If you can't already tell by the name, Pup-A-Palooza is dedicated to one thing: the well-being of your pup. At the self-service wash station, owners can wash and fluff dog coats, a much easier alternative than training pooches to run through the neighbor's sprinkler on command. Owners, meanwhile, can browse the aisles of pet accoutrements, which range from gourmet treats to custom-made beds and gleaming dog bowls adorned with fleurs de lis or spikes.
Specializing in APHA and AQHA horses, the breeders at Coquat Ranch extend their equine knowledge to the general public through lessons, birthday parties, and trail rides across their wildlife-rich property. Beginner lessons acquaint novices with safe practices and the essentials of riding, centering on mounting, grooming, walking, and other basic topics. Building on this foundation, intermediate and advanced lessons delve into more advanced activities, such as moving laterally and riding around obstacles.
Once comfortable in the saddle, rider can sign up for a trail ride across the ranch's hundreds of acres, where they can spot wildlife ranging from deer and wild hogs to sandhill cranes amid the salt water marshes and brush country. Young riders can also enjoy time with animals through birthday and pony painting parties, when they'll have the chance to cover horses in non-toxic paint and ask for their definition of art.
When dog lovers travel, DogVacay keeps their pups out of impersonal kennels and connects them with responsible canine hosts in their city. Instead of awaiting their owner's return in a kennel cage, dogs get the run of the house along with daily walks, challenging games of Scrabble, and playtime with well-socialized animals. Owners can browse thousands of profiles from professional pet-sitters, retired veterinarians, and fellow dog lovers based on location, home size, and family pets. Each host undergoes a five-step vetting process that includes an online application, reference checks, a phone interview, online training, and community reviews. Dog sitters also offer day care, walking, and training, and some claim professional credentials such as training expertise or pet CPR. To ensure peace of mind, DogVacay provides insurance and emergency vet services as well as photo updates of the dog’s stay.
Bruno’s Bath House elevates the dog-boarding experience by housing pups inside plush suites that will remind them of home. Two times a day, room service peeks in, checking to make sure beds are comfy and bowls are brimming with filtered water. Dog-loving caregivers oversee dogs so that each pet receives ample attention as they gambol across the indoor and outdoor play areas or nap on communal couches. This attentive treatment carries over into Bruno’s Spaw, where dogs receive baths with plush add-ons such as aromatherapy, massage, and Pawdicures. Edible and wearable doggie accessories are also available at Bruno’s Bistro and Boutique.
The Pooch Pad is a 6,000-square-foot pet resort with a staff that accommodates visiting pups in spacious cageless suites designed to emulate life at home. With space enough for two tail-waggers, each executive suite is equipped with comfortable bedding, decorative artwork, and a Bluetooth earpiece for international barking conferences. Playtime each day at the indoor park with rubber flooring gives dogs the opportunity to stretch their paws among their peers, while soothing music pours out of speakers throughout the facility to elicit sweet, slobbery dreams. Going to great lengths to preserve pet safety, The Pooch Pad's fire-detection units and monitored security systems ensure that no pooch bakes a MilkBone casserole for more than four hours. Larger midrise suites are available for upgrade, as well as nine location-themed Presidential suites that are replete with flat-screen televisions and webcam options for pet owners to check on their pups.
Online retailer PetFlow.com saves pet owners a trip to the store by delivering dog and cat food and supplies from more than 100 brands, including Hill's Science Diet, Blue Buffalo, and Tidy Cats. Shoppers can narrow searches by convenient categories such as age, lifestyle (organic or grain-free), and health focus (including dental care or sensitive stomach), lavishing four-legged companions with the custom nutrition needed to keep Lassie's coat glossy or help a cat ace its college-entrance exam. For hassle-free shopping, animal aficionados can set up automatically recurring orders and customize an automated delivery schedule that sends email notifications one week prior to shipment, sure to keep Cheshire cats grinning and dogs donning bibs instead of barking at the sound of the doorbell.