Delaney had a problem. After injuring her back in 2013, she found that there were days when it was difficult to perform even simple tasks, including walking her two rescues (Bubba, a lab/pit bull mix, and Kaia, an English/Staffordshire mix). The 24-year-resident of Plymouth soon realized there wasn’t an off-leash park where she could take her pets to exercise in town. So, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Delaney reached out to her town offices and started a Facebook page for the Friends of Plymouth Dog Park to gauge community interest and support for a local dog park. People started sending messages instantly and the number of social media followers grew. Inspired by the increased interest, Delaney created a seven-member-board in 2016.
Today, Friends of Plymouth Dog Park is an active collective of South Shore dog lovers who are working closely with the town of Plymouth to apply for the Stanton Foundation Grant in an effort to build an off-leash dog park on a designated parcel of the West Plymouth Recreation area. According to Delaney, who serves as president, the group’s goal is simple: “Our mission is to bring the community together and provide a safe, healthy environment and gathering place for them and their pets.”
To date, the group has held several fundraising events to raise money to cover 10 percent of the construction costs associated with the park (roughly $25,000, according to Delaney), and the community has responded in kind. Plymouth South High School marketing students helped raise awareness and funds for the dog park project by selling dog-branded water bottles and bandanas. Local business Automated Business Solutions has printed all fundraising and branded collateral, free of charge. Friends of Plymouth Dog Park is also planning a 2017 collaboration with Plymouth-based Independent Fermentations Brewing to host a canines-and-craft beer shindig in the near future so supporters can sip frosted brews while contributing to a worthy cause. For more information about upcoming events, pictures of some of the 9,000 licensed Plymouth pups who will benefit from a leash-free play space, and how you can help support the initiative, visit plymouthdogs.com.
Medicine in Motion
Whether your pet has arthritis or recently underwent surgery and needs a little help getting back on his feet, Animotion Animal Rehabilitation in Stoughton offers therapeutic treatments to reduce pain and aid in the healing process. Opened in 2008, the staff at Animotion takes a whole-health approach to wellness by offering a range of rehabilitation therapies to treat orthopedic and neurological problems, weight management issues and more.
Customized treatment plans are created to fit each pet’s needs and include everything from acupuncture and therapeutic laser therapy to massage and hydrotherapy. Equipped with an underwater treadmill and mini lap-pool, the facility is able to help animals improve their range-of-motion and build strength through non-weight-bearing aquatic activities.
Located adjacent to the Lloyd Animal Medical Center, a full-service veterinary hospital, Animotion will open a new 1,000-square-foot addition in the spring, further expanding the treatments available. The new space will include two treatment rooms, therapeutic exercise equipment and a gait-analysis floor with sensors that record how an animal walks. The facility will also be offering cutting-edge regenerative technologies like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) stem cell injections, which are used to treat conditions like osteoarthritis, muscular injuries and certain spinal conditions.
The goal at Animotion is to complement traditional veterinary care by offering pet owners more options when it comes to the management of their pet’s pain and rehabilitation.
Animotion Animal Rehabilitation
995 Washington St., Stoughton
Pet Vet on Wheels
If you have a furry friend who doesn’t like going to the vet, Doctor Todd Seideman, owner of South Shore Integrated Veterinary Services (and pet parent to a rat terrier/Chihuahua mix named Oliver and a miniature pincher/Pomeranian named Barron) offers a convenient check-up alternative. His full-service mobile veterinary practice offers in-home visits, which Seideman feels “gives a truer reading on the pet because they are not stressed.” Based on a first-hand assessment of the animal’s environment, Seideman is also able to make informed recommendations for treatment plans. For patents looking for a more traditional option, he’s also currently working at Crazy Paws Veterinary Hospital in Cohasset, a full-service outfit that employs a unique experience for pet patients. “We do not have exam tables in our room,” he explains. “We get onto the floor with our patients and our exam rooms are designed to make the dogs as comfortable as possible.” Keeping the animal comfortable during their examinations is the ultimate goal. “The most rewarding thing is helping the clients and their pets get the best care with less stress,” says Seideman.
South Shore Integrated Veterinary Services