“Top Dawg” Resorts in the U.S.

In Pet Friendly by LA Travel Magazine

Barkingham-Palm Desert/Palm Springs

The goal at Barkingham is to make sure your pet has all the luxuries of home and more. Staff is available 24 hours a day for maximum care and security of your animals, giving you peace of mind that your family member is in great hands while you travel. The staff members at Barkingham are continuously getting updated and educated on animal behavior and have all been certified on animal CPR. Puppy kindergarten is available for pups up to 1 year old to teach them social skills with people and other dogs. Services include pool time, agility equipment, grooming, a fitness club and wellness spa. Barkingham even offers Doggie Weddings and birthday parties!

whiskers3Whiskers Resort and Pet Spa-Grand Rapids, Michigan

At Whiskers Resort and Pet Spa, dogs can enjoy a 110 square foot private suite with a bed and flat screen TV in case they want to watch their favorite animal channel program! The pups can also enjoy a full room service menu with items like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pupsicles, puppy pot roast and yappy hour drinks. There is also a relaxation treatment with aromatherapy offered for the extra special divas along with massaging and calming treats. MVP experiences are offered with extra playtime and an interactive toy for their room. Besides boarding, pets can attend Whiskers University for training or if they really need a little pampering they can cruise over to Whiskers Spa for a soak in their double whirlpool hydro bath, a skin conditioning treatment, or a trim and brush out.

shepard trio, jerry, monkey, pebbles, etc 202Dogtopia, Anaheim Hills, California

Everyone knows that California is a dog loving state so why not have one of the best doggy resorts in the country then? Dogtopia in Anaheim Hills knows exactly the needs of not just the animals themselves but also the worrisome parents! As soon as your pup enters the premises for the first time they are carefully and properly assessed for their temperament towards other dogs. This is a great feeling as an owner that the staff here truly cares about the overall experience for everyone involved. This first class care gives the owner peace of mind that their pets are in excellent hands from day one. The second your dog is brought into the playroom you can watch on the webcam that they are having the time of their lives! The pups play throughout the day, learning to socialize with other dogs of their same temperament and when it comes time for a meal and a nap they are lights out! Suites are offered for maximum comfort, agility equipment and a natural waterfall swimming area is also there for a fun filled day! Grooming and dog training is also available. Mention “LA Travel” for a special discount!

StayStay. A Modern Dog Hotel- Chicago, Illinois

This modern, plush doggy hotel offers 160 square foot, all glass dog suites. Each suite includes soft bedding, a toy chest, wall art and fresh flowers. If you feel that rover has been eating too many dog treats lately they can make sure that he or she stays in tip top shape at the hotel. For an additional feel per night they can enjoy a supervised jog on a treadmill. On warmer days, dogs can go on a 30-minute nature jaunt in Horner Park by the river. For another form of exercise which your dog will surely love the property offers the chance to swim in their custom made dog lap-pool. Dogs wear life vests and work directly with a trainer to ensure maximum safety during their swimming session. Dogs with arthritis benefit greatly from this low impact type of exercise so this is ideal for your older canine friends!

walt disneyBest Friend’s Pet Care-Disney World, Florida

Best Friend’s Pet Care is the exclusive pet care provider of Walt Disney World. Guests that are vacationing at the park can now rest assured that their canine pals are well taken care of while they visit that famous mouse!  Pups have several lodging options at Best Friends Pet Care; they can vacation in an all-indoor suite, an indoor suite with access to a private outdoor patio, a villa suite with a flat screen TV, or a VIP Luxury Suite with a private play yard, a concierge and a complimentary bath before check out.