Dog boarding on Long Island can be luxurious at these pet hotels – Newsday

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If you think you can’t take a winter vacation because  there’s no place to leave your pet, think again. Leaving your dog for the night at a 5-star  pet hotel with chandeliers in the lobby and a flat-screen TV playing pet-friendly shows is more attainable than you’d think on Long Island.

This holiday season, there’s no need to feel trapped at home.   Pet accommodations in Nassau and Suffolk range from a Ritz Carlton version of a pet resort to a charming farmhouse to a lively pet center. Perhaps the best part: Their boarding options aren’t limited to dogs. Find a sitter for your cat, hamster or bird, too.  

At the new K-9 Resorts Pet Hotel in Westbury, chandeliers hang from the lobby ceiling and sconces light the  hallway. Here, are three different types of accommodations: The most luxurious are  9×9 enclosed rooms with silver-trimmed glass doors, hammock-style beds, and flat-screen TV’s. Owner Glenn Vogelman says Dog TV, a cable TV network for dogs, plans all day.   “It literally shows the colors and shapes that are most appealing to canines, ” he explains. “The programs can be calming or stimulating. ”  Other lodging vary, and  may not include private TV access.  

The resort has a variety of enormous indoor and outdoor play areas designed for small dogs, large dogs plus dogs that prefer to play privately with a staff member. Appropriate playgroups are determined in advance.

Stephanie Yules, of East Meadow, often boards her two dogs at the hotel. She says  with a smile, “They treat the dogs as if they’re their own. They play with them, they give them cuddle time, it’s really nice. I’m a worrier, and I never have to worry. ”

Weekly, special events enhance the schedule including dog birthday “pawties, ” football parties every Sunday, a fashion show when dogs walk down a red carpet, and a dog “secret Santa” game during the holidays.

Yules adds, “Once they had a cartoonist come in and draw each dog separately. My two dogs were drawn together, and when I picked them up it was like a kid going to day care and coming home with an art project. ”

Each day, staff members take videos and photos of the dogs plus post them on social media. That way, families can always see their pets are smiling.

BOARDING BUZZ:   1587 Stewart Ave.; 516-219-9466; k9resorts. com ; Pricing: Luxury Room,   $119 per night, Executive Suite, $89 per night, Entry Level Room, $69 per night.

The Best In Show Pet Resort in Mineola, a luxury hotel for dogs and cats, specializes in an a la carte daily program.  

“We have different activity packages, so each dog or cat’s day can vary a little bit. We try to customize every pet’s stay and create a homelike environment, ” says general manager Jennifer Nucci.

High-end rooms for dogs are called  luxury suites. Each has a plexiglass sliding door, ceiling fan, night light for bedtime,   raised canvas cot or bed with memory foam and a Shepa blanket. Suites also come with flat-screen TVs.

During the day, play groups are offered in three  indoor perform areas. Appropriate groups for all dogs are selected ahead of time. Alternatively, dogs can enjoy individually with staff members. They can sign up for one-on-one cuddle buddy time, play games with puzzle toys, have a puppy Popsicle, or just snuggle. Dogs can also enjoy going for a walk three or four times a day. There’s more …

Pampering and grooming services are relaxing a la carte activities. A bath with a massage or a facial are  favorites. Creative special events are always on the calendar for all guests. This season, there will be dog holiday photo time, and a Thanksgiving Gobble Gala (each dog gets a toy turkey leg and a special Thanksgiving meal topping). On Christmas morning, dogs open their own stockings filled with treats and toys.

Cat hotel guests live in a separate section of the building. Each enclosure comes with a scratch pad, bed, and toys. Some enclosures have cat condos (two levels for climbing) or cat town houses (four levels). Cat owners can also sign their pets up for “cat and staff cuddle and brush time. ”

Staff members sleep within the hotel overnight and check on all cats and dogs regularly to be sure they’re safe and snoring away.

BOARDING BUZZ: 244 Herricks Rd., Mineola; 516-368-0877; bestinshowpetresort. com ; pricing based on the la carte packages.

The North Shore Animal Center in Northport is a charming, old-style farmhouse partially converted into a vacation home for canines, cats, and large animals. Resident horses and goats are on the farm as well. The center is owned plus operated by three generations of veterinarians. Family members still live on the premises, so the animal guests feel as if they’re visiting a friendly home.

Canines have exciting opportunities to go for long walks along the horse trail and romp in the pasture. Dogs, while supervised, can also meet and greet goats and horses around the farm. After the sun sets, if dogs are used to sleeping with a human, a regular bedroom is offered where the dog can sleep beside a staff member all night long.

Since the center is part of a farm, goats, pigs, llamas  and sheep are also welcome guests. There’s even a special room for senior cats and dogs who just want peace and quiet.

BOARDING BUZZ: 264 Vernon Valley Rd., Northport; 631-754-0566; northshoreanimalcenter. com ; Pricing varies depending on animal and boarding needs.

If you think you can’t take a winter vacation because  there’s no place to leave your pet, think again. Leaving your dog for the night time at a 5-star  pet resort with chandeliers in the lobby and a flat-screen TV playing pet-friendly shows is more attainable than you’d think on Long Island.

This holiday season, there’s no need to feel trapped at home.   Pet accommodations in Nassau and Suffolk range from a Ritz Carlton version of a pet resort to a charming farmhouse to a lively pet center. Perhaps the best part: Their boarding options aren’t limited to dogs. Find a sitter for your cat, hamster or bird, too.  

A RESORT FOR DOGS

Pet care technician Debbie Zumaeta with furry guests in the...

Pet care technician Debbie Zumaeta along with furry guests in the outside play area at K9 Luxury Pet Hotel inside Westbury.
Credit: Danielle Silverman

At the new K-9 Resorts Dog Hotel in Westbury, chandeliers hang from the lobby ceiling and sconces light the  hallway. Here, are three different types of accommodations: The most luxurious are  9×9 enclosed rooms with silver-trimmed glass doors, hammock-style beds, and flat-screen TV’s. Owner Glenn Vogelman says Dog TV, a cable TV network for dogs, plans all day.   “It literally shows the colors and shapes that are most appealing to dogs, ” he explains. “The programs can be calming or stimulating. ”  Other accommodations vary, and  may not include private TELEVISION access.  

The vacation resort has a variety of enormous indoor and outdoor play areas designed for small dogs, large dogs and dogs that prefer to play privately with a staff member. Appropriate playgroups are usually determined in advance.

Stephanie Yules, of East Meadow, often boards her two canines at the hotel. She says  with a smile, “They treat the dogs as if they are their own. They play with all of them, they give them cuddle period, it’s really nice. I’m the worrier, and I never have to worry. ”

Weekly, special events enhance the schedule including dog birthday “pawties, ” football parties every Sunday, a fashion show when dogs walk down a red carpet, and a dog “secret Santa” game during the holidays.

Yules adds, “Once they had a cartoonist come in and draw each dog separately. My two dogs were drawn together, and when I picked them up it was like a kid going to day care and coming home with an art project. ”

Each day, staff members take videos and photos of the dogs and post all of them on social media. That way, families can always see their pets are smiling.

BOARDING BUZZ:   1587 Stewart Ave.; 516-219-9466; k9resorts. com ; Pricing: Luxury Room,   $119 for each night, Executive Suite, $89 per night, Entry Level Room, $69 per night.

UPSCALE DAY CARE

A dog named Mila in a luxury suite with a...

A dog named Mila in a luxury suite with a flatscreen TV  at Best In Show Family pet Resort in Mineola.
Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

The Best In Display Pet Resort in Mineola, a luxury hotel for cats and dogs, specializes in an una carte daily program.  

“We have different exercise packages, so each canine or cat’s day can differ a little bit. We try to personalize every pet’s stay that a homelike environment, inch says general manager Jennifer Nucci.

High-end rooms with regard to dogs are called  luxurious suites. Each has a glass sliding door, ceiling lover, night light for bed time,   raised canvas crib or bed with foam and a Shepa blanket. Suites also come with flat-screen Televisions.

During the day, play groups are available in three  indoor play areas. Appropriate groups for all those dogs are selected beforehand. Alternatively, dogs can perform individually with staff members. They could sign up for one-on-one cuddle friend time, play games with puzzle toys, have a pup Popsicle, or just snuggle. Dogs can also enjoy going for a stroll three or four times a day. There is more …

Pampering plus grooming services are calming a la carte actions. A bath with a massage or a facial are  favorites. Creative special events are always within the calendar for all guests. This year, there will be dog holiday picture time, and a Thanksgiving Gobble Gala (each dog will get a toy turkey lower-leg and a special Thanksgiving food topping). On Christmas early morning, dogs open their own tights filled with treats and playthings.

Cat hotel guests reside in a separate section of the building. Every enclosure comes with a scratch mat, bed, and toys. A few enclosures have cat condominiums (two levels for climbing) or cat town homes (four levels). Cat proprietors can also sign their animals up for “cat and personnel cuddle and brush time. ”

Staff members sleep within the hotel overnight and check up on all cats and dogs regularly to be certain they’re safe and snoring away.

BOARDING BUZZ: 244 Herricks Rd., Mineola; 516-368-0877; bestinshowpetresort. possuindo ; pricing based on the la carte packages.

OLD-WORLD FARMHOUSE 

The North Shore Animal Center in Northport is a charming, old-style country home partially converted into a vacation home for dogs, cats, and large animals. Resident horses and goats are on the farm as well. The center is owned and operated by three generations of veterinarians. Family members still live on the particular premises, so the animal visitors feel as if they’re visiting a friendly home.

Dogs have exciting opportunities to go for long walks along the horse trail plus romp in the pasture. Canines, while supervised, can also meet and greet goats and horses on the farm. After the sun sets, if dogs are used to sleeping with a human, a regular bedroom is offered where the dog can sleep beside a staff member all night long.

Since the center is part of a farm, goats, pigs, llamas  and sheep are also welcome guests. There’s even a special room for senior cats and dogs who just want peace and quiet.

BOARDING BUZZ: 264 Vernon Valley Rd., Northport; 631-754-0566; northshoreanimalcenter. com ; Pricing varies depending on animal and boarding needs.

FOR EXOTIC PETS 

If your beloved pet isn’t exactly ordinary, there are boarding options on Long Tropical isle for them, too.  

When it comes to boarding at Jungle Bob’s Reptile World in Selden , lizards, bearded dragons, snakes, turtles, iguanas, frogs, and others are the majority of welcome. “We take in anything in the coldblooded range basically, ” says Tyle Smith, store manager. “We’re a retail store, but we made an addition and dedicated it to boarding areas … We try to accommodate everyone. ” Holidays are busier times when Smith can have 10-20 guests.

Since Jungle Bob’s is a store, there are great opportunities for the guests to try new foods. Smith explains, “We try to see that the dog guests eat their vegetables. Some pets won’t eat their veggies at home, but we encourage it here. ”

In the boarding section, reptiles are in tanks, but divided in ways so they won’t see each other and become stressed or even hostile.  

BOARDING BUZZ: 984 Middle Country Rd.; 631-737-6474; junglebobsreptileworld. com ; Pricing: Varies with tank size and length of stay. Beginning rates: $10 per evening for a smaller tank, $25 for a bigger tank.

At BTJ’s Jungle Pet Shop in  West Islip , pets including but not limited to exotic birds, bunnies, chinchillas, degus, ferrets,   guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, reptiles, and tarantulas have a place to stay while their families are away.

Owner Bill Niehoff understands the need when he says, “It’s stressful for people when they want to go away. They say who will take care of my guinea pig? Who will watch my parrot? A lot of times, people don’t leave home. If they know they can bring their pets here, it can be a problem solver. ”

There’s space for everyone. The bird section in the store is in the sales area, but not too close to the public. That way, bird guests can still hear and see other birds. An area in the back of the shop has a boarding section for small mammals plus reptiles. Niehoff explains, “We give everyone fresh vegetables and fruit, pellets, all different kinds of live food for the reptiles, and follow specific restricted diets. ” Cages are cleaned on a regular basis and the staff members observe or take out the animals each day to be sure they’re healthy and well. Grooming services will also be offered to the guests while on a vacation visit.

BOARDING BUZZ:   144 Sunrise Hwy.; 631-587-8191; btjjungle. com . Pricing differs per animal.  

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