A lurcher-greyhound mix named Oscar, A-Animal's resident dog, ambles around the office as milling technicians, groomers, and four vets consult with visiting canines. Dogs can study wall-mounted Texas A&M University degrees as animal doctors pore over their furry hides in routine checkups or perform surgery. After frolicking in the sunlight, overnight guests and day campers can roll around their own 60-square-foot dog run. Customers can check on their pup with A-Animal Clinic and Boarding Kennel's webcam, watching as meticulously groomed, cane-twirling dogs emerge from the clinic's salon and spa to visit one of two outdoor playing areas.
A division of Your Pet Staff, Whisker Washers Mobile Grooming's mobile grooming trailers rush to pet owners' homes for comprehensive on-location service. Animal-loving cleaners wash away cats' and dogs' accumulated grime with shampoos and conditioners made with natural ingredients such as aloe and oatmeal. Grooming services range from conventional ear cleaning and haircuts to more exotic treatments, such as Pawdicures, in which the staff treats dogs' paws to vitamin-E cream or their nails to vibrant polish—just in time for the first day of obedience school.
Founded in 1980, Man's Best Friend welcomes pets and their caretakers for training, grooming, and boarding services. A variety of training programs are designed to fit different pet personalities and specific goals such as obedience training and home protection. Boarding offerings include overnight stays and daycare, with separate facilities for dogs and cats complete with climate control and ample space.
Wild smiles dance across the faces of pups and humans alike at K9 Kountry. Sunlight streams across the grassy lawn as dogs of all sizes frolic in the outdoor runs or in their own dog yards, tiring themselves out by playing with a variety of toys or gathering to put on a performance of Othello. As the sun sets, the pups careen indoors for a warm meal of freshly cooked meals and snacks, such as chicken or hot dogs, before hunkering down for the night in the climate-controlled shelter. The staff at K9 Kountry takes care of mutts of all sizes and temperaments with daycare, overnight boarding, and basic obedience training courses that focus on ensuring communication between dogs and their owners.
At Dogs Rule Resort, canines receive the royal treatment while frolicking around indoor and outdoor facilities replete with slides, pools, and toys. Inside, dogs romp around a climate-controlled, 3,000-square-foot play area that can be divided into three rooms, one for each of Lassie’s alter egos. Outside, dogs roam cage-free in a turf-covered, park-like space that showcases baby pools, sprinklers, and misting systems in warm weather. Once pups get tuckered out, they slumber on raised, plush bedding in a cage-free, indoor environment with other dogs of the same size or hatred toward vacuum overlords. Flat-panel TV/DVR systems play soothing music and relaxing images that calm dogs, and webcams capture the pups’ whereabouts so owners can check in on their four-legged friend. In addition to daycare and boarding, dogs can receive dental care, pedicures, or full-service baths at the resort.