We’re in a New Phase!

Village of Northfield Program
Compliments of the Village of Northfield

Woohoo! Thanks to everyone’s steadfast adherence to state guidelines we are moving closer to pre-COVID-19 activities. For our business, that means you can now bring your pets into the store for their appointment and pick them up from inside. However, for everyone’s continued safety, mask are required in all instances. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Additional Commitment to Your Safety

Parking Signs COVID-19

Our newest measure to protect our clients and their families is the addition of some dedicated parking spots for curbside drop-offs and pickups. Look for the Wags logo and text us what number spot you are in when you arrive. Thanks everyone!

The Quarantine Life of Ernie

Mary and her client Bogey
Mary and her client Bogey!

A happy Ernie the Wags on Willow pug here! It is so great to see my old buddies, like Bogey pictured above, coming back into the shop for their grooms though, to be honest, some of them do look a bit ragged. And now Mary is back at the shop after being home for so long. These past weeks, I had Mary, my business partner, all to myself. She was there for me in the morning, in the afternoon, at night. She hardly ever left the house except to take me for walks. And she wore her Wags on Willow bandana over her face when it is usually around my neck. That was confusing. There were always treats for me though most of them were up on the counter where I couldn’t reach them.  Now Mary’s back at work, doing what she likes best sending handsome dogs and cats home with their owners. She is so happy. But I must confess, I miss having her all to myself.

Stay well everyone!

To Mary From Ernie with Love – Happy Mother’s Day 2020

Wags on willow owners

I love Mother’s Day - especially during the quarantine when I have Mary all to myself!
It’s the day when I can make Mary, my mom and business partner at our grooming salon Wags on Willow, feel really special.
There are so many ways I could do that if only I wasn’t a short Pug.
If I could reach the stove I’d make her breakfast.
If I could carry a tray I’d bring breakfast to her in bed.
If she gave me the keys to the car I’d take her to pick up a carry-out brunch and let her sit on my lap on the way.
I’d bring her some treats if only I could reach the cupboard where she keeps my rawhide and biscuit goodies..
Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to behave myself, stay off the furniture, not bark at passing dogs and not pull on my leash.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

Our COVID-19 Response & Update

We at Wags on Willow have not been totally idle during these extraordinary times.  We have been doing some “self-grooming”.  While you shelter-in-place, our staff, one by one or two by two, have been in the shop, keeping social distance but deep cleaning all areas of the store and grooming area. Additionally we’ve added a fresh coat of paint! As soon as Governor Pritzker clears us to re-open, we look forward to showing you the updates. “It was a way to prepare for when we can again serve you and the work provided employment—and income—for our staff of talented groomers during these difficult times,” said proprietor Mary Bowler. Be well and enjoy walks with your dog.

New Way to Support Wags! Consider ordering pet food or treats for curbside pickup. Click here to see our full list of options or email info@wagsonwillow.com for details.

New Coronavirus Announcement

Dear Valued Clients,

Today we made the difficult decision to close our store effective end of the day this Saturday, March 21st. We hope to re-open on Friday, May 1st but as we all know this is a very fluid situation and we will notify you if things change.

We feel that this is in the best interest of our staff, our clients, and our families during this time and as mandated by Governor Pritzker's order.

During the coming days, we urge you to stay healthy by following the CDC guidelines to STAY HOME and PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

Try to get rest, take your pets for walks everyday, choose healthy foods and drink lots of water.

Should you wish to support our small business during our shutdown, we will be accepting orders on all of our food and treat products (while supplies last) and we will have curb-side, no-contact, pick-up options Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 10AM - noon.

Simply email mary@wagsonwillow.com to place your food order. If you have questions on what to order, you can request a personal call-back.

As we all navigate this unusual and uncertain time, we wish you good health and urge you to shop your local, small businesses when you can.

We will be counting the days until we can be back to doing what we love most. Be Safe!


Mary, Ernie & the team at Wags on Willow


This post was updated on April 2nd, 2020.

End of Summer Doggie Pool Party!

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.