Behind a swinging metal gate wrought with the letters W, U, and F, joyful yips and pattering paws echo down WÜF Pet Resort & Spa's main hallway. Lauded as the best pet boarder in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by D Magazine, WÜF invites dogs into private suites, which emulate human hotels with pillow-top mattresses, wall art, turndown service, and fire hydrants in every room. Overnight guests join WÜF's daily visitors at daycare, where dogs run after tennis balls, climb on playground equipment, and play follow the leader with staff members. Pooches romp in groups sorted through the Playmatch System, which pairs pups based on size, personality, and temperament. A valet shuttle ferries dogs from daycare and home, as well as to vet appointments, for an additional fee.
In the grooming salon and spa, dogs luxuriate in aromatherapeutic bath water before stylists dry them off with fluffy towels and treat them to services that range from de-matting fur to polishing toenails. WÜF also helps bridge canine-human communication with clicker training and Esperanto classes, and helps bipeds and quadrupeds alike celebrate special events—such as birthdays, puppy showers, and major holidays—with catered treats and professional pet photography.
The Paw Depot caters to pets and their caretakers by offering healthy foods and performing a variety of services. Food for dogs and cats include grain-free, raw, and organic options from brands such as Fromm, Earthborn, and PureVita. Guests with questions about the proper food for their pet can schedule a nutrition consultation and diet analysis. Once properly fed, dogs can pair up with an expert for behavioral training.
David Landers began his career as a veterinarian a decade ago, and over that time he has treated tropical birds, primates, large cats, and even the occasional zebra. Dr. Landers and his fellow veterinarian Dr. Ryan Caperton continue to care for such rare animals at their clinic, Valley View Pet Health Center. They perform comprehensive health and environment evaluations for everything from octopuses to chameleons to scorpions. That doesn’t stop them from applying their knowledge to any of mankind’s more common furry friends, though. They also capably care for dogs and housecats, giving them general health checkups and inoculating them with vaccines against rabies and animal cooties. They even run a boarding service for owners who want a vet on hand when they go out of town.
At Barney's Ranch, pups congregate in an 8,000-square-foot outdoor yard to chew toys and play under the supervision of loving staff. Throughout the day, dogs splash in small pools and get in shape the same way Lassie used to exercise: by rescuing each other from wells. At night, boarders settle into cageless corrals, where gentle music soothes them to sleep. Owners can monitor their pets from a distance by logging into the webcams that Barney's has set up in each of the ranch's four areas.
Founded in 1980, Man's Best Friend welcomes pets and their caretakers for training, grooming, and boarding services. A variety of training programs are designed to fit different pet personalities and specific goals such as obedience training and home protection. Boarding offerings include overnight stays and daycare, with separate facilities for dogs and cats complete with climate control and ample space.