Though doggie doors and automatic feeders offer stay-at-home pups some autonomy, they can't replace the attention of a loving owner and socialization with other dogs. NY Puppy Club gives their canine visitors the attention they need while their owners are away, either during daycare visits or long-term vacation stays. Two spacious play rooms match pups with playmates of their own size. Smaller dogs can take turns riding down a plastic slide, while larger dogs can cooperate on toppling the treat refrigerator. Inside the club's 16 boarding rooms, dogs can sleep on plush beds amid soft lighting and music. At the daycare's sister shop, owners can peruse a selection of foods and toys, or consult with the onsite veterinarian.
The bright-blue awning hanging outside Queens Animal Health & Emergency makes it hard to miss; it's blend of Eastern and Western medical treatments make the clinic hard to forget. Its veterinarians are well versed in general-wellness care for their clients' four-legged friends and use acupuncture to manage a variety of chronic issues, such as arthritis, asthma, and the anxiety that stems from trying to bark in Morse code. With its boarding services, staff members care for pets while their owners are on vacation, and grooming sessions keep animals looking their best.
Dr. Keith Niesenbaum and the staff of Great Neck Dog & Cat Hospital are on hand six days a week to provide urgent care assistance, emergency procedures, dog day care, boarding, and even house calls. In addition to cats and dogs, select practitioners can also treat rabbits, reptiles, and pocket pets.
A practicing veterinarian since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, Dr. Keith Niesenbaum cares for four-legged friends as the owner and medical director at Crawford Dog & Cat Hospital. Alongside senior associate vet Dr. Brian Spar, Dr. Niesenbaum and his staff treat ailing pets in three facilities that offer inpatient and outpatient care and also make house calls.
Sanibel Chophouse's owner was inspired by summers spent on Sanibel Island (on Florida's Gulf Coast) to create a restaurant with an elegant, island-resort atmosphere and classically prepared steak and seafood dishes. Navigate Sanibel's surf-and-turf matrix to perform a linear computation of six meats, such as filet mignon and chicken cutlets, and four seafoods, including lobster tail and Maryland crab cake (range $24–$45, mean $32.42, median $32.50, mode $28 and $32). Or go for the easy-to-hold chophouse burger: applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onion strings, and special sauce stacked atop a huge, juicy ground-beef circle (served with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and fries, $14). The menu is rife with meaty eats, such as cider-brined pork chops ($21), and dry-aged steaks, including a 20-ounce rib eye ($32).
Although dogs may not like taking a trip to the vet, a stop at Just-Pawfection has been known to bring out the pride and playfulness in even the shabbiest four-legged friends. The shop’s professional groomers can do anything from basic shampooing to full-fur cuts and nail trimmings. Rather than corral the dogs into cages or try to get them to sit around and play a game of poker, Just-Pawfection uses a leash system to tether dogs before and after their groomings.