“A one-of-a-kind animal funhouse,” raves USA Today, and Great Britain’s Daily Mail calls The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa “the most luxurious pet hotel in the world.” With limousine transportation, gourmet meals, a full-service spa, and plenty of supervised playtime, the 32,000-square-foot resort for dogs, cats, birds, and exotic animals does not resemble a traditional kennel.
Designed in collaboration with pet-care consultants, psychologists, behaviorists, arborists, veterinarians, and old episodes of Lassie, the climate-controlled facility sports cheerful colors, plenty of skylights, and an advanced ventilation system. Tropical fish dart across tanks flanking multilevel cat condominiums where loving staff members lavish kitties with continuous attention. Dog owners can choose from a range of suites—many of which are equipped with flat-screen TVs and leather furniture—for their canine friends.
The Barkley’s cage-free doggie day camp gives pups plenty of supervised outdoor playtime. Humans can check in with their furry friends on a live, streaming webcam. The Barkley also offers professional grooming and obedience-training services, and Dr. Daniel Slaton and Dr. Steven Rosenstein at the adjacent, fully integrated Westlake Village Animal Hospital are on call 24 hours a day, seven day a week, in case of emergencies.
Nestled amid the greenery of Topanga Canyon, the resort offers four to five hours of supervised outdoor playtime in open yards and trails each day. When night falls, fidos enjoy blissful dreams of fat, slow rabbits in a climate-controlled indoor shelter. The resort provides scrumptious dog food, but you can provide your own if your mutt lives exclusively on saffron-infused truffle risotto. Boarding at Topanga's 4,000-square-foot facility costs $39 per night for canines under 30 pounds ($46/night for non-neutered/non-spayed dogs) and $45 per night for pups more than 30 pounds ($52/night for non-neutered/non-spayed dogs). Owned and operated by a licensed guide-dog trainer, Topanga Pet Resort allows your canine companion to come home slightly more erudite than when he left, or at least liable to request opera music during belly rubs.
• For $15, you get bathing and brushing for a small dog up to 20 pounds (a $30 value). • For $25, you get $50 worth of bathing and a haircut for a small dog up to 20 pounds. • For $34, you get dog-boarding accommodations in a standard-size room for two nights (up to a $68 value).
A variety of healthy pet food, toys, and bedding stock New Age Pet Supply’s wide aisles—just wide enough, in fact, for a pup to follow behind as his owner sniffs around the shelves. The independent pet store’s staff dispenses advice on animal ownership and helps visitors select the right gear for their pets, from cat strollers and dog bowties to bird feeders and heating pads for reptiles. New Age also keep critters healthy with grooming services, vaccinations, and teeth-cleaning that doesn’t use anesthesia and forges the bonds between man and beast with its own adoption program and an in-house photography studio.