Each dog must be vaccinated, free from parasites, and spayed or neutered if seven months of age or older. If your pooch is a certified chubby cheeker, bring a bag of food and the staff will gladly feed the dog lunch. If Fido comes home and says he had a blast at daycare, surprise him with a birthday or holiday party (not included in the cost of today's Groupon) with all of his friends.
World champion equestrian Risë Jones owns Spring Valley and personally oversees every lesson, providing a level of classical training that has yielded several show circuit competitive students. Students of all experience levels will benefit from Jones' expertise and discipline, as well as the fun and safe environment complete with PVC fenced, lighted riding arena, four lesson horses, and four lesson ponies, though students are welcome to bring an obligingly saddled neighbor. Lessons can also be scheduled with a group of up to four, making this the perfect holiday gift for an entire posse of hard-to-shop for, rein-less vigilantes.
It’s all about relaxation at World Nails, where digits receive more than the usual polish and cuticle treatment. Clients sink into vibrating deluxe massage chairs as nail technicians take over legs and feet with hot-stone massages and hydrating lotions in scents such as papaya green tea or mango coconut. After dispelling tension, techs buff and trim nails into round or square shapes, depending on the client’s preference and geometric phobias, and top them off with standard OPI polish or acrylic and solar fills.
Models strut in sweaters and cold-weather gear across poured concrete floors, where small crowds gather to admire, coo, and refasten leashes on the four-legged centerfolds shopping at Goin’ to The Dogs. The pet mecca brims with holistic eats and treats from brands such as Natural Balance and Blue Buffalo, and a variety of collars from Up Country and Pawsitively Purrfect deck fuzz-covered necks in style. Toys by Planet Dog and other brands skitter across the floor to a self-wash station for cats and dogs, where raised stainless steel tubs grant owners easy access to underbellies with deluxe shampoos, soft towels, and a professional-grade dryer to pamper fur and cut down on wind resistance during tail-chasing marathons. Goin’ to The Dogs also delivers parcels within Huntsville city limits on Wednesdays.
When Dr. Chase Whitworth became Patton Chapel Animal Clinic's lead veterinarian in 2011, he brought with him a renewed effort to connect with the community. He does this by honoring the special role pets play in our lives, and addressing their unique concerns with annual exams, nutritional counseling, and surgery. Additionally, his trained staff nurtures pets with grooming and boarding services.
The National Animal Control Association–certified staff at Planet Doggiewood utilize specialty pet-care products and state-of-the-art equipment such as waist-high tubs with gentle restraints, vet-grade disinfectants, and temperature-controlled water for grooming and bathing services. Those who wish to give their nonhuman best friend a quick bath outside the delicate confines of their Faberge-egg-stocked home can opt for the self-service pet wash (a $12 value), which leaves the cleanup to Planet Doggiewood's merry band of dog and cat whisperers. Precise handheld sprayers as well as aprons and sleeve protectors help owners stay dry, and tearless shampoos and conditioners moisten pet pelts without discomfort or awkwardly emotional moments. DIY villus revamping can be executed with professional grooming equipment such as a grooming table, pet-specific brushes and combs, and a high-velocity dryer.