At A Fox & Hounds Pet Care, four-legged friends lap up first-rate treatment from a team of dedicated, nurturing pup professionals. Tailored to each pet's needs, services range from full-time daycare and overnight lodging to training programs for dogs both young and old. Inside, furry visitors bound across 6,000 square feet of climate-controlled, cage-free space, and outdoors, the large, fenced-in play yard's special pet grass allows for quick drainage and prevents pooches from tunneling out and running away to the frisbee factory. The day care's special-needs areas can also accommodate animals that are shy or recovering from injuries.
When on vacation, sometimes all you want to do—after taking a dip in a heated indoor pool and receiving a reiki massage—is call your room and order up some kibble. Luckily, at Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa, there is always a staff member onsite, just in case the pets staying overnight need extra attention in the middle of the night. While staying in the private suites, dogs enjoy the luxury of their own comfortable bedding and flat-screen TVs, while cats lounge in sunbeams and relax to soothing music.
Not content to simply let the animals relax after a hard day's scratch, Red Dog also keeps pets active with indoor and outdoor play areas, as well as an aquatic center where dogs can swim in a safe environment. The resort also partners with veterinarians and groomers to keep companions healthy, whether by conducting regular checkups or by relieving older dogs' arthritis or other ailments via services such as doggy massage. They also offer raw-frozen food and about 40 different brands of dog food. Click here for a Google tour of the pet center and spa.
Boston Phoenix and Boston Magazine both agree that the off-leash adventures led by Doggie Daytrippers are an upgrade from leaving pups at home. The rationale behind the unique form of doggy daycare? A tired dog is a happy dog. Tiring activities look a bit different for each dog, which is why doggy field trips involve swimming and snowshoeing at local parks and beaches, whereas daycare includes hours of open play at each pooch's pace. Dogs can also pal around with new friends if owners sign them up for a city hike, which means two hours at a nearby dog park, including pickup and drop off at home.
Lauded by The Improper Bostonian as 2011’s best pet boutique, The Fish & Bone seeks out high-quality pet essentials to stock the shelves its Newbury Street hub. Handpick a doggie bag of treats from a smorgasbord of pup-approved chewies, such as The Peanut, a nuttily-shaped and flavored chew toy ($16.99), or Moose Antlers ($17.99+), all-natural lobster- or blueberry-flavored long-lasting chew hailing from Maine. Meteorlight balls ($11.99) ensconce an internal light to foster late-night play or help pooches sign secret messages to far-off ancestor Canis Major, and Beba squeaky toys ($14.99) cater to the patriotic pup with an all-in-one treat dispenser made in the USA. The Fish & Bone also stocks collars, jackets, pet beds, strollers, and halters for pets who crave a stylish, safe, and snuggly lifestyle.