Hotel guests lick scoops of salmon or bacon-cheddar frozen yogurt before watching Disney movies in private suites. Every dog's anthropomorphic dream comes true at Petropolis Pet Center, where a dog and cat hotel indulges pets' whims with gourmet treats, snuggly blankets, feline jungle gyms, and other animal accouterments. After checking in at the front desk—a hangout for mascot Charlie the tortoise—trained staffers lead pets to lodgings or to dog day camp, where pups divided into three compatible size groups romp in the grass or atop playground equipment. An onsite grooming salon trims coats, fluffs fur with soothing low-heat and low-noise dryers, and brushes teeth to remove lingering crumbs from Petropolis Barkery's epicurean baked goods. Dogs can refine their manners at training school, learning how to sit, stay, and leave a calling card at every hydrant, before moving on to competition training. Petropolis's Pet Career School transforms amateur dog lovers into pro groomers or certified trainers and helps careers to get off the ground with job-placement assistance.
The boutique boasts a collection of doggie essentials, colorful canine clothing, toys, and services to ensure your furry friend is up to snuff. Appropriately attire an affenpinscher by bestowing her with a Juicy Couture embroidered velour hoodie ($45) for a romp in the park or an Oscar Newman peppermint pixie dress ($82) for an elegant evening. Gifting a giant schnauzer with one of Lola & Penelope's toys, such as the squeakable Harry Barker hemp dog bone ($9.75), will keep tempted teeth from chewing all your sun-dried socks. Or peruse Lola & Penelope's plentiful selection of cute leather collars ($12 and up), carriers ($49 and up), dishes ($15 and up), and deodorizing shampoos ($13.75 and up) to find the finishing touch to your home dog or cat collection. Your Groupon is valid for in-store purchases only.
Yips and Yaps just might be a better place than home, especially when dogs' owners are away. Here, pets can get groomed, play with friends, or even stay overnight while their owners travel. Though staff provides bowls, beds, and blankets for boarding charges, pet owners are welcome to pack their pups' own belongings from home. During daycare sessions in the center's outdoor and indoor play yards, pets acquire crucial socialization skills they can't get at home, no matter how often they try to play tug of war with the houseplants.
Like a Caribbean resort, Yuppy Puppy Pet Spa soothes away the stress and worries that build up in canine minds while their owners are off relaxing at work. Pups of all breeds and sizes—as well as cats—jump into the arms of loving staff members for grooming and pampering sessions. Services range from the ordinary, such as nail clipping and ear trimming, to the opulent, such as blueberry and vanilla facial masks or soothing mud baths for the whole body.
But personality trumps beauty at play camp, where dogs’ dispositions decide which of three indoor camps they’ll call home for the day. Pooches can also pack their toothbrushes and curlers for overnight stays in private luxury suites—some equipped with flat-screen TVs—or the social lounge, where pups play all day and curl up in front of a movie at night.
Today's side deal cleans up dirty dogs without the extra mess. For $12, you get $24 worth of self-service dog washing and five fresh baked treats from Four Muddy Paws. The Riverfront Times named the bark-worthy boutique the Best Dog Wash, and St. Louis Tails readers voted it the Best Pet Boutique, among other awards. A basic wash is $12, so you can bathe two pups, or come back a second time when your puppy gets muddy again, or you can splurge on the premium wash (includes cologne, $14) for extra dirty doggies. Redeem your Groupon at the boutique's Edwardsville, IL or St. Louis locations.
The canine caretakers at BauserHaus keep watch over their guests throughout a 7,000-square-foot facility. Organized by size, dogs spend all day trotting about indoor and outdoor play areas. Come nighttime, boarding dogs snooze in private 5'x5' pens furnished with beds and, like the homes of football stars, astroturf carpeting.