Montgomery Animal Hospital's veterinarian, Dr. Jaffe, permanently links pets to their owners with a simple microchip-insertion procedure. Widely used by shelters and humane societies, the system swiftly locates runaway pets that have fled homes in search of buried bones or casting calls. During each application, Dr. Jaffe quickly and painlessly implants a grain-size microchip between the shoulder blades of a cat or a dog. The implant lasts a lifetime and, similar to a routine vaccination, requires no anesthetic.
Named one of the best pet vendors in Virginia by Washingtonian magazine, Becky’s Pet Care deploys a loyal team of bonded, licensed, and insured caretakers to bestow animals with basic care, daily exercise, and affection. A meet-and-greet session lets caretakers introduce themselves to pet owners and their four-legged friends in an effort to establish trust and an understanding of the pet’s unique needs. During a 30-minute visit (a $20.99 value) dogs, cats, and small animals get precious pet playtime and a feeding, plus a walk, litter-box or cage cleaning, potty break, and medication before caretakers fill out a report card detailing the nature of visits and whether your pup is a pleasure to have in class. The pet-care professionals will also collect your mail, alternate interior lights, and open and close draperies so you don't have to fill your home with life-size cut-outs of Michael Jordan to make it look like someone is home.
As nature's most lovable codependents, dogs never tell their owners, "I need my space." In fact, affectionate furballs get mopey when their parents have to do silly things like leave the house and maintain human jobs, and they get full-blown melancholia when their folks go on vacation. Since pups can't take showers or make long distance calls, Reserved Barking fills the void with spa staycations replete with array of pet care and pampering services. In doggy daycare, happy critters gallivant and socialize in indoor and outdoor play areas with over 15,000 square feet of wiggle room, all while being lavished with emotional and mental stimulation by a dedicated staff of dog lovers. Boarded dogs enjoy the daytime daycare attention before snoozing away in kennels. Meanwhile, full-service, breed-specific grooming primps pooches for Westminster runways. Reserved Barking also conducts a training academy that teaches dogs how to reply to commands, overcome aggression and fear, and learn manners such as shaking hands or picking up a check.
Founded more than 25 years ago at a single store in suburban Maryland, Wild Bird Centers has since spread its bevy of birding gear and wildlife-watching supplies to approximately 50 locations across the United States and Canada. At each shop, knowledgeable and friendly staffers compile an immense inventory of top-quality birdseed, including their own exclusive blends of premium, field-tested ingredients. They equip patrons with a cavalcade of bird-watching accouterments such as binoculars, birdhouses, birdbaths, and Big Bird costumes and help customers to enhance their wildlife wisdom with gardening tools. To further help patrons to decipher the symphony of birdcalls they hear, Wild Bird Centers proffers a Backyard Birds Field Guide, which includes helpful information about the characteristics and habitat of common avian species. Additionally, all purchases contribute to customers' Birdie Bucks accounts, Wild Bird Centers' customer-rewards program.
Signature service: DoggyDaycaeCageFreeBoardingGrooming
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Brands Used: Premier, Andis, Oster
Pro Tip: Let us know what you and your pup are in need of. We also affer self serve dog wash.
Waggy Walkys' canine caretakers exercise and entertain Rovers and Fidos during five 30-minute weekday walks. Background-checked and packing fully stocked first-aid kits, walkers can pick up pooches while their owners are otherwise occupied with work, social engagements, or hand-painting Susan Lucci action figures. And after each excursion, walkers will fill out a report log to document your pet's behavior.