The staffers at Doggie World Grooming and Boarding radiate a level of playfulness that suits their canine clients to a tee. With good humor and an apt amount of gentleness, they coax dogs into elevated tubs before meticulously grooming them. Their beautification services range from a Basic Bubbles bath to the Fluff Up and Total Bow Wow packages, which can include an ear cleaning and flattering trim. Using specialized shampoos, they reduce shedding, ward off fleas, and brighten coats, and can administer add-ons such as nail polishing, teeth brushing, or lipstick for female bichons primping for a big date. Haircare is not their only specialty, however-they also host pooches for extended stays in their boarding facilities and keep tongues wagging with housemade bacon-flavored dog treats.
The inspiration behind the doggy-sitting business For The Love of Dogs lies, simply, in its name. Its owners always owned and cared for dogs, discussing the shortcomings or successes of other pet-care services. Finally, they decided to do dog-sitting right, so they got their own facility and haven’t stopped having friends over to play since.
The owners outfit their play space with rubber floors—easy on joints young and old—and provide nontoxic toys for the pups to chew on. They watch over canines in owners’ stead from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, even sitting from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. They reward well-mannered visitors with treats from The Barkery, a line of dog treats made from organic ingredients. Each visit includes grooming—a service that the staff offers separately—along with training services and professional waste removal for yards and doghouses due to be rented out to misbehaving spouses.
Midtown Veterinary Hospital's Dr. Richard Clive, alongside his wife Janelle and staff of registered vet techs, helps animals live long healthy lives. Inside the hospital, pets can curl up in the sun, which filters through the reception area's large windows, or enjoy such comforts as a padded exam table. Their bipedal counterparts, meanwhile, appreciate cushy, white chairs set on dark hardwood floors, cookies to balance on their noses, and vibrant animal prints that decorate the office.
Owners keep their pets up to date with an array of services, including regular check-ups, vaccinations, and dental exams. They can also rest easy knowing that should pets ever need further treatments, such as digital radiology or surgical services, Midtown's facilities are well prepared with an onsite lab and a heated surgical table that staves off chills as pets get their coats dry-cleaned. The hospital also sports a pharmacy that supplies owners with medications to prevent such maladies as fleas, ticks, and heartworm with next-day prescription filling and an online, home-delivery pharmaceutical service. :m]]
The Pet's Play Palace offers both short- and long-term respite for cats and dogs in an air-conditioned, indoor facility. During daycare sessions, pets trounce through the backyard, which sports two canine-centric areas and one cat-specific space, overseen by pet-care professionals to ensure that the dogs are playing fair games of poker. Pets can shack up in the hotel for longer stays, wherein dogs are treated to bathroom breaks and up to six exercise sessions per day and felines stretch their wings with up to three hours of cage-free playtime per day. On-site groomers anoint fur coats with scrub downs and trims and also brush teeth and trim dogs' nails.
Dedicated to eliminating animal cruelty, abuse, and overpopulation, the Houston Humane Society cares for thousands of homeless animals each year. According to the ASPCA, the average cost of food, supplies, medical care, and training for one cat or dog ranges from $700 to $875 annually. As the Houston Humane Society receives no federal, state, or local funding, it relies completely on donations to provide continued care for its animals.
Laughter and lovable fur companions are undeniable life joys. Score a twofer with today's Groupon, offering a $20 ticket to Canines and Cats Comedy Hour on January 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre (presale tickets are available for $25 until 1/24, after that the tickets are available for $40). The laughfest doubles as a fundraiser for Houston's homeless pets, benefiting HOPE, HPPL, and SNAP. There's a full bar and dinner served at the show for maximum laughter enjoyment. The club also has a two-drink minimum and a mandatory 18% gratuity on your meal.