Bed and Biscuit Austin understands that you really don’t want to leave your pet. But when that’s necessary, they’ll give your dog the highest level of care – not just a place to stay. Whether you need daycare, bathing services or a place to board your dog, the staff at Bed and Biscuit takes time to observe each pet carefully and then use that knowledge to determine the best surroundings, schedule, and overall situation. A good reason it’s considered among the premier dog care facilities in Austin is that they incorporate socialization, stimulation, and exercise to give your dog its best day at their expansive space. Potential clients are also invited to tour the facility prior to bringing in their pet.
Workers from Hot Diggity! step out of houses with pups tugging politely at the leash and lolling their tongues in the sunshine. The crew members, who are all licensed, bonded, and insured, give owners a break from taking the dog outside and dealing with all the strange children the dog rescues from farm wells. After consultations allow them to get to know the home and the pet’s routine, staffers can even stop in several times a day or stay overnight to care for their animal charges. They also care for care for critters including cats, gerbils, birds, and reptiles.
Doody Free provides services for both waggy and whiskered companions. Pups, matured mutts, or dogs that just want a little time to themselves to build a sandcastle will appreciate the weekday walking service: a 40-minute stroll costs $20, with a $5 charge for additional animals or travel. Social snoutpals will appreciate the play-date service, where Doody Free will match your mutt with a canine companion for a day of playing, fetch, and tug-o-war. Barefoot-ready your backyard with the waste removal service ($8 daily or $24 twice a week).
The zookeepers and storytellers at Tiny Tails to You! travel from town to town to organize pop-up petting zoos four days a week, and lease out hands-on learning experiences for festivals, summer camps, and private parties. What beasts turn up at these parties is up to the customer, who might arrange for anything from an avalanche of fluffy bunnies and baby birds to an encampment of chinchillas, hedgehogs, leopard geckos, and tortoises. The staff's love for animals extends beyond informative show-and-tells—head zookeeper Ed Bradfield offers pet-sitting services for dogs, cats, exotic pets, and house-trained rocks, and the zookeepers are nearly always offering baby bunnies for adoption.
Shady Acres Pet Ranch is more like a farm than a typical boarding facility. On three acres of land, lush, green grass awaits hounds who can frolic in three play yards dappled with sunlight thanks to the property's 100-year-old oak trees. Pups spend their daylight hours playing with similarly-sized friends under the watchful eyes of pet-friendly staff members. Then, as the sun sets, they can hunker down in heated and air-conditioned closed-door suites that offer privacy for dogs who keep diaries. Though farm-like in many ways, the ranch does boast a number of modern amenities where it counts, including having a CPR– and First Aid–certified caretaker.