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.

Happy Year of the Dog!

Gong Hey Fat Choi or Happy Chinese New Year from Ernie, the Wags on Willow Pug. This is the Year of The Dog on the Chinese Calendar and I am a dog whose ancestry goes way way way back to about 550BC in ancient China.  I know because I sent my doggie DNA to PugAncestry.bark. Apparently my great, great, great, great, great ancestors were a Pekingese and a Lion Dog. There’s no record how they met. But Chinese emperors really liked the result which makes the Year of the Dog very special, Many Chinese believe a dog is a friend who understands his human companion’s spirit and if one happens to come to your house it’s a signal that fortune is in your future. So Mary, my business partner, think of me as a good luck charm—even when you catch me on the sofa.

In celebration of the Year of the Dog, we’ll be holding raffles for our clients throughout the entire year. Follow us to see the winners! 

It’s Valentime Here at Wags on Willow


It is Valentime at Wags on Willow.   Mary is my Valentine and I am hers.  It is still puppy love even though I’m 14 and will be 21 by year’s end. Puppy love lasts for ever.  So does kitty love.  If there is a dog or cat in your home this holiday, please keep the Valentine chocolate far from the pets.  Candy is dandy except for furry companions who will get sick or worse if they ingest chocolate.  Instead think about treating your family pet to a winter dry skin oatmeal bath at my award winning grooming salon. They will be refreshed and smell so fresh and sweet.  Or Buy One Valentine’s Pet Treat, Get Another One (of equal or lesser value) for free! While supplies last.

We’d love to see you.