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.
Camp Bow Wow's certified staff dog-sits in large indoor and outdoor play areas in which pups are free to frolic with friends or surveil their own tails. Each of Camp Bow Wow's daycare counselors is a professional in canine first aid and behavior and is adequately trained to diffuse doggy dangers. Camp Bow Wow's experts categorize dogs into play groups based on size, demeanor, and brain power, so pets may engage in fair matches of Trivial Pursuit. Dog owners chained by their work cubicles can peek at their four-legged companions passing time with camper cams, which broadcast live feeds of Camp Bow Wow's play rooms.
Dogs can run their fastest during Buddy Boarding's jogging sessions, untethered by a lagging human or a tightening leash. That's because the company's specialists ride roller skates or longboards alongside sprinting canines to match their speed and endurance. They work with dogs of all energy levels, tailoring the sessions to include vigorous exercise or playtime.
Puppywood Pet Resort supervises dogs while owners are away, provides training programs, and pampers dogs with grooming and bathing services. Daycare allows canines to socialize indoors and outside, frolicking in the grass, climbing on play equipment, or lounging in the pool. Boarding pups stay in open kennels, receiving food and medications as dictated by their owners.
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.