Freshly back from vacation, a customer walks expectantly into the room. A golden retriever bounds clumsily up, its tongue flapping a rosy greeting and mouth stretched far back into a smile. When the dog’s owner takes up the leash, thanks the staff for caring for her energetic pup, and turns to leave, she feels a tug on the leash. Her dog has planted his feet firmly, trying to back into a sitting position—clearly, he wants them both to stay put.
According to proprietor Lisa Schettino, this is an everyday occurrence at Camp Canine. After a difficult experience finding pet care for her own dog, Lisa set out to create an environment that would not only keep critters safe, but make them want to stay. Now, each Camp Canine location has a resort-style atmosphere sprawled over 9,000–15,000 square feet.
Stressed four-legged friends wiggle with glee during massages, shedding stress from squeaky toys giving them the silent treatment. Against a bass rumble of purring, punctuated by canine yips, green-tea and chamomile facials drive dirt from wrinkled faces and soften wiry fur. As they wait for their next spa appointment, dogs can roam freely in a fenced-in play lot. After tearing through a maze of tunnels and obstacles, they splash into the pool and emerge to toss their cool, wet fur, bejeweling the air with spray. An air-conditioned indoor play area shelters pets from extreme heat and teenagers listening to vacuums at high volume..
Owners too can rest at ease during their pets’ vacation, knowing their animals lounge in private rooms with plush bedding and staff watching 24 hours a day. They check up on their furry friends via scheduled Skype sessions and various webcams set up throughout the Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale facilities. Those locations also pick up and drop off pets that haven’t yet learned how to operate a manual transmission.
Animal Planet’s Most Outrageous Pet Digs dubbed Chateau Poochie the “world’s most decadent hotel for dogs” for the lavish care with which the staff treats its canine guests. Tiny nails click on the white marble floors of the lobby, where overnight guests check in at a mirrored front desk beneath a crystal chandelier before a staff member escorts them to one of the suites. Each suite is appointed with raised beds and fleece bedding, access to filtered water, and classical music, while most bear flat-screen televisions so guests can keep an eye on their investments in squeaky toy futures. At mealtime, pet owners choose from a freshly prepared menu of roasted meat accompanied by steamed vegetables and brown rice.
During the day, both overnight and daycare charges enjoy playtime at the Social Lounge, where pups are separated by size so they can romp safely on impact-resistant floors as they dive through hoops, clamber up steps, or challenge their tails to a winner-take-all battle royale. They can also enjoy the fresh air in the outdoor garden or schedule individual playtime with someone from the staff.
Chateau Poochie also houses a luxe salon and spa where grooming sessions can be supplemented by facials and pedicures. Therapeutic massages help whisk away tension, and training sessions teach pups better manners. Cats can get in on the overnight luxury in their own three-tiered abodes, and pet parents keep an eye on their furry friends via 24-hour streaming Web cam.
A pudgy labrador trots through his daily exercise routine on a treadmill, while nearby a band of small dogs scampers after each other upon miniature playground equipment. All the while, a dachshund is transfixed by cartoons on a flat-screen TV.This bustling canine milieu was fashioned by Iris and Adam Feingold, an affable mother-son duo who serve as the deans of Dogstown University, a sleek dog daycare and boarding business in Deerfield Beach. Indoor play areas and boarding suites are kept perpetually fresh-smelling thanks to Dogstown University's custom ventilation system, built especially to eliminate the unpleasant odors made by dogs’ cigars during all-night poker games.Die-hard canine lovers themselves, Adam and Iris further ensure their wards’ comfort with luxurious suites in several sizes, each including bedding, fleece blankets, toys, and relaxing music. In addition, they help ease owners’ anxieties with a 24-hour camera system, which allows owners to log on and check in on their pets.
Founded on the belief that dogs, like people, deserve a bit of pampering, Dee's Sanctuary Grooming and Spa aims to spoil canines with doting affection and care. A standard visit begins with a relaxing hydro-massage bathing ritual, relaxing muscles stressed from long walks and playdates with dematerializing Cheshire cats. Following all grooming rituals—which can include basics such as nail trims and combing or more involved skin and coat treatments—dogs are escorted to their own serene zen den outfitted with soft bedding, toys, water, and a comforting view of the entire spa interior.
Diane Dolphin, a 12-year veteran groomer and graduate of the elite Nash Academy, tends to haute couture grooming duties. Like all other dog stylists at Dee’s Sanctuary, she is happy to offer free consultations concerning potential fur makeovers and the latest in bandanna-tying fashions. The combination grooming spa and day-care center also sells toys, grooming supplies, and Good Dog bakery treats.
The certified dog trainers at Canine Dimensions have dog obedience down to a science. They don't use clickers or painful collars; instead, they use familiar objects and teach dogs inside their owners' homes in obedience rehabilitations for any dog older than 7 weeks old. By working on the dog's home turf, they keep them comfortable while teaching them not to pull on the leash, growl at guests, or use slang words their owners don’t understand. For families uninterested in at-home training, Canine Dimensions offers 10-day board and train programs and overnight boarding inside the trainer’s home, where they exercise, play, and learn within a home environment.
We practice high-quality medicine in a modern veterinary hospital. Our hospital doctors and staff are devoted to the well-being of our patients as well as the education of our clients. You and your loved one's needs are our highest priority.
At Happy Paws Go Walking, a certified member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters with more than 10 years of experience looks out for pups. Services include healthy strolls, daily and overnight pet sitting, pet taxi, and other miscellaneous pet-related services such as barking them the day’s crossword puzzle.