Too Close To Call: Pup Culture



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As we enter the dog days of summer, not only do people want to keep cool and coiffed, but their pooches do, too. So we went in search of the city’s hottest dog spas. Christi Powell is the self-described pet stylist behind Rosedale DOGee Spa. Eve MacArthur specializes in creative cuts at King West’s Spaw Boutique. Who will get the top grade for grooming? You decide.

 

ROSEDALE DOGEE SPA VS. SPAW BOUTIQUE

Rosedale DOGee Spa,
Christi Powell, 2007.

 
Name of shop, owners & year opened: Spaw Boutique,
Eve MacArthur, 2006.
 

Bell-bottoms.
 
Signature style: Mohawks.
I was an actor. I got lucky to do a couple of independent feature films in Toronto. What did you do before? Of all things, I had a food
truck.… We did all different types
of construction sites.
Bella, 2, Yorkie; Kyuss, 1,
and Sofia, 4, standard poodles;
and Chiquita, 6, chihuahua.
 
Your dog(s), age, breed: T-Bone, 11, English bulldog.
I recently did the advanced
poodle competition for Canada
Grooms and won that.
 
Claims to fame? We have done a lot of TV spots
[Pet Fashion and Redemption Inc.].
The dying, painting nails,
sparkles — for the events you can
glue little rhinestones on them.
 
Ever get any special requests? I’ll do more intricate stuff — logos
for special events, hair colour
and nail polish.
Our Yorkie … truly loves being
hot ironed — [having] her coat
straightened with a hot iron.
What’s the most pampered pooch you’ve seen? The dog basically came in a limo and has a nanny and full outfits.

Elton John [when he was in
Toronto writing his last musical].
 
Any celeb clients? Devon Sawa [when he was in town from L.A.].     

 

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