The loving staff at Lucca Bella Doggie Spa and Boutique treats each and every dog like a four-legged family member, pampering them with spa-like grooming services and providing a home away from home in their climate-controlled daycare rooms. While leaving the house is undeniably exciting for a dog, Lucca Bella fosters a calm and peaceful spa experience by using all-natural grooming products, hand-drying manes instead of using noisy blow-dryers, and keeping antagonistic squirrels out of sight. For puppy facials and baths, the canine caretakers go at a speed the dog is comfortable with to avoid unnecessary stress.
During daycare sessions, owners gain peace of mind knowing their canine companion is making new friends in Lucca Bella's indoor, climate-controlled play area and outdoor sunbathing spot.
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.
Pups stand taller after a visit to Urban Dogg. Here a rank of self-serve wash stations await dogs and their owners, who help their charges find that show-dog look with shampoos made from natural ingredients. For an additional fee, the staff will also wash and fluff dogs, and treat them to full grooming services if needed, such as combing out the coats of dogs who feel they are too mature for their dreadlocks.
Wild smiles dance across the faces of pups and humans alike at K9 Kountry. Sunlight streams across the grassy lawn as dogs of all sizes frolic in the outdoor runs or in their own dog yards, tiring themselves out by playing with a variety of toys or gathering to put on a performance of Othello. As the sun sets, the pups careen indoors for a warm meal of freshly cooked meals and snacks, such as chicken or hot dogs, before hunkering down for the night in the climate-controlled shelter. The staff at K9 Kountry takes care of mutts of all sizes and temperaments with daycare, overnight boarding, and basic obedience training courses that focus on ensuring communication between dogs and their owners.
Named "Best Aquarium Supply - 2010" by Houston Press, Fish Gallery provides a plethora of sea-bound critters as well as the accouterments to create an aboveground abode for them. Its stalwart staff guides pesca-philes in the selection and care of freshwater and saltwater creatures. On the freshwater side, bettas enjoy the solitary life ($3.99 each), and neon tetras turn tanks into techno-dance parties ($3.49 each, $30 for 10). The percula clown fish somersaults in saltwater ($29), swimming circles around the illustrious coral beauty fish ($25). Fish-friends create water-filled wigwams, making their new swimmers feel right at home with plant decorations that can also be used as disguises during underwater chase scenes ($7.99+).