Wags on Willow is the Best in Show offering a unique spa experience for that special member of your family whether it has paws or it purrs. Our stylists are tops in their field, our boutique features gourmet quality foods and our pet supplies the finest available. We strive to send you home with a healthy, happy, and well-groomed companion. Founded by Mary Bowler and her beloved pug, Sushi five years ago, Wags mission is to deliver a premier pet salon experience focusing on quality customer service and personalized attention.
We realize that, like ourselves, every animal needs a day at the spa. Bring your special companion in for pampering and luxury at the new Wags on Willow.
We also realize that, like ourselves, every animal needs a day at the spa. Bring your furry friend in for a day of pampering and allow them a little taste of luxury at The Wash at Wags on Willow.
Meet the Owner
Founder & CEO
WAGS on Willow’s top dog, Mary Bowler yearned for a canine friend as a child but had to settle for making friends with neighborhood dogs. All of them: Big ones, little ones, furry ones and some with short hair. But when she grew up she quickly brought Sushi, a lovable pug, into her life. Together, Mary and Sushi co-founded Wags almost five years ago. Sushi loved being the salon’s star, entertaining visiting children, their parents and of course the pets they brought in to be groomed. Sometimes it was a visit with Sushi that moms used to encourage reluctant children to join them shopping. Sushi went to the big kennel in the sky after more than 15 years. The newest addition to the Wags-Bowler family is Ernie, a lovable literate year-old pup who already has his own Facebook page and Instagram account and keeps his dog ears alert to happenings around the shop and in the canine world. Ernie periodically blogs about things important to dogs and important to salon clients. And like Sushi, he is Mary’s business partner.
Meet the Team
Wags Manager & Pet Stylist
Maggie Lantz does double duty as Wags manager and as a dog and cat groomer. Clearly her passion is being in the company of animals. Currently she owns two Bulldogs (Otis and Sadie), two turtles and one cat (Lewis). Not long ago she volunteered at a veterinary clinic to help groom a group of neglected dogs rescued from a hoarding situation. Maggie values Wags’ teamwork and the new location offering more comfortable space for both animals and their stylists.
Joanna Antkowiak has had dogs and cats in her life for as long as she can remember and loves to groom both. Her most memorable experience was discovering a tumor while working with a dog and saving his life by alerting the owner in time for successful treatment. Joanna has two pets of her own, a Chinese Crested Power Puff (Vespa) and a cat (Mushy). She keeps up on grooming trends online both with grooming groups and grooming forums. “I love getting to know each dog’s and each cat’s individual personality.”
Patty McCarthy is an animal lover, animal owner and veteran groomer. “Animals,” said Patty, “help you see the best in everyday life.” Besides grooming Patty breeds and shows Doberman Pinchers and also owns horses. Her most memorable moment as a groomer was donating her services to a woman and her daughter who both had cancer and were in financial need. She is excited about the new location and its special senior dog bathing tub.
Pet Stylist & Cat Hygiene Specialist
Tonie Wartono is a trained feline groomer, a student of the Professional Cat Groomers Association of America—the national organization that certifies cat professionals. He is also licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Paws to foster shelter cats awaiting adoption. “There are challenges grooming cats,” said Tonie. “You can talk to a dog, tell them to ‘stay’ or ‘sit’ or say ‘no’ and they’ll understand. Try that with a cat. They just stare at you and I can only imagine what they are thinking.” Tonie’s treatments help to remove dead hair and stimulate a healthy coat and skin.
Prior to starting her career as a groomer, Alex Solorio was a groomer technician for a few years and owns two dogs (Duke and Lacey) and one cat (Corky). “Working with animals always puts you in a good mood,” she said. She attends dog shows, watches grooming videos and reads pet specialty publications to keep up on the most modern animal care practices.
Interested in our services?
Call us at 847-272-2918 or email us at email@example.com.