Dogs reign supreme at Bark Ave, where a team of dog-obsessed caretakers play with them and groom their coats. Doggy daycare affords plenty of romping time followed by overnight boarding. In addition to boarding dogs, staff groom furry guests of all sizes and hair density, showering them with extra pampering by brushing their teeth, painting their nails, and de-shedding their lustrous coats. Hypoallergenic and medicated shampoos are also available for sensitive skin or dogs allergic to themselves.
Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa founder Ray Schneider understands why his clients would want to pamper their pups with massage and reiki sessions or warm-water swims. As he told Dan Monk of the Business Courier, "It’s a relationship that’s very hard to explain. When you have a dog, you can understand it.” The Blue Ash resident and entrepreneur created the sprawling, 25,000-square-foot pet hotel—and its second location in Boston—because he realizes the lengths to which people will go to care for their furry friends.
Swathed in upscale atmosphere, the spa is outfitted with all the comforts of home and more; after touring the facilities, Jeff Elkus of David's Voice said, "I wish the last resort I visited had half the amenities of Red Dog." Dogs can stay in private, themed boarding suites with flat-screen TVs and owner-monitored webcams. They exercise and socialize in climate- and airflow-controlled play areas, romp in a three-acre dog park, and don buoyancy vests to soothe achy joints in the heated aquatic center. The hotel also offers multilevel lodging for cats, as well as canine grooming and training services.
Schneider hired and trained a staff for around-the-clock supervision and care. Dogs who are aging, have health issues, or secretly write reviews for Frommer's get special attention in a room with a fireplace and stretch lounges.
At Pet Planet LLC, animal-loving supervisors keep close watch over pets for daycare and overnight boarding. Visiting cats and dogs—all of whom must meet basic vaccination requirements—mingle with a crew of furry compatriots in a leash- and cage-free environment that features cozy couches and stimulating toys. Playroom webcams allow owners to check in on their pets whether at the office, on vacation, or in the doghouse.
Sit, Stay N' Play Dog Park was borne from the nervous energy of one golden retriever. His owners saw how anxious their dog became after being cooped up in the house during a rainy spell. To solve their pup's problem, they created an indoor park. There, canines can burn off the energy that would otherwise accumulate and cause them to rebel by chewing up shoes or listening to George Thorogood. The 11,000 square feet of play space is mostly indoors, and pet owners can bring their dogs for play time, or leave them for daycare or an overnight visit where they'll be taken care of by a dog-loving staff.
At White Horse Equestrian, riders earn their spurs during lessons, classes, and outings run by the ranch’s corral of coaches. Students learn horsemanship and riding techniques according to their existing skillset, whether acquiring advanced communication skills or fundamentals, such as where in the saddle to store a pony's sunglasses on cloudy days. Casual visitors can board rented steeds for trail rides, attend themed summer camps, or use the idyllic grounds to host a birthday party featuring games, crafts, and instructional trots.
With four professional wash stations, commercial-grade spray heads, and high-velocity air dryers, Candy's Dog-O-Mat equips owners to reclaim pups from the forces of filth. A secure, gated bay encloses the washing area, allowing customers to bring their entire Iditarod team at once. Removable doors and telescopic ramps facilitate the canine's entry into a raised, stainless-steel tub, which is cleaned and disinfected after each use. Tokens buy seven minutes of washing or drying time each, and may be used across multiple visits (valued at $5).