Activities? Check. Flat-panel TVs with satellite? Check. On-site spa? Check. Woodlands Pet Resort blurs the lines between hotels for humans and hotels for pets with a slew of comforting amenities, including seven bathroom breaks or walks each day for dogs and a box full of feline toys for cats. As for pet parents, en suite webcams let them catch glimpses of their pooch or kitty while they’re away.
At Groomingdales Salon for Dogs, owners Sharon Henley and Carol Ross draw from more than 20 years of experience when grooming four-legged clients. Their services include haircuts, nail trims, and flea baths as well as regular baths that utilize organic shampoos and conditioners that are gentle on canine skin.
At Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium, one of the primary goals is to get visitors excited about the ocean. To that end, the facility offers engaging educational programs and fun activities designed to enhance visits to its public aquarium, which houses blue-spotted stingrays, lionfish, and sharks. Visitors get introduced to aquatic marvels via hands-on exhibits covering topics such as marine mammals, turtle rescue, and mermaid sign language. In addition to leading onsite activities, expert staff members take youngsters on informative snorkeling trips in the Florida Keys. The facility is also great for families, senior citizens, groups, and is handicapped-accessible.
Dogs live like kings at Fur’st Class Pet Resort, where caring attendants cater to their every need. Groomers transform canine hygiene into a spa-like experience by blow-drying fur, manicuring nails, trimming fur, and asking it who is a good boy or girl. They can also dole out breed-specific haircuts for pups and groom cats seeking a red-carpet style.
Dogs, cats, and ferrets vacation in the resort’s spacious pet condos, which come equipped with ample climate-controlled areas for snacking, napping, and playing. Cats can admire the grounds from picture windows, and dogs can race across a fenced-in 2-acre playground. Friendly staffers lavish the animals with attention, serve meals at regular intervals, and administer medications upon request. A chauffeur can fetch pets from homes in Clarke and Oconee Counties and return them home at a convenient time. Obedience instructors also visit the facility on a regular basis, teaching dogs of all ages how to sit, stay, and dance the minuet.
Veterinarians at The Cat and Dog Clinic understand that cats and dogs both need their own space. The clinic started out as cats-only and continues to offer grooming and boarding services available only for felines. Cats get their own exam rooms for checkups and a playroom for free time, but that doesn’t mean dogs are treated as second-class citizens. Staff members quickly usher pooches from waiting room to exam table, where they’re greeted warmly and asked for their driver's licenses.