For many people, pets are a part of the family. So to ensure that the furriest member of your household gets the care it needs, the staff at Dog Gone Walking & Pet Care offer their clients’ pets socialization, exercise, and daily care while their owners are away. Whether simply letting a dog out during the work day, keeping them fed and cared for while owner are on vacation, or taking pets to the vet, the staff work to keep pets happy and healthy without owners having to install that pet door into the refrigerator. While team members visit your house, they can also provide miscellaneous services ranging from bringing in mail to running necessary errands.
With its large windows, high ceilings, and 6,200 square feet of frolicking space, Healthy Hound Playground strives to convince pups that they're always outdoors. The facility's play areas are divided into three cage-free sections where dogs of similar size, activity level, and political leanings can mingle together. Humans enrich their play during daycare sessions with one-on-one activities such as Frisbee fetch or a 2-mile run. At night, pooches can hunker down on elevated cots inside private Canine Cottages. All of them get tucked in beneath cozy fleece blankets, but various boarding packages boast different amenities, from cuddle time to email updates for pet owners.
The Dude Ranch Pet Resort’s “next-generation facility” is the culmination of five years of research and consulting with pet-care professionals and dog owners. Situated on 47 acres of picturesque landscape—including fields, lakes, and forests—the resort eschews cinder blocks and chain-link fences for climate-controlled, stainless-steel villas that won’t attract mold or bacteria. At daycare, charges romp across 15,000 square feet of outdoor play yards that feature double trapdoors. Overnight guests bunk on platform beds in private suites or deluxe villas, surrounded by soothing background music and continuously filtered air. Cats, too, are welcome to rest in their own exclusive area replete with nail scratchers and catnip toys. While pets snooze, the staff remains on duty, walking the halls to ensure dogs are safe and not staying up too late telling ghost stories. The resort also offers grooming sessions and training classes that range from basic obedience to dog-show skills.
Founded more than 25 years ago at a single store in suburban Maryland, Wild Bird Centers has since spread its bevy of birding gear and wildlife-watching supplies to approximately 50 locations across the United States and Canada. At each shop, knowledgeable and friendly staffers compile an immense inventory of top-quality birdseed, including their own exclusive blends of premium, field-tested ingredients. They equip patrons with a cavalcade of bird-watching accouterments such as binoculars, birdhouses, birdbaths, and Big Bird costumes and help customers to enhance their wildlife wisdom with gardening tools. To further help patrons to decipher the symphony of birdcalls they hear, Wild Bird Centers proffers a Backyard Birds Field Guide, which includes helpful information about the characteristics and habitat of common avian species. Additionally, all purchases contribute to customers' Birdie Bucks accounts, Wild Bird Centers' customer-rewards program.
A Stay in the Country Pet Lodging is a paradise for tail-waggers of all shapes and sizes. It has indoor and outdoor doggy dens, heated floors, and room to roam in spacious play yards (dogs play least four times a day, in groups or individually). Pups are fed two meals a day and treated to treats all day long. The facility, a family farm, is dedicated to giving four-legged friends plenty of personal attention and will gladly accommodate any woofer’s specific need, as long as they don’t involve chocolate bones.
The dedicated pet counselors at Camp Care-A-Lot nurture furry friends during supervised play dates and classes, as well as an array of pet-pampering services. Drop Fido off for doggy daycare ($11 half-day; $22 day) to allow the pup to socialize with other canine campers as they enjoy two indoor playgrounds, an outdoor yard, and the occasional poetry slam. Overnight boarding ($25–$90 per night) gives four-legged pals full access to the playgrounds before they doze off for the night on a comfy orthopedic bed; felines staying the night ($11–26 per night) get a personal litter box and can enjoy sweet dreams about laser pointers. For a clean and healthy pet, grooming services include an oatmeal shampoo ($5), a nail trim ($10), and teeth brushing ($10) to freshen breath, reduce tartar, boost the dog’s dating life, and aid in the deterrence of periodontal disease.