At Knee Deep in Dawgs, canine companions get an antidote to the boredom and loneliness that sets in when owners are away. During the day, staffers let dogs roam through large indoor spaces filled with toys and at night, they curl up in cozy dog beds. To keep them looking their best, the facility's groomers bestow new, clean 'dos upon request.
Dogs can also learn proper etiquette—as well as a few new tricks—with help from the staff trainer. A professional with more than 30 years on the job, the former deputy sheriff and K-9 trainer for the Denver Police Department started his career by training military dogs. Not to leave any service unoffered, the well-rounded Knee Deep group also includes a photographer who creates memorable portraits of canines that can be framed or taken on a walk around the block.
With the exception of the Englewood location, all City Bark locations provide self-wash tubs for expedient DIY doggie dunking (about $10 for 30 minutes without shampoo, $11.50 with shampoo; rates vary slightly by location). These specially designed tubs ensure safe and easy dog baths, pleasant for person and pup alike. City Bark provides numerous accoutrements to make the slather sessions go swimmingly, including waterproof aprons, a variety of doggie shampoos, towels, and dryers for preventing post-bath shake-spray. After donning the apron, place your pal in a waist-high tub, specially designed for safe and simple bath time that beats crouching on the tiles of a home lavatory while your dog writhes and splashes, ruining freshly acquired lavender soap angels and terrifying the neighbors with plaintive howling.
The four veterinarians that helm VetweRx share more than the office's high-tech equipment: they genuinely love the animals. The ultramodern equipment does come in handy, though, as the veterinarians deliver treatments to domestic and exotic pets. Together, they provide vaccinations, dental cleanings, x-rays, CT scans, spaying and neutering, and surgeries to quell joint pain and bone problems.
Pet owners know that the best thing a doggie daycare can provide is peace of mind. At U Lucky Dog, they do more than promise that dogs will get lots of exercise and human interaction; they allow owners to check on their four-legged friends with live streaming video on their website, with cameras situated on all play areas in the 18,000-square foot facility. Because of this, 5280 magazine named U Lucky Dog its Editor's Choice for Best Doggie Daycare 2012.
Before admitting a pup to dog daycare, knowledgeable staffers evaluate its temperament to determine its best playmates. During the day, dogs frolic in indoor play areas as well as outdoor ones with elevated turf, obstacles to climb, and toy cats to plot coups against. The UVAIRx system purifies the air, extracting germs and other contaminants for a more sanitary space. Overnight guests enjoy kennel-free dog boarding with elevated beds and a schedule that includes play and nap time. Cats can also bunk down in their own exclusive area to plot counter-coups.
Founded in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1996 by pet owners who were sick of bothering neighbors to care for their furry charges when they were busy or away, Out-U-Go! keeps beloved animals happy when their owners are unavailable. Certified members of Pet Sitter International, Out-U-Go!’s fully licensed and bonded pet professionals undergo a rigorous screening process, putting in time at the company's Dog Walk University to learn how to deal with willful pets, calmly handle emergencies, and internalize animals’ fear of vacuums. New customers start off with a free meet and greet, with sitters coming to the house to meet dogs, cats, and smaller critters and discuss special needs and routines. Services range from daily walks to full-time housesitting to pet-taxi rides to groomers, vets, and kennels.