Upon entering Petite Pet Inn & Spa, guests can't help but think, "These dogs think they're people!" as the staff lavishes pups with full manicures and relaxing hydromassages. When owners drop off their furry friends, they can rest assured that they are enjoying a resort experience, whether they're staying for the day or overnight. Only dogs on the smaller side of the canine spectrum are allowed inside this posh yet homey environment, which the staffers scour with a chemical-free, hypoallergenic cleaning process imported from Milan, Italy. The lounge is packed with comfortable chairs and an antique piano, where dogs can watch staffers tickle the ivories and then jealously growl at the ivories. In the spa's spacious, fenced-in backyard, tail waggers can caper about during supervised play sessions, chewing toys and racing through an accordion-like tunnel.
After pooches play, groomers set to work cleansing coats before drying them with Snyder pet dryers, which evaporate water with a stress-reducing warm breeze. In addition to play time and pampering, canines can head to the spa for obedience training and socialization immersion, developing good manners for playing at the park or attending the next charity gala.
Dogs are all sizes are welcome at The Barking Lot, where the trained staff tidies up pets with bathing, grooming, and health treatments. Grooming treatments can include anything from bathing and blow drying to flea baths, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning, allowing owners to ensure their pet is both presentable and happy. Staff are also trained in breed-appropriate hair styling, conforming each pet’s hair to the desired cut or just a Mohawk if he’s starting a garage band with your other pets.
A Stay in the Country Pet Lodging is a paradise for tail-waggers of all shapes and sizes. It has indoor and outdoor doggy dens, heated floors, and room to roam in spacious play yards (dogs play least four times a day, in groups or individually). Pups are fed two meals a day and treated to treats all day long. The facility, a family farm, is dedicated to giving four-legged friends plenty of personal attention and will gladly accommodate any woofer’s specific need, as long as they don’t involve chocolate bones.
Voted one of the area's top specialty retail stores in the 2010 Daily Press Choice Awards, Nautical Dog offers an assortment of inimitable products to pamper pups and their bipedal parents. Human chaperones and their canine charges freely peruse the aisles together at The Nautical Dog, stopping at Roxy's Bakery for a dog-friendly treat ($1.50+), sniffing out the best toys ($4.99+), and picking up wine accessories for Rex's next book-club meeting ($4.99+). Fashion-forward Fidos try on collars ($17.50+), leashes ($15.25+), and tail-accommodating canine accouterments ($13.50+), as their human counterparts browse home décor items such as candles ($10.50+) and dinnerware ($7.95+) for a gift to cheer up turf-bound homes jealous of canine mobility.
The dedicated pet counselors at Camp Care-A-Lot nurture furry friends during supervised play dates and classes, as well as an array of pet-pampering services. Drop Fido off for doggy daycare ($11 half-day; $22 day) to allow the pup to socialize with other canine campers as they enjoy two indoor playgrounds, an outdoor yard, and the occasional poetry slam. Overnight boarding ($25–$90 per night) gives four-legged pals full access to the playgrounds before they doze off for the night on a comfy orthopedic bed; felines staying the night ($11–26 per night) get a personal litter box and can enjoy sweet dreams about laser pointers. For a clean and healthy pet, grooming services include an oatmeal shampoo ($5), a nail trim ($10), and teeth brushing ($10) to freshen breath, reduce tartar, boost the dog’s dating life, and aid in the deterrence of periodontal disease.
Founded more than 25 years ago at a single store in suburban Maryland, Wild Bird Centers has since spread its bevy of birding gear and wildlife-watching supplies to approximately 50 locations across the United States and Canada. At each shop, knowledgeable and friendly staffers compile an immense inventory of top-quality birdseed, including their own exclusive blends of premium, field-tested ingredients. They equip patrons with a cavalcade of bird-watching accouterments such as binoculars, birdhouses, birdbaths, and Big Bird costumes and help customers to enhance their wildlife wisdom with gardening tools. To further help patrons to decipher the symphony of birdcalls they hear, Wild Bird Centers proffers a Backyard Birds Field Guide, which includes helpful information about the characteristics and habitat of common avian species. Additionally, all purchases contribute to customers' Birdie Bucks accounts, Wild Bird Centers' customer-rewards program.