Run by an American Boarding Kennel Association–certified staff and supervised by a veterinary hospital, Valley inn for Pets creates an atmosphere of "guilt-free boarding," letting pet owners travel with confidence as they check in on four-legged friends with live feeds from webcams. Themed Destination rooms with radiant-heat floors send canine companions on mental vacations to Africa, Hawaii, Fenway Park, or other locales, with animal-theme films eliciting happy tail wags. The staff can administer medications and pamper pups with an array of à la carte services, including bedtime tuck-ins and late-night games of poker. Feline boarders cozy into Lucite-fronted condos that face into the bustling lobby. Staffers clean and disinfect each condo in the morning, allowing cats to stretch their legs prior to the afternoon's 20-minute playtime session. In addition to boarding services, the Valley inn offers daycare to keep canines entertained while their owners toil at work.
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.
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.:
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.