Dogs and wine, wine and dogs, what’s not to love? This past Friday evening I finally had the opportunity to go inside the much-anticipated Urban Hound Hotel in Boston’s South End. I don’t even have a dog, but as a dog lover and MSPCA dog walker, I couldn’t wait to see the inside of a building I had been passing by for so many months.
Luckily, The Urban Hound Hotel’s open house was open to everyone, dog owners or not, and I made plans with a fellow Boston blog lover, Shannon, to meet at the open house. Before going in, I snapped a shot of the brick exterior and minimalist outdoor signage.
Once inside, I found Shannon and we went for a wander. There were tables with snacks for the human party guests. . .
And the doggie spa area featured a tub filled with bottles of Secco Italian Bubbles Prosecco. . .
There were also a myriad of doggie delights for sale. Kneecap anyone?
While wandering, we ran into Natalie with her husband and their dog Weber, a pooch I had been hoping to meet. I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo, but he is an adorably fluffy, friendly, and gentle Portuguese water dog.
We also met an Irish wolf hound who weighed in at 285 pounds!! He was like a small horse but completely sweet and gentle as well.
The hotel and daycare digs at The Urban Hound Hotel are cool enough to be part of a hotel for humans, but these are just for dogs. Hotel rooms feature bright and comfy furnishings.
But dogs aren’t spending all their time lounging in their hotel rooms! There is plenty of indoor and outdoor play space.
Dogs played until they were tuckered out. It was quite the scene!
Dogs at The Urban Hound enjoy the following daily schedule:
Rise and Shine! Breakfast and out!
Rest time until 7:30am then PLAY!
8:00am – 5:30pm
day care session
(organized according to dog size, temperament and age)
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Dinner, out, snuggle time.
8:00 Lights Out!
Sounds like a fun day, doesn’t it!
I won’t lie when I say I was blissfully happy surrounded by all of those dogs. I could have played with and watched them for hours. The Urban Hound is a very cool place, and I also love that they often do activities that support the Animal Rescue League of Boston and other organizations. As a longtime volunteer in an animal shelter, I have seen SO many abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs of all breeds and ages up for adoption. Due to the poor economy, these organizations are almost always full of homeless pets and can use all of the help and awareness they can get!
The Urban Hound Hotel gets two thumbs up from me, and it seemed like it got two paws up from its four-legged guests! If I had a dog and was taking a trip or needed doggie daycare, I would definitely consider this place!
Do you have a dog or are you hoping to be a doggie parent in the future? What kind of dog, and what is his/her name?