Terrible Customer Service and Poor Treatment of Dog:
We took our dog to VIP 5 or 6 times under the strong recommendation of our vet. She is a small, 14-year-old dog who hates to be bathed and groomed, but we had a groomer in the past who did a wonderful job (unfortunately, that groomer retired). VIP complained from the beginning that our dog was difficult, and each time we would ask if we should take her to another groomer, but they said they could take care of her. This last time, we brought her to VIP at 8:30am after reminding them--they already knew--that it was best to groom her early in the morning so she wouldn't be anxious and that she needed to be muzzled to make things easier. NINE HOURS later, we received a phone call saying our dog had not been bathed or groomed because they were unable to do so.
When I expressed my displeasure upon picking her up and finding that her back was partially and asymmetrically shaved, the groomer in charge told me "I don't have to listen to this," and began walking away as soon as I started talking. I have never been treated this way at any business. What bothers me even more than the way they treated me, though, was that my 14-year-old dog was made to sit for 9 hours--after we brought her first thing in the morning--to go through that experience. This is absolutely unacceptable and the worst business practice I have ever come across, particularly in the animal world. Even in the previous visits, the attitude of the groomers was decidedly negative, and they never did a very good job anyway.
NO ONE should take their pet to VIP.