Pets roam free in Unleash: Brooklyn's entirely cage-less facility, which features 3,500 square feet of daycare runs and a trained staff that keeps watch 24 hours a day. Dogs play in packs separated by size, temperament, and SAT scores, and at night, they snuggle within private dens or deluxe suites. Cats also get pampered during overnight stays. They leap across whimsical climbing structures that resemble apple trees or koi ponds and curl up next to siblings within spacious condos.
The PCSA–certified staff at K-9 Resorts tends to man’s best friend with exceptional boarding and daycare options, earning the distinction as best in pet services by the readers of New Jersey Monthly magazine. Owners can choose from a variety of spacious accommodations for their prized pooch, from the traditional cage boarding, which boasts top-of-the-line Snyder enclosures and rubber bedding perfect for young pups learning the art of house-brokenness and bouncy-ball herding ($29–$52/night), to the cage-free Luxury Suite, a 9'x9' canine haven complete with glass privacy doors, premium Kuranda luxury dog bedding, an in-suite television tuned to Animal Planet, and an outdoor window view ($54–$73/night), which overlooks the slightly smaller 5'x7' Executive Rooms ($42–$61/night).
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.
The many varieties of exotic fish at Pacific Aquarium and Planet, in the Lower East Side, are the focus of the stock and attention of the staff. It’s not unheard of for sales to customers to be denied for lacking the proper equipment to support some of the very sensitive, exotic species. Both fresh and salt water fish are available, including Japanese koi, cichlids, arowanas, praecox rainbows, cardinals and even stingrays. Believing environment is just as important as water quality and filtration systems, the shop sells live coral and aquatic plants like Riccia, Java Moss and Glossostigma. The regular maintenance service is also strongly recommended to newbies of exotic fish collecting.
Signature service: Basic baths, full baths, and grooming
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours for baths, 2?4 hours for full groomings
Brands Used: Les Poochs, Isle of Dogs, B3, and Aroma Paws
Pro Tip: We want your pet groomed to pawfection. Please don't hesitate to be specific or to bring pictures.