If you haven't heard, people love their pets. I mean loooooooove them, sometimes more than human family members. My parents feed our family dog her own Thanksgiving meal. I don't mean she gets something special from a can on Thanksgiving day, she literally gets her own plate of (doggy safe) food from the human table.

If you have a pet you know how hard it can be to leave them for an extended period of time. It isn't always easy to bring them with you on vacation or week-long work trips, and finding someone to care for them, while you're away, isn't necessarily easy either. You can take all of that stress and throw it away because I have found the 5 highest-rated pet resorts, in Eastern Iowa.

1. Fast Tracks Canine Activity 

This place looks like doggy heaven. Going through their Facebook pictures you can see all kinds of fun things for dogs to play and sleep on.

"We offer personal and compassionate Boarding, Daycare, Training, and Grooming for your four-legged kids. We provide the nurturing affection your pet needs when you're not home, and they get to meet other dogs of ALL kinds and sizes and express themselves!"

Look for yourself in this video

This Pet Resort in Cedar Falls averages a 4.9 stars out of 5 according to google reviews.

2. Eastern Iowa Pet Resort

Eastern Iowa Pet Resort, located in Cedar Rapids, has over 36 years of experience in the pet industry.

"Whether it’s having a spa day, playing in the daycare, or lodging with us, together they are dedicated to providing a happy, healthy, and safe home away from home experience for your pet."  according to their website.

What's really cool is they offer daycare, grooming, and different size lodging. Your dog will be grouped with other dogs based on things such as size, playstyle, and or energy level. Look at the fun these fur babies had on St. Patrick's Day. Eastern Iowa Pet Resort has a 5-star rating on google reviews.


3. Cedar Run Pet Boarding and Daycare 

I really love the quote on the front page of their website, "when your pet boards with us, they get a vacation, too!" 

While you're off on your much-deserved vacation, it'll be a great feeling knowing your 4 legged child is having fun too. They have multiple indoor play areas, provide a safe environment, and even have training options available. They have staff on-site Sunday-Saturday from 6 a.m to 10 p.m so you know you're dog is in the hands of a real person, for a vast majority of their stay. Today (March 23) is National puppy day, you can see some of these pups right here. Cedar Run Pet Boarding and Daycare also has awesome reviews on google, sitting at 4.9 stars out of 5


4. Aloha Pet Resort & Spa

It turns out you aren't the only member of the family going to Hawaii. Well not quite, but the name sure sounds awesome. The Aloha Pet Resort & Spa located in Cedar Falls sits at 4.9 stars out of 5 on google. According to their website 

"Most people think that “Aloha” is a word that means both hello and goodbye. ... It is true that in Hawaiian we say “Aloha” both when greeting someone and also saying goodbye. But that is not to be taken literally. The real meaning of Aloha in Hawaiian is that of Love, Peace, and Compassion."

This place just looks cool. They provide your dog with an actual vacation vibe throughout the resort. They host themed parties, natures walks, lavender bubble baths, and a minibar. Well, after reading that you might actually have to cancel your trip to Hawaii and just make a visit here! Here's another look at some puppies for National Puppy Day.


5. Dream Chaser Acres Pet Resort 

Something we haven't mentioned yet but Dream Chaser Pet Resort actually provide both dog and cat boarding. They have been around since 2002 and have even saved animals. They've taken in strays/rescues who would've had to be put down in other places and have worked hard on funding to continue their efforts. They have over 50 years of animal care experience and have over 11,000 square feet for your animal to enjoy.

"All proceeds from pet boarding go to support the animals at   River Road Rescue Sanctuary" 

Knowing you'll be putting your animal in great care is a relaxing feeling, but also knowing it benefits a good cause is just icing on the cake. Dream Chaser Acres Pet Resort is located in Independence, Iowa, and has 5 out of 5 stars on Google reviews.


If you're ever on an extended stay away from your house, you simply can't go wrong with any of these selections to watch after your fur baby. You can enjoy your vacation worry-free knowing your pet is in good hands. Happy National Puppy Day!


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