Bored animals can easily get anxious, resulting in rebellious behavior such as furniture gnawing and forming a punk-rock cover band. Quash canine caterwauling with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $50 worth of dog or cat grooming, boarding, or daycare at Silver Maple Farm.
Silver Maple Farm's two-acre estate teems with furry friends on loan from owners. In two-hour play sessions at doggie daycare, pooches stretch their legs, breathe fresh air, and make new friends by checking other dogs' tail areas for trading cards ($28.50/day, $21.50/half-day). The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday so that Fidos can socialize while their human servants are off earning money and buying kibble.
Alternately, opt for an overnight stay in the pet hotel, where outdoor runs and daily physical exams ensure entertainment and human contact. The climate-controlled facilities cosset cats in one- to four-room condos ($13.50+/day) or Purradise Suites stocked with carpeted climbing structures ($21.50/day). Private rooms pamper pooches who each take their morning constitutional on an adjoining outside run ($24.75–$38.00/day), and luxury villas for dogs include a TV/VCR that plays episodes of Lassie on loop ($42–$51.50/day).
Silver Maple Farm also caresses coats in a professionally staffed grooming facility, where low-heat, low-noise dryers purr quietly along with scissor snip-snips. Prices vary based on the dog's or cat's breed, size, and favorite Journey song, among other factors, but a shampoo and conditioning, nail clip, and ear cleaning for a small, short-haired dog such as a chihuahua costs around $26, while a trim and bath for a fluffy cocker spaniel costs $56.50.