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.
When pets get dropped off at The Pooch Patio, it's not the just the dogs who want to stay forever. Both daycare and boarding charges relish the playtime they get with like-minded dogs, as they lounge in the indoor playroom or gallop around the 2,000-square-foot outdoor run. The groomers work to get pups clean and fluffy, or stand by to help owners using the self-service grooming stations, which earned the facility one of several nods from D Magazine, most recently in 2012. But once pups' owners see the sun-drenched outdoor patio, where they can settle down with an espresso or glass of wine from the onsite Java Haus and Wine Bistro, they might never leave. And once they find out they can use the free wireless internet to work or redesign the doghouse they just built in Minecraft, they might need to reserve an overnight suite for themselves as well.
The loving staff at Lucca Bella Doggie Spa and Boutique treats each and every dog like a four-legged family member, pampering them with spa-like grooming services and providing a home away from home in their climate-controlled daycare rooms. While leaving the house is undeniably exciting for a dog, Lucca Bella fosters a calm and peaceful spa experience by using all-natural grooming products, hand-drying manes instead of using noisy blow-dryers, and keeping antagonistic squirrels out of sight. For puppy facials and baths, the canine caretakers go at a speed the dog is comfortable with to avoid unnecessary stress.
During daycare sessions, owners gain peace of mind knowing their canine companion is making new friends in Lucca Bella's indoor, climate-controlled play area and outdoor sunbathing spot.