Pets: Pampering

Spoil your pooch to the fullest.

| Boston Magazine |

What else could your pet possibly need? How about a day playing supermodel for a local pet photographer?

At-Home Pet Massage: While belly rubs are swell, they can’t compare to the handiwork of Arnie Katz of Katz and Dogz. The veteran masseur devotes much of his time to teaching his techniques, but will still make those all-important house calls to achy Boston animals. Using aromatherapy mists and herbal balms, Katz spends 30 to 45 minutes improving circulation, easing joint pain, and generally reducing your pet to a puddle of happiness. Jealous? Don’t be: He offers pet/owner massage packages, too. House calls start at $75, in-city; 617-650-2533,

Hotel Getaway: Book the complimentary “In the Doghouse” package at sleek boutique hotel Nine Zero, and they’ll outfit your room with treats, toys, and a plush bed in the size and style of your choice. Add-ons include room-service nummies like chicken-broth lollipops. Our favorite touch? Free use of cashmere dog sweaters, nattily embroidered with the hotel logo, on chilly days. 90 Tremont St., Boston, 617-772-5800,

Spa Escape: At Berlin-based Yankee Dog Retreat, yes, there are Hermès toys and luxury mud baths, but owner Jennifer Cermak believes pampering is all about being hands-on — an idea epitomized by YDR’s signature retreat package. Starting with a door-to-door shuttle, your pooch is the center of attention during a day of bucolic park or beach excursions, gourmet dining, light grooming, and spa treatments (which can be supplemented with a session of doggy yoga for an extra fee). Afterward, your pet is returned home relaxed and refreshed, and bearing a small treat for you, too. $100; weekend packages available; 617-710-8810,

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