About the Owner

Vanessa Davis had long been a lover and advocate of dogs and all animals. When the opportunity came to change her long-time career, she jumped. Through much research and inspired by Taylor, her golden retriever, she designed, created and opened Dirty Dogs Spa in Wake Forest, NC on March 1, 2012. That same year, in September, she purchased Trail Dog Outfitters, which provides high-quality outdoor apparel along with unique items for outdoor, nature, and dog enthusiasts. With the business growing and the need to expand, she opened Dirty Dogs Spa in North Raleigh located on Creedmoor Road(2021) and Dirty Dogs Spa in Wendell Fall (2023)

Vanessa is a certified groomer and adjunct instructor at Wake Technical Community College, teaching classes for those wanting to become professional groomers in the Wake Forest, Raleigh area. She is certified in Pet Skincare and Canine Massage.  These skills are reflected by Dirty Dogs’ specialized and natural products. She and the as well as the Dirty Dogs staff are certified Fear Free and pet CPR and First Aid. Vanessa has served on several advisory boards and business alliances, including the NSBA Leadership Council,  Heritage High School Agribusiness Advisory Board, Wake Tech Advisory Board (small business), the Rolesville High School Business Alliance, a Rolesville Chamber of Commerce Board Member, and a Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. Vanessa contributes pet and pet care-related articles to Circa Magazine, The Wake Weekly, the Wake Living Magazine, the Wake Forest Parish Neighbors, and other community publications in her spare time. You can read these articles on our Pooch News page.

Owner Vanessa Davis with Taylor and Brady, Chief Product Testers

Since opening in 2012, we have numerous awards in The Wake Weekly’s annual Best of the Best.  Best Pet Groomer (2012-2023), Best Corporate Citizen (Winner 2012 and Finalist 2020 & 2021), Best Pet Store (2013-2015), Best Small Business – North Wake (2021), Person who Best Represents Wake County (2020), Wake Livings Best Pet Groomer 2020-2024 and Midtown Magazine (2022-2024)

Many days you can still find Vanessa behind the counter at Dirty Dogs Spa, ready to answer your questions and care for your pet. Come in and see us… 

Your pets will think you’re WOOF-Tastic!