The scene is a familiar one: hotel guests lounge beside the outdoor pool as staff members filter around, offering refreshments or collecting clients for a spa treatment. However, at Pet Paradise, the pool is bone shaped and all the guests are dogs. This luxurious scene is one cat and dog owners can find at this boarding and daycare facility that has been owner Fred Goldsmith's pride and joy for a decade. The animal lover was inspired to start his own pet hotel when he simply couldn’t find a place he was comfortable leaving his bichon frise when he went on vacation.
Fred made Pet Paradise to his exact specifications, and the pet hotel's amenities reflect the loving care he lavishes on his own beloved pup. Dogs and cats can luxuriate in spa-quality grooming treatments or burn off some energy during group playtime. In the evening, pets can settle into plush bedding and feel safe knowing that the dedicated live-in staff resides just a bark away. Nocturnal kitties spend the night exploring their own private six-level cat condos while gentle spa music fills the air to keep them entertained. In case of any emergencies, Pet Paradise keeps veterinarians on-call, and in the event of a snack emergency, each staff member is a certified bacon cook.
Lisa Attruia and the animal-loving staffers at A Dogs Meow Pet Grooming & Daycare cater to cats and dogs with grooming and pet-sitting in a homey, Marmaduke-approved environment. Lisa can groom and style pets with custom cuts for their breed, as well as summer cuts and other services such as ear cleaning, nail clipping, and flea and tick treatments. She also offers full-service packages that pamper pooches from head to tail with cosmetic grooming, an oatmeal bath, a blueberry facial, and other treatments.
A Dog's Meow opens daily for doggy daycare, and its pet-sitters have everything a dog needs for a short- or long-term visit. Boarders enjoy climate control, house access (if they’re potty trained), and twice-daily kennel cleaning and sanitation. During extended stays, sitters will even give owners peace of mind by sending video updates, pictures, and email blasts written by their pets.
A pack of dogs bounds along a white lattice fence as they chase bouncing tennis balls, their footfalls muffled by a charcoal-gray padded floor. One dog is called aside for grooming duties: a nail trim and a bath. With the knowledge that the canine-training professionals at Dog Daze Playcare possess years of training and warm-hearted natures, pet parents rest easy while their animals are away from home. Owner Becky Henson leads this team with more than 20 years of experience as a handler and trainer, having diverted from a career as a competitive horse trainer to work with canines after attending her first dog show. During daycare, she and her staff also work with pups in one-on-one training sessions, teaching them obedience, agility, and cat telekinesis for a nominal fee.
The Central Missouri Humane Society exists to prevent and alleviate the suffering and uncontrolled reproduction of companion animals with an emphasis on public education, adoption and providing basic veterinary services for under-served pet owners.
Though most people hate the feeling of getting lost, that’s the point behind spending a day at the maze at Brookdale Farms. Not because the staff wants guests to wander aimlessly, but because the maze makes for a great way to enjoy the autumn sunshine at a relaxed pace and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Open as a family-friendly jaunt during the day and as a haunted attraction at night, the maze tests navigators’ skills and affords a rare view into how scarecrows live when they think no one is looking. Outside the maze, the farm offers other autumnal activities such as pumpkin slingshots, pony rides, adrenaline-pumping ziplines, and a hay jump, inviting families to spend a full day disconnected from their televisions, computers, and employer-mandated tracking devices. The farm also has its very own pumpkin patch, where children and adults can pick their own pumpkins, especially after a nice hayride.
At Baxter's K-9 Complex, pups explore and gallivant around a 4,000-square-foot indoor dog park loaded with obstacles courses and playfellows. Hounds visiting for doggie day camp sink teeth into chew toys, rummage through tunnels, and attempt to topple Olympic long-jump records from atop ramps. High-energy and moderate play areas divvy dogs into comfortable levels of playfulness, and rest areas facilitate naps, snacks, and polite debates over a warm brandy.