I initially avoided the Tailwaggers pet store and their sister store, TailWashers (pet grooming) because I thought that a small, boutique’ish pet shop would be way more expensive than the “big box” pet stores that I frequent. I ended up in there one day only because I was in a rush and it was conveniently located near my house and I didn’t have time to schlep out to Petco (which I still love...but they just happen to be a bit far from where I live). I figured that I would bite the bullet and pay through the nose this one time.
Now...this is my favorite store in all of LA...seriously. The employees are truly amazing. The “listening” from these folks is nothing short of epic. The first time I was there, I was delivering a “just the facts ma’am” description of my dog’s issues and what I was looking for, trying not to sound overly concerned about my quest. Well, next thing I know I’d been in the store for over 45 minutes and I’d talked, in earnest, with at least three people working there, sharing every intimate detail of Daisy’s eating habits, her separation anxiety, my lack of control when walking her near other dogs (she’s a 65 lb. pit bull that I am fostering), her sensitive stomach, her bowel issues, her skin problems, etc., etc., etc. (Sorry, TMI...!).
They listened hard to every word I said and then probed for more information and then started making suggestions, offering examples of success and failure with different methods, products, etc. This visit changed my life...I’m serious.
Ruben, one of the sales people who also owns a pit bull, talked with me for more than a half hour...he basically he gave me a pit bull 101 class, which completely changed the way that I deal with Daisy. And thanks to him, everything is easier now! She is much more manageable, and she and I are both much happier!
Subsequently, I also made an appointment at their sister store next door, TailWashers, for a professional grooming. OMG! She was a new dog! Gorgeous, shiny and soft. Since then I’ve been back to the groomer several more times, and in between groomer visits I use the “self washing” area at TailWashers, which is a reduced price, and it’s SO much easier than washing her at home in my shower and getting the floors drenched and using every towel in the house to dry her. This was awesome!
Her skin condition is completely cleared up. Her "dirty dog" smell is gone. I now walk her in full control, and don't terrorize the neighbors coming down the street. She and I are transformed as a result of Tailwaggers and Tailwashers. I know it sounds like hype, but it's not. If you've got an animal friend, drop in some day...you'll see what I mean within seconds of walking in the door.
They are located at the base of the Hollywood Hills area, in a small shopping center at the intersection of Franklin and Bronson. Enjoy! (P.S. - Ask for Ruben...he'll take good care of you!).