Gourmet doggie food at Beast-Ro Lounge opening Nov. 20

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The Dirty Paws Beast-Ro & Lounge, 859 West Shore Road, will hold a grand opening Sunday, November 20 at 4 p.m.

NBC 10’s Mario Hilario will emcee the opening.

The lounge, which is part of Dynamic Dog Training, is a specialty room where pet owners can pamper their dogs.

According to Susan Parker, of Dynamic Dog Training, dogs and their owners come to "The Beast-Ro" for dogs to get a gourmet meal, homemade dessert and a doggie beer. After dinner the dogs are encouraged to play games with their owners, do some nose work and even learn table etiquette.

“Dogs have a lot of fun and are allowed to be off leash in a safe, controlled setting,” Parker said in a release.

The room is booked by making reservations ahead of time, and dogs visit one dog at a time. Of course, all dogs go home with a "Doggie Bag," she said.

Dog handlers can also spend time sitting down, unwinding and enjoying a cup of coffee or tea, while they read one of many books (yes, the books are dog recipe books or dog-related books) after play time dogs are encouraged and taught to relax and "go to their mat.” RI Shelter dogs can come to the Beast-Ro during the week for free.

Parker said she has partnered with Providence Animal Control and is currently searching for volunteers who can take shelter dogs to make frequent visits to get some time away from the shelter and also cut loose and have fun while they wait for their forever home.

Shelter dogs can attend weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All dogs must be up to date on vaccines and volunteers must be cleared through the shelter staff before becoming a "Beast-Ro volunteer."

“Weekends are utilized for owned dogs. but shelter dogs can come if we have a reservation available,” Parker said.

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RISchadenfreude

Lots of hungry people out there need basic nourishment, but, hey, let's concern ourselves with "Gourmet" food for dogs...talk about screwed-up priorities.

Welcome to Bizarro World where pets are spoiled and people go hungry.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 21, 2016