Recently, Cotton was diagnosed with congenital mild grade 1 luxating patella in both hind legs.
While at this stage surgery is not necessary, it is vital to keep her lean and fit with high muscle tone! Hence, we promised her that swimming at least twice a month will be on our To-Do list from now on!
Initially, we decided to head to Sunny Heights for a swim instead as the “baby pool” with steps made swimming much easier for this hydrophobic dog. However, due to an impromptu pool closure, we were forced to find another location nearby – and TADA! Swimming at The Wagington!
The Wagington Luxury Pet Hotel and Resort is super posh and “atas”, with marbled flooring and has scented fragrance every step you go. Soft elevator music plays in the background, and all in all it feels like the equivalent of Marina Bay Sands for dogs (LOL).
Upon reaching there, the laobanniang (lady boss) gave us a tour of the hotel suites (for pets), bathing facilities (for humans) and the play area where large and small dogs were separated. It seems to me, a layman, that the grass used is carpet grass instead of the regular grass you can find all over Singapore – super cool (and expensive)! Rates are comparatively high – click here for more details!
That aside, here’s more about the pool!
To be completely honest, while the humans were impressed, Cotton didn’t like swimming at The Wagington. 😦
The pool has one baby step, then immediately followed by the deeper pool. Hence small dogs like Cotton might find themselves suddenly plunged into the water without much warning, and cowardly dogs like Cotton might hence get scared.
In addition, there’s only one way in and out, and when Cotton reached the other end of the pool which had no exit, she tried to crawl (claw) her way out. This turned her body completely vertical and made my panic a little that she was going to drown!
Another toy poodle, Brownie, actually got submerged completely underwater while trying to climb up from the pool. Quite a scary moment!
The pool itself though, is a complete step up above the rest (of doggy pools). There are bubble jets (like those in a jacuzzi) lined all around the pool. The filtration system works well and keeps the pool clean, too well in fact that 2 toys got sucked into the filter 😛
Life jackets however, have to be bought and are not for rental. I would advise just buying from either Aliexpress or Qoo10 before heading down to The Wagington, if you are unsure whether you dog can swim well.
And if you are bringing your dog swimming for the first time, I would again recommend bringing your dog to Sunny Heights or the beach, where this hydrophobic dog actually had a good time!
After swimming, there’s a cool elevated bathtub to bathe or rinse off your dog. Again, very impressive facilities catered to convenience for humans. However, we couldn’t find any pet blower anywhere (which is valid, however disappointing for this place that seemed to have everything catered), so do bring some towels along to dry off your pet if you’re heading there!
While The Wagington serves drinks for humans, no food is served or allowed within the pet hotel. PSY Cafe is nearby, but it isn’t dog friendly, so do have your fill before heading down!
All in all, it was a really interesting experience for us humans, but we doubt we will be back since the doggy didn’t enjoy herself!
For the month of February, The Wagington has a 1-for-1 promotion, meaning bring 2 dogs and pay for the price of 1. In total we paid $30 for 2 dogs for about 1.5hrs of swim! Without this promotion, the rates are as follows:
The Wagington Hotels and Resorts
Until our next adventure
Jamie and Cotton ❤
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