At Pet Intel. Behaviour Centre, Jessica O’Neil continues to apply her expertise earned through a diploma in canine behaviour and technology as well as her seven years as an animal-behaviour consultant. During the Puppy Program and Balance Program, O’Neil and her team turn mettlesome mutts into upstanding canine citizens by instilling in them respect for human beings while teaching them to respond to commands and eye contact. The centre also offers service-animal training, as well as social clubs and doggy daycare that further the progress of appropriate behaviour.
Pawsitively Pets For Kids fosters bonds between critters and kids with classes and camps designed to teach children to care for a variety of animals. Tortoises, chinchillas, snakes, and other exotic animals have all crawled, slithered, and hopped their way into Pawsitively Pets’ wide-ranging curriculum, along with more traditional domestic beasts, such as hamsters, kittens, and guinea pigs. During summer camps or classes held after school and on the weekends, Pawsitively Pets also uses kids’ enthusiasm for animal interactions to fuel projects and cooperative group activities, helping foster kids’ inner creativity and teamwork skills.
Frozen lakes, snowy hills, and warm ocean waves are transformed into arenas over which to slip and slide, thanks to the experienced instructors at Kite Club NY. During private and group lessons, they teach students how to strap into skis, snowboards, or surfboards, take the reins of a kite, and harness the wind's power. Kiteboarders learn techniques such as riding one-handed, leaping into the air, and even riding uphill.
When Robert Taylor opened Taylor Studios in 1984, he embarked on a mission to preserve his clients' smile-worthy moments through professional portraiture. Today, occupying a 2,500-square-foot space on the first floor of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, his mission remains unchanged. He snaps subjects to mark special occasions such as weddings and high-school graduations, and then produces the camera-loving smiles and confident gazes entirely onsite, which allows him to maintain his strict standards for quality control.
Deb Stagg captures countenances in impeccable portraiture honed after more than 20 years of photography experience. Up to eight models smirk into the camera's tractor beam, which flashes bunny-ear shadows across a choice of charcoal or white backgrounds (a $120 value). Update business cards with a fresh business portrait or celebrate milestones in domestic dynasties with pictures of babies, children, or families. A CD of the image proofs and a high-resolution 8"x10" print accessorize all sessions for take-home gazing (a $22 value). The photographer encourages spontaneity and humour in portrait sessions and welcomes input from her clients, giving siblings a chance to pose in reenactment of the Great Food Fight Armistice of 2004.