A lifelong dog lover and doting owner of two labradoodles, Dan Thompson knew he didn’t want cages at his doggy daycare; he wanted his charges to play together before heading home happy and calm. So, instead of filling Dog Pawz playNstay with bars and locks, Thompson designed outdoor and indoor play areas where pooches exchange opinions on mailman fashions as they chow on natural food. Canines can spend the night, and owners of either boarding or visiting pets can visit the Dog Pawz playNstay website to log in and watch their pups on a live camera feed. The pet haven also grooms coats and trims toenails, outfits furry companions with leashes and toys, and can ferry them to and from home within a 3-mile radius, sparing pooches the need to figure out how much they should tip cab drivers.
Doggie Style Bowtique keeps four-legged fashionistas prancing with customizable accessories and homemade pet treats. Like finishing school or cautionary Homeward Bound marathons, leashes and harnesses ($32) prepare pups for polite outdoor adventures. Customizable canine collars ($30) come straight from the haute couture hands of more than 20 local designers. Pet owners can pamper pooch's taste sensors with a variety of homemade bakery goods, such as Northern Holistic wild boar treats ($12.95) or Addiction venison treats ($8.95). When canines complain of eco-anxiety, the Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff RecycleBone ($14) eases environmental fears, complements toy collections, and distracts mutts from unearthing time capsules. Fulfill feline fantasies with the upscale Katty Korner, which features enough treats, toys, and collars to make a kitten wake up for more than three hours a day.
Every year more than 6,500 animals enter Wayside Waifs, incapable of surviving on their own. They're injured or sick, mothers with babies, or orphans too young to feed themselves. But the shelter takes them all in. It even outsources—entrusting the youngest and most vulnerable to foster families who care for them and dote on them until they're old enough and socially ready to seek adoption.
At that point, the animals move back to the shelter. There they enjoy all the privileges of an adopted pet: dogs go on lengthy walks around a 50-acre campus, hear soothing spa music indoors, and play in a 5,000-square-foot fenced-in agility park; while cats lounge on towers in the sun room, sleep on plush beds in cage-free kennels, and play iPad games with a volunteer. As a result of this loving treatment, the animals are happy and healthy once it's time to move in with new families.
For more than 40 years, the experienced caretakers at Cherokee Animal Clinic have kept furry friends safe and spry with veterinary services, dental care, boarding, and grooming in a well-equipped wellness center. The team of three vets can choose from five exam rooms in which to vaccinate and microchip pooches, or take to the surgical suite approved by the American Animal Hospital Association to mend skeletal and cardiac flaws detected on x-rays. The pet lovers lavish extra doting on senior citizens of the animal kingdom, crafting plans to rework unhealthy diets with nutrition counseling. The facility sequesters cats and dogs in separate, temperature-controlled boarding quarters where they enjoy frequent attention from kennel staffers and vets. During grooming sessions, on-staff stylists primp coats, adhering to breed trends, owner preferences, and the animal's fantasy of being a squirrel.
Good Pup founder and owner Patty Homer, who touts 20 years' experience in dog training, gets tails wagging with personalized, private lessons for all breeds of canines. Pooches learn to master commands such as sit, down, come, heel, yodel, and stay, and owners learn techniques that ensure results can be re-created outside the vacuum of Good Pup's training facility. Each of the obedience-training sessions can be scheduled at the owner's convenience, providing dogs ample time between sessions to play tug of war, go for w-a-l-k-s, and upload home videos of their owners chasing squirrels in their sleep.
An owner of two dogs and three cats, Dr. Cassie Cure believes in the power of preventative care to give animals a long and healthy life. This approach has earned Cedar Ridge Animal Hospital accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association, putting it among the few veterinary practices in the area to carry this distinction. At the hospital’s full-service care facilities, Dr. Cure heals small animals with veterinarian services ranging from routine wellness care to nutrition counseling. She also performs more specialized services, such as microchipping. Beyond the veterinary clinic, the hospital spans grooming and boarding facilities, giving pets respite from their owners’ suffocating co-dependence. To give clients added piece of mind, Cedar Ridge posts online recommendations for emergency pet care.