The giant tree in the front yard of Amber Beech Kennel towers over the expansive grassy lawn, covering the ground with copious shade in the summer or piles of crunchy leaves in the fall. Either way, pups are going to cavort like crazy underneath its sprawling branches. At Amber Beech Kennel, the dog-loving caretakers play with the dogs during boarding, grooming, or training sessions. Aside from making sure pups are properly cared for, educated, and cleaned, Amber Beech also sells pet supplies such as treats and leashes in their onsite shop.
Encompassing 50 acres of shady trees, streams, and fields, the Holiday House Pet Resort provides a welcoming, pastoral retreat for vacationing cats and dogs. Owners Dr. Laura Weis and Dr. Randy Weis, both veterinarians, live on site and spearhead the resort’s mission to keep pets healthy and happy through high levels of interaction and physical activity. Dogs staying at Holiday House enjoy taking part in nature walks, playtime, massages, and grooming, whereas cats on vacation enjoy private condos outfitted with areas for climbing, sleeping, and pondering string theory.
Jake's Dog House equips dogs, cats, and their loving pet-parents with delicious gourmet treats, soothing animal-spa treatments, and unique apparel. Groomers provide a variety of services—including teeth brushing, hot-oil conditioning, and nail clipping—readying pets for special occasions, such as obedience school proms. Dogs and cats alike while away hours with interactive toys, or perform for the honor of devouring delicious gourmet treats made from human-grade edibles by Jake's own bakers.
It's rarely a good idea to indulge dogs with cookies and cakes—unless those cookies and cakes are made specifically for them. That's exactly the case at The Paws of Nature, where owner Kirsten bakes homemade treats for pups. Kirsten and her friend, Michele, had the idea to create a neighborhood pet store with a twist. Today, the twist they envisioned comes in several forms, such as community education programs, conveniently designed self-serve washing stations, and a stock of healthier food choices for pets—including, of course, baked goodies.
Dogs trot out of Spot's Spot and Spa stylishly well-groomed, well-rested, or well-fed, depending on their activities in the canine wellness haven. Trained groomers infuse coats with natural shampoos and conditioners before treating dogs to a facial scrub, a nail trim, and a breed-standard or custom cut, each precisely hand-scissored. Overnight stays keep canines in good company with cage-free accommodations, 24-hour supervision, and personal attention from playtime to medicine delivery. In the retail sections, owners peruse a vast array of dog food and treats, including freshly butchered meat (available only at Spot’s 2nd Spot) along with high-quality cat food from Science Diet and Acana. A full stock of doggy wellness aids ranges from vitamins and salves to padded e-collars that prevent dogs from noticing when their chums poke fun at their fashion choices.