Across the street from the Red Bluff Animal Hospital sits a large house surrounded by green lawns and fenced-in outdoor play areas. Inside, Red Bluff Pet Resort’s licensed trainers and behavior therapists see to their tail-wagging and nose-nuzzling guests’ every need with daycare, lodging, grooming, and training. Their dog suites feature large beds and Skype-enabled computer screens so that owners can digitally visit their pets. Alternatively, their multilevel kitty condos allow independent pets to enjoy a relaxing stay without being bothered by dogs or chairmen of neighborhood committees. Their training options range from puppy classes and obedience lessons to one-on-one lodge-and-learn packages for when owners are on vacation.
Bark's 5th Avenue pampers pooches with advanced grooming services, romp-ready facilities, and a highly trained staff. The grooming procedure includes a full range of beauty-bolstering treatments: shampoo, ear cleaning, toenail trim, anal gland expression, brushing, coat polish, and more. Each pet will leave with a free bandana and a commitment to put down the newspaper and go sit on his or her master's foot. Prices depend on the dog's size and condition, and average around $41.
Hotel guests don't often get free hugs and head-pats from the staff during their stay. That service is unique to Meadowlake Pet Resort. Helmed by a team of experienced animal enthusiasts, the pet hotel cares for dogs and cats with private, climate-controlled suites and a panoply of animal-friendly activities. Canines and felines alike get to spend the night in rooms and condos outfitted with amenities such as high windows for natural light, flat-screen TVs and outdoor patios, and soothing music as each pet dreams about finally chasing down that mail carrier.
The resort's specially trained staff escort dogs outside, where they can play on four acres of green space, walk down nature paths, and dip in an outdoor diving pool. Cats, meanwhile, are set free to frolic or lounge in a screened-in porch with tiered climbing platforms and a selection of fine toys. These staff members also perform healthcare services such as daily five-point wellness checks, and they monitor daily feedings using NutriSource Super Premium food. To keep suites clean, staff scour each room with hospital-grade cleaning systems. To keep pets clean, they lather coats with specialty shampoos at an on-site pet spa.
A little dog with big separation anxiety can tear apart a house in 2.5 minutes. Avoid the cost of refurnishing and send the little angel to Deogi Dog Spa and Resort on Washington for day care instead. Located near the 610 and 10 freeways in Houston, Deogi Dog Spa and Resort is a convenient drop-off point for pooches and pups who just can’t stand to be left alone. They luxury canine accommodations work well for frequent travelers, and they open at 6:00 a.m. on weekdays in case nearby early bird workers simply want to give their dog a bit of socialization while their owners are trapped in the office all day. Expect lots of pampering, including an indoor-outdoor play time, grooming packages and spa-style baths that will make your dog feel loved. It’s good to live the house dog life.
Creating a fun and festive environment that dazzles wide-eyed youngsters, Snip-its takes the stress out of maintaining the locks of jittery tykes. A kid-friendly staff maintains manes while ensuring safety—which is of paramount concern—by providing chairs especially designed for miniature adults. During the cut, melted crayons and various knickknacks are snipped away from tussled noodle nests, leaving hairs as fresh as the day they were born. While the follicular wreckage is brushed off, children can play with a bounty of activities and games. With so much to keep young eyes occupied, the atmosphere almost feels like that inside the house that Ruth built—Disneyland.