Alani's Paw Spa's canine stylists help dogs of all sizes look and feel their best with basic baths and pampering spa services. The grooming center offers a variety of shampoos for clients to choose from, including soothing oatmeal, calming lavender, and that new-car smell. Hypoallergenic formulas are available for dogs with sensitive skin, and plum whitening shampoos maintain light-colored canines' dreamy coats. Semipermanent hair-dying treatments in 13 vivid colors can accentuate a natural hue or help rebellious pups express their wild side. For the ultimate spa experience, a lavish spa package includes a blueberry facial, paw-pad conditioner, gentle massage, and choice of bow or bandana.
At Hannink Equine Center, founder Jen Hannink draws upon a 25-year-long, World Cup–winning career to instruct would-be equestrians on the fundamentals of horseback riding and interspecies teamwork. The facility’s two large arenas are nestled among the peach and almond trees that blanket the Central Valley—a picturesque setting for lessons designed to familiarize riders of every skill level with the essentials. Beginners start off in private lessons with instructor Shawna Thornton, who patiently guides them through saddling, bridling, and grooming the stable's horses both before and after the lesson.
As the program advances, riders meet with new challenges until they’re finally ready to train under the expert guidance of Hannink, who further educates them on teamwork principles, riding theory, and the latest trends in jodhpurs.
Kathy Longwell, the pet purveyor behind All God's Creatures, draws on her experience in boarding facilities and kennels to care for dogs, cats, birds, and lizards on their home turf. The licensed, bonded, and insured caretaker has also earned certifications in animal CPR, first aid, and professional pet sitting through Pet Sitters International. When she isn't looking after pets and houses in their owners' absence, she takes dogs out for a stroll, runs errands, and looks after her own animal menagerie, which includes a german shepherd, cats, and a parrot that squawks ideas for movie premises in the dead of night.
Even before Chris Stout founded Vineyard Kennels, she had already dedicated most of her adult life to helping. She started out her career lobbying Congress on behalf of food bank gleaning programs, earning the Presidential Volunteer Action Award award from Ronald Reagan. Then, about 15 years ago, she decided to help out a little closer to home. When her daughter wanted to start a grooming business, Chris worked toward her American Boarding Kennel Association certification, and opened up Vineyard Kennels. Today, she continues to run the kennel—and even lives onsite—with her dog Bitsy.
Her trained staff pools 40 years of experience as they watch after canine guests in the 10,000 square feet facility. The temperature-controlled building features sturdy cinderblock walls that shelter toddler and Kuranda beds. Outside, a fenced-in play area gives tail-waggers a place to frolic in the sun. After an invigorating romp, pups lap up well water that has been softened, disinfected, and purified with reverse osmosis. This water, along with a shampoo and blow-dry, also leaves dogs lustrous during bathtime. For owners who need to get to work early, the self-service corral allows for early drop-off and late pick-up.