One dark and stormy night, Dr. Lee Woods, DVM received an unexpected visitor. Spooked by the clamor and rain, a doggie-daycare regular had burst through her owner?s storm door and run to the other place where she felt safe: Broadway Animal Hospital.
Dr. Woods, whose work on behalf of homeless animals earned him a humanitarian award from the Humane Society, established the hospital in 1991. The recently remodeled facility soon earned accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association?a distinction held by only 14 percent of animal hospitals. Here, Dr. Woods works alongside several animal specialists, including a certified canine massage therapist, a groomer, and a professional bacon chef. Services range from immunizations and boarding to surgery, emergency care, and house calls. From 2010?2013, the Daily Camera recognized Dr. Woods's hospital with a gold award for best veterinarian.
Founded in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1996 by pet owners who were sick of bothering neighbors to care for their furry charges when they were busy or away, Out-U-Go! keeps beloved animals happy when their owners are unavailable. Certified members of Pet Sitter International, Out-U-Go’s fully licensed and bonded pet professionals undergo a rigorous screening process, putting in time at the company's Dog Walk University to learn how to deal with willful pets, calmly handle emergencies, and internalize animals’ fear of vacuums. New customers start off with a free meet and greet, with sitters coming to the house to meet dogs, cats, and smaller critters, and discuss special needs and routines. Services range from daily walks to full-time housesitting and pet taxi rides to groomers, vets, and kennels.
Whenever Brian Corby bathed his dog Presley, she shook and squirmed, flooding the bathroom and exhausting her owner. Taking her to the groomers was hardly better: careless clippers nicked her belly and chipped her nails too short, dashing her dreams of modeling in poker dog portraits. Fed up, Brian enlisted his long-time pal Greg to come up with an alternative, and the result was Green Dog Wash. They staff professional dog groomers whose exacting standards dictate that fur is cleansed with natural shampoos, teeth are brushed, and ears and eyes are cleaned. Owners can also bathe their furry companions themselves in a professional grooming center with tubs, shampoos, and towels, avoiding the hassles of cleaning up at home. When pets drop by one of Green Dog Wash's two locations, they often pull their owners over to the gift section, which stocks eco-friendly treats and toys. The goods, including Natural Balance dry dog food, West Paw Design beds, and K-99 natural treats, double as enticing bribes for dogs reluctant to shower off.
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.