After she studied the art of pet styling with International Professional Groomers, Inc., Kathi Johnson spent the next 20 years training, grooming, and showing canine champions on the national circuit. After amassing more ribbons than she could fit in one doghouse, she opened Blue Ribbon Pet Styling. There, Kathi continues to make pooches prim and proper, specializing in hairdos for Marquis Standard Poodles.
David and Leslie Reyes first met working with exotic parrots, monkeys, and reptiles at Santa Fe College. It was 2008, and they were enrolled in the Zoo Animal Technology program in Gainesville, Florida, both exploring their passion for animals. After graduating, the new couple moved to West Palm Beach to work at a conservation facility, but they soon discovered that they had a desire to interact more closely with domestic animals and their owners. So, in 2010 they moved to Columbia to open Pets: The Whole 9 Yards with a mission to help educate pet owners and instill them with a love for their furry friends.
The Reyeses' pet shop stocks food, toys, and treats for animals ranging from dogs and cats to ferrets, birds, and lizards. Along with their compassionate staff, they also offer day care for pooches and birds, as well as grooming services for pets auditioning for shampoo commercials.
The staff members at Seven Oaks Animal Hospital aren’t just trained professionals—they’re pet owners themselves. Because of this, they dote on each four-legged patient as if it were their own, whether they are administering shots, grooming nails and ears, or reminiscing about the days when gentlemen wore collars. Of course, Seven Oaks is a go-to destination for more serious pet health problems as well. The hospital's veterinarians and assistants perform blood tests and ultrasounds to diagnose diseases, and if necessary they operate using patient-specific anesthesia protocols. They even run behavioral-counseling sessions for puppies and for adult dogs exhibiting abnormal tendencies.
Dr. Katie Searle, a veterinarian who has performed more than 1,500 surgeries, heads a team of creature caretakers specializing in general medicine and surgery for both large and small animals, including all breeds of dogs and cats. Located inside the Irmo Animal Supply House plaza, Palmetto Animal Health’s team tends to furry and feathered friends with services such as vaccinations and digital x-rays. While not included with this Groupon, Dr. Searle also offers in-home services for animals who prefer their leopard-print chaise lounges to an examination table.
Veterinarians at The Cat and Dog Clinic understand that cats and dogs both need their own space. The clinic started out as cats-only and continues to offer grooming and boarding services available only for felines. Cats get their own exam rooms for checkups and a playroom for free time, but that doesn’t mean dogs are treated as second-class citizens. Staff members quickly usher pooches from waiting room to exam table, where they’re greeted warmly and asked for their driver's licenses.
The trainers at K-9 Perceptions train dogs and modify their bad behaviors, helping owners and pets form stronger relationships. While their private and group lessons teach obedience commands such as "sit" and "down," the trainers' main focus is to train dogs for companionship. K-9 Perceptions also trains service dogs and hunting retrievers.