After clients' appointments with their cats or dogs at Sun-Surf Animal Hospital, it's just a short trip to pick up prescriptions—there's a pharmacy in-house. But even if they don't need to make a pit stop for prescriptions, the hospital boasts other conveniences that may come in handy. For instance, its service list spans not only checkups, vaccinations, and bloodwork, but also dental exams, emergency care, and surgery. Plus, the hospital stays open until 8 p.m. on weeknights to accommodate working pet owners and welcomes patients from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Crowned with a bright pink pompadour and sporting stenciled spots on its legs, another "creative grooming” client emerges from Beach Groomers Pet Salon & Boutique. Some of these sessions are inspired by trends in Japan, and they’re not for the meek—they give dogs and cats a look as bold as football jerseys with comic sans font. The groomings are a special endeavor for owner Danielle Moyse, a dog owner herself whose core competency is traditional grooming services. Danielle can perform a standard bath and trim hair and nails, and she can add a spritz of cologne and tie a jaunty bandana around her canine or feline client’s neck. She and her staff also pamper pets with spa treatments, such as facials that lift dirt and cupcake sprinkles embedded around mouths and sugar scrubs that exfoliate.
A Chat with Who Let The Dogs Out? Petsitters
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I [have] eight rescue dogs and volunteer with several rescue transport groups.
What do you love most about your job?
Wagging tails and kisses
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Martha came to my house and agreed to watch my four dogs, five cats, and koi fish. Not only were my babies so gently and lovingly cared for, so was my home! Martha went above and beyond what I had ever thought a pet-sitting service would do. She left notes and updates on each of her visits.
Some customers choose from a colorful array of cookies, donuts, and other delectables on a tiered and crystal-encrusted dessert tray, while others relax and enjoy floor-to-ceiling murals of a picturesque countryside in the indoor dog park. None of them, however, happen to be human—such is the focus on luxury at Royal Pets Market & Resort, where boarding, grooming, training, and adoption services are overseen by an experienced staff. After pampering treatments such as aromatherapy baths or moisture-therapy wraps, dogs and cats can be outfitted from the wide selection of collars, foods, toys, and apparel in the expansive store.
This fur-friendly retreat rejects the image of endless rows of cramped cages that traditional animal boarding usually conjures. Upon entering their pet resort, clients find a 1/2 acre of land, 5,000 square feet of indoor play areas, and spacious doggie suites stocked with toys and soft bedding under skylights. Before each visit begins, canine guests undergo a temperament assessment where caretakers study their play styles, food or toy aggressions, and any fear toward new people in order to gauge their unique personalities. Pooches then join up with peers of a similar size and demeanor in one of eight separate play areas featuring
wading pools, digging pits, and a fully stocked shoe store. Dogs looking for some down time can recline on comfy beds and couches while enjoying their regular eating schedules courtesy of a 24 hour staff.
The thoughtful dog-whisperers will also board pets from the same household in a family suite and can administer any medications as directed by the client. Grooming services and photo sessions ensure four-legged friends stay front-page ready. Downtown Doggie Center also specializes in finding homes for orphaned pups with their adoption services.
With a transportable arsenal of professional grooming equipment, HydroDog’s mobile pet salons roam the Tampa Bay area, cleansing pets during visits to homes, offices, parks, and events. Upon arrival, its signature blue vehicles open into a cleansing tub and drying station designed to accommodate nearly any size of dog. The expert pet aestheticians perform baths, haircuts, ear cleanings, nail trimmings, gland expressions, and de-shedding services, and offer flea-and-tick treatments to prevent pests from staking canine claims. All of HydroDog’s units are climate-controlled, providing cool respite from hot summer days and vivid dreams of chasing rabbits through active volcanoes.