You love your pup, but lately, something’s been off in her behavior. As she’s aged, she’s become more stubborn, more disobedient. Not to mention the way she’s started sneezing! But what can you do? You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, after all.
What you can do is perform an exorcism on your dog. Or rather, pay top dollar to have a Shinto priest at Japan’s revered Shingariyu shrine perform an exorcism on your dog. The D+ Spa, located in Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture, might possibly be the world’s first spa to offer pet exorcism services.
“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,” explains the D+ Kirishima website, as translated by Oddity Central. Which is where the “Pet Dog Exorcism Plan” (sorry, cat owners, you’ll have to wait for now) comes in: for just 31,000 yen (approximately $293), the priest will rid your favorite elderly pooch of the evil spirits that are the root cause of their failing health.
If the price seems steep, don’t worry: it comes with some nice perks for you, as the pet’s owner, as well. In addition to the 30-minute exorcism ritual, the package includes a lavish room for the dog and two owners, as well as breakfast and dinner.
And lest you imagine your dog suffering through an Exorcist-style event, you can take comfort in the fact that the Shinto pet exorcism ritual seems a whole lot more peaceful. (No spinning heads, thank goodness!) According to Oddity Central’s translation of the D+ website, the spa recommends that newly-exorcised dogs get some “alone time” — in their private, exclusively-canine pool. After their swim, the dogs are reunited with their owners for a relaxing meal and champagne.