Raised on a New Mexico ranch, Jordan Di Marco has been an animal person her whole life. After starting Dogma Catma Pet Sitting as a side job while in college, she soon realized it was her calling. Understanding that pets are most comfortable at home, Jordan and her staff provide services that include pet visits while owners are away. During that time, they feed, medicate, and walk the animals. The staff also offers 12-hour overnight stays as well as grooming services and fish-tank maintenance.
Camp Bow Wow's Home Buddies tend to pets of all walks of life, dropping by for a quick visit in the midst of any lengthy workday or weekend away. A free initial in-home consultation, assessing the animals' needs and quirks, prefaces the service and enables Home Buddies to craft an comprehensive plan for each 30-minute visit. The compassionate companion wranglers can handle nearly any species and address swarms of animalian needs, from administering medication to cleaning litter boxes and helping gerbils with their quantum-physics dissertations.
Farfel’s Farm engages pets and their two-legged parents with a wide range of high-quality, eclectic products. Customers can stock up on the essentials such as premium food and treats, including natural and organic selections. Or feed a furry friend’s kinetic side with challenging and engaging toys such as the Gourdo ($9.95), which offers interactive play, treat dispensing, and gum massaging, perfect for canines or open-minded toddlers. Farfel’s Farm also stocks myriad collars, leashes, bowls, and beds—including eco-friendly options—as well as dog and cat products made locally in Boulder or within Colorado, many of which come with an imprint of the town name and a signed headshot of the mayor’s schnauzer.
Dog City, a daycare and boarding facility, is managed as a "right livelihood" business, meaning that as much as possible, the staff strives to give back to the community in all of its efforts. Marketing and promotion are funneled primarily through nonprofit organizations, and boarding and daycare are always available pro bono for ill or homeless owners. As pups cavort around the 6,000-square-foot indoor space, they might play fetch with a member of Chinook Clubhouse, which partnered with Dog City to provide employment options for those with special needs, benefitting both them and the dogs. Two outdoor yards mean big dogs can play without fear of smaller dogs trying to hitch a ride on their ears, and overnight guests bunk down in their own private areas.
It's hard to make room for nearly 8,000 wagging tails, 16,000 wandering eyes, and 32,000 batting paws, but Foothills Animal Shelter always finds a way. Due to its open-admissions policy—which means that no animal is turned away—the shelter welcomes roughly 8,000 homeless animals per year, treating them to housing and the attention of its professionals and volunteers. Once inside, the animals are given sanctuary, shots, and the chance to steal the hearts of potential adopters with their puppy-dog eyes.
But the caretakers at Foothills Animal Shelter don't just wait for needy pets to find them. They also perform such preventive measures as neutering, spaying, licensing, and vaccinations in order to ensure that pets with homes remain healthy and out of harm's way. This motive also drives the shelter's microchip services, which provide electronic identification should pets become lost, and training that teaches animals to follow commands and avoid white outfits after Labor Day.
Muttz Pet Goods & Gifts stores a deep vault of toys, food, and other supplies that help sustain and enhance the relationship between humans and their pet dogs, cats, birds, and fish. A member of the store's staff of animal lovers will help patrons comb through the store's selection of 35 food brands to find the right cuisine for animals with food allergies, sensitive stomachs, or french-toast intolerance. Popular canine fare includes Natural Balance's lamb-flavored dog food ($34.95) and Whole Earth Farms' prairie beef or chicken ($39.95). Keep quadripedal companions safely secured with a resilient Lupine collar ($8–$13) or foster mobile catnaps with a Snoozer pet car seat ($89).