Spoil Your Pet
From exclusive social clubs and therapeutic massage sessions to fine art portraits and haute couture, here are a handful (or is it pawful?) of ways to show your love.
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Though the phone number is 521-BARK, Home Buddies in Newark (campbowwow.com) offers in-home visits and overnight care for all kinds of critters, including ones that mew, chirp and slither. (Rates range from $15 to $80). Home Buddies operator Laurie Williams says that owners also like to be able to keep an eye on their pets over the Internet via two cameras her company will install in their homes ($70 per week). Williams’ clients can also take their pets to her Camp Bow Wow for indoor and outdoor play-filled daytime and overnight stays ($28 and $38). A live Camper Cam allows owners to view their pets online anytime. All overnight campers have their own cabins complete with canine cot and fleece blanket. Soft music and a “campfire” bedtime snack gently lull them to sleep.
You’d never forget your best friend’s birthday. Neither would the owners of Bark Avenue Dog Day Camp in Claymont (792-2403, barkavenueddc.com). Day and overnight campers will be feted with a full party, including cake, party hat, play buddies and pictures at no extra charge. The full day rate is $25. Overnights are $15 on weeknights, $30 on weekends and holidays.
At Dogtopia Daycare & Spa in Wilmington (622-8388, dogdaycare.com), small, gentle dogs play together in the facility’s romper room, while larger breeds expend their energy in a large gym. There’s even a special room for elderly dogs that require a quiet environment and calm companions. Web cams allow clients to check on their pet throughout the day. Day ($28) and overnight ($20) care are available. Add a soothing bath before pick-up or bedtime for $15. If bath time is bonding time for you and your buddy, there’s a do-it-yourself option using the spa’s high tubs, towels and shampoo.
Outdoor runs and indoor field trips at Animal Inn in Cheswold (653-5560) give Rover ample exercise opportunities ($15 per day). Grooming ($40) includes an invigorating HydroSurge bath.
There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor play at All Aboard Grooming and Kennels in Dagsboro (732-9268, allaboardkennel.com), but that doesn’t mean a dog doesn’t enjoy a little downtime at the end of the day. Book your Bowser into one of the Presidential Suites that come with TVs and fireplaces. Rates begin at $17 a night ($12 for cats) for basic accommodations to $27 for Presidential Suites.
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