During their stays at Nancy Crane’s Family Pet Care, dogs and cats alike play and lounge under the doting eyes of the animal-loving staff. In the dog kennel, pups sprawl out on heated floors when it's chilly or let their floppy ears waggle in the breeze from central air conditioning on hot days. Outside their doggy doors, hounds can take in the fresh air on daily indoor and outdoor runs.
In the separate cat area far away from disdainful pooches, kitties in most units peer out their windows in search of songbirds, squirrels, neighborhood children, and other natural prey.
The facility's staff is on hand 24 hours a day, to ensure that help is always nearby in case your pup has that recurring dream about eating a gigantic bone. For dogs, the caregivers also dole out some optional pet-pampering services, including outdoor playtime, grooming, and treats of peanut-butter-filled bones and ice-cream cones.
The canine caretakers at BauserHaus keep watch over their guests throughout a 7,000-square-foot facility. Organized by size, dogs spend all day trotting about indoor and outdoor play areas. Come nighttime, boarding dogs snooze in private 5'x5' pens furnished with beds and, like the homes of football stars, astroturf carpeting.
Silver Maple Farm's two-acre estate teems with furry friends on loan from owners. In two-hour play sessions at doggie daycare, pooches stretch their legs, breathe fresh air, and make new friends by checking other dogs' tail areas for trading cards ($28.50/day, $21.50/half-day). The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday so that Fidos can socialize while their human servants are off earning money and buying kibble.
Though most people hate the feeling of getting lost, that’s the point behind spending a day at the maze at Brookdale Farms. Not because the staff wants guests to wander aimlessly, but because the maze makes for a great way to enjoy the autumn sunshine at a relaxed pace and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Open as a family-friendly jaunt during the day and as a haunted attraction at night, the maze tests navigators’ skills and affords a rare view into how scarecrows live when they think no one is looking. Outside the maze, the farm offers other autumnal activities such as pumpkin slingshots, pony rides, adrenaline-pumping ziplines, and a hay jump, inviting families to spend a full day disconnected from their televisions, computers, and employer-mandated tracking devices.
The boutique boasts a collection of doggie essentials, colorful canine clothing, toys, and services to ensure your furry friend is up to snuff. Appropriately attire an affenpinscher by bestowing her with a Juicy Couture embroidered velour hoodie ($45) for a romp in the park or an Oscar Newman peppermint pixie dress ($82) for an elegant evening. Gifting a giant schnauzer with one of Lola & Penelope's toys, such as the squeakable Harry Barker hemp dog bone ($9.75), will keep tempted teeth from chewing all your sun-dried socks. Or peruse Lola & Penelope's plentiful selection of cute leather collars ($12 and up), carriers ($49 and up), dishes ($15 and up), and deodorizing shampoos ($13.75 and up) to find the finishing touch to your home dog or cat collection. Your Groupon is valid for in-store purchases only.