While away on vacation, pet owners imagine their four-legged charges wagging their tails contentedly when they are under the care of Paws and Claws Pet Services. The owner-operator draws from 30 years of animal experience when tailoring pet-sitting services to clients’ needs. Besides fulfilling basic pet needs such as food, water, exercise, and allowing them time to watch Face the Nation, sitters bathe pets, escort them to the vet or groomer, and clean up waste in the yard or litter box. They also turn lights on and off and collect mail to give the impression that someone is home. In line with their commitment to animal welfare, the staff donates 5% of the company's income to the Richmond Animal League for homeless dogs and cats.
After she studied the art of pet styling with International Professional Groomers, Inc., Kathi Johnson spent the next 20 years training, grooming, and showing canine champions on the national circuit. After amassing more ribbons than she could fit in one doghouse, she opened Blue Ribbon Pet Styling. There, Kathi continues to make pooches prim and proper, specializing in hairdos for Marquis Standard Poodles.
Alpha Dog Club offers fitness and training to pooches through swimming lessons and holistic and fitness services. In the indoor, heated pool, dogs paddle through a pool under the guidance of a trained swimming instructor. The pool serves a variety of purposes—some dogs may crave the fun that comes from a carefree swim, while others, especially those with joint problems, recent medical procedures, or excess weight benefit from the low-impact exercise they can get in the water.
Dogs are all sizes are welcome at The Barking Lot, where the trained staff tidies up pets with bathing, grooming, and health treatments. Grooming treatments can include anything from bathing and blow drying to flea baths, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning, allowing owners to ensure their pet is both presentable and happy. Staff are also trained in breed-appropriate hair styling, conforming each pet’s hair to the desired cut or just a Mohawk if he’s starting a garage band with your other pets.
Backed by an armory of natural shampoos & soaps, the groomers at Shampooches Salon & Spaw untangle and trim coats, leaving pups to strut out in a well-groomed parade with tongues lolling happily. Flea and tick treatments keep pests at bay, and trimming around the ears leaves pooches ready to listen for the sounds of other dogs barking or coaches discovering loopholes that allow canines in the league.