Muttz Pet Goods & Gifts stores a deep vault of toys, food, and other supplies that help sustain and enhance the relationship between humans and their pet dogs, cats, birds, and fish. A member of the store's staff of animal lovers will help patrons comb through the store's selection of 35 food brands to find the right cuisine for animals with food allergies, sensitive stomachs, or french-toast intolerance. Popular canine fare includes Natural Balance's lamb-flavored dog food ($34.95) and Whole Earth Farms' prairie beef or chicken ($39.95). Keep quadripedal companions safely secured with a resilient Lupine collar ($8–$13) or foster mobile catnaps with a Snoozer pet car seat ($89).
Kerry and Patric Kara, members of the Professional Photographers of America, have 40 years of experience behind the lens and specialize in orchestrating portraits for families, newborns, and pets. They also offer special-event and wedding photography, as evidenced by work featured in Weddings and Modern Bride. During shoots, staff photographers help subjects feel comfortable by consulting them on ideas and encouraging them to imagine napping in a sleeping bag filled with real, live ducklings. After the clicking concludes, customers can choose from a large selection of color and black-and-white frame-ready photo options.
Spawlash provides a fully equipped pooch-cleaning zone, with services performed by grooming virtuosos skilled in the art of healthy and effective dog-dousing treatments for dogs of all ages and breeds. Reward a loyal labrador or well-behaved cerberus with a full-service bath and brush ($25–$75, depending on breed), which includes a bath, brush out, nail clipping, ear cleaning, sanitary trim, and, by request, anal-gland expression. Round out the pelt pampering with a thorough de-shedding treatment with a FURminator ($15–$20 depending on coat). For interior dog maintenance, Spawlash's toothbrushing ($10) lends a professional-grade luster to four-legged friends' kibble-coated enamel. The washery's arsenal of detangling tools and environmentally safe cleaning products get canine coats sleek and smooth, allowing tail-waggers to waltz into debutant balls and job interviews with confidence.
When The Comfy K9’s staff of animal behaviorists planned the layout for their luxury dog-boarding lodge, they tried to put themselves in the shoes of their four-legged friends. They thought it might be nice to frolic around a 3,000-square-foot indoor park during six-hour daycare sessions, so they built one and lined it with artificial grass. They also thought it might be nice to play with like-minded pups, so they made sure that it would be easy to separate their guests by size, temperament, and age. This level of careful planning is most evident in the overnight boarding lodge, where dogs bunk down on elevated beds in suit rooms. Each room is separated from the others by a wall of opaque glass blocks, which allow in plenty of light yet spare dogs judgmental looks when they change into pajamas with cats printed on them.
Speaking of cats, they also enjoy comfortable quarters—albeit in a separate area of the building. Owners can schedule appointments for grooming and therapeutic massage during their pets’ visits, or stay on for training sessions conducted by experienced instructors.
At K-9 Cuts Dog Grooming Salon, every grooming package includes a bath, haircut, and brush out to get coats gleaming, as well as an ear cleaning and nail trim. Owners can also put together their own grooming regimen by choosing treatments a la carte, especially if their dog is short-haired and doesn't need a haircut or has a nail-biting habit and doesn't need a trim.
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge.