No, it’s not the premise for the next animal supernatural horror film like Pet Sematary, or Cujo, or a new version of The Exorcist movie.
It’s an actual spa package in Japan’s D+Kirishima spa that brings in a Shinto priest to exorcise dogs of their bad spirits and to pray for their future health.
The BBC describes Shinto as a Japanese devotion to invisible spiritual beings and to various rituals.
The spa service is suggested for older canines in their “unlucky health years,” added Toronto Sun.
According to New York Post, the service lasts for 30 minutes and it will cost dogs owners $430.
But the price tag also includes a room for two people, their dog, breakfast and dinner.
In this particular spa service, the Shinto priest conducts the ceremonial blessing at the hotel’s Shingariyu shrine in the morning, as reported by The Dog’s Life.
“Seven-year-old, 10-year-old, and 13-year-old dogs need to be careful of their health, as it’s easier in those years for them to get diseases of aging,” the spa apparently told the NY Post.
Honestly, I could think of worse ways to spend my money. 🙂