The crew at Pet Paradise coddles both overnight and daytime critter clients in a resort-like enclave, providing each furry lodger with private quarters, sumptuous bedding and toys, and an array of amenities. Canines can revel on a sunbaked lawn that surrounds the doggy-bone-shaped swimming pool before cooling humid hides with a refreshing dip. Supervised group playtime gives dogs a chance to find an alto for their moon-serenading choir, and outdoor walks allow for sightseeing and exercise. Meanwhile, pooped pooches can relish alone time in spacious suites, and kitties can retire to a felines-only wing of the resort where soft-playing music relieves the stresses of a long day of napping, stretching, and napping. A caretaker lives on-site, available to supervise any late-night emergencies or after-midnight munchies, and owners can check on their pets via a 24-hour webcam.
A pack of dogs bounds along a white lattice fence as they chase bouncing tennis balls, their footfalls muffled by a charcoal-gray padded floor. One dog is called aside for grooming duties: a nail trim and a bath. With the knowledge that the canine-training professionals at Dog Daze Playcare possess years of training and warm-hearted natures, pet parents rest easy while their animals are away from home. Owner Becky Henson leads this team with more than 20 years of experience as a handler and trainer, having diverted from a career as a competitive horse trainer to work with canines after attending her first dog show. During daycare, she and her staff also work with pups in one-on-one training sessions, teaching them obedience, agility, and cat telekinesis for a nominal fee.
The Central Missouri Humane Society exists to prevent and alleviate the suffering and uncontrolled reproduction of companion animals with an emphasis on public education, adoption and providing basic veterinary services for under-served pet owners.
Lisa Attruia and the animal-loving staffers at A Dogs Meow Pet Grooming & Daycare cater to cats and dogs with grooming and pet-sitting in a homey, Marmaduke-approved environment. Lisa can groom and style pets with custom cuts for their breed, as well as summer cuts and other services such as ear cleaning, nail clipping, and flea and tick treatments. She also offers full-service packages that pamper pooches from head to tail with cosmetic grooming, an oatmeal bath, a blueberry facial, and other treatments.
A Dog's Meow opens daily for doggy daycare, and its pet-sitters have everything a dog needs for a short- or long-term visit. Boarders enjoy climate control, house access (if they’re potty trained), and twice-daily kennel cleaning and sanitation. During extended stays, sitters will even give owners peace of mind by sending video updates, pictures, and email blasts written by their pets.
Sprawling over 1 1/2 acres of fenced-in land, South Paw Acres takes care of canine companions with climate-controlled, cage-free indoor play areas, comfy beds, a plethora of toys, and an on-call veterinarian. A dedicated dog-sitter monitors all playgroups, which are grouped according to tail-waggers’ size, temperaments, and Forbes 100 listings. South Paw Acres boards no more than 10 dogs at a time, ensuring that every pup receives a high level of interaction and affection. After romping around the pooch playground, outfitted with a refreshing pond and tree-shaded lounge areas, furry friends can listen to soothing music and watch animal-centric television shows while awaiting the return of their owners. All canines must be more than 4 months old and have updated vaccination records, be spayed or neutered, and have the ability to tie their own shoes.
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.