Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Every dog has its (spa) day

Best Of The Gays

Mudpuppy's management team includes, from top, left, Chris Grant, Castro manager; Blake Hernandez, director, grooming services; Alex Gonzales, Chestnut manager; from bottom, left, Claudio Eleccion, Point Isabel manager; and Joshua Peterson, director of food services at Sit and Stay Cafe, Point Isabel. Photo: Courtesy Mudpuppy's Tub and Scrub
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Dog guardians know the drill. Every six weeks or so it's time to take your pooch in for a wash. The pets usually love it, and their human companions enjoy the smell and appearance of a clean, groomed doggie.

In the Castro, Mudpuppy's Tub and Scrub has been a favorite of Bay Area Reporter readers all four years of our readers' poll for best place to pamper your pets.

Fiona waits to be groomed at Mudpuppy's. Photo: Courtesy Mudpuppy's Tub and Scrub

Now with two San Francisco locations, as well as the flagship shop at Point Isabel Dog Park in Richmond, services range from a basic wash to wash and nail trim to flea dip to full service grooming (not available at Point Isabel).

Co-owners Todd Ahlberg, Daniel Bergerac, and Eddie Lundeen opened the Castro location several years ago. Bergerac told the B.A.R. in an email that the team is honored to be recognized by the paper's readers.

"What makes Mudpuppy's stores so popular is, hands down, the crews at each of our locations," Bergerac said. "We hire and train the brightest and most experienced animal lovers to be Mudpuppy's associates, and we require that our groomers hold formal certificates."

He added that team members take continuing education courses to keep up to date on the latest developments in the pet grooming industry.

"Our customers trust us to leave their best friends in our care, and know that their pup will be squeaky clean and happy when they come for pick-up," Bergerac said. "It's always heartwarming to hear our customers tell us that their dog pulls them into our stores, as opposed to the other way around. That tells us we're doing something right."

Mudpuppy's Tub and Scrub, 536 Castro Street, San Francisco, (415) 431-8899; 2414 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, (415) 567-8002; 1 Isabel Street, Richmond, (510) 559-8899.



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