In 1989, a pair of bakers founded the Three Dog Bakery with nothing but a $.59 biscuit cutter and three canine taste-testers. For decades, these humans have committed themselves to creating savory treats for pets with all-natural ingredients and a slow-baked process that locks in flavors and nutrients that dogs crave. Good Morning America profiled the shop in 2011 in a piece about gourmet pet treats, highlighting their personalized cakes made without butter, salt, or artificial colorings of any kind to fit in a healthy pet's diet. The selection includes playful baked goods ranging from snickerpoodle cookies to frosted pupcakes, as well as items they could chew on for days, such as plush toys, elk antlers, and new essays by Malcolm Gladwell. Customers can find healthy eats and helpful accessories at Three Dog's two locations in Pasadena and inside Los Angeles' World Famous Farmer's Market.
During his time as a zookeeper, My Pet Garden owner Joel Tatom learned firsthand that the best way to improve an animal’s life is through nutrition. Because of this, his dog grooming and daycare center offers premium foods in grain-free, organic, or raw varieties. That’s one of the reasons why the center was named the Best Place to Treat Your Pet Like a Prince by LA Weekly in 2011. The other reason is the center’s gentle cleaning sessions, during which staffers de-mat fur with a soft touch and clean teeth without making fun of the dog’s braces. Additionally, the groomers of My Pet Garden run a program in which they work with shelters to groom dogs who lack homes in the hopes that the pooches will find new owners.
When a pet gets sick, it can’t tell its owner what’s wrong, or turn on its favorite TV show, or even take the day off from work. Fortunately, Dr. Stan and his staff speak canine and feline, and operate a top-of-the-line animal hospital equipped with everything an ailing cat or dog could need. Fully digital x-rays provide crystal-clear images with significantly reduced radiation, a wide-open waiting area prevents furry ones from feeling nervous and cramped, and a special cats-only room with an inviting kitty tree keeps felines purring in contentment. Adoptive parents can bring in their four-leggers for appointments ranging from regular checkups to treatments targeting acute or chronic health issues, which are performed by staff who are experienced in everything from vaccinations to dental cleanings to surgical procedures with or without anesthetics.
Patty Schaller has always had psychic powers. Though she knows her field is obscure, and “[most people] think you’re nuts when you tell them,” that hasn’t deterred her from helping people and pets with psychic readings and other supernatural services. In addition to phone readings, she also offers in-home assessments, during which she can visit with the pet and communicate with them in person. Through her readings, she can provide insight into a pet’s behavior, feelings, and medical condition. Patty can also reach out to people and pets that have passed into the spirit world, which can help provide families with peace of mind. Patty offers her services for private clients, but also reaches out to help animal rescue organizations for fundraisers.
Nestled amidst the Arroyo Seco and San Gabriel mountains, San Pascual Stables enchants visitors with natural beauty and an enthusiastic crew of trainers continuing a 34-year tradition of equine education. During an expertly guided horsemanship class, trainees learn the basics under the wing of a trainer well versed in hunter and jumper riding. After a series of three lessons, clients are likely to feel more at home on horseback, and can swiftly opt into future lessons, in which they can learn how to further care for their creature and how to properly parallel park it in front of a crowded saloon.
The beautifiers at Pooch Pawlor make over begrimed best friends with dog and cat grooming services. Inside the boutique space, pets experience the gentle embrace of animal lovers who shampoo out filth and vanquish fleas. Traditional grooming services, such as Pawdicures and teeth brushing, can be complemented by unique offerings that include blueberry facials, molding fur into mohawks, or training canines as chauffeurs. Aside from felines and canines, the staff also spruces up guinea pigs, rabbits, and feathered friends.
The mission of the California Philharmonic and its founder, renowned conductor Victor Vener, is simple: to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music. Their method, however, is anything but traditional—instead of staging events in formal halls or black-tie stairwells, the ensemble presents their crowd-pleasing concerts at the Santa Anita Race Track and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Combining pop music, Broadway standards, and legendary symphonies, Vener creates dynamic programs that aim to catch the imagination. Along with engaging performances and tuneful collaborations, the Cal Phil also hosts family nights to encourage children’s symphonic education.