At The Park Pet Retreat, dog-loving staff members lavish attention and affection on pooches 24 hours a day with cage-free daycare and boarding services. During the daytime hours, dogs romp and socialize in one of three indoor play areas, depending on their size and temperament, and enjoy the sunshine in one of two outdoor spots. Once they've burned off some energy, the soft music of the boarding area lulls them to sleep at night as they rest their heads on soft beds. The retreat keeps owners happy, too—password-protected webcam feeds let them keep tabs on their pets at all hours, and the Tucker Falls Spa bathing station and grooming area allows them to get their pups' coats scrubbed and trimmed at the same facility. Owners can even stock up on supplies at the onsite store, where shelves brim with dog apparel, treats, and protein-rich Orijen dog food, which helps dogs build muscle and improve their marathon times.
Signature service: Veterinary medicine
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30 minutes or less
Brands Used: Merial, Pfizer/Zoetis, Bayer, Hills, and Royal Canine
"Feed, wash, and treat your pet the natural way." This is the tagline of Intown Healthy Hound & City-Kitty, a new full-service pet supply store and grooming parlor with an eco-friendly bent. Pets can soak in hypo-allergenic baths and feast on organic biscuits at a shop where all-natural shampoos and treats are the norm rather than the exception. Pets and their parents can also take advantage of local resources supported by Intown Healthy Hound and City-Kitty such as doggie day cares, mobile vets, and fire hydrant sensitivity trainings.
With 3,000 square feet of indoor, paw-friendly play space, your poochosaurus will be able to run in circles and bark at the invisible aliens free of guilt or any sense of propriety (daycare starts at $25 a day). Dogs are segregated by size, so two-pound pups won't be able to pick on the bigger dogs. When night falls, fidos enjoy blissful dreams of fat, slow rabbits while snuggling into plush blankets and the camaraderie of the pack (boarding costs $40 per night). Dogs never spend the night or day in a caged or enclosed space, sleeping in the same open area in which they play. Let the experts give your pup a bath ($20–$45 depending on size and hair length), and cross the Rubicon into pet obsession by springing for paw polish ($7). Though the hotel is manned 24/7 by chronic belly rubbers, you can always check in on your four-legged life partner via webcam.