Like big-screen TVs, dogs demand attention, must be cleaned from time to time, and can rarely accompany their owners on white-water-rafting trips. Leave your pooch in good hands while on an adventure with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 toward lodging, daycare, and bathing services for your dog at K-9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotel in Fanwood.
The PCSA–certified staff at K-9 Resorts tends to man’s best friend with exceptional boarding and daycare options, earning the distinction as best in pet services by the readers of New Jersey Monthly magazine. Owners can choose from a variety of spacious accommodations for their prized pooch, from the traditional cage boarding, which boasts top-of-the-line Snyder enclosures and rubber bedding perfect for young pups learning the art of house-brokenness and bouncy-ball herding ($29–$52/night), to the cage-free Luxury Suite, a 9'x9' canine haven complete with glass privacy doors, premium Kuranda luxury dog bedding, an in-suite television tuned to Animal Planet, and an outdoor window view ($54–$73/night), which overlooks the slightly smaller 5'x7' Executive Rooms ($42–$61/night).
The all-inclusive price for each lodging option includes the choice of all-day group play with other tail waggers or three private outdoor walks and two personal playtimes per day. K-9 requires any dog staying two or more days to undergo a premium bath—a warm, relaxing procedure in which a certified dog groomer slathers four-legged buddies with French-imported Le Pooch shampoo to remove fur snarls and impart a smell as pleasant as a lavender-sprouting chia pet ($29).
Owners needing a place to drop off their pals while on an afternoon jaunt can opt for Doggie Daycare, a service that gives bored dogs something to do besides dig up brontosaurus bones and tell-all Neanderthal diaries in the backyard ($32/full day, $19/half day). Daycare provides an engaging, clean, and supervised environment with other dogs, plenty of exercise, and access to a fenced-in grass courtyard for bathroom breaks. Dogs must weigh at least 30 pounds to participate in daycare and pass a one-time comprehensive temperament evaluation ($32).