When Happy Hounds Pet Grooming owner Barb Berntsen isn’t volunteering as a groomer at the National Mill Dog Rescue or tending to her own pets—five dogs and one rescue cat—she’s pampering her clients’ pooches. For more than 15 years, she’s conditioned and groomed fur, cleansed anal glands and ears, and helped canines combat shedding with FurMinator Shed-Less procedures. Soothing oatmeal baths inspire tail wagging and applications of dip shield dogs against fleas and ticks more effectively than a sweater made out of mosquito net.
When people seek a home away from home, it’s usually in a place that offers convenience, creature comforts, and peace. The staff at Canine Design Salon & Country Club strives to provide the same safe, relaxed environment for its canine and feline visitors, whether they come for grooming, daycare, or boarding. Both dog and cat owners can take advantage of a spa day for their pet—which combines several grooming procedures into one package—or choose from a list of à la carte cleanup services. Daycare is available Monday–Friday and gives dogs plenty of exercise and the chance to socialize and gossip with other dogs about who owns which bones. When it comes to boarding, the team gives dogs the luxury treatment in three levels of private suites that come in various sizes and degrees of plush bedding. Cats stay overnight in kitty condos that come with scratching places and comfortable sleeping areas.
Having situated itself along the banks of Plum Creek more than 40 years ago, Stockton's Plum Creek Stables still makes good use of its prime spot next to Chatfield State Park by providing horseback jaunts through the park wilderness via its exclusive entrance. Trail rides allow riders to witness such wildlife as red-tailed hawks, coyotes, and possibly bear mingling among the park's trees and meadows. Novice riders may benefit from the stable’s lessons, which help them gain comfort around horses through participation in exciting activities as well as basic care such as grooming, saddling, and complimenting horses’ hair.
Over the past 20 years, Denver Equestrians owner Corinne M. Lettau has been mastering proper horse training and horse communication while studying under elite professionals such as 1994 Olympic bronze medalist Michelle Gibson. At her 32,000-square-foot equestrian complex, Corinne and a team of talented instructors share their bond with horses by leading students through riding lessons, horsemanship classes, and rider assessments. On large indoor and outdoor arenas, students cover the basics of oat-powered transportation, such as mounting, dismounting, and transitioning from walk to halt. In group classes, students glean horseback know-how alongside up to five other riders. During private lessons, students build upon individual strengths and weaknesses and discuss the advancement of elective hoof surgery for humans.
Air purifiers, soothing music, and 60 cubic feet of living space are only a few amenities cats enjoy when boarding at Kitty Korners. Exclusively housing felines and designed with even the pickiest in mind, Kitty Korners provides cats with ample luxuries to make their stays enjoyable, such as twice-daily litter-box cleanings, feedings, and fresh-water refills. Cats can make friends with other occupants as they hop from perch to perch in their floor-to-ceiling rooms or stretch their legs with daily play time outside of their rooms. Kitty Korners also provides additional services, such as brushing, nail trimming, medication, and fluids for special-needs cats.