It's rarely a good idea to indulge dogs with cookies and cakes—unless those cookies and cakes are made specifically for them. That's exactly the case at The Paws of Nature, where owner Kirsten bakes homemade treats for pups. Kirsten and her friend, Michele, had the idea to create a neighborhood pet store with a twist. Today, the twist they envisioned comes in several forms, such as community education programs, conveniently designed self-serve washing stations, and a stock of healthier food choices for pets—including, of course, baked goodies.
The head instructor at Hill Crest Farm, Lisa, has been in the equine industry since she was just 7 years old. The passion that was passed down from her father?himself an avid horseman?never wavered, and in 2003 she realized her lifelong dream of opening her own stable. During lessons and camps, she passes on the knowledge she's gained during her three decades in the sport, including the riding disciplines of hunter/jumper, equitation, dressage, and western. She not only imparts proper technique, but she also teaches love for the horse, horsemanship skills, and confidence?values that are equally important whether students are young or old, longtime riders or just starting out.
Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital is a state-of-the-art, spacious health and wellness center with a staff of four veterinarians and 15 team members whose level of dedication to their fuzzy clients has earned the hospital an accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). One of the hospital's core beliefs is that it is crucial to educate pet owners about appropriate preventative care for their pets. The hospital offers everything from healthcare and dental care to grooming and chiropractic services to keep pets as spry and happy as they can be. Overnight boarding is available for dogs whose owners are out of town and cats that just need to finish their novels without any distractions.
The training home of grand prix rider Osvaldo Ornia Pacher, Palermo Show Stable is a full-service hunter, jumper, and equitation facility. The stable staff trains riders young and old in English-style riding and even offers training sessions for horses and people in convincing horse costumes. Palermo Show Stable also hosts USEF horse shows throughout the year and imports Argentinian sport horses that are available for lease or purchase.
With three individual chains in its family of stores?Pet Valu, Paulmac's Pet Food, and Bosley's?scattered across Canada and the northeastern United States, Pet Valu claims the title as the largest pet-supply retailer in North America. Inside its well-stocked outlets are more than 7,000 products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and other animals. These include specialty items that range from grain-free dog food and multilevel bird cages to hamster balls that resemble helicopters and neon-colored shells so your hermit crab can achieve success in the online-dating world. Some locations are furnished with grooming facilities where professionals pamper dogs with shampoos, nail trims, and other perks, along with self-serve stations let owners wash their own pets. Stores also partner with local shelters to host regular adoption events.
In the past 60 years, Plainfield Animal Hospital has seen a lot of pets come through its doors. And whether the doctors and techs here are treating dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, or reptiles, they make it a point to treat each like one of their own. In addition to preventive medicine, the team provides emergency care for pets using modern equipment and procedures. X-rays and ultrasounds are their allies in determining the causes of health problems and doctor can even perform surgeries in house if necessary. To fully cover all the areas in which an animal might need medical attention, dental care is also available, while an on-site pharmacy dispenses prescriptions for pets who need help fighting off illness or who just enjoy picking through their food to find the pill prize inside.