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March 22, 2018

Dogs invited to free egg hunt at Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World

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Looking for some Easter fun for your furry friends this weekend? Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World -- and each of its other 56 locations -- is hosting a Spring Egg Hunt, and the public is invited!

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., dogs and their owners are invited to a free event that will include spring photo opportunities, prizes and a canine egg hunt with treats. Plus, check out the Best Friends facility for doggie day camps and boarding.

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Best Friends Pet Care opened a luxury kennel at Walt Disney World in 2010. The national chain is known for its customized services and the individual attention that employees give each client. The Lake Buena Vista facility, located across from the Port Orleans resort, took those concepts a step farther, offering pets some over-the-top amenities, including a private dog park with a walking trail and a 1,300-square-foot "canines only" splash pad.

The facility with 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space and 10,000 square feet of covered outdoor runs and play areas is able to accommodate as many as 300 pets for both daytime and overnight boarding. Dog owners can choose from a variety of accommodations, ranging from a standard 32-square-foot all-indoor suite, to an expansive 226-square-foot VIP (Very Important Pet) suite with television, raised bedding and private outdoor yard. Feline guests will spend their visit in the separate “Kitty City” pavilion – away from the dogs – in two- and four-room condos. There also is a special area for the boarding of pocket pets, small mammals and birds.

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Other features of the resort include a grooming salon, which provides go-home-fresh baths and haircuts for pets, and two 1,100-square-foot camp rooms for play group and doggy day-camp, each opening onto an outdoor play-yard.

Pet parents can choose from a range of a la carte activities for pet guests from one-on-one playtimes and social playgroup with other doggy guests, to cuddle time and bedtime stories with staff. Additional amenities and upgrades include ice cream treats, bottled water and premium orthopedic bedding. Feline guests can also enjoy private playtimes, activity toys in their suites, and treats such as “Cookies and Milk” or “Tuna on a Ritz.”

Prices for overnight boarding start at $44 per night for a standard indoor room with two potty walks. (Owners staying at Walt Disney World hotels pay $41 per night.) A full-day for Doggie Day Camp costs $27 per day.

Proof of vaccinations is required, including both canine Influenza vaccines (H3N2 and H3N8). Also, there is a seven-day waiting period after the second booster before dogs can attend day camp or group play.

Best Friends Pet Care is open 365 days a year. Operating hours vary based on Walt Disney World park hours, but generally the facility is open from one hour before the the earliest park opening to one hour after the latest park closing. Reservations can be made online at wdw.bestfriendspetcare.com or by calling 407-209-3126.

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December 20, 2012

Best Friends Pet Care caters to furry family members during the holidays

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Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World

When families travel to Walt Disney World for the holidays, many wouldn't dream of leaving their pets home. And although most of the resorts on Disney property do not allow animals to stay with their humans, there is a special facility that not only welcomes furry friends, but caters to them, as well.

Best Friends Pet Care opened a luxury kennel at Walt Disney World in 2010. The national chain is known for its customized services and the individual attention that employees give each client. The Lake Buena Vista facility took those concepts a step farther, offering pets some over-the-top amenities, including a private dog park with a walking trail and a 1,300-square-foot "canines only" splash pad.

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Pluto is, of course, a popular theme at Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World.

During Christmas week, Mrs. Claus will be visiting and having her photo taken with guests. (Santa is too busy!) And on Christmas Day, dogs and cats who are boarded will be served a holiday dinner. For dogs, the meal includes turkey, carrots, green beans and sweet potato biscuits; cats are treated to caviar and shrimp.

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Best Friends associates Aimee (left) and Joann lead the dogs in "reindeer games."

As a result of special touches such as these, the kennel is often a busy place, but never more so than the weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year's. In fact, Best Friends at Disney World is fully booked for overnight boarding and day care through Jan. 2, 2013. There is a waiting list, too.

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Dogs are cheered on during Candy Cane Races by Best Friends associates (from left) Crystal, Joann and Taylor.

At this point, those guests on the wait list may be lucky to have a day care spot open up with a last-minute cancellation, but overnight boarding is unlikely, said spokeswoman Debra Bennetts. She recommends making holiday reservations by Oct. 1 at the latest. Bennetts said some families reserve one of the four VIP (Very Important Pet) suites -- with raised-platform beds, flat-screen televisions and private, covered outdoor play yards -- a year in advance.

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A VIP (Very Important Pet) suite

Even if you can't book a stay for your pet at the local Best Friends site, you still might be interested to know about other events being sponsored by the company. Disney World's Best Friends location is celebrating the winter holidays in a variety of ways, including decking the halls and helping the less fortunate. Each of the 42 pet-care centers in the chain has an Angel Tree in its lobby with paper ornaments featuring photos and information about dogs and cats waiting for permanent homes. Guests are invited to choose a rescue or shelter animal in need to help with basic supplies.

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Best Friends associate Adam and guest dog Trinny pose near the Angel Tree at the Disney World location.

Donations to the Walt Disney World facility benefit Pet Rescue by Judy and Paws for Peace Kennel at Harbor House of Central Florida, a shelter for domestic-violence victims. Best Friends contributes to these organizations, as well, Bennetts said. The Angel Tree program is accepting donations through Dec. 31.

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Best Friends Treat Truck

Want to give your pet a free taste of the good life? Best Friends' Treat Truck has been traveling between cities where the kennels are located. Today (Dec. 20), the truck will be parked at Partin Triangle Dog Park, 2830 Neptune Road in Kissimmee, from 3 to 6 p.m. Canines are invited to sample doggy ice cream and cookies while their owners learn about the fun and services offered at Best Friends centers.

The Treat Truck will remain in Orlando in January, before heading to Texas in February and then north through the spring. Check here for the official tour schedule.

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