Guests turn in for the night to recline in plush beds as they listen to soft music and enjoy meals delivered by attentive staff members. Rather than venturing out in the morning to shop and sightsee, however, these lodgers would rather spend some quality time with a chew toy. When away from home, pet guests at Pappy's Pet Lodge lie in the lap of luxury with amenities typically found in four-star human resorts. Orthopedic, chew-proof Kuranda pet beds cosset pups while they rest from the day's three walks and bounty of play time with similar-sized dogs. Experienced trainers also lead classes that help banish bad behaviors, from chewing on the couch and barking excessively to borrowing the car without asking.
The scene is a familiar one: hotel guests lounge beside the outdoor pool as staff members filter around, offering refreshments or collecting clients for a spa treatment. However, at Pet Paradise, the pool is bone shaped and all the guests are dogs. This luxurious scene is one cat and dog owners can find at this boarding and daycare facility that has been owner Fred Goldsmith's pride and joy for a decade. The animal lover was inspired to start his own pet hotel when he simply couldn?t find a place he was comfortable leaving his bichon frise when he went on vacation.
Fred made Pet Paradise to his exact specifications, and the pet hotel's amenities reflect the loving care he lavishes on his own beloved pup. Dogs and cats can luxuriate in spa-quality grooming treatments or burn off some energy during group playtime. In the evening, pets can settle into plush bedding and feel safe knowing that the dedicated live-in staff resides just a bark away. Nocturnal kitties spend the night exploring their own private six-level cat condos while gentle spa music fills the air to keep them entertained. In case of any emergencies, Pet Paradise keeps veterinarians on-call, and in the event of a snack emergency, each staff member is a certified bacon cook.
Owners come to Dirty Dawgz Plano to use specialty grooming tools such as deshedders, undercoat rakes, and slicker brushes. They also find specialty shampoos, such as oatmeal, tea tree, and whitening, many of which can smooth out fur, oust fleas and ticks, or make the dog invisible to people whose hearts aren't true. When Dirty Dawgz Plano staffers perform services themselves, they adapt the grooming to each dog's size, breed, and personality.
"Make them feel loved" is Citydog! Club's overarching goal for their canine guests. To that end, its staff hosts extended playtimes during daycare, with naps in between and basic obedience training included. Their boarding suites have cozy Kuranda beds and a controlled climate. Even grooming sessions go beyond the typical: dogs are washed with all-natural Earthbath products before receiving a massage from the HydroSurge bathing system.
Humans benefit from the modernized facilities, too?while they wait for their pooch, they can browse the internet or listen to music in the H Lounge.
Different from the average pet-boarding facility, Paradise 4 Paws has a bone-shaped pool surrounded by more than 20,000 square feet of indoor play area, plush accommodations, and comfy boarding suites. Staff members roam the facility 24/7, playing with animals during the day, tucking them in at night, and performing ? la carte services such as grooming, obedience training, health checkups, and canine massage therapy. Cats can lounge in a bungalow complete with cat perches, views of an aquarium, and access to climbing trees in the facility?s Adventure Jungle. Paradise 4 Paws has its own training academy, and its pet-care professionals have received pet-first-aid certification from the American Red Cross.
The pet-minded staff cares about pet owners, as well, granting access to the play area?s real-time webcams and offering airport parking and transportation.
When pets get dropped off at The Pooch Patio, it's not the just the dogs who want to stay forever. Both daycare and boarding charges relish the playtime they get with like-minded dogs, as they lounge in the indoor playroom or gallop around the 2,000-square-foot outdoor run. The groomers work to get pups clean and fluffy, or stand by to help owners using the self-service grooming stations, which earned the facility one of several nods from D Magazine, most recently in 2012. But once pups' owners see the sun-drenched outdoor patio, where they can settle down with an espresso or glass of wine from the onsite Java Haus and Wine Bistro, they might never leave. And once they find out they can use the free wireless internet to work or redesign the doghouse they just built in Minecraft, they might need to reserve an overnight suite for themselves as well.