Upon entering Petite Pet Inn & Spa, guests can't help but think, "These dogs think they're people!" as the staff lavishes pups with full manicures and relaxing hydromassages. When owners drop off their furry friends, they can rest assured that they are enjoying a resort experience, whether they're staying for the day or overnight. Only dogs on the smaller side of the canine spectrum are allowed inside this posh yet homey environment, which the staffers scour with a chemical-free, hypoallergenic cleaning process imported from Milan, Italy. The lounge is packed with comfortable chairs and an antique piano, where dogs can watch staffers tickle the ivories and then jealously growl at the ivories. In the spa's spacious, fenced-in backyard, tail waggers can caper about during supervised play sessions, chewing toys and racing through an accordion-like tunnel.
After pooches play, groomers set to work cleansing coats before drying them with Snyder pet dryers, which evaporate water with a stress-reducing warm breeze. In addition to play time and pampering, canines can head to the spa for obedience training and socialization immersion, developing good manners for playing at the park or attending the next charity gala.
The Richmond SPCA unites cats and dogs with loving human companions through a variety of services, including adoption efforts that place more than 3,500 pets every year. The organization transfers pets from municipal agencies where they may otherwise be euthanized and gives them medical treatments, and they also take on pets from owners who can no longer care for them. Additionally, to lessen the strain on already overcrowded shelters and keep pets in loving homes, the organization provides a Pet Pantry with food assistance, a full-service affordable veterinary clinic, and behavior-training resources for owners struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their pets. Other services include school and summer programs that teach youth how to properly care for a furry friend, as well as Paws for Health, which arranges pet visits for people in isolating environments such as hospitals and nursing homes, and Seniors for Seniors, which pairs people with older companion animals.
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Dogs are all sizes are welcome at The Barking Lot, where the trained staff tidies up pets with bathing, grooming, and health treatments. Grooming treatments can include anything from bathing and blow drying to flea baths, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning, allowing owners to ensure their pet is both presentable and happy. Staff are also trained in breed-appropriate hair styling, conforming each pet’s hair to the desired cut or just a Mohawk if he’s starting a garage band with your other pets.
Dogs enjoy many of the same luxuries in life as their bipedal friends, including affection, proper grooming, and ample time to relax. At Animal Motel's Good Doggie Daycare, staff members are present 24/7 to see that pets get top-class treatment. Air-conditioned quarters include 72 cages and sanitized stainless-steel bowls. In the kennel, a refrigerator stocked with prepared meats and canned foods causes more canine salivation than the church bells at Ivan Pavlov's wedding. Music keeps dogs entertained as they roam three playgrounds or hop in the swimming pool. Good Doggie's groomers also bathe, brush, and style pups, preparing them before the nation’s annual dog-yearbook photos are taken.
Like any young member of a family, dogs crave attention and sometimes need supervision. The folks at Pets at Play put together a doggy day care center to keep pooches ensconced in affection while owners go about the necessities of life. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., they host hounds for play and naps while soothing music plays. They also board dogs over night in the event that families leave on a pet-free vacation. Owners can arrange for their canine companions to receive grooming treatments or behavioral training while in attendance. Pets at Play's crew also travels, making the same services available in the privacy of home for those who can't make it to the daycare center or fear that their dog might be the kid who spends all day sniffing others' inappropriately.
The Dude Ranch Pet Resort’s “next-generation facility” is the culmination of five years of research and consulting with pet-care professionals and dog owners. Situated on 47 acres of picturesque landscape—including fields, lakes, and forests—the resort eschews cinder blocks and chain-link fences for climate-controlled, stainless-steel villas that won’t attract mold or bacteria. At daycare, charges romp across 15,000 square feet of outdoor play yards that feature double trapdoors. Overnight guests bunk on platform beds in private suites or deluxe villas, surrounded by soothing background music and continuously filtered air. Cats, too, are welcome to rest in their own exclusive area replete with nail scratchers and catnip toys. While pets snooze, the staff remains on duty, walking the halls to ensure dogs are safe and not staying up too late telling ghost stories. The resort also offers grooming sessions and training classes that range from basic obedience to dog-show skills.