Doggedly determined to cater to your canine? Here are a few options:
Plush Puppies Kennel. It’s in El Cajon, near the Barona Resort & Casino. On your way out to play the slots, drop off Rover and he’ll get his own ka-ching with open space, obedience training and personal cuddle time. It’s $35/day; and $240 for a week that includes overnight stays in cages painted to look like various San Diego neighborhoods. The owner of Plush Puppies Kennel is named Catz Plush. She says the dogs don’t seem to mind taking orders from Catz.
Camp Run-A-Mutt. This Mission Hills site can’t do overnight boarding, yet. It’s $35 for doggie daycare. If you drop off Fido and subsequently start to miss that fuzzy four-legger, check him out on an online Mutt Cam. Camp Run-A-Mutt has a specially designed canine swimming pool (just try and enforce no running, no peeing). Interactive Camp Run-A-Mutt games reportedly include fetch and something called “bite the garden hose.”
Dog Day Afternoon. Downtown’s Hotel Solamar has a rooftop bar that on weekday afternoons becomes a roof-roof-top bar. From 3-5 p.m., the Terrace Dog Park is fenced off for furry guests. Complimentary doggie biscuits, made with “human-grade” ingredients are doled out. For humans, Yappy Hour during Dog Day Afternoons includes $6 greyhounds, salty dogs and a tequila-fueled Chihuahua-rita. And not to worry, “In Case of Emergency” kits are on hand if your critter creates a little Scooby Doo.
Ron Donoho, formerly executive editor of "San Diego Magazine," is a regular contributor to NBCSandiego.com who covers local news, sports, culture and happy hours.