Dr. Josh Kindred and his team of pet-loving vet technicians have dedicated their small practice to providing personalized care for each critter they see. Recognized as an accredited practice by the American Animal Hospital Association, Kindred's intimate care center handles an array of diagnostic and treatment procedures, including laser surgery, x-rays and ultrasounds, dental care, and immunizations. Dr. Josh and crew also host overnight guests for owners traveling out of town, providing supervised care in a climate-controlled kennel. During their stay, pets can safely frolic and share plates of spaghetti in the outdoor enclosure of the recently added play area. While pups romp around the grass, staffers keep their well-trained eyes peeled for behavioral changes, allowing each fuzzy face to enjoy a safe and pleasant residency.
The seasoned technicians at Sams Gas efficiently refill 20-pound propane tanks, perfectly designed for gas grills. Whether customers own their own propane reservoirs or buy one from Sams, a technician will fill it to the brim with fresh-from-the-farm propane gas, lauded for being nontoxic and having minimal effect on the environment or the indigenous dryer-sheet trees that spring up in lint filters.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Andy Michaud has been caring for cats and dogs by adhering to the adage, “I’ll treat your pets like they’re mine, and I’ll treat you like a friend and a neighbor.” Dr. Andy and his staff of animal lovers offer a variety of pet-care services, including after-hours emergency care for dogs and cats. In-house groomer, Rachel, is tasked with the important job of maintaining your pet's health and well-being. Regular grooming, equally important as regular physical check-ups, helps prevent issues like excessive shedding, skin or paw disorders, and bad breath. Rachel is at the animal hospital 6 days a week, during normal business hours to give your best friend the extra attention they deserve.
Boasting round-the-clock staffing and all-day supervision, Dog Day Afternoon ensures your pawed protégé is always safe and never gets lonely during his or her one-day and one-night stay. Boarding services include, at no extra cost, playtime in large fenced yards, walks, and standard medication administering. Check in on your pooch with Dog Day Afternoon’s playroom webcams, giving you front-row access to the frolicking and fun that your dog is enjoying while you’re stuck at a sales conference in Fort Myers. Most pups sleep alone in their own private, temperature-controlled room—if you have more than one dog for boarding, however, you can request keeping the whole furry family together. For utmost safety, little dogs and big dogs are boarded and tended to separately.
Dr. Anne Scholl-Mealey has always believed in treating her four-legged patients as if they were her own pets. Though she doesn?t work at Animal Hospital at Vista Lakes?a clinic she opened in 2005 due to an overwhelming demand for an Orlando-area vet?she chose two fellow doctors and a supporting staff who share her compassion. This able team treats dogs, cats, rabbits, and exotics, such as mangos with whiskers. Their services include preventative care and checkups, surgery, and microchip identification, a procedure that painlessly places a small electronic chip into pets' skin so they are traceable if lost. The facility also includes a kennel for boarding and a grooming center headed by a graduate of the Florida Institute of Animal Arts.
Park Bark & Fly's car sanctuary allows pre-flight drivers to kiss their steel steeds goodbye just an aerodynamic stone's throw from the airport. Park your buggy in their safe, spacious, uncovered lot, and after you lock up and pocket your keys, the friendly and professional car watchers will shuttle you directly to your check-in terminal—any time of any day. The tender attendants at Park Bark & Fly will assist you with your unwieldy sousaphone and brick-filled suitcase before and after your shuttle ride to ensure a hassle-free day. An established limit of up to 10 Groupons for today's deal equates to 10 days of car nannying, a safer alternative to overpriced auto babysitters that guzzle your last bottles of motor oil and invite seedy mechanics to the garage for overnight necking.
The scene is a familiar one: hotel guests lounge beside the outdoor pool as staff members filter around, offering refreshments or collecting clients for a spa treatment. However, at Pet Paradise, the pool is bone shaped and all the guests are dogs. This luxurious scene is one cat and dog owners can find at this boarding and daycare facility that has been owner Fred Goldsmith's pride and joy for a decade. The animal lover was inspired to start his own pet hotel when he simply couldn’t find a place he was comfortable leaving his bichon frise when he went on vacation.
Fred made Pet Paradise to his exact specifications, and the pet hotel's amenities reflect the loving care he lavishes on his own beloved pup. Dogs and cats can luxuriate in spa-quality grooming treatments or burn off some energy during group playtime. In the evening, pets can settle into plush bedding and feel safe knowing that the dedicated live-in staff resides just a bark away. Nocturnal kitties spend the night exploring their own private six-level cat condos while gentle spa music fills the air to keep them entertained. In case of any emergencies, Pet Paradise keeps veterinarians on-call, and in the event of a snack emergency, each staff member is a certified bacon cook.
Pawsh Pet Resort and Spa was designed from a pet's perspective to provide its furry visitants with homely comforts amid a safe, fun, and personalized environment. The facility is managed by Holly Kierski, whose credentials for the job include certifications in pet CPR, first aid, and as a bark-to-English translator. Holly heads a staff of professionals that supervise all of Pawsh's day-to-day activities, ranging from exercise-packed daycare services to upscale boarding options, some of which feature password-protected webcams so traveling owners can peek in on their canine or kitty. Meanwhile, on the spa side of Pawsh, professionally trained groomers spruce up shaggy styles, and outside the facility, Pawsh employees jet off to clients' houses for in-home sitting of more exotic pets, such as horses, birds, and freeloading cousins.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Woof Gang Bakery welcomes pooches and parents into pet palaces adorned with walls of bubblegum pink and glowing crystal chandeliers. In between the retro chic décor, tables and shelves are filled with fuzzy and floatable toys, all-natural cookies and doggie baked goods, and healthy supplements and formulas for pups of all ages. The inspirations for the chain of 26 area boutiques lay in the adorable barks and toothy grins of the shops' beloved resident dogs both past and present, who serve as the business's Chief Dog Officers⎯a position that finds them taste-testing the shop's delicious gourmet dog treats and pouring over quarterly expense reports. After perusing the selection of grain-free and hypoallergenic food items, dogs can leap into the self-service shower as their human companions scrub them clean, or relax as a professional groomer pampers them with services catering to their breed and skin type.
At Equestrian Quest Stables, riders of all experience levels deepen their equine appreciation by trotting and cantering amid facilities featuring two 80’x150’ lighted riding arenas and a vast network of wooded trails. Lessons cover every aspect of horsemanship, from grooming and tacking to handling and riding—an all-encompassing approach that lets riders develop self-confidence and communicate better with the horse than by simply buying an English–Whinny dictionary. For the riding portion, students hop atop one of the farm's 17 lesson horses to explore disciplines such as hunt seat, English and Western pleasure, or dressage. Younger equestrians can spend even more time learning during one of Equestrian Quest’s camps, where students pair up with their own horse and learn from a pair of teachers with more than 50 years of combined experience.
Each of the four veterinarians at Tuscawilla Oaks Animal Hospital own pets, meaning that the staff understands the compassion and care that animals need. This compassion helped to earn the hospital the Seminole Voice’s 2012 award for Best Pet Care, and it impacts everything from basic checkups, to routine vaccinations, to surgery. In addition to treating any make and model of cat or dog, the staff also cares for birds and the nonvenomous reptiles that run the shadow governments of unincorporated towns.