Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) and the official start of the East End’s busy summer season is around the corner, so now’s the time to take advantage of all the special things that will be nonexistent or difficult to enjoy in the Hamptons once the crowds arrive from points west.
We continue our countdown of 20 things to do before Memorial Day in the Hamptons with:
#14: Pamper Your Pooch
If you have a dog and you live in the Hamptons, you know that grooming appointments are not easy to get once summer is underway. Pets are incredibly popular with our seasonal guests, as they are with locals, so space is limited at any halfway decent local groomer. Even in mid-May, spots are never guaranteed.
The same goes with checkups at your local veterinarian, available stock at your favorite pet shop, and so on.
These final days before Memorial Day and summer’s kickoff are crucial for making sure your beloved pup gets the care he or she needs. The last thing a responsible and loving dog owner wants is for our four-legged friends to feel neglected, so get on the phone and book those appointments now. Besides, how would you look showing up to a Memorial Day weekend event with a less than perfect pooch?
The warmer months are a good time to try a shorter cut, but never go too short—dogs get sunburned just like people and their sensitive skin requires protection. Also make sure to get your dog’s nails clipped, ears cleaned and anal glands expelled, if needed.
Here are four reputable local groomers who can get your best friend in shape for summer (this is not a comprehensive list):
One Stop Pet Shop: 29 Riverhead Road, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-6765
Shinnecock Animal Hospital: 212 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, 631-723-0500, sahospital.net
The Classy Canine: 468 County Road 39, Southampton, 631-283-1306, classycaninehamptons.com
Beach Paws: 348 Montauk Highway, Wainscott, 631-537-4590