Doggie District Pet Resort treats canines not as pets, but as welcomed guests of its boarding and grooming facility that doubles as an oversized doghouse. A groomer with over 20 years of experience can snip and style canine hair in a calm, spa-like environment. During overnight stays, dogs relax on personal beds and enjoy the comforts of home with their favorite toys or pinup calendars of giant bones. Four-legged friends can roam safely in the 10,000-square-foot outdoor play area, where a closed-circuit camera system that monitors the lot at all times.
A nautical treasure trove of exotic fish and aquarium supplies, Atlantis Tropical Fish outfits aquatic admirers with all the gear necessary to create and maintain their own miniature marine ecosystems. The friendly staff helps fish enthusiasts navigate through the food, chemicals, pumps, and lighting equipment needed to keep fish healthy and less likely to throw stones in their new glass houses. A large selection of tanks ($19.99–$1,600) are shaped and sized to contain all manner of the freshwater and tropical fish ($1.25–$499) kept in stock.
After canceling a vacation because no one could care for their beloved Saint Bernards, the owners of Just Like Home Doggie Hotel and Grooming decided to help fellow pet owners by creating a friendly, open environment for dogs to stay while their people are away. Upon entering the 2,800-square-foot facility, one may have to step over a sleeping mutt or two, as the cage-free space lets dogs come and go as they please. Couches nestled under sunny windows provide comfy places to nap, and a half-acre grassy play yard provides a space for games of Red Rover. During especially hot days, dogs can cool off in the bone-shaped splash park that features waterspouts, waterfalls, purposefully leaky fire hydrants, and shallow pools perfect for canine cannonballs. After tangling their fur during rambunctious romps outside, the facility's groomers can make over manes with various grooming services performed in a cage-free environment.
The West Charleston Animal Hospital is a large veterinarian space that specializes in the extensive and everyday needs of beloved family dogs and cats. The hospital is beautiful on the inside and out, thanks to the stone tile exterior and tall windows, while the inside holds a large reception desk and comfortable lobby, plus food and treats for recovering animals. A massive treatment area on site allows plenty of room for dogs and cats to feel comfortable and unafraid, while six trained staff members conduct their services seven days a week. Emergency care is available until midnight, and the hospital allows walk-ins; they even board animals when owners are out of town.
The Dog House, the retail outpost of the Good Dog Food Company, carries an array of treats, toys, and holistic pet products and also regularly hosts 75-minute educational classes for bi-legged canine companions. During the Behavior Basics class on September 24, Dr. Crista Coppola, who has a PhD in animal behavior, instructs owners how to bond with pets, prevent behavioral problems, and get dogs to wear sweaters. Clients can share their pet's loving demeanor following the October 4 Making Your Dog a Therapy Dog class, led by certified therapy-dog handler Cal Oliver. Pupils' brains soak up info about canine therapy work, rules, and how to determine whether their dogs are telepathic enough to be suitable. Five minutes prior to each class, students meet at The Dog House to stroll over to a conference room at the Regus offices. The Dog House requests that four-pawed friends remain at home during the classes.