When The Comfy K9’s staff of animal behaviorists planned the layout for their luxury dog-boarding lodge, they tried to put themselves in the shoes of their four-legged friends. They thought it might be nice to frolic around a 3,000-square-foot indoor park during six-hour daycare sessions, so they built one and lined it with artificial grass. They also thought it might be nice to play with like-minded pups, so they made sure that it would be easy to separate their guests by size, temperament, and age. This level of careful planning is most evident in the overnight boarding lodge, where dogs bunk down on elevated beds in suit rooms. Each room is separated from the others by a wall of opaque glass blocks, which allow in plenty of light yet spare dogs judgmental looks when they change into pajamas with cats printed on them.
Speaking of cats, they also enjoy comfortable quarters—albeit in a separate area of the building. Owners can schedule appointments for grooming and therapeutic massage during their pets’ visits, or stay on for training sessions conducted by experienced instructors.
Muttz Pet Goods & Gifts stores a deep vault of toys, food, and other supplies that help sustain and enhance the relationship between humans and their pet dogs, cats, birds, and fish. A member of the store's staff of animal lovers will help patrons comb through the store's selection of 35 food brands to find the right cuisine for animals with food allergies, sensitive stomachs, or french-toast intolerance. Popular canine fare includes Natural Balance's lamb-flavored dog food ($34.95) and Whole Earth Farms' prairie beef or chicken ($39.95). Keep quadripedal companions safely secured with a resilient Lupine collar ($8–$13) or foster mobile catnaps with a Snoozer pet car seat ($89).
DoodyCalls' team of pooper-scoopers knows caring for dogs is a full-time job. The team makes the job a little less taxing by helping out with some of the dirty work, so families have time to play with their pooches in clean yards. The same goes for feline friends. Team members visit homes weekly to clean out litter boxes, leaving them filled with fresh litter. The team can also deodorize decks and patios that have acquired unwelcome odors from pets.
Nervous pets are eased into exams at the attentive hands of the Indian Tree Animal Hospital staff. Beastly bodies are thoroughly scoured in a new-patient consultation, key for early detection of disease and conversion into a reptile. Regular heartworm tests help ensure the health of a pet's heart, keeping it strong enough for epic trips to the dog park and chasing marathon runners who smell like cars.
The privately owned Overland Animal Hospital & Pet Resort spans 17,000 square feet of facilities that more resemble a boutique pet hotel than an animal clinic. Claiming accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association, Overland’s general practice veterinarians see to pet health with services that range from vaccinations to pet hospitalization. The boarding facilities cater to both canines and felines even during the holidays, comforting lodgers with heating, air conditioning, and unlimited access to the outdoors for dogs. Onsite webcams similarly comfort owners, letting them check in on their furry friends.
Dogs can also come to daycare, where they get to romp with similarly sized pooches during hours of outdoor play. Individual daycare programs are available for pups who prefer working on their memoirs to frolicking with other dogs. Further services include professional dog training and grooming, during which staff only use hypoallergenic products.
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