Dog owners let out a sigh of relief when they leave their pups in the capable hands of licensed staffers at Harlem Doggie Day Spa. They can rest assured knowing the staff never puts boarding charges in a crate overnight, unless it's by request. Instead, dogs enjoy perks such as multiple trips out in the fresh air and some cuddling while watching TV. Daycare charges spend their time scampering in the indoor or outdoor yards, playing with other dogs and staff members.
And when owners pick up pups and kitties after their grooming sessions, they find pets looking as fresh as they did when they first came of the assembly line—complete with bows, painted nails, and mohawks.
Studies indicate that humans first domesticated wolves as long as 33,000 years ago. Over millenniums, these wild creatures eventually became dogs, the unconditional companions we know and love today. The dog walkers at NYC Pet Nannies work to improve upon this already ancient relationship with modern technology. Using a digital registration system, scanners, and GPS trackers, the staff provide dog owners with live updates about the location of their precious pooches during walks that last anywhere from 15 to 50 minutes. Automated emails, meanwhile, dispatch to owners’ inboxes along the way, keeping them in the loop.
Technology isn’t the only way they enhance the dog-walking experience, though. Before ever touching a leash, each walker must pass an intensive certification course, become bonded and insured, and beat a greyhound in a foot race.
Hiring someone to pet-sit requires a lot of trust. You're not only giving them access to your home but also the responsibility of caring for a beloved family member. That's why each time a new client calls Angels Pet Pals, owner Angel Martinez personally meets with them—both the customer and their furry companion—for a preliminary consultation, where he gets to know the pet’s temperament and the owner's schedule. He then assigns a permanent sitter from his staff of insured and background-checked animal aficionados, who can walk, play with, and administer medicines to the pet and who pairs best with the pet’s personality. Sitters stand ready to aid their furry clients at any time, whether they're taking pets on morning walks, romping through evening playtime, or acting as the sole human members of Iditarod Halloween costumes.
As a pioneer of the alternative pet-care movement for more than 20 years, Whiskers offers organic and chemically cleared goods to city-dwelling critters and their conscientious keepers. Begin your pet’s lifestyle overhaul with phytonutrient-rich vitamins from Udo's, which contain whole food concentrates for healthy coats, increased energy, and keener squirrel radar ($15.99 for cats, $25.99 for dogs). Or, upgrade treat time with high-protein, low-fat buffalo strips from Rosie’s Rewards, which satisfy snack-cravers who lack the opposable thumbs necessary for hitchhiking to Denny’s ($13.99). Herbal aids for pet cough ($17.99 for 2 oz.), dirty ears ($9.99 for 0.5 oz.), and upset tummies ($45 for 8 oz.) make up Whiskers’ own line of natural remedies. Less-than-lustrous locks get love from Dr. Shawn’s organic, all-in-one shampoo, infused with tea tree oils, aloe vera, and coconut ($22.99 for 16 oz.).