As the dog days of summer are just around the corner and you jet off to Montauk or Martha’s Vineyard, there is no reason why Fido should be sent to subpar lodging. After all, doesn’t your furry friend deserve only the best? These four boarding options offer everything for the discerning canine customer from in-house spa services to large suites so that your pup can also live it up in the lap of luxury in your absence.
46 Grace Lane
Situated on eight beautiful acres with forest-like terrain, Gracelane Kennel in Ossining is the oldest continuously operating kennel in the U.S., built in 1911. The family-owned business caters to the tri-state area and serves as lodging for MTA, UN, and police dogs — housing roughly 200 furry friends during peak periods. Owner Bob Gatti has been at the helm of this thriving business since 1976. Gatti says, “We have 166 stalls with 18-foot covered dog runs attached for each guest, so if your dog [likes] physical activity, they can get outdoors no matter what the weather conditions are.”
Each dog is lodged individually with premium Kuranda bedding (as recommended by vets), plus suite upgrades include two 20-minute private walks on the premises. Extended stay packages are available and, of course, grooming is available on-site. Building trust with the dog and its owner is of paramount importance to Gatti who offers individualized webcam access and he proudly exclaims that a lot of his customers are veterinarians.
Meet the staff Monday! Jamilka is our reservation specialist: “My favorite thing about working at Paws and Play is getting to know the owners and the pets before they even step into the building. It makes it that much more exciting when I actually get to meet the dog and play with them.” #meetthestaff #pawsandplay #dogsofinstagram #doglove #westchesterdogboarding #training #dogs #dogstagram #boarding #grooming #training #puppylove #petresort
72 Marbledale Road
Boasting 4,000 square feet where dogs can run around, this perennial Tuckahoe favorite offers lots of activity for your pooch from playing Frisbee with the staff to splashing in on-site pools. Here, your pup is sure to be mentally and physically stimulated. Dogs who are social and prefer to play with other canine companions have the option of either playing indoors or outdoors on their specially designed K9 grass for tender paws, all under constant supervision. If your dog fancies a blueberry facial or easily digestible pumpkin-based dog treat, look no further than Paws and Play. It’s no wonder they’ve been a Best of Westchester winner three times.
589 North State Road
Owner Nicole Goudey-Rigger decided to open her facility in Briarcliff Manor a number of years ago after having subpar experiences with boarding her own dogs. Her facility offers crate-free boarding — all furbabies undergo an evaluation to ensure that they can behave properly in a social group setting. Excessive growlers or biters need not apply. Goudey-Rigger believes that crate free boarding with 24/7 adult supervision allows dogs to “exercise, explore and be stimulated appropriately, both mentally and physically.” Her crate-free philosophy has many adherents throughout the county and the business has been so successful that she is launching a second location in June on the Stamford/Darien border in Connecticut.
She personally sends photos and videos of her boarders and has even been known to make Thanksgiving and Christmas doggie dinners for furry foodies. On-site grooming utilizes the latest in green beauty products that are paraben-free and/or organic.
Beautiful Tess was lost in the woods for a week but was finally reunited with her parents today! When we saw her in the vet and heard her story we knew we had to do something special for her and her parents. We took Tess in, gave her the full spa treatment (while feeding her icecream) and sent her home with a bag full of treats and toys. The parents said when she walked out of our grooming room it was the first time they ever saw her tail wag since they adopted her a couple weeks ago. Tess was bread and mistreated by her old owners. We’re so happy she’s happy, healthy and clean with her caring parents. We know the rest of her life she will be spoiled and loved! #whiteplainspetresort #rescue #lostbutfound #thegoodlifenow
114 South Kensico Avenue
White Plains, NY
Conveniently located right off of I-287, this White Plains pet resort offers seven luxury suites that are 7×7 foot and come complete with lambswool blankets, raised bedding, and a personal TV so that your pooch won’t miss the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Storytime and cuddle time are part of the offerings along with orthopedic mattresses for dogs with health problems. And if your pooch needs some pampering, the in-house salon offers shampoos and nail treatment, including filing and polish to keep those paws in tip-top shape.