Kellye Sommer lived closely with nature in her hometown of Seminole, Oklahoma, and spent the early years of her life deeply fascinated by the creatures around her. Her deep empathy, fostered by tolerant parents, led her to adopt and rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals found around their home, and she assembled quite a menagerie. When not bottle-feeding a baby raccoon, bathing a skunk, or teaching a crow to speak Spanish, she and her brother cared for cats, dogs, and a host of other critters. After a pit stop in the horticulture department at Oklahoma State University and 12 years spent working in the medical-technology field at a local hospital, Kellye returned to her first passion—caring for animals.
Today, Dog Days of Sommer makes clever use of Kellye’s surname to describe the substance of her days, which involve caring for pups whose owners are at work or out of town. Beyond the warmly lit lobby of her facility lies a massive indoor play space equipped with toys and large kennels for private sleeping. Throughout their stay, dogs are lavished with myriad pampering services, including baths, full grooming, walks, and supervised romp sessions in the attached yard. Dogs return home clean and sleepy, which is often more than their owners can say, unless they tame wild bars of soap for a living.
Twin canine greeters, Jake and Roper, roam the aisles of Woodard Mercantile, welcoming guests to Gerald and Leslye Woodard's expansive store. It's that kind of character that sets the family-owned shop apart. Each aisle offers row upon row of an eclectic variety of brand name supplies and gifts, including pet and horse supplies, lawn and garden goods, jewelry, and purses. Knowledgeable staff members stand at the ready to assist with selections or special-order goods that aren't in stock.
With a highly trained squad of qualified canine coiffeurs, Royal Heirs Pet Spa pampers all breeds of pup in a comfortable, clean, and luxe environment. Upon arrival, a pleasant staff member will ask you about your loyal mammal’s idiosyncrasies and give you a flexible time frame for when to pick up your tailwagger. Then, under the gentle care of a regal host, each prized pooch receives a warm, refreshing double bath and conditioner in fresh water that's never recycled, a personalized, cage-free blow-dry and brush out, and a breed-standard styling of its coat. Ears will be cleaned, fuzz overflowing from the feet and pads will be trimmed, and nails will be clipped, filed, and dusted. Because boorish pest colonies are known to be allergic to luxury, Royal Heirs' removal treatment and flea baths ceremoniously whisk away bloodsucking herds with a majestic, merciless flair (if necessary). After the regal treatment, pets are free to roam and play before a stylist contacts you via phone or email to retrieve your swaggering friend. For frequently asked questions, see here.