When The Comfy K9’s staff of animal behaviorists planned the layout for their luxury dog-boarding lodge, they tried to put themselves in the shoes of their four-legged friends. They thought it might be nice to frolic around a 3,000-square-foot indoor park during six-hour daycare sessions, so they built one and lined it with artificial grass. They also thought it might be nice to play with like-minded pups, so they made sure that it would be easy to separate their guests by size, temperament, and age. This level of careful planning is most evident in the overnight boarding lodge, where dogs bunk down on elevated beds in suit rooms. Each room is separated from the others by a wall of opaque glass blocks, which allow in plenty of light yet spare dogs judgmental looks when they change into pajamas with cats printed on them.
Speaking of cats, they also enjoy comfortable quarters—albeit in a separate area of the building. Owners can schedule appointments for grooming and therapeutic massage during their pets’ visits, or stay on for training sessions conducted by experienced instructors.
Muttz Pet Goods & Gifts stores a deep vault of toys, food, and other supplies that help sustain and enhance the relationship between humans and their pet dogs, cats, birds, and fish. A member of the store's staff of animal lovers will help patrons comb through the store's selection of 35 food brands to find the right cuisine for animals with food allergies, sensitive stomachs, or french-toast intolerance. Popular canine fare includes Natural Balance's lamb-flavored dog food ($34.95) and Whole Earth Farms' prairie beef or chicken ($39.95). Keep quadripedal companions safely secured with a resilient Lupine collar ($8–$13) or foster mobile catnaps with a Snoozer pet car seat ($89).
DoodyCalls' team of pooper-scoopers knows caring for dogs is a full-time job. The team makes the job a little less taxing by helping out with some of the dirty work, so families have time to play with their pooches in clean yards. The same goes for feline friends. Team members visit homes weekly to clean out litter boxes, leaving them filled with fresh litter. The team can also deodorize decks and patios that have acquired unwelcome odors from pets.
The staff at Cisco's Den goes to great lengths to care for dogs both with and without homes. Pups brought to the facility by their loving parents play with attentive caretakers while exploring indoor and outdoor play yards, spacious dog runs, and poker rooms. When not at play, pups rest in large kennels with room to move about and assume yoga poses. Additionally, Cisco's Den offers conveniences such as paperless drop-offs, as well as parking and airport shuttles for customers dropping off their dogs before their vacations.
In a separate center, staff members care for rescue dogs, providing them with homes until loving families can be found. Proceeds from Cisco's Den are donated to DMK Rehoming, a no-kill rescue service and shelter that gives canines a chance to find a permanent home.
Air purifiers, soothing music, and 60 cubic feet of living space are only a few amenities cats enjoy when boarding at Kitty Korners. Exclusively housing felines and designed with even the pickiest in mind, Kitty Korners provides cats with ample luxuries to make their stays enjoyable, such as twice-daily litter-box cleanings, feedings, and fresh-water refills. Cats can make friends with other occupants as they hop from perch to perch in their floor-to-ceiling rooms or stretch their legs with daily play time outside of their rooms. Kitty Korners also provides additional services, such as brushing, nail trimming, medication, and fluids for special-needs cats.
Nervous pets are eased into exams at the attentive hands of the Indian Tree Animal Hospital staff. Beastly bodies are thoroughly scoured in a new-patient consultation, key for early detection of disease and conversion into a reptile. Regular heartworm tests help ensure the health of a pet's heart, keeping it strong enough for epic trips to the dog park and chasing marathon runners who smell like cars.