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One of the hardest parts of going on vacation is worrying about your pets at home. The trained staff members at Happy Mailman Kennel work to allay this fear with a whole menu of services that keep pups safe, entertained, and socialized while you’re away during long holiday trips or just days at the office. Their indoor and outdoor facility allows pets to roam around throughout the day with dogs matched according to their size, temperament, and ability to find loopholes in basketball rule books that allow dogs to play. Owners can rest easy knowing that every canine in the facility has been screened to make sure play time is safe and fun. Customers can provide their own bedding and food or opt for the facility’s twice-daily feedings with Flint River Ranch all-natural dog food.
Happy Mailman Kennel’s professional dog walkers slip out of the shop to exercise pets left at home during the day. The staff also includes a groomer with 20 years of experience who can scrub down dirty pets, cut hair, and trim nails in house. Happy yips drift from a self-service grooming station stocked with all the supplies needed to keep dogs clean.
Tail wagging is the sport of choice at Happy Mailman, a spacious local daycare facility where dogs are encouraged to socialize in a clean and positive environment. While owners go to work or on vacation, their dogs will be privy to up to nine hours of indoor and outdoor playtime, with breaks for eating and napping. Overnight visits include all daycare amenities plus an extra bathroom break before bedtime and a cozy spot to sleep and dream of finally catching that tail. And, for dogs in need of a little sprucing, Happy Mailman also offers basic grooming services, including baths and toenail trims.
Workers from Hot Diggity! step out of houses with pups tugging politely at the leash and lolling their tongues in the sunshine. The crew members, who are all licensed, bonded, and insured, give owners a break from taking the dog outside and dealing with all the strange children the dog rescues from farm wells. After consultations allow them to get to know the home and the pet’s routine, staffers can even stop in several times a day or stay overnight to care for their animal charges. They also care for care for critters including cats, gerbils, birds, and reptiles.
Fetch offers a bevy of boutique accoutrements for four-legged companions. Collars and leads are available for precarious pups and dignified dogs, and include classic distressed leather collars ($32+) and nylon rep neckties ($20). Or opt for the dainty-looking FabuLeash ($12), which can support up to 100 pounds of pull force. Pamper your pooch with all-natural grooming products, or reward canines with organic dog biscuits and gourmet dog treats such as the beef-flavored Carnivore Kisses ($12) or veggie rawhide ($6). Artistic kittens, meanwhile, can pounce on the catnip pollock fish ($9), while aristocats daintily dine on Kitty Kaviar ($3.75).
Entrust your domesticated darling to the caring hands of Westlake Animal Hospital's veterinarians, many of which are avid pet owners themselves. They'll gently pet your pet's skin, ears, eyes, and teeth, carefully hunting for any health concerns. Along with recording your animal's vitals and weight, your veterinarian will provide valuable insight into your beastly best friend's nutritional needs and address any questions or concerns you may have. In about 30–40 minutes, you'll be able to walk out the door confidently with the lowdown on your low-to-the-ground pal.