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 $35, you get four full days of dog daycare or two nights of dog boarding in a premiere suite (up to a $100 value) at WÜF Pet Resort & Spa in Irving.
Named the best pet boarder in 2010 by D Magazine, WÜF Pet Resort & Spa caters to each of its pawed patrons with luxury and care. During each stay at daycare ($22/day; 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.), dogs will be paired in groups so they can socialize with canine companions of similar size, temperament, and personality. Throughout the day, supervisors will engage in games of fetch and tug-of-war with each dog to wear down pups and prepare them for their midafternoon nap. Owners curious as to how their fuzz-laden friends are adjusting may check in with the aid of a free puparazzi webcam instead of supernatural telepathy.
Canine clients in need of overnight boarding will receive free daycare in between sleeping sessions and a nightly turn-down treat in their own private rooms. The premiere suite accommodates each guest with a pillowtop mattress and wall-mounted television while providing plush bedding and 42 square feet of space for chasing smaller animals in vivid doggy dreams ($50/night).
WÜF Pet Resort & Spa
Behind a swinging metal gate wrought with the letters W, U, and F, joyful yips and pattering paws echo down WÜF Pet Resort & Spa's main hallway. Lauded as the best pet boarder in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by D Magazine, WÜF invites dogs into private suites, which emulate human hotels with pillow-top mattresses, wall art, turndown service, and fire hydrants in every room. Overnight guests join WÜF's daily visitors at daycare, where dogs run after tennis balls, climb on playground equipment, and play follow the leader with staff members. Pooches romp in groups sorted through the Playmatch System, which pairs pups based on size, personality, and temperament. A valet shuttle ferries dogs from daycare and home, as well as to vet appointments, for an additional fee.
In the grooming salon and spa, dogs luxuriate in aromatherapeutic bath water before stylists dry them off with fluffy towels and treat them to services that range from de-matting fur to polishing toenails. WÜF also helps bridge canine-human communication with clicker training and Esperanto classes, and helps bipeds and quadrupeds alike celebrate special events—such as birthdays, puppy showers, and major holidays—with catered treats and professional pet photography.