Beastie Besties Dog Walking and Pet Care Services owner Tina Marie Mayo-McGovern cares for dogs and cats while owners are away. Her services range from 15- and 30-minute dog walks to home visits for cats that include playtime, serving fresh food and water, and scooping the litter box. Along the way, she documents for owners the time she spends with pets, taking photos, shooting video, and recording songbirds' classic doo-wop hits.
Matt Caranante’s journey to becoming a dog trainer started, oddly enough, with bed bugs. While working as a handler for a bed-bug-sniffing beagle, he realized how powerful the relationship between dog and owner could be. He went on to rescue another dog, this time an abused beagle from a high-kill shelter, and the reward he felt from rehabilitating his pet made his next step clear: He enrolled in Animal Behavior College’s dog-training certificate program and founded Let's Play!
As a positive-reinforcement dog trainer, Matt brings out canines’ best behavior by mixing work with fun activities that help channel their energy. He offers private, in-home sessions to disengage pups from remote controls, as well as group classes to work on basic obedience and manners. Matt also works on behavioral modification to solve common issues such as separation anxiety, dog aggression, and excessive barking.
Though grooming prices depend on size, breed, and condition of the fur, the expert staff at Walter's will ensure satisfaction, meticulously giving your pup a breed-specific cut, puppy cut, show cut, or exotic cut to your liking. They'll give dogs a gentle nail trim ($10), bath ($50–$90), or full grooming package ($70–$120), including shampoo, fluff dry, style, ear cleaning, nail trim, and more. If you're busy painting the walls or showing your home to prospective buyers, drop the dog off at daycare for $45 or utilize overnight boarding services ($55 dogs, $40 cats). Walter's will even help you show some love for your furry friend with a pet-friendly birthday party ($95). If you use today's Groupon for any service under $65, you'll be given a credit of the remaining balance to use toward the next visit.
If your pet is tired of staying home during the workweek, either workshop his resume or ease his mind with a relaxing day at Pooches Sport and Spa. The 2,500-square-foot facility hosts climate-controlled play areas, which are carefully partitioned for the safety of pups and big dogs alike. To maintain your pet's overall cleanliness and safety, the center also features epoxy seamless flooring that wards off bacteria and an advanced air filtration system to vaporize lingering odors. Filling the role of dog's best friend, the collective caring staff at Pooches Sport and Spa provides continued surveillance throughout the stay, along with interactive engagement during playtime. On the off chance that a well-fluffed poodle causes your pup's heart to beat wildly, an experienced veterinarian is always on call.
Since dog is man's best friend, then dog (and possibly cat) deserves man's best grooming, toys, apparel, ink cartridges, 3D glasses, and more. Today's Groupon gets you $75 worth of premier pet-pampering, hairstyling (dye your puppy screaming pink if you like), toys, and pet accessories at The Salty Paw, located in the Financial District. The downtown pet center, featured in Time Out New York and New York magazine, is a luxury oasis for the stress-ridden pet worried about the college application process or an impending marriage.