Encompassing 50 acres of shady trees, streams, and fields, the Holiday House Pet Resort provides a welcoming, pastoral retreat for vacationing cats and dogs. Owners Dr. Laura Weis and Dr. Randy Weis, both veterinarians, live on site and spearhead the resort’s mission to keep pets healthy and happy through high levels of interaction and physical activity. Dogs staying at Holiday House enjoy taking part in nature walks, playtime, massages, and grooming, whereas cats on vacation enjoy private condos outfitted with areas for climbing, sleeping, and pondering string theory.
Shaun Froshour's decade of canine search and rescue experience made him the go-to guy when dogs needed training. Friends and clients swarmed him with requests to work on their canines' behavior problems or watch their dogs overnight. Eventually, Shaun realized he could parlay his expertise and passion for pooches into a business and decided to open the Canine Retreat and Behavior Improvement Center. Known today as Paws-itively Healthy, the center has trained and hosted hundreds of hounds of all breeds.
Froshour and his managing partner, Jill Stouffer, chaperone tail-waggers as they laze, play, and plan book-club meetings at the canine retreat. Grooming services gussy up pups with de-shedding treatments, nail trimmings, and toothbrushings, or the experienced duo can pet-sit or walk dogs as owners travel. Froshour and Stouffer call upon years of experience during obedience training to teach dogs verbal commands and hand signals including sit, stay, and vogue.
Dogs trot out of Spot's Spot and Spa stylishly well-groomed, well-rested, or well-fed, depending on their activities in the canine wellness haven. Trained groomers infuse coats with natural shampoos and conditioners before treating dogs to a facial scrub, a nail trim, and a breed-standard or custom cut, each precisely hand-scissored. Overnight stays keep canines in good company with cage-free accommodations, 24-hour supervision, and personal attention from playtime to medicine delivery. In the retail sections, owners peruse a vast array of dog food and treats, including freshly butchered meat (available only at Spot’s 2nd Spot) along with high-quality cat food from Science Diet and Acana. A full stock of doggy wellness aids ranges from vitamins and salves to padded e-collars that prevent dogs from noticing when their chums poke fun at their fashion choices.
South Garden Chinese Restaurant satisfies customers' cravings for egg rolls, fortune cookies and everything in between. Housed inside an old brick building on South Street in Queen Village, South Garden cooks up comforting Chinese staples like hot and sour soup, shrimp Szechuan style, chicken lo mein and steamed pork dumplings. The dishes here are fresh, fast, delicious and inexpensive, making this small eatery a neighborhood go-to for takeout and delivery. The portions from this sparely decorated Chinese food hub are quite generous, but don't worry about over-ordering, South Garden's grub is just as tasty when eaten straight from the carton the next day.
Fairmount Pet Shoppe is so much more than a simple pet supply store. Yes, if it’s a leash or a dog sweater you’re after, Fairmount will have it – but the designs more than basic, with elegant, fun looks that you’ll want to show off. You’ll also find dog biscuits, but in quirky flavors like bacon and cheese or sweet potato, plus assorted kibble treats and pet shampoos in both natural and organic varieties. Pick up cute treats for your favorite canine here, such as chew toys in the shape of a startlingly realistic squirrel, or a cartoonish and squeaky serving of french fries. Most adorably, the store’s front window doesn’t advertise the wares inside, but instead serves as a temporary home for two or three cats up for adoption, each one fostered temporarily by local operation Greenstreet Rescue.
In a high-ceilinged, sunlight-drenched and fully renovated factory building at the edge of Manayunk’s Main Street business district, Caring for Cats is a multipurpose resource for felines and their owners. Keep your kitty healthy and purring with Caring for Cats’ veterinary services, including on-site radiology capabilities and a maintenance program designed specifically for older animals. You can even untangle and beautify your long-haired feline with their grooming services, or board your buddies here while you’re out of town. Simple point-of-sale pieces at the front of the facility help keep your kitty well groomed with flea combs and toys too, so they’ll quickly forgive you for the bath. Best of all, barking or otherwise curious dogs are never an issue at this cats-only facility.