Colorful items line the shelves Checkerhills Farm's two stores as pet owners peruse a wide selection of premium and organic dog and cat foods from brands including Eagle Pack, as well as durable toys and enticing treats. A dedicated wild bird section supplies such avian necessities as black oil seeds and feeders, and a horse area is awash in Mister Ed DVDs. On weekends, the store hosts pet adoptions to place needy animals in the homes of loving owners.
Checkerhills Farm’s related business, Pet Lodges, offers private boarding suites and indoor and outdoor play zones for dogs and cats of all sizes. Their daycare center prioritizes the exercise and socialization vital for animal health, while also ensuring that pets get the proper food, medicine, and time for meditative reflection before midday naps.:
Man's best friend isn't just a pet to the staff at this pup parlor, but a member of their client's family. As such, each canine is treated like a four-legged king and rewarded with luxuries ranging from spa appointments to birthday parties. At the pet "spaw", canines can bid adieu to excess fur with a grooming session or release stress from chasing their ever-elusive tails with a white-tea-and-vanilla bath. Though denied a driver's license by state law, furry pals can still get from point A to B with taxi services, which employ a van outfitted with special harnesses to shuttle dogs to their daycare or grooming sessions. The Good Dog Spot also boasts a small boutique stocked with pet food, collars, and treats from local New England manufacturers and trusted national brands.
Brimming with a full line of USDA-certified, human-grade treats for pets, The Cheshire Cat & Dog, Too LLC feeds domesticated darlings with scrumptious pet cuisine made with natural, quality ingredients. Selections for cats and dogs include offerings from Wellness, which incorporates human-grade proteins while avoiding meat by-products, preservatives, fillers, and artificial colors, as well as Taste of the Wild dog foods, which supplements roasted meats with antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. A variety of raw and canned options for canines and felines ensure dietary variety while providing additional sources of healthy proteins.
Owned by a certified pet care technician and pet first aid provider, The Crate Escape's doting dog-lovers provide a safe haven for man's best friend within a new 10,000 square foot facility. Spacious and secure indoor and outdoor play areas offer constantly supervised running space, dedicated small dog arena, jungle gyms, kiddy pools, and toys that pups can share. Drop one off for a day of socialization ($23), or pack them a baggie of chow, write them an embarrassing "don't forget to wear your retainer" note, and dress them in their jammies for a one-night slumber party ($37), where each canine is kept in a clean and spacious kennel. Dirty doggies can tidy up in a self-service wash ($15) where four extra-large, stainless-steel, waist-high grooming tubs and all the cleaning supplies are provided. Or, for the master on the go, The Crate Escape offers a full-service pooch groom, with prices dependent on breed, size, and coat condition. For specific questions, consult the FAQ.
Pet Lodges hosts cats and dogs for boarding and daycare across five New York and Vermont locations, including the Albany airport. During dog daycare, pooches frolic in an enclosed pebble-lined yard, where affable staffers referee games of chase and fetch. Kitty camps treat cats to three private levels of cozy climbing and napping furniture, and dog suites include raised, cushioned beds and three to four trips to the exercise yard each day. Daycare, kitty camps, and canine luxury suites' built-in webcams allow families to check in on their pets as they socialize, sleep, and perfect their latest tail-braiding-tutorial videos. Pet Lodges' sister store, Checkerhills Farm, stocks organic and holistic dog and cat foods, as well as dog-wash stations and coffee and treats for humans in Glenville.
The Lazy Dog cooks up fun, healthy canine indulgences that earned the company a 2010 Outstanding Pet Product Gold Award from Specialty Food magazine. Pup-Pies, which are 100% organic, reform four-legged windowsill thieves with pooch-friendly pies such as the sun-dried-tomato-topped deep-dish pizza ($7.99). The popular Happy Birthday pie combines oats, peanut butter, tapioca and more to help aging furry friends usher in one of seven annual birthdays ($8.99). For everyday occasions, cinnamon-laced original Pup-Squeaks provide daily doses of healthy reinforcement ($6.49/7 oz. tub), and cooling fresh mint crisps freshen dog breath for unchaperoned dates behind Italian restaurants.