The pet-whispering, expertly-trained staff at Leon Springs Animal Hospital pampers four-legged patrons with high-quality boarding and grooming services. Artful groomer Liliana uses her deft hand-shearing and hand-scissoring know-how to transform unkempt pawed pals into debonair foot warmers with a multifarious menu of beautifying services. Bath prices vary by breed ($25+ for dogs, $45 for short-haired cats, $50 for long-haired cats) and include a thorough scrubbing, nail trim, ear de-gunking, anal-gland expression, brush, and diva-worthy blow-out.
Specializing in APHA and AQHA horses, the breeders at Coquat Ranch extend their equine knowledge to the general public through lessons, birthday parties, and trail rides across their wildlife-rich property. Beginner lessons acquaint novices with safe practices and the essentials of riding, centering on mounting, grooming, walking, and other basic topics. Building on this foundation, intermediate and advanced lessons delve into more advanced activities, such as moving laterally and riding around obstacles.
Once comfortable in the saddle, rider can sign up for a trail ride across the ranch's hundreds of acres, where they can spot wildlife ranging from deer and wild hogs to sandhill cranes amid the salt water marshes and brush country. Young riders can also enjoy time with animals through birthday and pony painting parties, when they'll have the chance to cover horses in non-toxic paint and ask for their definition of art.
Bruno’s Bath House elevates the dog-boarding experience by housing pups inside plush suites that will remind them of home. Two times a day, room service peeks in, checking to make sure beds are comfy and bowls are brimming with filtered water. Dog-loving caregivers oversee dogs so that each pet receives ample attention as they gambol across the indoor and outdoor play areas or nap on communal couches. This attentive treatment carries over into Bruno’s Spaw, where dogs receive baths with plush add-ons such as aromatherapy, massage, and Pawdicures. Edible and wearable doggie accessories are also available at Bruno’s Bistro and Boutique.
The Pooch Pad is a 6,000-square-foot pet resort with a staff that accommodates visiting pups in spacious cageless suites designed to emulate life at home. With space enough for two tail-waggers, each executive suite is equipped with comfortable bedding, decorative artwork, and a Bluetooth earpiece for international barking conferences. Playtime each day at the indoor park with rubber flooring gives dogs the opportunity to stretch their paws among their peers, while soothing music pours out of speakers throughout the facility to elicit sweet, slobbery dreams. Going to great lengths to preserve pet safety, The Pooch Pad's fire-detection units and monitored security systems ensure that no pooch bakes a MilkBone casserole for more than four hours. Larger midrise suites are available for upgrade, as well as nine location-themed Presidential suites that are replete with flat-screen televisions and webcam options for pet owners to check on their pups.
When dog lovers travel, DogVacay keeps their pups out of impersonal kennels and connects them with responsible canine hosts in their city. Instead of awaiting their owner's return in a kennel cage, dogs get the run of the house along with daily walks, challenging games of Scrabble, and playtime with well-socialized animals. Owners can browse thousands of profiles from professional pet-sitters, retired veterinarians, and fellow dog lovers based on location, home size, and family pets. Each host undergoes a five-step vetting process that includes an online application, reference checks, a phone interview, online training, and community reviews. Dog sitters also offer day care, walking, and training, and some claim professional credentials such as training expertise or pet CPR. To ensure peace of mind, DogVacay provides insurance and emergency vet services as well as photo updates of the dog’s stay.
Dr. Loretta A. Ehrlund felt a strong connection to animals from an early age and decided to become a veterinarian after her beloved childhood dog, Smokey, was diagnosed with epilepsy. This passion for wanting to heal pets stuck with her as she graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and went on to establish Heritage Veterinary Medical Clinic with Dr. Larry T. Ehrlund, her late husband. Another kind of love struck Drs. Travis and Michele Wright. Travis's fascination with riding and showing horses brought him to Texas A&M, where he studied to become an equine veterinarian. Growing up as the daughter of two veterinarians—Drs. Loretta and Larry Ehrlund, in fact—Michele was simply following in her family's footsteps when she decided to study veterinary medicine at the very same school, where she and Travis fell in love and eventually married.
Inside the full-service clinic, the doctors and their staff employ preventative-care treatments, dental procedures, and diagnostics to heal dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, and small mammals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Onsite x-ray and ultrasound equipment help detect trouble spots deep within critters, and the pharmacy is well stocked with a host of medicines. The facility's overnight boarding kennels provide a safe and healthy space for four-legged creatures to play and sleep.
Realizing that each pet comes with an owner, Heritage's veterinarians and dedicated staffers give their undivided attention to each client to help them determine the best treatment for their pet. Owners are also encouraged to use the clinic's extensive pet library, where they can read up on the latest treatments and theories about why all dogs can howl a perfect A sharp.