Like a Caribbean resort, Yuppy Puppy Pet Spa soothes away the stress and worries that build up in canine minds while their owners are off relaxing at work. Pups of all breeds and sizes—as well as cats—jump into the arms of loving staff members for grooming and pampering sessions. Services range from the ordinary, such as nail clipping and ear trimming, to the opulent, such as blueberry and vanilla facial masks or soothing mud baths for the whole body.
But personality trumps beauty at play camp, where dogs’ dispositions decide which of three indoor camps they’ll call home for the day. Pooches can also pack their toothbrushes and curlers for overnight stays in private luxury suites—some equipped with flat-screen TVs—or the social lounge, where pups play all day and curl up in front of a movie at night.
Though most people hate the feeling of getting lost, that’s the point behind spending a day at the maze at Brookdale Farms. Not because the staff wants guests to wander aimlessly, but because the maze makes for a great way to enjoy the autumn sunshine at a relaxed pace and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Open as a family-friendly jaunt during the day and as a haunted attraction at night, the maze tests navigators’ skills and affords a rare view into how scarecrows live when they think no one is looking. Outside the maze, the farm offers other autumnal activities such as pumpkin slingshots, pony rides, adrenaline-pumping ziplines, and a hay jump, inviting families to spend a full day disconnected from their televisions, computers, and employer-mandated tracking devices.
Yips and Yaps just might be a better place than home, especially when dogs' owners are away. Here, pets can get groomed, play with friends, or even stay overnight while their owners travel. Though staff provides bowls, beds, and blankets for boarding charges, pet owners are welcome to pack their pups' own belongings from home. During daycare sessions in the center's outdoor and indoor play yards, pets acquire crucial socialization skills they can't get at home, no matter how often they try to play tug of war with the houseplants.
Hotel guests lick scoops of salmon or bacon-cheddar frozen yogurt before watching Disney movies in private suites. Every dog's anthropomorphic dream comes true at Petropolis Pet Center, where a dog and cat hotel indulges pets' whims with gourmet treats, snuggly blankets, feline jungle gyms, and other animal accouterments. After checking in at the front desk—a hangout for mascot Charlie the tortoise—trained staffers lead pets to lodgings or to dog day camp, where pups divided into three compatible size groups romp in the grass or atop playground equipment. An onsite grooming salon trims coats, fluffs fur with soothing low-heat and low-noise dryers, and brushes teeth to remove lingering crumbs from Petropolis Barkery's epicurean baked goods. Dogs can refine their manners at training school, learning how to sit, stay, and leave a calling card at every hydrant, before moving on to competition training. Petropolis's Pet Career School transforms amateur dog lovers into pro groomers or certified trainers and helps careers to get off the ground with job-placement assistance.
From boarding and daycare to checkups and surgery, the services at Chesterfield Veterinary Center have pets covered. Three doctors and a small staff work to keep dogs and cats happy and healthy. They care for animals six days a week and showcase philanthropic values as well: when the team unexpectedly and tragically lost an employee, they established a foundation in his name that benefits animal charities.
Customers who purchase the grooming options may opt to add a haircut for an extra $10; Groupon users should request this service when booking their appointment, and note that additional charges may apply for de-matting and extra brushing.
During their stays at Nancy Crane’s Family Pet Care, dogs and cats alike play and lounge under the doting eyes of the animal-loving staff. In the dog kennel, pups sprawl out on heated floors when it's chilly or let their floppy ears waggle in the breeze from central air conditioning on hot days. Outside their doggy doors, hounds can take in the fresh air on daily indoor and outdoor runs.
In the separate cat area far away from disdainful pooches, kitties in most units peer out their windows in search of songbirds, squirrels, neighborhood children, and other natural prey.
The facility's staff is on hand 24 hours a day, to ensure that help is always nearby in case your pup has that recurring dream about eating a gigantic bone. For dogs, the caregivers also dole out some optional pet-pampering services, including outdoor playtime, grooming, and treats of peanut-butter-filled bones and ice-cream cones.