Urban Tails lays out the red carpet for lucky dogs, and cats

After months of planning, your dream vacation is about to come true. You’re flying out to Tahiti this week with your special honey and you should be excited, except for one detail: what to do with your dog or cat.

So that you won’t feel so guilty sipping an umbrella drink on the beach and dining out at five-star restaurants, a Midtown pet care facility will pamper the best friend you’re leaving behind. In fact, Urban Tails Pet Resort has written the playbook when it comes to dog and cat lodging.

“We really focus on activities,” said Urban Tails owner Gretchen Meienburg. “We believe that if the dog has a lot of activities, with either our pet attendants or other dogs, they’re happier and healthier when you’re away from home.”

Four-legged guests at Urban Tails enjoy almost rock star status during their stay at the pet resort at 1618 Webster St. There are even luxury pooch lofts “for the discriminating dog that prefers quiet privacy combined with a very personalized stay,” according to the resort’s website.

If you think your amenities in Tahiti are special, consider the perks for the lucky pets at Urban Tails.

“We have an indoor doggie pool that people can rent for private gatherings and they can swim with their dog,” Meienburg said. “If the dog is staying with us overnight they can have a swim session with their doggie friends.

“We have cuddle time where we read a story to them,” she said. “They can group play with other dogs if they’re social. We have three different doggie daycare floors so we can break them down by the size of dog and how they play. We make sure they’re with the right group of dogs.”

“The dogs come together and get doggie treats and play with their friends,” Meienburg said. “We also have a costume contest, theme parties and give giveaways. We really want to treat them like they’ll have a fun vacation while their parents are away.”

One of the most popular pet events in the neighborhood is the Midtown Houston Yappy Hour, which takes place at the Bagby Park Dog Park from 4:30-6:30 pm on fourth Fridays of the month. “The pet owners have just as much fun as their pets at the gathering,” Meienburg said.

Urban Tails has been a tremendous partner to Yappy Hour which happens to be one of Midtown Houston’s longest running events in Bagby Park. It’s success can be largely attributed to Urban Tails. They have participated in every Yappy Hour from the beginning setting up agility courses, bringing their wading pools, dispensing helpful training tips, and providing signature homemade doggie treats.

Urban Tails is staffed 24/7. Options include cage free sleepovers, lofts and luxury lofts, and personalized “home” diets. You may choose a large (8×8) or grand (9×10) loft for your dog. Luxury lofts include a raised cot, personal television, check-in gift, interactive toys, and a bedtime cookie.

For more information about Urban Tails Dog Pet Resort, visit online or call 713-658-0900.