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December 11th, 2013 12:01 am REBECCA JACOBSON | Headout

Headout: Relax The Hounds

Where to spoil your four-legged circus performers.

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This week, the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater somersaults its way into Portland, with dozens of four-legged, furry stars in tow. We figured that ringleader Gregory Popovich—who’s been called a cat whisperer by The New York Times—might need some ideas for how to spoil his Siamese and schnauzers while in town. Portland, fortunately, has no shortage of pet amenities.

LODGING: Giving piggyback rides to finicky kittens and wheeling around on teeny-tiny scooters makes for one pooped pooch. For a quality night’s sleep, Sniff Dog Hotel (sniffdoghotel.com) in Northwest offers fleece bedding, climate-controlled rooms and bubble baths. Let your depleted dachshund sit back and lounge in front of his flat-panel TV—as you watch his every move on the private webcam (included with the penthouse, $75 per night). Over at Meowhaus (meowhaus.biz), cats get memory-foam beds and views of zebra finches—safely behind glass—flitting around the indoor aviary.

GROOMING: D’tails Dog Salon (dtailsdogsalon.com) pampers your canine with full-body moisture wraps, antioxidant-rich blueberry facials and aromatherapy (lavender is especially good for nervous pups, we’re told, but sugar-cookie is also a popular scent this time of year). Nail art—think French manicures or snowmen, if your lady pooch cares for seasonally appropriate designs—runs $1 to $5 per nail. At Cats in the City (catsinthecity.net), felines can be trimmed to resemble lions, complete with booties and a pompom on the tail ($95).

WORKING OUT: All those acrobatic maneuvers—jumping rope, leaping through hoops, hurdling barricades—are tough on joints. That’s why Southeast’s Fido’s Indoor Dog Park (fidosindoordogpark.com) has a swimming pool, which is 98 percent chemical-free, and life jackets in all sizes.

BODYWORK: Loving Touch Animal Massage (lovingtouchanimalmassage.com) can smooth out Stinker Belle’s muscle spasms or decrease Tigger’s high blood pressure. Still need more? Balanced Pets NW (balancedpetsnw.com) specializes in traditional Chinese acupuncture to correct your pet’s energy flow. Especially good for irritable bowel disease.

DINING OUT: It’s not a trip to Portland without doughnuts. Tigard’s Pawsitive Pastries (pawsitivepastries.net) offers a yogurt-glazed, carob chip-topped version for dogs—made with beef broth, egg, oats and garlic powder. And they’re gluten-free! Meanwhile, off in the tony suburb of Lake Oswego, Uncle Larry’s (unclelarryspettreats.com) makes freeze-dried treats from locally sourced meat for both dogs and cats. Recommended for sensitive tummies.

PARTYING: Is it Scrappy’s special day? Lexi Dog Boutique & Social Club (lexidog.com) has pinatas, apple-bobbing and hot-dog hunts for your darling doggie, with party favors for up to eight four-legged guests.

PASSING ON: Maybe that tightrope was too high for Twinkle Toes. Or perhaps it was just “her time.” That’s where Dignified Pet Services (dignifiedpetservices.com) comes in, offering burials, cremations and memorial services, as well as round-the-clock emergency services. Pet-sized hearses available.

GO: The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694, on Thursday, Dec. 12. 7 pm. $25-$35. All ages.

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