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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Kitties get their own condos ranging from 4 square feet to a three-story “king suite” at Never Neverland Kennel & Cattery in Lewes (645-6140, lightbluedot.com/nnlk). Amenities include shelves and gyms to climb on, cubbies to snuggle in, a fish tank to watch and soothing music for sleepy time. Potty-trained pets even have use of a full-size toilet. Condos range from $17 to $25 a day. Neverland also welcomes rabbits and other small animals.
Both dogs and cats get the royal treatment at Happy Tails Pet Retreat in Georgetown (856-7900, happytailspetretreat.com). All deluxe rooms, suites, cottages and villas are filled with natural light from windows and skylights. All dogs have large yards for outdoor play and 24-hour access to private, covered patios. For TV hounds, book a luxury suite, which comes with a 19-inch flat screen. Cats have a tower to scale, shelves to recline on and feather-tailed mice to chase. Accommodations start at $27 a night for dogs, $18 for cats. Doggie divas can also indulge in spa packages ($15 to $55) that may include a “pawdicure” with soothing butter treatment, nail painting, a bubble bath and an all-natural blueberry facial. Owner Nichole Bower welcomes other small animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters and, she says, “we’ve even hosted a duck.”
Not everyone offers birdie boarding. But Birds of Choice in Delmar (877-300-3531, birdsofchoice.com) cares for every breed from parakeets ($2.50) to large parrots ($10). Guests feast on a healthful bird buffet including fresh and dried fruits and veggies, brown rice or pasta, and other nutritious ingredients that are custom-blended by owner Nicole Scott. Playstands allow guests to stretch their wings. Daily handling (for those who enjoy it) keeps them feeling like they’re part of the flock. Scott also sells some interesting merchandise such as leashed FlightSuits with built-in diapers and Feather Tether harnesses that let birds of all sizes and their owners enjoy the great outdoors safely.
You’re not the only one who could use a vacation at the beach. Your well-behaved, housebroken pet is welcome at the Lazy L at Willow Creek Bed and Breakfast in Lewes (644-7220, lazyl.net), where there’s a large fenced-in area for supervised romping on- and off-leash, poolside privileges (but no swimming), and an outside shower to cleanse paws of sand and salt.
In Rehoboth Beach, Canalside Inn (226-2006, canalside-inn-rehoboth.com) happily accommodates dogs and cats and donates part of your pet fee to Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary. Pampered Pet (803F Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-1871) and A Wizard of Paws Dog Grooming (4377 Coastal Hwy., No. 13, Rehoboth Beach, 227-9070) also offer daycare.
Looking to romp on the beach? Rules for pets vary by town. Dewey Beach puts the fewest restrictions on dog owners, allowing owners and their “under control” pets to stroll on the sand (except during the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from May 15 to September 15). In Rehoboth dogs are allowed on the beach from November 1 to March 31.
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