When on vacation, sometimes all you want to do—after taking a dip in a heated indoor pool and receiving a reiki massage—is call your room and order up some kibble. Luckily, at Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa, there is always a staff member onsite, just in case the pets staying overnight need extra attention in the middle of the night. While staying in the private suites, dogs enjoy the luxury of their own comfortable bedding and flat-screen TVs, while cats lounge in sunbeams and relax to soothing music.
Not content to simply let the animals relax after a hard day's scratch, Red Dog also keeps pets active with indoor and outdoor play areas, as well as an aquatic center where dogs can swim in a safe environment. The resort also partners with veterinarians and groomers to keep companions healthy, whether by conducting regular checkups or by relieving older dogs' arthritis or other ailments via services such as doggy massage. They also offer raw-frozen food and about 40 different brands of dog food. Click here for a Google tour of the pet center and spa.
Durty Harry’s is home base for canine-human bonding sessions based on an interspecies passion for four-legged hygiene and flower-scented soap. The grooming specialists and fur refurbishers tend to mutts of all stripes, but today’s Groupon gives you the tools to do the work on your own. Bring your pooch into the store, and you’ll get shampoo and conditioner to restore the breezy shine of a puppy’s fur coat or the paisley patterns common among modest breeds wearing pants. After you've treated your tailed companion to a soothing bath in a pup-size tub, the friendly staff at Durty Harry’s will hook you up with brushes, a blow dryer, and a towel so that you can give your dog the fluffy finish she’s been begging for with her eyes. Durty Harry’s will clean the tub, so you’re free to go until the next under-the-paws scrub down.
A Tails Readers’ Choice Award winner, Tail Waggerz accommodates canines with a 7,500-square-foot pet daycare facility, cage-free boarding, and grooming services. The caretakers devote their indoor and outdoor spaces to keeping guests stimulated with social games of fetch, hide-and-seek, and Texas hold'em. Dogs are invited for crate-free boarding after a personality analysis to make sure they'll get along with other dogs. Seven nights a week, caretakers sleep in the same room as four-legged guests that curl up on pillows or futons.
This specialized kitty and doggie depot is a one-stop shop for all pet needs, including standard toys and treats, and an impressive selection of unusual merchandise. The stocked shelves include more than 200 stylish collars (many for $19.99), lovely leads ($19.99), and decorative bowls for dogs and cats (starting at $10.99).
Bentley is a poodle–shih tzu mix with hair flowing down the floor. His distrust of strangers was so intense that he couldn't even go into a PetSmart without getting kicked out. The same story applied to Brodie, a rescued poodle, who snapped at every groomer he ever had. But because she was a certified trainer before becoming a groomer, Mandi Gorton could read their signals and knew when they just needed to chill out and when they needed to know they were safe. Now the two dogs are among the most well-behaved clients of The Green Paw Spa. As Gorton observes, dogs—like people—are just more agreeable when they know cookies and massages are coming.
When Gorton describes The Green Paw Spa as a "holistic pet salon," she means every word. Each appointment begins with Gorton bringing the furry client to a relaxed state. Then she starts pampering with organic, biodegradable shampoos and conditioners. Her own dog, a border collie mix named Wamba, has allergies so intense that just the air of a traditional grooming salon causes her to break out in hives. So to help keep her and all dogs healthy, Gorton bans harsh chemicals from the spa, right down to the furniture, which is made of recycled materials. In fact, the South Bark blueberry facial she uses is so pure that it's edible, which probably explains why most dogs don't mind having it worked into their snouts. Further eco-friendly touches include a bathing system that uses approximately 2 gallons of water to wash a dog, compared to the 10–15 gallons used by traditional baths, and a pet taxi that carpools companions back and forth from their homes to save owners gas and let dogs brag to their friends about having a chauffer.