Vincent Eufemia has always loved animals, but his busy schedule as a computer consultant once kept him from giving proper attention to his furry best friend, a labrador named Cassady. After trying out several different daycares, he realized that at many of them, the dogs were not permitted outside to play. This absence of canine fun spurred him to leave consulting behind and open Emerald Street Kennels, a pet daycare and boarding facility anchored by an enormous indoor and outdoor play area. Four different rooms categorize dogs according to size, age, and temperament. When they're not frolicking in one of these spaces or the fluffy grass, up to nine overnight pooches can each lounge in their very own 4"x6" doggie apartment. Each one comes fully furnished with rubber matting, a trampoline bed, and a chaise lounge upholstered in bacon.
Feline guests reside in the Cattery, a block of padded cat condos with a variety of toys and a separate ventilation system to prevent airborne diseases. Owners can check in on their pets via Emerald Street's website, whose camera feed displays each animal sleeping soundly and chasing dream cars to the sounds of classical music.
U Do Doggie Bath’s red bathtubs are outfitted with blow dryers to style canine manes after they're washed. The do-it-yourself salon extends its luxury to its sudsing options. The choice of four shampoos includes an oatmeal formula for dry skin and a pest formula that eradicates fleas and ticks without harming any coteries of bees that the dog has befriended. Supplies for brushing, styling, and nail trimming send pets trotting off with their muzzles in the air.
When it comes to breed-appropriate dog grooming, you won’t find many people more knowledgeable than the staff at Wags To Riches All Breed Pet Salon. Resident groomer Lauren got her start 13 years ago in the dog-show ring, giving her a good introduction to proper breed styling and general dog care. She now puts those skills to use at Wags To Riches, keeping dogs pampered and healthy. She gives dogs a fresh scent during baths, and then uses breed-specific scissor clips to groom fur. In addition to cutting hair, she cuts nails for finicky pets and cleans ears and glands to ensure that pets stay in peak physical condition. For every six groomings a pet comes in for, their owners receive $10 off the next service, allowing them to save a little cash or splurge on a beef-jerky collar.
Little Feather Ranch is owner and manager Teri Hallman’s equine oasis amid the verdant expanse of Eagle, Idaho. There, horses trot outdoors in cool summer breezes and prance around the insulated indoor arena all through the year. A nearby 5-mile trail allows visitors to explore Eagle Island State Park on guided horseback rides.
Accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association, Teri imparts riding skills in both Western and English styles. English riding entails a lighter saddle and more direct control over the horse’s reins, whereas the Western style requires a larger saddle, lax one-handed rein control, and an encyclopedic knowledge of John Wayne quotes. Little Feather’s boarding service treats horses to attentive care and a supply of grass and alfalfa hay grown onsite. While at the ranch, riders can peruse a line of exclusive handmade leather bags, Western shirts, and hat bands.
Doggy Clips’ staff cleans and grooms dogs of all sizes and breeds. From haircuts to nail trimming, ear cleaning, and gland care, the grooming-school graduates gently and thoroughly bathe canines from the top to bottom. Dye jobs, nail polishing, and show patterns are also available.
In 1977, Cheryl Wear opened World of Nutrition; her daughter, Kris, joined her full-time after graduating from high school. Today, the health and wellness shop is still a family affair run by Kris and her niece and nephew, both of whom have extensive training in nutrition and homeopathy. The store's shelves are filled with large assortment of vitamins and supplements, bulk herbs, books, and tea.