Join us on October 20th from Noon - 2 PM for the 6th Annual Dog Days of Fall!

Bring your pup for an end of season swim at Five Seasons Family Sports Club located at 1300 Techny Rd • Northbrook.

Enjoy complimentary hot dogs & hot chocolate!

Suggested donation of $5.00 ~ proceeds will be donated to Heartland Animal Shelter.

Please note: this event is weather permitting.

See you then!!

Wags is Helping Cats & Dogs in Need

Putting charity over profits Wags on Willow is collecting supplies for orphaned dogs and cats at the annual Northfield-Winnetka Chamber of Commerce sidewalk sale on July 17 and 18, 2019. See the complete list of items being collected at this location below.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Groomer Joanna is having . . .


IT'S A BOY! To celebrate we are offering $2 Blueberry Facials as an upgrade to any regularly scheduled groom or bath through the month of February, 2019. Make sure to reference this promotion for the special pricing.


Ernie Outside
Happy GroundHound Day 2019! Will Ernie see his Shadow?
It‘s the day Wags on Willow’s co-owner Ernie the pug—we call him Wagsytawney Ernie—comes out of his dog house precisely at 6:25 a.m. central time to look for his shadow.
If he sees his shadow it means we’ll have six more weeks of Winter. Time to think about protecting paws from salt and ice-melting chemicals and to book baths to wash out all that icky stuff that collects when rolling in the snow and mud.
If he doesn’t see his shadow it means Spring will be here before you can say bow-wow. Those Spring grooms are just around the corner.
Whether he sees his shadow or not on Groundhound day, Ernie predicts there will be a Super Bowl on Sunday. 
That Ernie really can see the future.

Ready to Lighten Up?

Introducing hands free knit hats!

Ernie the Pug here. I may be the light of my Wags on Willow business partner Mary’s life, but she is lighting the way for me on these dark morning and evening walks. Mary is wearing a nifty Wags hat with a built-in light so other dog walkers and drivers can see her in the dark and so she can see where I make my necessary stops and stoops. The light also makes it easy for her, and for you, to see hazards like sidewalk cracks and debris. Wags on Willow currently has a limited supply of these special dog walker hats. So take it from Ernie, it is time to lighten up!

Sorry, no free grooms for elephants or donkeys!

This little Pug had a puglitical idea for the November

election: Wags on Willow would offer a free groom to

every elephant and donkey living in our hometown, the

Village of Northfield providing, of course, they had proof

of residence. Doing my dog-diligence I called the local

police. “I’m sure if we had any elephants living in

Northfield I’d know it,” said the police dispatcher. “But

donkeys are like horses and we have some horses.” “Do

you have any donkeys?” “We consider donkeys and

horses the same.” Next I called Northfield Village Hall.

“I’ve never had a question like that. We don’t have

licenses for donkeys and I know we don’t have any

elephants,” the nice lady said. So with no elephants and

maybe some donkeys we could just offer to groom

donkeys. “NO WAY,” said our team of professional

groomers. “We specialize in dogs and cats. That’s what

we are famous for, that’s why we win so many awards.

But we don’t do donkeys!” So much for my puglitical idea.

Whether you like elephants or donkeys, remember to vote

November 6. And maybe in 2020 there will be a canine

political party to compete with elephants and donkeys.

Then we can groom their mascot—a Pug of course

Happy 3rd Birthday Ernie!!

It’s ERNIE’S Birthday Pawty Time at Wags on Willow—Visit my award-winning grooming salon and help celebrate my 21st birthday (or 3rd in people years) and get a 21% off any item on the chew bar through Sept 2nd! Plus check out the fun, new birthday treats & toys that you may want for your upcoming birthday.
It‘s a big day for this little Pug (are there big Pugs?) and for my business partner Mary. Now I can get a drink, vote and if Mary will let me, even get my drivers license—if they count dog years.

Ask Me Why We Keep Winning


Wags on willow has done it again! We’ve been named the Best Grooming Salon on the North Shore for the FIFTH consecutive year by readers of the popular Make It Better magazine and website. And the yelp website gave us the 2017 “People Love us on Yelp” award.

This Pug is jumping for joy. If I could jump higher I’d high-five my business partner Mary and our fantastic team of pet owning and pet loving groomers. They are the best!

They are why we keep winning and winning and winningnine awards since 2014 including three from readers of the 22nd Century group of community newspapers on the North Shore. Look for our ad in the current issue of Make It Better magazine, cut it out and bring it in for special celebratory offers.

Interested in the Positive Benefits of Therapy Dogs?

Join us on Sunday, April 22nd from noon–3PM and meet local therapy dog owner, handler and trainer, Margot Igoe.

“Therapy dogs change lives,” says Margot Igoe, whose own therapy dogs have comforted hospital patients, helped kids improve their reading skills, and brought friendship to senior living and to memory assistance facilities on the North Shore.

Igoe, a veteran North Shore therapy dog owner, handler and trainer will be available to answer your questions about these special canine skills at Northfield’s Wags On Willowgrooming salon Sunday, April 22 from 2pm to 4pm as part of Wags continuing series of exclusive pet related community events.

Dog owners and those thinking of adding a therapy dog to their family are invited but to avoid crowding and possible socialization issues, dogs should remain at home. “Hearing about all they can do might inflate their egos,” said Mary Bower owner of Wags On Willow.

“It is amazing how willing people are to relate to therapy dogs and a joy to see the smiles they bring to both seniors and children,” says Igoe who works with her dog Teagan.

Working therapy dogs are credited with lowering blood pressure, triggering the release of calming endorphins, helping with pain management, lifting spirits by reducing anxiety and boredom, helping children to focus and gain self confidence.

Their use is on the rise in hospitals, schools and a variety of different living environments and are increasingly found working with victims and survivors in post disaster situations.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Do You Love Golden Retrievers?

Every quarter, Wags on Willow partners with As Good As Gold to offer one-on-one opportunities to explore adopting, fostering and working with Goldens. As Good As Gold is an organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of abandoned or unwanted Golden Retrievers. Call Wags on Willow at 847-272-2918 to find out the deTAILS for the next in-store event of this kind.

2018 Schedule

The following Sundays from Noon – 3 pm

  • February 25th
  • May 27th
  • August 26th
  • November 25th