A beauty shop meets hotel meets daycare for dogs, The Spaw offers its fun-loving clientele plenty of supervised, yet cage-free space to romp around. The staff babysits daycare dogs as they socialize with one another inside the 2,000 square-foot daycare. As the sun sets, a maximum of 15 dogs can stay the night, ensuring that the night staff can give each pup ample attention.
In the beauty parlor, both short- and long-haired breeds receive baths, nail trimming, and teeth cleaning, while long-haired pooches might also enjoy a haircut to keep fur from growing over their eyes or overshadowing their mustaches. Dog owners can also arrange for extra-special spaw package to ease offensive breath, eliminate fleas, and even sooth sore muscles and dry, itchy skin.
The pet-care experts who make up the wooftidoo team all have one thing in common: they specialize in animal handling. Oh, and they really, really love pets. To make sure they're prepared for anything, all members of the wooftidoo team—trainers, instructors, groomers, and veterinary technicians—are also insured, bonded, and certified in dog and cat first aid and CPR by the American Red Cross. All that preparation enables wooftidoo to provide pet owners with a number of different services, ranging from dog walking and daycare to training and pet-concierge services.
At Crown Valley Animal Care, the list of pet-saving services rivals that of any human hospital. In their tireless pursuit to keep pets healthy, dedicated veterinarians use modern technology on furry, fluffy, and rocky friends. Their laser surgery eschews traditional scalpels for highly precise cuts, while ultrasounds and digital radiology detect any potential inner problems. Professional groomers also comb through matted coats, restoring pooches to pristine condition. In addition to providing dentistry, wellness services, and an in-house laboratory for tests, the center’s staff furnishes warmer, fuzzier facilities as well.
Pet boarding suites provide ample room for dogs to lounge and play. Tiffany lamps, soft beds, and pedestals accommodate visiting cats—be they aristocats, blue-collar cats, or cats with any other color of collar.
El Toro Gourmet Meats custom cuts naturally raised beef, and stocks up on gluten-free varieties, Boar's Head deli meats and cheeses, fresh seafood, and more. El Toro's beef comes from hormone-free, 100% vegetarian cows and includes rib eyes ($18.99), fillets ($27.99), and lean ground beef ($3.99/lb. or $3.49 for 3 lbs. or more), as well as assorted fresh seafood, delivered daily, including naturally raised Scottish salmon. A lengthy selection of pork, chicken, lamb, and marinated meats satisfies the shrink-zapped Vikings living in most stomachs. Boar's Head meats and cheeses in the deli, including pancetta ($11.99) and sharp cheddar ($8.99), can be mounded on sandwiches made to nourish an army of mandibles.
Everyone who works at A Small World Doggie Daycare shares one important trait: a great love for dogs. That said, they all work hard to ensure that every pup who comes to the doggy daycare receives the best all-around care, from structured activities to playtime with other dogs. Along with daytime care for dogs, A Small World also provides overnight boarding and formal training for all sizes of dogs.
For more than 15 years, Marshall Canyon Equestrian Center has welcomed horse enthusiasts for riding lessons and gallops across its sylvan expanse. Guided trail rides require no previous horseback experience, leading as many as 10 riders to witness area wildlife, rumble past clear babbling streams, and admire flowers left by spurned centaur lovers. The center’s instructors, Jennifer and Donna, lead lessons in the riding disciplines of Western and English, specializing in teaching new riders proper horsemanship essentials in the well-lit arena. Marshall Canyon also boards horses in fully covered 16’x16’ stalls, where they enjoy daily cleaning and healthy portions of alfalfa.
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.