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Best Doggie Daycare

Now Boarding

Location is everything. And while Now Boarding's Nokomis digs may not be ideal for those who want to board their pet during work hours, it is absolutely ideal for travelers who need to put their furry friends up for a longer stay. Now Boarding is such a short jaunt from the MSP airport that you can leave your car in their lot and take a shuttle to your flight (parking is $11 per day). You won't have to worry about your pooch missing you while you're gone. Now Boarding features vast outdoor and indoor play areas where dogs can make friends and romp until they hit the hay. In the summer, the dogs cool down in kiddie pools or nap under the shade of oversized umbrellas. If your dog is more the reserved type, you can arrange for a private room, where he will be treated to frequent belly rubs by the caring staff (and if you have multiple dogs that want to stay in the same suite, there's a 15 percent discount). Best of all, Now Boarding is owned by the Animal Humane Society, so the money you pay goes to help homeless and neglected animals find similarly nice accommodations.

Best Pet Boarding (2009) Now Boarding

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