Since 2002, Scott Kett has saved countless canines from boredom with his one-time or recurring doggy excursions. As a fully licensed and bonded dog sitter, Scott holds a certification in pet first aid from the American Red Cross and can dog whistle a pet’s favorite concerto. During his relaxing pooch getaways, pets are picked up at clients’ homes and taken to a private farm for an hour of exercise and play. Scott then returns to the places of departure for owner-dog rendezvous, where pooches tell rousing tales of farm-grown fire hydrants.
His bright-green eyes peep over the front-desk counter of City Pets Veterinary Clinic to take in clients as they walk through the door. Sid the clinic cat slinks toward the door, City Pets' one-feline welcoming committee. He greets patients from dogs and cats to rabbits, hedgehogs, and reptiles as they scurry into the modern office for medical care.
Dr. Gretchen Hui and Dr. Stacey Weinrick take over when pets enter private exam rooms where wellness checks, vaccine shots for rabies and bordetella, and heartworm tests are performed. The facility is also outfitted with a radiology room and digital x-ray machines. There's also an onsite pharmacy, which provides owners easy access to their furry friends' meds. City Pets keeps shelves stocked with Purina, Feliway, Frontline, Heartgard, and Laxatone pet brands as well as dental chews, pet shampoo, and ear-cleansing solutions to flush out pets' negative thoughts about sleeping without a night light.
Molly's Pet Grooming's staff keeps dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds looking their best. The groomers use all-natural products during their services, which include everything from flea baths to toenail painting. They also reward furry friends with the occasional all-natural treat.
The four trainers and two instructors at Rushlow’s Arabians combine more than 150 years of experience in the equestrian industry, applying their expertise in the areas of breeding, training, and riding. Rather than focus solely on riding techniques in the saddle or trying to teach horses sign language, riders learn the full spectrum of horsemanship, including equine anatomy, proper stall etiquette, and tacking up a horse. Students of all abilities have their choice of instruction in Western, Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, Driving, and Dressage atop designated lesson horses, most of which have retired from the show ring.
Owned and operated by veterinarian Alice Liberson, Dogma Catmantoo houses myriad high-quality pet products made for pampering and nourishing four-legged family members. Treats, such as a 6-ounce bag of Zuke's mini naturals ($5.49) and a 4-ounce bag of Yummy Ewes' 100% local lamb lungs ($7.49), reward well-behaved dogs, appease demanding cats, and convince overgrown sea monkeys not to steal your car. Dog toys ($3.50+) can keep canines occupied as felines hunt and bat at cat toys ($1+) or dogs' tails. Pets jealous of their owners' expansive wardrobes can don apparel selections such as T-shirts ($18–$24) and hoodies ($35) to cover furry exteriors or to stay warm and dry when they fall from the clouds during freak showers.
Though dogs and humans have very different grooming needs, many dog salons still use tools such as bath tubs and barber shears to clean up pups. The team at Noble Dog Shoppe and Spa, however, cater to the needs of their canine clients by using easy walk-in baths, fur-specific shampoos, and cage-free suites for dogs awaiting their treatments. The trained staff specializes in breed-specific cuts, but can also customize a dog’s look, creating close-cropped looks that shed less or mohawks that add a punk-rock aesthetic to family greeting-card photos. Whether staff are merely clipping nails or completing a full grooming with haircut, bath, and hydro-massage, dogs are pampered with personalized attention. Outside the grooming area, the staff has curated a selection of dog clothes, all-natural treats, and stuffing-free toys that keep pets occupied after grooming sessions.