With indoor and outdoor activity spaces, dog-loving attendants on staff 24 hours a day, and lots of friends to play with, dogs may not want to leave Woof World once they arrive. Whether they're there for daycare or all-night boarding, canines can run through agility courses, clamber up climbing structures, and wrestle with toys in an indoor play area equipped with rubberized flooring to protect paws. Outside, they wallow in bone-shaped swimming pools and drink straight from the hose in the warm sun. The pampering doesn't stop at bedtime—dogs have their pick of a variety of mattresses and dog beds piled with blankets and pillows, and there isn't a cage to be found. Staff members stay throughout the night, keeping watch to take care of any overnight potty emergencies and prevent toothpaste pranks from fellow boarders. All dogs must meet the facility's prerequisites to stay, including passing a behavior test, up-to-date vaccinations, and other requirements.
Dan and Susie Yaich, friends to all animals, have helmed Jim Thorpe Pet Center since 1990. The couple offers food, supplies, and advice for all kinds of furry and scaly friends, from the usual suspects, such as cats and dogs, to more adventurous companions, including birds, turtles, and chia seeds. Pet owners can pick up pounds of dry food, cushy pet beds, and accessories for aquariums and the like. Dan and Susie also sponsor low-cost spay or neuter projects and partner with the Carbon County Friends of Animals, a local rescue organization cofounded by Susie.
With three individual chains in its family of stores?Pet Valu, Paulmac's Pet Food, and Bosley's?scattered across Canada and the northeastern United States, Pet Valu claims the title as the largest pet-supply retailer in North America. Inside its well-stocked outlets are more than 7,000 products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and other animals. These include specialty items that range from grain-free dog food and multilevel bird cages to hamster balls that resemble helicopters and neon-colored shells so your hermit crab can achieve success in the online-dating world. Some locations are furnished with grooming facilities where professionals pamper dogs with shampoos, nail trims, and other perks, along with self-serve stations let owners wash their own pets. Stores also partner with local shelters to host regular adoption events.
The giant tree in the front yard of Amber Beech Kennel towers over the expansive grassy lawn, covering the ground with copious shade in the summer or piles of crunchy leaves in the fall. Either way, pups are going to cavort like crazy underneath its sprawling branches. At Amber Beech Kennel, the dog-loving caretakers play with the dogs during boarding, grooming, or training sessions. Aside from making sure pups are properly cared for, educated, and cleaned, Amber Beech also sells pet supplies such as treats and leashes in their onsite shop.
Occupying a 21-acre plot in the middle of Mercer County farmland, MayBelle Stables invites aspiring horseback riders to learn the sport in a serene, outdoor setting. Anchoring the land is the original, 1700s-era barn, which reminds riders of the farm's long history as they learn to ride in the Western Style. Hour-long lessons cover the style's basic techniques and customs while students are in the saddle, and also touch on such out-of-the-saddle skills as grooming, tacking, and counting horses until they fall asleep. Once riders become proficient in these skills, they can direct their steed onto the 1,600 acres of Mercer Meadows parkland, a neighboring ecological preserve with plenty of horseback riding trails.
Barb's Bathe Your Pet provides a fully equipped cleaning facility to keep pups shining like show dogs. A troop of steel tubs stands ready to hold messy mutts, making entry easy with ramped access. Waterproof aprons protect faithful owners from getting splashed during the dog's after-bath boogie, perfected by Benji during his comeback stint as Fred Astaire's horse. Barb's Bathe Your Pet supplies all bathing accouterments, and its conscientious crew takes care of after-bath cleanup. Although merchandise is not included with this deal, Barb's also stocks a range of canine-friendly products such as toys, beds, and licensed sports apparel that keep man's best friend from becoming man's best passive-aggressive roommate.