Cave Creeker opens new Desert Dog Spa

By Curtis Riggs | November 5, 2008

CAVE CREEK – Tara Mulliniks-Dieckhoner will be hosting a grand opening for her Desert Dog Spa from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. Her new business is located in the Village Center in the 6500 block of East Cave Creek Road (just east of Dairy Queen).

Tara Dog SpaTara graduated from Cactus Shadows High School in 1991. Her father is State Farm Insurance agent Bill Mulliniks, who has had an office in Carefree for many years. She is married to David Dieckhoner. They have an 18-month-old daughter, Eva.

Tara learned pet grooming while apprenticing with her mother-in-law Diane Gibbs at Barks and Bows (32nd Street and Thunderbird) for 10 years.

Blueberry facials, Aroma Therapy shampoo and walk-in pet-a-cures are available at Desert Dog Spa. The Furminator, which helps dogs with shedding problems and flea and tick dips are also available.

Tara grooms cats on Mondays.

All of her work is done by appointment only. Walk-in pet-a-cures are given, however.

She invites her friends and any and all pet lovers to come and see her at her grand opening.

She will be giving free pet-a-cures throughout the day. There will be free hot dogs for anyone who stops by the open house. She will also be giving away select dog toys.
She invites everyone to come tour her newly refurbished shop.

“I hope to have people I haven’t seen for years come by,” she said.

Desert Dog Spa has two state-of-the art drying machines, two dog-bathing tubs and hydraulic tables to better treat the animals.

Tara has loved dogs for years. This is evident in the amount of time she takes building relationships with her animal clients during each treatment.

“I am definitely in my aura here because I care,” she said. “It’s important to build relationships so the dogs can get comfortable with their groomers too.”

Photo: Tara Mulliniks-Dieckhoner and her Miniature Dachshund Athena invite everyone to the open house for the Desert Dog Spa on Saturday, Nov. 8.
Photo by Curtis Riggs