Even in his days on the police force, Michael Gould found himself working with dogs. As a lieutenant, he commanded his department's canine unit, and this affinity for dogs serves him well as the owner-operator of Hounds Town USA. Born from a dog-training business, Hounds Town USA is not just a place for dogs to hang out while their owners are away. Here, in the large, temperature-controlled facility, they satisfy their pack instincts with a group of like-minded pooches. They chase one another, flop down for naps together, and discuss methods for getting the cookie jar off their owner's kitchen counter. All staff members have been thoroughly trained to interact with a pack of dogs, and they supervise this pack constantly, encouraging good behavior with physical and verbal praise. Because all pups are given a temperament test before their first day, they're assigned to a playgroup that matches their playing style and preferences, even if they really just want to play House.
The professional-bathing staff at Paw Seasons Hotel & Day Spa cleanses furry friends of all shapes and sizes in deep, stainless-steel washbasins. Their specialized hydro-surge system drenches pets in pleasantly warm streams of water, whereas rich shampoos expunge dirt, dander, and prior bone-stealing convictions from coats. Canine coddlers pay extra attention to details such as the ears and anal glands and create a spa-style experience for pets with a back-and-head massage that melts away doggie tension. Lingering moisture evaporates into thin air under room-temperature wafts from a blow dryer, whereas a nail trimming halts late-night tap-dancing sessions across wooden floors. Pulchritudinous pups strut out of their cleansing refreshed, odor free, and sporting a dapper bow or bandana to accentuate their newly spiffy coat.
Deep-cleansing facials. Relaxing massages. Feather hair extensions. These are just three of the treatments that await Luxury Pet Spa & Boutique's canine and feline visitors. The spa staff believes that pets deserve the same luxury afforded to their human counterparts, and this is reflected in everything from its hypoallergenic products, to its holistic pet food, to its decor: chocolate-colored walls, cushy armchairs, and the stained wood table Lassie used to write her memoirs. Chandeliers spill light across the treatment rooms, where groomers shampoo fur, trim nails, and cleanse ears. However, these are just the preliminary steps to an animal makeover. The groomers also style fur with the finesse of hairdressers and use airbrushes to paint fur with colorful accents.
A fully stocked pet store open since 1939, the family-owned Selmer’s Pet Land provides the necessary toys, tools, and treats to help maintain healthy human-critter relationships. Browse the reptile collection to see what we would’ve become if it weren’t for the global evolution implemented by the Greeks, who were the most advanced civilization to remain more than 40% monitor lizard. Treats such as DuraChew bones ($9.99) and toys including the Kong Wubba ($10.59) are available to reward clever pups defending the basement by eating bugs and genuinely enjoying it. Pet parents can also pick up necessities such as Dave’s canned premium dog food ($18.99/12-pack) or Wellness canned cat food, which entices kitties with its irresistible duo of tuna and salmon ($39.99/24-pack).
Daniel Reitman, the eponymous owner of Dan’s Dog Walking and Pet Sitting, lends a helping paw to pet owners with services that cater to all manner of beast and bird. Daniel and his fellow pet experts take pride in their long list of repeat customers—a testament to their hard work as well as their ability to establish relationships with the animals in their care. Vet-recommended and fully bonded and insured walkers and overnight sitters take time to learn about pets’ dietary restrictions and exercise habits before they even meet, allowing them to immediately build a friendship defined by wagging tails and purrs. The eco-friendly company demonstrates its commitment to animals and the environment by using leashes made from recycled materials, cleaning up with biodegradable sanitary bags, and discouraging dogs from chewing on fossil fuels.
From the outside, Queens Animal Hospital might look like it was recently converted from a family home. In fact, it's been an animal hospital since 1955, and the humble design scheme was deliberate: what pet wouldn't want to climb the steps of a friendly-looking house filled with friendly people? Inside, they'll find a staff headed by Dr. Beshoy Rafla, who specializes in dogs and cats but also welcomes birds, reptiles, and other small exotic pets. He and his veterinary techs perform a wide array of services: in addition to standard checkups, there are facilities for surgery, dental care, grooming, and, for dogs, even boarding in quarters that include indoor and outdoor runs. Pets also don't need to leave the grounds for x-rays, ultrasounds, or EKGs, and their humans can even opt for microchipping to keep them safe if they ever get lost in a funhouse's hall of mirrors.