The Dog Bark understands that dogs are family members that just happen to be furry. With that in mind, they target their pet-care services to pamper pooches as if they were your children with day care, boarding, and grooming. Daycare and boarding services provide dogs with hours of socialization and supervision while their parents are away, and grooming services ensure their fur is clean and knot-free.
Oakhaven Labs prides itself on breeding and training award-winning Labradors. The staff trains these dogs in basic obedience skills and hunting techniques to help them catch pheasants and upland birds. Even though they breed labradors, the experts at Oakhaven love dogs of all breeds and backgrounds. When families go away on vacation, dogs can stay at the on-site kennels, where they receive premium dog food, flea and tick medications, and plenty of room to run and play. All boarded dogs also get the benefit of an education with light obedience and fine dining etiquette training every day of their stay.
Horseback-riding instructor Nancy White began teaching nearly 40 years ago. More than 30 of those years have been spent at her own Whitewind Farm, where indoor and outdoor arenas and fenced paddocks sprawl across 10.5 acres, providing plenty of ground to train steeds and riders alike. Although Nancy specializes in English-style riding, which primes equestrians for jumping, she tailors her lessons to fit the student, so the content is as flexible as a gymnast left in the sun too long.
Beautiful sylvan surroundings and ample training space greet visitors eager to jump in the saddle for Triple Rise Equestrian Center’s hunter/jumper lessons. Owner Rachel Marcotte, an Equestrian Studies graduate of Centenery College, ensures that her grounds and programs stay orderly and ride-ready. This focus on professionalism is what first attracted the University of Oregon Equestrian Team, which now calls the center its home turf. Though fit for highly competitive equestrians, the center also caters to the everyday rider with tailored programs and lessons. Students learn proper technique inside a 70 x 200m indoor arena or in the large outdoor arena, trotting upon footing that’s replaced every six months in order to keep it fresh and cover up any tracks to the platinum horseshoes that are buried in the middle. Youngsters ages 6 to 12 can also make a smooth foray into the sport or brush up on already-acquired skills during five-day summer camps.
At Hound in Hand, lifelong animal lovers and licensed pet-care professionals Aminta Cheadle and Brianna Abdalla care for pets while owners are away. Their services include quick daily walks and taxi service, ferrying pets to grooming appointments or to the vet. During longer absences, they care for animals with daytime or overnight pet-sitting services, walking dogs, cleaning litter boxes, and performing minor household upkeep.
Tanis, Egypt. 1937. Indiana Jones descends into the fabled Well of the Souls, and lands in a slithering knot of black asps. The swashbuckler is struck dumb with terror, managing only to mutter the now iconic phrase: “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” Indiana Jones is not alone in his phobia. Tim Criswell hopes to change that.
Though the House of Reptiles founder doesn’t deny snakes’ potential to inflict harm, he hopes to foster in the public a more nuanced understanding of reptiles. He has amassed dozens of snakes over the years, including exotic specimens such as the indochinese spitting cobra, reticulated gila monster, and black mamba. He houses these serpents in his reptile museum, which was spotlighted in the Times not only for its exotic-species collection, but also for its mission to educate the public about the oft-feared-but-seldom-understood reptiles.
In addition to the museum, House of Reptiles features a retail store staffed by expert snake handlers, who draw upon years of experience to advise fledgling snake owners on proper care. Dozens of snakes are also available for purchase, giving animal lovers new friends who don't insist on cuddling every night.