by Dwain Hebda | Photos courtesy of Wags and Whiskers
One of the worst parts of planning a vacation is the toil of deciding what to do with your pets while you are away. Amidst the excitement of envisioning a picture-perfect sunset over an oceanic horizon with a coconut-shelled cocktail holstered in your hand (where your phone usually is during business hours), anticipating the sensation of sand between your toes, an anxious thought creeps behind the euphoria where it will sit and fester — what will I do with my dogs?
Finding the right place to board is no easy task, for the thought of strangers watching over our beloved four-legged children for days on end is almost impossible to bear. So when the perfect place presents itself, it is as exciting as booking the time out of town in the first place.
To find this blissful peace of mind, look no further than Wags & Whiskers.
Founded by Michelle Wilkerson, Wags & Whiskers is cuddled up on Treasure Hill Road in Little Rock and is the first cage-free doggie daycare in the area.
Their mission is simple: a safe, nurturing, and healthy environment for their canine guests’ physical and psychological needs. That means only the uses of positive reinforcement, while they set out on their goal to improve the lives of the dogs and their owners.
Think of it as your dog’s own little vacation. With services that obviously include the daycare and boarding, Wags and Whiskers also offers a doggie spa and dog training, as well as luxury add-ons that make it a holiday that your canine companion will not soon forget.
Among these additions of luxury include a variety of walks, such as morning and evening options, at a River Trail or Rebsamen Park locale. Throw in a treadmill session or tennis toss to help your pooches maintain their daily fitness regimen even further.
There is a cuddle time session that can be scheduled which features belly rubs and music, private playtime, “sniffari” scent courses, and even a “sleep with sitter” option.
While at the facility itself, all of the doggie guests have access to bone-shaped pools, multiple pieces of playground equipment, gazebos, treehouses and Kuranda beds to nap in. You will rest easily, and so will your dogs, because members of their boarding staff are in the building all night long.
As they say over at Wags & Whiskers: “Spoil them. They are worth it.”
Don’t misunderstand, the time to “roll-over” to Wags & Whiskers is not just reserved for daycare and boarding needs.
While they can put your pups through training while you are away, they can also train while you are at home through a flexible assortment of sessions, including pay-as-you-go, one-visit sessions, as well as extended packages of four or six visits.
For those in search of a place to host a canine celebration, Wags & Whiskers can accommodate with what they call “Paw-ty Packages.” There is a Cake Break, which includes birthday treats, bubbles, a birthday bandana, pictures and up to three doggie friends; the Birthday Bash which features birthday treats on a silver platter, party hats, bubbles, cuddle or tennis toss, up to five doggie friends, pictures and a video of the staff singing happy birthday, and the Ultimutt Celebration which is a true extravaganza including a ball pit, bubbles, party hats, the treats on a silver platter, pictures and video (with a special video remix), a birthday bath and up to eight four-legged friends.
Whether it is a birthday party, Love Your Pet Day, a “bark-mitzvah,” or just an excuse to celebrate your dog with friends, Wags & Whiskers is the only place to do it, for they promise to make it “Un-Fur-Gettable.”
No matter the need, no matter the occasion, Wags & Whiskers is a one-stop-shop for Spot.
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