Shady Acres Pet Ranch is more like a farm than a typical boarding facility. On three acres of land, lush, green grass awaits hounds who can frolic in three play yards dappled with sunlight thanks to the property's 100-year-old oak trees. Pups spend their daylight hours playing with similarly-sized friends under the watchful eyes of pet-friendly staff members. Then, as the sun sets, they can hunker down in heated and air-conditioned closed-door suites that offer privacy for dogs who keep diaries. Though farm-like in many ways, the ranch does boast a number of modern amenities where it counts, including having a CPR– and First Aid–certified caretaker.
The instructors at Austin F.I.T. Boot Camps' three indoor locations lead intense, results-oriented boot-camp classes. During each session, the instructors combine resistance training, cardio, and plyometric exercises for full-body muscle building.
ith more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
When Alicia Donovan began her photography career, she was worried about not having a studio. Using nature as her backdrop, though, she noticed something that doesn't happen beneath hot studio lights—people interacting with the world around them, feeling comfortable in themselves. So she made it a principle to work outdoors, to illuminate her subjects in the available light of sun rays. Although she specializes in capturing pets and children in their element, she also extends her talents to life's milestones: senior photos, graduation photos, and holiday portraits.
AGE of Central Texas confronts the challenges of aging to improve the quality of life for seniors. It sponsors a variety of programs, including Adult Day Centers, support resources for caregivers, and computer classes for seniors. For clients facing memory loss, the organization runs an early-intervention program to help them cope with the challenges dementia will bring. The organization also distributes health equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and shower chairs to enhance mobility for people of all ages.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled SGT. H20's CombatSwim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. His challenging exercises encourage full-body fitness, using workouts that build stamina, boost metabolism, improve swimming skills, and promote weight loss. Incorporating the best of land-based cross-training systems, CombatSwim includes plenty of high-intensity interval training and pulse-hiking calisthenics. In the pool, water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of the exercises, which include swimming sprints, endurance swimming, and treading water with weights. Designed to sharpen the mind as well as the body, CombatSwim leaves exercisers with the same confidence and conditioning as some of the world's elite military warriors.