Different from the average pet-boarding facility, Paradise 4 Paws has a bone-shaped pool surrounded by more than 20,000 square feet of indoor play area, plush accommodations, and comfy boarding suites. Staff members roam the facility 24/7, playing with animals during the day, tucking them in at night, and performing à la carte services such as grooming, obedience training, health checkups, and canine massage therapy. Paradise 4 Paws has its own training academy, and its pet-care professionals have received pet-first-aid certification from the American Red Cross.
The pet-minded staff cares about pet owners, as well, granting access to the play area’s real-time webcams and offering airport parking and transportation.
At Dogs Rule Resort, canines receive the royal treatment while frolicking around indoor and outdoor facilities replete with slides, pools, and toys. Inside, dogs romp around a climate-controlled, 3,000-square-foot play area that can be divided into three rooms, one for each of Lassie’s alter egos. Outside, dogs roam cage-free in a turf-covered, park-like space that showcases baby pools, sprinklers, and misting systems in warm weather. Once pups get tuckered out, they slumber on raised, plush bedding in a cage-free, indoor environment with other dogs of the same size or hatred toward vacuum overlords. Flat-panel TV/DVR systems play soothing music and relaxing images that calm dogs, and webcams capture the pups’ whereabouts so owners can check in on their four-legged friend. In addition to daycare and boarding, dogs can receive dental care, pedicures, or full-service baths at the resort.
Behind a swinging metal gate wrought with the letters W, U, and F, joyful yips and pattering paws echo down WÜF Pet Resort & Spa's main hallway. Lauded as the best pet boarder in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by D Magazine, WÜF invites dogs into private suites, which emulate human hotels with pillow-top mattresses, wall art, turndown service, and fire hydrants in every room. Overnight guests join WÜF's daily visitors at daycare, where dogs run after tennis balls, climb on playground equipment, and play follow the leader with staff members. Pooches romp in groups sorted through the Playmatch System, which pairs pups based on size, personality, and temperament. A valet shuttle ferries dogs from daycare and home, as well as to vet appointments, for an additional fee.
In the grooming salon and spa, dogs luxuriate in aromatherapeutic bath water before stylists dry them off with fluffy towels and treat them to services that range from de-matting fur to polishing toenails. WÜF also helps bridge canine-human communication with clicker training and Esperanto classes, and helps bipeds and quadrupeds alike celebrate special events—such as birthdays, puppy showers, and major holidays—with catered treats and professional pet photography.
David Landers began his career as a veterinarian a decade ago, and over that time he has treated tropical birds, primates, large cats, and even the occasional zebra. Dr. Landers and his fellow veterinarian Dr. Ryan Caperton continue to care for such rare animals at their clinic, Valley View Pet Health Center. They perform comprehensive health and environment evaluations for everything from octopuses to chameleons to scorpions. That doesn’t stop them from applying their knowledge to any of mankind’s more common furry friends, though. They also capably care for dogs and housecats, giving them general health checkups and inoculating them with vaccines against rabies and animal cooties. They even run a boarding service for owners who want a vet on hand when they go out of town.