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.
The menu at Tower Dogs boasts 14 time-tested dog breeds and more than 20 topping options to perfectly personalize them. Take a left-coast bite out of the California dog, which is dressed in bacon, avocado, grilled onion, cheese, and brown mustard ($4.75). Or test taste buds' limits with a caliente dog, a spicy combination of habanero sausage, grilled onion, red peppers, and sour cream ($4.75). Though Tower Dogs serves an average Joe (a regular dog with mustard, onion, and relish), there are also plenty of options for the hungrier-than-average Joe. Chester's big bambino features Italian sausage, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, grilled onion, and peppers, while the last call dog is a frenzy of Polish sausage, egg, hash browns, and nacho cheese or country gravy. Tower Dogs also serves tofu dogs with vegan chili; Thai vegan dogs made with peanut sauce, red peppers, and cilantro; and dogless creations such as nachos.
At Claws and Paws Grooming, animal aficionados bathe, shear, and groom pups of all sizes to ensure healthy and fashionable fur. After gently leashing pups to individual grooming stations, canine aestheticians clip away overgrown nails ($10–$15), temporarily diminishing pups’ ability to dig up buried time capsules. Sanitary trims ($30+) kick off with a thorough bath, whose gentle suds whisk away allergens and grime. Then pup primpers trim nails and snip away floor-grazing fur around feet, eyes, and undercarriages. Alternatively, a haircut ($30+) trims fur from tail to ears. Staff members then blow-dry manes, giving dogs the newfound confidence to stick heads out of car windows for the first time.
Banfield Pet Hospital, open seven days a week, one of the largest general veterinary practices in the country with more than 750 U.S. hospitals, cares for cuddly companions. Just like humans, pets need to be checked and examined so that the veterinarian has the opportunity to help prevent and identify any potential health issues. Pet-owners can relax as the experienced and friendly Harpinder Singh, D.V.M., leaves no floppy ear unturned during a thorough animal examination, culminating in the feline-favorite upside-down drop test.
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.