This fur-friendly retreat rejects the image of endless rows of cramped cages that traditional animal boarding usually conjures. Upon entering their pet resort, clients find a 1/2 acre of land, 5,000 square feet of indoor play areas, and spacious doggie suites stocked with toys and soft bedding under skylights. Before each visit begins, canine guests undergo a temperament assessment where caretakers study their play styles, food or toy aggressions, and any fear toward new people in order to gauge their unique personalities. Pooches then join up with peers of a similar size and demeanor in one of eight separate play areas featuring
wading pools, digging pits, and a fully stocked shoe store. Dogs looking for some down time can recline on comfy beds and couches while enjoying their regular eating schedules courtesy of a 24 hour staff.
The thoughtful dog-whisperers will also board pets from the same household in a family suite and can administer any medications as directed by the client. Grooming services and photo sessions ensure four-legged friends stay front-page ready. Downtown Doggie Center also specializes in finding homes for orphaned pups with their adoption services.
With a transportable arsenal of professional grooming equipment, HydroDog’s mobile pet salons roam the Tampa Bay area, cleansing pets during visits to homes, offices, parks, and events. Upon arrival, its signature blue vehicles open into a cleansing tub and drying station designed to accommodate nearly any size of dog. The expert pet aestheticians perform baths, haircuts, ear cleanings, nail trimmings, gland expressions, and de-shedding services, and offer flea-and-tick treatments to prevent pests from staking canine claims. All of HydroDog’s units are climate-controlled, providing cool respite from hot summer days and vivid dreams of chasing rabbits through active volcanoes.
Most dogs resist going to the groomers, so the staff at The Wizard of Paws treats pups with gentle hands to keep them calm. A bath with conditioner purges fur of debris and dirt before the groomers brush out pets' coats to reduce shedding and get them gleaming without applying hair gel. To put the finishing touches on fresh and clean furry companions, the certified and insured groomers also trim nails and brush teeth.
Angel's Basics provides at-home obedience lessons for puppies as well as full-grown dogs. Weekly sessions can help to correct behavioral problems such as barking, chewing, and misbehaving during walks.
Crowned with a bright pink pompadour and sporting stenciled spots on its legs, another "creative grooming” client emerges from Beach Groomers Pet Salon & Boutique. Some of these sessions are inspired by trends in Japan, and they’re not for the meek—they give dogs and cats a look as bold as football jerseys with comic sans font. The groomings are a special endeavor for owner Danielle Moyse, a dog owner herself whose core competency is traditional grooming services. Danielle can perform a standard bath and trim hair and nails, and she can add a spritz of cologne and tie a jaunty bandana around her canine or feline client’s neck. She and her staff also pamper pets with spa treatments, such as facials that lift dirt and cupcake sprinkles embedded around mouths and sugar scrubs that exfoliate.
After clients' appointments with their cats or dogs at Sun-Surf Animal Hospital, it's just a short trip to pick up prescriptions—there's a pharmacy in-house. But even if they don't need to make a pit stop for prescriptions, the hospital boasts other conveniences that may come in handy. For instance, its service list spans not only checkups, vaccinations, and bloodwork, but also dental exams, emergency care, and surgery. Plus, the hospital stays open until 8 p.m. on weeknights to accommodate working pet owners and welcomes patients from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.