The dog became man's best friend when man grew apart from the goat, who only ever wanted to play video games and chew cans. Reward your new best friend with today's Groupon to Camp Canine, with locations in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Hollywood. Choose between the following options:
•For $35, you get two consecutive nights of dog boarding (a $100 value) and one day of daycare prior to boarding (a $15 value) (a $115 total value). This day is optional, but canines that don't attend may not be able to interact with other dogs, depending on temperament.
•For $49, you get seven days of doggy daycare, including an initial temperament test (a $195 value).
Camp Canine's stewards lavish love on furry campers, keeping pets safe, well exercised, and thoroughly entertained. Uncaged the whole day (certain restrictions apply), pups freely explore indoor and outdoor play areas, partake of snacks, and take luxurious naps. Whether pets are boarding or visiting for doggy daycare, staff members play with, care for, and debate squirrel behavior with canine guests. Big and small dogs frolic in separate areas for safety and more equitable tug-of-war matches, and only dogs that pass the temperament test may participate in group diversions. All animals are first screened for bad health and hidden catnip addictions. See the fine print for more restrictions. For an additional fee, owners can watch their Rovers romping via webcam, keeping tabs on the frisky activities and adding humorous dog voices.
Freshly back from vacation, a customer walks expectantly into the room. A golden retriever bounds clumsily up, its tongue flapping a rosy greeting and mouth stretched far back into a smile. When the dog’s owner takes up the leash, thanks the staff for caring for her energetic pup, and turns to leave, she feels a tug on the leash. Her dog has planted his feet firmly, trying to back into a sitting position—clearly, he wants them both to stay put.
According to proprietor Lisa Schettino, this is an everyday occurrence at Camp Canine. After a difficult experience finding pet care for her own dog, Lisa set out to create an environment that would not only keep critters safe, but make them want to stay. Now, each Camp Canine location has a resort-style atmosphere sprawled over 9,000–15,000 square feet.
Stressed four-legged friends wiggle with glee during massages, shedding stress from squeaky toys giving them the silent treatment. Against a bass rumble of purring, punctuated by canine yips, green-tea and chamomile facials drive dirt from wrinkled faces and soften wiry fur. As they wait for their next spa appointment, dogs can roam freely in a fenced-in play lot. After tearing through a maze of tunnels and obstacles, they splash into the pool and emerge to toss their cool, wet fur, bejeweling the air with spray. An air-conditioned indoor play area shelters pets from extreme heat and teenagers listening to vacuums at high volume.
Owners too can rest at ease during their pets’ vacation, knowing their animals lounge in private rooms with plush bedding and staff on-site 24 hours a day. They check up on their furry friends via scheduled Skype sessions and various webcams set up throughout the facilities. The Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale locations also pick up and drop off pets that haven’t yet learned how to operate a manual transmission.