Though pet parents may want to be with their adopted offspring at all times, it's not always possible. Luckily for them, Park Cities Pet Sitter, Inc. can take over in a pinch. The accommodating company unleashes its fleet of insured and bonded employees to walk dogs, pet sit overnight, and chauffeur charges to the vet's office or a photo shoot for a new pet calendar. And to ensure the sitters are well equipped to care for furry friends, they receive ongoing training, including pet first aid certification from the American Red Cross. The company also keeps a supervisor on call 24 hours a day every day of the year to offer advice or an extra pair of hands if needed.
Pups stand taller after a visit to Urban Dogg. Here a rank of self-serve wash stations await dogs and their owners, who help their charges find that show-dog look with shampoos made from natural ingredients. For an additional fee, the staff will also wash and fluff dogs, and treat them to full grooming services if needed, such as combing out the coats of dogs who feel they are too mature for their dreadlocks.
Although pups may be more comfortable when bathed by their human companions rather than strangers, in-home grooming can be unpleasant for owners, who often walk away from tubs with bruised kneecaps and drenched clothes. Dirty Dawgz blends the best of both worlds with self-serve dog-washing stations that allow apron-clad owners to stand upright while refreshing fur. Waist-high stainless-steel tubs come equipped with spray hoses that make bath time more convenient than the bucket-and-faucet or pop-the-waterbed methods used at home. The tubs comfortably fit both large and small dogs as owners make use of the facility's shampoos and conditioners, towels, and brushes. For more in-depth sessions, grooming expert Jessica Bannister shows off her award-winning skills through stylish cuts and glossy coats.
Named Best Aquarium Supply 2010 by the Houston Press, Fish Gallery provides a plethora of sea-bound critters as well as the accouterments to create an aboveground abode for them. Its stalwart staff guides pescaphiles in the selection and care of freshwater and saltwater creatures. On the freshwater side, bettas enjoy the solitary life ($3.99 each), and neon tetras turn tanks into techno-dance parties ($3.49 each, $30 for 10). The percula clown fish somersaults in saltwater ($29), swimming circles around the illustrious coral beauty fish ($25). Fish friends create water-filled wigwams, making their new swimmers feel right at home with plant decorations that can also be used as disguises during underwater chase scenes ($7.99+).
The loving staff at Lucca Bella Doggie Spa and Boutique treats each and every dog like a four-legged family member, pampering them with spa-like grooming services and providing a home away from home in their climate-controlled daycare rooms. While leaving the house is undeniably exciting for a dog, Lucca Bella fosters a calm and peaceful spa experience by using all-natural grooming products, hand-drying manes instead of using noisy blow-dryers, and keeping antagonistic squirrels out of sight. For puppy facials and baths, the canine caretakers go at a speed the dog is comfortable with to avoid unnecessary stress.
During daycare sessions, owners gain peace of mind knowing their canine companion is making new friends in Lucca Bella's indoor, climate-controlled play area and outdoor sunbathing spot.