A fountain bubbles in the center of the overnight area, the first sign that Pet City Resort & Spa is no ordinary dog-boarding facility. The resort is made up like a small town, complete with streetlights, a park-like play area, and a trio of old men sitting in lawn chairs and swapping stories about the good ol' days. An outdoor yard provides more room to run around on sunny days. Overnight guests bunk down alone or with their furry siblings—even cats and dogs can share the same space. Dog owners look in on the webcams so they can feel like part of the action or make sure their pups don't get too uppity after the groomers improve their looks.
In Animal Care Centers’ climate-controlled boarding facilities, dogs lounge in the lap of luxury—their VIP dog suites are outfitted with TVs and overlook a koi pond complete with a waterfall. However, perhaps the most important amenity is a team of veterinarians, on call around the clock. And the vets are some of the best in town; the practice has been named "Best Vet in Cincinnati" for four consecutive years by City Beat Magazine. For the past 30 years, the vets have administered vaccinations, screened for heartworm and leukemia, and performed pet dentistry, rather than just teaching pets to chew with wind-up chattering teeth.
At The Pet Spot, a team of over 30 animal-loving dog and cat specialists train and groom the furry guests of their day care and kennel. Felines will vacation in luxury cat condos while their human roommates are out of town, while dogs enjoy plenty of belly rubs, baths, and exercise during daycare and boarding. Each kennel room is climate-controlled and replete with elevated beds, glass windows, and flatscreen televisions showing dog-related programming and local news translated into barks.
The professional animal chaperones go to great lengths to ensure the safety of each pet—they carry out extensive temperament tests to prevent fights, and webcams for owners to check in on their furry friends remotely.
Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa founder Ray Schneider understands why his clients would want to pamper their pups with massage and reiki sessions or warm-water swims. As he told Dan Monk of the Business Courier, "It’s a relationship that’s very hard to explain. When you have a dog, you can understand it.” The Blue Ash resident and entrepreneur created the sprawling, 25,000-square-foot pet hotel—and its second location in Boston—because he realizes the lengths to which people will go to care for their furry friends.
Swathed in upscale atmosphere, the spa is outfitted with all the comforts of home and more; after touring the facilities, Jeff Elkus of David's Voice said, "I wish the last resort I visited had half the amenities of Red Dog." Dogs can stay in private, themed boarding suites with flat-screen TVs and owner-monitored webcams. They exercise and socialize in climate- and airflow-controlled play areas, romp in a three-acre dog park, and don buoyancy vests to soothe achy joints in the heated aquatic center. The hotel also offers multilevel lodging for cats, as well as canine grooming and training services.
Schneider hired and trained a staff for around-the-clock supervision and care. Dogs who are aging, have health issues, or secretly write reviews for Frommer's get special attention in a room with a fireplace and stretch lounges.
Pet Nation Lodge helps furry friends trade the rush of daily life for the leisure of luxury lodges, chef-selected meals, and social play areas. Following a two-hour consultation for every new client, rambunctious hounds climb and slide on an indoor faux-grass field, and felines use a separate, soundproof room to catch naps or test out impersonations of their owners. Overnight guests snuggle on raised beds and quilts as webcam surveillance oversees canine naps. After staffers burn doggie calories on five daily walks, chef selections refuel man's best friend with cuts of beef, chicken, liver, and salmon. Skilled groomers also free filthy hounds with a HydroSurge bath, dislodging dirt picked up on backyard romps and Forever stamps collected while chasing the mailman.
Owned and operated by three brothers, Horton's Hoagies doles out toasty subs and classic sandwiches for lunch and dinner every day of the week. Prime-rib creations earn first billing on the menu, filling the real estate between fresh bread with rare, well-done, or spicy cuts of meat. Customers highly recommend the prime-rib cheesesteak. Soups, such as broccoli cheese, and chili round out specialty sandwiches alongside salads, chips, and cookies. Horton's also assembles catering trays, which pack enough handheld food to feed large parties or fuel the food-fight portion of jury deliberations.