Vacation means warm beaches, breezy campgrounds, posh spas — a break from daily stress and a great way to unwind and leave our cares behind. But if you have a pet. Beloved as they are, it can throw a wrench into the best-laid vacation plans. Few of us want to leave our pets for days or weeks at a time, and traveling with them can be difficult, if not impossible.
But that’s all changing for the better as more people are taking pets with them or finding what’s been deemed “luxury boarding,” which turns the traditional kennel on its ear with accommodations that mimic home or even a fancy hotel for humans. And lucky for us locally and in these pages are some of the best options available. All are worth a call to see if their accommodations fit you and your pet’s needs.
Boarding has changed with the way the world has changed how it accepts dogs. We know that pets are part of the family now, and they do everything with us. The days when dogs were out in the backyard in a doghouse all day and all night seem long gone.
You can find boarding kennels modeled after a hotel, offering amenities that rival those of first-class resorts: Dogs get king-sized beds, flat-screen televisions, a garden area and webcams in their rooms; owners are given codes to tune in and watch their pets anytime online.
Each dog has a suite where it sleeps and eats, but most choose to play outside. Owners don’t see much on the cams because the dogs are out playing the whole day. That’s what we all want, happy healthy exercised and importantly, tired pets ready for a great night sleep.
These unique businesses tapped in to a positive trend. People have been looking for this, even though they didn’t really know what they were looking for… they know it when they see it. The proof that luxury boarding works is evident when a dog owner’s vacation is over and it’s time to pick up the pet.
We all know a dog will never lie and clients whose dogs greet them in the lobby, and then turn around and run back down the hall to play some more say a lot. Dragging a dog back to the car is a great testimonial!