Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Royal Canine, Hill's Prescription Diet, Purina, and Heartgard
Pro Tip: Newcomers should bring any records on their pet's medical history, including vaccinations.
The professional-bathing staff at Paw Seasons Hotel & Day Spa cleanses furry friends of all shapes and sizes in deep, stainless-steel washbasins. Their specialized hydro-surge system drenches pets in pleasantly warm streams of water, whereas rich shampoos expunge dirt, dander, and prior bone-stealing convictions from coats. Canine coddlers pay extra attention to details such as the ears and anal glands and create a spa-style experience for pets with a back-and-head massage that melts away doggie tension. Lingering moisture evaporates into thin air under room-temperature wafts from a blow dryer, whereas a nail trimming halts late-night tap-dancing sessions across wooden floors. Pulchritudinous pups strut out of their cleansing refreshed, odor free, and sporting a dapper bow or bandana to accentuate their newly spiffy coat.
Stamford Veterinary Center & Pet Lodge seeks to create a 360-degree pet-care experience with an onsite veterinary facility, pet lodge, and spa. Dogs can spend the day frolicking in indoor and outdoor play areas with fellow pups or visit the spa for thorough grooming. While boarding, dogs receive attentive and affectionate care from trained professionals, and veterinarians keep pets in top shape with a slew of health-care and dentistry services.
A practicing veterinarian since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, Dr. Keith Niesenbaum cares for four-legged friends as the owner and medical director at Crawford Dog & Cat Hospital. Alongside senior associate vet Dr. Brian Spar, Dr. Niesenbaum and his staff treat ailing pets in three facilities that offer inpatient and outpatient care and also make house calls.
A fully stocked pet store open since 1939, the family-owned Selmer’s Pet Land provides the necessary toys, tools, and treats to help maintain healthy human-critter relationships. Browse the reptile collection to see what we would’ve become if it weren’t for the global evolution implemented by the Greeks, who were the most advanced civilization to remain more than 40% monitor lizard. Treats such as DuraChew bones ($9.99) and toys including the Kong Wubba ($10.59) are available to reward clever pups defending the basement by eating bugs and genuinely enjoying it. Pet parents can also pick up necessities such as Dave’s canned premium dog food ($18.99/12-pack) or Wellness canned cat food, which entices kitties with its irresistible duo of tuna and salmon ($39.99/24-pack).
On the 15-acre parcel of countryside dubbed Winding Hill Riding Club & Show Stables, head instructor and trainer Christy Alexander-Van Eron coaches both horses and humans to become safe and successful competitors. She uses the facilities––including more than 40 paddocks, a pair of outdoor rings, and a large indoor arena renovated with new footing––to accomplish this task, which, in a way, has always been her life's work. Currently a Red Cross- and Horsemanship Safety Association-certified instructor, she's been riding since the age of five and has long been competing at a high level, including showing with hunters and jumpers throughout college. Over her career, she whittled instruction down to three key necessities to producing successful riders: riding for pleasure, competition, or sugar cubes.