We live in a very urban and generally, not so pretty area.
But on our walk, we passed a sparkly mosaic mural that I love. It's the exterior of a youth social services agency a couple blocks from my house and it's such a cool, unexpected pop of color on an otherwise drab stretch of city street.
There is a little strip of African business along the route as well. We walked by a shop selling African clothing and candles, and an interesting restaurant (with their delivery truck parked out front).
We also saw a video store that specializes in Nigerian movies.
When we arrived at Soggy Paws, they asked if Maisie had any allergies or skin issues, then mixed up a custom shampoo from their extensive selection. We always get a combination of the oatmeal (because Maisie tends to get itchy) and dark coat shampoos.
Besides not having to worry about bringing any supplies or making a mess at home, I also love that they wash your dog's face for you with a special mango scented foam. The staff is super friendly and gentle, but Maisie of course hates that part anyway (as she does the entire process).
After her head was all clean, it was time to wet the rest of her down...
And soap her up. Please note the pitiful, pathetic face that accompanies this stage.
I then rinsed Maisie off, dried her with the towels Soggy Paws provides, and finished with a bit of "high sheen" spray to make her coat extra glossy.
Naturally, I always end up buying some treats for Maisie to reward her patience before we leave. She ate one right in the store, and we headed back home. It was wonderful to be outside on such a nice sunny day, though the wind was strong enough to lift a dog's ears!