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Putting on the Dog: Luxury Kennels for Your Pooch

Individually Appointed Rooms

Most boarding "hotels" offer more than just a bed and a food bowl in a small dog run. Some pet resorts take room furnishings to an extreme, with themed rooms that are one step away from a bed and breakfast.

For instance, the Paws Here Awhile Pet Resort in Georgetown, Pa., offers Caribbean condos for small dogs at $28 a day, Sedona suites for $48 a day and vacation-themed rooms ranging from $28 to $38, including one with Disney paraphernalia (sure to be a hit with your kids).

The Pet Chalet Luxury Pet Hotel in Corona, Calif., takes this theme approach one step further: Each $45-per-night penthouse suite includes a luxury couch and flat-screen TV, and is styled after vacation destinations such as Paris, London, Cairo and Athens.

That's nothing compared to the opulence of the presidential suites at the Ritzy Canine Carriage House on East 40th Street in New York City. The suites, priced at $175 a night, are furnished with custom bedding, toy chests and carpets.

The Other Little Extras

Perhaps best of all, many pet resorts also offer webcams in each room, so you can check in on your puppy 24 hours a day. The webcams are often included in the boarding price, but little extras like an additional walk ($5 to $10), a dog-friendly ice-cream treat ($3 to $7) or a bath ($30 to $60) are frequently available รก la carte.

And for a true luxury experience, pet resorts such as the Fur Seasons in Stuart, Fla., offer a limousine for puppy pick up. Prices vary depending on travel distance, but it's a great way to make sure your pooch rides in style.

Peter McDougall is a freelance writer who lives in Freeport, Maine, with his wife and their dog.
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