Spa Day! Dog Walks Itself to Pet Spa After Escaping Yard
Last Saturday morning, a dog named Gem from Winnipeg — located in Manitoba, Canada, just north of Minnesota — decided it was time to head to the spa when it escaped from the backyard. The staff at Happy Tails Pet Resort & Spa saw the pooch cross the gate around 6:30 a.m., but they never saw the dog’s owners show up.
“They were looking in the parking lot and saying, ‘Where’s your parents?’” said Happy Tails co-owner Shawn Bennett. As the employee opened the door, the five-year-old shepherd-cross came running in, tail wagging.
Gem is a frequent visitor, so the staff knew who her parents were and called them right away. They were surprised Gem got out of the yard, but they were not surprised she went to Happy Tails.
“She’s one of the many dogs that love coming here,” Bennett said. “I always call it Disneyland for dogs because they play with all their best buddies and it’s amazing to watch them.”
Many dogs are visiting the spa less now that the pandemic has increased work-from-home policies, but Bennett says that it is important to keep a routine schedule for pets. Gem visited the spa three-to-four times per week before the pandemic, but now only visits one time per week — she simply decided that was not enough!
Image source: Happy Trails Pet Spa & Resort