As the sun shines down, Santa Cruz Pet Resort’s four-legged charges scamper around on the fake turf of its outdoor yards. Broken into groups based on size and temperament, the pups leap on a trampoline, challenge each other to games of Tug of War, cool off in the kiddie pool, or hold poker tournaments inside the house play set. At night, dogs bunk down in clean and heated kennels and can share a family-sized chamber with their brothers and sisters by request. Felines enjoy playtime in the resort's Kitty Cabana, as well as one-on-one attention from staffers. Family-style care is also available, in which pets stay in the resort owner’s home and get first dibs on the remote control.
Animals are fed Eukanuba or Iams food during their stay, and owners can also schedule grooming appointments for their pets with an experienced groomer. With advanced notice, the staffers can also board other domestic pets, such as rabbits, hamsters, or imaginary twins.
At the Animal Hospital of Soquel, the dedicated staff of veterinarians and vet technicians provide medical, surgical, and preventative care, and commit themselves to receiving continuous education. The animal hospital also offers animal dentistry and grooming services through its onsite pet spa. The hospitable groomers grant the furriest members of the family undivided attention while performing pelt-perfecting services for dogs and cats of all breeds and sizes. By providing regular grooming treatments, the team works to prevent issues such as excessive shedding, skin and paw disorders, painful matting, and the smell of last week's forgotten egg salad on the animal's breath.
For pets in need of overnight care, Animal Hospital of Soquel enlists the help of Elizabeth, the lodging manager, who works to ensure four-legged comfort by supplying compassion, knowledge, and a full library of up-to-date squeaky newspapers.
With 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor play space, your mutt will be able to run in circles and bark at the invisible aliens free of guilt or any sense of propriety (daycare starts at $35 a day). Dogs are segregated by size, age, and temperament in play areas, so two-pound Chaingun won't be able to pick on the bigger dogs like he always does. When night falls, fidos enjoy blissful dreams of fat, slow rabbits in either a plush private space or a group sleeping room for those who prefer the stinky camaraderie of the pack (accommodations starting at $50 a night for junior suite). There's even a lap pool so your scruffy buddy can finally nail the backstroke ($30 a session). Cross the rubicon into pet obsession by springing for with an aromatherapy bath (starting at $35 for pooches less than 30 pounds) or a pawdicure ($20). Though the hotel is manned 24/7 by chronic belly-rub-giver-outers, you can always check in on your four-legged life partner via webcam.
Adam and Marisa Beck love their pets almost as much as each other. First meeting as teachers, the couple decided early on that they'd follow their dreams and open a pet facility that educates pooches as they play and mingle under the watchful gaze of an experienced staff. In addition to grooming services, Barkley Square also boards cats and dogs overnight, protecting the health of each pup in their care by requiring tests for DH2PP, giardia, and bordetella. Every overnight stay comes with a full day of play, where dogs can learn the basics of social interaction, such as not pushing other dogs off the monkey bars.
Ten thousand square feet is plenty of space for dogs to run, play, and relax. At Bark Park, dogs play both indoors and outdoors, romping onto play structures, catching balls between their teeth, and discussing alternate endings for Homeward Bound as they sunbathe on the grass. The staff supervises its canine charges 24 hours a day, even during overnight stays, and owners can take advantage of other services such as grooming and training sessions.
Digital x-rays, blood transfusions, and stem-cell therapy sound like treatments ordered by doctors on medical dramas. The treatments, however, are all available for critters at Capitola Veterinary Hospital. At the vet’s modern facility, which is outfitted to provide medical, dental, dermatological, and surgical services, veterinary doctors River May and Katie Volat apply their years of training and affection for pets. At the hands of a friendly staff, critters are given a custom health-care plan that can include microchipping, nutritional counseling, and tests to see how many orphans the pet has saved from wells. The onsite pharmacy provides an array of veterinary drugs, and the team always keeps owners in the loop and provides them with current information so that they can decide on the best treatment for furry friends.
Dr. May and Dr. Volat also go above and beyond to keep animals healthy by regularly conversing with top veterinarians across the nation to ensure the best treatment. The hospital is also certified by the Monterey Bay Green Business Program, in part because of digital record keeping, low-radiation digital x-rays, and biodegradable soaps.