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When Allison Raymunt’s corporate job restructured and her position was eliminated, she relied on the faithful support of her boston terrier, Abby. Her time away from the office allowed her to reflect on what was really important to her, which resulted in the formation of Al's Pals Pet Care. At Al’s Pals, she cares for pets with a variety of services that range from basic dog walks to pet taxiing and medication administration. Fully bonded and insured, Allison inquires about the pet’s dietary needs and habits even before her visits, which also include services such as playtime, feeding, and potty breaks.

19 Wayland Avenue
Waterbury,
CT
US

Founded by American Mountain Guides Association–certified instructor Matt Shove, Ragged Mountain Guides teaches its climbing pupils the techniques and tools needed to scale the natural terrain of the Traprock region. Rock-climbing adventures illuminate how to handle rope and repel down mountain cliffs even when their escalators are broken. As seasonal temperatures drop, guides turn their attention to ice and alpine climbing, which challenges mountaineers to swing their axe and scale vertical ice. Students master increasingly advanced techniques until they can tackle cliffs on their own, and the most dedicated climbers can enroll in guide-certification programs. Matt Shove's expertise has also been tapped by organizations such as the U.S. Coast Guard, and he regularly repels into the offices of Climberism magazine to contribute articles.

137 New Britain Avenue
Plainville,
CT
US

Hounds Town USA’s friendly staff coddles pups, ushering them to peaceful, private boarding rooms to rest up for days spent cavorting with peers in the expansive doggie play area. Rovers spend the day romping with their fellow canine campers, with playtime bookended by a hearty morning and afternoon feast of Nutro dog food presented in stainless-steel dishes or on the back of a interning cat. When the capering concludes, pups make their way to their private abodes to get a good night’s sleep atop orthopedic, chew-proof bedding. Owners can outfit dogs with a pack containing their own food, bedding, and toys if desired, allowing pups to revel in the sights and scents of home more effectively than scrapbooking their favorite bones.

509 Bicycle Path
Port Jefferson Station,
NY
US

Roaring Brook Kennels is an amenity-laden vacation home for worldly pups and travel-happy cats. Board a furry family member in one of its safe, climate-controlled animal abodes, which separate cats and dogs and provide sleepy pets with a supply of beds and blankets. The cattery is home to multiple kitty condos that are temperature controlled and soundproof, so as not to incur the wrath of the hissing, bristling condo-association president. The regular cost for boarding dogs is based on weight and costs $22–$27/night. Feline boarding costs $17–$23/night, depending on suite size.

60 Lovely St
Canton,
CT
US

Sisters Jan Nasiadka and Joanne Ferreira have committed their lives to helping dogs in need. For more than 12 years, Jan has rescued, rehabilitated, and trained both mixed and purebred dogs. Joanne has a special knack for connecting with canines, and she is always prepared to help an injured pet with her certification in pet first aid. The pair offers sitting, training, and walking services that keep dogs entertained and teach them habits that will make pets and their owners happier.

All programs include free in-home consultations, where Joanne or Jan can get to know the dog’s history and special needs. When owners are at work or on vacation, dogs can stretch their legs on simple walks or special adventures where the Happy Dogs @ Home walker will take them to a local park or a castle made of Milk Bones. Training plans range from one-off lessons to concentrated rehabilitation focusing on aggression or fear and backyard agility programs that keep muscles fit.

5 Sawmill Crossing
Wethersfield,
CT
US

Outfitted with spas and treadmills, Pooch Hotels are nearly the same as human accommodations, with one key difference: your dog might get a tummy-rub with their turndown service. These venues were all designed by dog-lovers whose main priority was canine comfort, regardless of the length of each guest's stay.

Dogs on daycare visits, for example, are sorted by size and temperament before entering one of multiple play areas. Monitored by human "Pack Leaders," they socialize amidst toys, treats, and wading pools at select locations, or run outside if the weather and facilities permit. Those who have booked a room for the night can relax in a private suite, outfitted with a glass door rather than bars. These range from standard to presidential and even palace suites?rooms outfitted with luxury bedding and flat-screen televisions tuned to dog-friendly programming. Customers might also schedule a spa appointment for their pooch, choosing from services such as baths, "pawdicures," and even facials.

The hotels pursue peace of mind for owners as actively as they pamper their dogs. Certain locations have installed web cameras in the play areas and suites, enabling people to check in on their pets and guilt them about the time they napped instead of writing a postcard. Staff remain on-hand at all times to welcome newcomers and care for already-snoozing pups.

230 East Avenue
Norwalk,
CT
US