When doctors told Joey and Darryl Simon that their son Jet’s premature birth could result in learning disabilities, the couple immersed him in the world of art as a means of helping him overcome any educational obstacles. Their tutelage and care paid off, resulting in an impressive array of paintings from their child at a very young age. Jet’s talent and creativity inspired his parents to establish 4Cats Arts Studio in hopes of unleashing the inner artists of other children as well as adults. The Simons accomplish this mission through hands-on sessions in mixed media, painting, and Artist Focus classes, which concentrate on the histories and styles of certain artists, such as Picasso’s cubism and Andy Warhol’s self-portraits of soup cans.
Yvonne is a Canadian Equestrian Level 1 Coach and Certified Equine Technician. She offers her expertise in training not only horses to their potential, but up and coming amateurs and young riders. She is very understanding of individual requirements and tailors her program to meet their needs.
At Wizard of Paws, one of the city's only government-certified groomers, Rachel Walker and her team of canine-savvy stylists specialize in washing and trimming all manner of dog fur on breeds as small as a chihuahua or as large as a bernese mountain dog. Armed with natural shampoos and cleansers, as well as a repertoire of clipper- and scissor-based shearing techniques, the groomers snip overlong coats, ensuring pups are no longer able to hide a cache of smuggled treats on their backs. The groomers also carry a selection of holistic and grain-free food and treats, and they never kennel-dry beloved pooches.
During a full day of daycare, canines will enjoy leashed walks throughout the neighbourhood while also getting the opportunity to stretch out their legs on more than 3,000 square feet of play area, including 600 square feet of outside romping space. Give your Chihuahua the social interaction it so sorely lacks, or let the family Schnauzer enjoy surroundings that aren't covered in newsprint wallpaper. The Woof will pick up pooches anywhere in North Vancouver or Burnaby, including office buildings (pick-up and drop-off outside of those areas will cost $5 each way). Purchase up to five Groupons and give your better half five days of tail-wagging tranquility at The Woof.
As renowned veterinarian and Good Morning America contributor Dr. Marty Becker perused the thousands of new products at the 2011 Global Pet Expo, the innovative SmartTag Pet ID instantly became one of his favourites. Dreamed up by the pet-loving masterminds at LittleGifts, the SmartTag system engraves handsome brass and aluminum tags with a beloved pet's name and contact numbers before storing the information online alongside the animal's pictures. Should Fido wander off, owners can contact a 24-hour emergency centre, which immediately broadcasts the pet's information to local animal shelters, rescue groups, and vets. The SmartTag website updates regularly with lists of found cats, dogs, and lobsters dressed in convincing dog costumes.
Though dogs and cats don't often get to choose what they eat, Your Pet Pals enables humans to be choosy on their companions' behalf. The shop's staff—which includes a canine nutritionist, herbalist, homeopath, dog trainers, and an animal communicator—helps to guide pet parents through a vast inventory of natural wares, including raw, dry, and canned foods; daily supplements; and herbal remedies. The shelves also reward four-leggers for good behaviour with eco-friendly toys, leashes for long walks, and collars that match most canine formal gowns.