The most expensive and luxurious pet hotel in the U. S. just opened in Fort Worth.  The $4.4 million SPA PAW hotel replaces the Pooch Hotel in Sunnyvale, California as the costliest in the country. 

The Spa Paw "resort" features pets-only rooms--no human guests are allowed--no cages/kennels.  There are custom upholstered beds with chenille and satin blankets.  As you'd expect if you're paying $200/night, there is a nightly turn-down service.

Even better, Spa Paw features a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, a boutique, and prescription treatments, the latter including Eastern medicine practices such as acupressure and massage.  The hotel boasts a "lavish experience for our guests and peace of mind for you."  Check these out:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Feel good massage, bodywork & facials
  • Reflexology
  • Pampering beauty treatments
  • Spa quality products
  • Wellness classes including doga for your pet and Pilates for you
  • Dog treadmill classes



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Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 8/12/2010 | 0 Comments

A baby hippopotamus, survivor of a tsunami along the Kenyan coast, has formed a close relationship with a 130-year-old giant male tortiose.  The hippo, a 650-pounder nicknamed Owen, was saved by wildlife rangers after being swept down the Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean. 

Now living in an animal facility in Mombassa, Owen immediately befriended Mzee, who is his surrogate mother. 

"It is incredible. A less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a 'mother'," says ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park.


"They swim, eat and sleep together," the ecologist added. "The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it followed its mother. If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother," Kahumbu added.


"The hippo is a young baby.  He was left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years," he explained.

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