Workers from Hot Diggity! step out of houses with pups tugging politely at the leash and lolling their tongues in the sunshine. The crew members, who are all licensed, bonded, and insured, give owners a break from taking the dog outside and dealing with all the strange children the dog rescues from farm wells. After consultations allow them to get to know the home and the pet’s routine, staffers can even stop in several times a day or stay overnight to care for their animal charges. They also care for care for critters including cats, gerbils, birds, and reptiles.
After their owners drop them off, dogs rush into the indoor playroom at The Dog House Doggie Daycare & Boarding, where they greet new friends before challenging old pack mates to games of chase. They romp for hours around the 2,000-square-foot play space, which is outfitted with a ramp and separate sections for large, small, less-active, and slinky dogs. A ventilation system specifically designed for pets keeps the air clean and comfortable. It's clear that dog owners designed this canine utopia, which also includes boarding service 365 nights a year, as well as a grooming zone with self-service or professional washes, tooth brushes, and nail trims. Many on staff are certified in Red Cross first aid and CPR for dogs.
An avid lover of animals, Theresa Shire burst onto the pet-care scene as an adoption center and animal care supervisor for the Arizona Humane Society. Since then, Theresa's passion for raising playful, happy pets and pairing them with compatible owners has flourished at Dogstar—a one-stop shop for pets that has grown to include its own pet rescue and adoption center. After a complimentary assessment of temperament, Theresa and her staff welcome cats and dogs into daycare where positive-reinforcement techniques maintain harmony and an interest in the field of psychology among packs as they exercise and mingle. After daycare, the patient employees ease animals into overnight stays in pristine boarding digs. Pets boarded for five days or more strut into the salon for free grooming, which can include baths, manicures, or quality time with the Furminator. Onsite vet Laura Chang performs checkups and vaccinations while owners browse the boutique’s collection of dog supplies, toys, and foods from Natural Balance. From April to September, clients can spend extra time perusing nearby shops on First Thursdays—fun evenings full of wine, music, and work from local artists, much like a clambake in the Louvre.
Doggie Day Camp's spacious, family-run facility provides a home away from home to tail-wagging travelers, whether it's for a couple hours of daycare or several nights of boarding. Prior to dropping their pet off, owners are free to take a tour of the grounds. During visits, pups remain under the full supervision of experienced attendants. An outdoor area splashes playtime with sunshine. Inside, padded floors protect paws, and divided zones keep smaller dogs from becoming the bigger dogs' football. To keep fur looking fresh, an onsite groomer is available, as are self-serve washing stations complete with shampoo, towels, and styling gel.
Club K-9 welcomes well-socialized and evaluated dogs into a clean and spacious environment. Dogs can enjoy an overnight stay in social boarding, or large and small canines can cavort in separate areas during daycare under the supervision of a trained professional. After a full day of play, tired-out pups return to their owners. The center also offers group and private training, as well as bathing with all-natural shampoos and conditioners.