In 1990, John Ziegler hired a dog walker to take his 8-month-old yellow lab Merembe out on regular walks. The plan was to escort the rambunctious pup to Central Park, where she could enjoy fresh air and social time around other dogs and people. Just to make sure he was getting what he paid for, John followed the dog walker—and discovered that Merembe spent the entire hour cooped up in a tiny apartment while the walker went on errands. The indignation that any dog owner would feel at this discovery is what prompted John to found Biscuits & Bath, an all-encompassing dog-care company that strives for transparency, knowledge, and compassion in all they do.
A bounty of doggy knowledge backs every service at Biscuits & Bath, whether it's grouping dogs by size and temperament at daycare to balance safety and fun, or pairing groomers' image-enhancing brush-outs with checks for ticks, ear infections, and unusual basketball ability. True to the company's roots, each dog walker is bonded, insured, and thoroughly trained to take beloved friends on a daily romp. Dogs are kept safe from big-city hazards by donning two slip collars, a climb-spec harness, and a reinforced nylon leash, allowing the company to boast nearly one million incident-free walks in 2011. On-site veterinarian services give pups a checkup incentive with the center's play-filled environment, and overnight boarding services keep timid dogs at ease with constant supervision and flexibility with special requirements.
Bideawee, on 38th Street by First Avenue in Midtown East, has been providing a safe haven to thousands of dogs and cats in New York City for over 100 years. Inspired by a Paris-based animal rescue effort at the turn of the last century, Bideawee's creator, Flora D'Auby Jenkins Kibbe, saw the need for a similar animal care facility in New York City. Bideawee's principle of offering protection, care and new homes for unwanted cats and dogs continues today. This center maintains a dedication to not only to animals, but also to their human owners, providing avenues for simple pet adoption, veterinary and even burial services, thus taking care of every aspect of a pet's well-being. The clean, colorful play space is perfect for animal-lovers looking to adopt, and for pets in need of a good home.
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.
As the head doctor at Animal Clinic of Canarsie, Dr. Gusmorino works with a trained staff as he treats pets ranging from dogs and cats to reptiles. Dr. Gusmorino learned how to nurture animals back to health at the Universita di Parma in Italy. Now that he lives in the States, he divides his time between his practice and caring for his own beloved animals at home: a cat, a guinea pig, a turtle, and ferrets. The pet doc can perform a variety of services, from medical and surgical treatments to dental services and microchip implantation. Dr. Gusmorino is also the owner of Pete's Pet Supplies, the pet shop next door to his clinic, where animals and their owners can get food, toys, and Canine-English dictionaries.
The dog lovers at Hounds on the Hudson believe that a pet owner's peace of mind is equally important as the pet's happiness. To put minds at ease, the daycare and boarding facility's webcams enable clients to check up on their canine counterparts online. What they'll see is dogs galloping around the 1,500-square-foot outdoor run, or pups playing poker in the four indoor play spaces. The highly trained staffers keep dogs under 24-hour supervision and reward good behaviors to maintain a comfortable, positive environment. For overnight boarding, furry guests snooze on raised Kuranda beds inside climate-controlled suites. Dogs in need of obedience training can also practice good manners with trainers that have been featured on Animal Planet's Underdog to Wonderdog.
Thanks to BarkCare, from the creators of Barkbox, there's no need to trick pets into going to the vet. Instead, Dr. Rob and Dr. Sarah travel to their clients to take care of dogs in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by the chew toys they love. BarkCare's general house calls include belly rubs, physicals, and general grooming services such as nail clipping and ear cleaning. But they can also tend to sick dogs?showing up to perform check-ups, do blood work, and provide vaccines. In addition, they're the company responsible for the BarkBox, a monthly subscription for pet owners that sends them a handpicked selection of goodies ranging from toys to gourmet treats, bones, and hygiene products.