In 1990, John Ziegler hired a dog walker to take his 8-month-old yellow lab Merembe out on regular walks. The plan was to escort the rambunctious pup to Central Park, where she could enjoy fresh air and social time around other dogs and people. Just to make sure he was getting what he paid for, John followed the dog walker—and discovered that Merembe spent the entire hour cooped up in a tiny apartment while the walker went on errands. The indignation that any dog owner would feel at this discovery is what prompted John to found Biscuits & Bath, an all-encompassing dog-care company that strives for transparency, knowledge, and compassion in all they do.
A bounty of doggy knowledge backs every service at Biscuits & Bath, whether it's grouping dogs by size and temperament at daycare to balance safety and fun, or pairing groomers' image-enhancing brush-outs with checks for ticks, ear infections, and unusual basketball ability. True to the company's roots, each dog walker is bonded, insured, and thoroughly trained to take beloved friends on a daily romp. Dogs are kept safe from big-city hazards by donning two slip collars, a climb-spec harness, and a reinforced nylon leash, allowing the company to boast nearly one million incident-free walks in 2011. On-site veterinarian services give pups a checkup incentive with the center's play-filled environment, and overnight boarding services keep timid dogs at ease with constant supervision and flexibility with special requirements.
Doggie day care or boarding spares you the guilt of keeping your pawed protégé in a cage while you're working overtime, flying away on business trips and vacations, or staring at your dog while he's in a cage. During the day, NY Dog Spa dogs gambol freely with their fellow hounds in group play. Each boarded dog gets a private run or cage (depending on size) for sleeping and eating, and boarding rates include one individual walk every day (a dog weighing less than 20 pounds costs $54 a night for five nights or more). Facilities are healthy, happy environments where only fully vaccinated and spayed/neutered dogs are accepted. Playgroups for dog day care are formed based on size, age, and temperament (no aggressive dogs are allowed for boarding or day care). Day-care rates also depend on size (a dog that weighs 21 to 49 pounds costs $37 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m).
The pet professionals at Sutton Dog Parlour comfort away-from-home critters with boarding and animal services for dogs, cats, and birds. Inside the facility, dogs enjoy their own private quarters in a run or corral, taking catnaps on a raised bed or discussing the Dog Food and Drug Administration's latest ruling on chicken bones with nearby canines. Cats hunker down in their own quarters, and birds with the proper health certificates lounge about while nibbling on fruits, veggies, seeds, and Nutri-Berries. During doggy playcare, Spots and Rovers romp through a private 2,500-square-foot park enclosed by tall fences. In the summertime, wade pools keep paws cool and clean. A supply shop helps owners feed and entertain furry or feathered friends once they are back at home.
The dog lovers at Hounds on the Hudson believe that a pet owner's peace of mind is equally important as the pet's happiness. To put minds at ease, the daycare and boarding facility's webcams enable clients to check up on their canine counterparts online. What they'll see is dogs galloping around the 1,500-square-foot outdoor run, or pups playing poker in the four indoor play spaces. The highly trained staffers keep dogs under 24-hour supervision and reward good behaviors to maintain a comfortable, positive environment. For overnight boarding, furry guests snooze on raised Kuranda beds inside climate-controlled suites. Dogs in need of obedience training can also practice good manners with trainers that have been featured on Animal Planet's Underdog to Wonderdog.
Hiring someone to pet-sit requires a lot of trust. You're not only giving them access to your home but also the responsibility of caring for a beloved family member. That's why each time a new client calls Angels Pet Pals, owner Angel Martinez personally meets with them—both the customer and their furry companion—for a preliminary consultation, where he gets to know the pet’s temperament and the owner's schedule. He then assigns a permanent sitter from his staff of insured and background-checked animal aficionados, who can walk, play with, and administer medicines to the pet and who pairs best with the pet’s personality. Sitters stand ready to aid their furry clients at any time, whether they're taking pets on morning walks, romping through evening playtime, or acting as the sole human members of Iditarod Halloween costumes.
As a pioneer of the alternative pet-care movement for more than 20 years, Whiskers offers organic and chemically cleared goods to city-dwelling critters and their conscientious keepers. Begin your pet’s lifestyle overhaul with phytonutrient-rich vitamins from Udo's, which contain whole food concentrates for healthy coats, increased energy, and keener squirrel radar ($15.99 for cats, $25.99 for dogs). Or, upgrade treat time with high-protein, low-fat buffalo strips from Rosie’s Rewards, which satisfy snack-cravers who lack the opposable thumbs necessary for hitchhiking to Denny’s ($13.99). Herbal aids for pet cough ($17.99 for 2 oz.), dirty ears ($9.99 for 0.5 oz.), and upset tummies ($45 for 8 oz.) make up Whiskers’ own line of natural remedies. Less-than-lustrous locks get love from Dr. Shawn’s organic, all-in-one shampoo, infused with tea tree oils, aloe vera, and coconut ($22.99 for 16 oz.).
More wagging. Less barking. lic doghouse is a friendly place for dogs to socialize with pup pals and then unwind in modern canine comfort. Operating out of the same Vernon Boulevard facility as City Vet, the staff at our locally owned business can satisfy all your dog’s needs under one “woof.”