Like air and food, dogs have always been a part of K9 to 5 owner Meghan Leavy’s life. She was brought up with dogs, currently owns a golden retriever and a dachshund, volunteers with animal organizations, and takes care of other people’s beloved pets on a daily basis. Every pooch that Leavy and her staff care for is treated like one of the family, whether it needs a walk, a feeding, or just some special attention. Cats get their share of the love too: the team provides cat-sitting services that include feeding, dispensing medicine, and litter scooping. They can also bring in mail for owners who are on vacation.
As a pioneer of the alternative pet-care movement for more than 20 years, Whiskers offers organic and chemically cleared goods to city-dwelling critters and their conscientious keepers. Begin your pet’s lifestyle overhaul with phytonutrient-rich vitamins from Udo's, which contain whole food concentrates for healthy coats, increased energy, and keener squirrel radar ($15.99 for cats, $25.99 for dogs). Or, upgrade treat time with high-protein, low-fat buffalo strips from Rosie’s Rewards, which satisfy snack-cravers who lack the opposable thumbs necessary for hitchhiking to Denny’s ($13.99). Herbal aids for pet cough ($17.99 for 2 oz.), dirty ears ($9.99 for 0.5 oz.), and upset tummies ($45 for 8 oz.) make up Whiskers’ own line of natural remedies. Less-than-lustrous locks get love from Dr. Shawn’s organic, all-in-one shampoo, infused with tea tree oils, aloe vera, and coconut ($22.99 for 16 oz.).