Hounds Town USA’s friendly staff coddles pups, ushering them to peaceful, private boarding rooms to rest up for days spent cavorting with peers in the expansive doggie play area. Rovers spend the day romping with their fellow canine campers, with playtime bookended by a hearty morning and afternoon feast of Nutro dog food presented in stainless-steel dishes or on the back of a interning cat. When the capering concludes, pups make their way to their private abodes to get a good night’s sleep atop orthopedic, chew-proof bedding. Owners can outfit dogs with a pack containing their own food, bedding, and toys if desired, allowing pups to revel in the sights and scents of home more effectively than scrapbooking their favorite bones.
A fully stocked pet store open since 1939, the family-owned Selmer’s Pet Land provides the necessary toys, tools, and treats to help maintain healthy human-critter relationships. Browse the reptile collection to see what we would’ve become if it weren’t for the global evolution implemented by the Greeks, who were the most advanced civilization to remain more than 40% monitor lizard. Treats such as DuraChew bones ($9.99) and toys including the Kong Wubba ($10.59) are available to reward clever pups defending the basement by eating bugs and genuinely enjoying it. Pet parents can also pick up necessities such as Dave’s canned premium dog food ($18.99/12-pack) or Wellness canned cat food, which entices kitties with its irresistible duo of tuna and salmon ($39.99/24-pack).
The professional-bathing staff at Paw Seasons Hotel & Day Spa cleanses furry friends of all shapes and sizes in deep, stainless-steel washbasins. Their specialized hydro-surge system drenches pets in pleasantly warm streams of water, whereas rich shampoos expunge dirt, dander, and prior bone-stealing convictions from coats. Canine coddlers pay extra attention to details such as the ears and anal glands and create a spa-style experience for pets with a back-and-head massage that melts away doggie tension. Lingering moisture evaporates into thin air under room-temperature wafts from a blow dryer, whereas a nail trimming halts late-night tap-dancing sessions across wooden floors. Pulchritudinous pups strut out of their cleansing refreshed, odor free, and sporting a dapper bow or bandana to accentuate their newly spiffy coat.
Passage East Kennels is devoted to all things pooch, so much so that John Travolta and Robin Williams filmed parts of their 2009 movie Old Dogs on its grounds. The family-owned business has provided dog care since 1967, and today, it offers pet owners flexible boarding options, doggy daycare, and full-service grooming. Passage East also donates its time and profits to helping homeless dogs find loving families, procuring new homes for more than 150 pups over the last decade.
The American Dog Club connects dog lovers with puppies looking for a new a home. The organization works strictly with USDA-certified and licensed private breeders, who follow strict regimens for the care and feeding of puppies. Once a pup leaves the breeder and comes into the Dog Club's care, the pet sitters provide an equally intense level of care for each pooch. They feed them doggy milk, baby food, and vitamin-enriched water. They provide them with toys and blankets, and socialize them with other puppies in cage-free play environments. If a puppy lingers with them for too long, they immediately put him or her up for adoption; they like to see their animals land in loving homes, no matter what.
Of course, caring for an animal is a long-term commitment, and they provide services to help out pet owners regardless of their dog's age. They sell a range of specialty toys and foods meant to keep dogs healthy and they groom dogs of any size, trimming nails and shampooing fur.
Stamford Veterinary Center & Pet Lodge seeks to create a 360-degree pet-care experience with an onsite veterinary facility, pet lodge, and spa. Dogs can spend the day frolicking in indoor and outdoor play areas with fellow pups or visit the spa for thorough grooming. While boarding, dogs receive attentive and affectionate care from trained professionals, and veterinarians keep pets in top shape with a slew of health-care and dentistry services.