There's nothing quite so stressful for a dog owner than the prospect of leaving a canine companion in someone else's hands when work or vacation calls for a trip out of town. That makes Happy Hound Play and Daycare — which offers short- and long-term dog boarding, grooming, training, and walking services — something of a godsend. Staffed by a set of doting dog lovers, the West Oakland facility is a wonderful and safe place to leave your pooch so that you can actually enjoy your time apart. And chances are your dog won't even notice you're gone: She'll be too busy socializing with all the other dogs (which are housed in different play areas according to their size) and getting pampered and walked. And if you're still suffering from separation anxiety, you can log onto Happy Hound's website, where you can watch your dog play on a live webcam. Don't be surprised if your dog falls asleep with a satisfied grin on the car ride home.