Though saber-tooth tigers and wooly mammoths were early candidates for domestication, their habits of chasing their own tusks and playfully goring visitors were too much for cave-owners to bear. Celebrate the refinement of their mild-mannered substitute with today's Groupon: for $36, you get a one-year membership to a dog park, one pet swim in the only indoor pool in a 300-mile radius, and a daycare evaluation at Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa on Madison Road (a $144 total value).
A luxurious pet hotel with plenty of pooch-pleasing rooms and amenities, Red Dog offers dogs a social space to play under the watchful eyes of owners and observant staff. Patrons get a one-year membership to Red Dog Park, a 3-acre expanse of grassy, wooded terrain with drinking fountains for dogs, owners, and youth-seeking Spanish conquistadors. Traverse alongside your rolling canine, stopping only when you reach the tall fence protecting the area from dognapping syndicates and chocolate floods. Owners must provide vaccination papers and sign a copy of the house rules.
Red Dog's indoor dog-dipping tank entertains pups with aquatic exercise. If your four-legged compadre proves poorly adapted for flotation, equip him with a buoyancy vest and watch him paddle in comfort. New canine clients will receive a daycare evaluation by a pet-care technician, who carefully introduces a dog to daycare companions, then grades his social skills on a scale of Cujo to Air Bud. For existing customers, the daycare evaluation can be swapped for a $15 credit toward daycare services.
- My dog goes to day care at Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa at least once a week and we absolutely love it! She is so excited every time we walk in the door. – N B., Insider Pages
- I used to board with the breeder of my two pugs but they much prefer playing with other dogs and they love the pool. – whodey11, Citysearch
Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa
Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa founder Ray Schneider believes in pampering pets and providing them with the care they deserve. As he told Dan Monk of the Business Courier, "It’s a relationship that’s very hard to explain. When you have a dog, you can understand it.” The Blue Ash resident and entrepreneur created the sprawling, 25,000-square-foot pet hotel—and opened its second and third facilities located in Mason and Boston—because he realizes the lengths to which people will go to care for their furry friends.
Since opening in Cincinnati in 2008, Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa and it's two other facilities in Mason and Boston, have been on a mission to provide five-star service to its four-legged friends. Swathed in upscale atmosphere, the spa is outfitted with all the comforts of home and more; after touring the facilities, Jeff Elkus of David's Voice said, "I wish the last resort I visited had half the amenities of Red Dog." Dogs can stay in private, themed boarding suites with flat-screen TVs and owner-monitored webcams. They exercise and socialize in climate- and airflow-controlled play areas, romp in a three-acre dog park, and don buoyancy vests to soothe achy joints in the heated aquatic center. The hotel also has an air filtration system that cleans air six times per hour. They offer multilevel lodging for cats, as well as canine grooming and training services. Schneider hired and trained a staff for 24-hour supervision and care.