The giant tree in the front yard of Amber Beech Kennel towers over the expansive grassy lawn, covering the ground with copious shade in the summer or piles of crunchy leaves in the fall. Either way, pups are going to cavort like crazy underneath its sprawling branches. At Amber Beech Kennel, the dog-loving caretakers play with the dogs during boarding, grooming, or training sessions. Aside from making sure pups are properly cared for, educated, and cleaned, Amber Beech also sells pet supplies such as treats and leashes in their onsite shop.
Jake's Dog House equips dogs, cats, and their loving pet-parents with delicious gourmet treats, soothing animal-spa treatments, and unique apparel. Groomers provide a variety of services—including teeth brushing, hot-oil conditioning, and nail clipping—readying pets for special occasions, such as obedience school proms. Dogs and cats alike while away hours with interactive toys, or perform for the honor of devouring delicious gourmet treats made from human-grade edibles by Jake's own bakers.
Encompassing 50 acres of shady trees, streams, and fields, the Holiday House Pet Resort provides a welcoming, pastoral retreat for vacationing cats and dogs. Owners Dr. Laura Weis and Dr. Randy Weis, both veterinarians, live on site and spearhead the resort’s mission to keep pets healthy and happy through high levels of interaction and physical activity. Dogs staying at Holiday House enjoy taking part in nature walks, playtime, massages, and grooming, whereas cats on vacation enjoy private condos outfitted with areas for climbing, sleeping, and pondering string theory.
Dogs trot out of Spot's Spot and Spa stylishly well-groomed, well-rested, or well-fed, depending on their activities in the canine wellness haven. Trained groomers infuse coats with natural shampoos and conditioners before treating dogs to a facial scrub, a nail trim, and a breed-standard or custom cut, each precisely hand-scissored. Overnight stays keep canines in good company with cage-free accommodations, 24-hour supervision, and personal attention from playtime to medicine delivery. In the retail sections, owners peruse a vast array of dog food and treats, including freshly butchered meat (available only at Spot’s 2nd Spot) along with high-quality cat food from Science Diet and Acana. A full stock of doggy wellness aids ranges from vitamins and salves to padded e-collars that prevent dogs from noticing when their chums poke fun at their fashion choices.
If you can't find it, build it. Certified master dog trainer Jaime Van Wye searched high and low for agility classes to send her dog-training clients to, and when she came up dry, she opened one herself. Today, the Zoom Room can be found in cities across the country, each one home to an indoor agility course, also known as a private gym. Dog owners can reserve 30-minute sessions for one-on-one some bonding time with their four-legged friends, tackling the course's challenges and playing without the distractions and silent judgments of other dogs. Group classes and private training cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific classes such as overcoming shyness, tricks, and canine good citizen.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room's missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted meet-up events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from the inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility's selection of organic dog food, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.
Poochie's Place pampers dogs with a variety of services in a cage-free environment. Its organic bakery procures all-natural treats from local bakers, who make them free of harmful fillers such as corn, gluten, and grain, and who provide vegan options. The onsite grooming team deep cleans pups with HydroSurge aromatherapy bubble baths and sends them home adorned in bows or bow ties. Dogs also get red-carpet ready with the shop's selection of clothing and leashes.