Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
Dogs and cats receive equal attention at A Cut Above Pet Grooming. The staff there primps pets with a gentle touch, wielding nail clippers, shampoos, and grooming gear. During thorough grooming sessions, pups yip happily as crew members wash away grime or explain that Princess Daffodil is an okay name for a boy dog.
Owned and operated by veterinarian Alice Liberson, Dogma Catmantoo houses myriad high-quality pet products made for pampering and nourishing four-legged family members. Treats, such as a 6-ounce bag of Zuke's mini naturals ($5.49) and a 4-ounce bag of Yummy Ewes' 100% local lamb lungs ($7.49), reward well-behaved dogs, appease demanding cats, and convince overgrown sea monkeys not to steal your car. Dog toys ($3.50+) can keep canines occupied as felines hunt and bat at cat toys ($1+) or dogs' tails. Pets jealous of their owners' expansive wardrobes can don apparel selections such as T-shirts ($18–$24) and hoodies ($35) to cover furry exteriors or to stay warm and dry when they fall from the clouds during freak showers.
Even as a young child, Theresa had a penchant for seeking out animals in need. Her parents and relatives can endlessly recount stories of her rescue attempts, which continued until her husband, Earl, emphatically insisted that three dogs were enough in the family. Earl had not seen the last of Theresa’s passion, however; she eventually left her career in the computer industry, and the two teamed up to open The Animal Lodge. Though it proved to be hard work, Theresa convincingly describes the benefits of her new profession: "We come to work in the morning and instead of seeing a bunch of grumpy people who have not had their coffee yet, we see wagging tails, licking tongues, and happy dances in everyone we meet."
Today, the duo works together to keep pets in comfort with daycare and overnight boarding facilities complete with heated floors during the winter, air conditioning during the summer, and a fenced-in yard for outdoor playtime. In addition to the regular bunks, the deluxe wilderness lodge—furnished with a bed, a chair, a television set, and mounted antlers rife with chew marks—recreates the comfortable atmosphere of home for nervous pooches. Groomer Nancy Oberg draws on her canine cosmetology training to round out the lodge’s services with baths, trims, and deep-tissue belly rubs.
Natural light comes pouring through the skylights at Pampered Pets Bed & Biscuit, making pets feel like they're in the great outdoors even while they're safely tucked inside. The light is just one of many details that sets cats and dogs at ease while they're lodging at Pampered Pets Bed & Biscuit. Add-on services, such as movie and pupcorn before bedtime or a gourmet homemade treat to munch on every day, also help pets unwind. In addition, staffers groom, train, and babysit pets at daycare.
A family-owned-and-operated business, Northeast Pet Grooming falls back on more than 26 years of experience to offer bow-wows of all breeds a familiar, welcoming space to get spruced up. The gentle staff provides one-on-one attention during various services, including baths that polish pooches with professional, all-natural products. Similarly, flea baths expel unwanted pests from their furry hideaways, and during haircuts, groomers comb through thick tufts to remove any entangled wiffle balls before using clippers or scissors for a stylish trim.