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Pampered pooches live it up at pet hotels

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Posh pet hotels are popping up across the U.S. (Source: CNN) Posh pet hotels are popping up across the U.S. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – High-end, exclusive pet boarding can be found almost anywhere.

The American Pet Products Association estimates owners will spend $4.73 billion on boarding and grooming in 2014 alone. So what makes posh pet hotels so special?

In them, you can find dogs in hotel rooms, playing pool side, working out and getting rest and relaxation.

Penny, a 4-year-old chocolate lab, will soon be in the lap of luxury when her parents go on vacation. Their hotel does not allow pets.

“She is our four-legged fur baby, so she is spoiled,” said Penny’s owner Allison Josephson.

They opted for Pet Paradise in College Park, GA, an all-inclusive pet resort. Penny wastes no time making herself at home. 

Her room features a flat screen TV, raised bedding, a water cooler, a window view and a personal webcam, so mom and dad can check on her.

Pet hotels can vary in price for $38 up to $200 a night, depending on the size and amenities.

In New York, D Pet Hotels takes high-end to another level. Their uber suites have a full bed and a flat screen TV.

“We don't actually think of the pets at D Pet Hotels as being spoiled. Dogs are like members of our family,” said Kerry Brown, co-owner of D Pet Hotels.

While on vacation, relaxing is key, so Penny enjoys room service. Other dogs let loose in the pool, while some make new friends.

After a long day, some may retreat to yes, the spa.

Glamour Paws, another Georgia doggy hotel, offers blueberry facials, pawdicure – manicures for dogs, and even highlights.

One dog, Diamond, is rocking pink highlights and her makeover is complete. Penny also got a new look, and after a brief getaway, she’s ready to go home. She sprints to her parents and gets a treat for the road.

Ultimately, pet owners want a safe place to leave their pet. They want to make sure they’re happy, fed and walked. For some lucky dogs, there’s no limit on what their owner will spend.

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