As the owners of the Bellevue franchise of Home Buddies, Jay and Gina Cornwall strive to give every client the same level of care that they would want for their own pets. To that end, they put their bonded and insured pet-sitters through an intensive training program, teaching them basic pet care through animal CPR and first aid. Able to serve a variety of animals including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, and horses, Home Buddies’ team offers basic services such as dog walks and waste removals, as well as pet-sits that range from 30-minute check-ins to overnight stays, even on major holidays except for Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Caretakers arrive at owners’ homes for complimentary consultations, where they meet pets and learn which in-home services would best help the client. To give owners added piece of mind, pet-sitters can setup live webcams. They also provide concierge services, such as picking up the mail and watering plants.
Followed by his beagle buddy, a golden retriever clambers down a ramp and into an 11’x18’ heated pool, then swims away with a rope toy in his mouth as the beagle chases after him, barking all the way. It’s open swim at SpawZ Dog, where canines splash under the careful supervision of the doggy daycare’s licensed practitioners. Private pool-therapy sessions provide low-impact workouts that build strength and range of motion, benefiting dogs with arthritis, sore joints, and hip dysplasia. Elderly dogs enjoy “senior swim,” where they can paddle gently without contending with young pups cannonballing, while water-phobic dogs can stay secure by walking on an underwater treadmill.
Dogs signed up for daycare and boarding romp around a 3,750-square-foot indoor area, padded with half-inch-thick rubber non-slip safety flooring that’s easy on canine joints. An outdoor area provides space for dogs to duck into clubhouses or reenact scenes from Turner and Hooch in a toy car. Smaller pups can retreat to their own exclusive space, outfitted with a car-shaped bed and padded seating. At night, dogs bunk down in private areas with soft bedding, surroun
The self-declared "#1 in the #2 business," Pet Butler provides full-service cleanup for dogs and cats in individual yards, parks, and multifamily communities. After being deployed to your pup's outdoor powder room, one of Pet Butler's uniformed technicians will use disinfected tools to expunge any ordure from yards, kitty litter boxes, or pet toilets. Waste is taken off-site with the technician upon departure (unless local ordinances prohibit it), and Pet Butler's one-time-only service also includes a natural enzyme spray to dilute the effects of urine stains on lawns.
Ginger Luke rescued her first dog in 2006—a dachshund that was kept locked in its owner’s bathroom and was in danger of being put down. After paying the pet’s owner $50, she retrieved the dog and began networking with her friends to find it a loving home. Today, Ginger's Pet Rescue continues this mission of saving as many dogs as possible from being euthanized. Since its establishment, it has found homes for more than 5,000 dogs. Volunteers from the organization rescue the dogs from shelters across the region, provide medical care and temperament examinations, and place them in loving, permanent homes.