Goochie Poochie to pamper Destin's canine crowd


After breaking ground in February, Goochie Poochie is taking shape. The pet spa and resort is expected to open in July, owner Yuko Barcus says.

Special to The Log
Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 02:58 PM.

If your pooch is in need of a little pampering, Goochie Poochie will provide your pet with a spa and hotel experience that is second to none.

"We are going to offer full-service grooming, a doggie hotel and doggie day care," said Yuko Barcus, owner of Goochie Poochie Doggie Resort & Spa.

Currently under construction, Goochie Poochie will be a state-of-the-art premium dog resort designed with your pet's comfort in mind. The project broke ground in February and work is well underway.

After moving to the United States from Japan eight years ago, Barcus, who was a technology writer with Nokia, told The Log that opening her own pet salon just made sense, as she struggled to find a salon in the area she felt comfortable with. Barcus is teaming up with Barbara Bradshaw, who will be the salon's assistant manager, to "treat your pet the way we would want you to treat ours."

As part of the spa experience, your pet will be pampered in style — whether they are getting a new hairdo, being bathed and brushed or receiving de-shedding treatment. Express grooming and day care services will also be available.

Doggie day care at Goochie Poochie is an indoor cage-free service and is designed for dogs to play and have fun. Trained supervisors will keep an eye on your pup and help burn off that puppy energy so you can come home and relax with your four-legged friend after a long day at work.

Each day care guest will take part in a group nature walk every three hours, enjoys a mid-day snack, and receives constant supervision while making new friends.

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