Summer means that you can now go on that summer vacation that you’ve been planning for all these months. We’ve covered how to fly and travel with your dog, but what if you’re leaving Fido behind? Well, who says that your pup can’t have a vacation too?
That’s where pet resorts come in! You heard us right, there really is such a thing! You can get 5 star treatment for your pooch, and it’s guaranteed that they’ll be just as pampered as you!
One of these pet resorts is called the Olde Towne Pet Resort in Rockville, Washington. It’s so popular that this is their third location, and it can accommodate just about 200 dogs. Woof! That’s pawsome!
Leah Fried Sedwick, the owner of the Olde Towne Pet Resort, says that even before pets arrive, they conduct an extensive interview with the pet’s owner to ensure that they’re aware of all of the dog’s needs. And they’ve got some wicked amenities too, including a swimming pool, indoor track, cardio-jogger for dogs, and even an agility playground to really get your pup exercising. Of course, no luxury pet resort would be complete without an equally luxurious pet spa. The Olde Towne Pet Resort Spa Bath goes way beyond a simple tub rinse and includes multiple-step treatments, from ears to paws. Their Spa Bath includes two rounds of bathing for the skin and hair; brushing and combing of under and over-coats; drying by both hand and cool-air blowers; a full Pawicure; ear cleaning; and, water and walk breaks. Sounds like a spa fit for royalty!
One night at the Olde Towne Pet resort will cost you about $120 for their luxury suite with a window, with the option of adding exercise programs, which can range anywhere from $20-$80. You can even get a blueberry facial for your dog for $10!
Keith Clemson is a psychotherapist in Washington who sends his puppy, a chow chow called Ripley to the Olde Towne Pet resort. Although Ripley is fluffy and sweet, he can get stubborn and sometimes crabby at times.
In an article from the New York Times, Dr. Clemson said, “I’m very particular about where he goes because of his temperament. For the breed, he’s perhaps the most friendly chow you’ve ever met. But every once in awhile, he might snap at people.”
Dr. Clemson trusts the resort to anticipate Ripley’s needs, and arranges for him to have a private suite and three walks a day.
“I know when I drop him off, they’ll take care of him better than I would. They give him a lot of attention. They all know him by name. He runs up to them. It’s that kind of interaction that I’m looking for.” he says.
Since people are splurging on their vacation for some much needed rest and relaxation, pet owners will go the extra mile to make sure that their dogs have a great time too, and these pet resorts are like the Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons… but for dogs.
Sounds like a great way to spent a pawsome vacation to us! Would you send your puppy to a luxury pet resort? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to sign up for our Digital Doggy Newsletter to get articles like this delivered right to your inbox!